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ILAVEEZHAPOONCHIRA – HILL STATION & PICNIC SPOT

ILAVEEZHAPOONCHIRA – HILL STATION & PICNIC SPOT

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Located at distance of 55 kms from Kottayam and 20 kms from Thodupuzha, this is another picnic spot located in the midst of the beautiful hillocks near Kanjar. Surrounded by three enchanting hillocks – Mankunnu, Kodayathoor Mala (Mountain) and Thonippara – makes this place ideal for trekking.

It is one of the comparatively virginal tourist destinations in Kerala and it is located at distance of 55 km from Kottayam and 20 km from Thodupuzha. Many visitors have found it an ideal tourist spot, especially the trekkers.

At the spot you can view four hillocks and between them a verdant valley. Atop of one of these hills, Kudayathoor Vindhyan, one can view large parts of Idukki, Kottayam, Ernakulam, Alappuzha, Pathanamthitta and Thrissur districts; it also offers excellent views of sunrise and sunset.

A View From Ilaveezhapoonchira

Ilaveezhpoonchira, means the ‘valley where leaves don’t fall’ and is so named because the place has no trees. This is also one of the best places in Kerala to witness the sunrise and sunset. It is easily accessible from Palai in Kottayam district.

IMMEDIATE FACTS
Location 55 kms from Kottayam
Main attraction Trekking, Nature, Sight Seeing
Altitude 3200 ft Above Sea Level
Season November – March

An ideal place for enjoyment, the fun starts from the arduous yet joyful trek upwards which passes through scenic natural settings. Once at the top, visitors are treated with some panoramic views of nature with nothing but scenic views all around.

Ilaveezhapoonchira is an ideal picnic spot apart from being a popular trekking destination with four hill cocks located in all four directions. This place is regarded as one of the best places in Kerala to watch sunrise and sunset. The Monsoon season results valley being filled up and formation of a charming lake, exhibiting yet another facets of nature and adding to its charm.

The beautiful valleys of Ilaveezhapoonchira are spread across thousands of acres of the district of Kottayam. The place is surrounded by three enchanting hillocks: Mankunnu, Kodayathoormal and Thonippara, making the place ideal for trekking.

A View From Ilaveezhapoonchira

At the spot you can view four hillocks and between them a verdant valley. Atop of one of these hills, Kudayathoor Vindhyan, one can view large parts of Idukki, Kottayam, Ernakulam, Alappuzha, Pathanamthitta and Thrissur districts; it also offers excellent views of sunrise and sunset.

A reviving experience, a rendezvous with nature and opportunity for adventurous excursion, it’s all here at Ilaveezhapoonchira, indeed a fairytale location.It is surrounded by four scenic hill cocks including Kodayathoormal which provides breathtaking views of whole of surrounding regions like Thrissur, Pathanamthitta, Alappuzha, Kottayam and Idukki.

According to a legend, the Pandavas had a sojourn here during their life incognito. Their wife, Draupadi, came to take a bath at a lake, which was here at that time. Some devas (gods) , bewitched by her beauty, tried to satisfy their voyeuristic itch. King of devas, Lord Indra, came to know about what was going on, and built screens or hills heaping flowers and prevented them from indulging in such a practice. The Pond thus became a dam isolated by floral hills. Since there were no trees around the pond it was always free of leaves and so it was called Ilaveezhapoonchira or the floral pond where the leaves never fall.

ILAVEEZHAPOONCHIRA – HILL STATION & PICNIC SPOT
A View From Ilaveezhapoonchira

Some say that the name comes from the fact that it is always windy at the place and hence the leaves are carried away. But today, there is no pond at the spot, although during the monsoons the valley laps up water and forms a scenic lake and unveiling another facet of the place.

The verdant landscape punctuated by four gigantic hills, each rising to about 3200 feet above sea level is an ideal place to unwind. During the monsoons when the valley fills up to form a scenic lake, this place unveils yet another beautiful slice of nature.

GETTING TO THE PLACE
Nearest Airport Kochi International Airport
Nearest Rail Station Kottayam
Nearest Bus Station Thodupuzha
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