Located on the Erattupetta - Muttom Road, the Ayyampara Hills is a rocky plateau which is an emerging picnic spot in Kottayam district.
According to legends, during their exile the five Pandava brothers of the Mahabharata stayed near this rock, which is 2,000 ft. above sea level and spread over 20 acres. The name of the rock is said to be derived from the term Anchupara (“five rocks”). But there is also a belief that the place got its name due to an Ayyappa Temple here. The temple’s four pillars support a flat piece of rock that forms the roof. There is a cave on one side of the rock and it can accommodate more than 15 people.
The sunset views from the hilltop are simply amazing and worth the trek up the hill. The cool mountain breeze and the breath-taking panoramic views is sure to refresh your mind and body. From the hilltop, we get a bird’s-eye view of the nearby towns like Erattupetta and Pala, and also the zigzag course of the many tributaries of the Meenachal river.
The rocky plains are a favourite destination for adventure junkies as there are a lot of trekking trails waiting to be explored here. The trekking trails from Kottayam will gift you with a wide spectrum of scenic treasures that will surely surprise you.
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Nearest Railway Station: Kottayam, about 50 km
Nearest Airport: Cochin, about 85 km