Idukki Tourist Places: Idukki is a district in Kerala, India. It is Kerala’s best kept secret and is waiting to be explored by you. The district is famous for eco-tourism and couples save it for their honeymoon trip. Replete in nature it has gushing waterfalls, wildlife sanctuaries, tea gardens, rubber plantations, and that’s not all, the highest peak of South India. It also boasts of the highest arched dam of India. Include some of the many Idukki Tourist Places in your itinerary on your unwind in Kerala. The town is a confluence of serene natural beauty and spine chilling adventure sports. Do read our article on St. Mary’s Island Udupi Travel Guide and Chelavara Falls Rappelling and Travel Guide.
|1.||How to Reach||2.||Best Time To Visit|
|3.||Dining and Restaurants||4.||Things To Do|
|5.||Idukki Tourist Places||6.||Nearby Places|
How to Reach Idukki:
The town is an offbeat hill station and has its own bus depot but no railway station or an airport. It’s nearest railway stations are Theni, Kottayam, and Cochin. The nearest airport is Cochin (Kochi) airport which is about 98 km. Taxi and buses from both Cochin and Kottayam ply regularly and road conditions are also good. Both KSRTC (govt buses) and private buses are available and KSRTC Buses are in very good condition.
Road network is superb around this place and thus it is best reached by buses or taxi. The district is well connected by nearby cities like Kottayam, Cochin, Munnar, Thodupuzha, etc through buses and there are various taxi service providers also. KSRTC buses are also a considerably good option. Idukki to Munnar distance is 36 km and Idukki to Thekkady is 60 km. Click for bus booking.
The nearest railway station to the town is Theni which is about 83 km away and other nearby railway stations are Cochin and Kottayam which are 100 plus km away from the district. Other major cities are well connected to all these 3 stations with regular trains. All 3 cities are well connected with regular bus and taxi services to the town. Click for train booking.
The nearest airport to the town is Cochin Airport which is about 98 km away. You can catch a flight from almost any city to Cochin Airport. Regular buses ply from Cochin to the town and taxis are also easily available. It will take you about 3 hours to reach the town from the airport. Click for flight booking.
It is better to hire a cab as there are language constraints. Otherwise, buses and taxi are also available. But we recommend hiring a cab as it is hassle-free and comfortable. You can also walk to nearby places as it is the best way to experience the town life closely and also admire the beauty of nature thriving around.
TrueLinkz Opinion on How to Reach:
Take a train to Theni, Cochin or Kottayam and then reach the district via a hired cab which will take you through the town as well and drop you back at the respective city where you booked the cab from. This is hassle-free plus keeps your full focus on enjoyment.
Best Time To Visit Idukki Tourist Places
Idukki district is a hill station in the region of heavy rainfall. Also, it is situated at a height of 3937 feet, thus Idukki weather is pleasant round the year. Winters and Summers both are cool. But monsoon poses the danger of landslides and blocked roads so, it is advised that you do not choose the time of monsoon for your visit. Best time to visit Idukki is between October to May. Click here to know live weather.
Summer months are from March to May and the temperature during these months is about 24 degree Celsius in the night and around 36 during the day. Days are warm and nights are cool. So, where you would be needing sunscreen lotion in the afternoon, you would need light warm clothes at night. It is less crowded during summer months and this might be your chance to find some peace and solitude.
Paripally Gajamela is celebrated during this time, so if you happen to be around, do experience this colorful festival as decorated elephants take out a procession on this day.
Monsoons: Monsoon months are from June to September and the temperature ranges from 24 Degree Celsius in the night to 34 in the day. The western part of the town receives heavier rainfall than the eastern parts. Monsoon is a dangerous time due to landslides and higher water level at seashores, but many festivals like boat race still attract tourists during these months.
November to February are the winter months and the temperature depends on which part of the hill station we are talking about. The western part has cool winters whereas the eastern part of the hill station experiences temperatures as low as -1 degree Celsius.
The town is a witness to various festivals during winters, starting from ‘Ashtamudi Craft and Art Festival‘ that starts in end December and lasts till the first week of January then, Ernakulathappan Utsavam which is celebrated in last week of January.
