Places to See in Periyar

Kurisumala – It is a place for adventure tourism and trekking.This will offer a panoramic view of Kumily town and Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary.

Kumily -It is a plantation town, closely associated with Thekkady, is situated on the outskirts of the Periyar Sanctuary. An important shopping centre and spice trade centre, the main bus station and most of the medium range accommodation in the Periyar region are in Kumily

Murikkady -It is washed in fresh spice-scented air, Murikkady is a panorama of cardamom, coffee and pepper plantations.

Pandikuzhi -This picturesque spectrum of exotic flora, fauna and gurgling streams is cradled between Chellarkovil and the Tamil Nadu border.A popular picnic spot, Pandikuzhi offers great opportunities for trekking and is a photographer’s delight.

Mangala Devi Temple – It is an ancient temple is hidden in the dense woods at the top of a peak 1337 m above sea level.The temple is built in the traditional Kerala style of architecture. Visitors are allowed here only on the Cithara Pournami festival day. The peak commands a panoramic view of the eastern slopes of the Ghats and some hill villages of Tamil nadir.

Chellarkovil -It is a sleepy little village with its breathtaking view of the plains and cascading waterfalls is a feast for the eyes.The village slopes down to the famous coconut groves of Cumbum in neighboring Tamil Nadu.

Vandiperiyar – The River Periyar flowing through the center of this town nourishes its vast tea, coffee and pepper plantations. A major trade center,Vandiperiyar is also home to a number of tea factories.The Government Agriculture farm and Flower Garden have a delightful array of roses, orchids and anthuria.

Vandanmedu -It is one of the world’s largest auction centers for cardamom.A walk through the sprawling cardamom plantations of Vandanmedu is a heady experience.

Pullumedu -The winding journey to this hill town, along the Periyar River, offers a stunning view of the rolling hills draped in lush greenery. Velvet lawns, rare flora and fauna add to the beauty of Pullumedu which can be accessed only by jeep. The famous Sree Ayyappa Temple at Sabarimala and the Makara Jyothi illumination at the shrine are visible from here. Since it is part of the restricted forest zone, special permission to visit Pullumedu has to be obtained from the Wildlife Preservation Officer, Thekkady

Ramakalmedu Here you can relax in the rolling green hills and the fresh mountain air make Ramakalmedu an enchanting retreat. The hills top also offers a Panoramic view of the picturesque villages of Bodi and Cumbum on the Eastern slope of the western ghats.


By - Balachand (Wiki)

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