It is yet another picnic spot accessible from Pala and located in the midst of beautiful hillocks. About 3200 feet above sea lelvel the pristine beauty of nature is preserved almost intact here. ilaveezhappoonchira formed of imposing mountain ranges with rocky cliffs is on the eastern periphery of Kottayam district. Getting onto the rocky peak is no easy task. The first way is to catch the Moolamattem bound bus and get down at Kanjar, 16 km away. From here to Chakkikavu, 7 km in a van and a two - km walk from here to foothills and then climb the mountains. Other way is to get down at Kanjiramkavala, 16 Km from Thodupuzha, and a seven-km trek to Elaveezhappoonchira. A DTPC rest house nearby offers comfortable accommodation.

According to a legend, the Pandava had a sojourn here during their life incognito. Their wife Draupadi, came to take a bath at lake, which was present at that time. Some devas, bewitched by her beauty, tried to satisfy their voyeuristic itch. King of devas, Lord Indra, came to know about what was going on, and built screens or hills heaping flowers and prevented them from indulging in such a practice. And the pond thus became a dam isolated by floral hills. Since there were no trees around the bund, it was always free of leaves and so it was called Ila-veezha-poonchira. Some say that the name comes from the fact that it is always windy at the place and hence the leaves are carried away.





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