Thekkady, the 'eastern gateway' to Kerala- God's own country, full of dense green vegetation, heady scents of spices, panoramic view, lakes, evergreen forests, herds of elephants and birds. This thick forest, interspersed with plantations makes Thekkady an ideal destination for nature lovers.Make a trip to Thekkady and have a pleasurable boat ride to the end of natural wilderness. Or, for a more adventurous stint, you can go enjoying day/night forest trekking.
Periyar Tiger Reserve
Nestled in the southern Western Ghats mountain ranges of peninsular India, Periyar Tiger Reserve is the oldest and largest Protected Areas of Kerala (777 sq. km.). Predominantly an evergreen biotype with great scenic beauty and rich assemblage of flora and fauna, Periyar epitomizes the opulent ecological and cultural diversity typical of tropical rain forests. Sabarimala the famous forest shrine of Lord Ayyappa, visited by around 5 million people annually, is situated on the western flank of the reserve.
Gavi & Parunthumpara
Gavi, a picturesque land is an off the track destination ideal for a wilderness retreat replete with trekking, birding, sholas, cascading waterfalls and cardamom plantations. Endangered species including the elephant, nilgiri thar, lion-tailed macaque are often sighted at the outskirts of Gavi. Parumthumpara is a beautiful destination with a panoramic view of the forest and plantation.
Four kms off Anakkara, the saddle of organic spice plantations on the Munnar-Kumily road, this sleepy wind-striken little village slopes to the farmland of Tamilnadu.The panoramic view and silver cascade add to the charm of the place. From its mountain top, one can enjoy the view of the plains below.
A mountain peak that can give you a bird's eye view of the western ghats and the plains of Tamilnadu. There is a tale that the lord 'Sree Rama' the Hindu mythological God had set his foot on this rock hence the name Ramakkalmedu (Rama-Kal-Medu). Also you can see the Kerala's biggest statue of 'Kuravan & Kurathi' the two historical characters of local community whose names were given to the rocks between which the Idukki dam was built.
Kailasam is an exceptionally beautiful property of Carmelia Haven, full of tea & Cardamom plantations. A boat ride in the lake here will throw up rare moments filled with fun and frolic. Nestled just 22km. away, Kailasam offers long strolls through plantations and a visit to our tea processing factory besides opportunities for mountain safaris, bird watching and trekking. Also, you get to see how Cardamom is smoked in our Cardamom smoke-house here. A plantation that stretches over acres of terrain land and vast forest areas will gift you with unforgettable memories. Spend a while fishing in the lake and take the catch to our chef for a sumptuous delicacy.
Situated 32 kms from Carmelia is the rugged terrain called Idukki which means 'narrow gorge'. The Periyar River, gushes through this place to the west. On either side of the river, creating the gorge are mighty hills Kuravan & Kurathy. The Bridge in the gorge is the magnificent Idukki Arch Dam, set against densely wooded hills and valleys studded with rushing streams.
The gold spot of high range 'calvary mount' is situated 34 kms from Carmelia towards Idukki. The view of Idukki dam water reservoir from the top is mind boggling. The forest department is conducting trekking through the wilderness of the forest.It is also a pilgrimage centre and thus the name 'calvary mount'.