Jankar service to Nilambur
Nilambur: Giving relief to the tourists, jankar service to Conolly’s plot, one of the best tourist destinations of Nilambur resumed on Tuesday. The service through the Chaliyar river was stopped due to lockdown.
The protected forest regions in Nilambur occupy Conolly’s plot, the oldest man-made teak plantation. Several tourists visited here by jankar to appreciate the magnificence of the huge teaks in the plantation. The biggest teak in the plot, which the visitors fondly called ‘grandma teak’ has been alluring all.
Malabar district collector HV Conolly planted the teaks in the plantation during British rule in order to meet the growing demand for teak, with the help of a local sub-forest conservator Chathu Menon.
Fasal who operates jankar opined that there was a good response from the passengers on the reopening day itself. Though he spent Rs 15 lakhs to renovate the jankar last year, he stopped the services after 11 days of service due to lockdown.
The hanging bridge constructed across the Chaliyar river to the Conolly’s plot collapsed in the floods of 2018 and 2019. The jankar service was started as a way for the tourists to reach the teak plantation as the rebuilding of the bridge was delayed.