Location: 50 km from Ernakulam
Highlights: An ideal tourist spot set amidst lush greens and the
flowing waters of river Periyar
How to Reach: You can hire a taxi, auto rickshaw or a bus to
this place from Kochi.
Set amidst lush greens and Kerala's swiftly flowing Periyar River,
Bhoothathankettu is a popular tourist spot. It is located about 50 km
away from Ernakulam district of Kerala. Despite the fact that there is
no rail route connecting Bhoothathankettu with other major or small
towns and cities of Kerala, it is visited by people in large numbers.
The nearest town of Kothamangalam is at least 10 km from here.
There's an interesting tale behind the naming of Bhuthathankettu Dam.
The story goes that ages ago demons planned to drown the Trikkariyoor
temple, whose presiding deity is Lord Shiva. The plan was to dam river
Periyar and flood the area with its water. Lord Shiva came up with an
alternate plan to foil their plot. He imitated the sound of a rooster,
like it seems at the crack of dawn. With this, it appeared that dawn was
Fearing the arrival of light, the demons ran away, leaving their task
only half done. It is believed that even today, there is proof of the
demon's half completed work. This proof comprises of the huge boulders
the demons were supposed to have rolled down onto the riverbed, the Old
Bhoothathan Kettu. Periyar River flows through the narrow space, which
the demons did not quite manage to dam up. Hence, the name is
Bhoothathankettu, meaning 'Fort of the Spirits'.
Once you've arrived at Bhoothathankettu, there are various activities
you can indulge in. An upriver houseboat trip can accommodate upto 20
people easily. You can also opt for a ride on a speedboat, a tour of the
jungle, rock climbing and fishing. This natural topography was much
helpful in the building of the dam. Along with Bhoothathankettu, another
place you can visit is the famous Salim Ali bird sanctuary, which is
quite near from here.
Read about Bhoothathankettu/ Bhuthathankettu, located near Kochi city of Kerala. Check out Bhoothathan Kettu.