Known as the spices capital of Kerala, Kattappana is a town in the Sahyadri . One of the the main commercial towns in the high ranges of Idukki district, Kattappana is situated 2660ft above main sea level. A picturesque town with mountains, lakes, forests, wildlife and spices plantations (cardamom, black pepper, coffee and tea), Kattappana’s cool climate attracts tourists who visit the neighbouring Idukki Dam or Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary at Thekkadi or Munnar. The "Njallani" high yielding variety of cardamom was first developed in Kattappana.
Places to Stay
The place offers many affordable hotels to stay in. Some of them are Michaels Inn (Tariff- Rs. 1316), Wind Haven Resort (Tariff- Rs. 1162), Ambadi (Tariff- Rs.1537) and SN International (Tariff-Rs.1491)
The annual temple and Church festivals attracts a lot of people to this region every year.
Malayalam is the main language spoken here. The other common language includes English
Places to Visit
The Sree Dharma Sastha temple, Ambala Kavala, Kattappana (2km south of Kattappana Town) and the Ayyappa Temple in the town centre attracts people. The St. George Forane Church, built by the first settlers is another attraction. There are many tourist spots in nearby areas of Kattappana. The nearby Calvery Mount gives a bird's eyes view of the Idukki reservoir. The main tourist attractions nearby are Thekkady (Kumili), Idukki and Munnar. The 3.5 km tunnel that connects Anchuruli and Erattayar dam is another popular tourist spot.
How to Get There
The nearest airport is at Nedumbassery (125 km away) near Cochin
The town has no rail connectivity. The nNearest railway stations are at Kottayam (104 km) and Ernakulam/Aluva (120 km) and Theni (70 km away) in Tamil Nadu
The new private bus stand at Kattappana runs daily service that connects the place to nearby towns and villages. The main private bus operator in the town is Kallada Travels. Make use of cheap bus tickets online at Ticketgoose.com