Paniyeli Poru – Wild & beautiful in the lap of nature
Scenic beauty of Paniyeli Poru

Welcome to Paniyeli Poru, a place where you can enjoy the blessings of nature at its best! An eco-friendly place with unspoilt beauty where you can breathe in pure air! If you wish to enjoy being at peace in the lap of nature, why not go to the beautiful Paniyeli Poru, a fabulous place near Perumbavoor, Cochin. The tourism eco spot is caused by a natural bottleneck in the flow of the Periyar River due to rock formations. The waterfalls, viewpoint and the hanging bridge are the main attractions here. An ideal picnic point, Paniyeli Poru has attractions – Athirapally Falls, Bhoothathankettu Dam and Reserve Forest, Adi Shankaracharya Temple and much more exciting places to see at reachable distances nearby.

Paniyeli Poru Eco-Tourism Centre

Lake View at Paniyeli Poru
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Paniyeli Poru, beauty resounds in the very name itself! A beautiful natural gem hidden away from prying eyes, lovingly nourished by the River Periyar. The verdant green forests and the white milky river streams attract people from far and wide. The Periyar river flowing majestically through natural rocky terrain and dense forests with the distant green hills and cloudy sky as a backdrop is a fantastic sight to behold! The name Poru came as a result of the routine fight; the raftsmen had with the wild waves of the river Periyar when bringing cut Bamboo and other products from the forest. 

Paniyeli Poru is just 20 km away from Perumbavoor and is at a distance of 35 km from Aluva. The nearest Railway Station is Aluva, and the Cochin  International Airport is the nearest airport which is about 35 km from here. From the entry point, there is a half-hour walk to the “poru” via a paved path.

Paniyeli Poru is a not-to-be-missed destination & is a paradise for the hardcore travel & nature photographers. The lush greenery surrounding Paniyeli Poru is home to numerous species of birds and animals. Bird watchers can have an exotic experience here as they can get to see a variety of birds. The multiple bird calls and the music of the water all combine to create a harmony that lingers in your mind. The Paniyeli Poru is also an ideal location for one-day trekking led by Forest guides.

Mid – November to May is the best time to visit Paniyeli Poru, as the water flow will be comparatively low. It is a pleasant time of the year when the rocks and whirlpools are revealed. Due to safety reasons, people are not allowed to visit Paniyeli Poru even though it takes on a wild beauty in the Monsoon season. Kerala State Forest Department regulates entry to this tourist destination, and a nominal fee is charged.

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Paniyeli Poru Waterfalls

Waterfalls at Paniyeli Poru
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The main attraction of Paniyeli Poru is the milky-white waterfall which can be seen from the distant shore. A 1.5 km stretch of trekking through the riverside pathway will take you to the waterfalls. Only the most adventurous hearted people can reach there as it is highly risky to cross over the layers of rocks and mangroves. Even when the water level falls during the hot summer, it is dangerous to cross over the strata of stones, unless vigilant. It is advisable to enjoy the beauty of water bursting through the rocks, by sitting on the shore.

Paniyeli Poru View Point

View Point
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Get ready for a breathtaking view of the wild river and the scenic Malayattoor hills at the Paniyeli Poru view Point! The broad perspective of distant green hillocks and the peace around the place is impressive. The river Periyar as it turbulently winds its path along the dense forests thrills you to the core! You will never get tired of watching the strong water currents and deep vortex formed between the strata of rocks and mangroves from here.

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Paniyeli Poru Hanging Bridge

Hanging Bridge
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Experience walking on a hanging bridge in the middle of nowhere! The Inchathotty Hanging Bridge is the longest hanging bridge in Kerala connects Inchathotty and Thattekkad (Veliyachal). The bridge has an overall length of 183 metres and is 4 feet wide. The bridge is a significant tourist attraction in Paniyeli Poru as it offers spectacular views of the surrounding hills, the lush green forest and the wild river flowing below. You can often get to see wild animals drinking water nearby the bridge during early hours.

Entry Fee and Timings

Paniyeli Poru is an eco-tourism place and picnic spot under the control of Kerala Forest Department. A nominal entrance fee of Rs. 10/- per Adult is charged to access the picnic areas and safe locations in the river.

Getting there from Ernakulam

Paniyeli Poru is 55 km from Kochi. Aluva and Angamaly are the nearest railway stations at about 35 km distance. The nearest airport is Kochi International Airport, 30 km away from here. 

If you are coming by train from Ernakulam,  you can get down at Aluva and then hire a Taxi to Paniyeli Poru. The newly opened Malayattoor – Kodanad bridge connects Paniyeli Poru to Malayattoor and Kalady. There are bus services from Ernakulam to Perumbavoor and regular buses in half-hour intervals from Perumbavoor to Paniyeli. From there it is one hour’s walk to the rapids. 

From Ernakulam, you can travel by cab directly to Paniyeli Poru. If you are coming in your vehicle or taxi, you can reach up to the parking area and then walk the rest of the way to reach the banks of the river and the picnic areas.

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Tourist Places near Paniyeli Poru

Athirapally Falls

The beauty of the Athirapally waterfalls near Aluva called the Niagara Falls of India never ceases to amaze you! The roaring cascade of frothy waters of Athirapally winds down the Sholayar ranges of the Western Ghats. It falls from a great height of 80 ft. The waterfall 330 ft wide is the largest waterfall in Kerala. The waterfalls join the Chalakudy river & the waters glide through the dense Vazhachal forest towards the Arabian Sea. The beautiful vision of sparkling waters, greenery of the jungle and bright blue skies make one realise the wonders of nature. Many film shootings have been shot in the beautiful setting of the Athirapally waterfalls.

Read more: Athirappilly Vazhachal Waterfalls

Bhoothathankettu Dam and Reserve Forest

A tourism hotspot 50 km away from Cochin! The Bhoothathankettu Dam and Reserve Forest is rooted in Hindu Mythology. It is believed that the Ghosts or Bhoothams tried to submerge the Thrikkariyoor Shiva Temple by making a dam in the Periyar stream and flooding the region. Lord Shiva faked the sound of the Rooster to trick the ghosts & they fled dreading the arrival of dawn. It is said the remnants of the unfinished Dam is still seen even today as large unshapely stones blocking the water. 

Today the Bhoothathankettu Dam and Reserve Forest is a favourite picnic and hiking spot & offers boating facilities for youngsters and grown-ups.

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Adi Shankaracharya Temple

Welcome to the birthplace of Adi Shankaracharya! Adi Shankara Mutt, Sringeri maintain the Adi Shankara Janam Bhumi Kshetra on the banks of River Purna (Periyar). The temple is erected in the place where Adi Shankara lived as a child, until eight years of age. It has a small stone pillar, which is supposed to have survived from Adi Shankara’s time. It has traditional Kerala Mural paintings depicting the life of Adi Shankara on its walls. A very serene and peaceful place, indeed!

Thattekkad Trails

Bird enthusiasts, get ready for a brush with exotic birds in their natural habitat!  Visiting Thattekad Bird Sanctuary in this tour program is ideal for people interested in birds and nature. There are morning & evening bird-watching sessions held here. Expert guides will take you through the sanctuary in the Salim Ali trail at Thattekad. You can also visit the Butterfly Park and animal rescue centre as well while you are here.

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