A holiday that emphasises on seclusion and simple luxury in harmony with nature, a place that is pure ‘worth the visit’ and helps cement your bond with your inner self and your loved ones- your destination has to be Ilaveezhapoonchira. This gem of a place, cocooned by the hillocks of the Western Ghats namely- Mankunnu, Kodayathoormala and Thonippara hills are relatively unexplored and less popular among tourists. And that is where the allure lies.
Ilaveezhapoonchira is a treasury of ancient tales and fables. Legend has it that Ilaveezhapoonchira gave refuge to the Pandavas during their life incognito. Lord Indra built screens of hills to protect Draupadi (wife of the Pandavas) from the eyes of other Devas while she bathed at the lake. During monsoon the valley between the hills fills up to form the most beautiful and mesmerising lake. The lack of trees and the heavy winds give the place its name ‘Ilaveezhapoonchira’ which means a flower filled bund where leaves never fall.
Ilaveezhapoonchira, located at the foothills of the surrounding 3 hills which rise up to 3200 feet, make the place ideal for trekking. Watching the sun rise and set behind the hills is pure bliss. The presence of four natural caves around the area is of significant importance as it they are loaded with legendary tales and myths. The tribal settlements here contribute to the rich cultural heritage of these hills.
Attractions in and around Ilaveezhapoonchira
- Malankara Dam and Lake: The dam along with the artificial lake spread over 11 km team up to make a great picnic spot. Boat facilities are also provided for tourists.
Location: 7 km from Thodupuzha on the Thodupuzha- Erattupetta road and 16.2 km from Ilaveezhapoonchira.
- Kannadippara: The highest point in Ilaveezhapoonchira, Kannadipara has done justice to its name- A rocky terrain that reflects the morning sun. The smell of clean cold breeze that sweeps the hill, wild flowers, bamboo groves, meadows and an enthralling panoramic view of the nearby districts makes the place an exotic embellishment of nature.
- Kazhukankulimali Waterfalls: This 80 ft cascade at Kannadippara is a well kept secret. Cold crystal clear waters flowing down are natures purest and they meet the river below with a splash.
- Pandavart Guha: These small caves are believed to have been the place of refuge for the Pandavas during their term of exile.
- Mankallu mudikal: these are 3 magnificent hills not too far from each other with verdant, flat landscapes as hill tops. The place is also void of trees. The rocky hill top gives an amazing view of the surroundings that can’t be expressed in words.
Climate: The place is pleasant throughout the year. Monsoon (June to September) brings out the beauty of Ilaveezhapoonchira as the place looks more green and lush. Visiting the place before or after noon is most advisable as it will be difficult to find shelter from the scorching sun (since there aren’t many trees).
Location: Ilaveezhapoonchira is located in the Melukavu village of Kottayam district. It is 55 Km from Kottayam town and 20 Km from Thodupuzha.
A few pointers to note:
- The way leading to our Destination is slightly off road. Hence it is advisable to take/ book an SUV or a high power bike for the trip. You can also hire a jeep or SUV from the nearest town (Kanjar- which is 7 Km below the highest point of the hill.
- For adventure enthusiasts who prefer trekking and campfire, it is advisable to carry a backpack consisting of food, water, tent, emergency lamp, flashlights and other necessities.
- You can also pre-book your accommodation at the DTPC resthouse or any private cottages for that matter. Food, water (and barbeque options) will be provided by them. Guided tours packages that accommodate trekking, campfire, nature drive are also available.