Friday, March 10, 2023

Escape to Mahogany Thottam: A Hidden Paradise by the Periyar River, Perfect for a Peaceful Picnic, Scenic Swim, and Relaxing Retreat from the Summer Heat

If you're looking for a place to escape the hustle and bustle of city life, Mahogany Thottam near Kochi is the perfect retreat. This secluded plantation is situated in Illithode, about 50 kilometres from Kochi city and very near the Cochin international airport. Unlike the nearby tourist spot Paniyeli Poru Rapids, Mahogany Thottam is not crowded, making it an ideal place to enjoy the natural beauty of Kerala in peace and quiet.
To get to Mahogany Thottam, you'll have to walk through a forest path that is about 1.5 kilometres long. Throughout the path, you'll see warning boards with elephant images as the area is prone to wild animals crossing, especially elephants. In fact, we saw fresh elephant droppings on the way, which was both exciting and scary at the same time.
But once you reach Mahogany Thottam, you'll be rewarded with a breathtaking sight. Tall mahogany trees on the bank of Periyar river provide a natural shade that is perfect for escaping the summer heat. The river itself is crystal clear and inviting, so we went for a swim and captured some stunning underwater videos and stills of Periyar River with our GoPro camera. 

In addition to swimming, you can also have a picnic, play games, or just relax and enjoy the peaceful surroundings. Two vigilant lifeguards are on duty on the river bank to intervene if any accidents occur in the river, so you can feel safe while enjoying your time there.

Overall, Mahogany Thottam is a nature lover's paradise that you don't want to miss. Just be sure to carry swimming trunks, bath towels, and other essentials with you if you plan to take a dip in the river. And of course, be mindful of the warning signs and stay safe.

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