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Idukki Tourism

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Idukki is a district in the Indian state of Kerala. It was constituted on 26 January 1972, by splitting the district of Kottayam into two parts. Its division was earlier headquartered at Kottayam city, but moved to Painavu in June 1976. Idukki district lies amid the Western Ghats of Kerala. Though it is regarded as the second-largest district in the region, it has the lowest population density among the districts of Kerala, the urban population being higher than the rural.

Idukki is rich in forests and also known as the “Spice Garden of Kerala”. The name of the district is derived from the Tamil and Malayalam word idukku, meaning narrow gorge. Idukki has an area of Rugged mountains and forests cover about 97 percent of the total area of the district. The district consists of five taluks: Thodupuzha, Devikulam, Idukki, Udumbanchola, and Peerumedu. The district borders the Kerala districts of Pathanamthitta in the south, Kottayam in the southwest, Ernakulam in the northwest, and Thrissur in the north. Idukki also shares borders with Coimbatore, Dindigul, small parts of Tenkasi, Tiruppur, Theni, and Virudhunagar districts of Tamil Nadu in the east. Idukki is not connected to rail or air networks yet and is accessible only by road.

Anamudi and Meesapulimala, the two highest peaks in India south of the Himalayas, are located in Idukki district. Anamudi is situated in the Kuttampuzha Panchayat of Adimali Block in the Kannan Devan Hills village of Devikulam taluk. Thirteen other peaks in the district exceed a height of 6,600 feet. Periyar, Thodupuzhayar, Muthirappuzhayar, and Thalayar are the important rivers of the district. Idukki Dam, Asia’s largest arch dam, is located in the Idukki Township. The dam is located at the point where the Periyar flows through the gorge formed between two high and massive rocks known as ‘Kuravan’ and ‘Kurathi’.

Sightseeing Points In Idukki

Elite Itinerary Kerala Tourism Idukki Mattupetty Dam
Mattupetty Dam
Elite Itinerary Kerala Tourism Idukki Mattupetty Dam
Mattupetty Dam

Mattupetty Dam, near Munnar in Idukki District, is a storage Concrete Gravity dam built in the mountains of Kerala, India to conserve water for hydroelectricity. It has been a vital source of power yielding along with other such dams, huge revenue to the states. The large amount of perennially available water allows wild animals and birds to flourish. However salinity caused by irrigation and water-logging are of concern to environmentalists. Munnar is located near the confluence of the mountain streams of Muthirapuzha River, Chandu Varai River and Kundale River. The reservoir is also known to be one of the visiting grounds of elephants in the region.

Elite Itinerary Kerala Tourism Idukki Anamudi
Anamudi
Elite Itinerary Kerala Tourism Idukki Anamudi
Anamudi

Anamudi is a mountain located in the Indian state of Kerala. It is the highest peak in the Western Ghats and South India, at an elevation of 2,695 metres and a topographic prominence of 2,479 metres. It lies on the border of Devikulam Taluk, Idukki district and Kothamangalam Taluk, Ernakulam district. The name Anamudi literally translates to “elephant’s head” a reference to the resemblance of the mountain to an elephant’s head. Anamudi Shola National Park was declared as National Park in December 2003. The first recorded ascent of Anamudi was by General Douglas Hamilton of the Madras Army on 4 May 1862, but it is likely that there had been earlier ascents by local people. Anamudi peak is one of only three ultra prominent peaks in South India. It is also the peak with the greatest topographic isolation within India.It is the highest point in India south of Himalayas. Thus it is known as “Everest of South India”.

Elite Itinerary Kerala Tourism Idukki Eravikulam National Park (1)
Eravikulam National Park
Elite Itinerary Kerala Tourism Idukki Eravikulam National Park (1)
Eravikulam National Park

Eravikulam National Park is a 97 Square Kilometers national park located along the Western Ghats in the Idukki district of Kerala in India. it is the first national park in Kerala. Eravikulam National Park is administered by the Kerala Department of Forests and Wildlife, Munnar Wildlife Division, which also runs the nearby Mathikettan Shola National Park, Anamudi Shola National Park, Pampadum Shola National Park, Chinnar Wildlife Sanctuary and the Kurinjimala Sanctuary.

Elite Itinerary Kerala Tourism Idukki Cheeyappara Waterfalls
Cheeyappara Waterfalls
Elite Itinerary Kerala Tourism Idukki Cheeyappara Waterfalls
Cheeyappara Waterfalls

The Cheeyappara Waterfall is on the Kochi – Madurai Highway, between Neriamangalam and Adimali. It is in Idukki district, Kerala, India. The Cheeyappara Waterfall cascades down in seven steps. This is also a great place for trekking.

Elite Itinerary Kerala Tourism Idukki Pothamedu View Point
Pothamedu View Point
Elite Itinerary Kerala Tourism Idukki Pothamedu View Point
Pothamedu View Point

The Pothamedu Viewpoint is set amidst tea and coffee plantations and undulating hills. The vantage point offers a panoramic view of Munnar and adjoining valleys. It is a popular spot among trekkers, hikers and nature lovers for its pleasing scenic environs. If the atmosphere is clear, one can catch a glimpse of the Muthirapuzha River and Idukki Arch Dam, which is around 60 km away from Munnar. Adventure lovers can trek through the beautiful cardamom, tea and coffee plantations to reach this point. Pothamedu Viewpoint is a perfect place for visitors who love photography. They can click this small paradise from different angles to get breathtaking backdrop for awesome photos.

Elite Itinerary Kerala Tourism Idukki Tea Museum
Tea Museum
Elite Itinerary Kerala Tourism Idukki Tea Museum
Tea Museum

The KDHP Tea Museum is an industry and history museum situated in Munnar, a town in the Idukki district of Kerala in South India. Tata Tea Museum is its official name, but it’s also known as Nallathanni Estate where it is located, or Kannan Devan Hills Plantation Tea Museum.

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