Idukki Tourism

Idukki Tourism

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Idukki Info

  • State: Kerala
  • Famous for/as: Jungle
  • District: Idukki
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.

Idukki is one of the weekend getaway options for travelers living in Munnar and Valparai.

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Pritvi Kanchi

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  • Pritvi Kanchi
  • Lives in Bangalore
  • 232 Reviews
  •  513 helpful votes
  •  579102 readers

"A magnificent place to visit"

  • 6.5/7
  • Posted May 22, 2016
I had been to Idukki by road in February 2016. Idukki is a magnificent place to visit and stay in the tourism circuit of Kerala. The must-visit attractions around Idukki include Idukki Dam, Idukki wildlife sanctuary and the hill view park. Idukki dam is the world's second and Asia's first arch dam 550 feet high and 650 feet wide. The Idukki wildlife sanctuary spans 77 square kilometers and is located 450-750 meters above sea level. The Hill view park is spread over 8 acres of land and it has a natural water body at the top offering pedal boating facilities to tourists. The herbal gardens and children's play area are added attractions to this natural vista of beauty and grandeur. Even wild elephants can be occasionally spotted in the hill view park.
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Jaison Netto

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  • Jaison Netto
  • Lives in Kochi
  • 168 photos
  • 80 Reviews
  •  49 helpful votes
  •  296036 readers

"An amazing place"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted Mar 21, 2016
Idukki is such a wonderful place with lots of attractions. You wont be able to finish exploring this beautiful district so easily. Most of them are hill stations and water falls.

The important attractions based on my own raking is given below.

1. Ramakkalmede

2. Meesapulimala (Trek here is awesome)

3. Idukki dam

4. Thommankuthe falls

5. Peerumede

6. Kalvari mount

7. Panchalimede

8. Elaveezha poonchira

9. Anayirankal Dam Reservoir

The best thing about Idukki is that it is very rich with forest and the climate here is awesome. You can experience the chillness of the wild and the beauty of nature in all these places.

If you are planning for a trip to Kerala, Idukki is a great destination with lot of attractions.
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Sai Harsha

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  • Sai Harsha
  • 1 Review
  •  4 helpful votes
  •  1418 readers

"Lake city of south"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted Feb 26, 2016
Kerala full of water and green gardens. Mostly visit Kerala at winter & summer is excellent rather than in north of India. Food is mostly cooked with coconut oil. Totally Kerela is surrounded with water. Kerala is full of coffee gardens& spices production is richest part of indian states. Kerala mostly known for its boats racing in festivals.
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Saheen Ahzan

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  •  4 helpful votes
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"Mother nature at her best!"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted Jan 31, 2016
Idukki is the perfect getaway to enjoy the nature. There are many beautiful places to be explored here. Excellent climate. Tea Estates. Misty roads. Amazing people with kind and lovely nature. What more should a traveller need? I am so much in love with this place. One should definitely be here at least once in your life. There's nothing as Gold as Idukki.
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Prashant Narayanan

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  • Prashant Narayanan
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  •  3 helpful votes
  •  1461 readers

"Truly a natural beauty"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted Jan 16, 2016
It is a place you must visit in your life, it is such a beautiful place that you could never get this place out of your mind once you have visited this place. The climate here is just awesome, I love the steep hills and curvy roads here was truly an adventurous trip.
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Arun Mathew

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  • Arun Mathew
  • Lives in Kottayam
  • 2 Reviews
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"Panchalimedu - One of the cool place for refreshing yourself"

  • 5.0/7
  • Posted Dec 20, 2015
One of the cool place for relaxing as well as refreshing your mind. The best time to visit this place is during winter. The wind blowing on top of the hill makes a 100% refreshing feeling. Can feel the nature in perfect way. And the nearby places also looks so good. Can have a good drive for all crazy Drivers too.
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Ajmal Rafeeq

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  •  24 helpful votes
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"Unexplored beauty, awesome destination"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted Dec 8, 2015
For me idukki is one of the mist unexplored and lesser known tourist destination in Kerala. Its a heaven for adventure tourists nature lovers trekking and hiking lovers and much & much more.

Idukki is filled with dams. And idukki arch dam is one of the biggest arch dams in the world and its a must visit and it only opens on public holidays and cheruthoni dam and some other famous dams are there and near to it there is the hill top view park from where you can see the dam. Idukki dam is a damn must visit :) Kalvari mount is a beautiful view point place for you to relax and spent an evening walk in the lap of nature :)

Ramakkal is my favourite place in idukki and heaven of wind. Hell of windy at the top and its nothing else in there then you have to climb down the hill and enter through the opposite road and there you have to climb a 3 km long walk to top of the hill is just breathtakingly awesome and on top there is another huge rock and climbing it is one of the best experience ever :)

Its a must visit :)
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Joji Joseph

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  • Joji Joseph
  • Lives in Cochin
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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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