The great Periyar River reflects many characteristics along its long eventful journey. There are areas of Periyar where it is quite wide, then it takes twists and turns and for a good long part it cuts through thick green tropical forests shimmering through huge rocks and pebbles. As it reaches the wooded forest area of Paniely Village, it forms a character not seen anywhere else. The rivulets of Periyar that were separated and branched upstream converge here to form brutal undercurrents. This area has been popularly known for generations as the Paniely Poru. The Periyar flows from East to West through Malayattoor, Kalady in the North, Edamalayar and Perumbavoor in the South. Kodanad, where the forest headquarters is located is about 10km from Poru.

Paniely Poru is a unique phenomenon of Periyar where it becomes both ferocious as well as serene at the same time. Here at Paniely, a peace filled and classy riverfront luxury retreat named Whispering Waters is tucked within a jungle of prodigious teak trees with the glistening Periyar embellishing its foreground.