Pattumala literally means hill draped in silk. This beautiful region in Idukki is approximately 8 kms from Peermade and 24 kms from Thekkady. The place gets its name mainly due to the lush green tea plantations and small streams and rivulets that run through this region.
When taking a leisurely stroll along the streets and winding pathways that adorn the hills of Kumily, you cannot help but notice the provocative aroma of various spices in the air. A host of different spices are grown in the spice plantations of Kumily. These include cloves, nutmeg, pepper, cinnamon and cardamom.
The origins of Kalaripayattu, one of the oldest martial arts forms in the world dates back to almost 300 years ago. The ancient sage Parasurama who according to legend, is said to have reclaimed the land what we today know as Kerala from the Arabian Sea, was taught this martial art form by Lord Shiva himself.
Located near Peermade in the Idukki district of Kerala is a small summer retreat of the wife of the erstwhile Maharaja of Travancore. Popularly known as ‘Ammachi Kottaram’, the palace was built upon the ghat at Glenrock Estate and was opened by J D Munro. The term ‘Ammachi’ literally means Mother.
The Thekkady Flower Show was held from April 1st to April 23rd this year at Kallarakal Gardens in Kumily, Thekkady. Apart from displaying various varieties of flowers, there were also various medicinal plants on display. The visitors were treated to some traditional art forms and handicrafts.
One of the most scenic locations in Idukki, Parunthumpara is a small village in Kerala’s Idukki district. The word “Parunthumpara” literally means Eagle Rock in Malayalam. It is located near the region of Vagamon en route to Peerumedu in Idukki.
The region of Cumbum in Tamil Nadu is one of South India’s most fertile lands. Blessed with the rich nutrients in the soil and a climate that is suited for the cultivation of a variety of crops. Located between the Thekkady Hills, the Varusanadu Hills, and Kodaikanal, Cumbum Valley consists of large areas of farmland and includes crops like paddy, vegetables, grape vineyards, and mango and pomegranate farms. Cumbum also happens to be one of the few regions in Tamil Nadu that has thriving grape cultivation.
One of the best ways to explore the Periyar Tiger Reserve is by taking a boat ride through the Periyar Lake. It offers travelers the opportunity to view the natural beauty of the forest with its tall trees and resident wildlife.
The Periyar Interpretation Centre is a visual and audible treat for nature lovers who visit the Periyar Tiger Reserve. It is a one stop destination for all the knowhow related to the flora and fauna that is home to the Periyar Tiger Reserve and it also serves as a guide for those seeking a better appreciation and understanding of the various nuances of the jungle and its diverse and complex eco system, Located near the Periyar Tiger Reserve, the Centre is just a few minutes’ walk from Kumily town. It is a must visit for all those visiting the reserve.
Kozhukkatta is one among the most popular Kerala sweet which is prepared from rice flour, grated coconut and jaggery. The dough for Kozhukkatta is made similar to that of Idiyappam.