Location: Idukki Dt. 18 km north to Marayoor .
Altitude: Varies from 500-2300 M from sea level
Tips: Avoid dark colored dresses, Observe in silence, Don't litter
What to do: Trekking( 7am - 4:30pm)
Best season: December to May
The protected forests of western ghats. The main attractions are the flying giant squirrel and the Gaur. The 90 square kilometer wide Chinnar garden is situated between Iravikulam national park, Marayoor sandal forests and Indira Gandhi national park in Coimbatore. The rain forests of this garden are enriched by Chinnar and Pampar. Thoovanam waterfall is situated here. Before reaching the Chinnar forest check post if you turn right and trek for nearly an hour and a half (5 km), you can enjoy the beauty of the forest in Vasayappara. The forest department organizes two days nature camp for students in Chinnar. You will get food and lodging.
Location: Idukki Dt. 10 km south to Idukki town
Tips: Avoid spending time after dusk as there are no guards around. Care should be taken in trekking.
What to do: Trekking
Best season: September- May
Among the deep dark green forests lies the unending view of the sparkling blue lake. Through the veil of mist one could see the distant hill ranges. The sights offered by the hilltop, Kalyanathandu, are incomparable. An adventurous trip through the valley leads to the forest. Beyond that like ink spilled out from an ink pot lies the lake, formed by the Idukki dams. Scattered in the lake are patches of greenery.
On the other side of the lake the spreading forests creates the boundary. If you are lucky you can see the elephants crossing the lake. A suitable place for trekking. Scattered around the huts and arch-vaults made by the forest department. According to a native all these were destroyed due to the squabble among the employees. Plenty of foreign tourists used to visit this place. At a little distance from the hill is Kurishadi. On Good Fridays, the devotees visit this place. Hence it is also known as Calvary mount.
Location: Idukki District. 10 km away from Kuttikkanam.
Tips: Though the slopes are relatively safe, the cliffs in the west side are dangerous. Don't litter the place.
What to do: Enjoy the ethereal atmosphere.
Best season: Throughout the year, except monsoon.
Grassland submerged in the pristine mist. Quite a dream like experience It's like you have reached a place beyond reality. It is a soul stirring experience to cross Murinjapuzha and climb to Panchalimedu. A path laden with flowering trees. After crossing the road you climb to the grassland. A fairy tale like atmosphere, where remains of stone sculptures lying hither and tither. On one side of the hill a small Temple of Bhuvaneshwari. There is a shivalinga whose base is broken, a trisul, naga prathishta and the saptaparni trees around. The ruins of a temple lay scattered. Unknown wild flowers burgeoning among the mist laden grass. Whiffs of clouds caress the valley intermittently. The myth is that the Pancha Pandavar had lived in this place. There is a cave believed to have Bhima's foot steps imprinted inside it. You can walk into the green blanket of the valley. The valley on the western side ends in a deep chasm. It is the Mundakkayam valley. On clear mornings it's possible to see the ocean in a distance. In the month of Makara( Second half of January), the Sabarimala makara Jyothi is visible from Panchalimedu. On thee hill on the other side of the path has kurishadikal that climbs to the top.
Location: Idukki Dt. 30 km west to Kumily
Altitude: About 3800 M from sea level
Tips: Stay away from cliffs
What to do: Enjoy mornings and evenings
Best season: Full year except June July
A big stony hillock with an eagle neck, as if readying its wings to lift off to the sky. The surrounding vistas reveal around Peermede carpeted with lush green of cardamom and tea. On that pure and serene backdrop, sit lotus positioned mediators embracing the first rays of the Sun. It is a big, one kilo-meter long Rocky Mount having a huge eagle head like stone on its deep slope, suggesting its shape and name. While a tarred road passes along the leveled sideways of the hill, a deep ravine flanks the other side it is easily accessible from Peermede on road via Kallar. Parundupara or the Eagle rock near Peermede is a haven of trekkers and for those who fall in love with nature. Parundupara is also known as Grampy.
Location: Idukki Dt. 10 km from Kattapana
Tips: Stay away from slippery rocks. Don't try to swim in the reservoir
What to do: Enjoy mornings and evenings. Explore the tunnel
Best season: Aug - May
Anchuruli is almost at the back side of the Idukki dam. A rare land view of the reservoir. Small hills layered in different shapes touches the water. All around the greenery of the Western Ghats. It must have been a good humorist, who gave the name Panchalimedu, seeing the five islands resembling five urulees (huge round-shaped vessels made of bronze) kept upside down in the ldukki Lake. The 4 km long huge tunnel through a hill that brings water to Anchuruli reservoir from Irattiyar check dam is a wonderful sight to behold. On days when the flow of water is bare minimum you see a circle of light, as small as a coin, on the other side of the tunnel. During rainy season the water from the tunnel falls like a waterfall into the reservoir. Anchuruli canal also falls into the reservoir.
Location: Idukki Dt. 15 km east to Nedumkandam, along Thekkady Munnar road.
Altitude: About 3670 ft from sea level
Tips: Stay away from cliffs, Avoid using loose clothes, Don't go late in the evening.
What to do: Enjoy the wind and sunset. Trekking
Best season: Sept - May
The wind frolics in Ramakkalmedu A wind that topples and tumbles everything. It is one of a kind of experience to strive against the wind to climb to the top of the rocks that look like a cluster of clouds, closely knit. In Asia this is one of the places where the wind is the most powerful. It Is believed that Lord Rama came in search of Sita here in the 'Tretayugam`. It became Ramakkalmedu because Rama set his foot here. It is dizzy to look below to the depths. The Tamil borders leading up to Madhura. In the grassland plenty of travelers will be gathered around the huge statue of the Kuravan, Kurathi and kids. Some distance away there is the sight of the windmills of Kuruvikkanam reaping the wind.
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