Vandiperiyar a town in Idukki district 18 km away from Thekkady in Kerala is one of the entry points to the famous pilgrim station of South India Sabarimala Ayyappa Temple. The River Periyar flowing through the centre of this town nourishes its vast tea, coffee and pepper plantations. As a major trade center, the town is home to a number of tea factories. The Government Agriculture Farm and Flower Garden have a delightful array of rose plants, orchids and Anthurium.