Idukki is a district created in 1972 in the state of Kerala. It is one of the most nature rich areas of Kerala and remains untouched by commercial tourism. The district is known for its dams and hydroelectric power plants over the numerous rivers that flow through the area and the rich forests that are home to indigenous flora and fauna. Unlike popular hill stations and tourist places of Kerala, Idukki is still relatively unknown to a lot of people, which is why it packed with many places to visit and experience. Let us look as some of the top places to visit in Idduki–
1. Idukki Arch Dam
The Idukki Arch dam is known as the first in Asia and the world’s second largest arch dam spreading over a height of 550ft. The dam was built over the Periyar River and between two mountains. The dam generates a lot of the electricity of the entire state. Tourists must visit this monumental dam that has gathered worldwide praise and applaud.
2. Thoommankuthu Falls
The Thoommankuthu Falls has been named after a person called Thomman who fell into the waterfall while trying to cross the river. The waterfall is known as the seven step waterfall because it has seven water cascades and pools. The whole area has a number of caves and rocks that is considered as a great spot of adventure activities like rock climbing and camping.
3. Idukki Wildlife Sanctuary
The Idukki Wildlife Sanctuary is spread over 77 sq.km and has a reservoir formed by three dams namely, Cheruthoni, Idukki and Kulamanu. The sanctuary is home to a variety of endangered flora and fauna including the famous elephants of Kerala. The sanctuary is a must visit for travellers wanting to see nature as its best.
4. Hill View Park
The elevated area provides a panoramic view of the area below where elephants can be seen in their natural habitat. The park is situated next to the Idukki arch dam and the Cheruthony dam. The complex also has a natural water body which has boating facilities as well as an herbal garden and a children’s playground.
Nandukani is the perfect place for a small picnic in the day. The area is on a hilltop that offers a view of the area below and nearby districts. There is a two storyed pavilion as well that makes it easier to take in the view and enjoy a meal out in the open.
6. Thattekad Bird Sanctuary
The Thattekad Bird Sanctuary was established by a renowned ornithologist and is home to 500 different species of rare and endangered birds. The sanctuary is located inside dense forests and evergreen trees that spread over 25 sq.km. The tributaries of the Periyar river flows through the area and provides water for the animals and birds. It is a great place to visit to see animals like leopards, bears and porcupines as well as the birds.
7. Kalvari Mount
The Kalvari or the Calvary Mount is located on the way to Kattappana and is on a mountain top that provides a beautiful view of the Idukki reservoir and villages down below. The view is breathtaking as one can also spot elephants in the forests and tea gardens on the periphery. The view point that this place offers is a must visit.
Idukki is a small peaceful place that has been untouched by the commercial tourism sector and therefore provides the kind of luxurious experience that one can get from staying as near to nature as possible. The place yet to be discovered and that is why it makes a beautiful place for a family vacation or even a honeymoon. The serenity of the place is simply out of the world and the natural waterfalls and man-made dams make the perfect combination for you to experience. Idukki district of Kerala has a lot to offer and is waiting to be discovered by you!