: Idukki is one of the 14 districts of Kerala state, India, created on 26 January 1972. This beautiful High range district of Kerala is geographically known for its Mountainous Hills and Dense Forests. For the people of Kerala, Idukki is always associated with Power Generation. About 66% of the State’s Power needs come from the Hydroelectric Power Projects in Idukki.
Idukki which lies in the Western Ghats of Kerala is the second largest district in area but has the lowest population density. Idukki has a vast forest reserve area; more than a half of the district is covered by forests. The urban areas are densely populated whereas villages are sparsely populated. Idukki is also known as the spice garden of Kerala.
Famous Places in Idukki: Hill-view Park, Kulamavu Dam, Idukki Arch Dam, Painavu, Nadukani, Anakarra, Keezharkuthu Falls, Periyar National Park, Thommankuthu Falls, Mangala Devi temple, Murrikaddy, Thumpachi Kalveri Samuchayam, Meesapulimala, Ayyapancoil Hanging Bridge, Malankara Dam, Valara Waterfalls, Anchuruli Waterfalls, Cheruthoni Dam, Panchalimedu, Ramakkalmedu, Anamudi Shola National Park, PowerHouse Falls, Mathikettan Shola National Park, Pampadum Shola National Park, AnaMudi Peak, Mattupetty Dam, Pothamedu View Point, Eravikulam National Park, Cheeyarappa Falls, Vagamon, Parunthumpara, Kanthalloor, Vattavada, Kuttikkanam, Kalvari Mount, Chathurangapara viewpoint, Suryanelli.
Hill-view Park: With spectacular views of the Cheruthoni and Idukki Dams, the Hill-view Park serves as a famous tourist destination of Idukki. One can also spot diverse wildlife in its belt natural habitat.
Kulamavu Dam: If you’re a hiking or trekking junkie, Kulamavu is a hill-station that offers the perfect terrain for an adrenaline kick. With some amazing trekking trails, the place is also adorned with equally enchanting surroundings.
Idukki Arch Dam: Built across the Kuravan and Kurathi hills at a height of about 550 feet, the Idukki Arch Dam is an architectural genius, for the rugged terrain along which it is built. The natural beauty surrounding the dam is breath-taking.
Painavu: This stopover to Idukki and Cheruthoni Dam is a shopper’s paradise. The place is famous for its local handicrafts, silk and beautiful local clothes.
Nadukani: Another hill station situated 25 km from Idukki, Nadukani offers a bewitching view of the mountains, Muvattupuzha River- a unique place in Kerala where three rivers meet, and many rare species of fauna are also found here.
Anakarra: A small village in the Idukki district, Anakarra is just about 50 sq. km in area. Situated approximately 18 km from Idduki wildlife sanctuary on the Kumily-Munnar state highway, this place is famous for its spice plantations and picturesque waterfalls.
Keezharkuthu Falls: Not very known, and hence with very little crowd, Keezharkuthu Falls is ideal for rock climbing, mountaineering and camp tracking alongside the water fall.
Periyar National Park: Famous for its Tiger reserves and thick vegetation, the Periyar National Park is a perfect place for nature buffs and wildlife lovers. However, the best way to explore this natural habitat is by safaris either on jeep or elephants.
Thommankuthu Falls: 17 km off Thodupuzha lays this captivating Thommankuthu Falls, which is a seven step waterfall cascading down to form a pool. The location is best suited for trekking and rock climbing. Besides, facilities for many other activities such as boating, horse riding and fishing are also available.
Mangala Devi temple: Located at an altitude of 1337 m above sea level, the Mangala Devi temple is a well known pilgrimage centre of the region. The temple is dedicated to a local deity Mangala Devi who commands great reverence.
Murrikaddy: Situated 5 km away from Thekaddy, Murrikaddy is a place best known for its tea and coffee plantations. Also, popular are its small tea-shops across the plantations that serve the royal filter coffee and the spiced tea.
Thumpachi Kalveri Samuchayam: A famous sun-set point, Thumpachi Kalveri Samuchayam is a popular spot nestled 35 km away from Thoddupuzha. It is one of the best places to go for a long drive.
Meesapulimala: The second highest peak in South India, Meesapulimala is an ideal spot for trekking. The starting point of the trek is either Rhodovalley or Silent Valley. After trekking for about 8 km from Rhodovalley, one gets to witness the grasslands, wildlife, rainforests, and small waterfalls.
Ayyapancoil Hanging Bridge: A bridge that is one of a kind and attracts numerous tourists on a daily basis, the Ayyapancoil Hanging Bridge is one of the longest hanging bridges in Kerala. The region surrounding the bridge is so captivating and pleasant that it makes this place a perfect getaway spot for a weekend or an unplanned holiday. The hanging bridge is very stimulating to watch and exciting to take a stroll on. An engineering wonder which also happens to be the least explored place, the area that surrounds the bridge is not visited by a lot of tourists thereby making it retain its natural beauty till date.
Malankara Dam: A gravity dam built across the Thodupuzha River, the Malankara dam supports the irrigation of the region and has been constructed to use the tailwater coming from the Moolamattom powerhouse. Situated near Thodupuzha-Moolamattom Road, the reservoir Dam is a very famous tourist spot. The dam remains open to the tourists throughout the year and is a perfect place for fishing and boating.
