Aluvamkudi: the not-so-famous tourist spot near Gavi

Aluvamkudi: the not-so-famous tourist spot near Gavi
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Centuries-old Aluvamkudi temple in the woods and its surrounding areas hold out immense potential for eco-tourism. Apart from the temple, the area in the Ranni forest division is noted for its biodiversity, hills, meadows, water falls and forest scenery.

It is believed that Aluvamkudi was one of the most important temples in central Travancore in the ancient times. The altar in the forest temple is proof that rituals were held regularly. The temple pond spread out in an acre reminds one of ponds in major temples. A huge tree in the premises has a palm tree growing inside its adventitious root, offering a curious sight for visitors who cannot resist the temptation of shooting a picture inside it.

Attractive sights in the area also include Randattumoozhi, which is part of the Irattakallar project, Kottapara hills, which belongs to the temple, Nanatupara Mala (hill), Annan Thampi Medu, Therirangya para etc. These are all within three km distance from the temple. Kallar river originates from the small hills near Randattumoozhi. The area receives abundant rain.

The streams and waterfalls in the area are exotic. Kottapara hill has an ancient statue of Arjuna. The meadows of nearby Annan Thampi Medu provide a novel visual experience. Legend says Therirangiya para (rock) is a place where Mahavishnu landed with his chariot.

Places like Mele Poochakulam and Thazhe Poochakulam in Thekkuthodu area also hold out tourism potential. The waterfalls in Thazhe Poochakulam offer an enchanting view. At Mele Poochakulam, the main attraction is the view of snow-clad hills.

There is a route to Gavi from Aluvankudi via Gurunathan Mannu and Seethathode. It's six km from the temple to Gurunathan Mannu. The project can be implemented through a tie-up with the Thannithode Adavi eco-tourism project of the forest department. The distance from Thannithode Mundomkuzhi Kuttavanchi center to Aluvamkudi is about 14 kilometers.

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