About Idukki

Ideal Trip Duration: 1-2 Days

Base Station: Idukki, Kochi (100 Kms)

Nearest City to Idukki: Kochi (100 Kms)

Best Time to Visit Idukki: October to May

Peak Season: March to May

State: Kerala | District: Idukki

Idukki Weather: Maximum: 35°C
Minimum: 25°C

At a distance of 47 km from Munnar, 105 km from Kochi, 239 km from Trivandrum, 101 km from Kottayam and 171 km from Madurai, Idukki is one of the beautiful hill stations in Kerala and among the most beautiful Kerala places to visit. It is the second largest district in Kerala state (Painavu as headquarters). Idukki district is also home to South India's highest peak, Anamudi (2695 meters), along with 13 other peaks with a height of over 2000 meters. It is a popular for Idukki Dam which also offers beautiful rides in backwaters of the lake.

Idukki offers diverse attractions like wildlife sanctuaries, hill stations, spice plantation centers and mountain treks. The district was formed on January 26, 1972 carving out Devikulam, Peerumedu and Udumbanchola taluks from Kottayam district and Thodupuzha taluk from Ernakulum district. High ranges and wooded valleys are encircled by three main rivers - Periyar, Thalayar and Thodupuzhayar and their tributaries. The river Pamba also has its origin here. Idukki is home to a large population of tribal population.

According to History, Idukki was part of the Chera dynasty and was later ruled by the Kulasekhara Kings from 9th to 11th century AD. John Danial Manroe, a British planter was leased a piece of land by the then Raja of Poonjar, Kerala Varma in 1877. Manroe set up a Land Planting and Agriculture Society where the members were allowed to set up their own tea estates.

The name Idukki is supposed to be derived from the Malayalam word Idukku which means a narrow gorge. Periyar which is one of the largest rivers of Kerala, flowing through Idukki gorge formed between the two high massive rocks called Kuravan and Kurathi, is the site of the gigantic Idukki arch dam. Idukki dam is the Asia's biggest arch dam. Kulamavu Dam and Cheruthoni Dam are the other important dams in Idukki. Idukki can be called the Power House of Kerala as it caters to 66% of the state's Hydroelectric Power consumption.

Another major tourist attraction is the Idukki Wildlife Sanctuary spread across 70 sq. km. The sanctuary is the natural habitat for several animals. The famous tiger reserve of Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary at Thekkady, Chinnar Wild Life Sanctuary and Eravikulam National Park, Kattappana which is famous for its spices, Mangaladevi Temple, Vagamon and Munnar, the most of famous hill station of Kerala, are the famous attractions of Idukki district.

Cochin Airport is the nearest airport, which is 94 km from Idukki, Kottayam Railway station, at a distance of 101 km from Idukki serves as the closest railway station. Being a major tourist destination in Kerala, Idukki is well connected by bus from Kochi, Munnar, Trivandrum and Kottayam.

Best time to visit Idukki is between October and May while the peak season is from March to May. It usually takes 1-2 full days to explore this area.

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Other Info
Internet Availability: Average
STD Code: 04863
Languages Spoken: Malayalam, Hindi & English
Major Festivals: Details Not Available
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How to Reach Idukki

By Air

Nearest Airport: Kochi - Cochin International Airport (88 Kms)

By Train

Nearest Train Station: Ernakulam Jn (South) Railway Station (100 Kms)

By Bus

Nearest Bus Station: Idukki Bus Station (0 Kms)

Top 10 Places to Visit in Idukki

Backwaters

#1 of 19 Places to Visit in Idukki

At a distance of around 2 Kms from Idukki Bus Station, Idukki Arch Dam is the world's second and Asia's first arch dam, constructed on Periyar river across the Kuravan and Kurathi hills.

The 550 feet high and 650 feet wide dam lies close to the Cheruthoni Barrage. According to the legend, two natives were cursed by Lord Rama when he caught them staring at bathing Sita. The two natives, Koravan and Kurathi who were converted into stones (on opposite banks of Periyar river) begged Lord Rama for mercy since they had never stayed separate. Lord Rama blessed them that they will stay together for years to come. And, today, the Idukki Arch Dam links the two hillocks, Koravan Mala and Kurathi Mala. The Underground Power House is located at Moolamattom, 43 Kms from Idukki Dam.

The Reservoir is formed by three dams, namely, Idukki, Cheruthoni and Kulamavu. Boating facility is available in the reservoir.

Idukki is connected by frequent bus service from Munnar.

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Nature

#2 of 19 Places to Visit in Idukki

At a distance of 10 Kms from Idukki & 55 Kms from Munnar, Kalvari Mount, also known as Calvary Mount is an important tourist place in Idukki District.

The Kalvari Mount Viewpoint offers a charming view of Idukki Reservoir from Idukki to Ayyappancovil on one side and panoramic view of Kamakshy and Mariyapuram villages on the other side. It is one of the most scenic places in Idukki and a must visit place in the district.

The view point is situated near Thankamani Junction on Thodupuzha - Puliyanmala highway.

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Hill Station | Nature

#3 of 19 Places to Visit in Idukki

At a distance of 36 Kms from Idukki, 72 kms from Kumarakom, 48 kms from kottayam, 20 Kms from Thodupuzha, Ilaveezha Poonchira is a beautiful valley spread across thousands of acres at the foot of three hillocks - Mankunnu, Kudayathur Hill and Thonippara near Kanjar. Ilaveezha Poonchira (meaning - the valley where leaves don't fall) has no trees, and is literally a place where leaves do not fall.