Valara Waterfalls: Situated between Adimali and Neriamangalam, Valara Waterfalls is one of the most enchanting and amazing tourist spots in this region. Valara which comprises of a chain of waterfalls surrounding by lush green forests which are home to a variety of animals and birds is situated 42 km away from Munnar. The flawless look, fabulous views and the gushing waterfall makes it a place definitely worth visiting. The Thottiyar hydroelectric project which is an upcoming project by the Kerala State Electricity Board is located very close to these waterfalls.
Anchuruli Waterfalls: Situated amongst the gushing locations in Western Ghats Land and providing an enchanting view of the semi-evergreen forests grasslands, Anchuruli Waterfalls is a surreal location definitely worth visiting. The water that comes from Erattayar River is used for the Idukki hydro-electric project. A tunnel which is 2 km long passes through Erattayar and Anchuruli carrying water to the lake. Though the tunnel is dangerous, it is a fun place to take a stroll at especially for all the adventure lovers.
Cheruthoni Dam: An ideal picnic spot situated in the Idukki District of Kerala, the Cheruthoni Dam being 138 m tall is the largest concrete gravity dam close to the Idukki Arch Dam. Constructed across the Periyar River, this third highest dam in the country was built in 1976 as a part of the Idukki Hydroelectric project along with two other dams namely Kulamavu and Idukki. The dam is looked after by the Kerala State Electricity Board and also rents out boats to engage in the two-hour cruise between Kulamavu and Idukki. On the way, visitors are spellbound by the beauty that this place offers and the enchanting views of the sunrise and sunset that one gets to experience from here.
Panchalimedu: One of the most exquisite hill stations in the Idukki district of Kerala, Panchalimedu provides an unearthly atmosphere with its specialty being the cold climate and refreshing breeze. The place is surrounded by a captivating set of hills which refreshes the mind and body of its visitors. If legends are to be believed, then the Pandavas came here and stayed at this place during the period of their exile which is how the place got its name. One of the caves here also bears the footprints of Bhima and a small pond known as Panjali Kulam situated here is the place where the wife of the Pandavas i.e. Panchali used to take bath.
Ramakkalmedu: An exquisite hill station situated in the Idukki District on the Kerala-Tamil Nadu state border and home to a number of attractions Ramakkalmedu is a must-visit attraction. Its name can be broken down into three words namely Ram, Kal, and Medu referring to Lord Rama, rock, and land. According to legend, this place was visited by Lord Rama while he was searching for his wife Sita who was kidnapped by Ravana, the king of Lanka. While his search was going on, he stepped on the tallest rock while looking for Sita which was named as Ramakkal and later came to be known as Ramakkalmedu.
Anamudi Shola National Park: Kerala’s breathtaking beauty has wooed travellers from all over the globe. Gorgeous beaches, meandering rivers, beautiful waterfalls, and exotic flora and fauna, Kerala has it all. Located in the Idukki district, along the western ghats of Kerala is Anamudi Shola National Park, a remarkable national reserve spread over 7.5 km square. The park is famous for its tranquil environment and biodiversity, preferred by thousands of travellers that flock in here to get away from the city life.
PowerHouse Falls: PowerHouse Falls is situated in Idukki in Kerala, 35 kms from Munnar. The waterfalls from a height 2000 m above the sea level. The waterfalls are situated on the way to Thekkady. The area around the waterfall is enclosed by tea estates and thick vegetation. It is said to be originating from Devikulam also known as the ‘Lake of Goddess’
Mathikettan Shola National Park: Located in the Idukki district of Kerala, Mathikettan Shola National Park is between other national reserve forests such as Eravikulam National Park and Pampadam Shola National Park. Established initially to encourage cardamom plantation, it was declared as a national park in 2003 to protect the environment, and it’s ecology, flora and wildlife. It now stands as a conservatory for wildlife and flora alike.
Pampadum Shola National Park: Located in Kerala, Pampadum Shola National Park is the smallest national park of the state with an area of 11.75 km square. The park is managed and maintained by Kerala Department of Forests and Wildlife. Owing to the spectacular biodiversity of flora and fauna, this park, along with the Westerns Ghats, and few other parks are being observed by UNESCO World Heritage Committee to consider them as a World Heritage Site nominee. Cloudy weather prevails throughout the year in the park, perfect for trekking and picnics.
Anai Mudi Peak: Often called the pride of Kerala, Anamudi or Anai Mudi Peak in Munnar stands at a magnificent height of 2695 metres above sea level. Literally meaning “Elephants forehead,” the peak is well known to be the home for the largest surviving population of Asian elephants in India. The peak itself is within the boundaries of the Eravikulam National Park, offering plenty of opportunities to explore to flora and fauna of the surroundings.
Mattupetty Dam: Mattupetty Dam is a strong gravity dam which was constructed for power generation and water conservation. Located in the Munar hills near the Anamudi peak, the dam is situated 1700 meters high. The green valleys and pleasant ambience surrounding make up for a captivating site. The reflection of the tea gardens into the water is the most beautiful part of the dam. Speed boating too is organized here by the Tourism Promotion Council of the district of Idukki. Other water sports organized include motor boats, paddle boats, and rowboats.
