Illickal hill is one of the less explored destination in Kottayam has an elevation of 6000 feet above sea level. The numerous mountain streams flow down to form the serene Meenachil river, the lush green meadows, the cool wind and the hills makes it a must see destination in Kottayam. The solitude, tranquillity, gentle breeze and the star spangled sky here are all enchanting beyond words. The vehicles reach the bottom of the hill from there tourists must trek atleast 2 km to reach the top of the hill. The hiking is tough as it has 80 degree angles and narrow path, but in some places the travelrs must climb 90 degree angles. The half feet wide natural bridge known as the Bridge to the hell, offers a real challenge to the trekkers, both sides of this bridge are thousands of feet deep. Three hills, each has a height of 4000 feet, together form the Illickal hill. It is said that the legendary medicinal herb called Neela Kodduveli grows here. The flowers of the plant is believed to possess supernatural powers which could increase wealth and heal any illness. From the top of Illickal hill , travellers can see the Arabian Sea in the distant horizon. The sunset on a full moon day is absolutely amazing to watch as the moon rises up like another sun while the orange coloured sun goes down. Illickal hill is one of the best places to see in Kottayam, it is ideal for trekking, adventure trips, family trips and weekend tours.
The trekking trail is really dangerous, both sides of the path are thousands of feet , a fall could kill you.
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Cochin international airport 80.5 km.
Erattupetta private bus stand 17.9 km.
Kottayam railway station 54.1 km.
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