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IDUKKI
The Spice Land of Kerala
 

Idukki Is One Of The Most Nature Rich Areas Of KeralaThe Kerala tour of incredible south India has enchanted the tourists from all over the world for its landlocked district of Idukki, for its mountain hills and dense forests that combinedly make Idukki tour as one of the most nature rich areas of Kerala. Not only this, Idukki is also regarded as “God’s Own Hideaway” because of its prime attractions hidden in its mountains, valleys, dams, forests, wildlife, orchids, streams, scenic points, trekking trails, sanctuaries, hill stations and lakes.

 
FACTS AND FIGURES
Area
2,642 Sq.km
Population
12,31,577
Best time to Visit
Septembet to May
Languages
Malayalam, English
STD Code
04863
Altitude
2,200 m above sea level
Temperature
Min 22.5C
Max: 37.5C
Rainfall
3265 mm
Animals
Elephant, bison, sambar deer, wild dog, jungle cat, tiger, wild boar etc
Snakes
Cobra, viper, krait and a number of non poisonous snakes
Birds
Jungle fowl, myna, laughing thrush, black bulbul, peafowl, woodpecker, kingfisher etc
   
 

Location:

In the geographical map of India the district of Idukki lies between 9 degree 15’ and 10 degree 21’ of north latitude and 76 degree 37' and 77 degree 25' of east longitudes. The district of Idukki is situated in the middle of Kerala and surrounded by the districts of Madurai to its East, Ernakulam and Kottayam to its West, Pathanamthitta to its South and Trichur and Coimbatore to its North.

 

Geography :

The Kerala district of Idukki covers an area of 5105.22 Sq.Km with unique topographical and geographical features. Some of its unique features include the coverage of 97% of the total area with mountains and forests and about 3% with a strip of middle land! As Idukki is covered with valleys, dense forests and steep hills, so the 14 peaks in the district with a height of 2000 meters have become the prime attractions of the tourists.

 

History:

The Kerala district name ‘Idukki’ is derived from the Malayalam word ‘Idukku’ which means a “narrow gorge” because it is situated between the two high massive rocks of "Kuravan" and "Kurathi". However, the history of Idukki can be traced back to the ancient time where the evidences of Paleolithic age and Stone-Age were found after an Archaeological excavation was conducted during the 1947-48. finally, the district of Idukki came into existence on 26 January 1972 which consists of Devikulam, Udumbanchola, Peermedu Taluks and Thodupuzha Taluk.

 

Forests and Wildlife Sanctuaries:

Idukki is famous for nature tourism where more than 50% of the area of the district is covered by forest of different types that include evergreen forest, semi-evergreen forests, moist deciduous forests, dry deciduous forests, grasslands and reservoir. The wildlife sanctuary of Idukki spread over 105 Sq. Km. along with three dams of Cheruthoni, Idukki and Kulamavu that cover an entire range of 33 sq km. Idukki wildlife sanctuaries are the source of attractions for its numerous kinds of animals, snakes and birds. Some of the famous wildlife sanctuaries of Idukki are Chinnar Wildlife Sanctuary, Periyar Tiger Reserve, Thattekkad Bird Sanctuary, Eravikulam Wildlife Sanctuary, Rajamala Wildlife Sanctuary etc.

 

Prime Attractions of Idukki :

Kerala tour is mesmerizing the tourist for ever charming destinations of cities like AlappuzhaIdukki Offers Diverse Attractions Like Wildlife Sanctuaries, Cochin, Idukki, and Trichur etc.; for its Ayurvedic holidays, Kerala backwaters, boat race, hill stations, temples, beaches, pilgrimages and many more. Idukki is one of the prime of attractions of the city tours of Kerala that are still untouched by the time where the peace of mind and tranquility is incomparable to any medication or calming drugs. The major attractions for which the travelers from all around the world make their trip to Kerala are Munnar, Devikulam famous for the fragrance of wild flowers and rare herbs, Kuthumkal Waterfalls a picturesque destination, Observatory hills is so beautiful as watching the heavenly bodies, Cheruthoni, Idukki Arch Dam is the world’s second and Asia's first arch dam, Marayoor is famous for the natural growth of sandal wood trees, Mattupetti is famous for verdant landscape houses, Top Station is an idyllic hill station on the Munnar-Kodaikanal Road etc.

Excursions :
Some other excursions around Idukki are Moolamatton which is 41 Kms from Idukki, Rajamala Wildlife Sanctuary is 15 Kms from Munnar, Mangaladevi Temple, Iravikkulam National Park, Thommankuthu famous for its numerous waterfalls and many other places to visit and explore.

 
Rivers and Lakes of Idukki :

Idukki Offers Diverse Attractions Like Wildlife SanctuariesThe Periyar, Thodupuzhayar and Thalayar are the important rivers of Idukki along with Devikulam, Eravikulam and Elaveezha Poonchira are three fresh water lakes in Idukki that attracted the domestic and international tourists to this spice land of Kerala.

 
Access
Nearest Airports Nearest Airports
Nedumbasseri 160 km
Madurai (Tamil Nadu) 205 km
Thiruvananthapuram 265 km
Kozhikode 315 km
Chennai (Tamil Nadu) 570 km
   
Rail  
Nearest Railway Stations Distance from Idukki
Kottayam 114 km (4 hrs)
Chenganachery 114 km (4 hrs)
Ernakulam 160 km (4 hrs)
Madurai (Tamil Nadu) 195 km (5.5 hrs)
Theni (Tamil Nadu) 60 km (1.5 hrs)

 

 

 


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