THE UNSPOILT NATURE
Located in the southern part of Kerala, Idukki is a landlocked district spread over an area of 5019 sq. kms. Blessed generously by Mother Nature, Idukki tourism has spotted diverse travel attractions like wild life sanctuaries, hill stations, spice plantation centres and mountain treks.
Idukki district was formed on January 26, 1972 carving out Devikulam, Peerumedu and Udumbanchola taluks from the erstwhile Kottayam district and Thodupuzha taluk from the erstwhile Ernakulam district. The name 'Idukki' is supposed to be derived from the Malayalam word `idukku', which means a narrow gorge.
At an altitude of 750 to 2500 m above sea level the landscape at Idukki is scarred by the rivers Periyar, Thalayar and Thodupuzhayar. The name Idukki is derived from the word idukku meaning à narrow gorge' in Malayalam. The low green hills at Idukki make way for the meandering rivers to gurgle past its slopes. A sprawling 1500 sq. m area at Idukki is taken up by Idukki Wildlife Sanctuary which is home to an amazing range of wildlife. The Idukki district notably supplies about 66% of Kerala's power consumption. The hydroelectric project at the Idukki Dam offers a sizeable contribution. This dam is the world's second and Asia's first Arch Dam.With its aroma of its famous spices and the moist green hills Idukki is ready to get you drunk with its abundance.
Idukki wildlife Sanctuary
Idukki arch dam
Waterfalls at Keezar Kuthu
There are a host of luxury and budget hotels at Idukki to suit your purpose. Some of the hotels are:
Taj Garden Retreat
How to Reach
Idukki is very well connected via road to other places in Kerala and outside. The NH 49 and state highways 13 and 33 pass through the district. The nearest rail and air terminal is at Madurai 140 km away.
Undertake excursions to the sanctuary for wildlife viewing
Enjoy elephant rides
If you visit the place at winter carry woolen garments