There are many places close to Akshadha with abundant natural beauty. Some of the attractions which are near alongwith distance has been detailed below. For more details you can click on the link. (Distance indicated from Sheddumkunnu, Sreekrishnapuram)
For lovers of natural scenic beauty, this place is a must visit. The river flowing through silent valley reaches Pathrakadavu forming natural waterfalls!!
The Kanhira Puzhan Dam is located on the Kanhirapuzha River, a tributary of the huthapuzha River, which itself joins the Bharatapuzha River, a part of the west-flowing rivers from Tadri to Kanyakumari. The dam has a catchment area of 7,000 hectares. The water spread of the dam lies in a single stretch. An evergreen forest, by name ‘Vettilachola’ is immediately beyond the reservoir which is surrounded by hills and during rainy season, the mountain will be covered with mist. All this makes the area extremely beautiful and picturesque. There are three islands in the reservoir with plenty of fish (including commercial varieties) grown by the Fisheries Department.
Dhoni is a reserve Forest area that has a small but beautiful, splendid and captivating waterfall in the middle. Dhoni provides trekkers the opportunity to explore its hilly terrains. Its lush green surroundings are a pleasure to watch. Dhoni is also famous for its farmhouse, harbouring hundreds of cattle of Swiss variety. The best time to visit Dhoni is soon after the monsoon rains.
The Silent Valley, apart from being a veritable treasure trove of flora and fauna is also home to one of the oldest and the last stretch of tropical evergreen rainforests. Another peculiarity that makes it unique is the absence of cicadas. These insects that produce an incessant sound characteristic to any forest are absent. Their conspicuous absence makes the forest comparatively silent and hence the name Silent Valley.
Attappadi lies in Mannarghat Taluk of Palakkad district and it includes Silent Valley Reserve forest. The place attracts nature lovers and anthropologists alike with its beautiful greenery, rivers and mountains as well as with the presence of tribes like Irulas and Mudugars.
The Bhavani River flows through the area and an important site here is Malleeswaram peak, where a gigantic Shivalinga is worshipped by the indigenous people of the place. The Shivrathri festival is celebrated with much fervour by the tribes here.
Extending into a charming lake, Malampuzha Dam is the largest reservoir in Kerala. Standing 355 feet tall, the dam is built on Malampuzha River, a tributary of Bharathapuzha, Kerala’s second longest river. On the front side of the dam, there lies yet another tourist attraction called Malampuzha Garden. With almost every patch of the garden covered with grasses, the surrounding of the dam appears sound and serene all day long. The Japanese Park, Nandi Park, Malampuzha Yakshi, Krishna Park, Ropeway and music fountains are other spots that attract tourists.
Timings: 8:00 AM to 6:00 PM (Weekdays), 8:00 AM to 8:00 PM (Weekends)
- Other Attractions near Malampuzha Dam
Fantasy Park is Kerala’s first amusement park, located just a kilometer away from Malampuzha Dam. There are beautiful gardens and fountains for people to enjoy. It offers a menu of 20 rides. The largest wave pool in the park can give you some thrilling moments in your life.
Just behind the Malampuzha Dam is yet another beautiful attraction called Kava Viewpoint. It is one of the least tapped places in Palakkad and is nestled amidst the rich Western Ghats. Kava Viewpoint springs back to life during the monsoon months. From the Kava Viewpoint, visitors can cherish the view of the lush green neighbouring mountains. Locals call Kava ‘the womb of the raincloud’ as the first rain cloud forms here.
This dam constructed across the Siruvani River, is for supplying drinking water to the city of Coimbatore in Tamil Nadu. The dam is surrounded by reserve forests. Muthikulam hill is situated on the eastern side of the dam. The gateways on either side of the road across the dam are typical of the Kerala and Tamil architectural styles. Siruvani is also home to certain tribals like the Mudugars and Irulars. Water from Siruvani River is renowned for its taste and mineral properties. There is a natural waterfall in the hill. The waterfalls and the Dam are big tourist attractions.
The Peechi-Vazhani Wildlife Sanctuary in Thrissur district is a good spot for nature lovers.
Established in 1958, this 125 sq km sanctuary is about 20 km east of Thrissur, in the catchment area of the Peechi and Vazhani dams. The sanctuary is part of the Palapilli-Nelliampathy forests and forms the Northern boundary of the Chimmini Sanctuary.
Having an abundance of enchanting flora and fauna and a lake where you can go boating, this place is a treat for the nature lover. There are more than 50 different kinds of orchids, innumerable rare medicinal plants, teak, rosewood, and so on. The faunal diversity includes over 25 species of mammals including carnivores like the leopard, tiger, jungle cat and herbivores like the Sambar deer, barking deer, spotted deer, Indian bison and Asian elephant. More than 100 species of birds and several species of snakes and lizards are also found here.
From the town of Nenmara in Palakkad district, the cloud-caressed peaks of the majestic Nelliyampathy hill ranges are a sight to behold. The height of the hills ranges from 467 m to 1572 m. To reach Nelliyampathy, one has to take the road starting from Nenmara that proceeds to the Pothundy Dam.
The Pothundy Dam is a picturesque locale with facilities for boating and is a nice option as a picnic place. As the Ghat road winds its way up to Nelliyampathy, at certain places there are viewpoints from where the vast stretches of Palakkad district are visible with its extensive paddy fields forming a verdant carpet. It also offers a splendid view of the Palakkad Gap, which is a geographical phenomenon in the Western Ghats formation in this region, bringing into view, parts of the adjoining State of Tamilnadu.
Not far away from Palagapandy is Seetharkundu where one can have a fantastic valley view, and a 100 m high waterfall providing an added attraction. From Palagapandy, one can trek or go by jeep to reach Mampara; another breathtaking vantage point at Nelliyampathy. The area in and around Palagapandy estate has tea, cardamom and coffee plantations with adjoining hills allowing one to catch a glimpse of the wildlife in the form of Indian gaur, elephants, leopards, giant squirrel etc. and is also a paradise for birdwatchers.
Parambikulam Tiger Reserve is a well protected ecological portion in the Nelliampathy – Anamalai landscape of the Southern Western Ghats in India. It is located in the Palakkad District of Kerala. It is one of the biodiversity hot spot in the world supports diverse habitat types and endemism. Considering its biological richness, abundance of wildlife and landscape beauty makes Parambikulam Tiger Reserve is one of the most attractive places in the entire stretch of Western Ghats. It was declared as Tiger Reserve during 2009 with total area of 643.66 SqKm, which includes core area of 390.89 and 252.77 Sq Km Buffer area.