IDUKKI

IDUKKI WILDLIFE SANCTUARY
The area around Idukki and Cheruthoni dams, near Painavu is situated 3917 feet above sea level. On a clear day you can see some parts of Cochin. The KSEB rents out boats for a two hour cruise between Cheruthoni and Kulamavu.

CHERUTHONI
The area around Idukki and Cheruthoni dams, near Painavu is situated 3917 feet above sea level. On a clear day you can see some parts of Cochin. The KSEB rents out boats for a two hour cruise between Cheruthoni and Kulamavu.

MANGALA DEVI TEMPLE
15 kms from Thekkady in the traditional Kerala architectural style. Visitors are allowed only during ‘Chitra Pournami’ festival day. Permission to visit the area can be obtained from the Wildlife Warden Thekkady.

THEKKADY

VANDI PERIYAR
97 kms from Kottayam, is the nearest township to Thekkady. Has a number of tea factories. The government agricultural farm and flower garden is not to be missed. It is on the Kottayam Kumily route.

SURYANELLY
2.7kms from Munnar is a hill resort that has a beautiful lake and tea plantations.

VANDANMEDU
25kms north of Kumily on the Kumily-Kattapana route. One of the largest cardamom auction centres of the world. The nearest township is Kattapana

PULLUMEDU
43 kms from Thekkady accessible only by jeep from Periyar. Sabarimala and the mgarajyothi illuminations are visible from here. Special permission has to be obtained to visit from the wildlife preservation officer, Thekkady.

PEERUMEDE
A small hill station on the way to Thekkady. It is a fertile land at an altitude of 914 metres. Formerly the summer resorts of the Travancore Rajahs. Full of rubber, tea coffee, pepper, and cardamom plantations interspersed with waterfalls and grasslands. It is an ideal stopover on the way to Thekkady. Known for its waterfalls, open grasslands and delightful trekking trails.

KUTTIKANAM
73kms from Kottayam, a major town on the Kottayam-Kumily road. Most ideal for adventure tourism and trekking. The Trishanku hills offering breathtaking views of sunrise and sunset is only half a km from here.

PARANTHU PARA
Also known as grampi is 5kms from Peerumedu, the road is flanked by cardamom, tea and coffeee plantations.

PALLUMALA
17kms east of Peerumedu - has two lofty peaks little streams and coffee plantations. The Velankanni Matha Church atop the hill is a pilgrimage centre.

MUNNAR
129 kms from Cochin is a peaceful hill station with altitudes ranging from 1600-1800mts above sea level. It has the Annaimudi, the highest peak south of the Himalayas. Favourite summer resort of the British during their reign over south India. The name Munnar means three rivers and the mountain streams are Muthirapuzha, Nallathanni, and Kandala, confluencing at the heart of the town. Known for its rocky churches.

NEELAKURINJI
A plant that blooms once in twelve years. At that time the hills turn bluish in colour.

POTHANMEDU
6kms from Munnar for an excellent view of plantations.

PALLIVASAL
8kms for hydro electric project

ALLUKAL
9kms

NYAYAMAKAD
Waterfalls

CHITIRAPURAM
10kms home to the hydel project.

LOCKHEART GAP
13kms for adventure tourism

KANDLA
Artificial dams

Top Station
36kms south east of Munnar and 1700 metres above sea level. You get a panoramic view from here of Kambam in Tamil Nadu. On the Munnar-Kodaikanal road not accessible even by jeep. During British times there was a a ropeway and a mini railway line for transport of tea and manpower. Destroyed by natural calamities the remains are still left.

MARAYOOR
41kms from Munnar the only place in Kerala where one gets to see a sandalwood forest. Permission from forest authorities is required to visit this place. Other attractions are the sandalwood factory, caves and children’s park, Rajiv Gandhi National Park and Thoovanam waterfalls.

VALARA WATERFALLS
On the Kochi-Madurai national highway between Neriyamangalam and Adimali are two waterfalls the Cheeyapara and Valara Waterfalls, both a real treat.

NADUKANI
Meaning to see the country. 25 kms from Idukki. From this very high altitude one can see the Moolamattom town, malankara lake etc.

MATTUPETY
13 kms from Munnar at an elevation of 1700 metres above sea level is the seat of the Indo Swiss Dairy Project. The green meadows, exotic cattle and rose gardens attract visitors.

DEVIKULAM
A small hill station 7kms southwest of Munnar Devikulam literally means the pond of the goddess. According to legend Sita Devi had a bath in this lake.

ERAVIKULAM RAJAMALAI WILDLIFE SANCTUARY
4kms from Munnar. Eravikulam is a wildlife sanctuary, declared a national park since it supports the largest population of the Nilgiri Tahr. Annaimudi peak the highest peak south of the Himalayas falls in the southernmost portion of the park. Neelakurinji is one of the rare species of plant life that grows here. Sambar, barking deer, gaur, giant malabar squirrel, tiger, panther, wild pigeon, blackbird, jungle crow, etc. are also seen here. It is located at the crest of the Annamalai range.

THATTEKAD BIRD SANCTUARY
On the northern bank of the Periyar river in Devikulam taluk. Its 25sq.km. area lies between the branches of the Periyar river. More than 200 varieties of birds Attracted Dr. Salim Ali here. Important birds are large falcon, gray jungle fowl, white breasted water hen, hornbill etc. Plantations of teak and mahogany.

CHINNAR WILDLIFE SANCTUARY
A thorny scrub jungle makes it unique, with a wide range of animals and good number of birds. Animals include elephant, gaur, sambar, porcupine, lion tailed monkey etc. birds like the jungle fowl, spotted dove, kerala laughing thrush are seen. The sanctuary is situated on either side of the Marayoor-Udamalpet road. Established in 1984 this is close to Eravikulam National Park and Annamalai wildlife sanctuary in Tamil Nadu rich in mixed deciduous forest - it is ideal for trekking.

MEENULI
Meenuli or meenulayan is noted for 2 acres of evergreen forest atop a huge rock that rises more than 4000 feet at a stretch. The rock itself is more than 500 acres in area an ideal spot for mountaineering. One can see the lower Periyar area, Bhoothathan Kettu and even up to Ernakulam from these rocky heights.

MALANKARA
66kms from Kochi and 6kms from Thodupuzha, Malankara is connected by roads. The irrigation department has plans to landscape the dam and to set up a garden. With the permission of the irrigation department visitors can stroll across the pathway atop the dam. The reservoir is ideal for boating and fishing.

KUADYATHOOR MALA
A picturesque hillock 6kms from Malankara dam site, is ideal for trekking. Elaveezha Poonchira 6kms upstream is another haunt of picnickers.

ANAIMUDI

THOMANKOTHU
28kms from Thodupuzha is famous for its numerous waterfalls. The place is ideal for nature lovers. The best route is a 12km climb only one day tours are possible due to lack of boarding facilities.


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