We all love to travel because the journeys never end in our life. The people are always crazy about travel and it was the same in the past and the present. But with the emergence of social media, the trips seem to be transformed into some kind of celebrations. The new generation travelers started celebrating their trips by starting travel groups and being active in such groups. People started introducing the places in social media which the rest of the world has less knowledge, which makes travelers buckle up and get ready for their next trip. Here are the 48 awesome places in Kerala, with which most places have not yet covered or not even heard by a travel lover.
Anchuruli Tunnel: Anchuruli became famous after its beauty was captured in the Aashiq Abu movie, Idukki Gold. Anchuruli is located 3 kilometers away from Kanchiyar in Idukki district of Kerala. Anchuruli, an extension of Idukki dam is a wonderful picnic spot at Idukki, Kattappana. From where one can view the picturesque catchments area of the Idukki dam. The name ‘Anchuruli’ five vessels. The name Anchuruli is derived from five small hills visible in water when the water level is low and these hills looks like five inverted vessels. Anchuruli provides a bewitching and awesome view of nature. The awesome atmosphere with only sounds of birds, streams and waterfalls, obviously makes a true destination for everybody to relax and be away from the madding crowd and polluted cities. If you are interested in swimming, you can spent time in water. If you adventurous, u can go through the tunnel, with most care, depending on the water flow. Anchuruli is also an ideal place for fishing. Trekking also possible with the permission from the Divisional forest office at Kanchiyar.
Ambanadan hill range-The Ambanad Estate was established by the British. The factory set up by them is still here. British machinery is used in the factory even today. The factory and estate belong to Travancore Rubber and Tea Company. In the factory, we can see the various stages of tea production.
ANAMADA ESTATE, started by Britishers by the end of eighteenth century. Bounded with the vested forest of parambikulam tiger reserve and Nelliyampathy reserve forest our resort has found the most ideal location in the heart of these forests in western ghats . The road from nelliyampathy, around 13.5 km off road track which takes you to the resort is a very rare adventurous path that can be cherished forever, and also a source of great attraction for those adventurous tourists.
Agasthyakoodam is nature’s ode to bird watchers. This second highest peak in Kerala has long been known as a bird watcher’s paradise and many gather here to catch sight of exotic birds. It can be viewed from near Neyyar Dam as well as Bonakkad. Agasthyakoodam is also known for its remarkable flora and fauna, especially certain rare medicinal herbs which have been discovered here. Over 2000 species including lichens, orchids, mosses and ferns have been recorded in the area.
The peak was named after the sage Agastya and is a popular pilgrim site. A shrine dedicated to him is located here and is frequented by devotees. The air itself is said to have medicinal qualities. The peak is a 90 minute drive with Bonakkad being the last motorable spot. Trekking is restricted as only a few people are allowed to go up the peak and women are not allowed to partake in the same. One must get a forest pass from the wildlife office in Thiruvananthapuram with December to April being the recommended months.
Nearest railway station: Thiruvananthapuram Central, around 61 km from Bonacaud.
Nearest airport: Trivandrum International Airport, around 69 km from Bonacaud.
Thollayiram: A virgin paradise
Ever wanted to tuck into an ethereally beautiful, utterly isolated paradise? ‘Thollayiram’ might just be the place for you. Thollayiram is a pretty little secret, a green hideaway, nuzzled in the hidden reaches of Wayanad.
The surprise the name of the destination (Thollayiram which in Malayalam language means 900) evokes is mirrored by the beauty of the place and one may wonder how a stunner like Thollayiram could evade the tourism radar. It is this untouched beauty that makes Thollayiram an escapist’s refuge.
With a gurgling stream set against the backdrop of green carpeted hills, billows of mist swirling about shrouding your vision and embracing you in its bear hug and crisp air laden with the smells and sighs of the mountain caressing you, Thollayiram is every bit a charmer.
This serene strip of earth in the hidden reaches of Wayanad can be accessed by taking the route that goes to Soochipara Waterfalls from Meppadi, near Kalpetta. Beyond the first bridge after Kalladi Makham, your journey to this lesser known destination starts. The scenic drive through the trail to reach Thollayiram is every bit as intriguing and refreshing as it sounds and adventurous as well.
Amble up the trail studded by leaf litters and flanked by forest land on one side and coffee or cardamom plantation on the other side to reach this pristine stretch. Grand views are offered at each bend as you enter this incredible landscape.
Thollayiram is the name of the estate located inside the forest land. Years ago, this pristine stretch of land was part of the 900 acres of land owned by one Parel Pappan which later got fragmented into innumerable land masses. However, the name stuck and the place is still called Thollayiram.
As you reach the top, the chimes of a waterfall start pulsating through the woods revealing a wild beauty- a strikingly lovely stream set against a highly dramatic backdrop of lush rolling hills.
The paradise that Thollayiram is, it sure will be lodged in the memory forever. Once here, immerse in the magic conjured up by nature.
Travel 23 km from Wayanad town to Meppadi via Meenangadi-Panamaram road. 13 km off Meppadi is Thollayiram which can be reached via Kalladi Makham.
Nearest railway station: Kozhikode, 62 km from Wayanad
Nearest airport: Calicut International Airport, about 65 km from Wayanad
Vagamon:-Vagamon hill station in Idukki is among the few spots on the planet that need to be experienced firsthand to truly discover its glory. The grassy hills, velvet lawns and overall mysticism of the place cannot be replicated anywhere else in the world. This quaint town lies untouched by any modern influences and is neatly tucked away in Idukki district. Visitors can avail many activities including trekking, paragliding, mountaineering and rock climbing. People love travelling across a chain of three famous hills: Thangal, Murugan and Kurisumala. These are important to Hindus, Muslims and Christians, respectively, and are a perfect example of the communal harmony prevalent in the place. The Kurisumala monks have an enchanting dairy farm nearby that is truly a delight to visit.
Nearest railway station: Kottayam, about 75 km from Peermede
Nearest airport: Cochin International Airport, about 150 km from Peermede
Vayalada– Quite natural place in kozhikode district of gods own country, well blessed with nature. It is a very unknown, beautiful peak. About 12 km from balusseri. Anyone can get bus to balussery from koyilandi or from kozhikode at any time between 7.00 am and 7.00.pm. Buses are very less to vayalada. So it is better to go with own vehicles. bike is a better option because road after bus stop is not good. Most roads are with rough stones.
