Calvary Mount Ecotourism

View from Carmel MountCalvary Mount is an Eco-tourism destination on the high ranges of  Idukki district in Kerala. It is about 12 km from  Idukki. From the Idukki and Kattapana main road, you can trek up to the top. Or you can cover part of the way up to the ticket counter by jeep.

The entry fee per person is Rs 5. Near the ticket counter there is a shop. You can have some refreshments there after the climb. Though there are huts to stay overnight, they are in a dilapidated condition (as in January  2007). The facility is maintained by Calvary Mount River/Forest Protection Council, Nagarampara, Ayyappankovil Forest Division.

The locale offers a panoramic and unforgettable view of  Idukki reservoir. If  you are lucky you can see elephants in the forests, way down the mountain. Some have even seen elephants swimming between the islets in the reservoir. To view this, you don't have to climb to the top.

Carmel MountAt first the climb may look easy but at the last leg is tedious. There are two steep climbs at the end. They have a cut a road up to the mount which makes the climb easier. On reaching the top, you can have a bird's eye view of much of Idukki district. It's a great trekking experience. If you have not seen a tea garden, one is nearby.

For the religious, the path of the cross is marked from the main road to the mount with 14 crosses. At the top is the last and biggest cross of that mount.

You can reach carmel mount either from Kumily or Thodupuzha. If you are coming from Thodupuzha, you can have a panoramic view of the valleys, Malankara Dam and the switch yard of the Idukki Hydroelectric Project at Moolamattom from the pavilion at Nadukani. The Kulamavu, Cheruthony and Idukki dams are on the way.

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