If you are one of those who love to explore a place that is calm and peaceful,
Illithode a rural area at Mulankuzhi in Ernakulam district is the right
place to spend a one day. The serene surroundings is sure to rejuvenate
Located at a distance of about 10kms from Malayattoor
and 62kms from Kochi, this charming and picturesque place is bordered
by rolling mountains on one side and the beautiful Periyar river on the
other. Very few people know about illithode, but now this little known
tourist spot is attracting more tourists day by day. The main attraction
here is the river flowing through the forest. It will take 15- 20 minutes
walk through the thick forest of Mahagony, Teak to reach the river. While
stepping into the river one must be very careful as there are strong undercurrents
in certain areas. One can also see monkeys climbing or moving through
the trees. The deep forest and the river is a favourite location of film
Nearby Tourist Attractions
Located 45 Kms north east of Kochi, it is one of the largest elephant
training centres of South India. The adjoining zoo attract visitors throughout
the year. Set on the southern banks of the Periyar river, Kodanad is known
for the 'Elephant Kraa' - the place where the newly captured elephants
are kept till they are properly trained and disciplined. It is a huge
wooden structure, constructed here during the princely regime to tame
wild elephants. The elephant training center and the Malayattoor St. Thomas
Parish Church or Thazathe Palli lies on the opposite banks of Periyar
river. In the mornings at the riverside, tourists may get a chance to
massage the adult and baby elephants under the supervision of its Mahouts.
The trained elephants are available for safari for the tourists. There
is a small zoo sheltering wild animals which are unfit for survival in
the forest. It is open from 8.00 am to 6.00 pm on all days except Mondays.
For enquiries contact:
Divisional Forest Officer,
Malayattur Forest Division,
Kodanad, Ernakulam Dist.
Ph : 0484 2649052
Malayattur St. Thomas Church
47 Kms from Kochi, the place is famous for the catholic church of St.
Thomas, on top of the 600 feet high Malayattur hill. Thousands of devotees
visit the church between March - April when the annual Malayattur festival
is conducted. It is the first pilgrim centre in India to be accorded international
status by the Holy See, the official seat of the Vatican. It is also the
largest pilgrim centre in the name of St. Thomas in India.