Ilaveezhapoonchira 25 kms from Pala
One of the virgin tourist destinations in Kerala. An ideal tourist spot, especially for trekkers. There are four hills with a luxuriant basin in between. Stupendous sights of sunrise and sunset can be seen from atop these hills. Kudayathoor Vindhyan, one of them renders a bird's-eye view of large parts of Idukki, Kottayam, Ernakulam, Alappuzha, Pathanamthitta and Thrissur districts

25 kms from Pala is Kannadipara.
Kannadipara or mirror-rock mirrors the morning sun flawlessly. This rocky mountain is also the highest point in Ilaveezhapoonchira. 3km from here is the Pazhakakanam Plateau watered by the Kadapuzha river. A beautiful waterfall playfully cascades down the mountain and meets the river below in a splendid splash. The eastern side of Kannadipara is a natural fort of rocky cliffs. Bamboo groves, meadows and wild flowers give the spot an exotic touch.
Kayyoor, 10 kms from Pala
Kayoor, situated in Bharananganam panchayat, is made truly enchanting by its string of emerald green hills. There is a small temple dedicated to the Pandavas, where only ghee (clarified butter)is used to light the votive lamps as in the famous temple at Sabarimala.
Bharananganam, 5kms from Pala
This quiet village by the Meenachil river is an ancient center of Christianity. The millennium old St. Mary’s Forane Church dominates the village. The Clarist Convent where St. Alphonsa lived and died is few meters away. She was the first lady of Indian origin to be canonized by the Catholic Church. Thousands gather here in July during the annual Feast of St. Alphonsa.
The millennium old Town of Pala is a seat of early Christianity.
The ancient St. Thomas Cathedral and other Churches and the renowned Christian educational establishments, bear testimony to a vibrant faith that has lasted over centuries. The innumerable institutions, caring for the orphaned, the aged and the mentally and physically challenged, demonstrate that faith through deeds.
Two hundred meters uphill from the main Church is the Chapel of the Tomb of Alphonsa and the Museum, displaying exhibits associated with the life of the saint. The two-storey structure in front of the Chapel was originally the podium used by Pope John Paul II at Kottayam during the beatification ceremony on
February 8, 1986.
25 kms from Pala, Ayyamppara
Legends say that the five Pandava brothers of the Mahabharatha epic lived near this rock extending about 20 acres. Situated 2000 ft. above sea level, the sunset here is exhilarating. The cave on the side of the rock can house more than 15 people.
Mankallu Mudikal and Illickal Mala and Illickal Kallu 25 kms from Pala
The three hills around a flat hilltop clad in emerald grassland give this place an appearance of the traditional tripod stove from the sky. Bereft of tree, the hilltop makes you feel you are on Cloud 9.

Innumerable mountain rivulets from these hills join the Meenachil River. The solitude, the serenity, the soft breeze and the star spangled sky enthrall you at the top of the hill, to reach which, you must trek 3 km uphill. You could spend the night stargazing here.

The peak is formed by three unusually shaped hills, each rising more than 4000 ft above sea level. One resembling a mushroom is named Kuda Kallu (umbrella rock). This is the home of the legendary elixir Neela Koduveli, said to clad the hillside blue when in blossom. This magical flower increases wealth and enhances harvest. The second hill is hunchbacked and hence named Kuunu Kallu. Across this rock is a ½ foot wide bridge called Narakapalam (bridge to hell). The Arabian Sea is a thin azure line on the far-away horizon as seen from this peak. As in Kanayakumari and other capes, you can experience here the unforgettable sight of simultaneous sunset and moonrise on full moon days.


Kurisumala, 40 kms from Pala
This renowned Christian pilgrim center attracts thousands of devotees from far and near during and after the Holy week. They climb the hill carrying small wooden crosses. The soul finds rest at the serene Monastery among green downs cooled by nippy winds.

20 kms from Pala, Poonjar Palace
Poonjar Palace is a magnificent display of the royal opulence of a bygone era. There is an astonishing assembly of antiques and superb furniture including a conch modeled on the Madurai Meenakshi Temple, palm leaf documents, jewel boxes, varieties of lamps, grain measures, sculptures, statues, weapons, chandeliers, palanquin and thoni (made from a single piece of wood and used for Ayurvedic massage). Sculptures on the temple walls depict events from Hindu epics.
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