Due to the mixed weather of the town, do remember to carry woolen clothes both light and warm types.
TrueLinkz Opinion on Best Time to Visit:
We suggest that you visit anytime between October to May, but the peak season in the hill station is from March to May. So, if you want a bit of solitude and can withstand cold then come during winters or summers till May are the ideal time. Avoid monsoon season due to danger of landslides and also, interruption in plans due to frequent and random rains.
Dining and Restaurants:
Food and dining are a must explore if you visit any destination. Both veg and non-veg food are available in the restaurants and good food can be found not only in restaurants but also in the many and cheaper ‘Thattukadas’ or small tea shops. Gorge on some South-Indian delicacies and you will never forget the taste. Some popular and good restaurants are:
- Sun Mount View
- Pappens Restaurant
- Malabar Village
- Mahaveer Veg Restaurant
Price: 400 INR for two
Address: Thekkady, 685 546, India
It is a nice place if you are traveling to or from the Periyar National Park. The menu is very diverse and you can find Chinese, Continental, and Indian variety. One of the special dishes is Ginger Lime Juice and you can order one of the many South Indian curries, they integrate coconut marvelously. The restaurant is spacious and beautiful.
2. Sun Mount View
Price: 400 INR for two
Address: NH 49 Second Mile, Madura Road, Cochin, Pallivasal, Mankulam, 685565, India
Although it is a multi-cuisine restaurant, the specialty of the restaurant is the Keralite food. It is located near Munnar city limit and is a must-visit if you want to taste some real good Keralite food.
3. Pappens Restaurant:
Address: Sh-43, 685602, India
The food is good and the fish curry is really good. It serves good Keralite food but has other options also to choose from. The restaurant is clean and is air-conditioned.
Address: A9, Mankulam, 20000, India
The restaurant is good and has good food but what makes it special among others is that it runs for a cause. It is an all woman-led restaurant and these women are war-affected and run this restaurant to support their lives. The aid comes from the US agency UNAID.
5. Malabar Village:
Address: Vengaloor Thodupuzha, Food Court, 685584, India
If you are longing for some Malabar cuisine then, do try this restaurant as it serves Malabar flavors very close to their authentic origins. Chicken Biryani is a must-have if you happen to drop by the restaurant.
6. Mahaveer Veg Restaurant:
Address: Kalinivas Building, Main Road, Munnar, 685612, India
It is a pure vegetarian restaurant, so if you are searching for one, your search ends here. The place is a multi-cuisine restaurant but serves great North-Indian food. You can relish Sev Tamatar, Gujrati dishes, and parathas here.
Note: Check this site for restaurant reviews.
Things To Do in Idukki Tourist Places
- Camping around the town
- Stay in Wooden Chalets at Misty Mountain Resort
- Tandem Paragliding to have a bird’s-eye View
- Trekking to Ramakkalmedu, Idukki and other places around the town.
- Camping around the town:
There are many scamping sites near the town where you can enjoy short trekking and enjoying round the bonfire. Almost all national parks, sanctuaries and peaks have camping facilities.
2. Stay in Wooden Chalets at Misty Mountain Resort:
Now a resort this place was home to the Queen of Travancore. These wooden chalets at a height of 2500 to 3500 feet are an ideal way to explore the beauty of the mountains that are actually misty and lush green. The property is huge and you can explore the nearby tea factory. Just enjoy a nature walk and fishing here and there is also a viewpoint from where you can admire the godly setting of the place.
Note: There is a facility of Jeep Safari but they charge extra for it but you can get it complimentary if you book the resort for two nights.
3. Tandem Paragliding to Have a Bird’s Eye View:
Tandem Paragliding is one of the best adrenaline rushing sports. Paragliding is like flying without wings and just take off to land in the lap of nature. Experience nature at its best, especially in Vagamon, Kerala and what’s more, there is no need to worry as trained experts maneuver your glider. Just relax and enjoy the breathtaking views.
