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Thirunelli Temple

Known as the Kashi of the South, the Maha Vishnu Temple in Thirunelli is a pilgrim centre that also attracts trekking enthusiasts and nature lovers. An early morning visit to this ancient temple located at an altitude of 900 m amidst the Brahmagiri Hills, surrounded by lush green forests, is a nature lover's delight. On the north western side of the temple is the famous Papaanasini, a small mountain stream originating from the Brahmagiri Hills. Devotees believe that a cold dip in the stream washes away all the sins and believers from far off places come here to purify themselves and perform propitiation rites for the departed.

 

Pakshipathalam

Located at a height of 1740 m from the sea level, Pakshipathalam is situated in the hills of Brahmagiri. Pakshipathalam offers tourists a great trekking experience through the green forests, stunning streams and precipitous hills. While this peak is most famous as an ornithologist's paradise as it houses several species of birds, there is also a  cave in Pakshipathalam which is believed to be used by saints (rishis) for meditation which is a major attraction for tourists.

Tholapetty Wildlife Sanctuary

Tholapetty Wildlife Sanctuary is one of the most equipped wild life sanctuaries in South India and is home to a variety of animals that include elephants, jungle cats, bison and other species. A unique feature of this sanctuary, is the night camping and the watch tower situated above the lake to view animals as they visit the lake during the night time to drink water.

Kuruva Islands

The Kuruva islands consist of three densely wooded virgin islands in the middle of river Kabini. The wooded environs make them the ideal habitat for rare species of birds and butterflies orchids and herbs. The island surrounded by streams and river can be accessed using rafts or fiber boats run by the Kerala tourism department.

Iruppu Falls

The Iruppu Falls offer a breathtaking sight of fresh water cascading down the hills. You can feel the energy and soul cleansing effect of these falls and enjoy the refreshing pond at the bottom of the falls.

Edakkal Caves

Edakkal caves in the Ambukuthi Hills are  considered to be one of the earliest centers of human habitation. Inside the cave, you will find ancient stone scripts, pictorial wall inscriptions of human and animal figures with peculiar headdresses, the swastik form, symbols and cave drawings of human figures, wheels, bows, knives, trees and so on. The caves are two natural rock formations believed to have been formed by a large split in a huge rock.

Pazhassi Tomb

Pazhassi tomb is the  memorial of Veera Pazhassi Raja, the Lion of Kerala, who organized guerrilla warfare against the British East India Company.  A small structure houses a collection of memorabilia belonging to Pazhassi.

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