plantations of coffee, tea, cardamom, pepper and rubber, stretch over
the hills of Wayanad as far as the eye can see. With the fast-flowing
rivers - Panamaram, Mananthavady and Kabini - cutting across the
undulating panorama and lending a picture-postcard look to the whole
region - the north eastern tip of Kerala.
A quaint little hill station tucked away in the Western Ghats, Ponmudi
is at an altitude of 1100 ft. above sea level. Lush green woods,
lazily meandering streams and countless varieties of butterflies lend
a strange magic to Ponmudi.
A forest range
kms. (travel time: 2 ½ hours) from Palghat, the Nelliyampathy hills
comprise a chain of ridges cut off from one another by valleys of
dense evergreen forests and orange plantations The height of the hills
range from 467 meters to the tallest peak Padagiri looming at 1572
Accessing Nelliyampathy from Palghat is a sensation on its own, as you
negotiate over a dozen hairpin curves on the ghat road passing through
the fascinating jungles of the Sahya Ranges. En route, 17 kms. from
Palghat, the shimmering Pothundi Reservoir and its manicured
surroundings make for an ideal stop over.
The nature-lovers paradise. Snuggling in the green and serene Kannan
Devan Hills, lies the quite and restful resort of Munnar, at an
altitude of 1524 m and 136 km off Cochin.
Panoramic views of low-flying clouds and mist filled valleys make it a
pretty little heaven with a cool bracing climate. It was opened up out
of virgin forests a century ago by pioneering planters.
Within its remote and elderly churches - gracious, stone-structures
with ancient chandeliers and rosewood pews. A little beyond lies
Anaimudi, South India's highest peak. In the vicinity is the
Eravikulam National Park, the home of the endangered Nilgiri Tahr that
roams on a stretch of grassland or is seen climbing the pinnacles of
the undulating hills.
Here we can have a glimpse of a Gaur, Langur, Lion-tailed macaque, and
Elephants roaming in herds.
The Kundale Tea Plantation - An area surrounding a lovely lake that
offers some of the most stunning views of the region. It offers the
best opportunity you are ever likely to have to see the tea
plantations, to watch tea being picked, to learn how tea is processed,
to smell the sweet scent of tea wafting through the air and to buy the
tea directly from the gardens.
Kundale Tea Plantation - An area surrounding a lovely lake that offers
some of the most stunning views of the region. It offers the best
opportunity you are ever likely to have to see the tea plantations, to
watch tea being picked, to learn how tea is processed, to smell the
sweet scent of tea wafting through the air and to buy the tea directly
from the gardens.
En route to Munnar, 121 kms. away from Kottayam lies Idukki, a small
hill town surrounded by a spread of beautiful, wooden valleys and
meandering streams. Famed for its arched dam built across the Periyar
river, Idukki literally means a narrow gorge.
Devikulam is a dainty town, sixteen kilometers southwest of Munnar. It
consist of irresistibly green slopes touching the sky
at a thousand metres and its silent clusters of slender red and blue
gum trees. It has a lovely little lake hidden within the rolling
According to a legend, Sita Devi, the holy consort of Lord Rama, came
down to frolic in the lake and the place came to be spoken about as Devikulam(meaning
the lake of the goddess), ever since.
Peermade is a small hill station on the way to Thekkady. It is a
fertile land at an altitude of 914 meters. Formerly the summer palaces
of Travancore Rajas, this tiny and cool hill station is full of
rubber, tea, coffee, pepper and cardamom plantation, interspersed with
waterfalls and open grass lands.
A place of great scenic beauty with picturesque hills, streams and
luxuriant vegetation, one of the highest locations in Wayanad, and
registers the second highest degree of rainfall in the world. 3 km
from here is Pookode Lake,the natural fresh water lake, very wide and
deep, one of the rare reservoirs of water in Wayanad. Surrounded on
all sides by meadows and hills, it has become a favorite picnic spot.
The Dam is constructed
across Cherukunnapuzha, a tributary of Mangalam river. The dam is
located in picturesque surroundings.
The reservoir fringes on the forest area where there are deer, wild
elephants and a variety of birds. There are beautiful parks and lawns
adorned with statues.
Malampuzha a major tourist attraction is in the site of a large
irrigation dam built across the Bharathapuzha. The town is set at the
base of the hills of the Western Ghats and around the large reservoir
are beautiful rose gardens and amusement parks for children as well as
facilities for boat cruises in the reservoir. The famous work 'Yakshi'
done by Kerala's famous sculptor Kanai Kunhiraman is another
attraction in this garden