One of the most sought after destinations in Kottayam is the Illickal Kallu, a majestic hill which has a part of its peak shorn off. Illickal Kallu forms a part of three hills with each rising around 3300 ft. These hills are noted for their peculiar shape. While one hill resembles a mushroom whereby it gets its name as Kuda Kallu (umbrella shaped rock), the second hill carries a small hunch on its sides and is called Koonu Kallu (hunchback rock). 'Neela Koduveli', a medicinal herb which drapes the hillsides in blue is believed to possess supernatural powers grows at Kuda Kallu. Across this rock is a ½ feet wide bridge called Narakapalam (bridge to hell).
Journey to Illickal Kallu itself is an eventful one. After a thrilling drive negotiating hairpin curves and a hike uphill, there is path which feathers out to Illickal Kallu. You may tread this path or just stay put and feel the might of this imposing muscular rock.
The breathtaking aerial view of the enticing surrounds and billows of mists gliding past and shrouding the towering hill is one magnificent sight. For those with a head for heights, Illickal Kallu is the place to be.
An enchanting hill station peppered with tea gardens and meadows and comprised of a series of hillocks, Vagamon promises an oasis of tranquillity to its visitors. Situated at an altitude of 1,100 m above sea level in the border of Kottayam and Idukki districts, this dreamy landscape boasts of a cool climate round the year. This land of spectacular greenery abounds with flora and fauna. Even a walk through the verdant grasslands here might just be the rejuvenation you need. The breeding centre of the Kerala Livestock Board and the diary farm of the Kurisumala monks are other places to explore here. This place is also emerging as an international paragliding destination in South India. Once here, immerse in the magic of Vagamon.
Spread over thousands of acres is the enchanting valleys of Ilaveezhapoonchira that enthralls visitors by its dreamy landscape. This spectacular place lacks trees and hence the name Ilaveezhapoonchira which means 'valley where leaves don't fall'. Come monsoon and the valley flaunts yet another side of her alluring beauty as it fills up to form a picturesque lake. This slice of nature with its spectacular stretch of valleys is also one of the locations in Kerala where you can enjoy the sunrise and sunset in all its grandeur. This Hill station which encompasses the majestic peaks of Kudayathoor Vindhyan, Mankunnu, and Thonippara Hills is also a trekker's delight. Accommodation is available at the nearby DTPC rest house.
This spectacular waterfall straddled by two mountains is located at Mechal near Melukavu in Kottayam. The waters tumbling down the rocky face set amidst the lush green surrounds is an alluring sight. The Kattikkayam Waterfalls is an ideal spot to witness nature in all its splendour and is en-route to Ilaveezhapoonchira from Illickal Kallu.