One of the most beautiful hill stations in Kerala, Idukki is among the most beautiful places to visit in Kerala. Being the second largest district in the state, it is also the home of South India's highest peak Anamudi, with a height of 2,695 metres. You can enjoy the ecstatic natural beauty of 13 other peaks, with a height of over 2,000 metres. Idukki is a combination of nature and water with its peaks and the Idukki Dam. Experience the pleasure of boating in the backwaters of the lake here. The dam is a source of Kerala’s one-third electricity also.
Idukki is well-known for its diverse attractions like wildlife sanctuaries, hill stations, spice plantation centres, elephant rides and mountain treks. Three main rivers Periyar, Thalayar and Thodupuzhayar and their tributaries encircle the high ranges and wooded valleys. The river Pamba also has been originated here. As more than a half of the district is covered by forests, nature lovers see it as a dream destination.
Location: Western Ghats of Kerala
Western parts of Idukki have moderate weather with heavy rains. Eastern parts are comparatively colder.
Light weight cotton clothes are preferable. Carry a shawl or a jacket as a precaution if the weather becomes a little cold.
Best time to visit:
Peak season is from March to May
How to reach:
By Air: Cochin Airport which is 94 km. from Idukki.
By Train: Kottayam Railway station at a distance of 101 km.
By Road: It is well connected by bus from Kochi, Munnar, Trivandrum and Kottayam.
Places of interest
Location: In the middle of Idukki district
Timings: Open on Saturday, Sunday and public holidays from 10 a.m.- 5 p.m.
How to reach: Easily reachable by public transport from railway station in Kotaya or from Cochin International Airport.
Ranked as Asia’s biggest dam, Idukki dam has river Periyar flowing through Idukki gorge, between the two high massive rocks called Kuravan and Kurathi. This offers a beautiful site of the gigantic Idukki arch dam here. The feel here is majestic and the thought of being downstream seems scary, whereas the drive aloft the dam would be more enjoyable and heartening too. At the base of the dam, there is nothing best to see but the feel.
Idukki Wildlife Sanctuary
Location: Idukki District, Kerala
Timings: Open all the year round. Best season is from December till early March.
How to reach: Easily reachable by road from Kottayam Railway Station, Madurai Airport or Cochin International Airport.
If you want to have a memorable experience of nature and wildlife together, the best place for this is Idukki Wildlife Sanctuary. Spreading across the area of 105.364 sq km, this sanctuary is the natural habitat for several animals, snakes and birds. Being an enchanting place marked with steep mountains and undulating hills and valleys, the Sanctuary had come into existence around forty years ago in 1976.
Anayirankal Dam Reservoir
Location: 20 kms from Munnar
Timings: Any time of the year, best during and after monsoons.
How to reach: Easily reachable by road
The panoramic views of the surrounding hills and the valley of the reservoir is something to behold. It is not too crowded like other popular tourist spots in and around Munnar. Your own transportation is a must to reach here. The peaceful reservoir has the facility to enjoy the views and animals through boat riding also.
Location: 45 kms from Idukki
Timings: Any time of the year. Best season is March- May.
How to reach: From Aluva or Emakulam railway station, hire a cab or public transport.
Being the summer resort of the British Government in the South, Munnar is situated at the convergence of three mountain streams namely Muthirappuzha, Nallathanni and Kundala. Being the largest tea plantations in the world, this hill station is a well-known tourist attraction noted for its scenic and picturesque landscapes.
Location: Inside the dense forests of Periyar Tiger Reserve
Timings: Open 7 days from 6 a.m.-1 p.m., 4 p.m.- 8.30 p.m.
How to reach: Can be reached only by jeep
The 1000 years old ancient temple of Mangaladevi is a unique piece of architecture, which is built with large pieces of granite. The temple is known for its Pandyan architecture. It is not just a place for pilgrimage tourism, but also a place with the wildness of the forest and the enchanting beauty of the nature.