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If you are bored of travelling through the beaten track but would still like to make a short but worthwhile weekend trip, then simply make your way towards Pangappara just 13 kms from Punalur and Anchal towns close to Kollam. Paangappara is exclusively meant for the adventurer in you. The path (in fact there is literally nothing of that sort in a civilised sense!) to Paangappara, which is a huge rock, can be reached only through one side of the mountain. All the other three sides are too steep to approach. This obscure but beautiful place is located in the Vilakkupaara village, which is also Oscar award winner Resul Pookutty's native place. On reaching the top one can have a breathtakingly beautiful view of Sahya mountain ranges. Surely, you are bound to experience that ‘on top of the world’ feeling! Once this place was a thick forest area and dwelling places of wild animals can still be found there.

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How to reach there

  • Pangupara is in Vilakkupara village located 13 kms away from Punalur and Anchal towns close to Kollam. There are frequent buses to Punalur and Anchal from Kollam.
  • Nearest railway station: Kollam railway station is just 60 km away.
  • Nearest airport: Trivandrum airport is just 90 km away

Best time to visit

October to May

Travel tips

One has to be careful enough not to slip as the blowing wind here is too strong.
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