Tourism places in Kerala are one perfect place for a vacation as Kerala’s tourist places offer an excellent choice for people in search of relaxation in natural surroundings. As we continue to explore the lesser known destinations we reach Vazhikkadavu that lies on the outskirts of the district Kottayam. Sought after for its pristine nature and rocky terrain, one side is made up of steep rocks and on the other side is a valley of great depth. Bordering this landscape is the Meenachil River.
Kurisumala lies at a distance of three kilometers from here. It is a prominent Christian pilgrimage where devotees throng from far and near during the holy week to climb the hill carrying small wooden crosses. The monastery on the top of the hill set amidst the silence, the cool mountain air and the lush green landscape provides solace to the soul. A rock cut temple dedicated to Murugan (son of Lord Shiva), lies on the eastern side of the hill. It is also popular for the mausoleum of Sheikh Fariduddin at Thangalppara a Muslim pilgrim centre.
Kootickal at a distance of about 5 km which is a quaint hamlet situated in the Western Ghats north of Mundakkayam in Kottayam District. The majestic mountain ranges are a perfect permutation of beauty of forests and an artificial lake formed by the check-dam of the Manimala River and this makes it a truly memorable place. Medicinal plants like Amruthameda, grow here in plenty. The natural reservoirs and waterfalls at Melaruvithodu near Kanjirappalli are a beautiful picnic spot, the waterfall at Melaruvi and Vadakkemala near Kootickal are another added attraction for the tourists.
Karimbukayam – Meloram offers a picturesque landscape on the Manimala River that flows between the Kanjirapally and Erumeli panchayaths and is sought after for its natural splendor. The majestic mountains at Maniyamkunnu near Ponkunnam in Elikulam Panchayath that slope down to meet the beautiful valleys below are truly spellbinding.
Panchalimdu is situated at a distance of seven km from the Mundakkayam – Kuttikanam at an altitude of 2500 ft above sea level. Valliankavu which is a three hour trek is connected by bus from Kottayam and takes you to Panchalimdu. As per the legend, the Pandavas stayed here and there is a pond beside a small temple, where Panchali is said to have taken a holy dip.