On the lap of the Agasthya Hills, in the forests of Neyyar is Utharam Kayam. It is a small strip of land, studded with vegetation that has a predominance of medicinal plants and rich in bird life. Managed by the Department of Forests and Wildlife, Kerala State, Utharam Kayam now has facility for accommodation in the form a tree house, known in local parlance as Erumadam.
To access Utharam Kayam, one has to take a boat from the Neyyar Reservoir and proceed to a place called Komba. Alight at Komba and trek for about two kilometers through thick forest to reach Utharam Kayam. Ideal for the adventure minded, Utharam Kayam could be tagged along with a visit to the Neyyar Reservoir.
Nearby attractions at Utharam Kayam include the Meenmutti waterfalls, about two kms away. It is also the confluence point of rivers viz. Valliyar, Mullayar and Neyyar and is caressed by the gentle cool breeze, carrying the scent of medicinal plants.
The forest department has interesting packages offered to visitors heading for Utharam Kayam, comprising accommodation, trekking etc.
The Assistant Wildlife Warden
Neyyar Dam. P.O.
Phone +91 471 2272182
Nearest railway station: Thiruvananthapuram, about 32 km
Nearest airport: Trivandrum International Airport, about 38 km away
Latitude: 8.534738, Longitude: 77.145822