4. Trekking to Ramakkalmedu, Idukki and other places around the town:
It is one of the best short treks of Kerala and is just a single-day trek and lets you get closer to nature by every step you take. Trek to the top to see the historical statues of Kurathi and Kuravar. The peak is associated with a tale that dates back to the time of Ramayana. According to the tale: When Lord Rama was searching for Ravana, then he stepped on to the peak to look for him and thus the place got its name.
Almost all national parks, sanctuaries and peaks have trekking opportunities.
Note: Check this site for online adventure booking.
Idukki Tourist Places:
The district is an ultimate hill station for sightseeing. It has about 40 places to choose from for sightseeing and experience the vivid culture and the lovely natural beauty abounding in the district. So Idukki tourist places list is:-
|1.||Idukki Arched Dam||2.||Kulamavu Dam|
|3.||Malankara Dam||4.||Cheruthoni Dam|
|5.||Mattupetti Dam||6.||Idukki Wildlife Sanctuary|
|7.||Eravikulam National Park||8.||Periyar National Park|
|9.||Thattekkad Bird Sanctuary||10.||Hill View Park|
|11.||Anamudi Shola National Park||12.||Mathikettan Shola National Park|
|13.||Pampadam Shola National Park||14.||Anchuruli Waterfalls|
|15.||PowerHouse Falls||16.||Keezharkuthu Falls|
|17.||Thommankuthu Falls||18.||Valara Waterfalls|
|21.||Mangala Devi Temple||22.||Pothamedu View Point|
|25.||Shop at Painavu||26.||Thumpachi Kalveri Samuchayam|
|37.||Ayyapancoil Hanging Bridge||38.||Vandanmedu|
|39.||Palkulamedu||40.||Sita Devi Lake|
- Idukki Arched Dam:
Distance: 2 km from Arch Dam Bus Stand, 42 km from the district and Munnar to Idukki dam is 53 km
This is a man-made marvel and stands proud as the second-largest arched dam in the world and the largest in Asia. It definitely is the best tourist place in Idukki. The dam connects two mountains Kuravar and Kurathi hills and is over the river Periyar. There goes a legend around the dam that once two natives Kuravar and Kuarthi were caught watching Sita Mata bathing by Lord Rama. Lord Rama cursed them to become of stone on opposite banks of Periyar river, and only after pleading a lot he said that you will still be connected. Today the dam links both the hills.
The dam is 550 feet high and 650 feet wide. It generates a huge amount of electricity for the state.
Boat rides are available on the dam and make for a lovely tourist spot.
2. Kulamavu Dam:
Distance: 63 km from the town
Kulamavu Dam is one of the best Idukki tourist places. It is a power project funded by the Canadian Government and adds a lot to the state electricity production. The power plant associated with this plant is in the Muvattupuzha Valley. It has picturesque views of the landscape around and can be a good picnic spot.
3. Malankara Dam:
Distance: 43 km from the town
Malankara Dam forms part of a beautiful landscape and the main reason for its construction is irrigation. It also has a Malankara Reservoir or more commonly called Malankara Lake near it, which is an artificial lake dug to handle the water from the tailgate of the Moolamattom Power House. The dam forms a nice picnic spot as it has good boating and fishing facilities and thus is a good place to see in Idukki.
4. Cheruthoni Dam:
Distance: 7 km Arch Bus Stand and 43 km from the town
It is part of the three dams that constitute the Idukki Hydroelectric Power Project namely the Arch Dam, Kulamavu Dam, and Cheruthoni Dam. This is the third-highest dam in India.
The best way to experience these dams is to go on the two-hour boat cruise. Views from the boat cruise are enchanting and mesmerizing. The best time to take the cruise is at sunset or sunrise.
5. Mattupetty Dam:
Distance: 45.5 km from the town
Mattupetti Dam is located near Munnar and Anamudi Peak. It is another dam built for power generation and forms part of the Pallivasal hydro-electric power project. The dam also provides cool water sport opportunities like speed boating, motorboats, paddleboats, and rowboats. These activities are provided by the Idukki Tourist Promotion Council and thus the dam is an important Idukki Destination.
