Idukki Tourist Places
Idukki offers a diverse experience like wildlife sanctuaries, hill stations, dams, spice plantation tours, mountain treks, elephant rides, etc. A lot of canals, backwaters, beaches, and lagoons along with its lush greenery made Alleppey a perfect destination to explore life and culture.
Suryanelli in Kerala is a resort town in the Chinnakanal village in Idukki district. Located at a distance of around 50 km from Munnar, Suryanelli is famous for its tea and cardamom plantations and stunning vistas of mountains, waterfalls and sunrise. The forest here is home to many endangered animals, including Nilgiri Marten, a native here
Vagamon is an Indian hill station and a revenue village primarily located in Peerumedu taluk of Idukki district Vagamon is a tiny plantation township in Central Travancore, Vagamon has an overtone of green. With a never-ending line of lush green hills, breathtaking ravines and meandering rivulets. A perfect tourist place situated 1200 meters above the sea level spot surrounded by the greenery of tea gardens
The Cheeyappara and Valara Waterfalls are among the best trekking locations in Idukki district. Many people come across these waterfalls on the way to Munnar and it is slowly turning into a tourist hotbed. Valara features a chain of waterfalls falling from a height of about 1000 feet and provide a magnificent view. These waterfalls are surrounded by lush, dense forests that are home to a variety of animals and birds
Panchalimedu is a hill station and view point near Kuttikkanam in Peerumedu tehsil of Idukki district in the Indian state of Kerala. On the Makar Sankranti day Situated almost 2,500 feet above sea level, Panchalimedu is one of the best modelled differently-abled friendly destinations in Kerala. The hike is rather an easy one and can be completed by elders and children. A rock-laid walkway takes one to the summit. There are many benches and some pillared halls en route to the hilltop. Bring your favourite book or people; sit back and relax in the misty meadows.
Pothamedu View Point
For adventure seekers, nature lovers, and hikers, Pothanmedu is a place worth visiting. It is known for its scenic environs, which offers a panoramic view of Munnar and adjoining valleys, soaked in the blanket of greenery. Though the place remains misty most of the time, but, 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 This stunning location is perfect for tourists, who love to view the refreshing plantations of coffee, tea, and cardamom and feel the serenity of the place with their eyes and body drenched in the glory of lush green valleys.
Thommankuthu is a waterfall located in Thodupuzha Thaluk in Idukki District of the southern state of Kerala The place is famous for its plethora of picnic spots. Trekking aficionados can avail of a local guide to lead them through the woods here. There are also boating and fishing options available in the area and this gives one a great view of the valley. It is indeed a pristine jewel that is slowly gaining the attention of our visitors.
Thumpachi Calveri Samuchayam
Thumpachi Calveri Samuchayam is situated 35 km from Thodupuzha in Idukki district of Kerala. It is a picnic spot also ideal for meditation, relaxation and watching the sunset.
If you are a lover of natural beauty, it is recommended to include Thumpachi in your itinerary. The place is ideal for picnics and outings with family and friends.
Vattavada is known as the market of Kerala, because they are in front of vegetable producing. The trekking routes to Vattavada are connected to many other important destinations in the area. A trek here can get you to other tourist favourites like Kodaikanal, Top Station, Mattupetty, Kanthaloor and Meesapulimala. People love walking these trails to soak in the beautiful natural vegetation. The locals are friendly and are always ready to help in any way they can.
Periyar National Park
Periyar National Park, also known as Periyar Tiger Reserve, is in the mountainous Western Ghats of Kerala, southern India. This wildlife sanctuary is home to tigers and a significant elephant population Apart from Elephants, the other animals can be found in the Periyar Sanctuary are, Wild Pigs, Sambar, Gaur, Mouse Deer, Dole or Barking Deer, Indian Wild Dog and Tiger. There are, now estimated counts of 40 tigers in the Periyar National Park. The major four species of primates are also found at Periyar - the rare lion-tailed macaque, the Nilgiri Langur, Gee's Golden Langur, Common Langur and Bonnet Macaque. Periyar is also being considered as the habitat of the elusive Nilgiri Tahr, which can rarely be seen but commends its presence.
