Kalasmala – A Heritage Attraction
Kalasamala is a temple grove where the deities are Lord Shiva and Lord Vishnu. The grove spread over in 3.5 acres is jammed with 110 critically endangered tree species
Located in Akathiyoor, near Kunnamkulam (north-east zone of Thrissur district) Kalasamala, a heavenly abode, and a biodiversity heritage site (one of the five in the State. Other four are Iringole near Perumbavur in Ernakulam district, Paliyeri Mookambika temple in Karivellur, near Kannur, Connolly Teak Plantation in Nilambur, Malappuram district and Pathiramanal Island, near Muhamma in Alappuzha district). The view from the hill-top is enchanting.
Kalasamala is a temple grove where the deities are Lord Shiva and Lord Vishnu. The grove spread over in 3.5 acres is jammed with 110 critically endangered tree species known as Kulavetti or Vathamkollin in local language and syzygium travancoricum scientifically which is included in the IUCN Red list. According to the Red list only less than 200 trees are left in the world.
There is a natural cave in the Kalasamala hell-top dating back to the stone age which is known as Narimada (the abode of tiger). A temple surrounded by dense shola forest is an added attraction here. A Kuda Kallu (umbrella stone) and Thoppi Kalli (cap stone) seen here are of megalithic age.
Kalasamala has now become a tourist destination as it offers nature in its totality.