6. Idukki Wildlife Sanctuary:
Distance: 69 km from the town
Timings: Monday to Sunday – 9 AM to 6 PM
Idukki Wildlife Sanctuary is the best wildlife sanctuary in the region sprawling over an area of 77 sq. km. and the Idukki water reservoir forms a part of this sanctuary and is its lifeline. The sanctuary is the most beautiful tourist attraction in Idukki. Water reservoir itself is spread over 33 sq. km. and is the reservoir that forms parts of the three dams- the Arched Dam, Cheruthoni and Kulamavu.
The sanctuary houses a large variety of flora and fauna. It is dominated by tropical and evergreen trees. The diverse fauna includes Indian Bison, Wild Dog, Boar, Jungle Cat, Elephant, Bear, and Deer. There are several poisonous and non-poisonous snakes as well. The beautiful singing of many birds make the whole experience serene and they are Woodpecker, Black-Bulbul, Myna, Kingfisher, Jungle Fowl, Peafowl, and Laughing Thrush, etc.
7. Eravikulam Wildlife Sanctuary:
Distance: 46 km from the town
Timings: 7:30 AM – 4:30 PM
Closed February – March
Entry Fee: Indian: INR 90 (Adult), INR 65 (Children)
Foreign Nationals: INR 360
Eravikulam Wildlife Sanctuary also called Rajamalai Wildlife Sanctuary is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The wildlife sanctuary is home to the Neelakurinji Flower which blooms every 12 years and the last bloom was in 2018. Anamudi the highest peak of south India is located in the middle of the park.
The diverse variety of the fauna found here include Elephant, Indian Bison, Nilgiri Tahr, Nilgiri Langur, Leopard, and Atlas Moth (the biggest in the world). Eravikulam Wildlife Sanctuary is home to various epiphytic orchids and beautiful wild Balsams.
8. Periyar National Park:
Timings: 6:00 AM – 7:00 PM,
Night Safari after 8:00 PM
Entry Fee: Indians: Adult- INR 33, Child- INR 5,
Foreigners: Adult- INR 450, Child- INR 155
Distance: 61 km from the town
Periyar National Park is famous for its lush green beauty and flora-fauna diversity. Spread over 257 sq. km., it forms an important eco-tourism center and one of the best Idukki Tourist Places.
Various activities available at the park are Jungle Patrol, Border Hiking, Bamboo Grove, Bamboo Rafting, Periyar Tiger Trail, Jungle Inn, Jungle Camp, and Bullock Cart.
There are comfortable and economic accommodation facilities also. So, you can either just visit the park or stay here and enjoy various activities and take back a bucket full of photographs and memories. Either way, it is a heaven for nature lovers.
9. Thattekkad Bird Sanctuary:
Distance: 69 km from the town
Timings: Open all days from 7 am to 5 pm
Entry Fee: 10 INR
Thattekkad Bird Sanctuary is heaven for bird watchers and bird lovers and is an important tourist destination in Idukki. If you are or you are not one of them, do flock to this bird sanctuary set up by Dr. Salim Ali himself. He is a renowned Ornithologist. This sanctuary houses over 500 rare birds like Bee-Eater, Black-Winged Kite, Jungle Fowl, Shrike, Falcon-Grey, Sun Bird, Ceylon Frog Mouth, Night Heron, Blue- Winged Parakeet, and the list just does not end. And that’s not all there are many animals and reptiles that call this place home.
10. Hill View Park:
Distance: 44 km from the town and half a kilometer from Arched Dam
Timings: Open all days from 9:30 AM to 5:30 PM
Hill View Park is another beautiful location the arched dam cluster of destinations offers. It is a natural garden which offers sightings of Bison, herds of Elephants, and deers and gives a panoramic view of the water reservoir that supports the Arched Dam, Cheruthoni Dam, and Malankara Dam. The herbal park and children’s park make the place more engaging and a great place to see in Idukki.
11. Anamudi Shola National Park:
Timings: 7:30 AM to 4:00 PM
Entry Fee: For Indians: Adults – INR 90 ; Children (age 5-12) – INR 65
For Foreigners: Adults and Kids – INR 360
Anamudi Shola National Park is one of the best eco-friendly Idukki Tourist Places. This park spread in about 7.5 sq. km. Like all the parks in the vicinity, it has diverse flora and fauna. It is one of the largest Shola forest eco-systems present in India. The National Park has about 60 species of trees, 175 species of shrubs and herbs, more than 76 species of rare birds, over 200 species of moths, and 100 species of colorful butterflies and that’s not all there are reptiles too.
