Idukki Tourism

Idukki Tourism

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  • State: Kerala
  • Famous for/as: Jungle
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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Saheen Ahzan

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  • Saheen Ahzan
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  • 5 Reviews
  •  2 helpful votes
  •  251 readers

"Mother nature at her best!" new review

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted 1 week ago
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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Arun Mathew

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  • Arun Mathew
  • Lives in Kottayam
  • 2 Reviews
  •  4 helpful votes
  •  306 readers

"Panchalimedu - One of the cool place for refreshing yourself"

  • 5.0/7
  • Posted 2 months ago
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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  • Ajmal Rafeeq
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  •  8 helpful votes
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"Unexplored beauty, awesome destination"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted 2 months ago
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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  • 189 Reviews
  •  177 helpful votes
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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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  • Amal Paul
  • Lives in Mojokerto
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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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  • Amal baby Dada
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  • Lives in Indore
  • 9 Reviews
  •  19 helpful votes
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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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  • 3 Reviews
  •  38 helpful votes
  •  12828 readers

"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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  •  10 helpful votes
  •  8297 readers

"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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  • Veena Gopalarathnam
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  • Lives in Bangalore
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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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  • 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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