Monday, October 8, 2012

Mankayam Eco Tourism

The Mankayam Eco Tourism project of Government of Kerala is near Palode of Nadumangadu, Trivandrum. The Mankayam waterfalls is an excellent spot for picnic. The place is managed by the Kerala State Forest Department.

The Mankayam waterfalls is formed by the Mankayam River originated from the River Chittar from the Chemunchi hill ranges and flowing down through the Brymore estate.

Visitors can go to nearby picturesque spots and can also go for trekking. An interior area trek here, covering Iruthala Moola - Ayampara is a half day trek, which also would enable one to witness the Ayampara waterfalls and some of the wildlife in the area. Adventure inclined visitors may opt for the one day Mankayam - Varayadin Mottai trek. This trek would take one through rolling valleys, grasslands and shola forests. You would also come across the endangered Nilgiri Tahr; a species of wild goat, at the peak of Varayadin Mottai. Camping options are available here along with trained guides.

For enquiries and bookings, contact:
Divisional Forest Office, Thiruvananthapuram, Ph: 0471-2320637
District Tourism Promotion Council Office, Thiruvananthapuram Ph: 0471-2315397

Nearest airport: Thiruvananthapuram International Airport, about 55 kms.
Nearest railway station: Thiruvanathapuram Central, about 45 kms.

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