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State rank: 25 out of 39 Places To Visit In Kerala


Ideal duration: 1-2 days

Best time: Throughout the year (Read More)

Nearest Airport: Kochi (Check Flights)


"Eco-village in the western ghats"

Idukki Tourism

With remains of Chera dynasty, Vembolinad Kingdom, and European plantations in the later years, this rugged hill resort is best known for its wildlife sanctuaries, beautiful bungalows, tea factories, rubber plantations and forests.

Idukki's speciality lies in its arch dam which is the largest in the country, and the Anamudi, which is the highest peak in India, south of the Himalayas. Idukki is situated at the top of the Western Ghats surrounded by mountains. The arch dam built across the Kuravan Kurathi mountain is incredible and beyond description. Attached to this dam of 650 feet length and 550 feet height, two other dams are also there in Kulmavu and Cherunthony. This beautiful high range district of Kerala is geographically known for its rugged hills and dense forests.

The district headquarters of Idukki is located at Kuyilimala in Painavu. A land-locked district, Idukki is one of the most nature rich areas of Kerala. It is one of the districts in the state which has some wildlife sanctuaries and offers abundant scope for promotion of eco tourism if infrastructure facilities and proper promotional activities are provided. It is also famed for its spice production, tea plantations and rubber cultivation.

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Concealed beautifully in the superabundant and lush hills, Idukki (meaning a deep gorge in Malayalam) is a picturesque district flourishing between two rocky mountains of Kurava and Kurathy. This second largest district of Kerala is covered with 97 percent of dense forest and rugged mountains, along with an abundant diversity of flora and fauna. If you are a wildlife enthusiast or a green panther, Idukki is the place to be.

The Periyar Tiger Reserve, Chinnar Wildlife Sanctuary, Eravikulam National Park, and the Thattekad Bird Sanctuary are few of the must-visits of the destination. The quaint district has a lot to offer. Amidst bright tea gardens, clusters of lush green hills and misty valleys lie the famed Munnar Hill station- which once used to be the British Government's summer resort. The Nallathani Tea Museum can be one of the stops to find solace if you are a tea lover. Peermade, Mattuppetty, Grampa and Echo Points are the top tourist attractions of the district of Idukki one must not miss.

Local Malayalee cuisine found here is both vegetarian and non-vegetarian. The food in 'thattukadas' or small tea shops is especially tasty and will leave your taste buds with the most enjoyable experience.

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Day 1: Arrive in Idukki, head to visit the tea estates around the township in Munnar, experience and taste the different varieties of tea of which the town is famous for. You can also visit the Mattuppetty - which has a lake, a dam and a cattle station, 13 km away from Munnar township and take a tour of the surroundings in a boat ride.

Day 2:
You can opt for forest trekking or wildlife related activities near the mountain slopes of Grampi, Echo point, and Eravikulam National Park. Experience the exciting bamboo rafting, leisure cruise in Periyar. Later indulge yourself in rejuvenating ayurvedic massages to shed off the stress.

Day 3: Idukki can also be called as the "Rain's own country" because the tremendous amount of downpour it witnesses throughout the year. Hence, it is a major sight seeing for plenty of waterfalls that one can soothe his soul with. You can visit Chellarkoil, Rainbow, Thommankuthu, Thoovanam, Cheeyappara and Valara Water falls in and around Idukki.

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  What's Great?

Spice gardens and Species Plantations. Mountain Trekking. District Tours. Escape resorts. Wildlife Sanctuaries. Elephant rides.

  What's not so Great?

Monsoons are unpredictable and extensive. Zero flight connectivity, the railway network is not closely connected.

For Whom

Idukki is amazing for people who are nature lovers. An ideal destination for trekking enthusiasts, family vacations, group travellers, friends, and couples looking for a romantic destination. 

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  • Kgees - Hill Town Hotel

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How to Reach Idukki

Being densely covered with rugged mountains and forests, Idukki is best reached by the excellent road network the State Board has to offer to its tourists. KSRTC, as well as Private run buses, oper... (Read More)

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