Ever fancied a holiday spent drenched in cool sunlight and nuzzled by chilly breeze? Those vigorously nodding away, head straight to Pattumala near Thekkady in Idukki district of Kerala. The verdant spot offers a vast stretch of tea plantations punctuated with pretty streams and peaks, and to 'top' it all, a serene church atop the hill. True to its name, Pattumala (silky hill) can be likened to an angelic hill wrapped in green silky sheen created by the landscape around.
Pattumala, located about 17 km east of Peerumede, is on the way to Munnar. Most visitors passing by this route always take a break at Pattumala Hill to check out the famous retreat centre there, Velankanni Matha Church. The majestic church built in granite and its scenic surroundings complete with a picturesque flower garden is an ideal place to take a leisurely stroll, following a few moments of solitude and prayer in the church. The Harrisons Malayalam and A.V. Thomas tea plantations here are probably two of the biggest tea plantations in the state and can be surveyed from the church premises.
Untouched by commercialism, the beautiful location of Pattumala is an ideal location for photography aficionados too. Paranthumpara or eagle rock is another spot near Pattumala that is popular among tourists.
Though the place gets crowded during the Sabarimala season as the Makarajyothi can be seen from here, it is otherwise a place that offers respite from the hustle and bustle of city life.
The best time to visit Pattumala is from September to May.