DESTINATIONS DETAILS

This is an emerging eco and leisure tourism spot located in Kallayikkunnu in Akathiyoor and Chowwannur near Kunnamkulam. The place is noted for its large cave – ‘Narimada’, ancient Siva Temple and the rare Kulavetti trees which also make it one among the five biodiversity heritage sites of Kerala.  Kalasamala is a temple grove where the deities are Lord Shiva and Lord Vishnu. The grove spread over in three and a half acres is jammed with one hundred and ten critically endangered tree species known as ‘Kulavetti’ or ‘Vathamkollin’ in local language (Syzygium travancoricum) included in the IUCN Red list. There are only less than two hundred trees left in the world. There is a natural cave in the Kalasamala hill ttop dating back to the Stone Age which is known as Narimada (the abode of tiger). A Kuda Kallu (umbrella stone) and Thoppi Kallu (cap stone) seen here are of megalithic age. Kalashamala is being developed as an ecotourism spot by Department of Tourism. View points, toilets, cafeteria and a children’s park is being constructed in the site. A large rainwater harvesting tank that can hold sixty lakh litres of water is another amenity being created at the site.

Location:

  • Located at Kallayikunnu or Narimadakunnu, 6 km from Kunnamkulam
  • 26 km from Thrissur
  • The site can be accessed from Kunnamkulam – Wadakkancheri Main Road or from Kunnamkulam-Kozhikode main road.