You can also arrange for a trek here and visit the waterfalls and rivers inside the park.
12. Mathikettan Shola National Park:
Distance: 27 km from Ithe town
Timings: November to March
Entry Fee: For Indians – INR 40; For Foreigners – INR 500
Mathikettan Shola National Park was initially set up for Cardomom Plantation but was converted to a National Park in 2003. It is situated between the Eravikulam National Park and Pampadam National Park. Mathikettan literally means ‘mind-confuser’ and the apt name is attributed to the local belief that one who enters the forest loses its path. In many instances, it has also been seen that elephants get separated from there herds, get confused and tend to get stuck.
13. Pampadam National Park:
Time Required: April – September
Timings: 6:00 AM to 6:00 PM
Entry Fee: INR 65 – INR 250
Distance: 72 km from the town
The Pampadam National Park translates to the forest where snakes dance. Truly so, the forest has many reptiles thriving in it and the population mainly consists of Cobras and Pythons. It has more than 100 species of Butterflies and 93 species of moths. The park has many species of rare birds, fauna, and flora. It is one of the Idukki unexplored places.
There are several opportunities for trekking and the trek is a short 3 hours. Ideal for a close-talk with nature without tiring yourself much. Timings are from 6:00 am to 11:00 pm and 3:00 pm to 6:00 pm.
14. Anchuruli Waterfalls:
Distance: 44 km from the town
Timings: 6:00 am to 6:00 pm all days
Entry Fee: No Entry Fee
Anchuruli Waterfall is a surreal location and offers beautiful views of the semi-evergreen forests. There is a tunnel built in the British times which is about 4 km long and carries water from Erattayar river to Idukki water reservoir. This makes a nice waterfall when the flow is strong and is an off-beat place to see in Idukki.
If you are adventurous enough you can take a walk in the tunnel but mind the flow of water. There are about 5 trekking trails in the area which you can opt for.
15. PowerHouse Falls:
Distance: 33km from the town
Timings: 24 hours open
Entry Fee: No Entry Fee
These falls are situated on the way from the town to Thekkady. They fall from a tremendous height of 2000 meter above the sea level and are another of Idukki unexplored places.
16. Keezharkuthu Falls:
Distance: 30 km from the town
Timings: 24 hours all days
Entry Fee: No entry fee
It is an offbeat Idukki tourist place and thus less crowd can be seen here. They are reachable by an easy 2 km trek and cascade down from a height of 1500 meters above sea level.
The place is considered best for rock climbing, mountaineering, and camping. Flock to this destination and enjoy a serene and peaceful natural setting.
17. Thommankuthu Waterfalls:
Distance: 25 km from the town
Timings: 24 hours every day
Entry Fee: Child- 5 INR and Adult- 10 INR
Thommankuthu Waterfalls Idukki is a set of seven waterfalls that form a milky cascade and are a bewitching sight. They fall from a height of 300 feet and pass through lush green forests. Trekking through caves and hamlets of tribals, fishing, rock climbing, and bathing in summers are some of the activities that make the falls a great Idukki tourist destination.
18. Valara Waterfalls:
Distance: 50 km from the town
Timings: 24 hours all days
Entry Fee: No entry fee
Valara waterfalls are an enchanting scenic beauty and form a chain of waterfalls. Falling from a height of 1000 meters it can hypnotize you by the lush green forests that surround it and the rich flora-fauna diversity they flaunt. A perfect place for love birds, photographers, and adventure lovers.
Adventure activities like trekking and rock climbing can be observed here for the adventurous soul.
19. Cheeyappara Waterfalls:
Distance: 52 km from the town and en route to Valara Waterfalls
Timings: All time open
Entry Fee: No entry fee
Cheeyappara waterfalls are a magnificent sight that differs it from other waterfalls in the state. It can be easily spotted from the road and is great for taking photos. On the opposite side is a valley which engulfs all the water from the fall into itself.