Dam view point is the main attraction in this place. An amazing View of peruvannamuzhi dam is possible from top of vayalada dam view point.
The view is only possible if the climate is good. Some time the atmosphere may foggy. We got a very pleasant atmosphere at top. So I could capture top views very well.
Route map: Kozhikode- balussery-vayalada (or) koyilandi-balussery-vayalada.
it is better to carry a bottle water to drink on the way of your walk from bus stop to dam view point.
Vattavada-Most locations in Munnar are generally known for their slopes, rare fauna and a wonderful view of the valley. Vattavada, however, is known for its vegetables. These terraced slopes and valleys, located 45 km to the east of Munnar, contain some of the finest crops and produce in all of Kerala.
Situated 6500 ft above sea level, people visit this exceptional destination in large numbers. It is known for its equable climate and is blessed with sunlight throughout the year. The slopes of the multi-colored vegetable fields are dotted with various forest patches. One can see beautiful trees like the Eucalyptus and Conifers in these parts. You can also observe some rare butterfly species here, fluttering around in various hues and sizes.
The trekking routes are special in Vattavada as they are connected to many other important destinations in the area. A trek here can get you to other tourist favourites like Kodaikanal, Top Station, Mattupetty, Kanthaloor and Meesapulimala. People love walking these trails to soak in the beautiful natural vegetation. The locals are friendly and are always ready to help in any way they can. Private operators also offer special packages that include mountain jeep safari, mountain biking and jungle camping.
These lands have a rich history and the tribals of the area attest to that. Their customs, art forms, natural remedies and way of life have intrigued people for centuries and add a distinctive flavour to the entire place.
Nearest railway station: Ernakulam Junction, about 130 km away from Munnar
Nearest airport: Cochin International Airport, about 110 km away from Munnar
Vaishali, the Hidden Cave-
Movies and locations leave lasting impression in our minds. And today, we are going to go back in time and tell you the story of how a small cave near Idukki dam holds a unique place in the Malayali psyche – all thanks to Vaishali, a movie that hit the screens in 1988.
Vaishali, a period drama helmed by ace director Bharathan starring Suparna and Sanjay Mitra hit the marquee in 1988. The story which traces its roots to the epic Mahabharata spoke about Rishyasringan, a young seer who was seduced by Vaishali. The movie had some memorable songs picturised in Idukki. The most memorable one being Indraneelimayolum, which was shot near the Idukki Dam.
This cave has an interesting story too. While building the Idukki Dam, rocks blasted off were taken through this cave to the dam site. A lot of people visit the cave even now. Ask around. Sometimes, the authorities do not permit you to visit these caves.
Uluppuni-Travelers visiting Vagamon can definitely consider this beautiful destination in their travel bucket. Uluppuni is around 16kms from vagamon towards pulikanam route.
The major attraction of Uluppuni is the picturesque meadows. whoever visited Vagamon might have seen the real beauty of meadows there. One can see the even better version of the meadows at Uluppuni.
Uluppuni journey will be a very good trekking experience and worth putting some efforts to see the majestic scenery. The route is completely in an off-road condition which can offer you certain level of adventure also.
Almost 7 kms needs to be traveled in this off-road for the view points. You can see the Kulamavu Dam reservoir from the view point which is exceptionally beautiful from the hill top.
One of the famous malayalam action drama movie, Iyobinte Pusthakam (The book of Iyob ) has shot in Uluppuni. This enchanting beauty is not yet commercialized like Vagamon and Nearby destinations.
I am recommending this destinations for the adventure trekkers and nature lovers. The fresh air and the cool breeze at the Uluppuni will never make you feel returning from there.
How to reach Uluppuni
Basically there are two routes to reach Uluppuni. One is through Chottupara Junction before reaching Vagamon. Next is through Moolamattam , which is a complete off-road route. You can not take your four-wheeler till the hill station.
Tusharagiri falls-The Thusharagiri (mist capped peaks) Waterfalls in Kozhikode is Nature’s love letter to trekking aficionados. A trek started early in the day takes one through pristine dense evergreen forests teeming with exotic birds and animals. You will find yourself at Vythiri in Wayanad by evening, which is another fantastic location connected to Thusharagiri.
Taking a dip in the cool water here is highly recommended as well, to reinvigorate one’s body. The road to the waterfalls has some delightful plantations that are on every traveller’s wishlist. Around 50 km from Kozhikode, this plantation hotbed is famous for rubber, arecanut, pepper, ginger and spices. It is a wonderful destination to have a simple picnic and enjoy nature at its finest.
Nearest railway station: Kozhikode, about 50 km
Nearest airport: Calicut International Airport, about 23 km from Kozhikode town
Thenmala Eco-Tourism-Thenmala, which lies at the conjunction of the Kollam-Shencottah road and the Trivandrum-Shencottah road, boasts of India’s first planned Eco-tourism destination. It has 10 Eco-tourism spots that cover the great hill ranges of Trivandrum, Pathanamthitta and Quilon districts. ‘Thenmala’ translates to ‘Honey Hill’ and so it is no surprise that high quality honey is exported from this area. The surrounding dense forest is also known for the timber that is in much demand across the country. Its terrain is dotted by forests, rubber and tree plantations and was selected by the World Tourism Organisation as one of the premier eco-friendly projects in the world.
Thenmala is located 66 kms to the east of Kollam and is a treasure trove of activities. From boat rides to leisurely walks to even adventure sports like mountain biking and rock climbing, we have you covered on all fronts. The staff is well trained in providing the required help and information at all times. Visits to the Thenmala Dam are open to tourists and the view is renowned all across the area. The sway bridge available at the Leisure Zone is a favourite among children. The winding pathways, boardwalk and sculpture garden are all worth spending an evening at. The deep woods of Thenmala contain specially made tree huts where one can escape into a separate zone in the forest. It is a surreal experience, vouched for by all our visitors.
Visits to Thenmala also include opportunities to observe some very unique spots. The Nakshatravanam, a nursery of trees that are considered sacred to the 27 constellations, has people thronging to it to take home a sapling of the tree related to their own birth star. A visit to the nearby Deer Rehabilitation Centre is a must as various species of deer are bred here. They are released into the forest when the population reaches optimum levels. A boat ride in the majestic Shenduruney Wildlife Sanctuary caps off a memorable trip to Thenmala. The rare flora and fauna on display are truly exquisite and will remain etched in your memory.
