Padappara, Chelikuzhy waterfalls
Pathanamthitta: For experiencing rain and mist together, one does not have to head to Idukki or Kodaikkanal. Kulathumon Padappara, known as the Thirumalakovil of southern Kerala, tempts the travellers to its heights, in the monsoon season.
The temple situated on the top of the rocky hill along with the mist which envelop the entire hillock even during midday render tranquillising effect on the travellers. A lot of visitors have started to arrive here to relish the surprising visuals from the top of Padappara.
Padappara and the nearby Rakshasan Para, Irappanchal and Chelikuzhy waterfalls are ideal locations for those who love monsoon trekking.
A half kilometre road in Inchappara at the Pathanamthitta- Punalur road will take the travellers to Rakshasan Para. Along with the Rakshasan Para, Thattupara and Kuravan Kurathipara situated here are enlisted in the biodiversity registry of the Kerala government, by considering its rich diversity of flora and fauna. From here, the Koodal- Mangode road guides travellers to waterfalls in Irappanchal.
The alluring Chelikuzhy waterfalls are located two kilometres away from Irappanchal via Athirumkal. Though the waterfall is spectacular, the authorities have not taken any significant measures to conserve the falls, despite several complaints received from the visitors.
Kulathumon Padappara is not far from Chelikuzhy waterfalls. Those who cannot trek by foot can avail vehicle service from Kulathumon SNDP junction to reach on top of Padappara.