These falls form a seven-step cascade and are surrounded by lush green forests that are great for small as well as longer treks and nature walks and are a nice tourist destination in Idukki.
Distance: 79 km from the town
Paruntuhmpara is a village that is nestled a bit down the SH-19, is a beautiful getaway. It is called Parunthumpara as it is named after the famous rock here that resembles the bird parrunth (an Eagle), and ‘para’ means a rock. This beautiful place is a new finding as a tourist spot in Idukki and there are less or no options for eating, so carry your own food and drinks. It is a trekkers paradise with some lovely treks around to the various temples nearby.
21. Mangala Devi Temple:
Distance: 69 km
Timings: All day during Chitrapournami Festival (April/May). Otherwise, prior permission from forest rangers is needed.
Entry Fee: Free
Mangala Devi Kannagi Temple is situated in the forests of Periyar Tiger Reserve and is based on a legend. The legend goes like- A devout woman named Kannagi`s husband was unjustly executed by the Pandiyan king, so Kannagi gave a curse of ill fate and destruction to the Pandiyan Dynasty. So, the king had this temple formed about 2000 years ago. The temple commands high reverence among locals and is only approachable by jeep for the last 12 km.
22. Pothamedu ViewPoint:
Distance: 35 km from the town and 5 km off Munnar India
Pothamedu Viewpoint Idukki offers one of the best views of extensive Cardomom, Coffee, and Tea plantations. A perfect picture pose is all you need to ink the place in your memory forever. The Idukki tourist place is also great for a romantic sunset or sunrise among the greenery all around.
You can also see the Arched Dam from the viewpoint on a clear day.
Distance: 48 km
Meesapulimala Idukki is the second highest peak of South India, it is also a UNESCO World Heritage site and a great Idukki Tourist Place. It is a lovely place filled with innumerable Rhododendrons, tea plantations, and small streams that often break into waterfalls. Meesapulimala is an ideal trekking trail in Kerala, there are 3 options for treks available and the base camp is Rhodo Valley or Silent Valley. The trek is a one-day beautiful trek and is quite easy. There are complete packages that are easily available here which include food, stay, and trekking guide.
24. Anamudi Peak:
Distance: 46 km
Timings: 8:00 am to 4:30 pm
Remains closed from February to March.
Entry Fee: Included in the entry fee to Eravikulam National Park.
Adults: INR 90; Children: INR 65;
Foreign Nationals: INR 370
The crown jewel of Kerala, it is the highest peak of South India. It also boasts of being home to the highest number of Asian Elephants in India. Anamudi or Anai Mudi literally translates to ‘Elephant’s Forehead’. The peak is within the limits of Eravikulam National Park.
It is a good trekking opportunity for the adventure enthusiasts and don’t you forget to look out for the Neela Kurinji flower that blooms once every 12 years.
25. Shop at Painavu:
Distance: 45 km
Entry Fee: None
Painavu is located at a height of 3900 feet above sea level and is within the Idukki Wildlife Sanctuary and a must-visit Idukki Tourist Destination. This commercially important destination is a shoppers paradise in the town. It can be reached through a car or by boat cruise from Cheruthoni Dam to Kulamavu Dam. Elephants come on roads in winter and monsoon which will enthrall you.
It is a hub for trekkers that want to unwind in the winding trails of the sanctuary.
26. Thumpachi Kalveri Samuchayam:
Distance: 33 km
Timings: Best during sunset or sunrise
Thumpachi Kalveri Samuchayam is a beautiful sunset/sunrise point and is your best deal for a long drive. It is a quaint little spot nestled on the Thodupuzha-Puliyanmala road.
Nandukani is a trekking trail, a picnic spot, and a great Idukki Tourist Place. Nestled at a height of 3000 ft, it has a double-story pavilion from where you can enjoy the view of the nearby districts, hills, and the river Muvattupuzha in the distance. You can also enjoy eating out in the open but do bring your food with you.
