Idukki is the District with high lands and mountains having High range forests and wildlife. The name Idukki is derived from the malayalam word ‘Idukku’ means narrow gorge. About 60% of the power in the state, is generated here. Is is the unspoiled natural queen of Kerala and tourist Paradise with high range varying from height of 2500 feet to 5000 feet above sea level. About 1500 square kilometer of the Idukki District is reserve forest The river Pampa originated from the mountain ranges of Idukki, consisting 14 peaks.
Kerala’s Major Hydroelectric Power Station Moolamattom is located at Idukki, the biggest in the state. The Idukki Arch dam – First Arch dam in India built in between two hills known as ‘Kuravan Malai’ and ‘Kurathi Malai’. There are 14 peeks exceeds 2000 feet. above sea level. This is the one amongst the two districts in Kerala which do not have Railway Traffic. The Major transportation is by Road.
|POPULATION||11,28,605 (2001 census)|
|ALTITUDE||2695 M above Sea Level|
|TEMPERATURE||Min 23 – Max 37.5|
Anamudi is the highest peak in South India having a height of 2695 Meter above sea leavel. This is the idle place for trekking.
This is a small town at the border of Ernakulam on the way to Munnar. There is a beautiful waterfall at the middle of the town and can be seen from every part of the town.
- Cheeyappara Waterfalls
Cheeyappara waterfall is at the NH-49 on the way to Munnar in between Adimaly and Neriamangalam. This is a beautiful waterfall cascading down from a height of 1000 feet.
The Cheruthoni is situated 3920 feet above sea level is the are between Idukki and Cheruthoni dams. The area is only accessible by Jeep. The Cheruthoni dam is 450 feet high and is the largest concrete gravity dam in Kerala and the Third Largest in India.
- Chinnar Wildlife Sanctuary
Chinnar Wildlife sanctuary is 60 KM from munnar situated at Udumalpet Road. It spread over around 94 square KM. It has wide range of animals including Elephants, gaurs, Sambar, Porcupine, Lion, monkeys etc and also some birds.
The Devikulam means pond of Goddess is situated around 7 KM from Munnar. It is a beautiful picnic spot having a lots of tea plantations. The lake here is believed to be the pond where ‘Sita’ the Wife of Rama bathed.
- Eravikulam National Park
Around 135 KM from Kochi accessible by road, upto Rajamalai then trekking, Eravikulam National Park supports largest population of Nilgiri Tahrs in the World. A wide variety of Plant population is seen here. The park itself spread around 100 KM square.
- Idukki Wildlife Sanctuary
The land between Periyar and Cheruthoni Rivers just above Cheruthoni Dam is the Idukki Wildlife Sanctuary. It is spread around 97 KM.There is a beautiful lake in the sanctuary.
This a big tea plantations here. There is lake called Kanadal Lake. This is an idle picnic spot having a Golf course inside.
Mattupetty is 13 KM from Munnar at an elevation of 1700 M. The Indo-Swiss project of cattle is located here where the green meadows, the exotic cattle and rose gardens attracts many tourists. The dam at Mattupetty is a nice place to visit
- Malankara Reservoir
This is an artificial reservoir built for Muvattupuzha Valley Irrigation Project. This is around 6 KM Thodupuzha idle for boating.
This is an evergreen forest on top of a 500 acres rock. The rock itself at an altitude of 4000 feet from sea level.
Marayoor means ‘Hidden Place’, the is rain shadow area of ‘Western Khat’. As the Marayoor situated at the Eastern side of Western Khat, there is vary rare chance of getting rain. The beautiful plane land is in the middle of huge rocky mountains. The main attraction is ‘Muniyaras’ – some caves at the rock believed to be used by the peoples of Stone Age. Another attraction is the Sandal Wood Forest and Govt.Sandalwood Factory. To enter into Sandal Wood Forest one should get permission from the Forest Department. Sugar Cain is the main crop here.
Munnar means three Rivers, Muthirapuzha, Nallathanni and Kundala . This one of the beautiful Hill Stations of India covered with Tea Plantations owned by Tata Tea Limited. This at an altitude of 1600 to 1800 meters above sea level. The highest peak in South India, Anamudi is here. Munnar was the favorite summer resort for Europeans for centuries during their reign. 140 KM from Kochi.
Mulamatton is 40 KM from Idukki. Here is the Power House of Idukki Hydro Electric Project.
Painavu is the Headquarters of Idukki District.
It is an altitude of 950 Meters is the idle place for Trekking, hiking and golf
- Thommenkuthu WaterFall
It is 28 KM from Thodupuzha, famous for numerous waterfalls. To enjoy the panoramic beauty the best way is to undertake a trek that takes one to the top of the mountains at steep uphill of 12 KM. The ‘Chitrakoodam’ project aims at installing essential and basic facilities here.
- Top Station
32 KM from Munnar to Kodaikanal Route this is the topmost point in Munnar
- Valara Water Falls
Nearby the Cheeyappara water falls this is another beautiful stream
20 KM from Peermade, Vandiperiyar is the Headquarters of Peerumedu Taluk. The town on both side of beautiful hillocks is connected by the bridge.
The Thekkady is the part of Periyar Wildlife sanctuary situated around the lake formed by the Idukki Arch Dam. This is the nice place to boat at the lake and at the same time one can watch the wild life in close vicinity. The species of animals, generally seen are Elephants, bison, antelopes, sambas, monkey and wild bear.
It is around 12 KM from Idukki situated 3125 feet above sea level. We can see distant Kochi, Alappuzha towns from here.
- Kudayathoor Malai
This is the idle place for trekking, is a picturesque hillock 7 KM from Malankara Dam Site. IlaveezhaPoonchira, 6 KM upstream is another haunt for picnickers.
This is around 25 KM from thodupuzha. The rainbow waterfall cascading down at a height of 1500 is the main attraction here. It is the right place for rock climbing, mountaineering and trekking.