To get relaxed from the daily pressures of life, one used to take a small break and would escape into the laps of Mother Nature where extreme freedom devoid of any deadlines but what surrounds is just the tranquil of the space. Kerala is the most popular and stunning tourist destination in the country. Thousands of tourists flow into the state to spend their holidays with dear ones. They would take a gap of more than days to exploit the alluring features of Kerala tourism. Many travel operators like Seasonz India are their best in providing Exclusive Kerala Tour Packages and assist in exploring each and every wonder of nature. What if you wish to spend your day in any offbeat locations which are free from all time overcrowded visitors? Kerala also treasures many offbeat picnic spots where you can spend your one day tour and get rejuvenated. One such place is the Illikkal Kallu at Kottayam. The Illikkal Kallu or Illikkal boulder is almost 4000 feet above sea level is 50 kilometers from Kottayam and just 6 km from the nearest small village Teekoy.
Illikkal Mala is the origin point of various mountain streams which gather together to form Meenachil river. To get the amazing view from the top one must take a trek of 3 km to reach the summit. Clear view of vast land meadows and view of the Arabian sea in the over the horizon as a blue stroke is a must visioned scene. This place is on the borders of developing as a tourist spot. Earlier to reach the valleys of this hill was difficult which was wiped out with paving new paths to reach the top. Recently a bus service took its test drive here and we hope that Illikkal rocks can soon reach to the wider visions of tourists. The road till the pre-summit is very steep full of curves and zigzags. Even the experienced driver fined it difficult to drive up the hills. It is really adventurous to climb the rocks as we must make use of the pits and marks of rock to climb up. There are no safety harness devised yet but of you wish to enjoy the beauty of the hills it is enough to reach its summit. 25 persons are accommodated at a time on the summit. The best view is obtained during full moon day when at sunset as the moon rises up the orange sun goes down.
The specialty of this rock is that half of the rock has fallen off what remains is its other half. A small cave is present on the top of the rock. The Illikkal Kallu comprises of three hills each rising up to 4000 feet above sea level possessing different shapes. One resembling the shape of a mushroom hence the name Kuda Kallu. Belief is that a medicinal herb Neela Koduveli grows here which possesses supernatural power will increase wealth and result in the rich harvest. The second hill has a hunch on its sides so called as Koonukallu, hunch back rock. A small pathway between the rocks is presently called as a Narakaplam meaning bridge of hell.
The nearest attraction here is Vagamon. Vagamon is located at Kottayam-Idukki district known for its rich pine forests. Vagamon is actually less explored and the town is less affected with commercialization. Vagamon was discovered by British for tea plantation later by Church authorities who built their abode of service at Kurisumala. In my opinion, Vagamon should be included in Stunning Kerala tour packages with price as it would offer an indelible experience to you. Vagamon meadows are known to Scotland of Asia and it was mentioned among 50 most attractive places in India by National Geographic Channel. The landscape of Vagamon hills is covered with green meadows, small rivulets, rippling mountain streams which are a perfect place for washing away all your stress and tension. Adventure sports like paragliding, trekking, and mountain climbing. The green environment is idyllic to practice meditation.
Ones who come to visit this rock can even get a glimpse at Kattikayam waterfalls nearby located at the Melukavu town. Set amidst the bamboo groves, sprawling meadows, and wildflowers, the falls pour out from a height of 70 kilometers making it as an exotic picnic spot. Taking a dip in the cool clean waters can rejuvenate your body and mind. The fact that these waterfalls are less explored adds to its beauty. Another appealing beauty at Kottayam is the Ilaveezhapoonchira, beautiful valleys spread over thousands of acres. This valley amidst beautiful hillocks near Kanjar yet another beautiful slice of nature is formed as the monsoons approaches; a small lake gets formed in the valley. As there are no trees around the place has got its name Ilaveezhapoonchira meaning the valley where the leaves will not fall.
Family packages for spending holidays in Kerala can be obtained through the sites of any travel trip advisors who will guide you in visiting these superlative offbeat spots in Kerala. The Illikkal hills are really dangerous if not explored well. Some youths were reported to have died falling off the cliff of Illikkal Mala. Reaching the top is highly risky as we know that the place is on the way to its development there are no presence of safety harnesses thus climbing through the slippery rocks can misguide you if not properly trekked. It is advised to visit the place during summer seasons as the onset of monsoons triggers the hills getting misty and foggy even the visibility drops to zero. Many activities are planned by the authority of tourism to promote this place. These hills are an ideal place for shooting splendid scenes in a movie. Thus Kerala has in abundance places to enthrall the tourists to the fullest and its offbeat spots are not just less in thrilling visitors. Some of the vacationers prefer to spend their holidays in the serene, tenderness devoid of hustles of other visitor’s spots. Illikkal hills are the best pick to satisfy their needs.