A trip to a quiet and peaceful spot blessed by nature offers a big relief from the hectic life experienced in urban areas. Kerala has many such beautiful destinations and Ilaveezhapoonchira in Kottayam district is one of the most exotic among them.
Surrounded by three hills named Mankunnu, Kodiyathur Mala and Thonippara, Ilaveezhapoonchira offers a stunning sight of grasslands that extend almost up to the horizon.
At an altitude of around 3,200 feet above the sea level, Ilaveezhapoonchira has not only amazing scenery but also several thrilling trekking areas. Visitors are attracted to the area by the picture-postcard sunset and sunrise, constant presence of mist and a steadily blowing cool breeze.
Moreover, Illikkalkallu, a renowned tourism destination, is situated close to Ilaveezhapoonchira. The journey to Ilaveezhapoonchira is also interesting as only a bike or jeep can take you there.
An exotic place carrying an exotic name, Ilaveezhapoonchira is associated with several myths and legends. The meaning of the word Ilaveezhapoonchira is ‘Pond where leaves don’t fall’. True to its name, the trees in the area do not shed their leaves.
The legend of the Mahabharata is also linked with Ilaveezhapoonchira as the Pandava princes are believed to have stayed here for sometime during their exile in the forest. Moreover, a pond (chira) seen near a temple at the spot was built by the Pandava Bhima for his wife Panchali, according to local lore.