As you take the twists and turns up towards Nelliyampathy, the road affords amazing glimpses of Pothundy Reservoir below. There are two ways to ‘do’ Nelliyampathy: once you park yourself in a resort, hire a jeep and hit the road or pull on your trekking boots and hit the road. The slopes in either case are tough, but the views from journey’s end, from places like Seethargundu, Karapara, Palakkapandi, Kesavanpara and even Parambikulam make the trek worthwhile. From Maampara Peak, at 5,250 ft, 10 km from the centre of Nelliyampathy (at times, the climb is almost vertical), the Chaliyar, Meenkara and Aliyar reservoirs sparkle down below. Pollachi and Coimbatore can be glimpsed to one side, Palakkad to another, and directly down below lies the pastoral hamlet of Kollengode. The summit of the peak is along the route of the Palghat Gap, so the wind is more a perpetual gale. Kesavanpara is another peak, 6 km from Nelliyampathy, which offers another bird’s eye-view, another stop almost in the eye of gale-force winds. Seethargundu Viewpoint, 8 km from the centre of Nelliyampathy, is where you can look down upon Kollengode spread below. A perfect picnic spot.