Paniyeli Poru Tourist Guide

Paniyeli Poru is an unspoiled picnic destination in the outskirts of Kochi. The view of Periyar river at Paniyeli having its winding path between dense forests and rocks is incredible to watch.

Paniyeli Poru is located at Paniyeli village, along the side of Periyar river. It is one of the best picnic places in the outskirts of Kochi where you can spend a morning or evening with friends or family. Kids and parents would enjoy swimming in the shallow waters in Periyar.

Travel Tips

Beware of hidden rock pits especially during monsoon season. Strictly follow guidelines from the forest guides and security men deployed at the picnic spots. Avoid getting into the river in any place other than the places designated for the same. River may look shallow but there could be very deep rock pits in many places.

If you would like to swim in the crystal clear water in river Periyar, carry bath towels or swimming kit.

Carry a camera and you are sure to return with some amazing photographs.

How to Reach

Poru is located in Paniyeli village, in Ernakulam disrtrict, in the state of Kerala. Nearby towns are Perumbavoor, Kuruppampady, Kothamangalam and Aluva.

From Angamaly, Kalady, Malayattoor: The new bridge at Malayattoor connects Malayattoor to Kodanad, which makes the route to Paniyeli short for those who are coming from this side. From Angamaly, take the route via Kalady, Malayattoor, Kodanad to Paniyeli. (From Angamaly: 26km, From Kalady: 18km, From Malayattoor: 9km)

From Perumbavoor: Take Vallam - Panamkuzhy road (13.5 km).

From Kuruppampady: Take Kuruppampady - Panamkuzhy road towards Paniyeli (16km).

From Aluva: Take Perumbavoor - Vallam - Panamkuzhy route (35 km).


The primary attraction at Paniyeli Poru is the natural beauty of the whirlpools and waves in the river when bouncing on the rocks. After parking your vehicle in the wooded parking area, you must take a ticket from the Forest office counter and then walk through the trails for about 1 km to reach the picnic area on the river bank. The walk itself is an experience. On the way, you can see lot of sign boards about wild life. Also, there are some swings, wooden benches etc built along the trails to the river.

After monsoon (December to May), you can swim in the river and even cross the streams to reach a small island in the middle of the river.

Timings & Season

Monsoon is pretty heavy in Kerala and water level can rise to dangerous levels. It's better to avoid visiting during Monsoon unless you don't mind sitting on the land and not get into the river.

December to May is the best season to visit since water will be low and you can see all the rocks on the surface. You can walk through the rocks and even go to the small island in the middle of the river.