View point at Kanthalloor
|• Body||Kanthalloor grama panchayath|
|• Total||116.29 km2 (44.90 sq mi)|
|• Density||88/km2 (230/sq mi)|
|Time zone||UTC+5:30 (IST)|
Kanthalloor is a village in Idukki district in the Indian state of Kerala.It is a village nestled in the Western Ghats of India. The salubrious climate and the picturesque landscapes and wide variety of tropical crops coupled with the close proximity of Munnar (a major hill station), has transformed this village into a tourist destination.
Kanthaloor is famous for its wide variety of crops which is not seen on the other parts of kerala, it is the only place in South India where apples are grown it also includes varieties of Orange, Strawberry, Blackberry, Plums, Gooseberry, Egg fruits, peach & passion fruits..etc.
Only road transportation available. Nearest highway is NH-49 which passes through Munnar and can be accessed from Kanthalloor-Marayoor-Munnar. Truck trails to Tamil Nadu also available from Kanthallooor Udumalpet Tiruppur district in Tamil Nadu is near to this place
Kanthalloor is a virtually rain shadow village, lying in the eastern side of the Western Ghats near to Marayur The place is famous for its cool season fruits and vegetables. Kanthalloor is famous for its apple, oranges, plums, peaches and variety of other fruits and vegetables that are not grown in other parts of Kerala. The Anaimudi Sholai National Park(Formerly known as the Mannavan Chola) is the evergreen forest surrounding Kanthalloor. The major places of attraction includes Pattisseri Dam, Kulachivayal rocks, Keezhanthoor waterfalls and the cave temple of Sri Rama.
One of the shops in Kanthalloor village still follow the age old Barter System. A woman called Ponnamma is running a grocery in Puthoor village near Kanthallooor. She accepts farm produces like ginger, mustard, garlic, coriander and beans from customers and gives them rice and other essential in exchange. This shop was following the Barter System ever since her husband Pullarkkad Kochu Narayanan started it in 1962. More than 164 houses depend on the shop of Ponnamma for their provisions. When the Indian government demonetized bigger currencies in 2016, many nearby villages suffered without enough new currency for transactions. But the village of Puthoor never suffered because of the Barter system of Ponnamma. 
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