Idukki Tourism

Idukki Tourism

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  • State: Kerala
  • Famous for/as: Hill
Idukki is one of the 14 districts of Kerala and also the largest. Spread across an area of approximately 1970 miles, the region is characterised by rugged terrain and forest cover. The mountains and the forests cover almost 97% area of this region. A majority of the mountains here exceed the height of 2,000 metres, which includes the highest peak of South India, Anamudi.

Historical evidence suggests that Idukki was part of the Chera dynasty and was later ruled by the Kingdom of Vembolinad from 9th to 12th century AD. However, not much is known about the ancient history of the place.

The district owes its beautiful bungalows and tea factories to European planters. Impressed by the high altitude of the place and sensing an opportunity, European planters came to the region in the 19th century and began modernisation.

One of the first responsible for the development of the district was the British planter, John Danial Manroe. He 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. This gradually led to the clearing up of forests and development of transport and railway lines.

The British were soon followed by the Scottish planters who built many bungalows here, one of which is the Ladbroke House.

Idukki literally means ‘narrow gauge’ and it probably got this name from the railway track in Munnar which was built a century ago by the Europeans. The track was destroyed by storm and rain long back.

Apart from being a scenic hill resort with plenty of greenery and a quiet environment, Idukki is also known for having the arch dam of the country, the Idukki dam. Idukki has a lot of important towns and cities of Kerala which house wildlife sanctuaries, spice gardens and other places of tourist interest.

Some of the prime attractions of the region are Thekaddy, which is a wild life reserve, Kattappana which is famous for its spices, Mangaladevi Temple and Munnar. There is also the Chinnar Wild Life Sanctuary and Eravikulam National Park to visit here.

Idukki is darned with mild weather and the temperature is usually low throughout the year. The summer months between March and May, are usually pleasant due to the hilly region, with the temperature ranging from 20 to 30 degrees. In winters, temperature may fall down to 0 degrees and tourists are suggested to carry woolen clothes and winter wear. Best time to visit Idukki is between February and May, as the temperature will be pleasant with low rains.

With an airport, nearby ports of Cochin and Nedumbassery and six national highways which pass through it, Idukki, one of the most important districts of Kerala is well connected to all the major cities around the country. Kottayam Railway station, at a distance of 133 km from Idukki serves as the closest railway station.

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Idukki Traveller Reviews

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Joji Joseph

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  • Joji Joseph
  • Lives in Cochin
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  • 104 Reviews
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"The district with numerous hill stations and places of interest"

  • 6.0 / 7
  • Posted Jul 7, 2015
Idukki district in Kerala has numerous tourist destinations like Munnar, Marayoor, Chinnar, Kanthalloor, Elaveezhapoonchira and a good number of dams like Idukki Arch dam, Cheruthoni, Kulamavu, Ponmudi, Malankara, Kundala etc. Moreover the district has got numerous tea, coffee and rubber plantations, wildlife sanctuaries, jungle safari facilities, bird sanctuaries and apart from that the sandalwood forest in Marayoor, the coffee and tea processing, quality spices like cardamom, nutmegs, nut maze, cinnamon etc. Idukki is the district which contributes the most to the state and India's economy. Blessed with hills, flora & fauna, moderate climate, rich natural resources, religious harmony the specialties are many compared to many other places.
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Amal Paul

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"A historical place with lot of temples"

  • 6.5 / 7
  • Posted Aug 7, 2014
Being the native of this place we don't often get time to visit this place. The place is rich in culture with lot of temples and history associated with the temples. Palakkad was overall a great place. It was amazing that though it rained all through the day, I could not see any water stagnated on the road or anywhere.
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Amal baby Dada

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  • Lives in Indore
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"Amazing place with many attractions"

  • 6.5 / 7
  • Posted Aug 7, 2014
It was the best trip I ever had. It had verdant hills, sparkling streams, large lakes teeming with fish and subtle sanctuaries. Idukki district of Kerala perhaps offers the best of enjoyment to the outdoor inclined travellers. Great climate, great food and friendly people. It was an awesome place.
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Girija Shankar

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  • Girija Shankar
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  • Lives in Thiruvananthapuram
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"Verdant hills and sparkling streams awaits you here"

  • 7.0 / 7
  • Posted Apr 30, 2014
Idukki District of Kerala perhaps offers the best of enjoyment to the out doors inclined traveller. It has verdant hills, sparkling streams, large lakes teeming with fish and subtle sanctuaries that are host to a variety of fauna. Munnar perhaps, one of the least commercialised hill stations of the country delves in a charm replicated by no other spot. There are so many quaint hotels all over the district offering some of the best ethnic cuisine and reasonably priced stay the year round. I feel that the monsoon is the best time of the year to visit Idukki when she emerges in all her splendour to the accompaniment of nature's fury to give you an unforgettable experience.
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Jitin Phillip

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  • Jitin Phillip
  • Lives in Cochin
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  •  8 helpful votes
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"A little closer to heaven"

  • Posted Apr 14, 2011
Idukki is a beautiful place with amazing scenery, great climate, great food and friendly people.

