There are some hidden gems in Kerala that can turn into top tourism destinations if packaged and promoted effectively. One such place is Kariyad Top in Idukki district. Located 4 km off the Vagamon-Erattupetta Road, Kariyad has been blessed by nature abundantly.
There is good traffic along the winding road which is a main attraction among the views from the top of the hills located in the area. The greenery is lush and the hills are immersed in mist. The breeze scatters the clouds, making a traveller feel that he is virtually in heaven. During the rainy season, countless waterfalls appear along the slopes, adding to the beauty of the place.
The ideal means of travelling to Kariyad Top is by jeep, particularly when the monsoon is in full swing. Take the road from Thodupuzha to Vagamon via Kanjar. Then continue towards Erattupetta. All along this path, picturesque waterfalls compel travellers to stop their vehicles and click photos. Tall hills dominate the landscape and the road cuts through them. At several spots, there are deep gorges on one side of the road which are covered with fog most of the time.
Driving along this stretch needs a high degree of skill. Any error by the person at the wheel could plunge the vehicle into the depths. There are some stunning viewpoints by the roadside. From these spots, travellers can relish the sight of stately hills above and the vehicles winding their way through the road below.
Some way up a resort can also be sighted. It can be accessed only on foot. The path is tough to negotiate, especially when there is rain. However, the scenery around spurs travellers forward. At the hilltop, the resort is in a part of the hill from where 360-degree views of picture-postcard scenery await a visitor. Waterfalls tumbling down the hill slopes to the ghat roads and the Kerala State Road Transport Corporation's buses engaged in carrying passengers uphill through the looping path are the highlights.
When you have fellow travellers who share a passion for adventurous trips, Kariyad Top is the ideal place to head for. There will be more thrills when downpours make the travel difficult.