Kalashamala in Thrissur; Close to nature

Kalashmala eco tourism village, Thrissur
Kalashamala eco tourism village, Thrissur

Kalashamala is a beautiful hilltop that portraits the beauty of nature with all its purity. This place has a devine aura around it.

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Kalashamala, once a dense green hilltop in Kunnamkulam, today hosts an ecotourism center. Also known as Narimada Kunnu or Kallazhy Kunnu, it is set to be a go-to destination in the coming years. One of the five biodiversity heritage sites in Kerala as designated by the Kerala State Biodiversity Board (KSBB), Kalashamala also has a sacred grove. A large archway greets visitors to the revamped ecotourism center in Kalashamala. Some of the major new attractions now include a large children’s park at the entrance. A rainwater harvesting pond has been installed. A thriving herbal garden has been set up with signs against each plant so that visitors can identify them. Small, sheltered spaces have been constructed across the area for visitors to stop for a rest. Kalashamala has been featured as a location in some Malayalam feature films for its undulating landscape. Onward from the entrance is a slightly longer walk to Narimada, a cave large enough for an adult human being to stand in. It is a place of curiosity for visitors as it dates back to the Stone Age. One can find ‘kuda kallu’ and ‘thoppi kallu’ around the area, also known as umbrella stones and capstones respectively. A temple on the hill amidst a grove is another crowd-puller. The deities worshipped at the temple grove are Lord Shiva and Lord Vishnu. The grove is spread over 3.5 acres and is home to an endangered tree species known as Kulavetti or Vadhamkolli. It is included in the International Union for Conservation of Nature Red List. The monsoons are the best time to visit as the surroundings turn into a verdant carpet for miles together. Together with the new facilities, Kalashamala has something for everyone to look forward to.


  • Railway station: Thrissur railway station, 25 km away
  • Flight: Cochin International Airport, 74 km away
  • Timings: Not specified
  • Activities: Trekking