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Excursions

Kumily (4Km):
It is an important spice trading centre and handles a major share of the trade in pepper and cardamom. One can attend auctions with prior permission. Kerala Cardamom Processing Marketing Centre, the main cardamom auction centre in Kumily, holds its weekly auction on Wednesdays & Sundays. At MAS Enterprises, Vandanmedu, it is held on Fridays. Besides being an auction centre, many wholesale and retail shops function here.

Murikkady (5 Km):

Washed in fresh spice scented air, it is a panorama of cardamom, coffee & pepper plantations.

Pandikuzhi (9 Km):

This picturesque spectrum of exotic flora, fauna & gurgling streams is cradled between Chellarkovil & the Tamilnadu border.

Chellarkovil (18 km):
This sleepy little village with its breathtaking view of the plains & cascading waterfalls is a feast for the eyes. The village slopes down to the famous coconut groves of Cumbum in neighbouring Tamilnadu.

Mangaladevi Temple (15 km):
The ancient temple is hidden in the dense woods at the top of a peak 1337 m above sea level. Visitors are allowed only on the Chitra Pournami festival day. Permission to visit the area can be obtained from the Wildlife Warden, Thekkady.

Vandiperiyar (18 Km):

The river Periyar flowing through the centre of this town nourishes its vast tea, coffee and pepper plantations. A major trade centre, Vandiperiyar is also home to a number of tea factories. The Govt Agriculture Farm & Flower Garden have a delightful array of rose plants, orchids & anthuria.

Peerumedu (40 Km.):
At an altitude of 914 mts., is a small hill station on the way to Thekkady. The place is full of rubber, coffee, pepper and cardamom Plantations.

It takes its name from Peer Mohammed, Sufi saint and close associate of the erstwhile royal family of Travancore. The mausoleum of the Saint, the summer palace of the royal family and the residence of the diwan are situated nearby. The places of interest include Peeru hills, Parunthupara, CSI Church (built in 1867), Amritamedu, Madammakulam, Pattumala, Thrisangu Hills, Summer Palace, Panchalimedu, Kootikkal-Mundakayam


Pullumedu (43 Km):
The winding journey to this hill town, along the Periyar River, offers a stunning view of the rolling hills draped in lush greenery. The famous Sri Ayyappa temple at Sabarimala is visible from here. It is part of the restricted forest zone and special permission has to be obtained from the Wildlife Preservation Officer, Thekkady or the Range Officer, Vallakkadavu. Tel: 252515.

Gavi (44 Km):
A picturesque place where one can go trekking, birdwatching, outdoor camping & boating.

Vandanmedu (25 Km.):
Situated at a height of 4000 ft., it is the largest producer of cardamom in the country and has several tea and spice plantations as well. It is the one of the world’s largest auction centres for cardamom.

Sabarimala:
The famous forest shrine is situated within the limits of Periyar Tiger Reserve. The temple dedicated to Lord Ayyappa is accessible only by foot. It attracts a large number of pilgrims every year during Mandala Pooja (November/December) and for Makara Vilaku (January). The temple is opened for darshan for 41 days during Nov.& Dec.

and for 18 days in January every year. The temple is also open for the first five days of every month of the Malayalam calendar and during Vishu (April). There is no restriction for any religion but women aged between 10 & 50 are not permitted. Devotees undertaking the pilgrimage to Sabarimala practice a period of austerity prior to their journey usually for 41 days. The road route for the temple is Kottayam-Erumeli (35Km)-Chalakkayam (100 Km)-Pamba (5 Km). From Pamba travel on foot for 4 hours through the jungle to reach the temple. The temple authorities have accommodation near the temple on nominal rent.


Kurisumala ( 60 Km):
It can be reached through two routes. Both converge at Kollampattada, where you get a magnificent view of the surrounding hills, Periyar lake, Kumily town, portions of Tamilnadu etc. Every year on Good Friday, pilgrims climb up this mountain. One can trek up or take a short jeep drive,

Vagamon (70 Km):
Grass covered hills & the cool mountain air make it a perfect holiday retreat. A curious blend of religious mysticism & European legacies, this hillside village is a haven of tranquility. The dairy farm managed by the Kurisumala monks is worth a visit.

Idukki (85 Km):

The district of Idukki is one of the most nature rich areas of Kerala. High ranges and valleys are girded by 3 main rivers, Periyar, Thalayar & Thodupuzhayar & their tributaries. River Pamba also has its origin here. Idukki offers diverse attractions like wildlife, hill stations etc. It has a large population of tribals like Muthuvan, Malayarayan, Mannan, Paliyan, Urali etc.

Thommankuthu:

17 Km from Thodupuzha. It is famous for its numerous waterfalls.

Anamudi:
Anamudi peak is the highest in South India.

Kuttikkanam (48 Km):
A place for adventure tourism and trekking, or even a languorous, tranquil break.




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