Chellarkovil is a charming village situated in the Idukki district on the borders of Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary famous for its ecotourism activities. One cannot neglect the importance of ecotourism in the global tourism scenario. Visiting unspoiled and pristine natural environments can be a refreshing experience and many travelers choose ecotourism spots for spending time with their family or friends.
The initiative of Chellarkovil villagers to make this village a clear, pleasant and blossoming planet is truly commendable. Providing cultural and environmental awareness to reduce impact on environment and make the village a popular ecotourism spot can be the main aim of Chellarkovil ecotourism. Besides, it provides direct economical benefits also for the villagers and the conservation. Managed by the Kerala Government Forest Department, a lot of eco-tourism lovers visit Chellarkovil to explore its scenic and pristine natural environment.
Chellarkovil is nestled in the never ending hills of the enchanting Western Ghats worth visiting because of its unspoiled and charming nature. This ecotourism spot is almost 1200 meters above sea level and travelers can watch the beautiful surroundings conveniently from there. The cool and aromatic air is truly refreshing.
Chellarkovil is famous for its gorgeous waterfalls and scenic hilly landscape. This sleepy village is approximately 11 kilometers away from Kumily. A lot of travelers visit this ecotourism spot to enjoy the majestic waterfalls and beautiful terrains. Ideally situated in the Anakkara Panchayath of Idukki district, Chellarkovil is on the Kerala-Tamil Nadu border. It is among the most popular tourism spots in the Idukki district.
Ecotourism Programs in Chellarkovil
Several projects have introduced in this destination for making Chellarkovil a prominent ecotourism spot in Kerala. This project was started in the year 2008 by the ecotourism and forest department of Kerala with the participation of villagers. As an eco-tourism spot, you can see several eco-friendly huts, an area for medicinal plants, watch tower and pathways in Chellarkovil. A tourist amenity center is also there in this picnic spot.
There is a watch tower at Chellarkovil and placed a telescope on the balcony of the tower. From this ‘God’s own balcony’, you can watch marvelous views of the surroundings. Travelers find it amazing to visit this spot to enjoy spectacular views of sunrise and sunset. Chellarkovil is also blessed with a waterfall and the view of it is splendid during monsoon time.
The best time to visit Chellarkovil is from September to May. This tourist destination is well connected by road and tourists can take local buses or hire taxis from Kumily Town. The nearest railway station to Chellarkovil is Theni which is about 60 kilometers away. Madurai is the nearest airport which is 140 kilometers from this picnic spot.