Monday, April 15, 2024

Kanyam, Ilam: Top 5+ best places to visit in Kanyam



Kanyam is located in the Suryodaya Municipality, Ilam district, in the Mechi Zone of Eastern Nepal.

Kanyam is located at the coordinates 27.1536° Northen and 87.9336° Western.

Kanyam, also called the “Queen of Eastern Nepal,” is sometimes known for its breathtaking natural beauty, rich cultural past, green tea gardens, and picnic spots.

Every year, thousands of tourists visit there because of its fantastic climate and the beauty of greenery.

The meticulously maintained tea gardens offer a stunning sight of the verdant tea shrubs.

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  Etymology of Kanyam  

The etymology of Kanyam is long and the richest one. This town was first colonized by the Limbu people, who were skilled farmers, and they cropped various crops, including rice, corn, and tea.

✓ The Gorkha Kingdom conquered Kanyam in the 18th century.

In Kanyam district, the British East India Company established a tea plantation in the 19th century. This tea plantation became a success that helped to boost the economy of the local’s people. Kanyam was a popular tourist destination for British and Indian tea planters.

The tea plantation admires other people for business in Kanyam, including hotels, restaurants, and shops. The tea industry created prosperity in the profitability of Kanyam, and the village increased.

In the 20th century, Kanyam became one of the popular tourist destinations in Nepal.

 Kanyam is a booming place with a population of over 10,000 people.



  Top 5+ best places to visit in Kanyam  

Some best places to visit in Kanyam are:


  1. Kanyam Tea Garden Resort  


Kanyam Tea Gaeden Resort is one of the most beautiful resorts in Kanyam.

✓ Leafy green tea gardens border this beautiful resort and offer a stunning view of the Himalayas.

✓ This resort is the best place to enjoy the beauty of nature and relax with vibing the beauty.

This resort provides a variety of activities, like hiking, horseback, biking, and riding, and also, there are many restaurants and bars where you can easily enjoy delicious food.


  2. Kanyam Guest House  


✓ Kanyam Guest House is one of the great places to stay in the heart of the Kanyam.

This hotel is budget-friendly and within walking distance of many restaurants, shops, and attractions, containing the Kanyam Tea Garden, the Pathibhara Temple, and the Ilam Museum.

The staff of this hotel is amiable and helpful, which makes you feel comfortable staying in this Guest House.

✓ Kanyam Guest House provides you with a variety of amenities and rooms, including:

  • Private and shared rooms
  • Laundry service
  • Hot water
  • Wi-Fi
  • Breakfast


  3. Pathibhara Temple  


✓ The Pathibhara Temple is a Hindu temple on a hilltop giving on to the Kanyan and surrounding countryside.

✓ Pathibhara temple is one of the famous pilgrimage destinations for Hindus.

We can reach this temple by a steep climb of about 1,700 steps which is worth it and provides stunning views of the surrounding hills, containing the Kanchenjunga mountain range.

You have to pay a small entrance fee to enter the temple, which is open from 6 am to 6 pm daily; that is a very peaceful place to visit.


  4. Ilam Museum  


The Ilam Museum offers a glimpse into the rich history and culture of the Ilam District through its artifacts and exhibits. Despite its small size, it provides valuable insight into the region’s past.

This museum was established in 1998 in Ilam Durbar Square.

This museum explores topics such as tea production, traditional clothing, and local handicrafts.

There is no need to pay any fee while entering this museum which is open from 10 am to 4 pm daily.


  5. Shree Antu Danda  


✓ Shree Antu Danda, a hilltop viewpoint near Kanyam, offers a stunning view of the surrounding hills and Kanchanjunga mountain range.

The best time to visit Shree Antu Danda is spring and autumn when the weather is clear and sunny.

You can reach this Danda by taking a bus, driving, and hiking; the hike takes us about 2-3 hours to reach the Danda.

There are many lodges and homestays near Shree Antu Danda where you can stay and enjoy the vibes.


  6. Siddhartha Vanasthali  

✓ Siddhartha Vanasthali is a Buddhist monastery in the Kanyam village, established in 1998 by the late Lama Tashi Dhendup Rinpoche.

The monastery is home to several monks and nuns who study and practice Buddhism.

It provides several programs and services for the local community, including education, healthcare, and social welfare.


  7. Toke Fall  

✓ Tokie Fall, also known as Todke Jharna, is one of the beautiful waterfalls located in the Kamyam village.

The waterfall is about 100 meters high and plunges into a pool of crystal-clear water.

This waterfall is bordered by lush vegetation and offers stunning views of the surrounding mountains.

✓ Monsoon season is the best season to visit this toke fall, including swimming and hiking, and Pathibhara temple is located near this fall.



  Culture of Kanyam, Ilam  


Limbus, Rai, Lepchas, Gurung, Magar, Newa, Khas, and Arya are some of the groups that have made Ilam their home, and each has contributed to the region’s unique culture.

The Limbus celebrate the Harela festival, a harvest festival that marks the end of the monsoon season.

In Rai culture, the Nyi-Shu-Sum festival is a joyous three-day celebration that honors the sun, moon, and stars.

The Lepchas celebrate the Losar festival, the New Year of Tibetan.

And the Gurung celebrate the Tamu Lhosar festival,

Another strong culture of Kalyam, Illam, is their music and dance.

The Limbus have a- rich tradition of folk music and dance, and their songs generally tell stories of their history and culture.

The Rai also has a rich tradition of folk music and dance, and their songs regularly celebrate the natural beauty of their homeland.

Gurung has a lively music and dance style known for its tumbling and energetic drumming.



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