Idukki is the second biggest district of Kerala. It is considered to be the most beautiful district of Kerala with several alluring attractions. It is a perfect retreat for the tourists visiting Idukki as it has lush green vegetation, thick forests, sloping mountains, exotic wildlife, spice plantation along with rich flora and fauna.
It is also considered as a business hub because it produces large number of teak, sandalwood, rosewood and ivory etc. to export in various countries. Travelogy India will take you through the beautiful attractions of Idukki which include
1. Idukki Arch Dam
Idukki Arch Dam is built across River Periyar between Kuravanmala and Kurathimala hills (huge granite hills). This dam is the first of its kind in India and Asia, whereas second in the world. It is 43 km away from Moolamattom.
Timings: Open for public for 10 days during the Onam and the Christmas seasons
Fee: Rs 10/- per Adult, Rs 5/- per Child, Rs 600/- per person for 15 minutes of boating
2. Idukki Wildlife Sanctuary
Adjacent to the Idukki Arch Dam is located the Idukki Wildlife Sanctuary. It covers the forest area between the Cheruthoni and Periyar rivers. The sanctuary’s surrounding has a beautiful lake covered by tropical deciduous trees like.
One can also enjoy cruising through boat across the lake.
3. Hill View Park
A very popular tourist spot in Idukki is the Hill view park. This natural garden along with Cheruthoni and Idukki Dams offer a panoramic view. The park covers an area of 8 acres of land. It also has a water body atop hill, where pedal boating can be done.
The additional beauty includes children’s play area and the herbal garden.
Timings: 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM (All days of the week)
Entry Fee: Rs 10/- for Adults and Rs 5/- for Children
Majestic view of Idukki and Ernakulam districts can be seen from Nadukani. It is an ideal tourist Destination amidst nature. You can enjoy the view of enthralling blue mountains, towns and lakes.
The enchanting beauty of this place will remain in memory even after leaving the place.
In the Idukki district of Kerala, Marayoor is situated. It is located at a distance of 42 kilometers to the north of Idukki. Forests of natural sandalwood forests can be seen only in this place of Kerala.
6. Idukki Waterfalls
Idukki has many waterfalls to see. The important ones include Thommankuthu, Thoovanam, Cheeyappara and Valara Waterfalls. These waterfalls are must to see, during your visit to Idukki
7. Thattakad Bird Sanctuary
The Thattakad Bird Sanctuary was the first bird sanctuary in Kerala. This Bird Sanctuary is enriched with a variety of birdlife. Varied species of forest birds and water birds can be seen. It will be a treat for bird lovers.
Timings: 6:00 AM - 6:00 PM (All days of the week)
Fee: Rs 10/- per person, Rs 25/- per still camera, Rs 150/- per camcorder
8. Eravikulam Wildlife Sanctuary
Eravikulam National Park shelters the endangered Nilgiri Thar. This wildlife sanctuary is the first of its kind in Kerala. It also shelters rare species of birds, animals and butterflies.
Timings : 8:00 AM - 4.30 PM
Fee: Rs 15/- per head for Indians, Rs 200/- per head for Foreigners, Rs 5/- per head for children below 12 years and Bonafied students