Paniyeli Poru – Weekend Destination in Ernakulam
Paniyeli Poru, near Vengoor, Perumbavoor, Ernakulam District has natural water falls, small rivulets, offshore surrounded by rich flora and fauna, where the visitors can sit, relax and enjoy the beauty of nature. There are no restrictions, but the visitors must be cautious.
Paniyeli Poru – Behind the Name
The name ‘Poru’ (which means ‘fight’ in Malayalam) was derived from the old custom of rafts men fighting with the unruly waves and deep vortex to sail out from the area. The raft forms after bamboo cut from the ‘Edamalayar’ forest, tied as logs. It was the old practice of bamboo cutters, to carry logs to destination like ‘Kalady’ & ‘Malayattoor’, through river ‘Periyar’. Only an experienced rafts man could sail the log through the unruly water here.
Paniyeli Poru – Tourism
Resting by sitting on the banks of the river surrounded by dense trees is a unique experience. The sweet, melodious sound of birds, the bustling sound of water waves makes your heart, mind and body cheerful. The river ‘Periyar’ flowing in between two main lands . ‘Malayattoor’ in the north and ‘Paniyeli’ in the south, provides a Panoramic view to the visitors. The hilly terrain of St: Thomas mount, western Ghats, the famous kraal at Kodanad etc. forms part of ‘Paniyeli Poru’.
The lush green vegetation around Paniyeli Poru is home to numerous species of birds and animals and assures an exotic experience to all visitors. The chirping and twittering of birds, the melody of rivulets and the waterfalls all blend to compose a harmony that would relieve you from all worries.
The sight of River Periyar winding its path along the dense forests and rocks is incredible to watch. To those who are into photography, Paniyeli Poru is a not-to-be-missed destination. The canopy of trees, warbling birds, manna – like water. You will surely be tempted to recapture all the wondrous things in several frames.
Paniyeli Poru – Flora and Fauna
Malayattoor forest division in Ernakulam offers opportunities for sightseeing as well as enjoying outdoor activities, owing the presence of rivers and historical shrines in the vicinity. Rare species of birds and animals are the highlights. Flora of the mountain reserve encompasses evergreen and semi evergreen forests.
The location is fast becoming a favorite of not only tourists but also of filmmakers; both regional and national. It is advisable to visit the place during mid – November to end of May. Since the water flow will be comparatively lesser, exposing the rocks and whirlpools.
Since the location is under the control of Kerala State Forest Department, a pass costing a nominal fee needs to be obtained at the entrance. Paniyeli Poru is just 20 km away from Perumbavoor and 35 km from Aluva where one will get moderate lodgings.