Photograph courtesy: Wikimedia Commons

Photograph courtesy: Wikimedia Commons

Kerala is a land of natural beauty and lush greenery. The state has so much to offer to travelers that it is not possible to cover everything in a single trip. God’s Own Country is one of the most touristy places in India and some of its popular attractions include Alleppey, Munnar, Thekkady, Kotagiri, etc. However, apart from these places, there is so much more to explore in the state as well. Today, we tell you about one of its hidden gems named Devikulam. A quaint hill station a few kilometres away from Munnar, it has mythological significance as well as is a breathtaking beauty. The hill station is not very popular as of now which means you can expect fewer crowds here and a cleaner, virgin environment. Here’s what Devikulam has in store for you. ALSO SEE 16 hill stations of south India Also Read - New Single-Day Spike Record Every Day: 9,304 New Cases in Last 24 Hours | 10 Developments

The main attraction of Devikulam is a the Sita Devi Lake. According to mythology, it is believed that Sita bathed in the mineral-rich water of this lake after her exile. Since then it has been named after her. Not just this, its water is believed to have amazing healing properties that can work wonders for your skin and health. When here, do take a dip in this lake even if you do not believe in the story, simply for the pleasure of enjoying a bath in nature’s beauty. Devikulam lies close to Munnar and you will find rolling hills and plantations surrounding this hill station too. So if you want to skip the touristy Munnar, you can opt for Devikulam instead. Also Read - World Environment Day 2020: From Planting Trees to Controlling Industrial Waste, 5 Things One Should Continue Doing Post Lockdown Period


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Another attraction of this hill station is the Keezharkuthu Falls. The rocks here are at a hide of 1500m and the falls are also called rainbow falls. There are adventure activities around these falls and the hills surrounding it are known to have several medicinal plants. There are other falls as well nearby such as Thoovanam and Pallivasal Falls. Devikulam is also close to Eravikulam National Park that has been around since 1978. It houses the endangered species of Nilgiri Tahr. But you can also spot other animals and birds like deer, langur, sambar and Malabar civet. If you want to go boating, head to Kundala Lake that is in the middle of a thick forest. There are different kinds of boats available here and these make for a splendid time on the lake. Also Read - Batsmen at Advantage if Nothing Allowed to Shine The Ball: India Batting Coach Vikram Rathour

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The hill station is an offbeat one and if you like going to places that are still not on the tourist radar, you should definitely add Devikulam to your list. The hill station’s population is also quite low with only 350 people as per 2010 records. This makes it even more attractive for those looking for a getaway that is just about being with nature without any disturbance. And if you start to get bored, you can always head to Munnar nearby.

The nearest railway head to reach Devikulam is Aluva which is 112 km away from the hill station. The closest airport is Cochin International Airport which is at a distance of 111 km. Most of the accommodation options are in Munnar which is 5 km away from this hill station. You can stay there or find some homestays in the town itself but do not expect anything luxurious here.

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