Pothamedu View Point: Pothamedu View Point, situated 5 km off Munnar, is adorned with stretching hills and lush green mountains. One can witness the spectacular wide views of tea, coffee and cardamom plantations of the area. It is an ideal place to witness beautiful sunrises and sunsets. Idukki Arch Dam which is about 60 kms away is visible from this viewpoint on a clear day.
Eravikulam National Park: Located a 45 – minute drive away from Munnar, the Eravikulam National Park houses a rich and diverse variety of flora and fauna and is a UNESCO world heritage site. Also known as Rajamalai Wildlife Sanctuary, this place was managed as a game reserve by the Kanan Devan Hills Produce Company before 1971. The control was taken over by the Karnataka Government in 1971, and it was declared a national park in 1978. Elephant, Nilgiri langur, Nilgiri marten, Atlas moth (largest in the world), lion-tailed macaque, small-clawed otter and a rare tiger or leopard are some of the main animal species that can be spotted here.
Cheeyarappa Falls: Located on the Kochi-Madurai Highway (National Highway 49), the Cheeyarappa Falls is an on-the-way tourist attraction. It falls between Munnar and Kochi, in the district of Idukki, Kerala. One of the largest waterfalls in the state (which is also known as God’s own country), the Cheyyappara Falls are a sight to behold. Cascading through seven tiers of stones, these falls are a force of nature that you can not only see and experience but dip your toes into and enjoy. The surroundings of the waterfall complement its opulent natural splendour. Evergreen forests stretch out for as much as two acres around the falls, making it an active adventure and trekking spot. Several species of exotic plants and animals can be found in the neighbouring area, enclosed in the casket of a dense forest.
Vagamon: 1100 meters above sea, far way from the loud city culture, lush greenery and serenity to gift every visitor, Vagamon could be your quiet offbeat hill station in Kerala away from maddening tourist crowds. If you are a forest lover, the first place you should visit in Vagamon is the Vagamon Pine forest, which is the major tourist attraction of this place. A very popular spot for movie shootings, Vagamon forest is actually a man-made forest which was created during the British era. The forest overlooks the entire Vagamon valley and is a beautiful place where you can go for a long walk, or just sit under a pine tree and breathe in the fresh mountain air.
Parunthumpara: Located in the Idukki district of Kerala, at an altitude of 1200m, Parunthumpara is a quiet scenic landscape that has been attracting visitors recently. ‘Parunthu ‘which in Malayalam means an eagle and ‘para’ meaning a rock, in essence, describes the natural terrain of Parunthumpara.
Kanthalloor: Kanthalloor is a beautiful village located in the Idukki district of Kerala. It is situated at a distance of 330 km from the state’s capital, Trivandrum. The town is peacefully nestled amidst the Western Ghats and is widely known for its picturesque landscapes and pleasant, salubrious climate.
Vattavada: Located in the Idukki district Vattavada lies in the rain shadow area of the Western Ghats. Experiencing a pleasant climate in the region around and in Vattavada varies in height from 4760 ft. to 8842 ft. above sea level. All these factors, coupled together, give Vattavada the perfect required conditions for the growth of various vegetables and fruits. With a wide variety of crops grown here, Vattavada is a unique tourist destination surrounded in lavish greenery and nature.
Kuttikkanam: Kuttikkanam is a hill station located in Idukki district of Kerala, India. It lies within the territory of Peermade. Located 3500 feet above sea level, it is famous for the tea and coffee plantations that grow in the area on a full scale. The green hills, the number of animals that can be spotted alongside the various species of fauna and the pleasant climate add to the positives of it.
Kalvari Mount: Located on the Kattapana – Idukki Road, Kalvari Mount is a popular hillock and a popular Christian pilgrimage site situated 5 km on the outskirts of the city of Idukki. Also known as Kalyanathandu, the vantage point is perched at a height of 20 m and boasts of scenic sunrise and sunset views to die for. Besides, you will be enthralled by the stunning panoramic vistas of the gorgeous valley below and also of the Idukki Dam. If you get lucky, you might also be able to spot herds of elephants bathing in the lakes below. The highlight of the mountain are its grand celebrations of Good Friday and Lent.
Chathurangapara ViewPoint: Located on the border of Tamil Nadu and Kerala, Chathurangapara is a hilltop viewpoint in the Idukki district of Kerala. This viewpoint is a nature lover’s paradise. Surrounded by windmills, Chathurangapara provides a panorama of the entire Idukki hill station. While the viewpoint is open 24hrs of the day, it is best to visit either around sunrise or sunset, when the sky and mountains merge with one another.
Suryanelli: Suryanelli in Kerala is a resort town in the Chinnakanal village in Idukki district. Located at a distance of around 50 km from Munnar, Suryanelli is famous for its tea and cardamom plantations and stunning vistas of mountains, waterfalls and sunrise. The forest here is home to many endangered animals, including Nilgiri Marten, a native here.