Silent valley-Its silence, emphasised by the missing Cicadas that gave Silent Valley its name, may make you feel and hear things you could never have imagined. A few centuries ago, till before humans reached the Silent Valley, this reserve of tropical rainforests stood undisturbed and tranquil like a beautiful diamond hidden perfectly.
Located in the Northeast corner of Palakkad district, Silent Valley was named a national park only in 1984. It was called ‘Sairandhrivanam’ as it was considered this was where Sairandhiri (the secret identity donned by Panchali, from the epic Mahabharatha) hid along with her five husbands, the Pandavas, while escaping their cruel cousins, the Kauravas. The river which feeds the entire forest, Kunthippuzha, was named after Kunthi, mother of the Pandavas. It is shielded by the Nilgiri Plateau to the North and the Mannarkad Plains to the South. It constitutes the centerpiece of the Nilgiri Biosphere Reserve, an integral part of the Western Ghats, christened a World Heritage site by UNESCO in 2012.
The flora and fauna on display makes one wonder if this ecosystem has survived since the very beginning of time. From tigers, leopards, elephants, snakes, Lion Tailed Macaques and Malabar Giant Squirrels to moths, bugs and toads, the diversity in fauna is breathtaking. Along with them one can view over 1000 species of flowering plants and another 110 species of orchids that enchant all who see them. Over 400 species of moths and 200 species of butterflies have been catalogued here. The 128 species of beetles deserve a special mention since 10 of them were previously unknown to mankind.
Many have passed through here since then but none have been able to put to words the exact feelings or detail the emotions evoked by the experience these forests have to offer. It is something to be observed firsthand, this absolute gift of nature.
Mount Sathram or simply Sathram is situated in Thekkady, Idukki district of Kerala, which is around 14kms from Vandiperiyar. Sathram offers a canvas of nature, with its picturesque meadows and greenish hills. Sathram in Malayalam means “a place to rest” and is closely situated to Periyar Tiger Reserve, Idukki.
Wondering how this place got this name? Here we got you the reason behind the name Sathram.
The famous pilgrim in Kerala, Sabarimala Temple is accessible through Mount Sathram by trekking through the dense forest. During festival seasons people use this place for resting, before starting the trek and hence the name Sathram, arise.
Wondering how this place got this name? Here we got you the reason behind the name Sathram.
The famous pilgrim in Kerala, Sabarimala Temple is accessible through Mount Sathram by trekking through the dense forest. During festival seasons people use this place for resting, before starting the trek and hence the name Sathram, arise.
Name: Sathram (Malayalam : സത്രം )
District: Idukki, Kerala.
Known for: Off Roading, Trekking
Best Time to Visit: All days.
Entry Fees: –
Camera Entry Fees: –
How to reach Sathram Idukki:
Vandiperiyar can be accessed either via Kumily (from Thekkady/Munnar/Theni) or via Kanjirapally (from Kottayam/Kochi) through National Highway 220(NH 220) which otherwise know Kottayam-Kumily Road or in short KK Road.
Sathram, Idukki Nearby Attractions:
Idukki is one of the places in Kerala, with its blessing from Mother Nature. It has many more attractions in the surrounding areas, which includes:
Periyar Tiger Reserve
Paruthumpara View Point & much more…
Rosemala:-Located about 15 km deep into the forest from Aryankavu, Rosemala is one of the less explored eco tourism spots in Kerala. The forest road leading to Rosemala is steep and winding. You can enjoy the tranquility of several mountain streams on your path through the thick forest tracts. Hiring a jeep would be the best choice to reach Rosemala. You can seek the help of the forest department for the journey.
Start your trekking by venturing into Darbhakkulam, a pond deep inside Rosemala. Darbha is the name for Poa cynosuroides, a plant which has got significance in Hindu rituals. It is presumed that once this place was filled with these plants. On the way to Darbhakkulam observe the forest that teems with life and rich in biodiversity. Enjoy the vibrancy of nature. Watch rare species of butterflies, mushrooms and frogs. The serene surface of the lake mirrors the undulating green hills that surround the lake. The fluid sketch of the lush greenery is torn by the plenitude of the fishes dancing in the lake. Listen carefully; you will hear the sweet melody of waters flowing through the caves in the eastern region of the lake.
A rare spectacle awaits you at Rosemala watchtower. You have to return to the Rosemala junction to go to the watchtower. The watchtower unveils you the vastness of the Thenmala Dam in its entirety. The cool breeze embracing the lake is sure to last in your memory forever. If you are lucky enough to have good climate you can enjoy sunrise and sunset from this point.
Pallivasal is another trekking region at Rosemala. Tread the forest road for two kilometers that leads to the lake. The boat slicing the waves of the lake takes you to the heart of the forest.
The meeting place of the rivers Umayar, Shenduriniyar and Uriliyar is really captivating. Steer the boat to peck the unending water. The reservoir lies amid the gigantic hills. The lake is 115 m deep at certain places. The serenity with which one admired the lake from the shore is gradually giving way for rough waves. The wind causes the waves to swell a little. As you reach the shore, the waters, ever charming, would have lulled your heart.
Ranipuram hills is located 750m above sea level on the Western Ghats in Kasaragod district. Covered with evergreen shola woods, monsoon forests and grasslands, this beautiful land is known for its trekking trails. Ranipuram was earlier known as Madathumala and its extensive forests merge into those of Karnataka. Wild elephants can be seen wandering on the mountain tops here. Tourist cottages provide comfortable stay on the hills. Jeep and bus services are available from Panathady and Kanhangad in kasaragod town. Ranipuram in its natural beauty is comparable to Ooty – a popular hill station in South India.
Nearest major railway station: Kasaragod, about 85 km from Ranipuram, on the Kozhikode-Mangalore-Mumbai route.
Nearest airports: Mangalore, about 50 km from Kasaragod; Karipur International Airport, Kozhikode, about 200 km from Kasaragod.
Ponmudi:-Locates in the capital city of Thiruvananthapuram will declare that a weekend drive to Ponmudi is among the best ways to spend time in the city. Families and friends alike are known to go on long drives up the winding paths for a view they insist rivals any other in the State. The mist filled mountains fill one with a feeling of wonder and amazement and the hill station welcomes visitors throughout the year. Situated around 945 m above sea level, it is known for the various tea estates located in the area. A large amount of rare flora and fauna can be seen here including mountain flowers, wild orchids and exotic butterflies.