Food, sight-seeing and shopping: Food here is just like anywhere else in mid-travancore. I usually eat with my family that lives there but, on trips I like eat from 'thattukadas' small tea shops. They have great home-made style food which I can never get enough of. Sight-seeing wise, everywhere you go is an attraction. Pull off on almost any road and your eyes will be properly treated. Shopping wise, all major towns have reputable shops. You still have to bargain for everything though.

Activities & things to do: I'm a driving fanatic and a hiking junkie, so anywhere I go, i find something to do. If there is space for my car, I'll go there, if not, I'll walk. Most memorable drives/visits were to/through Elappara, Peermade, Thopramkudy, Thekkady, and Wagamon.

Travel tips, How to reach, travel warnings etc: I travel mostly by car or bus. Any bus will do as long as it goes to your destination. Transfers aren't the easiest things and you can get lost if you aren't familiar with the place or have a language barrier.
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Veena Gopalarathnam

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"Trip to Gavi"

  • Posted Dec 23, 2010
The best trip which I ever had

Food, sight-seeing and shopping: can buy sandal wood powder and other spices in Green mansions

Activities & things to do: wild life safari, jeep drive, visit to Pampa Dam

Travel tips, How to reach, travel warnings etc: bookings to be made much in advance. Carry warm clothes if you are travelling in winter.
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Anooj Palayakunnnel

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"'GAVI' in Idukki district in Kerala... a place to be away from the madding crowd"

  • Posted Jan 3, 2009
We had a trip to Gavi on 25th December 2008. If you want to be away from the madding crowd and unwind yourself under the canopy of tropical wet ever green forests, we strongly recommend Gavi in Idukki District in Kerala
In Gavi you can fill your lungs with fresh air which is saturated with the aroma of cardomom, can cool-off in the pristine chilly waters,or simply relax under the forest canopy watching 'Nilgiri langurs' performing acrobatics.Unlike other tourist destinations in India here nobody will stare at you except wild animals and birds. Your cell phone will not wake you up from your trance( there is no mobile coverage). Definitely 'Gavi' will rejuvenate your body and mind

Food, sight-seeing and shopping: 'Green Mansions' run by the Kerala Forest Development Corporation Ltd with three rooms is the only lodge available.Food and accomodation is good as we cannot expect' star' facilities in a tiger reserve. Also there is no scope for shopping in a tiger reserve

Activities & things to do: Gavi is a part of Periyar Tiger Reserve and different types of packages are offered by the Kerala Forest Development Corporation.
1. Over night package.
Stay at Green Mansion, the forest lodge,trekking, boating, jungle safari..etc.
Tariff: Rs-1750/ person / day. Children below 10 years are exempeted.
2.Over night stay.' jungle camps'
Stay in class-tents deep inside the forest,boating, trekking....etc
Service of trained forest guides are available. We stongly recommend Mr. Vijay Kumar(Vijay) who knows the every nook and cranny of the place.
Animals your expected to see:
Elephants,Gaur, sambar deer, Nilgiri langur, lion tailed macaque, reptiles..etc .Tiger sightings are reported during jungle camping

Travel tips, How to reach, travel warnings etc: Entry to Gavi is highly restricted as it is a part of the Periyar Tiger Reserve in Kerala. Any unauthorised traveller will be turned away at 'Vallakadavu', the first forest check post. Prior permission from the forest department is requied to enter Gavi
Gavi is in Idukki district in Kerala . It is 28kms south- west of Vandiperiyar a town on N.H 220, the highway connecting Kollam and Madurai. Vandiperiyar is around 100kms away from Kotayam Town and is 14kms from Kumali. A one month advance booking is recommended as the rooms are always in great demand.
Tourist Facilitation Centre,
Holiday Home Complex
Kumily, Idukki District Kerala
Tele phone-04869 223270
Mobile phone - 94461 12034( Officer in charge)

The Divisional Manager,
Gavi Division,
K.F.D.C Ltd,
Gavi P.O.
Via Vandiperiyar,
Idukki District,
Contact person
Mr. Radhakrishnan.
Range officer in charge,
Green Mansion,
Mobile-9947 492399(between 4pm and 5pm only) .
Always obey forest rules and regulations and the instructions of the trained guides. Here we are the intruders in to the animal world.
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Florien Jones

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"Even a month is not enough to fully enjoy natures marvel - Idukki district"

