Visit Shasthampara to enjoy scenic beauty
Vilappilsala (Thiruvananthapuram): A spectacular view comprising the sea, land, and Agasthyamala. Beyond them one can watch the sunrise and the sunset. The visitors to Shasthampara in Vilappil panchayat can enjoy this heavenly sight.
Shasthampara has become a favourite spot of nature lovers and tourists. Here, on the hilltop that is over 400 metres high, there is a water channel that never dries up. The rock surface is not slippery and is safe.
The Tourism Department has proposed that Shasthampara can be developed into a place where the visitors to Neyyar dam, Aruvikkara, and Aruvippuram can take a break. Apart from the scenic view, the cool breeze that blows in the area always is another special feature of Shasthampara.
There is also a temple of Vanashastha. The rocks are spread over 18 acres that also includes the temple. There are caves amid rocks. Legend has it that Shasthampara was a stone that Bhima got from his food.
The government had, five years ago, sanctioned Rs 50 lakh for the development of Shasthampara including it in the village tourism project. A 'kalmandapam', steps, canteen, benches, and electric lights were set up as part of a project led by architect G Sankar. But they have not been maintained well.
One can reach Shasthampara by travelling 1.5 km on the Vilappilsala-Malavila route, or 2.5 km on the Killi-Mechira route. The Vilappil panchayat has begun measures to set up roads and other amenities for tourists.