The temperature is equable throughout the year and the three hour drive from the city is justified once the valley comes into view. One can always stopover at the breathtaking Kallar River on the way which flows parallel to the road in the opposite direction with the picturesque Meenmutty Waterfalls also just a little distance ahead. A large number of cottages and resorts have come up in the area. Trekking and camping options are also available for those interested in exploring this natural wonder on foot, The tree house view tower is another great place to visit. Ponmudi is indeed a rising hotbed of tourist activity. A hill so close to the city, yet nestled so near the protective arms of the sea.
Nearest railway station: Thiruvananthapuram, about 61 km away
Nearest airport: Trivandrum International Airport, about 67 km away.
Phantom Kettu, Munnar Phantom head peak is one among the new hill stations in Kerala, situated almost 7000 feet from sea level. From the Anaerangal Camp one has to travel almost 6kms through the off road route to reach the peak point. The road is narrow enough where hardly a jeep can manage in one direction
Parunthumpara is a small village, located between Peermade and Thekkady. It is the charming place with huge extend of rock along with the abundant green grass, a hill point blessed with its natural beauty.
Parunthumpara- Meaning of the Name
The word ‘parunth’ in the local language means Eagle and ‘para’ means rock. It is called Parunthumpara or eagle rock because of a large area around the place is like an eagle. It is 6 km from Peermade, 25 km from Thekkady & 3 km From National Highway 220.This area provides a bird’s eye view of an endless stretch of green forest land and low-lying areas. We can get the view of the Sabarimala forests and we can view “Makara Jothi” (sabarimala) from this beautiful place.
Parambikulam Tiger Reserve is situated in Chittur taluk of Palakkad district and is about 100 km away from Palakkad. The challenging hill ranges here are placed at an altitude of 300 to 1438 m above sea level and the place offers a good climate with temperatures ranging from 15 degree Celsius to 32 degree Celsius. Sprawling over an area of 285 sq km, Parambikulam can boast of the first scientifically managed teak plantations of the world and also houses the world’s tallest and oldest teak tree.
Palakkayam Thattu is a Plateau like Grassland area on Palakkayam Hill near Vellad Village in Naduvil Grama Panchayath in Taliparamba Thaluk in Kannur Dt in Kerala. It is near Paithalmala. You can reach there from Taliparamba through Karuvanchal – Vellad – Kudiyanmala road. You have to depend on Jeep or other types of Off Road Vehicles to reach there. The bird’s eye view of green hills around can be seen from all sides. It is noted by the presence of rare Kannanthali plant (Exacum tetrgonum). Kannanthali Flowers were in full blossom when we visited, and reminded about the lost heaven of Biodiversity of Western Ghats which is destroyed for human habitation. Even now it is possible to conserve a lot area of Western Ghats if we take bold and sensitive steps
Pythal Mala is an enchanting hill station locatd 65 km away from Kannur town in Kerala. It is situated 4,500 ft. above sea level near the Kerala – Karnataka border and is rich in flora and fauna. A 6 km trek is needed to reach the top of the hills.
Nearest railway station: Kannur, about 39 km away
Nearest airport: Calicut International Airport, about 159 km away
Oonjappara:-Kothamngalam is famous for the most beautiful places that are to be definitely visited, like Thattekad, Bhoothathankettu, Idamalayar and goes on Oonjappara.
We are talking about the special and obviously the oh-so-awesome place, do you know what is its speciality? well, it is famous for the water. yes! isn’t it ironic? yeah! I know it’s summer and I am saying that the water is freaking cold and special, I know, even hell freezes, no one is going to believe me. But guys you have to. It’s something, none of us should miss out in our life, ever. oonjapara just 7km far away from Kothamngalam town. so as I was saying, the hero in our story is the Aquadate there. It carries water from Bhoothanthakettu dam, which is a source of refreshment and also a reason for the cold and freezing water, we all desired to be felt in this hot summer season. nevertheless, the atmosphere we find takes our breath away. it is surrounded by those luscious green grass which we all have heard only in fairy tale stories and obviously, those stories which have been passed by our late ancestors and surrounded widely by paddy fields.
We all know the route of Kothamangalam-Thattekad road, from there we reach Keerampara, 1km ahead, taking a right, and so 100 meters from there, we reach our destination. since this place is mostly an inward area, there is a chance that using google can land you in trouble, but the people we meet in this place are people good at heart. By taking guidance from the people we meet there is far better than using google because since they are very much familiar with the place, they will give us a tour which includes exploring and adventures.
Being a Malayali and for a fact a work addict, people often chooses their stress relief in tours and exploration. so, they mostly opt for one-day trips. why taking longer than already we are? Let’s rush and explore that beauty and magic of nature.
Nilambur:-Enriched with raw nature, a unique blend of culture, exquisite art forms and shadows of colonial rule, Nilambur is located in Malappuram District of Kerala. Nestled at the bank of Chaliyar River in proximity to Nilgiri Range, this small town is popularly known as ‘Land of Teak Plantations’.
Blessed with vibrant shades of natural beauty, the region is clustered with exotic wildlife and showcases a vivid illustrations of past through several royal residencies. Nilambur, covered under vast tracks of forest has many kind of wood mushrooming around other than teak. Venteak, rosewood and mahogany are the other few type of wood that flourish in the area. Pleasant weather is the last thread that makes this town a perfect destination for all kind of vacation makers.
Nelliyampathy:-If you see the mist floating in the air and a pleasant aroma of coffee teasing your nostrils, a chain of majestic mountains peaking from all around and a wonderful weather relaxing your nerves, then you are not dreaming, you are in a small beautiful hill station of Kerala known as Nelliyampathy.
With many unexplored treasures, Nelliyampathy is located near the Kerala and Tamil Nadu border offering bounty of nature and lush green surroundings of tea, coffee and cardamom plantations. The town is also ornamented with variety of flora, fauna and picturesque tourist attractions. A perfect place for eco tourism and romantic holidays, the region comprises of peaks of altitude ranging from 500m to 1600m providing an incredible trekking trail for adventure buffs. Bestowed with the best of all the elements, Nelliyampathy is a perfect getaway for all kind for vacation makes.
Meesappulimala:-, one of the highest peaks in South India , is near to the famous hill station Munnar in Kerala. Infact, this tourism spot was not a well known place to many. This mesmerizing paradise of nature is slowly getting popular among ardent trekkers. One can find Meesappulimala as a destination for the highly adventurous. Meesappulimala as the second highest peak in the Western Ghats after Anamudi, one can have a memorable trekking experience. While trekking you will feel that you are walking with the clouds.
