Idukki is one of the District of Kerala. Truly blessed with natural beauties and attractions. Its an high range area mostly having Mountanious hills and forests, which lies in the western Ghats of Kerala. Idukki is second largest district ( the largest being Palakkad ) in area but population is lowest. More than half of district covered by forests. District borders districts of Pattanamthitta to the South, Kottayam to Southwest, Ernakulam to Northwest and Thrissur to North and Coimbatore, Dindigul and Theni districts in Tamil Nadu to East.
Tourism is well promoted in here, every place here is something for the tourists, Climate is the many reason, throughout the year climate almost remains the same.
- Idukki Arch Dam
This is the world’s second arch dam and Asia’s first arch dam, constructed across the Kuravan and Kurathi hills. 550 ft high and 650 ft wide, the dam lies to the cheruthoni barrage. Ti its west is the Kulamavu dam. Idukki Wildlife Sanctuary is located closely.
Situated 10 KM from Idukki. The aerial view of the idukki reservoir, panoramic view of peaks and forests make this a splendid tourist spot. It is also an ideal place for mountain climbers and trekkers.
Situated 20 KM fromIdukki, dam sight trukking, train view, point painav. Scenic beauty-trucking point-evergreen forest Chruthoni.
Situated 4 KM from Thekkady. This plantation town, closely associated with Thekkady, is suited on the outskirts of the Periyar Sanctuary.
Situated 5 KM from Kumily. A popular picnic spot, Pandikuzhi offers great opportunities for trekking and is a photographer’s delight.
Situated 5 KM from Thekkady. Washed in fresh spice scented air, Murikkady is a panorama of cardamom, coffee and pepper plantations.
The Idukki Wildlife Sanctuary
This sanctuary extends over the Thodupuzha and Udumpanchola Taluks of idukki district, spreading over 77 sq KM and is about 450-748 m above sea level. The idukki Reservoir formed by three dams-Cheruthoi, Idukki and Kulamavu extends to 33 KM.
Situated 18 KM from Thekkady. The River Periyar flowing through the centre of this town nourishes its vast tea, coffee and pepper plantations, a major trade centre.
- Mangala Devi Temple
Situated 15 KM from Thekkady. This ancient temple is hidden in the dense woods at the top of a peak 1337 m above sea level. The temple is built in the traditional Kerala style of architecture. Visitors are allowed here only on the Chithra pournami festival day.
Situated 15 KM from Kumily. This sleepy little village with its breathtaking view ofr the plains and cascading waterfalls is a fest for the eyes.
Aplace for adventure tourism and trekking, or even a languorous, tranquil beak. This picturesque plantations plantation town washed in the fragrance of cardamom is surrounded by lush green hills.
Situated 17 KM east of Peeramedu and 28 KM west of Thekkady.
Lofty peaks, little streams and ever expanding tea plantations are the attractions of this place. Pattumala ( which literally means hill drapped in silk ) is home to the two most famous tea plantations.
The famous plantation town takes its name from Peer Mohammed, Sufi saint and close associate of the erstwhile royal of Travancore. Wide vistas of tea, cardamom, rubber and coffee plantations interspersed with silver cascades, sculptural rocks, meadows and mist-clocked hilltops make peermedu an unforgettable experience.
- Thrissanku Hills
Situated 4 KM from Peermedu and 500 M from Kuttikanam. The rolling hills, the lovely landscape and the gentle breeze make this an ideal spot for walks. The hills offer a breathtaking view of the sunrise and sunset.
- Peeru Hills
Situated 4 KM from Peermedu and 1 KM from Kuttikanam. This idyllic hill station is a favorite haunt of trekkers and picnickers. This hill is named after Peter Mohammed, the Sufi saint, who spent his last days here.
Munnar is situated at the confluence of three mountain streams – Mudrapuzha, Nallathanni and Kundala. 1600 m above sea level, this hill station was once the summer resort of the east wile British Government in south india. Sprawling tea plantations, Picture book towns, winding lanes and holiday facilities make this a popular resort town.
Situated 110 KM from Munnar. Located between Munnar and Rajamala, Nyayamakad is a land of breathtaking waterfalls. The waters cascade down a hill from a height of about 1600 meters.
