|Kalvary Mount Idukki :|
Kalvary Mount is not a town but a hilly terrain located 35 km from Thodupuzha in the mountainous district of Idukki in Gods own country. It is on the Idukki-Kattapana main road. The mountain is made famous by the Christian community of Kerala who use it as the site of their religious processions during Lent and Good Friday. If you are here in the month of April, you will see the pilgrims climb up the hillock in a procession to mark Lent celebrations. Interestingly, on Good Friday, they can be seen carrying crosses up to the hill on Good Friday recreating the scene of Jesus crucifixion. The way to the Mountain top is graced by 14 crosses placed at regular intervals. The biggest and the last one is on top of the mount.
Apart from religion, the place is also famous for its natural beauty. It offers a stunning view of the surrounding mountains and the verdant valleys below. It is also blessed with a calm and serene atmosphere. Another highlight is the matchless view of the vast Idukki Reservoir. From atop the hill one can see the water body right from Idukki to Ayyappancovil on one side and panoramic view of Kamakshy and Mariyapuram villages on the other side.
The best way to go exploring the natural beauty of the place is to go trekking. You can begin the trek from Idukki-Kattapana main road to the top. But if you find that exhilarating, then you can take a jeep till the ticket counter. The climb is relaxed for the first few minutes but gets challenging later especially at the end. But the difficulty met on the way is worth the view from the top. Not only that, if you are lucky, you might even spot a herd of elephants on the way. Another great place for trekking is the tea garden nearby. The slope of the hills offer a good climbing experience while the successive rows of green tea shrubs offer a pleasing sight to the eye.
Locally, Kalvary Mount is famous as a picnic spot. Groups of picnickers frequent the place that come to enjoy the scenic beauty of the place. There is a small shop near the ticket counter for some refreshments.
There are few huts for overnight stay also. The facility is maintained by Calvary Mount River/Forest Protection Council, Nagarampara, Ayyappankovil Forest Division. But they are in a run-down condition today.
A minimal entry fee of Rs 5 is charged per person.