Chimmini

Sloping down the Nellaimpathy range the lush expanse of Chimmini is part of the larger Peechi-Vazhani Wild Life Sanctuary. Trekking and camping in the wilderness is a treat to ornithologists and lepidopterists. On a lucky day India’s largest butterfly Southern Birdwing, or the Blue Mormon, the second largest butterfly in the Western Ghats, might float into view. Trekking expeditions are organised by the Forest Department in and around the Sanctuary. Bamboo rafting along the reservoir of Chimmini Dam is a thrilling experience.

Location: 40 km east of Thrissur via Amballur and Varandarappilly.

Stay: Inspection Bungalow near the dam is the closest option

Contact:  Wildlife Sanctuary Office, Peechi, Ph: 0487-269 9017, DTPC,Thrissur, Ph: 0487-2320800

Janakikad

Janakikkad derives its name from writer-statesman-diplomat V K Krishna Menon sister Janaki, who once own this area on the banks of Chavaramuzhi stream, a branch of Kuttiyadi River. A leafy stroll under its canopy is an ideal way to fall in love with nature.  Rafting facilities are provided. The Forest Department also has a tree park called Vrukshodhyaynam. Pervannamuzhi Dam, a picnic spot is close by {4 KM}.

Location. 54 km north east of Kozhokode, via Perambra.

Contact:  Secretary, Janakikad Eco Tourism Project. Ph 9495645865.

Stay: Since Janakikad has no stay option, Kozhikode is best.

Arippa

This 1000-hectare woodland is a retreat worthy of sages, such is its serenity.   Myristica Swamp, a tropical fresh water swamp with an abundance of Myristica trees, the most primitive of the flowering plants on earth, is found here. Ecotourism packages include short treks, bird/wildlife watching, visit to nearby tribal settlement, outdoor camping in the jungle etc. The programmes are operated in association with the settlement, with tribals as guides. Arippa patch is a part of Shenduruny Wildlife Sanctuary

Location: Thiruvananthapuram Dt. 52 km northeast of Thiruvananthapuram city along the Thiruvananthapuram-Shencottai SH-2

Contact: Kerala Forest Development Corporation,

Ph: 0471-2320604. DTPC 2315397

Stay: Jyothismathy, KFDC Inspection Bungalow. 
Ph 0471-2320604

Thenmala

The first planned Eco-Tourist destination in the country is a symphony of sights and sounds. Amble on the artistic elevated sway bridge over the rampant greenery, lose yourself along  nature trails, enjoy 'Nakshtravanam' of 27 trees corresponding to 27 birth stars, try a hand at rock climbing, feast on a surfeit of winged beauty in Butterfly safari, go cycling or boating. And all this in the span of one day. The 100 sq. km. Shenduruney Wildlife Sanctuary, the habitat of large varieties of flora and fauna is the most important eco-tourism resource of Thenmala.

Location: 66km east of Kollam via Kottarakkara, Punalur

Contact : 0471 2329770, 2344800

www.thenmalaecotourism.com

Stay: Tented and dormitory accomodation by Thenmala Ecotourism Promotion Society

Mankayam 

On the banks of Mankayam river, a tributary of Chittar lies a verdant undulating terrain with rocky patches. Kalakkayam Waterfall, is the main attraction. Treks with varying degrees of adventure are available. The ecotourism zone extending from Mankayam to Kurisadi is covered with luxuriant vegetation. Just 20 m from the main road is the Kurisadi Ghat - an excellent spot for bathing. From shrubs to gigantic trees of evergreen and semi-evergreen grasslands are found here. 

Location: 45 km northeast of Thiruvananthapuram, Mankayam falls under Peringamala area of Palode in Nedumangad Taluk.  Stay: Thiruvananthapuram

Contact: Divisional Forest Office, Thiruvananthapuram, Ph: 0471-2320637

D T P C Thiruvananthapuram . Ph: 0471-2315397