This beautiful high range district of Kerala is geographically known for its mountainous hills and dense forests. Idukki is one of the most nature rich areas of Kerala. High ranges and wooded valleys are girded by three main rivers – Periyar, Thalayar and Thodupuzhayar – and their tributaries. The River Pamba also has its origin here. As a tourist destination, Idukki offers diverse attractions like Wildlife sancturies, Hill stations, Dams, Spece plantation tours, Mountain treks, Elephant rides etc.
HOW TO REACH
The nearest airport is at Cochin 132 km away.
The nearest railway station is at Kottayam, 133 km away.
An excellent road network links the district to all major towns and cities in india.
WHAT TO SEE
This hill station was once the summer resort of the erstwhile British Government in South India. Sprawling tea plantations, picture-book towns, winding lanes and holiday facilities make this a popular resort town. Among the exotic flora found in the forests and grasslands here is the Neelakurinji. This flower that bathes the hills in blue every twelve years, will bloom next in 2006 AD. Munnar also has the highest peak in South India, Anamudi, which towers over 2695 m.
It is 13 kms from Munnar.The Mattupetty lake and dam, just a short distance from the farm, is a very 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 and motorboats are available on hire.
Idukki Arch Dam – This is the world’s second and Asia’s first arch dam, constructed across the Kuravan and Kurathi hills, 550 ft. high and 650 ft. wide.The dam lies close to the Cheruthoni barrage. To its west is the Kulamavu Dam. Idukki Wildlife Sanctuary is located close by.
Idukki Arch Dam: –
This is the world’s second and Asia’s first arch dam, constructed across the Kuravan and Kurathi hills, 550 ft. high and 650 ft. wide.The dam lies close to the Cheruthoni barrage. To its west is the Kulamavu Dam. Idukki Wildlife Sanctuary is located close by.
The very sound of the word Thekkady conjures up images of elephants, unending chains of hills and spice-scented plantations. In the Periyar forest of Thekkady is one of the finest wildlife reserves in India and spread across the entire district are picturesque plantations and hill towns that hold great apportunities for treks and mountain walks.
It is 10km 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 metres. The enchanting surroundings make an excellent picnic spot and trekking point.
It is 7 km from Munnar.This idyllic hill stations 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.
It is another centre of attraction in Idukki, and is just half an hour’s drive from Thodupuzha, the nearest town where accommodation is available. Here the brook gushing out of a crevice in the rocky cliff gives the illusion to the visitor that it is not water but milk that is gushing out.
Idukki Wildlife Sanctuary :-
Idukki Wildlife Sanctuary is close to the Idukki Arch Dam and covers a part of the Thodupuzha and Udumpanchola taluks of Idukki district. The total area covered by the park is 77 sq km out of which the lake formed due to the construction of three artificial dams – Cheruthoni, Kulamavu and Idukki, occupies 33 sq km. The animals that can be sighted here include Elephants, Deers, Bears, Wild Pigs, Tigers and Leopards. Also to be seen are snakes like Python, Cobra, Ciper, Rat Snake, Iguana and birds like Hornbills, Wood Peckers and King Fishers.
The place is known for spice plantation. Thus, apart from the local handcrafted items, different kinds of spices are a good option to be bought and taken back home as a souvenir of your travel to Idukki. Kumily is a popular market area for spice trading. Apart from that, one can even visit the following shops in this place: Asian Trading Company, Goodwill Family Shop, Jacob Trades, Kalarickal International Duty Paid Shop.
Places to Eat in Idukki are Coffee Inn, Aranya Nivas, Snack Bar(Periyar ) & Saravana Bhavan, Edassery Eastend, Rapsy Restaurant, Hotel Brothers(Munnar).