Vannapuram (Idukki): The visit to Kottappara Viewpoint which became popular on social media as ‘Mini Meesapulimala’ has been restricted by forest department. The morning white mist (Kodamanju) here appearing like clouds, provides an amazing view to spectators.
For the past few weeks, there have been a steep increase in the number of tourists coming here. The forest department imposed restrictions on the entry of tourists naming security issues.
The Kottapara Viewpoint became popular all of a sudden. It was a video shared on Instagram that boosted the popularity of Kottapara instantly. The video was shared by millions on social media and went viral too fast.
Kottapara is situated in Vannapuram panchayat. This is under the jurisdiction of the forest department. Viewpoint is 26 km from Thodupuzha going through Mullaringad route.
The white mist could be seen from morning 4 am at the Viewpoint. Slowly it would increase and appear as if a sky was formed. The visitors come in large numbers to see the mist. Many tourists are coming from far away places hearing about the spectacular view. Some even put up tents and stay overnight to watch it in early morning.
Trespassing is a punishable offence
The boards showing entry prohibitions were instituted at the entrance and also at random places in Kottapara. The entry to higher areas of the Kottapara rocks have been restricted. These areas are government owned lands and also danger zones. The board warns trespassers.
The forest department said that the place have many hidden dangers as most visitors are unknown to its character. The rocks are narrow and slippery on the higher area. When large number of tourists’ flock in, it would be difficult to manage. The authorities have decided to block entry by using barricades at the entrance.
The forest department decided to impose restrictions as many tourists climb up the high rocks not caring about the danger. There is a 125 ft deep gorge beyond the rocks, but there is not even a protection fence anywhere.