Idukki

A landlocked district, Idukki is one of the most nature rich areas of Kerala. Three main rivers - Periyar, Thalayar and Thodupuzhayar - and their tributaries, gird high ranges and wooded valleys. The river Pamba also has its origin here. As a tourist destination, Idukki offers diverse attractions like wildlife sanctuaries, hill stations, spice plantation tours, mountain treks, elephant rides etc. Idukki has a large population of tribals, the main tribes being Muthuvan, Malaya Rayan, Mannan, Paliyan, Urali, Ulladan, malavedan and Malampandaram. The tribes of Kerala have unique customs and beliefs and maintain an ethos, which is distinctly different from that of the mainstream culture.

As a tourist destination, Idukki offers diverse attractions like Periyar wildlife sanctuaries, Hill stations like Munnar, Dams, Spice plantation tours, Mountain treks, Elephant rides etc

Idukki General Information

  • Area : 5019 sq. km
  • The population size - 1,079,369
  • Altitude - 2200 m above sea level

How to Get There

By Air

Nearest Airport: Madurai (Tamil Nadu): 140 km, Kochi: 190 km and Nedumbasseri is 160 kms

By Rail

Kottayam: 114 km (4 hrs), Madurai: 136 km (3 ½ hrs), Changanasseri: 114 km (4 hrs), Theni: 60 km (1 ½ hrs)

By Road

Idukki is easily accessible by all major cities of Kerala.

Place to visit

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 nearby.

The Idukki Wildlife Sanctuary

This sanctuary extends over the Thodupuzha and Udumpanchola Taluks of Idukki district, spreading over 77 sq. km at 450 - 748 m above sea level. The Idukki reservoir formed by three dams - Cheruthoni, Idukki and Kulamavu - extends to 33 sq. km.

Animals: Elephant, bison, sambar deer, wild dogs, jungle cat, tiger, wild dogs, jungle cat, tiger, wild boar etc.

Snakes: Cobra, viper, krait and a number of non-poisonous snakes

Birds: Jungle fowl, myna, laughing thrush, black bulbul, peafowl, woodpecker, kingfisher etc.

Malankara Reservoir 6 Kms from Thodupuzha

Located on the Thodupuzha –Moolamatton road, this artificial lake is reachable by road. The reservoir is ideal for boating and fishing

Munnar

Munnar – is situated at the confluence of three mountains streams – Mudrapuzha, Nallathanni & Kundala. Later visit to Mattupetty – 13 kms away from Munnar, situated at a height of 1700m. It is famous for its highly specialized Dairy Farm – the indo Swiss livestock project. Over a hundred verities of high yielding cattles are reared here. Visitor is allowed to 3 of the 11 cattle shades at the farm. The Mattupetty Lake & dam just a short distance from the farm, is a very beautiful picnic spot. This sprawling Kundala tea plantations and the Kundala Lake are the other attraction in the vicinity.

Thekkady

A tranquil hill retreat of Periyar upon arrival check in hotel,Enjoy Safari Cruise with best trained guide in Periyar Game Sanctuary – the best way to see & enjoy the Wildlife Activities, Cruise in the Periyar Lake in the cool surroundings and the panorama spreads around tropical jungles, Wild elephants & birds of myriad varieties. With an area of 777 sq kms in the hills of Western Ghats amongst the animals are wild elephants which can be seen and photographed at close quarters. Wild boar, Sambar, Tiger, Leopard, Wild Dog and langur

Eravikulam Wildlife Sanctuary

Spread over an area of 97 square kilometers, the Eravikulam Wildlife Sanctuary is a vast expanse of lush green forests and rolling grasslands. This sanctuary was set up to protect the endangered Nilgiri Tahr. This sanctuary is an ideal place to visit as excursions from Idukki.

Peermede

The famous plantation town, takes its name from Peer Mohammed – Sulfi saint and close associate of the erstwhile royal family of Travancore, Wide vistas of tea, Cardamom, rubber and coffee plantation interspersed with silver cascades, sculptural rocks, meadows and most – cloaked hilltops make Peermede an unforgettable experience. The most delightful trekking trials complement the panoramic landscape monuments like the summer residence of the the royal add to the Splendour of the land.

Thattekkad Bird Sanctuary

This bird sanctuary was set up due to the efforts of renowned ornithologist, Dr. Salim Ali. The Thattekkad Bird Sanctuary is home to almost 500 species of rare birds and is a safe haven for all kinds of birds, animals and plants. In fact, the number of birds over here is so vast that it is almost like a miniature world of birds in this sanctuary.

Shopping in Idukki

Idukki is Tea Estate of Kerala in South India .It is also a favored shopping stopover for those wanting to buy aromatic coffee and tea. One can buy these directly from the factories where they are produced. Also other articles available for shopping here are wooden decorative that can be bought from shops near Mattupetty Dam.

In Idukki you can Buy many Clothes, Jewellery, Tea Shops, Traditional kerala Jewellery, bronze ware, fibre crafts and many other locally produces handicrafts