Parunthumpara is a village in the Indian state of Kerala's Idukki District. It is a small scenic location near Wagamon en route to Peerumedu is a place famed for its pristine natural beauty. A trekker's delight offering a bird's eye view of an endless stretch of green forests and the landscape, Parunthumpara is a favourite of off-beat travellers. And if the sky is clear, the visitors can also get a view of the Sabarimala forests from here.
Power House Falls
Power House waterfalls at Munnar in Idukki district of Kerala, is situated on the way to Thekkady from Munnar cascades down a steep rock 2000 m above sea level.The water of Sita Devi Lake is believed to have healing powers. So does the waterfall. And as you stand by the falling water, you will feel relieved of all your stress. You can also take a dip in the small pool at the bottom of Power House Falls and relax.
Malankara Reservoir is an artificial lake, formed as a part of Muvattupuzha Valley Irrigation Project. It is located in Idukki District, on the Thodupuzha – Moolamattom road. Malankara is at a distance of 66 kms from “The Queen of Arabia” – Cochin City and 7 kms from Thodupuzha, which is the gateway to top tourist destinations like Munnar, Vagamon, Thekkadi, Idukki Dam, Peerumedu, Elaveezhapoonchira ,Thommankuthu waterfalls etc. Munnar is a hill retreat known for its picturesque landscape. Idukki which is famous for arch dam, wildlife sanctuary and also facilitates for forest visit and trekking. The proximity of these destinations will synergize the tourism potential of Malankara.
Mathikettan Shola National Park
Mathikettan Shola National Park is a 12.82 km² national park in Poopara village of Udumbanchola taluk in Idukki district of Kerala state. It is home to beautiful and rare animals like tigers, panthers, wild elephants, giant grizzled squirrel, flying squirrels, spotted deer and Nilgiri tahrs. The park abounds in snakes such asking cobras, pythons, vipers and rat snakes, turtles, crocodiles and lizards. The national park is a biodiversity hotspot and plays a vital role in safeguarding wildlife in the region. The terrain acts as a natural defense in the protection of the animals and protects their natural habitat.
Perched atop Nadukani, the mountains and the rivers seem like ancient beings, lying in deep slumber with a host of greenery on all sides as spectators. The bird’s eye view from this hill station in idukki and kottayamis sought out annually by people numbering into the thousands. Nobody wishes to miss out on the panoramic view of mountain ranges on one side and that of the River Muvattupuzha on the other. Gigantic rocks are your companions, over 3000 ft. above sea level, and it is a visual worth embracing at least once in your lifetime.
Idukki Arch Dam
The Idukki Dam, located in Kerala, India, is a 168.91 m (554 ft) tall arch dam. The dam stands between the two mountains – Kuravanmala (839)m and Kurathimala (925)m. It was constructed and is owned by the Kerala State Electricity Board. It supports a 780 MW hydroelectric power station At 167.68 metres, it is one of the highest arch dams in Asia and third tallest arch dam. It started generating power on 4 October 1975. Technically, the dam type is a concrete double curvature parabolic, thin arc dam.
Ramakkalmedu is a hill station and a hamlet in Idukki district in the Indian state of Kerala. The place is noted for its panoramic beauty and numerous windmills Reaching an astounding height of 3,500ft above the sea level, the Ramakkalmedu trek offers panoramic views of several hamlets of Tamil Nadu. Acclaimed as one of the most exciting trekking destinations in Kerala, the hill is also perched with historical statues of Kuravar and Kurathi. According to the legends, when Lord Rama was searching for Ravana, he stepped onto the Ramakkalmedu peak and thus it got its name!
