One of the beautiful hill stations in Kerala, Idukki is full of tourist attractions including valleys, wildlife sanctuaries, spice plantations, trekking trails, etc. it mainly consists of high ranges and valleys crisscrossed by three rivers: Periyar, Thalayar and Thodupuzhayar. Also the river Pamba has originated here. According to legends, Idukki was a historical place in the Chera Dynasty in the bygone eras. In 1877, John Danial Manroe, a British planter, had leased the place for planting and agriculture. Today, Idukki is a popular tourist destination in Kerala. Here is a short list of the places to visit in Idukki which our Kerala holiday packages can include based on your preferences.
Painavu is a popular tourist hill station in Idukki district of Kerala. At a 53km drive from Munnar, Painavu is a summer retreat with a hill resort and a wildlife sanctuary at an altitude of 3900 feet above ground. This tourist place in Idukki is easily accessible from Kochi and Munnar.
Idukki Dam on the Periyar River is one of the places to visit in Idukki district. The 550 feet high and 650 feet wide dam has serene and green surrounding where you can inhale breaths of fresh air. The place bears a reference to the mythological story of Ramayana. When Sita was bathing there, Lord Rama caught two natives staring at her and cursed them. The natives were converted into stones on two sides of the dam. Boating facility is available there. Our Kerala travel packages can flexibly be customized to include Idukki Dam on your insistence.
Ilaveezha Poonchira in Idukki is one of the most beautiful places to visit in Kerala. This scenic valley sprawls across thousands of acres around three hillocks: Mankunnu, Kudayathur Hill and Thonippara. Situated at an altitude of 3000 feet from sea level, Ilaveezha Poonchira is popular for sunrise and sunset. Trekking is a popular indulgence in Ilaveezha Poonchira valley where a dam and a waterfall are some of the tourist attractions.
Idukki Wildlife Sanctuary
Idukki has got a must visit sanctuary for wildlife lovers and photographers. Close to Idukki Arch Dam, the sanctuary is situated at a height of 450-748 meters between the Periyar River and the Cheruthoni River. The Idukki Reservoir is located within the sanctuary. Established in 1976, the Idukki Sanctuary is landscaped by mountains and hills. If you choose to visit this place, we will customize a Kerala tour package for you.
The natural beauty of Kerala is best enjoyed at waterfalls. Thommankuthu Waterfalls is one of the beautiful things to see in Idukki District. It is a seven step cascading waterfall falling from a height of 300 feet. The most beautiful thing is that there is a pool at each level. Surrounded by picturesque hills, Thommankuthu Waterfalls is an embodiment of nature. There are trekking trails around the waterfall.
You can choose to visit Vandanmedu on the way between Thekkady and Munnar. 34 km away from Idukki, Vandanmedu is a hilltop place at an altitude of 4000 feet. It is the largest and highest cardamom auction center in India. Guided cardamom plantation tours are available here. It is a most interesting thing to do in Vandanmedu. Frequent bus service to the place is available.
If you are looking to drink to the serenity of nature, visit Kalvari Mount in Idukki district. Also called Calvary Mount, this tourist place is known for offering gripping views of the Idukki Reservoir on one side. Tourists frequent Kalvari Mount to catch an eyeful of rural Kerala too. Yes, it is a must visit to catch panoramas of Kamakshy and Mariyapuram villages in Idukki.
There are several other places to visit in and around Idukki. You can choose from them and add to a Kerala travel package of your choice.