Kuttikkanam is a hill station in Idukki district which is 3,500 feet above sea level. It is within the territory of Peerumedu which is a hill station 85 km from Kottayam, Kerala. Snuggled by tea gardens, coffee and cardamom plantations Kuttikanam offers an eye soothing view to the tourists. The pleasant sorroundings with misty climate in Kuttikkanam provides a heavenly essence to the tourists. This enchanting hill remains pristine pure and untouched by commercialization. It has adventurous activities and trekking. It has wide variety of rare plants, tea plantations, cardamom plantations, pine forests which make its every tourist’s favourite destination. The green hills, the picturesque landscape and the flowers in it provides an alluring experience.
Kuttikanam was once the vacation destination for the Travancore kings. Henry Baker, a church started coffee plantations here but during the reign of Sri Moolam Thirunnal it was replaced by tea plantations. The requirement of labour bought in more people from Kerala and Tamil Nadu. The place is embraced with the beauty of the green hills, Plantations and grasslands which offers an exquisite charm that can be cherished forever. One can ordeal the freshness of nature as walking through the amazing landscapes. The tranquillity of this place pull the tourists to visit here again and again.
It is a hill station which is 4 km from Peerumedu and 1 km from Kutikanam. It is named after the Sufi saint Peer Mohammed. The trekkers would love to visit this place.
Parunthumpara is a small village, located between Peerumedu and Thekkady which is 6 km from Peerumedu. It is called Parunthumpara or eagle rock because large area around it is like an eagle. The attractions here include Suicide Point and Tagor Head. It gives a sweeping view of Peerumedu which attracts lots of tourists. The tourists can spend their time on these undulating grasslands away from the scurry city life
It is the place where the Travancore royal family stored their weapons. It is a perfect place for trekking as well
Ammachi Kottaram was constructed by Travancore Maharaja, Moolam Thirunal, sometime in the 19th-century. Nestled in the cool tea and coffee growing highlands, it was mainly used as a royal retreat for the wife of the Maharaja. Travancore royal titles were passed matrilineally, so brother and sister ruled as the Maharaja and Maharani. The Maharaja’s wife was thus given the title of consort rather than queen. It’s believed that Thirunal constructed Ammachi Kottaram for his wife, although the exact history behind its construction remains murky.
It is about 10 km from Kuttikanam which is 2500 ft. height from sea level. The serene breeze will touch you right at the beginning of the trek. The greenery and the flowers bound the pathway leading to beautiful meadows which gives a divine experience. It is named Panchalimedu since It’s believed that Pandavas, heroes of the epic – Mahabharata stayed here, during their exile. There is small temple dedicated to Bhuvaneshwar There is a small pond “Panchalikulam” which is named after Panchali (wife of Pandavas), where she used to take bath.
It is 5 kms from Peerumedu. The waterfall is about 75 ft. High. It is covered in mist and is worth a visit. This pristine white milky waterfalls is said to be originating from somewhere in the mountains of Kuttikanom.The celestial atmosphere and the misty waterfalls give a euphoric sense of happiness to the tourists.
St. George CSI Church
The church is located on the serene Pallikunnu near Kuttikkanam on the Kottayam-Kattappana route. The region is surrounded by mountains at an elevation of 2500 to 3500 ft above sea level. The Peermede Kuttikkanam Elappara region, which was under the rule of the Changanassery dynasty till 1850, later came under the rule of the Travancore dynasty. Henry Baker was one of the first Europeans to visit the plantation industry in the 1860s. St. George CSI Church at Pallikunnu, built by the British who came to the Peermede Kuttikkanam area with a plantation industry over a century and a half ago, is still writing its old history. The church attracts a large number of foreign and domestic tourists.
There is an artificial pine forest in Kutikanam which spreads over 100 acres of land. It is habitat for about 30 species of birds .The department of Forests and wildlife classified it as buffer zone. Pine trees will be 15-45 m tall. The thick forest of tall pine trees are worth watching. These add to the beguiling beauty of the entire place.
Azhutha Diversion Project
Azhutha River is a tributary of Pampa River. The Azhutha diversion project is built on the Azhutha River to divert water through 987 m long tunnel to Idukki reservoir. It is almost 4 km from kutikanam