Visit the riveting Chittippara hills in Thiruvananthapuram for a surreal experience

Visit the riveting Chittippara hills in Thiruvananthapuram for a surreal experience
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Are you planning a vacay in Kerala’s capital city of Thiruvananthapuram? Then it is high time to look beyond the popular destinations such as Ponmudi and Kallar and include some of the exotic places that mirror the pristine beauty of nature. Chittippara is one such mesmerizing spot that provides travellers with breathtaking views, and the sight of mist-enveloped hills sheening in the golden rays of the rising sun is simply out of the world.

Chittippara, which the social media termed as the Meesapulimala of Thiruvananthapuram district, has been enchanting tourists for a while as it provides the perfect platform to enjoy the beauty of sun rise and sun set. Meesapulimala, which is the second highest peak in the Western Ghats after Anamudi peak, is near Munnar and is riddled with spectacular views and a must-go destination for trekkers.

The sight of sun slowly coming out of oblivion from behind the majestic Agasthyamalai mountains near Chittippara is surreal, to say the least. The sun spreading its alluring golden rays across the floating low clouds is a jaw-dropping display of nature. And what makes Chittippara stand out is that the visitors can get a 360 degree view of these spectacles.

The clouds and the mist will make way for the sun as it slowly but surely reaches the zenith. The amazing natural settings and the cool breeze will just blow your mind.

Chittippara is a hill with a dry terrain spread across 12 acres and is 1,600ft above sea level. The adventure enthusiasts can have a ball as the hill is ideal for trekking and rock climbing. The majority of travellers who come to experience the magic of Chittippara are those returning from the hill station of Ponmudi. But now the footfall has increased manifold as the social media platforms are flooded with captivating snaps of the mist-covered Chittippara.

Chittippara is a serene spot, which is far away from the madding crowd, and the tourists can get rejuvenated by the fresh air and nature’s bounty of this enchanting place. Undoubtedly, Chittippara is as enthralling as other hill stations.

How to reach

Travel close to 2km after taking a right turn from Iruthalamoola, which comes after Tholikodu, just before reaching Vithura on the Thiruvananthapuram-Ponmudi route and you will reach near the Chittippara Ayiravalli Thampuran temple. From here, you have to walk for close to 15 minutes to arrive at Chittippara.  

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