IDUKKI

Idukki is situated in the High Ranges of Kerala. Three main rivers Periyar, Thalayar and Thodupuzhayar and their tributaries, gird high ranges and wooded valleys. The river Pamba is also originated from here. Idukki is a place where one can realise, the beauty, power and glory of nature. Surrounded by the nature’s richness, Idukki invites each and every one to enjoy its diverse attractions like hide and seek play of mist with the greenish mountains, the shriek of the crickets blended melodiously with the twitter of birds, trickling of springs down through rocky crevices and falling steep into gaps or streams, wildlife sanctuaries, hill stations, plantations, mountain treks, elephant rides etc.

The district is located in an altitude of 900 to 1800 m above the sea level. Idukki is the land of famous Neelakurinji (Strobilanthus) that flowers once in twelve years as the nature’s bounty and bathing the hillsides in bright blue.Idukki is the spice garden of Kerala. Idukki is home to a large population of tribals, the main tribes being Muthuvan, Malayarayan, Mannan, Paliyan, Urali, Ulladan, Malavedan and Malampandaram.Idukki Arch Dam, the world's second and Asia's first arch dam, constructed across the Kuravan and Kurathi hills. 550 ft. high and 650 ft. wide for generating electricty, is situated in the district.

Head Quarters
Painavu
Area
4476 sq km
Major Religions
Hindu, Christian, Muslim
Population Density
259 persons/sq km
Literacy
88.68%
Came into existence
January 28, 1972
Altitude
600m above sea level

 

ACCESSING IDUKKI

Air: Nearest Airport: Cochin International Airport (190 km)
Rail: Idukki is not connected with rail. Nearest Railway station is Kottayam (114 km)
Road: One can reach Idukki from Kottayam, (Kottayam-Kumily Road); from Aluva (Aluva-Munnar Road); from Ernakulam (Kochi – Madurai NH 49).

Telephone Acess Code: +91 – 4865 (Munnar); +91 –4869 (Thekkady)

Tourist Information Centres: Munnar – 231516; Thekkady - 222620.

TOURIST DESTINATIONS

Thekkady Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary: Thekkady is one of the finest wildlife reserves in India that provide great opportunities for the tourists. The wild life sanctuary spreads over an area of more than 650 sq.km. Elephants, bison, sambar, monkeys, wild bear are common in the sanctuary. The Sanctuary was declared as a Tiger Reserve in 1978. Very rarely tigers also appear outside dense forest.

The fabulous lake formed by the Mullaperiyar dam across the Periyar River is the major attraction of the park. The only sanctuary in India where one can witness the herd of wild elephants that comes down to play in the lake. Beside boat cruises in the Periyar lake, Thekkady offers facilities for elephant ride through thick jungle, trekking in Thekkady, Kumily, pullmedu etc., and various other eco-tourism progammes.

Munnar Hill Stations : Munnar was the summer hill resorts of the former British Government. Munnar is the meeting place of three streams known as Muthirappuzha, Nallathanni and Kundala. It is one of the biggest tea plantations in the world. Situated at an height of more than 1600 m above the sea level, Munnar is best for its tourist potentialities. Pallivasal, the first hydroelectric project is situated at Munnar. Top Station having an height of 1700 m above sea level, is one of the highest point in the State offers a picturesque view of the Kerala and Tamilnadu. The famous Neelakurinji (Strobilanthus) that flowers once in twelve years belongs to this region. The Neelakurinji will bloom next in 2018 AD. Marayoor, where natural Sandal growth of sandalwood trees, Thommankuthu, a rare waterfall having seven steps and a pool beneath each fall, Ramakkalmedu that provides panoramic views of the eastern part of Western Ghats are some of the added attractions of Munnar.

Mattupetty : Mattupetty is famous for the Indo Swiss Livestock Project, a highly specialized dairy farm where more than a few hundred varieties of high yielding cattle are reared.

Wagamon : Located at an elevation of 1100 m above sea level, with beautiful meadows, valleys and tea gardens, Wagamon is a hill station of delight for tourists.

Idukki Dam: Built on the Periyar river, Idukki dam is the first arch dam in India.

Distance : 130 km from Kochi

Idukki also has many waterfalls like Thommankutth, Thenmaarikutth, Vaalakutth.,Chinnar wildlife sanctuary, Iravikulam National park, Peerumedu, Marayoor, Kuttikanam, Vagamon and Moolamattom are other important tourist spots., Thattekkad Bird Sanctuary and Idukki Wildlife Sanctuary are some other wildlife parks in the districts.

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