Skirting the town of Kottayam, are the picturesque valleys of Ilaveezhapoonchira. It is a quaint little hill station located amidst the three hillocks of Mankunnu, Thonippara and Kudayathoormala. One of the most scenic destinations in town, it is a popular picnic spot for tourists.
The valley looks etheral during monsoon as it fills up with water to form a lake. Ilaveezhapoonchira means ‘valley where leaves don’t fall’. This name fits the place as it spreads across acres of barren land where no tress grow. This is a brilliant spot to enjoy a sunrise or a sunset.
The nearest major town and rail head for Ilaveezhapoonchira is Kottayam located nearly 60km away. From Kottayam proceed to Pala and Erattupetta state highway. (Kottayam – Pala: 30km; Pala – Petta – 9km). From Erattupetta take the route via Kanjiram kavala and Melukavu to reach Poonchira. It can also be accessed from Thodupuzha in Iddukki District via Muttam or from Moolamattom via Kanjar. The final stretch of road for nearly 4km to Poonchira is still lacking and has to be accessed by walking or on 4 wheel drive.