|Idukki which is a landlocked district is blessed with nature’s beauty. The nature attractions in Idukki include hills, valleys, rivers and waterfalls. The hill stations here offer adventurous activities like trekking, elephant rides etc. There are extensive reserve forests which are rich in a wide variety of flora and fauna. The main hill stations in Idukki are Munnar, Devikulam, Chithirapuram, Mattupetti, Peermede etc. There are numerous waterfalls here and some of the main include Attukal falls, Cheeyapara falls, Chellarkovil falls, Nyayamkadu falls, Thommankuthu falls, Powerhouse waterfalls etc. The wildlife reserves in idukki are Eravikulam, Idukki wildlife, Chinnar and Periyar wildlife. These places are all attracted by a large number of tourists. The main places of interests in Idukki are given below.
Tourists Attraction :
Devikulam is a hill station in Idukki district. It is at a distance of 16 kms from Munnar. The word meaning of Devikulam is ‘the pond of Devi’. It is named so because the people believe that Goddess Sita arrived here and took bath in this lake. This hill is situated at a height of 1800 m above sea level.
Chithirapuram is situated in Idukki district at a distance of about 10 kms from Munnar. This is a hill town and is famous for the tea plantations here. Chithirapuram is on top of the Sahyadri. It is here that the Pallivasal Hydel Power Project is located. This hill station is a very beautiful place that can attract a large number of tourists.
Mattupetti is a hill station situated in Idukki district at a distance of 13 kms from Munnar. It has a height of about 1700 m above sea level and lies in Western Ghat. It is well famous for its specialized dairy farm called as The Indo – Swiss Livestock Project. There are different varieties of cattle found here. The visitors can take a look at some of the cattle sheds in this farm.
Munnar is a very famous hill station which is located in Idukki district. It lies at the confluence of three mountain rivulets namely Mudrapuzha, Nallathani and Kundala. The word meaning of Munnar is “Moonnu” meaning three and “Aaru” meaning river. Since it is at a confluence of three rivers, it is called so. The mountains have a height of around 5000 to 8000 ft above sea level.
Peermede is a hill station situated in Idukki district and is at a height of about 915 m above sea level. This hill station was the resting place of the Travancore Maharajas. The area is greenery with the presence of tea, coffee, rubber and eucalyptus plantation together with the pine forests. The word meaning of Peermede is ‘The hill of Peer’. Peermede got its name from the Sufi saint Peer Mohammed who was an associate of the rulers.
Rajamala hill station is located in Idukki district and is at a distance of 15 kms from Munnar. It is located at a height of 2695 m above sea level. The Nilgiri Tahr which is an endangered species is found here. Tourists come here mainly to take a glimpse of this animal. People can get engaged in various adventurous activities like rock climbing, mountaineering etc.
Vagamon is a hill station that lies in the Kottayam Idukki border. It has a height of 1100 m above sea level. This comprises of three hills Thangal hills, the Kurisumala and the Murugan hills. All these three hills are dedicated to the three religions Muslim, Christianity and Hinduism respectively.
How To Reach :
By Air: Idukki is a district in Kerala. Decide the hill station you want to start your tour with. Most tourists prefer to stay at Munnar. Vagamon and Devikulam are also popular. The nearest international airport is at Kochi, approximately 80 km from Idukki. From Kochi one can either travel by bus or hire a cab. Travelers taking a connecting flight from Chennai can arrive through Madurai, which is around 125 km from Idukki and will take about 2.5 hours by road.
By Road: Idukki is well-connected by state bus services from all major cities of Kerala and neighbouring states. Idukki is well connected to Kochi by regular bus service, However, the buses are crowded and traveling with large luggage might be difficult. Better to hire a cab as they are comfortable; AC cabs are also available.
By Rail: The nearest railway station is Kottayam, 133 km away from Idukki. Buses, taxis and tourist cars can be hired from outside the station.
Climate Of Idduki : December to March are good times to visit as the temperature remains cool and pleasant, not exceeding 30°C. This time is ideal for enjoying water sports and local sightseeing.
Best Season: Oct - Feb
Summer 29 to 37°C, Winter 19 to 35°C