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 The most attractive part of Mattupetty dam is its still water which reflects the tea garden around. You can engage yourself with water sport activities like speed boating organized by district Tourism Promotion Council of Idukki (Munnar) and enjoy the pretty natural surroundings of this beautiful dam. Adventure lovers also have options here like trekking in the Shola forest.
Meesapulimala is an Indian peak, the next south of the second highest peak of the Western Ghats on the Idukki District and Theni District border. Its peak is 2,640 metres above sea level. The name derives from its appearance from the southwest of a tiger with prominent whiskers Meesappulimala a destination for the highly adventurous is the second highest peak in the Western Ghats and a trekking trail via Rhodo Valley.
Pampadum Shola National Park
Pampadum Shola National Park is the smallest national park in Idukki district of Kerala in India. It is on the border with Dindigul district of Tamil Nadu The fauna includes several threatened, rare or endemic species. The numbers of rare and endemic species found were high when the extent of Shola forest is taken into consideration. The species Parantica nilgiriensis (Nymphalidae) which is restricted to some hills of South India and listed as threatened by IUCN was recorded to be highly abundant in the area. Besides this, other rare species include Libythea lepita, Pantoporia ranga, Rohana pariasatis, Zipoetis saintis and Jamides dalecto. There are about 14 species of birds, 9 species of mammals, 100 species of butterflies and 93 species of moths recorded from the Shola. The important animals found in the Park are elephant, gaur, leopard, wild boar, sambar and common langur.
Kalvari or Calvary Mount, one of the Idukki tourist places, is a mountain situated at a distance of 5 km from Idukki. The Kalyanathandu viewpoint on Calvary Mount offers stunning visuals of the serene waters of the reservoir between Kuravan and Kurathi Hills and the Idukki dam.The trekkers and travelers can take a break at the nearby Tea Factory that offers the finest tea. The path from the Viewpoint to the hilltop is very steep and windy and throws a gauntlet to the trekkers.
Kanthalloor is a village in Devikulam taluk of Idukki district in the Indian state of Kerala.It is a village nestled in the Western Ghats of India. Kanthaloor is famous for its wide variety of crops which are not seen in the other parts of kerala. It is the only place in South India where apples are grown. it also includes varieties of Orange, Strawberry, Blackberry, Plums, Gooseberry
Situated on the Thodupuzha-Puliyanmala state highway, Kulamavu Dam is a gravity/masonry dam on the Periyar river. The water stored in it was used for the production of electricity at the power house in Moolamattom. The 100 ft gravity dam built of concrete or stone masonry on the Periyar River stretches out between rocky mountains and forms 33 sq.km reservoir.
Ayyapancoil Hanging Bridge
A bridge that is one of a kind and attracts numerous tourists on a daily basis, the Ayyapancoil Hanging Bridge is one of the longest hanging bridges in Kerala During rainy season, the surroundings would be filled with water from idukki dam which is a visual treat to the tourists. A very nice holiday destination for families, friends, or even for single explorers. idukki district has much more unexplored destinations which is serene and blessed with ethic beauty.
Keezharkuthu waterfalls which is situated in Udumbannoor village in Idukki district is popularly known as Rainbow waterfalls. It is an ideal picnic spot and also a place for rock climbing, mountaineering This natural phenomenon can be observed throughout the year. People are informed on a visit here that the forest they are surrounded by has many a medicinal plant that has been used by its tribal inhabitants for centuries. It is naturally endowed with rock formations that make it ideal for a number of enthralling activities that include rock climbing, mountaineering, camping and trekking.
Kuttikkanam, is a hill station It is 3,500 feet above sea level and surrounded by lush green tea plantations. It is within the territory of Peermade. Kanjirappally and Mundakayam are the nearest towns the number of animals that can be spotted alongside the various species of fauna and the pleasant climate add to the positives of it
Located on the border of Tamil Nadu and Kerala, Chathurangapara is a hilltop viewpoint in the Idukki district of Kerala. This viewpoint is a nature lover's paradise. Surrounded by windmills, Chathurangapara provides a panorama of the entire Idukki hill station. While the viewpoint is open 24hrs of the day Exceptional landscapes and breathtaking views of popular places to visit in Idukki like Chathurangapara View Point will leave you mesmerized.
