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Monday, October 22, 2018

Kerala’s Longest Suspension Bridge

The Injathotty suspension bridge of Kerala

One of the key reasons I love slow travel is because it allows me to discover lesser known attractions in addition to building a much stronger local connection. A case in point is the longest suspension bridge of Kerala that is tucked quietly amidst the extremely popular destinations of Munnar, Kochi and Thattekad bird sanctuary. And not just that it is surrounded by dense forest, a beautiful village and super friendly people.

This longest suspension bridge of Kerala is called Inchathotty bridge or Injathotty bridge. Connecting the Inchathotty village with the other bank of the Periyar river, this 181 meter swinging delight of a bridge, serves as a lifeline for the people of this village who otherwise have to travel an extra 20 km distance to go to their offices, schools, religious places, hospitals and for other emergencies.

This pedestrian only bridge can be reached from either of these two sides: One, from the Neriamangalam forest and the other from the Thattakad bird sanctuary side. My personal choice is the Neriamangalam forest side as it allows you to see a true and traditional countryside life of Kerala and the drive to the Inchathotty bridge through the Neriamangalam forest and rubber plantations is nothing short of magical.

Inchathotty Suspension Bridge, Kerala

While a walk on the suspension bridge is heavily recommended (even for those people who suffer from motion sickness), one should also try a canoe ride on the Periyar river to get a different perspective of the bridge. The only word of advice is to hold your phones and cameras tightly when you cross the bridge as it does shake and swing a bit when the people traffic is high. Apart from that, this offbeat beauty near Munnar and Thattekad will blow your mind with its greenery, river views, countryside look and its shakes. Do give it a visit the next time you are in the region.

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