Situated about 10 KM from Munnar, with its sleepy little cottages, bungalows, old playgrounds and courts, Chithirapuram still exudes an old world charm. Home of the Paliyvasal Hydel Power Project, this hill town is also famous for its picturesque tea plantations.
Situated about 3 KM from Munnar. A Panorama of waterfalls and rolling hills, Attukal located between Munnar and Pallyvasal, is a feast for the eyes.
- Mattupetty Lake, Dam, Farm
Situated 13 KM from Munnar ast 1700 m, Mattupetty is known for its highly specialized dairy farm ( The indo Swiss Livestock Project) . Over a 100 varieties of high yielding cattle are reared here. Nearby there’s a beautiful picnic spot. The sprawling Kundala tea plantations and the Kundala Lake are other attractions in the vicinity. DTPC idukki provides boating facilities on the Mattupetty Dam. Speed launch slow speedboat and motorboats are available on hire.
- Power House Waterfalls
This waterfall is on the way to Thekkady from Munnar cascades down a sleep rock 2000 m above sea level. The spot is enriched with the scenic western mountain ranges, and is an ideal place for a break on the way to the Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary in Thekkady.
Kundala is a picturesque town on the way to top station. Th e Golf Course which belongs to Tata Tea Ltd is located here. The Kundala artificial dam is another attraction. Aruvikkad waterfall is also near Kundala.
Excursions from Munnar
Sitated about 12 KM from Munnar and 1700 m above sea level. This is the highest point on the Munnar-Kodaikanal road. The rare Neelakurinji ( Strobilanthus ) belongs to this region. This plant become once every twelve years bathing the hillsides in bright blue.
The Cheeyappara and Valara waterfalls are located between Neriamangalam and Adimali on the Kochi- Madurai highway.
The Anayirankal Dam is surrounded by the Tata tea Plantations and evergreen forests. It is also an ideal place for picnic.
Situated 17 KM from Thodupuzha. The seven step waterfall here is a much loved picnic spot. Thommankuthu is an ideal place for adventure tourism.
Located 12 KM from Idukki. This peak is 3125 m above high sea level which can have the view of near by towns Kochi, Alappuzha.
This is the only place in Kerala that has a natural growth of Sandalwood trees. The sandalwood factory of the Forest Department the caves, muniyaras with murals and relies from the New Stone Age Civilization.
- Kalvari Mount
This is a famous pilgrim centre on the way to Kattappana.
Situated 25 KM from Thodupuzha. The Rainbow waterfalls which cascade down a rock from a height of about 1500 m, is a wonderful attraction of this spot.
Situated 16 KM from Nedumkandam, Thekkady- Munnar road ). Rolling green hills and the fresh mountain air make Ramakalmedu an enchanting retreat.
- Chinnar Wildlife Sanctuary
Situated about 60 KM from Munnar on the Tamilnadu border which spread across 90.44 sq KM.
Situated 7 KM from Munnar. This idyllic hill station with its velvet lawns, exotic flora and fauna and the cool mountain air is a rare experience. The Sita Devi Lake with its mineral waters and picturesque surroundings is a good picnic spot. The lake is also ideal for trout fishing.
How To Reach
- By Road
The major roads connects city of Kochi to Tamil Nadu. The other roads are part of Ghat roads. The KK road ( Kumili-Kottayam, The PT road ( Puliyanmala – Thodupuzha are some of the main roads. Most of village roads are not well maintained.
- By Rail
Presently there’s no trains connected to Idukki. The nearest railway station is at Kottayam which is 114 KM from Idukki. All the major trains have stopover at Kottayam. There’s bus services available to reach Idukki from kottayam.
- By Air
Cochin International Airport and Coimbatore airports are the nearest airports to Idukki. Its about 97 KM from idukki to Cochin airport and about 202 KM to Coimbatore airport.
Best Time To Visit
Best time to visit idukki is October to February , is the perfect time to feel the real beauty of Idukki. In Kerala best climate is to visit October to February period winter season, which the climate down to 10°c.
Money Exchange Centre
You can do foreign money exchange in Idukki itself. Most preferred way is to do it in the airport. You will get the best rates from leading forex companies.