Eravikulam National Park
The Cheruthoni Dam, located in Idukki District, Kerala is a 138m tall concrete gravity dam. This dam was constructed in 1976 as part of the Idukki Hydroelectric Project along with two other dams Idukki and Kulamavu. The water impounded by these three dams of Idukki, Cheruthoni & Kulamavu has formed a single reservoir spread over 60 sq.km on a height of 2300 ft above Mean Sea Level. The Idukki Dam is a double curvature arch dam constructed across Periyar River in a narrow gorge between two granite hills and is the tallest double curvature arch dam in Asia.
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 The sound of gushing water, the mist, the white froth, and swirling waters at the bottom the waterfall add charm to the place. The 2 acres stretch of evergreen forests on the huge mountain lends enchantment to the waterfalls. The rocky terrain allures mountaineers and trekkers to a testing battle.
Anamudi, the 2,695-m high mountain which stands tall in the Eravikulam National Park is the pride of Kerala. It is the highest point in India outside the Himalayan Mountain Ranges. Anamudi, together with the Eravikulam Park, is home to one of the largest surviving populations of Asian elephants, Gaurs and the Nilgiri Tahrs. The mountain, covered with evergreen forests and inhabited by endemic flora and fauna and a vibrant avian life, is a paradise in the wild. The green forest is also the source of some large and scenic rivers in Kerala and the nearby State of Tamil Nadu.
Perched 7000 ft. above sea level, is break taking in the size and diversity of flora and fauna. A former hunting preserve of the British planters, the Park today exemplifies wildlife at its best. It was declared a Sanctuary in 1975 with the intention of protecting the indigenous population of Nilgiri Tahr (highly endangered mountain goat). However, in 1978, it was declared as a National Park considering it’s ecological, faunal, geomorphological and Zoological Significance. This is also the land of “Neelakurinji”, the flower that blooms once in twelve years. The Park is breath takingly beautiful and is easily comparable to the best of mountain ranges in the Alps. With the highest peak south of the Himalayas – the Anamudi, located here, nature enthusiasts have ample opportunities for trekking expeditions and wildlife spotting.
Hill View Park
Lush green park with a wide variety of flowering plants, pedal boating & views of the Idukki Dam. Located just about a kilometre from the Idukki city centre, the Hill View Park is set up approximately 350 feet from the Idukki dam. As the name suggests, Hill View Park is one such places in Idukki that offers spectacular views of the Cheruthoni and Idukki Dams.
Anamudi Shola National Park
The Park is surrounded by Eravikulam National Park, Pambadum Shola National Park, Chinnar Wildlife sanctuary, Mathikettan Shola National Park. It is supervised by Kerala Wildlife and Forest department and Munnar Wildlife Division, along with other National Parks and Sanctuary like Erevikulam National Park, Mathikettan Shola National Park, Chinnar Wildlife Sanctuary, Pambadum Shola National Park and the Kurinjimala Sanctuary
Anchuruli is an off beat destination near Kattappana. This is around 8km from Kattapana towards idukki township. This is a beautiful place for photography and to see sun set between 3.00pm - 6.00pm. The only drawback is no safety for the visitors to climb down to the tunnel view area and anybody can go inside the tunnel without any restrictions The water that comes from Erattayar River is used for the Idukki hydro-electric project. A tunnel which is 2 km long passes through Erattayar and Anchuruli carrying water to the lake. Though the tunnel is dangerous, it is a fun place to take a stroll at especially for all the adventure lovers.
Anakkara is a geographic area of around 50 square kilometres that spans across Vandanmedu, Chakkupallam Panchayats in the Udumbanchola Taluk of Idukki District. Anakkara is the administrative capital of Chakkupallam Grama Panchayat and Anakkara Revenue Village
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