Surrounded by hillocks raised above 3000 feet from sea level, Ilaveezha Poonchira is an ideal place for trekking. This is one of the best places to watch Sunrise and Sunset. The wonderful views of Malankara Dam can be viewed from this place. Malankara Dam (7 Kms), Thommankuthu Waterfalls (30 Kms) & Vagamon (35 Kms) are near by places of interest.

Buses are available from Palai (25 Kms) and Erattupetta (30 Kms).

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Waterfall

#4 of 19 Places to Visit in Idukki

At a distance of 25 Kms from Idukki, 48 Kms from Munnar & 20 Kms from Thodupuzha, Thommankuthu Waterfalls is a marvelous seven step cascading waterfall dropping from a height of over 300 feet with pool at each level.

It is a best place to spend a day watching the nature and drown in the waters of the falls. Trekking into the surrounding picturesque hills is another popular activity at this place.

This place is connected by bus from Munnar and Thodupuzha. There are no accommodation facilities available near the falls.

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Adventure | Nature

#5 of 19 Places to Visit in Idukki

At a distance of 40 Kms from Idukki, 38 Kms from Kumily, 57 Kms from Munnar, 15 Kms from Nadumkandam & 18 Kms from Kambam (on NH220 towards Palani), Ramakkalmedu is a lovely tourist place with rolling green hills and the fresh mountain air.

The hilltop also offers a panoramic view of the picturesque villages of Kambam and surrounding places on the slope of the Western Ghats. Kerala Tourism Department has provided additional facilities for tourists with resting points & statues of Kuravan & Kurathi (local tribes) at Ramakkalmedu.

Ramakkalmedu is also a great trekking destination. The view point on top of the hill is the highest point in this area, which can be reached by 3-4 Kms trek from the Ramakkalmedu Junction.

This place is connected by bus service from Munnar, Kottayam and Ernakulam.

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Hill Station | Backwaters | Wildlife

#6 of 19 Places to Visit in Idukki

At a distance of 54 km from Idukki, 143 km from Kochi, 211 km from Trivandrum, 111 km from Kottayam, 136 km from Madurai and 82 km from Munnar, Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary, one of the best wildlife sanctuaries in India, is located in Thekkady in Idukki district of Kerala. It is located at a distance of 4 km from Kumily on Kerala - Tamilnadu boarder. It is one of the most famous Tourist places in kerala and also a well know summer getaway in Kerala state. Thekkady is also known as one of the scenic Kerala Backwater trips in Periyar lake.

In 1899, the Maharaja of Travancore, Chithira Thirunal Balarama Varma has declared the forests around Periyar Lake as a private game reserve to stop the invasion of tea plantations. Further, in 1934, the lake reserve was converted into a game sanctuary, the Nellikkampatty Game .....

Distance (From Idukki): 52 Kms
Trip Duration (From Idukki - Including Travel): Full Day
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Adventure

#7 of 19 Places to Visit in Idukki

At a distance of 23 Kms from Kumily, 34 Kms from Idukki & 66 km from Munnar, Vandanmedu is a wonderful hill resort located on Thekkady - Munnar route at an altitude of 4000 feet. It is one of the world's largest auction centers for Cardamom.

Taking cardamom plantation tours in one of the interesting activities in Vandanmedu. This is also good place for trekking. This place is connected by frequent buses running between Kumily and Munnar.

Distance (From Idukki): 28 Kms
Trip Duration (From Idukki - Including Travel): 2-3 Hours
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Wildlife

#8 of 19 Places to Visit in Idukki

At a distance of around 2 Kms from Idukki Bus Station, Idukki Wildlife Sanctuary is situated around Idukki Arch Dam. The Idukki Reservoir is part of the Sanctuary.

The Sanctuary is spread over an area of 77 sq kms in Thodupuzha and Udumpanchola taluks. Established in 1976, the sanctuary is situated at an altitude of 450-748 meters above sea level occupying the forest land between the Cheruthoni River and the Periyar River. The terrain of the sanctuary is characterized by steep mountains, valleys and hills. The artificial Idukki Reservoir (Kizhakkilachimala Lake) adds to the scenic beauty of this lovely wildlife sanctuary.

The sanctuary is home for Elephants, bison, sambar deer, wild dogs, jungle cats, tiger, wild boar etc apart from various species of snakes including cobra, viper, krait, etc. Birds include jungle fowl, myna, laughing thrush, black bulbul, peafowl, woodpecker, kingfisher etc. December to April is the best season .....

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Nature | Park

#9 of 19 Places to Visit in Idukki

At a distance of around 2 Kms from Idukki Bus Station and less than half Km from Idukki Dam, Hill View Park is a nice tourist place in Idukki that offers a panoramic view of the Dam and surrounding places.

Views of herds of wild elephants thrill any visitor. Spread over an area of 8 acres of land this aesthetically conceived park has a natural water body at the hill top, and boating facility is available here. The herbal garden and children's play area are added attractions.

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Hill Station | Nature

#10 of 19 Places to Visit in Idukki

At a distance of around 5 km from Idukki Bus Station, 53 km from Munnar, 107 km from Kochi & 130 km from Alappuzha, Painavu is a cute hill resort and also the headquarters of Idukki district. This is one of the popular weekend getaways from Munnar & Kochi.

Painavu is an important commercial center and a popular tourist hot spot in Idukki. At an altitude of 3,900 feet, Painavu is situated inside the Idukki Wildlife Sanctuary. It is also home to several State Government institutions such as Civil Station, and Government Engineering College, Idukki.

The place is popular for its pleasing ambience and picturesque location. This is a stopover for visitors, who travel to Idukki Arch Dam, Cheruthoni Dam and Kulamavu. Boats are available from here for cruises between Cheruthoni and Kulamavu. In winter and rainy seasons elephants can be spotted moving on the roads. Surrounded by pristine forests .....

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