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 one’s soul.
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 makers.Nearby tourist attractions are kodanadu elephant training centre and the famouse Malayattur St.Thomas church
Place: Muankuzhi, Ernakulam District, Kerala
Best Season: September – May
How to reach : Rail : Nearest railway station is at Angamaly, about 17 km from Malayattoor. Some of the express trains do not stop at this station and the next station is Alwaye. Road: Kerala State Transport Corporation (KSRTC) as well as private buses operate at regular intervals to Malayatoor from the nearest towns such as Ernakulam (52 km), Alwaye, Ankamaly, Perumbavoor, Kothamangalam etc.