Need a break in the lap of nature? Welcome to Idukki, the land of majestic mountains, wondrous valleys and spectacular streams. The mountains of Idukki are the starting point of the River Pamba. The small hill town of Idukki derives its name from the Malayalam word Idukku that literally means 'a narrow gorge'. Idukki lives true to its name and the Periyar River has the hills of Kuravan and Kurathi on its sides forming a gorge. The mist clad hillocks of the hill resort of Idukki work magic. Idukki offers forests rich in teak wood, rose wood and sandalwood. Sight Seeing
While at the hill resort of Idukki you may visit the Idukki Wildlife Sanctuary. The Idukki Wildlife Sanctuary is spread over an area of 70 sq. km close to the Arched Dam. The Idukki Wildlife Sanctuary attracts tourists for its forest cover that is rich is both flora and fauna. You may spot animals like the elephant, bison, sambhar, deer besides a wide variety of snakes and birds like the jungle foul, laughing thrush et al.
Cheruthani and Moolamattam are both in close proximity to Idukki and worth visiting. From the heights of Cheruthani you may see sights as far as in Kochi. At Moolamattam the powerhouse of the Idukki Hydroelectric Project is a major tourist attraction.
BEST TIME TO VISIT :
The hill resort of Idukki experiences moderate weather throughout the year. The seasonal changes cause much temperature variation thereby making Idukki the perfect place to be visited anytime of the year.
Thattekkad Bird Sanctuary: In the dense tropical evergreen and deciduous forests and grassland patches is located the Thatekkad Bird Sanctuary. Home to a microcosm of India's bird population with about 500 winged species, the sanctuary was designed by Dr. Salim Ali, the renowned ornithologist.
Eravikulam Wildlife Sanctuary: Eravikulam Wildlife Sanctuary is a sanctuary set up for the preservation of the endangered Nilgiri Tahr. The sanctuary stands out for the stark beauty of its rolling grasslands and sholas, spread over 97 sq. kms of unblemished natural splendour.
Rajamala Wildlife Sanctuary: Rajamala Wildlife Sanctuary, located 15 kms from Munnar is the natural habitat of Nilgiri Tahr. Half the world population of the rare mountain goat is concentrated in this region.
Moolamatton (41Km.):The Idukki Hydroelectric Project's underground powerhouse is located here. A visit to moolamatton provides the opportunity to view the working of a hydro-electric station.
Idukki Arch Dam - Idukki
Idukki Wildlife Sanctuary - Idukki
Attractions and Places to Visit in Idukki
Munnar:The nature, absolutely untouched has led to the christening of this place as 'Virgin Munnar', in the tourism industry. Increasing fame and the growth of visitors may soon account to deletion of this description.
Chinnar Wildlife Sanctuary:Chinnar Wildlife Sanctuary is a unique thorny scrub forest with xerophyte species. Chinnar is the habitat of the endangered Giant Grizzled Squirrel of India.
Devikulam:Located 16 kms from Munnar, this gorgeous hill station symbolises nature in her pristine glory. The crisp and cool mountain air heavily laden with the fragrance of wild flowers and rare herbs is any nature lover's paradise.
Idukki Arch Dam: This dam, constructed across the Kuravan and Kurathi hills is the world's second and Asia's first arch dam. The dam lying close to the cheruthoni barrage is 550 ft high and 650 ft. wide. To its west is the Kulamavu Dam. more..
Idukki Wildlife Sanctuary: The sanctuary extends over the Thodupuzha and Udumpanchola taluka of Idukki district, spreading over 77 sq km and is about 450-748 m above sea level. extending to 33 sq. km, the Idukki Reservoir is formed by three dams, namely Cheruthoni, Idukki and Kulamavu.
Marayoor: Marayoor is 40 kilometers away from Munnar. It is the only place in Kerala having a natural growth of sandal wood trees. The relics of new Stone Age civilization have been unearthed here.
Mattupetti:13 kms form Munnar, at an altitude of 1700 m above sea level, this verdant landscape houses the Indo-Swiss Dairy Project.
Top Station: Top Station, the idyllic hill station is located 32 kms from Munnar, on the Munnar-Kodaikanal Road. Perched at an altitude of 1700 m above sea level, Top Station is the highest point on Munnar-Kodaikanal Road.
Kuthumkal Waterfalls: The misty waterfall provides a picturesque view of the water, cascading down from scintillating heights. The sheer beauty of the place allures thousands of visitors every year.
Observatory Hills: This is a beautiful hill located at Nedumkandam. It's a perfect location for people who are interested in watching the heavenly bodies, as the sky here is free from pollution.
Cheruthoni: 5kms from Painavu, it encompasses areas in and around Idukki Arch Dam and Cheruthoni Dam. Constructed across the Periyar river, between two granite hills, the picturesque Idukki Dam is the first arch dam in India.
How to Reach Idukki
BY AIR: En route to Munnar, Idukki lies 121 km from Kottayam in the southern part of Kerala. Getting there Kottayam is 154 km from Thiruvananthapuram and 64 km from Kochi, which are the nearest airports.
BY RAIL & ROAD: Idukki is well connected by rail and road to several tourist places across Kerala.