It was on 03 JAN 2009 we planned a trip to Ilaveezhapoonchira, the place was unknown to most of our family members and even to the Bus people, I have done some search on Google and came to know about the place. The place is in Kottayam District of Kerala, around 17Km far from Thodupuzha.
The beautiful valley of Ilaveezhapoonchira spreads across thousands of acres in the district of Kottayam. Located at the foot of the hillocks of Mankunnu, Kudayathur Hill and Thonippara near Kanjar, Ilaveezhapoonchira has no trees, and is literally a place where leaves do not fall. This is because the valley fills up into a lake during the monsoons.The surrounding hillocks, each rising to about 3200 ft, make this place an ideal spot for trekking. During the monsoons the place has an entirely different ambience and offers gorgeous views of both sunrise and sunset.
For the sake of the tourists, a tourist bungalow with rooms and dormitory to accommodate 15 people has been constructed. The other tourist spots are Thommankuthu Falls, Kurisumala, Vagamon, Marumala and waterfalls of Pazhukkakanam.
Ilaveezhapoonchira is 55 kms from Kottayam and 17 km from Thodupuzha. Buses ply from Pala and Erattupetta. A DTPC rest house in the vicinity offers comfortable accommodation. Kottayam Railway Station and Cochin International Airport are the nearest railway station and airport.
The Name : Ilaveezhapoonchira
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, 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. And the pond thus became a dam isolated by floral hills. Since there were no trees around the bund it was always free of leaves and so it was called Ilaveezhapoonchira or the floral bund where the leaves never fall.
The main attractions are the Ride of 7 Km to top in 4wheel drive (Jeep), 3Km walk to the Hill Station, and the beautiful view from the top of the hill, which is 3200Ft high.
You can see 7 Districts in KERALA from here, and there is also a big cave which can accommodate around 50 people inside.
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.
We started our tour around 6:45 from Chengaloor, my native in Thrissur Dist, and took NH47 straight to reached Angamaly, and took diversion on SH1 to Mattoor, around 8:25Am we reached Mattoor and from there our President of the Tour Mr. Anto K.C boarded the bus.
We took a small break at Perumbavoor for break fast around 8:45AM and resumed the Journey in 25Mins
This is the navigation sign on the main road pointing to ILAVEEZHAPOONCHIRA 7KM
Photo taken from Bus while taking the upwards route of 7KM to Ilaveezhapoonchira.
This is the last area where the buses can come, ahead there was some construction going and we have to stop the bus here and take the “NADARAJA” ie; we thought of walking the rest, as we were not sure how long was the top station.
Mr. President enquiring to local people regarding the possibilities of travel to top.
While we are down the valley we can see the beauty of the Mountain from here itself, it looked sooooooo far.
Oh just after 600Mtrs Climb they have started to rest for the time, so..
This was our first Rock climb after we reached the top by Jeep and from here around 3 Km to top and we have to walk that distance.
We took a Jeep 4Wheel which came across and asked him whether he can carry 21 People to the Top, he agreed and it was Sebastian Chettan’s vehicle, so we rushed in and started the upwards climb, as we 5 were hanging around the body just like monkeys, we really enjoyed.
We can see each turn and roads clear and look around, my brother was shooting even with one hand with his mobile while on the side of the vehicle, I was having trouble hanging with one hand to the Jeep and I held the metal bars with 2 hands and wasn’t able to even take the camera to my hand.
But the 7Km ride was fantastic and memorable for a long time.
We took another break after 1KM walk and this will be the point [BASE STATION] where some of the elder members will be staying as the rest of the climb is difficult for them so we took some snacks and kept one water jug with us for the rest of the journey and one was in this base.
Antony took a small break to a higher rock and was sitting there for sometime
Libin just found some shade and it was a nice shot
Princy Aunty Walking Alone
Another Short break at one of the big rocks..
Greenery all around
GREEN VALLEY – Some of the local people collecting grass.
Oh great shot on the top of Ilaveezhapoonchira
Oh great shot on the top of Ilaveezhapoonchira
The Way walking down was not that difficult
At Threseamma Chechi’s desk we took some Lemon water and we really enjoyed the Cool Water.
All were hungry and lunch were ready at base.
The UMMAMM FLOWER at the base station.
We were not able to visit the Great Cave (Muniyara) as it was little far and all were tired, so we kept it for next trip.
A PANORAMIC SHOT FROM THE TOP [ click to view on image to full ]
GROTTO – ST.THOMAS CHURCH at Pulluvazhy
St.Thomas Church Main Web Page
Photos taken by . Binoy Anto
Original Photos can be found here