The Essential Guide to Kanthaloor: Places to Visit, Where to Stay, Eat & More
Kanthalloor, the silent hill station situated in the eastern side of the Western Ghats, in Idukki district of Kerala, is a less recognized tourist destination, but with great appeal for nature lovers. Since the land is not much commercialized in the name of tourism, it safely maintains all its natural treasures and charms unaltered. Thus Kanthalloor attracts visitors to the myriad view of pristine woods, rich farms and spectacular landscapes.
Kanthalloor, which is also known as the Kashmir of Kerala is considered as the best alternate choice to Munnar. The destination is a perfect escapade from the busy city life and offers an unforgettable experience to all the visitors. The place is germane for a family trip or a romantic getaway. If you are planning your next trip to explore the marvels of nature, make a spree to Kanthalloor. We are damn sure the destination won’t disappoint you!
Getting To Kanthalloor
Kanthalloor is on the border of Kerala and Tamilnadu, located between the beautiful hill stations Udumalpet and Munnar. It is just 180 kms away from Ernakulam, and 57 kms from Munnar. The destination is reachable only via road.
Nearest highway to Kanthalloor is NH-49 which passes through Munnar. Within a one hour drive from Munnar you can reach the cool and tranquil hill station. The road en route is filled with the scenic beauty of Mattupetty, Marayur, Kundala and so on. The drive to Kanthalloor itself can be a stunning experience for you!
For travellers preferring a more cost effective mode of transportation, you can opt for the buses run by the KSRTC that start from the Central Bus Stand in Ernakulam to Kanthalloor. For visitors from out of the state, the nearest airport is Nedumbassery International at Cochin (about 145 kms), after which you can either opt for a drive or a ride on the KSRTC bus.
Tourist Attractions in Kanthalloor
There is no limit to sightseeing here, Kanthalloor has plenty of less-explored tourist attractions; which are explicitly captivating and picturesque, with lots of uniqueness! This beautiful, forest-like land can never leave you without instilling beautiful memories and experiences in you. Kanthalloor is a serene holiday destination with a great scope for adventure. The place is situated 5000 ft above the sea level and provides a cool and comforting climate throughout the year. You can enjoy the touch of dense fog in the early mornings and evenings during the winter seasons. The climate is one of the main attractions for tourists, which makes Kanthalloor the best choice.
The major places for Kanthalloor sightseeing includes Chinnar Wildlife Sanctuary, Pattisseri Dam, Keezhanthoor Waterfalls, Mannavan Shola Forests, Kulachivayal Rocks, Anaimudi Sholai National Park, Sandalwood Forest, Dolmens and The Cave Temple of Sri Rama. Kanthalloor is also near to the top tourist destinations like Munnar, Mattupetty and Marayur.
Another core attraction of the place is Kanthalloor farms with rarely seen fruits and vegetables in other portions of Kerala. Kanthalloor apple farms are very famous since it is the one and only one place in Kerala where apple nurtures. Kanthalloor farms are also rich with varieties of peach, orange, pear, blackberry, strawberry, custard apple, plum, pomegranate, avocado, gooseberry, fig, lemon, guava, lime, passion fruit, kiwi and more.
The best time to visit Kanthalloor is from August to March. Kanthalloor is also special with the presence of lovely Neela Kurinji flowers that blossom only once in 12 years. It is expected to happen once again in June 2018. So, it is the perfect time to plan a trip to Kanthalloor!
Where to Stay in Kanthalloor
The only problem of this village is that it is hard to find a comfortable restaurant or lodging facility. At Kanthalloor, stay is something that you should pre-plan for the trip.
Deshadan Eco Valley Resort, Kanthalloor is one of the best forest resorts in Kerala offering a decent stay at the place. The resort stands as an advantage for visitors coming to the beautiful destination from across the world by offering comfy
facilities and delicious food, within the most eco friendly and natural ambiance. Located right between the valleys and the silent hills of Kanthalloor, our comfortably rustic rooms at Deshadan Eco Valley Resort are unpretentious but stylish and replete with comfort. Our resort also offers various outdoor, nature-related activities for its visitors including view-point and plantation visits, night trekking, off road jeep safari and more.