Idukki

Idukki is one of the largest districts in Kerala and derives its name from the term idukku. The word is of Malayalam origin and means “narrow gorge”. Idukki district came into prominence in the year 1972 on January 26th. The district of Idukki is formed by taking out three taluks from the then Kottayam district and one taluk from the district of Ernakulam. The three taluks belonging to the Kottayam district are named Peerumedu, Udumbanchola and Devikulam. From Ernakulum was separated Thodupuzha Taluk. Idukki in Kerala is primarily a hill station and well noted for two things- the extensive spice plantations and the various power projects that are established in the hilly terrains of Idukki. This district is an important supplier of electricity which amounts to nearly 80% of the production.

Leaving aside its natural beauty, Idukki is equally famous for the wildlife sanctuaries, Anamudi peak, the highest peak in Kerala, tea and rubber plantations and nature trails. A heaven for nature lovers, Idukki also boasts of having the highest arch dam in all of Asia.

Even touched by human hands, the essence of the natural beauty of Idukki remains unspoilt till date. A holiday spent here is sure to leave a deep impression on your mind. The calm surroundings, the aromatic smell of the fresh spices, the mountain breeze and over all the warmth of the people rejuvenates your mind and soul and leaves you asking for more.

How To Reach Idukki

The beauty of Idukki is something to be experienced in person. A distinct and quite large district in Kerala, Idukki has the blessings of Nature and in the real sense of the term. Cloud-covered mountains, streams, rivulets and dense green forests, many of which are cordoned off to form wildlife sanctuaries and national parks, make Idukki rich in diversity. Formed in the year 1972, Idukki has undergone a lot of changes but keeps the natural beauty intact. One of the prime districts in Kerala and rich in natural resources, Idukki is home to three main rivers namely Thalayar, Periyar and Thodupuzhayar.

Reaching this place in Kerala is convenient provided you are travelling by road. Options for air travel or rail travel is not available for Idukki. Idukki is served by National and State Highways. So if you are travelling by road, you have to follow either the National Highway number 49 or the State highways 33 and 13 to reach Idukki.

Idukki however can be reached from various other places where air and rail services are available. Tourists travelling by train can reach Idukki from Kottayam, Ernakulam, Madurai, Theni and Chenganachery. These are the nearby railway heads to Idukki.

However, if you are keen on availing a flight, then you can reach Idukki from Thiruvananthapuram, Madurai, Chennai, Nedumbasseri and Kozhikode.

What To See In Idukki

Mother Nature has blessed Idukki with an open heart. From dreamy hill stations like Munnar and Devikulam to lofty mountains, gurgling streams, valleys full of flowers and meadows filled with soft green grass, spice and tea plantations, the Idukki district in Kerala has it all. Idukki is located in Kerala and is termed as a landlocked district spreading over an area of 5019 sq kilometers. The power of Mother Nature is harnessed to fulfill all the urban requirements in this district but then also the charm and magic of Nature has remained invincible.

The entire Idukki district is demarcated into several protected areas which are developed into wildlife sanctuaries and national parks. Idukki therefore provides ample of opportunities to the visiting tourists to catch a glimpse of the diverse wildlife of Kerala. There is the Periyar Tiger Reserve in the southern part, Chinnar Wildlife Sanctuary to the North East, Anamudi Shola National Park and Eravikulam National Park in the north, Kurinjimala Sanctuary in the East, Thattekkad Bird Sanctuary lies in the west and the Pampadum Shola National Park lie to the south. All these notified areas are the best places to see the Tiger, elephant, Gaur, Sambar Deer, and Nilgiri Wood Pigeon in their natural habitat.

Other nearby attractions in Idukki consists of the Mangaladevi Temple and the Idukki Dam on the Periyar River.