Paniyeli Poru is in Ernakulam District of Kerala state in India. The Periyar River flowing through rocks and between dense rain forests is an amazing sight.
The vast view of distant green hillocks and the tranquility around the place is really great. Paniyeli Poru is 55 kilometres from Kochi. The nearest railway station is Aluva, 35 km from this place. Poru is 20 km away from perumbavoor, the nearest town.
The name ‘Poru’ was derived from the old custom of rafts men fighting with the unruly waves and deep vortex to sail out from the area. The raft forms after bamboo cut from the ‘Edamalayar’ forest, tied as logs. It was the old practice of bamboo cutters, to carry logs to destination like ‘Kalady’ & ‘Malayattoor’, through river ‘Periyar’. Only an experienced rafts man could sail the log through the unruly water here.
The area, where the rafts man fights fiercely against these adversities, was later called by ‘Poru’. Nowadays logs of bamboo cut from the forest are carried away through the road in vehicles.
Trekking from Poru to Bhoothathankettu ( around 20km ) along the river side, through the dense forest, is around 6 hour trip and refreshing. Local guides can be available.
Trekking, crossing the river , to Malayttoor is another option and need permission from Forest department – Try to go with guides, this area is a natural habitat of elephants.
Surrounded by trees, chirping birds and the sound of the river as it flows by makes it a perfect weekend escape. Mangroves are formed on several strata of rocks. These rocks are the perfect place for visitors to relax.
Of course, they must be extra careful while trying to step between the strata of rocks. From here there is a panoramic view of the hills on top of which is situated the famous shrine of St. Thomas and the imposing Western Ghats.
The Periyar flows from east to west through Malayattoor and Kalady in the north and Edamalayar and Perumbavoor in the south. The reserve forest area here comes under the jurisdiction of the Divisional Forest Office, Malayatoor. The forest headquarters is at Kodanad, nearly 10 kilometres from Poru.