Meesappulimala is a must go place for all trekking enthusiasts. A place to have memorable moments and most enjoyable time in your life. When you go to this hill station, you need to cross seven hills and traverse many wild brooks. The sight of Meesappulimala after crossing the seventh hill, resembles the face of a tiger. So the name of the hill station comes from the shape of the hills. The sight from the top of the Messapulimala hills is worth the effort taken to climb it. You cannot get anymore close to the drifting clouds. Since the rocky hill station is situated at the Tamil Nadu border, you will get a beautiful view of Kodaikanal hills and Yellapatti village far below.
How to reach Meesappulimala?
All of you know the know the most beautiful place in Kerala; Munnar, Maryoor. From Munnar, you have to travel 24 kms to reach the base camp of Meesappulimala. From base camp travel 4 kms to the Rhodo valley Munnar, till where the vehicles will come. In Rhodo valley, we can find a cave which is called ‘Pandava Cave’. It is believed that the Pandavas stayed in this cave, during their exile. A day’s stay in Rhodo valley will energise you to treck with full enthusiasm. You can stay in tent houses, which is provided by the The Kerala Forest Development Corporation (KFDC).
Start Trekking to Meesappulimala
From Rhodo valley, the real enjoyment of trekking starts. On the way to Meesappulimala, we have to cross many streams. Waterfalls on the way, gives a fresh feeling for both mind and body. Enjoying the music of birds, the whistling sound of the Pine trees and the rhythm of the streams on the way to your destination. You may get chance to see wild animals on your way. At the peek of Meesappulimala, you can feel the gentle touch of the clouds, a never before experience of your life. You hae reached at an altitude of 8,661 feet from the sea level. Look around the have a panoramic view of Anamudi, the highest peak in the Western Ghats the Mattupetty and Anayirangal reservoirs, and the neighbouring state Tamilnadu.
Enjoy trekking, watch the nature, the verities of flowers, trees, birds and butterflies, the music of the nature, the freshness of the nature. Make your minds fresh and relaxed. Enjoy the nature fully as a trekking enthusiast.
Things to know
Highest Elevation: 2640 meters, 8661 feet
Trek Route: Basecamp(Munnar) – Meesappulimala Peak
Trek Distance & Time: 18 Kms – 6-8 hrs Trek (appx time 4-5hrs to reach peak & 2-3 hrs to return)
Best time to start: Early morning
Trek Grade: Strenuous
Terrain Type: Forest Cover, Stremes, Small Water Falls, Sola Forest
Camping Area: Munnar Hotels
Best Season: October to February
Highlights: 2nd Highest Peak in South of India
Nearest Railway station: Theni
Nearest Airport: Cochin
Marottichal Falls:-Marottichal is 15 Kms away from Thrissur Town, Kerala. A beautiful place which is still unexplored by eco-tourism. A place for trecking through forest and two waterfalls are the main attractions, Olakkayam and Ilanjippara. There is not even a sign board other than a small board fixed by forest department. So identifying the entrance of Marottichal Kuthu is bit hard. Two wheelers and other vehicles have to park on road side.
How to reach Ilanjippara waterfall: Thrissur-> Kuttanellur->Marathakkara->Mannuthy byepass-> Puthur->Mannamangalam->Marottichal-> Cheerankund Kuthu (around 6 kms from Kuttanellur). Private buses are available from Thrissur Town to Mandamangalam.
Then take left through the sides of canal, it is a narrow path. After 10 mnts walk, you will reach the first water fall, Olakkayam. There you could have space for swim and have an open bath. It gives a nice trekking experience and about 3 kms you have to walk to reach the Ilanjippara water falls. Leeches are rare in this area, compared to other forest ranges. After an hour walk, you will reach the main water fall, Sure that you’ll get refreshed by the first sight itself.
Mamalakandam is a small Village/hamlet in Kothamangalam Taluk in Ernakulam District of Kerala State, India. It comes under Kuttampuzha Panchayath. It belongs to Central Kerala Division . It is located 73 KM towards East from District head quarters Kakkanad. 19 KM from Kothamangalam. 210 KM from State capital Thiruvananthapuram
Malakkappara:- is an unexplored tourist destination, being a boarder place belonging to Thrissur district of Kerala in India. This is a lesser developed area in Kerala.The area consists of the tea estate owned by Tata Tea, forest area of Kerala Forest Department belonging to both Vazhachal Forest Division and Malayattur Forest Division.
Many endangered and endemic species of flora and fauna are found in the forests of Malakkappara area.
Konni Adavi:-Its an amazing place which shows the beauty of the wild. Amazing kotta vanchi savari through the thick wild forest.
Kutta vanchi savari available here is of two types. During summer season when the water is low, it will be a half an hour program where they will move the kotta vanchi through the small stream of water in between the thick woods.
Second one is during the rainy season and its a one hour program where the savari will be done through a stream moving down side and it will be little bit like rafting to some extent.
In my opinion Its a best place to enjoy a cool morning or a chilly evening.
The rate for the savari is from 500 to 1000 depends up on the 1st type or second type of safari. The rate is for one boat itself which means for 4 people or for less than that we have.
Kodikuthimala also known as the Ooty of Malappuram  is a hill station in the Malappuram district of Kerala in India. Located in Vettathur and Thazhekode villages, at a height of 522 m above sea level, this is the highest geographic peak in Amminikkadan hills .The idyllic setting of this hilly area is truly fascinating. Ever-flowing springs, waterfalls, a watchtower and the Suicide Point are the main attractions here.
The British hoisted their flag on this hilltop during a survey, thus getting the name Kodikuthimala. It is almost two decades ago that the hilltop started featuring on the tourism map of Kerala. Around 70 acres of land in this area is earmarked by the Tourism Department for various projects. Kodikuthimala, at an altitude of 1,713-ft above sea level, has a watch tower that is popular with tourists visiting this serene place because of the vantage point it offers. On reaching the top of Kodikuthimala one is spellbound by the sheer beauty of the area.
Trekking to the top of Kodikuthimala is a challenging task due to the varied topography of the hill. It is a favourite spot for youngsters who like spending the day enjoying the charm and the panoramic view of Malappuram.
