At a distance of 10 km from Erattupetta, and 48 km from Kottayam, Ayyampara is a rocky plateau located on Erattupetta-Muttom Road in Kerala. It is one of the major scenic places to visit as part of Kottayam tour packages.
Ayyampara is a lesser-known scenic spot of rocky plains where a 20-acre area of flat rock makes a natural granite stadium. The rocks at Ayyampara are situated over 2,000 ft above sea level and offer a panoramic view of the distant towns as well as nearby villages. It is considered as one of the must-visit Kottayam tourist attractions.
According to legends, the five Pandava brothers - epic heroes of the Mahabharatha - stayed near this rock during their exile. The name of the rock is said to be a modified version of the original term Anchupara (five rocks). However, some say that the name owes its origin to the Ayyappa Temple here. This temple has four pillars that support a flat piece of rock that forms the roof. On one side of the rock is a cave that can accommodate over 15 people.
These rocky plains are favorite destination for the adventure lovers. Various trekking expeditions are available. The trekking routes from Kottayam-Ayyampara involves a wide spectrum of treasures that are spread all over the place. Another attraction of Ayyampara is a stunning view of the setting sun. Above all, the cool mountain breeze does wonders to your mind and body.
This place is connected by bus service from Erattupetta, which is connected with Kottayam by frequent bus service.