Idukki, the second largest district of Kerala and beautiful High range district is geographically known for its Mountainous Hills and Dense Forests. Idukki district was formed on 26 January 1972.The district consists of Devikulam, Udumbanchola and Peermedu taluks of the erstwhile Kottayam district and Thodupuzha taluk (excluding two villages Manjallore and Kalloorkadu) of the erstwhile Ernakulam district.
Here are best places to visit in Idukki!
1. Idukki Dam
In the heart of the District lies the ‘IDUKKI DAM’ – Asia’s biggest Arch Dam of 555 feet height proudly standing between the two mountains – ‘Kuravanmala’ (839 meters) and ‘Kurathimala’ (925 meters ). This dam was constructed along with two other dams at Cheruthoni and Kulamavu. Together, the three dams have created an artificial lake that is 60 km² in area. The stored water is used to produce electricity at the Moolamattom Power house, which is located inside nearby rocky caves.
The tail waters flowing to Kudayathurpuzha through tunnel and open channel is diverted for irrigation purposes in the Muvattupuzha Valley.
Vagamon is an enchanting hill station located on the Idukki-Kottayam border and 1100 meters above sea, far way from the loud city culture, lush greenery and serenity to gift every visitor, Vagamon could be your quiet offbeat hill station in Kerala away from maddening tourist crowds.
Grass covered hills, velvet lawns and the cool mountain air make Vagamon a perfect holiday retreat.
Munnar got its name from the word Moonu Aaru, which means ‘three rivers’ in Malayalam. The hill station is situated at the confluence of Kundaly, Nallathanni and Madhurapuzha. This place offers you a refreshing break from the humid climate of the coastal part of the state.
The hill station of Munnar is located on the Western Ghat mountain range in Idukki district, Central Kerala. Idukki is a landlocked district bordering with the districts of Ernakulam, Kottayam and Thrissur and the Western Ghats mountain range in the east.
Munnar enjoys a temperate climate akin to that of an English summer. Summer temperatures hover between 15° C to 30° C and winter temperatures in the 0° C- 10° C range.
4. Thommankuthu Waterfalls
One of the best known waterfalls in Kerala state, Thommankuthu waterfalls is a great place to have a picnic surrounded by breathtaking scenery. The area is one of the major eco-tourism centres run by Government of Kerala in cooperation with the Forest Department of Kerala.
If you are a nature lover plus an adventure lover than Thommankuthu waterfall is a place you must visit. The waterfall is a beautiful seven-step waterfall offering pleasant weather. The cascade waterfall is located 20 km away from Thodupuzha, one of the major towns in Idukki district of Kerala and 74 kms from Cochin.
Ramakkalmedu is a hill station and a hamlet in Idukki district in the Indian state of Kerala. It is located about 15 km from Nedumkandom on the Munnar-Thekkady route. It provides a panoramic view of Tamil Nadu villages and towns. It is the proposed site for power generation using winds.
The place gets its name from the impressions of the feet found on the rock surface here, which is believed to be of Rama, the incarnation of Lord Vishnu, as told in the Indian epic Ramayana.
Ramakalmedu is noted for its verdant, cool hills and also for the panoramic and picturesque views of villages in the neighbouring state of Tamilnadu, which is towards the eastern side of the Western Ghats. A noticeably tall, pillar-like rocky structure, about 300 m high and facing east is another attraction here.
Tourist information offices:
DTPC Information Centre, Munnar Telefax: +91 4865 231516
Email: firstname.lastname@example.org, Website: www.dtpcidukki.com
District Tourist Information Office, Department of Tourism, Near Private Bus Stand, Kumily Ph: +91 4869 222620