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Beautiful sunset view from the bridge

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Ayyapancoil Hanging Bridge

Ramit Batra
15th Nov 17

Thumboormuzhi athirapilly thrissur & hanging bridge

Thumboormuzhi athirapilly thrissur & hanging bridge  Video Review
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Ayyapancoil Hanging Bridge

Snehalata Jain
16th Nov 17

Good to visit if around

Good to visit if around  Video Review
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Periyar Tiger Reserve

Rupa kumari
4th Jan 17

Cheyapara water fall kerala

Cheyapara water fall kerala  Video Review
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Cheeyappara Waterfall

Hardik Patel
29th Nov 17

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Reasons to go to Idukki

1For its iconic Vaishali cave
For its iconic Vaishali cave

HolidayIQ Reviewer Ajmal Rafeeq shares, “Extraordinary visit and view; It was one of the best experience of my life, Idukki Arch Dam is the second biggest arch dam in Asia and it is worth. ...there are many caves here for us to explore.... we started walking back and reached half journey and from there we saw a road to the top. Nobody was taking that way so we simply decided to go through and we walked and reached the top and then only understood that there was a huge cave here which is known as Vaishali cave popular in the movies ... We stopped and it was dark and light at the end, we started walking when suddenly bats started moving around. There were like thousands of bats and we became scared

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2Kochi to Gavi
Kochi to Gavi

Distance: Approximately 170 km

Suggested Route: State Highways 5 and 8 and National Highway 183 

Gavi is in Kerala's biodiversity rich Idukki district. Florien, HolidayIQ reviewer, says, "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." 

HolidayIQ reviewer Anooj shares, “If you want to be away from the maddening crowd and unwind yourself under the canopy of tropical evergreen forests, we strongly recommend Gavi in Idukki District in Kerala. Entry to Gavi is highly restricted as it is a part of the Periyar Tiger Reserve in Kerala and prior permission from the forest department is required to enter Gavi.”

What to do: 

Trek Kalvari Mount 

Visit The Thommankuthu Falls which is named after Thomman, a tribal leader

Explore Thattekkad Bird Sanctuary

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Reviews (21)

Joji Joseph

Joji Joseph4.3/5

201 reviews

"land of mountains, dams, waterfalls and panoramic views"

Idukki is blessed by nature with mountains, lush greenery, waterfalls and is comparatively less polluted area which makes it a good picnic spot. We started from Cochin and the district starts from Thodupuzha and way to Idukki we covered the Malankara dam, Moolamattom Power house - the journey was by the side of the catchment area of the dam and then we climbed up the mountain through the zig zag road. From Nadukani Pavilion near Kulamavu we can see three districts of Kerala and proceeding through the forest came the Kulamavu dam, Chruthoni dam, and Idukki arch dam. Spent some time at the beautiful park beneath the Idukki dam, the climate was good, the gentle cool breeze and fresh air was refreshing. The reservoirs of the dams were almost full and the breathtaking scenery on the sides of the reservoirs was awesome. It was a oneday trip and we had to start back by 8. 00 PM and we have decided to go for a two days trip to visit the place again.

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  • "land of mountains, dams, waterfalls and panoramic views"
  • "land of mountains, dams, waterfalls and panoramic views"
  • "land of mountains, dams, waterfalls and panoramic views"
  • "land of mountains, dams, waterfalls and panoramic views"
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Pritvi Kanchi

Pritvi Kanchi4.6/5

266 reviews

A magnificent place to visit

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 wild-life 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 wild-life 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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Idukki Overview

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.

Photos of Idukki

Idukki Arch Dam, Idukki

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Raj Varma

Idukki Arch Dam, Idukki
Ramakkalmedu, Idukki

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Jaison Netto

Ramakkalmedu, Idukki
Ramakkalmedu, Idukki

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Jaison Netto

Ramakkalmedu, Idukki
Idukki Arch Dam, Idukki

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Vijay Anand

Idukki Arch Dam, Idukki

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