Amappara near Ramakkalmedu in Idukki district has been attracting tourists with its gigantic rocks and boulders that look as if they are hanging in air.The foggy mist that covers these boulders grants it a magical ambience. The panoramic view of the verdant valley is breath taking.
Amappara is an excellent off-beat getaway for adventure seekers. The nearby Thovalapady junction is just 4 kilometres away from the hanging bridge at Nedungandam-Ramakkalmedu. From there, jeep services are available to Amappara. This jeep ride would be an exciting trip for those who love off-road trips.
Interestingly, as the name suggests, the rock mountain looks like a giant turtle, from afar. Narrow walkways and alleys are the highlight of Amappara. Two huge openings could be seen below an enormous boulder here. You could enter through one opening, explore the cave and then exit through the other opening. However, be ready to slide through rocks and other obstacles inside the cave. But, the mesmerizing view on the other side is going to make you forget the strenuous journey.
Adventure lovers would enjoy the thrilling trekking trip to the summit. Besides, there are lots of hills and caves around this area for you to explore. Interestingly, Amappara has been slowly luring visitors and is on its way to become a popular tourist destination in the state.
During the winter, mist covers the boulders at Amappara. Travelling to Amappara at that time is quite dangerous. Recently, the authorities have allowed projects worth Rs 2 crore to attract more tourists to this beautiful place. Building steel fence around the rock mountains is one of them. Authorities say that the number of tourists visiting Amappara has gone up, especially since adding this safety feature.
Meanwhile, projects to arrange basic infrastructure and to make the place more desirable are underway. Sitting arrangements, bathroom complexes and a 20 metre high hanging bridge are some of them. Besides, an amazing light setting too would be arranged to project Amappara in all its glory. The project is overseen by the Steel Authority of India.
There are many viewpoints around Amappara to enjoy the beautiful sights from the summit. The Flight View Point that allows a spectacular view of the countryside in the valley is the most popular one.