Unnamed Road, Peermade, Manjumala, Kerala 685532, India
Stunning view of the Western Ghat Mountains and the valleys below.
Parunthumpara is a viewpoint offering birds eye view of endless stretches of green forests and low lying areas. It is called Parunthumpara (eagle rock) because of its large rocky area with projection combined to look like an eagle facing the vast lands of the Western Ghat Mountains. The rock projection is called Tagore Rock as it appears to have the shape of Rabindranath Tagore, the famous Bengali polymath.
From the national highway, a rugged road will take you to Parunthumpara. There are no hikes involved, it is possible to drive up to the top of the hill. Once at the top, the endless stretches of green meadows, mountains with its deep valleys, and the silvery line of Azhutha River gives the visitors an enchanting experience. The cool mountain breeze along with the mystical mist curtaining the mountains adds a magical charm to Parunthumpara. It is best to be here in the evening as it is an extremely beautiful place to view the sunset.
On a clear day, from Parunthumpara you can view the forest of Sabarimala that lies 15 km away. It is said that the celestial light- Makaravilakku - of the famous Sabarimala Temple can be viewed from here. Hence, during the time of Makaravilakku, pilgrims of Sabarimala flock to Parunthumpara.
The descend to the Tagore Rock projection is difficult and comes with steep slopes. The rock projection forms a cliff and it is located in such a way that you will have to climb down first and then climb up again to reach the top. This is the point where you can get the birds eye view of the valley. Since it is very windy in the area, visitors should be extremely careful standing at the edge. There is very little space available to stand at the top and there are no fences or railings. Always be careful there.
How to reach Parunthumpara and best time to visit
Parunthumpara is located in Idukki District of Kerala State in Southern India. It is situated 6 km from the nearest town Peermade and 5 km from the National Highway 220 that connects Kottayam and Kumily. There are direct buses from Kottayam and Ernakulam cities which passes through Parunthumpara to Kumily. The nearest railway station is in Kottayam and Ernakulam, connected well with the rest of the country.
The best time to visit Parunthumpara is during and right after the monsoon season from June to January when the landscape is lush green with beautiful waterfalls at a distance on the Azhutha River. During the rest of the months, the entire area will be reddish orange in colour and the river dried up. Evenings are the best time to visit as the sunset from here is magnificent.
Attractions near Parunthumpara
Situated at a height of 2,500 ft (760 m) above the sea level, the place is surrounded by deep valleys and hills, accompanied by meadows, grasslands, and cool refreshing climate. Pilgrims from the various regions gather here to witness the Makaravilakku, a holy flame that is believed to a supernatural phenomenon by the devotees, which appears annually on 14 January in the Ponnambalamedu summit
Temple complex located inside a Tiger reserve. One of the largest annual pilgrimage in the world happens here- with 40 to 50 million devotees visiting it every year.
The pine trees on the slopes of the hill create an incredible view. Pine forests are a rare sight in Kerala and this is one of the few you can visit.
Hill station popular for its green valleys and beautiful meadows.
The longest hanging bridge in Idukki district built across Periyar river connecting two panchayaths. This place is famous for its picturesque scenery
An ancient temple in the middle of the forest.
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