Munnar, a beautiful, peaceful hill station
covered with an unending expanse of tea plantations, is 133 km from Cochin and
148 km from Kottayam. With the altitude ranging from 1600 to 1800 metres above
sea level, Munnar boasts the highest peak in South India– Anamudi, 2695 metres
The best place to halt enroute is Peermade, 43
km before Thekkady, a fertile land at an altitude of 914 metres. Formerly the
summer palace of the Travancore Rajas, this tiny and cool hill station is full
of rubber, tea, coffee, pepper and cardamom plantations, interspersed with
waterfalls and open grasslands.
This plantation town, closely associated with Thekkady, is situated on the
outskirts of the Periyar Sanctuary. It is an important shopping centre and spice
trade centre, the main bus station and most of the medium range accommodation in
the Periyar region is in Kumily.
The winding journey to this hill town, along the Periyar river, offers a
stunning view of the rolling hills draped in lush greenery. Velvet lawns, rare
flora and fauna add to the beauty of Pullumedu which can be accessed from a
jeep. The famous Sree Ayyappa temple at Sabarimala and the Makara Joythi
illuminations at the shrine are visible from here. Since it is part of the
restricted forest zone, special permission to visit Pullumedu has to be obtained
from the Wildlife Preservation Officer.
A place for adventure tourism and trekking, or even langourous, tranquil break.
This picturesque plantation town washed in the fragrance of cardamom is
surrounded by lush-green, gentle hills.
The rolling hills the lovely landscape and the gentle breeze make this an ideal
spot for long walks. The hills offer a breathtaking view of the sunrise and
This idyllic hill station is a favourite haunt of trekkers and picnic teams. The
hill is named after Peer Mohammed. the Muslim sufi saint, who spent his last
days here. The mausoleum of the saint, the summer palace of the royal family and
the residence of the Diwan situated nearby are all worth a visit.
Grampi is also known as Parunthupara (eagle rock) because of the panoramic view
from its high peaks. Rocky plains, lush hillsides, forests trekking trails and
picturesque views lend charm to this destination. The road to Grampi is flanked
by unending stretches of cardamom, tea and coffee plantations.
Lofty peaks little streams and ever expanding tea plantations are the
attractions of this place. Pattumala (which literally means hill draped in silk)
is home to the two most famous tea plantations in Kerala - Harrisions Malayalam
and AV Thomas & Co. The Velamkanni Matha Church, built entirely of granite,
at the top of the hill is a famous pilgrim centre. The flower garden nearby is a
facinating riot of colours of roses, orchids and anthurium.
Grass covered hills, velvet lawns and the cool mountain air make Vagamon a
perfect holiday retreat. A curious blend of religious mysticism and European
legacies, this hillside village is haven of tranquility. The chain of three
hills - Thangal Hill, Murugan Hill and Kurisumala is a mark of religious
harmony. The dairy farm managed by the Kurisumala monks in worth a visit.
There are the two Edakkal caves, natural rock cutout formations, formed by a
large split in a huge rock roofed by other large rocks, all fixed in position
through natural processes. These caves have been made famous worldwide for their
ancient carvings and Pictorial wall inscriptions of human and animal figures
with peculiar head- dresses and swastik forms any symbols. Archaeological say
the place was one of the earliest centers of human habitations.
Jetayu Para, a huge rock, is another attraction in Kollam district. The huge
rock is in the Chandayamangalam village on the M.C. road. The name comes from
the epic Ramayana. It is believed that Jatayu, the giant bird in the epic, fell
after failing in its attemt to stop Ravana from taking Sita away. The rock is
ideal for trekking by the lover of adventure. The rock can be seen from the
Chadayamangalam Jn. itself.
Ponmudi an idyllic resort with narrow winding path ways and cool green wooded environment is located 915 meters of above sea level. It is famous for the beautiful mountain flowers, exotic butterflies, small rivulets and springs. The hill station has excellent trekking trails. Ponmudi which means golden crown was named so because of the golden glow cast over its crest by the evening sun.
Ezhimala is about 55kms from Kannur at a height of 885ft., an isolated but conspicuous cluster of hills. At the foot of the hill is a cave and an old burial chamber, further up the hills is an ancient mosque where sculptured stone pillars can be seen. Ezhimala and its surrounding areas are also known for some rare medicinal herbs used for Ayurvedic formulations. The combination of high hills and sandy beach makes Ezhimala a beautiful picnic spot. The country's (Asia's) largest Naval Academy, which is near in completion is located
Athirapally and Vazhachal
Athirapally and Vazhachal Waterfalls in Chalakudy is 77kms away from Kochi. These waterfalls presents an enchanting sight of great scenic beauty. Athirapally waterfalls is of 80ft. height and joins Chalakudy river.
Kundermedu waterfalls is 12kms away from Athirapallly. The journey to this place through the fascinating jungles crossing narrow streams and waterfalls is sensational.