  • Posted Jun 6, 2008
Idukki district is much more than Munnar and Thekkady. The entire district is full of lush green, dense jungles and plantations, high mountains, grasslands, rivers, lakes and water bodies. From Cochin airport the nearest entry point to Idukki distt. is at Neriamangalam from where the tall rainforests begin. A 2 day halt at Kothamangalam, just 35min drive from the airport will enable you to visit the under rated, excellent Thattekadu Bird Sanctuary whose entrance is in Ernakulam but forest in Idukki district, and it is possible to trek through to the forests of Neriamangalam with a guide for those who are interested. From Neriamangalam to Munnar, the route is entirely forested upto Adimaly at the foothills of Munnar. Munnar is well written about so I wont add more here. From N'mangalam you can also take the road along the Lower Periyar catchment along the river with dense jungles on both sides interspersed with plantations and very little traffic. Seasonal waterfalls add to the scene. Pretty birds and huge butterflies flit about the entire route. This road goes to Cheruthoni where you can enjoy a tasty Kerala meal at any small restaurant. You can also see the Cheruthoni dam and proceed to Idukky passing the famous Idukki Arch Dam, open to the public only at Onam time. The road goes on to the picturesque spice plantations of Kattapana, Vandanmedu, Puliyanmala, Annakara and then to Kumily [Periyar Tiger Reserve]. Chellarkovil near Annakara is also a picturesque place to spend some time with its spectacular views of the plains and mountains of neighbouring Tamil Nadu. The Maraiyoor Chinnar area, closer to Munnar is also an excellent but under rated place to explore.

Food, sight-seeing and shopping: Excellent tasty veg and non veg Kerala cuisine is available at every small restaurant at exceedingly low prices, fresh, hot, and much better than what is offered at resort hotels. Shopping: Spices and masala, aromatic soaps - try unusual vanilla fragrance soap, good quality leaf tea - Kolukkumalai BOP is the best, strawberry jam, beautiful thick coir baskets or different rubber baskets made from old truck tyres, Kerala mixture etc. Sightseeing: Periyar Sanctuary activities, Prehistoric Dolmens [Muniyaras] at Kovilkadavu nr Marayoor, Spice plantations - Valley View at Chellarkovil was the best, Chinnar WLS with guided trek to Thoovanam falls, Munnar and all its famous falls and sights, Tea estates, Pambadum Shola reserve forest at Top Station etc. Avoid the over rated boring Tea Museum.

Activities & things to do: Great for light trekking with guide [compulsory] in lesser known places such as the Pambadum Shola rainforest, entry point at Top Station. Also at Chinnar WLS. The Muniyaras at Marayoor are also worth a visit. The Annakara region near Kumily is very picturesque and charming, Valley View spice plantations at the edge of the cliff offers spectacular views at a very cheap cost. Just walking along the plantations at Vandanmedu and Puliyanmala is also most rewarding. Apart from the usual Munnar area sights.

Travel tips, How to reach, travel warnings etc: Hire a private taxi with driver for the entire trip, it is worth it as you will always have transport when you require. Convenient airports are Nedumbassery at Cochin, Coimbatore and Madurai. Angamaly or Aluva nearest rail heads from the Cochin side. Very safe area so just the usual precautions required. Everyone in Kerala is aware of the benefits of tourism so they are all very courteous and friendly to visitors.
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Siraj Mandayippurath

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"Vagamon - the number you are trying to reach is not reachable..."

  • Posted Jan 12, 2007
As the title says, never complain if you are out of range and not reachable - coz that I believe is the best way to get closely in touch with mother nature. A typical hill station thats quite easy to get to, with loads of options of varying tourist groups, activities to keep you engaged for almost a week - thats just a little that Vaagamon can offer for you. If you've decided to get here with your friends or family, you could just go on enjoying their company for ever with nothing else to disturb... probably a good place for honeymooners with a low budget too!

Food, sight-seeing and shopping: The place has a lot of options for sight seeing - Pine Forests, Suicide Points (an attraction at almost all destinations that are probably higher than a 3 storey apartment!), Bald Hills (a place for you to have a go at your adrenaline rush with your cars or bikes) and loads of private lakes where you could do rowing, boating etc...

Activities & things to do: The best way to go about this would be to hire a guide who can drive... Most of these people have their own Mahindra jeeps and is a great vehicle to do some cool sight seeing. We did some very cool drives on the hills around here, and had absolute fun, especially with the kids in the family.

Travel tips, How to reach, travel warnings etc: Vaagamon is in Kerala... So get to Cochin by flight, bus or train and hire a cab to take you to Vaagamon via kottayam.

In case you are driving yourself, the best vehicle to take you there is a Scorpio, Tavera or one of the 4X4s... I went in with my Baleno (a car well known for low ground clearance) and actually did not face too much of troubles...
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