When traveling to Kerala, mostly people prefer to explore the backwaters and sea beaches. If thinking of hill stations, it must be Munnar or Wayanad. Keeping your itinerary flexible can easily fit some of the least explored spots like Ilaveezhapoonchira. The grass covered hillocks and the misty valley with a swirling river through its folds gives a traveler his best chance to have a handshake with nature.
Mud roads, tough curves, and unstable earth makes the place almost unreachable, but there lies the adventure. After overcoming the hurdles and when you reach the peak, you will experience the unexplored nature just inside your hug. Though ideal for trekking, this rarely explored picnic spot is best visited on a bike. When the rocks are drenched under monsoon showers with streams plunging from hillocks, the vegetation is lush and the place is extremely exotic.
How to reach there?
Nearest Airport: The nearest airport, Cochin International Airport, is 72 kilometers away. There are roads connecting the airport and Ilaveezhapoonchira and you can avail public transport until Melukavu, a place that is 4 kilometers away from Ilaveezhapoonchira.
Nearest Railway Station: The nearest railway station is at Kottayam which is 55 kilometers away. Public transport facilities can be availed from Kottayam as well.
By Road: If you prefer to rent a car or a bike, you can try renting them for self-drive from Kochi (Cochin). If you are planning for a car, make sure that you are renting a 4 wheel drive or get a bike which is the best as per the current requirements of the road after Melukavu.
Ilaveezhapoonchira is also perfect for trekking. Try exploring the place and the nearby hills on your foot and get a bit closer to nature.
Things to do or see
Trekking: As we have mentioned earlier, Ilaveezhapoonchira is a perfect place for trekking. Don’t miss your chance to delve into the lush green valleys.
Viewpoint: One of the highest points in the district, Ilaveezhapoonchira view point is a thrilling experience to get a sight of charming vegetation. On a clear day, you can even trace the blue shades of Arabian Sea.
Check-dam: On your way to the viewpoint, a small check-dam can give you the real countryside effect. Spend a few minutes there but do not try swimming in the water.
Illikkal Kallu: Illikkal Kallu is only 14 kilometers away from Ilaveezhapoonchira. Read our experience at Illikkal Kallu here.
Author: E Jey
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