The ideal time to visit Kodikuthimala is between September to May. Those who love nature can choose this destination for its sheer natural beauty without the invasion of commercialism. It is located 66 km from Palakkad.32 km from Malappuram, 9 km from Perintalmanna and 82 km from Calicut.
Keralamkundu Falls:-6 Kilo Meters from Karuvarakundu town (we recommend Jeep or rough terrain vehicles), 3 K M tarred road + 3 KM rock paved road, upon reaching “Kalkundu Atti” take a walk in the stream running across the road, from there on walking is the only option, Music of water stream will echo in your ears, you will see Young monkey staring you surprised by your visit
From 1500 feet above the sea level the water falls in to 150 feet depth, the weather around this area is similar to “Ooty” This magnificent natural beauty not only offer you a scenic view but also this place is rich with bio diversity, there are many wild herbs and traditional medicinal plants
This Place for sure is a must visit for all those who loves nature.
Kava:-With the onset of the Monsoon, dark clouds gather over the picturesque Kava Village in Malampuzha, Palakkad, making it one of the finer destinations to chase the Monsoon. Located behind the famous Malampuzha Dam, this wonderful destination that borders the Western Ghats is now winning many Domestic and International Tourists. Kava is an ideal place for Nature Lovers and Adventures. The forest, en-route to Kava is a home for some rare species of birds and butterflies. Kava is the gateway of rains to Kerala. Tourists visit here to click the amazing pictures of the gathering dark rain clouds and experience the downpour at regular intervals.
There is a traditional belief that the Monsoon clouds for the entire Kerala originate from the tall peaks of the Western Ghats, which stand guard to Kava in Malampuzha. As per the village legend, a huge dragon – like – creature came to destroy the Earth and its full strength lay in its tail. Then the prince, strong as Hercules and courageous as Odysseus, attacked the dragon and slashed its tail with his sword. Locals believe that the tallest peak of the Western Ghats in Kava is the severed tail.
Kava is the womb of the rain clouds. The first rain cloud forms in Kava, then throughout Kerala. Kava is the best place to
relish Kerala Monsoon due to its perfect background of the Hills and Reservoir. We can see the speed and twirl of the clouds. The speed of the clouds is very faster than the speed of the water and wind. They come together and scattered away within seconds. Seeing the extra ordinary demonstration of the clouds of Kava, the wrath of sea in “The Tempest” of Shakespeare will come to our mind.
How someone can get Kava View Point?
Kava is located just 2 KM away from Malampuzha Garden and Rope Way Entrance. Kava is exactly behind Malampuzha Dam.
Auto Rickshaws / Taxi’s / Jeeps are available from any part of Palakkad City / Palakkad Junction Railway Station to Kava. Even Auto / Jeep are available to visit Kava from Malampuzha. Few buses plies from Palakkad City to Kava via Malampuzha.
Banasura Hil (Kattu Mala):-It is said that on top of Kattukunnu we can always feel a moderate wind and hence the name. Half day trekking is available over Kattukunnu. Sayippu kunnu is taller than Kattukunnu and is distinctive in its terrain. Sayippu kunnu is a giant peak which is equally decided into two parts one is a completely rocky and the other part is thick forest. Long view of Sayippu kunnu is really good. This peak got this name after a foreigner who believed to have lived on the other part of the peak. There is a rocky structure over the mountain which resembles the family of this foreigner his wife son and their dog. Full day trekking is available over Sayippu kunnu for the same rate. The trek is actually very steep at some places more than Banasura but the height is nowhere comparable.
Kariathumpara is a beautiful cool place, almost like a hill station. It is in Kozhikode District of Kerala, and is just 45 kilometers away from the Kozhikode city.
Direction-wise, coming from Kozhikode, Kariyathumpara is enroute the Kakkayam dam. Kakkayam dam is 15 kilometers further up from Kariyathumpara. Peruvannamuzhi is almost same distance but in the opposite direction downwards.
Even before you reach the destination, after about 35 kilometers as you reach Thalayad, the climb up the small hills starts and the scenic beauty as you climb up was really overwhelming. The road was smooth to drive and as you reach there, you will be surprised to know that there is such a nice hilly area existing near you.
There are several resorts in Kariathumpara, but we had booked the facilities at a resort called “The Kakkayam Valley Riverview Homestay”, a fantastic place which has all the basic amenities required for a comfortable stay for individual families and day long visit by groups. The Homestay has two air conditioned Rooms and one big hall which can accommodate 30-40 persons on a day long trip. Since there are only two rooms, for night stay only two or three small families can be accommodated. The facilities are quite good and inviting. The place has two recently built compact, neat and clean AC rooms, one big hall with chairs and tables for group activities, plants and flowers all around, arrangement for serving food etc. The place is eco friendly and as close to nature as can be. The garden around, and the Passion fruit vines providing shade all over the Aangan of the Homestay, with fruits hanging from them tempting you, are all incredible sights.
An attraction on the Home stay is a natural stream of water flowing on the rocks on the property itself, with fish swimming underneath, which is cool and private. It is a great experience and really feel out of this world to just to sit on the rocks in the water. Even in the hot sun, as we sat on the rocks in the stream, the water was quite cool and nice to be in.
Children will definitely enjoy – since it is safe, they can be allowed to play in the stream – only one has to watch their steps. Due to less rain this year, the level of water was very low when we went – still it was good – the water was very clean and clear. With good rains, it should be a much better place. Those who do not mind getting completely wet can play in the water. There is a changing room just next to the stream where one can have a change of clothes.
There are several other water bodies in Kariathumpara, which are made up of water flowing from the reservoir of the Kakkayam dam. The scenic view is so beautiful, particularly so in the mornings and evenings when the sun is not so hot. Water was comparatively less but clean. The scenery all around is absolutely breathtaking and need to be seen – difficult to describe. It is a very scenic place and a very favorite destination for filming and videography – for films as well as wedding albums. We saw some shooting happening on our second trip.
If someone is interested in fishing, there is enough scope for them, which is an added attraction.
Most of the streams or water bodies are not as dangerous since the flow is not very fast and the water level is not so deep. Nevertheless, even small streams or ponds can be treacherous. So always better to be on the safe side, particularly with small children. The water in the reservoir is deep and dangerous to play in since any time there can be an increase in level of the water. That is something to be kept in mind while playing in the water bodies adjacent to the reservoir.
