Places to Visit in Idukki
Idukki, a district of Kerala, created on 26th January 1972. The name of the region arrives from Malayalam word Idukku. Earlier, the district headquarters were at Kottayam. It is one of the 14 districts that lies in the Western Ghats of Kerala. Second largest district but with the lowest population density, Idukki has a vast forest reserve area; out of which half of its is covered by forests. And, surprisingly, first ever district in India to get connected with a super-fast broadband system as a part of Digital India.
Out of all these details, here are some of the major locations that one can visit in Idukki.
Idukki Wildlife Sanctuary
This sanctuary extends over the Thodupuzha and Udumbanchola taluks of Idukki district, spreading over 77 sq.km and is about 450-748 m above sea level. The Idukki Reservoir formed by three dams – Cheruthoni, Idukki and Kulamanu – extends to 33 sq.km. The sanctuary is home to plenty of endemic flora and fauna like elephants, gaur, boar, deer, wild dogs, woodpeckers, kingfisher, myna, jungle fowl, black bulbul and so on.
The hills of Idukki may be ‘rain’s own country’ when we think about the amount of rain falling there. Violent downpour morphed into streams and cascades sparkle amidst mountainsides of verdant greens.
Waterfalls are in plenty. Major ones are Attukal, Chellarkoil, Nyayamkadu, Power House, Rainbow, Thommankuthu, Thoovanam, Cheeyappara and Valara Waterfalls. For waterfall fans holidays in Idukki can be a busy affair.
Hill View Park
True to its title it offers a panoramic view of a large area than one can experience from any high mountain park. Located adjacent to Idukki Arch Dam, the Hill View Park is a scenic spot with a twist- a vantage point for sighting elephants. The park also has an herbal garden and a children’s area. Spread over an area of 8 acres of land this aesthetically designed park has a natural water body at the hilltop and pedal boating facility is available here.
Nadukani is an ideal place for one-day picnickers. As the name indicates, this park offers a panoramic view of the large area of the same and nearby districts. A two-storeyed pavilion makes an ideal place for enjoying the landscape and beauty of nature.
Idukki Arch Dam
The amazing architecture of the Idukki Dam is what attracts people in the first instant. The dam, built across the river, and located between two hills is one of its kind in Asia and world’s second. Legend has it that these two hills were actually two tribals, Kuravan and Kurathy who were cursed by Lord Rama when they were caught watching Devi Sita bathing in the river.
The natural location with a cluster of hills and a lake in the middle is located 12 km from Munnar. As per legends, Goddess Sita took a bath here. So, the lake is named Sita Devi Lake meaning Goddess Sita Lake. The water of this lake is considered medicinal.
If you are excellent at fishing on the heights of a hill station, well, Devikulam Lake is a great choice around.
Right near Thekkady, and on the way to Kattappana lie Kalvari Mount or Calvary Mount. You can spot an elephant or two if you are lucky. Visitors come here to view beautiful views of the Idukki Reservoir as well.
This dam built along Panniyar River, another major tributary of Periyar is a famous tourism destination. Trekking is a favorite activity of tourists at Ponmudi Dam.
The waterfall is well known for its lush greenery and thick forests. The area is also famous for Ayurveda medicines. Activities like rock climbing, mountaineering and camping are also allowed here.
Ramakkalmedu or Ram + Kal + Medu is a popular hill station now. This place has a very tall rock that Lord Ram stepped on to search for Devi Sita after Lord of Lanka, Ravan, abducted her. If you sit here at dawn, you can enjoy mesmerizing views of the sun rising. Also, here is the statue of Kuravan and Kuratthy, who were cursed by Lord Rama.
The scenic waterfalls near Thodupuzha have a dark past. People say there was once a tribal named Thomman who fell into the waterfall, hence the name. The most curious thing about the waterfall is that it is a seven-step waterfall. Adventure tourism is allowed here. Forest trekking and bathing are other activities.