Painavu- top hill station in Idukki, Kerala
The hill top station, Painavu is regarded as a famous destination due to its picturesque location and pleasing ambience. Being nearer to Idukki wildlife sanctuary and Arch Dam people find it easier to locate this hill station and spend some time there. The place is basically visited from Idukki bus station which is just 5 km from there. The headquarters of Idukki district is located here. Being nearer to Munnar and Kochi people find this place an amazing weekend destination. It is a hill resort that stands at a height of 3900 ft.
Painavu is a famous tourist hotspot as well a popular commercial centre. Te government engineering college of Idukki and the Civil Station is located here. In rainy and winter seasons you may spot elephants passing through the roads. Trekking is a wonderful activity that can be experienced here. And on the way you could have the pristine view of the nearby towns and forests and lakes from the hilltop. September to May is the best time to visit this place.
How to reach Painavu
The nearest railway station is Kottayam which is 98 km away. It is easily accessible through road and also by waterway. You can head for a cruise journey from this place that travels between Kalumavu and Cheruthoni. Cochin International airport lies nearby that is only 100 km away. Public Buses and autos are available to reach the place but it is better to access journey in a rent cab or o your private vehicle as there are many beautiful spots to see on the way to Painavu and you must get down to have a look on those places which is possible only in a cab.
Nearby attractions of Painavu
Painavu is beautiful in itself and it takes half time of the day to visit the place. However stay there for a day to explore other places of interests.
Chinnar wildlife sanctuary
This one is in Marayoor and is one of the twelve wildlife sanctuaries in the state of Kerala. This sanctuary is taken well care by the government as it houses many wild species that includes mammals, birds and reptiles.
It is a popular dam in Idukki that supplies water for irrigation is some of the nearby towns and villages. The dam is suitable for photography purpose and also a peaceful weekend destination. The dam is built over Cheruthoni River which is tributary of Priyar River. This dam is one of the third dams in Project Idukki reservoir.
It is village that is near to the Idukki wildlife sanctuary and is famous for the plantations of spices and wonderful waterfalls. This small village is extended up to an area of 50 square kilometres.
Idukki arch dam
This is the second Arch dam among the whole world. It is a huge dam and is constructed across Kurathi and Kuravan hills. Place near the Cheruthoni Barrage, this is the best place to enjoy the greeneries of nature and soothe the tired eye.
Standing at a height 1500 m this falls offers a nice destination for spending some time at the weekend. Lush green forest consists of medicinal plants that are used for preparing Herbal medicines. Camp tracking, mountaineering and rock climbing are some of the activities explored here.
Where to stay
Some of the best hotels in and around Painavu have been mentioned here. These hotels have been marked with brilliant hospitality and wonderful services that could not match any other resorts.
- Blue mount home stay
- Vagamon tourist home
- Hotel new Mereena
- Bell vedera resort
Painavu is the most scenic place in the district and it has been known through many reviews of experienced people that they have enjoyed it at the highest and none other place in the district could provide such wonderful travelling experience. Being atop the hill you could get the opportunity to view the near and far scenic beauties. The weather is just awesome in the winter and rainy months and you must be there if you are planning for Kerala. Local people find this place an ideal weekend gateway to enjoy the silence of nature.