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ISSUE: 227

JULY 2012

Paniyeli Poru and Ecotourism

A milky waterfall that would allure you even from a distance; beautiful rivulets with lucid streams of water that would wash away the worries and weariness of everyday life; pebbles that will surpass the charm of precious stones... tempted aren't you? Then don't waste much time visualizing it in your mind. Fix your next trip to Paniyeli Poru an untouched picnic spot on the outskirts of Kochi.

Caressed and nourished by the River Periyar, which flows between Malayattoor in the north and Paniyeli in the south, the place obtained its name from the routine fight of raftsmen with the wild waves of the river. The river also offers one with a panoramic view of this pristine spot. Earlier bamboos were cut and tied as logs to form a raft. The raftsmen who carried these bamboos to Malayattoor and other places through the river had to battle the tough waves of the river. The place got its name from poru, the Malayalam word which means fight.

The lush green vegetation around Paniyeli Poru is home to numerous species of birds and animals and assures an exotic experience to all visitors. The chirping and twittering of birds, the melody of rivulets and the waterfalls all blend to compose a harmony that would relieve you from all worries. The sight of River Periyar winding its path along the dense forests and rocks is incredible to watch. To those who are into photography, Paniyeli Poru is a not-to-be-missed destination. The canopy of trees, warbling birds, manna - like water.. you will surely be tempted to recapture all the wondrous things in several frames.

The location is fast becoming a favorite of not only tourists but also of filmmakers; both regional and national. It is advisable to visit the place during mid - November to end of May, since the water flow will be comparatively lesser, exposing the rocks and whirlpools. Since the location is under the control of Kerala State Forest Department, a pass costing a nominal fee needs to be obtained at the entrance. Paniyeli Poru is just 20 km away from Perumbavoor and 35 km from Aluva where one will get moderate lodgings.

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