Distance: 83 km from the town and near Thekkady
Timings: Day time
Entry Fee: INR 25, Vehicle entry: INR 50, Camera: INR 25
Gavi, Idukki is a small village and an amazing eco-tourism model that has made its mark in the world. It is a must-visit tourist place in Idukki. The use of local population for conservation and tourism is ingenious. Road to Gavi goes through small streams and tea estates and a drive through these in the morning is a dreamy experience. It is also home to very rare flora. The only two Gopher trees in India are found in Gavi forests and various other endangered fauna species also call this forest home.
A great place for adventure lovers, it also gives opportunities for trekking, camping, and canoeing.
Distance: 46 km
Anakkara is a small village of just 50 sq. km. area and is famous for its beautiful sceneries, spice plantations, and waterfalls. Aruvikuzhi falls also called Chelarcovil falls are a must-visit if you are in this region and do try homestays here and get a taste of the local food and culture.
Paragliding and trekking options are also available for the adventurous soul.
Distance: 50 km
Situated near Thekkady, it is a small village known for its coffee and tea plantations and a good place to visit in Idukki. Do stop at the small tea shops that serve spice tea and filter coffee. They are the simplest pleasures and really cheap too.
Distance: 73 km
Panchalimedu is another village near the town and the village gets its name from a legend: It is believed that Pandavas stayed here during there period of exile. One of the caves here is believed to have the footprints of Bhima and a pond here is named Panjali Kulam, that is the pond where the wife of Pandavas, Panchali used to bath.
The climate here is cold and a refreshing breeze ruffles through you as you reach the place. It is said that even the sea can be seen from here when the sky is clear. The place is a good tourist destination in Idukki.
Distance: 58 km
Vagamon was found by the British as they found the place good for tea plantations and today this paradise finds its place in the National Geography Travelers’ ‘top 50 places to visit in India’. With serene beauty abounding every corner, it has plenty of waterfalls, valleys, and hillocks. Places to visit in Vagamon are St. Sebastian Church, Kurisumala Ashram, Parumthupara View Point, and Thangalpara Rock Formations.
It is also the spot for international Paragliding competitions organized annually. Other than that, trekking, mountaineering, and rock climbing activities are also organized.
Distance: 84 km
Kanthalloor is a village near the town and is known as Kerala’s Kashmir and Land of Fruits as rarely seen fruits like Passion Fruit, Peaches, etc are also grown here.
Places to visit here are the surrounding Anaimudi Shola National Park, the farms of Kanthalloor, Mannvan Shola Forest, Kurinjimala Sanctuary. Cure monastery is an Ayurvedic center to rejuvenate your mind, body, and soul.
Distance: 79 km
Vattavada is a beautiful village near the town and is known for its agricultural prowess. Various fruits and vegetables are grown here and the perfect climate is an aid for the farmers. It is fun to go around the farms and talk to farmers. Other places near Vattavada are Kurinjimala Sanctuary and Pampadam National Park which are a few kilometers away.
The best thing to do here is to walk in the farms and do buy some homemade wines and jams. Trekking is another available adventure sport. The region is rich in flora and fauna and home to the famous Neelakurinji flower. Do explore this offbeat tourist destination in Idukki.
Distance: 75 km
Kuttikkanam is a village in the district located at a height of 3500 feet and a nice tourist place in Idukki. This village is famous for its tea and coffee plantations that cover almost the whole of the village. The places to visit here include the Peer Hills that are located about 1 km from the village. Another attraction nearby is Parunthumpara or the Eagle Rock and the Valanjanjanganam Falls that are a strikingly beautiful and covered in mist.
Like all the hills here, there are trekking possibilities in the three nearby hills.
36. Kalvari Mount:
Distance: 5 km from Arch Dam Bus Stop and 42 km from the town
Kalvari Mount Idukki near Arch Dam and gives breathtaking views of the reservoir. It is advised that you walk the last part of the ride on foot as the road is in a bad condition and is slippery. The trekking path is steep and is ideal for some challenging trekking and is scaled by professional trekkers.
The hillock is an important Christian pilgrimage and the Good Friday and Lent celebrations are very grand and popular in the area and make it an important tourist attraction in Idukki.
37. Ayyapancoil Hanging Bridge:
Distance: 52 km
Ayyapancoil Hanging Bridge is an engineering wonder built between Kuttikkanam and Kattappana road is an Idukki destination. It is a suspension bridge and is near a lake. This is a less visited place and thus is unspoiled with commercialization and thus a nice place to find some solitude and be with nature.