Mornings and evenings are the best times to be there which means it is better if one has an overnight stay or is prepared to leave the place late in the evening. Even in the hot season, we experienced that around 4 PM onwards, the place starts getting cool. The nights are said to be very cold, even when the temperature in Calicut is quite high. Best time of the year to visit this place would be when it is not so hot, after the rainy season when the whole area will be much more lush with greenery and abundant water around to play in – may be between August and March.
If planning an overnight stay overnight, the itinerary can include a full day tour to the Kakkyam dam which is 15 kms. from Kariathumpara or the Peruvannamuzhy dam which is also around 15 kilometers in the opposite direction from Kariathumpara. Ours being a day time trip, we decided to visit only the Peruvannamuzhi dam. What we see in Peruvannamuzhi is the Kuttiyadi Irrigation Project Dam which is the lower catchment area of the Kakkayam Dam. The Peruvannamuzhi dam preserves the water in its catchment area and when the water breaches a certain pre-determined level, which is marked, the gate of the reservoir is opened and the excess water let out. Electricity generation is done at Kakkayam dam. Water in the Peruvannamuzhi dam originates from the reservoirs of the Kakkyam dam which in turn receives water from the Banasura Sagar dam. The Banasura Sagar Dam is built on the tributary of the Kabini River and consists of a dam and a canal built with the objective of supporting the Kakkayam Hydro electric power project. It also provides drinking water and also water for irrigation.
For the people of Kozhikode, Peruvannamuzhi reservoir is very important since it is from where they get their supply of water. It is also where the prestigious Japan Drinking Water Project is situated. Those who are interested can also have more detailed view of the dam and the project area. The dam area is a calm and quiet land nestled in the Western Ghats. It has a beautiful garden with lots of flowers, the most attracting one being the big plant of Melasthoma full of violet flowers – a place worth seeing. Peruvannamuzhi has other tourist attractions too such as a Crocodile farm, boating facilities etc.
Kanjirakolly is all about hills, valleys, forest and mist. Set against the backdrop of undulating evergreen hills and valleys, Kanjirakolly is an emerging tourist place in the Malabar region of Kerala. It is situated about 60 km from the town of Kannur . At one time, it was a neglected spot, but now it has been identifies as a prominent tourist destination by Kerala Tourism.
The local people of Kannur find Kanjirakolly to be oe of the best tourist places for a day trip.Kanmath Paraand Sashi Para is a panoramic view point in Kanjirakolly.All through monsoon, Alakapuri waterfalls are rally stunning. The waterfall has three phases. The first phase is known as Elappara waterfalls, the sexond phase is the famous Alakapuri waterfalls and the third phase has the biggest waterfall during the monsoon season.
It is essentially a picturesque land of mountains,beautiful valleys and lovely rippling streams.From Sashi Para, one can see Kanjirakolly valley,Coorg forests of Karnataka and other villages. Among the major tourist attractions at Kanjirakolli is the 4,000-foot-high Sasipara. If a hill track is constructed from Sasipara, the distance between Kanjirakolli and Paithalmala, another tourism destination, will be reduced by 35 km. Panoramic views and its unpolluted environment makes Kanjirakolly a crowd-puller. This is a major tourist attraction in Kannur District in Kerala.
Kalvari mount-One would marvel the nature’s ability to redesign itself to the human intervention at Kalvari Mount. This is the place where you will see the mighty Idukki dam and its reservoir from one of the highest points. The panoramic view from the top is simply exhilarating and refreshing.
Just 5 KM from Idukki town and in the Idukki Kattappana route, Kalvari mount serves both as a refreshing picnic spot and as a Christian pilgrim centre called Kurisumala. It also gives the view of Kamakshy and Mariyapuram, the most prominent tribal villages of the region.
Such big is the view of reservoir that it looks like periyar river itself from the highest point of and unless you know that this is actually formed after the implementation of the Idukki Hydroelectric project on 1975, you will not identify it. This simply shows us there is no better designer than the nature itself. This reservoir, got created after the construction Idukki, Cheruthoni and Kulamavu dams which holds the water of the Periyar river and uses it for Hydroelectric power generation at the power plant in Moolamattam.
Kakkayam is a dam site located in Kozhikode of Kerala state surrounded by lush greenery.The distance is about 15 km from Kakkayam Bus stop. ‘Orakkuzhi’ is a waterfall located just after the Dam. Near the dam location, different animals including elephants can be seen.
There is a forest office at top of the dam. You need to take permission from the Forest authorities before going ahead. Cameras are not allowed near Dam area. It is a scenic place which offers a serene environment with a lot of recreational activities to the visitors. Near the dam location, elephants, bisons and other animals can be seen roaming around. The conservation of this place comes under the forest police.
Illikkal kallu, a major tourism spot in Kottayam district is a beautiful place for trekking enthusiasts. It is one of the highest peak in the western ghats and is situated about 3400 feet above sea level. The name of the place derives from the a huge rock (Kallu in Malayalam) situated above Illikal mountain. The uniqueness of this rock is that half of the rock has fallen off, and only the other half remains.
Illikkal Kallu – Idukki Kerala
Illikkal Kallu is really one of the best places in Kottayam district in Kerala, to see the nature’s beauty. The place has wonderful views but it is not much safe as it is risky to reach the top and it is not suitable place for family trips. Illickal kallu is truly heaven on earth for those who love trekking. It’s a mesmerizing valley of mountains and hill rocks.
If you are a trekking enthusiast, then you can’t miss Illikkal Kallu. It is a good place, untouched by the urbanization, a place where you can feel the nature in its origin.The area nearby Illikkal kallu have mountain streams originating from the peak of hills and the Meenachil river.
The major attraction of this place are Illickal Mala, Illickal Kallu and Mankallu Mudikal.The hills at this spot have peculiar shapes like Mushroom and hunchback. This hill station is a place for many rare medicinal plants like Neelakoduveli which is said to have supernatural healing power.
The another attraction of this place is ‘Narakappalam’ which means ‘bridge to hell’. We understand the aptness of the place name when we go through this narrow passage,half feet wide.This place is also very suitable for adventurous people and also able to get fresh air,scenic views etc.
How can we reach Illikkal Kallu?
By Air: Cochin International Airport is the nearest airport to Illickal Kallu
By Rail: Kottayam Railway Station is the major railway station closer to this tourism spot (52kms).
By Bus: Frequent buses are available to Erattupetta from Kottayam & all major cities in Kerala. From Erattupetta or Pala you will get direct bus to Mankombu.
