Idukki is 97% of the forest cover and rocky terrains of hill in the district that lies at an altitudinal range of 750 m to 2000 m. ‘Idukki’ is Malayalam word referring to ‘a narrow gorge’. While Idukki is also known as the spice garden of kerala. Idukki is the second largest district in kerala. Its speciality lies in its arch dam which is the largest in the country, and the anamudi which is the largest peak in India after Himalayas. With land-locked district, Idukki is one of the most nature rich areas of kerala. This place is untouched by urban culture. You can enjoy nature at its purest form. The place is filled with rare orchids and interesting viewpoints.
Dotted with meadows, forests and hills, idukki with its natural beauty has won many hearts. If you are a nature lover and looking for a place where you can discover yourself, idukki in Kerala is the answer. The cascading waterfalls, pine forest, lofty green mountains, pristine lake all contribute in making your holiday in idukki a memorable one. Small water pools surrounded by the rich green of the fauna color of which is accented by the grey of sky make tourists think twice about their decision to return home after Idukki holidays. The evenings can be well spent watching the sun go down behind the mountains while you sip on some refreshing tea. Also there are a lot of natural hotspots like Illikal Peak, Poonjar Palace, Maramala Waterfalls in Vagamon and Meenachil River.
To-Do In Idukki
Idukki Wildlife Sanctuary is one of the famous tourist places in Idukki. Spread across an area of 70 sq. kms is situated at an altitude of 450 to 748 meters. The sanctuary occupies the forest land between the Cheruthoni and Periyar rivers, and is a natural habitat for several species of animals. Featuring a picturesque lake around the sanctuary, the whole region is covered by tropical, and evergreen trees. Timings of sanctuary is Monday to Sunday – 9 AM to 6 PM.
Idukki Arch Dam is Constructed across the hills of Kuravan and Kurathi. The Idukki Arch Dam stands tall at a height of about 550 ft. and is recognized as the world’s second and Asia’s first arch dam, the massive Idukki Dam can be witnessed in all its glory on the Periyar river. The natural beauty surrounding the dam is breathtaking and is one of the most popular places to see in Idukki.
Kalvari Mount is a must-visit and one of the most beautiful tourist attractions in Idukki. Offering charismatic views of the gorgeous landscape that stretches from the Idukki Reservoir to the famous Ayyappancoil, your visit to Idukki is totally incomplete without visiting the Calvary Mount Viewpoint.
Thommankuthu Waterfalls located at a distance of 25 kms from the town, is one of the well-known places to visit in Idukki. An awe-inspiring seven-step cascading waterfall gushing down from a height of above 300 feet and with a pool at each level, it is one of the best Idukki tourist places to get up and close with nature, and to enjoy a bit of trekking as well.
Ramakkalmedu is a beautiful tourist place with green hills all around, Ramakkalmedu is undoubtedly one of the favorite Idukki destinations which also popular for its trekking trails. The view point atop the hill is the highest point in this area which can be reached by a small trek of 3 to 4 kilometers from Ramakkalmedu Junction.
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Where To Stay
For Solo Travelers : There are lots of hostels and houses in the area to stay and enjoy Thekkady.
Agoda.com lists hostels starting from just 500RS.
Vaishali Heritage by agoda home is nice sharing villa at affordable price of 800rs.
Eco Adventure Camps is nice luxury tent for camping situated at great place and nice environment. With price of just 1000rs.
For Couples : Honeymoon in the laps of nature is in trend in that case idukki is one the best place to offer so.
Misty Mountain Plantation Resort Situated about two kilometres from the well-known Valanjamkanam Waterfalls, Misty Mountain Plantation Resort houses is an affordable spot to stay during your visit at Idukki. Among the best resorts in Idukki, it is enveloped by lush green surroundings housing with price around 6000rs.
Saj Vagamon Hideout Located at three-thousand feet sea level up in the overwhelming Western Ghats, this resort is constructed with the use of mud and stone basis the traditional architecture style. At your stay here, the ambience will make you feel like you are at your home, your village and that’s really natural and much-appreciated.
For Family: Idukki is great place to visit with family. Oyo rooms Offers a great deal and great hotels with starting price from just 799rs. While Ayursakthi Riverdale Resorts and Elixir Hills Suite Hotel and Spa are some of popular hotels in the area.
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How To Reach
Kottayam and Ernakulum railway station are the nearest railway station connecting to major cities all over India. While Cochin International Airport is the nearest airport with flights connected to all major Indian cities and abroad.From there you can go by bus operated by Private operators and Kerala State Transport Corporation. Or you can also book taxi or cab from the station. I personally think zoomcar is the best option.
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