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Bhoothathankettu Dam

Bhoothathankettu is a dam and tourist spot in Kerala, India. It is situated outside the village of Pindimana, about 10 km away from the town of Kothamangalam and 50 km away from the main city of Kochi. The original natural dam has been supplemented by a modern dam in 1982, impounding the Bhoothathankettu Reservoir. According to legends, some monsters planned to submerge the Trikkariyoor temple and presiding deity Lord Shiva by making a dam in the Periyar river and flooding the area.  But Lord Shiva, suspecting trickery, came up with a plan to deter them. He made it appear that dawn was approaching by crowing like a rooster. The demons fearing the arrival of light fled from their task.
But the remains is visible proof of their effort – the huge stones the demons were supposed to have rolled onto the river bed – the Old Bhoothathankettu, are still there. The Periyar flows through the narrow space which the demons did not quite manage to block.eisure activities like pedal boating and horse riding are also possible at the dam site. The Old Bhoothathankettu – the dam created by monsters – is a 1km trek from the dam site. The thick forest and ample water spaces provide perfect vantage for bird watchers and photographers.

Ayyapanmudi

Ayyappanmudi is a rocky hillock which got it’s name from the Lord Ayappa temple that is situated at the top. The lone temple and the beautiful scenery on top gives a calming effect after the trek. The temple on Ayyappanmudi is open to devotees only on the first of every month. Due to the temple around, smoking and alcohol consumption must be avoided in and around the hill.

Idamalayar Dam

The Idamalayar Dam is located on the Idamalayar River, a tributary of the Periyar River in Kerala. Completed in 1985, with a length of 373 metres (1,224 ft), the dam created a multipurpose reservoir covering 28.3 sq.km (10.9 sq mi) in the scenic hills of the Western Ghats. The reservoir storage is utilized by a hydroelectric power station which has an installed capacity of 75 MW. The large reservoir created by the Idamalayar Dam is operated by the Kerala State Electricity Board to augment its peak power generation requirements.

Inchathotty Suspension Bridge

Inchathotty is a village on the banks of the Periyar River adjoining the bird sanctuary. Here lies the longest suspension bridge of Kerala.Inchathotty Hanging Bridge was undertaken by the ‘KEL’, a government electrical company. The bridge has a length of 181 meters and width of 1.2 meters. The total cost of the project was Rs.1.60 crores, and the project was completed in 11 months. The bridge serves as a pedestrian only bridge for the villagers of Inchathotty.

Kodanad

Kodanad is a rural riverside village of Ernakulam district, Kerala, southern India. Kodanad is situated on the south bank of Periyar river, about 42 kilometers east of Kochi. The nearest air port is Cochin International Airport which is about 20 km (12 mi) by road. The village is a major tourist destination because it houses an Elephant training center. Kodanad is in the list of Ecotourism destination projects sponsored by the Government of India.

Thrikkariyoor Mahadeva Temple

Thrikkariyoor Mahadeva Temple is situated 4 km from Kothamangalam.This is considered as the last pratistha of Parasurama. This temple deserves a special mention, as it is believed to have the spirits of Lord Krishna and Lord Shiva.The rites and rituals are based on those of the Arya Dravida traditions. It is also believed to be the Capital of Chera Dynasty.

Thattekad Bird Sanctuary

Thattekad Bird Sanctuary falls in the Ernakulam district of Kerala, and boasts of a rich variety of birds. Dr.Salim Ali, one of the best known ornithologist in India described Thattekad Bird Sanctuary as the richest bird habitat on peninsular India, comparable only to eastern Himalaya. Named after him as Dr.Salim Ali Bird Sanctuary, this bird sanctuary located 8 km from Tapovan, was the first one in Kerala. Thattekkad literally means flat forest, and the region is an evergreen low-land forest located between the branches of Periyar River, the longest river in Kerala.Thattekad Bird Sanctuary is home to almost 320 species of exotic birds, some of the most notable ones include Bee Eaters, Falcon Grey, Jungle Fowl, Black Winged Parakeet, White-breasted Hen, Rose-billed Roller, Great Hornbill etc. For this great collection, the sanctuary has earned reputation as paradise for bird watchers and nature lovers. There are 34 species of mammals, 30 species of reptiles and 12 species of amphibians found in this area. The most commonly found animals include Elephants, Leopard, Sloth-Bear and Porcupine. The Indian Cobra and Pythons are most common reptiles found here. As is common in the Western Ghats, the terrain is undulating, the elevation ranges between 35 meters and 523 meters. The tallest point is the Njayapilli peak (523 metres high). It has an annual rainfall of about 2500mm. The flora of the Sanctuary includes tropical evergreen forest, tropical semi-evergreen and tropical deciduous forest. Further, patches of grasslands can be found. Tropical evergreen forests harbour Vellapine, Karanjili, Palley, Kunthirikkam, Bhadraksham, Kanala, Kurangatti, etc. Tropical semi evergreen forest harbour Angili, Kambacom etc. Trees of commercial value like Teak, Rosewood, Venteak, Venga, Maruthi are also found here. The gradient of vegetation and elevation over a small area of land makes Thattekad most suitable for rich bio-diversity.

 

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