Ilaveezhapoonchira is a beautiful sight where you can spend hours and hours just admiring the nature. The place is located in Kottayam district of Kerala and surrounded by three hillocks namely Mankunnu, Kodayathoormala and Thonippara.
There is an interesting legend behind the existence of Ilaveezhapoonchira. There was a pond here which was the bathing place of Draupadi, the wife of Pandavas. As some Devas got attracted to the beauty of the legendary Princess Draupadi, Indra (the King of Devas) decided to cover the pond with hills.
Three floral hills were formed around the pond. It is believed that the valley had no leaves as there was no tree in the vicinity of the place. Thus the name Ilaveezhapoonchira which means 'Valley where leaves do not fall'.
The place is a beautiful destination to watch sunrise and sunset. Due to its location amidst hillocks, Ilaveezhapoonchira would make a great trekking spot if you are an adventure lover. As monsoon sets, the place is all the more alluring with its floral hills and valley that turns into a flowing stream among these hills. The beauty of the valley and hills is beyond explanation.
From the hilltop of Mankunnu, the districts of Alapuzha, Idukki, Ernakulam, Kottayam, Pathanamthitta and Thrissur could be seen. This scenic spot is located around 55km from Kottayam and 20km from Thodupuzha. The roads leading to the spot are narrow, but the beauty that surrounds them are spellbinding.
If you are new to this place, it is better to hire a taxi and just relax and enjoy the trip. Travelling along the steep roads from Kanjar which is 9km away from Ilaveezhapoonchira would be a memorable experience. However, this place is not for the weak-hearted as the road to the location is quite steep.
The peak time to visit Ilaveezhapoonchira is from November to March. The months of June to August is also ideal for a visit if you love to enjoy monsoon travel.