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Nelliyampathy: The Nelliyampathi hills in Palakkad district with their picture post card looks is a traveller’s delight. The place gets its name from the pockets of Nelli (gooseberry) trees that grow lavishly around the region. Nellikotta, also known as Paadagiri, is the highest among the hill ranges. Other hills are Vellachimudi, Valia Baanamala, Mayamudi, and Vaalvechanmala. The south-western border of the hill ranges is Parambikulam, where a wildlife sanctuary is located. With a lot of coffee and tea plantations, this location offers immense possibilities for trekking and bird watching. A ride through the winding and woody road will be an enriching experience for a nature lover. Hairpin curves on the way make the journey adventurous. Waterfalls and small hillocks, too, add to the charm of the spot. Nelliyampathi is a favourite choice of filmmakers to shoot their dream-like song sequences. Nelliyampathy is located en route to Pothundy dam. The dam is a popular picnic spot with boating facilities. Private resorts and lodgings are available at several places on the way to the hill station. Bio-farms are another attraction here.

Lakkidi: Lakkidi, the gateway of Wayanad, is situated 700 m above mean sea level, at the crest of the Thamaraserri ghat pass. Lofty peaks, gurgling streams and luxuriant forests add magic to the journey up the winding roads to this hill station. Lakkidi is one of the highest locations in Wayanad, and registers the second highest degree of rainfall in the world.

Killikkurissimangalam in Lakkidi is the birthplace of Kunjan Nambiar, Kerala's famous satirist poet, who is regarded as the progenitor of Ottanthullal, the traditional solo dance narration.

Lakkidi Hill Stationis songs combine satirical barbs with rib tickling laughter. Some of the famous lines are still quoted to lampoon contemporary social injustices. The poet's house is preserved as a monument by the Government of Kerala.

Peermade: Clouds drop gently on the peaks that flank the verdant slopes of Peermade. Rich with mile upon mile of plantation s falling away in precise steps.

Coffee, tea, pepper, cardamom and rubber flourish in what is the most fertile part of the Western Ghats.

Broken only by spectacular waterfalls in the distance and wide open grasslands in places. On a fairly warm day the mercury reads between five and ten degrees celsius.

Little wonder then, that the former Re-jas of Travancore sought this tiny hill station out as their summer resort.

GETTING THERE: Peermade is 85 kms east to Kottayam (travel time : 2 hours), on the way to Thekkady.

Ponmudi: The beautiful and peaceful hill station of Ponmudi is situated at a distance of 61 km from Thiruvananthapuram and at an altitude of 1000 m above the sea level. Come to Ponmudi to fall in love with the bountiful nature, serene surroundings and several tourist attractions. The hill station is a welcome break from the rush of the city where you can relax in the laps of nature without any hurries and worries.

If you have a passion for trekking and long leisurely walks, explore the hill station of Ponmudi. There is a lot to see and behold like hills, valleys tea-estates and cottages. Ponmudi is an ideal and a beautiful picnic spot, as it is at a convenient distance from Thiruvananthapuram and well endowed with natural springs. The Golden Valley is a small yet scenic viewpoint.

While at Ponmudi, you can enjoy the Aaranmula Boat Race. It is organized each year in the village of Aaranmula in the month of August and September and is part of the Aaranmula Temple Festival.

Varkala is also a getaway from Ponmudi, which is an important Hindu center of pilgrimage as well a famous beach. The beach is adorned with high cliffs and mineral-water springs all around the coastline. The prime attractions of the Varkala are the 2,000-year-old Janardanaswamy Temple and the Nature Center.

Vythiri: Vythiri is surrounded by Western Ghats and is sited in the hilly regions of the Wayanad district of Kerala. This beautiful rocky land Vythiri is situated at 1300m above the sea level.

Vythiri is above the Thamarassery Ghat and is nearly 100 kilometers from Kozhikode. This baffling beauty is absolutely mesmerizing and it captivates the tourists with its soaring peaks, rubber plantations, olive shrubbery, plentiful spice, evergreen forests and tea as well as coffee gardens.

The glittering streamlets, awe-some white foamy waterfalls, romantic tree-top houses, the varied and rich flora and fauna and numerous resorts are really intriguing. Vythiri is beautiful during monsoons as it enhances the charm of the Western Ghats of Kerala. So the ideal season to visit Vythiri is the rainy season commencing from May up to September. Vythiri serves as an appropriate stamping terrain fro audacious trekkers or nature admirers as well.

Vythiri gives an opportunity to explore the tranquil beauty of nature and its encompassing beauty. The serene ambience is disturbed suddenly at rare occasions by the sound of wild birds and animals. Vythiri has a well-known wildlife sanctuary. Vythiri invigorates your senses as well as your soul as it is situated far away from the filth and soot of the city. The flora and fauna is very rich as Vythiri accommodates evergreen rain forests. The thick foliage, dense undergrowth, mosses as well as fungus such as lichens completely wrap the tree trunks.

The forests include lots of pine, fir and conifer trees. Wild animals such as thrush, Malabar Squirrel and Nilgiri Langur repeatedly visit the trees frequently. The water bodies and small streams sustain an extensive assortment of wildlife embracing various birds as well as insects. Vythiri is a mysterious place and is known for its refreshing, secure and pollution free environment. The environment is absolutely eco-friendly and is prominent for its plantations such as tea, rubber, coffee, pepper and cardamom.

Some of the excellent tourist attraction in Vythiri is the tree houses that are constructed 90ft above the ground and allow exploring the opulence of flora and fauna. The immense bio-diversity is in itself a fascinating thing to be viewed. There are various spectacular views in the common pathways. Besides all these, you can also splurge your time by sitting in your balcony or by experiencing the privileged views especially during sunset is really remarkable. Other major tourist attraction is the long rope bridge hanging above the streams, the Edakkal caves, the Chembra peak, the Wayanad Wildlife Sanctuary, the Likkidi hills and the Pookot Lake. Waking up to the twittering of the birds amidst the exotic fragrance of nature and awe-inspiring scenery is a magnificent feeling that one can never forget in his life time.

 
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