Distance: 38 km
Vandanmedu is a hill resort nestled at a height of 4000 feet and is one of the biggest auction centers of Cardomom. Just unwind among the lush greenery and sweet smell of Cardomom mixed in the air. Engage in a trek or just walk by the farms, this place is a heaven for nature lovers.
Distance: 36 km
Palkulamedu is a peak near Arch dam and is one of the most attractive Idukki destinations. It is a nice trekking spot and the vehicles can take you only till the base camp. The trekking is enjoyable and rewarding as there is a freshwater pool at the top and the view is just beyond belief and you will never feel like going from the place. Do take some locals or guides as there is danger of wild elephants.
40. Sita Devi Lake:
Distance: 37 km
Sita Devi Lake or Devikulam is believed to be the lake where Sita, the wife of Lord Ram had bathed. This place is situated at a height of 5900 feet and thus it is misty and gives outstanding views of cloud-capped mountains and pine forests. The water of the lake is not only sacred but is also believed to have curative properties.
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The town is a marvelous hill station but it is surrounded by even more marvelousness. Surrounding areas like Munnar etc. are a treat to eyes and confirm the aptness of the title ‘God’s own Country’ given to Kerala. Some of them are:
Munnar India is the largest town of the Idukki district and is nestled at a height of 5000 to 8000 feet. Most of the tourist places have been covered in the article but if you plan to explore more of Munnar, then Munar famous places are Kundala Dam, Top Station, Nyayamkad Falls, Thoovanam Falls, Attukal Falls, and last but not the least the Tea Museum. Munnar is also the spice capital of the nation.
The best season to visit Munnar is between March to May. Munnar weather is always pleasant and Munnar meaning is ‘three rivers’.
Kodaikanal is also called ‘The Princess of Hill Stations’. Secured at a height of 7200 feet it is truly one of the best hill stations. Lofty cloud-capped hills, crystal clear lakes, valleys, and gushing waterfalls all combine to make this a heavenly abode. Not only the nature lovers call this place heaven but this is the hub of hippies too! There are many treks in and around the region. The main attraction is the Kodai Lake which is a 60-acre man-made lake. Coaker’s Walk which is nestled so high that it feels like a walk in the clouds and lastly do not forget to shop for some homemade chocolates here.
Kochi is a port city and is the financial capital of Kerala and is also known as the ‘Queen Of the Arabian Sea’. It is an important port since the time when Vasco-Da-Gama first set foot on India. Since then, first for Portuguese, then Dutch, and then finally the British took control of this important town. The city is one of the best places to visit in Kerala and is famous for its scenic beauty, backwaters, and traditional architecture. Famous places in the city are- Backwaters, Fort Kochi, Bolghatty Palace, Marine Drive, Mangalvanam Bird Sanctuary, Fort Kochi Beach, and the various churches, etc. It has an international airport so it is easy to reach.
Kumarakom is the most famous destination for backwaters in Kerala. It is a cluster of islands on the Vembanad Lake. You can stay in a houseboat here or take a houseboat or country boat cruise which lasts typically for two hours which is best taken during sunrise or sunset times. Other destinations include Kumarakom Bird Sanctuary, Kumaramangalam Temple, Vaikom, Pathiramanal Island, Aranmula, Vagamon, and Erumeli. It is a memorable experience as it offers various activities like yoga, meditation, ayurvedic massage, etc. This is also the place where annual boat race at Onam takes place where more than 1000 oarsmen take part and what not.
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So, this was all about the Idukki Tourist Places. Hope you found the article useful. Idukki district is one of the best places to explore for people of all ages. It is best suited for nature lovers and couples looking for a romantic vacation and it is a trekkers paradise and thus good for a vacation with friends or group travelers. What’s great about the district is its spice, tea, and coffee plantations and its beautiful treks and do not forget the Elephant Rides. But what is not so great is the connectivity via air and rail. Also, the rains are very heavy and unpredictable. But still, the beauty is worth it all. Do read our article on…