exotic appeal finds best expression in the rising Western
Ghats. With an average height
of 1520 m , it houses rich flora and fauna.
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 75 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 metres to the tallest peak Padagiri looming at 1572
Nelliyampathy from Palghat is hair-raising in itself with
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.
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.
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
At an elevation of 1700 m.above sea level, this place
is 13 kms. away from Munnar. It is also
the seat of the Indo-Swiss Dairy Project where the green
meadows, the exotic cattle and the rose garden attracts
a lot of tourists.
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 hills. 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
Peermade is a small hill station on the way to Thekkady.
It is a fertile land at an altitude of 914 metres. 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.
Wagamon 64 km. from Kottayam and 34 km. from Pala, situated
at an elevation of 1100 metres above sea level is a trekker's
paradise. It is a very ideal tourist spot surrounded by
the greenery of tea gardens, beautiful meadows, valleys
and dales. Other attractions: Thangal para, lndo-swiss
project, Kurisumala Ashram.