By Road: You can come in your private vehicle only near to Pazhukkakaanam (Kottayam -> Erattupetta -> Moonilavu -> Mankompu Temple -> Pazhukakaanam). From there jeeps are available. Trekking lovers can enjoy 3 km walk to reach Illikal Kallu.
Ilaveezhapoonchira, a beautiful tourist destination in Kottayam district of Kerala. It is located in Melukavu village in Kottayam, near Kanjar. It is one of the best place for trekking in Kottayam district. It is situated 55 kilometers away from Kottayam at an altitude of 3200 feet above the sea level. A best place for trekking lovers surrounded by hills. Ilaveezhapoonchira is also an apt place for adventure driving.
Ilaveezhapoonchira Lake View
Specialty of Ilaveezhapoonchira
Ilaveezhapoonchira is surrounded by three enchanting hillocks. Mankunnu hills, Kudayathur hill and Thonippara hills make the place very attractive. It is an enchanting destination for true nature lovers and adventure loving tourists. It is sprawled in thousands of acres and makes a cool destination for the nature lovers. It provides enchanting views and rejuvenating experience for the lovers of nature. A vast area of Idukki, Pathanamthitta, Kottayam, Thrissur, Ernakulum and Alapuzha can be seen from the peek of this place. Absolutely, Ilaveezha poonchira is a great place for relaxation from the hustle and bustle of daily life. A green landscape for realizing the beauty of nature, a mesmerizing view for your eyes.
Origin of the place name Ilaveezhapoonchira
Ila-veezhaa-poonchira”, means ‘A pond of flowers where the leaves do not fall. The reason behind the name said to be is the leaves are carried away by the continuous and heavy wind this area. The valley is filled with water in the monsoon. A lake is formed in the valley.
Ilaveezhapoonchira Hill Station
How to reach Ilaveezhapoonchira
Airport: 70 kms away from Cochin Airport
Train: 40 kms away from kottayam Railway Station,
Bus: Buses are available from towns like Thodupuzha, Kottayam, Pala, Kattapana, Erattupetta
Taxi services are available from the nearby places.
Gavi, a small village in Pathanamthitta district of Kerala, India, which is located 28 km southwest of Vandiperiyar; a small town on the NH 220. It is inside the Ranni reserve forest. It is a part of Seethathode Grama Panchayath in Ranni Taluk and it is part of the Periyar Tiger reserve.
Gavi’s evergreen forests are abundant with wildlife, including the Tiger, elephants, Leopards, Bears, Indian Gaur, sambar, barking and mouse deers, Lion Tailed Macaque, Nilgiri Marten and more than 260 species of birds, including the great pied hornbill, woodpecker, and kingfishers. Gavi is mainly known for its wildlife. Endangered species including the Nilgiri Tahr and Lion-tailed macaque are often seen at the outskirts of this place. Kerala’s very own treasure elephants can be sighted abundantly in this forest.
Gavi Eco Tourism Project
Gavi is an eco-tourism spot in Kerala and one of the most beautiful tourism spots in Idukki district. Gavi Eco-tourism is a project under the Forest Development Corporation of Kerala and the number of visitors, is increasing day by day after ‘Alistair International’ the world acclaimed tourism major listed it among the leading Eco-tourism centers and one of the must-see places in India. The government project encourages the involvement of local people in tourism activities there. Those people can guide the tourists in forests.
The place is rich in flora and fauna. There are hills and valleys, tropical forests, sprawling grasslands, sholas, cascading waterfalls and cardamom plantations. It is a must visit place for all nature lovers as Gavi is preserved in its natural scenic beauty untainted by the mighty hands of modernity. At Gavi, the Valley View offer spectacular view of a deep ravine and the forest below.
It is a good place for adventure tourists. Here in this Eco-tourism spot, camping is possible. You can stay in tends and at night time, you can feel the presence of wild animals nearby your tent. It’s sure that, once you visit the place, you will get unforgettable moments, make you visit again to feel the songs of the birds, water flows and marvelous beauty of nature.
Dhoni Hills in Palakkad is slowly turning into a famous picnic spot. The trek from the base area is a three hour trip to the reserve forest area where the view is extremely beautiful. One can encounter some rare species of flora and fauna on the trek here. The trails are slowly gaining traction with travellers and trekking enthusiasts.
Rs. 100 per head
Nearest railway station: Palakkad, via Olavakkode – Dhoni Rd, about 12 km
Nearest airport: Coimbatore International Airport, about 78 km and Calicut International Airport, about 101 km
Chembra peak- Experience a challenging and adrenaline induced trek to the top of the formidable Chembra Peak, located near the heart shaped Chembra Lake in Wayanad.
Considered to be quite the adventurous climb, you can reach the top of the peak within two hours of trekking through the dense forests and grasslands.
This amazing trek will be expected to begin around mid-morning and you will get to ascend rugged terrains to reach the lake by late morning.
The trail is steep and has panoramic views of the lovely hills that adorn the green forested landscape of Wayanad.
Currently, it is not possible to trek till the summit because of restrictions imposed by the forest department. You can start the trek from a slightly lower point, and go until the lake presently.
At an altitude of about 600 meters above sea level, Chekkunnu peak is a steep and slippery hill. The place is picturesque with lush green and fog. Situated at Areacode in Malappuram district, it is located near a couple of tribal settlements. At the end of each trekk, one would be able to take a nice shower at a water fall near by called Kollam kolli.
Athirappalli and Vazhachal Waterfalls-As you walk down the stone slabs that lead to the base of the Athirappalli Waterfalls, a mysterious serenity overcomes you. It is Kerala’s most famous and largest waterfall at over 80 ft high. The sight of the water crashing onto the ground leaves you with a sense of wonder at the sheer power and force of nature. Located around 63 km from Thrissur district, it is a perennial picnic spot for people in the area and from beyond. Its surrounding greenery is perfect for walks and picnics with loved ones. Lying at the entrance to the Sholayar ranges, it is a part of the Chalakudy River which calls the Western Ghats its home.
Barely 5 km away is another family favourite, Vazhachal Waterfalls. These waterfalls became famous for not just their view but the endemic species found in the surrounding dense forests. Researchers have found four endangered species of the Hornbill here, the only place they thrive in the entire Western Ghats. Ornithologists attach great significance to this location and bird watchers can come across many rare species in these parts.
Nearest railway station: Chalakudy, about 30 km away
Nearest airport: Cochin International Airport, about 53 km from Thrissur