It took nearly 1 hour to reach Aamappara from Thekkady. First by car to ramakalmedu and then by a Jeep to Ammappara. We hired the jeep from the entrance gate of Kuruvan kuruvathi statue. We were diverted from the main road after few kilo meters and entered the narrow off road that leads to the hill. At first we were bit nervous while climbing the mountain road, but later we realised that our driver Mr Saneesh is an expert on these kinds of roads and gradually we laid back .Only Jeeps with front wheel drive can reach the top of Aamappara, luckily ours was a 4*4.
Nearly after 4 kilo meters of mountain drive we reached mountain top of Aamappara.
We were wondered by the natural and scenic beauty of Aamppara. It’s a huge rock on the shape of a tortoise that overlooks the Green valley. You can reach its mouth through the narrow paths in between the rocks. We relaxed there for few minutes and enjoyed the natural beauty. Later we headed towards the adjacent hills and the scenic beauty was amazing. The place resembles a movie location and not yet polluted by the human interference. We have not seen any plastic or unwanted elements here.
The place is located in between Kerala and Tamilnadu. One will get the view of scenic greenery of Kerala and eagle view of Tamilnadu agricultural farms from the top.
On the way back we stopped at Mr Gopi’s ( Gopi Chettan) tea shop in the valley at Combamukku, that sells typical Kerala snacks in a complete village atmosphere. Hot served tea and snacks were excellent.
Hire an experienced driver with jeep from the local as the way leads to the hills is bit dangerous.
Heavy wind on the top, so carry a cap that cover your ears
Take extreme care while walk and capturing photos form the edges of the rocks and the tortoise mouth
Better to avoid the place on rainy days as the roads become extremely slippery
How to get Aamappra
If driving yourself, take a diversion from Thovalappady a very small town 2 kilomters before Ramakalmedu.
We recommend to seek the help of an experienced drivers
From Thekkady, head towards Puttady and take a diversion to Cumbummettu, then take another diversion from Santhipuram towards Ramakalmedu.
From Tamilnadu, head towards Theni, Cumbum and take diversion towards Cumbummettu and then to Ramakalmedu
From Munnar, head towards Nedumkandum and take diversion towards Thookkupalam and then to Ramakalmedu
From Cochin, head towards Kothamangalam, Neriyamangalam and to Nedumkandum via Kambilikandum, then to Ramakalmedu
From Alappy/Kumarakom – head towards Kuttikanam and take diversion towards Kattappana, take diversion to Puliyenmala, again diversion towards Thookkupalam and to Ramakalmmedu.
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