Do you ever feel like visiting a place which is famous for a legend associated with Hindu mythology? If yes, then you ought to travel to Devikulam. Located at a distance of around 10-12 kilometres from Munnar, it is believed that this is the place where Goddess Sita bathed in the celestial waters of Devikulam.
The sheer energy which you feel after visiting here is simply astounding. Moreover, it is also said that the lake has certain curative powers present in its mineral waters. Travelling to this place, you feel a kind of rush of nature’s beauty coming as a downpour in your thoughts which stimulates your imagination. The very name Devikulam is a conjunction of the word “Devi” meaning Goddess and “Kulam” meaning pond.
The history of Idukki district depicts no clear evidence about the Palaeolithic age. Apparently, some historians believe that the Kuzhumur, which was also the capital of the early Chera Empire is present today as well, which is in the form of Kumily Peerumade Taluk.
Coming on to the period of around 1100 AD, the place, Vempolinad was split up into Vadakkumkur and Thekkumkur and Karikkode in the Thodupuzha Taluk which had become the capital of the Vadakkumkur Rajas. The Vadakkumkar acted as a subordinate to the Perumpadappu Swaroopam for a very long period of time in history. It is believed that during this time, Thekkumkur was the all-powerful king. And perhaps, it was owing to this and throwing in some internal politics and jealousy that occasionally there were quarrels between Cochin and the Vadakkumkur Kingdoms.
During the 17th century, the Dutch East India Company saw that there was great potential in the growth of pepper as a cash crop. Thus, a formal agreement or we can say a treaty was signed on June 16, 1664, with the Thekkumkur Rajas on spices, cinnamon, opium. It is said that owing to this, that the Manavikramakulasekhara Perumal, the Pandya King had to immigrate to Kerala as a refugee. Then in the 15th century, the Poonjar Raja had acquired an extensive area of land which today forms a major chunk of the Idukki district. Then immediately, after the annexation of Thekkumkur and Vadakkumkur, the Poonjar Principality was also annexed and further given to Travancore in 1749-50.
People who like solace and want to relax under the immense greenery of nature would definitely be liking Devikulam. The Sita Devi Lake, the mountains in the backdrop, the vast sky are some major factors to visit this place.
Sita Devi Lake. It is believed that once upon a time, Goddess Sita bathed in this very lake. So, for history lovers, this is truly an amazing place to explore. Surrounded by majestic hills, this lake is truly a must-visit spot.
Pallivasal Falls. It is an excellent spot for activities like picnicking and sightseeing. These falls are an ideal place for those who are looking to get away from the chaos of city life to find peace and comfort under the immense sky.
Visit Thoovanam Falls. Located in Chinnar Wildlife Sanctuary, this is really an amazing place to discover. Interestingly, it is even visible from the highway which connects Udumalpet and Marayoor. Apart from this, it is more or less a perfect place for trekking and a mindblowing place to enjoy the sights of wild flora and fauna.
Visit Tea & Spice Plantations. Acres of these tea and spice plantations can be visited and enjoyed here. These are typically adorned with numerous exotic varieties of trees and if you love nature, then this is something which you would definitely like to explore. Moreover, rare varieties of fauna and flora can also be sighted in these spice gardens.
Onam. Celebrated as the annual rice harvest festival Onam falls in the month of Chingam on 22nd Nakshatra Thiruvonam as per the Malayalam calendar. These celebrations mark the beginning of Malayalam new year. Spread over 10 days, this festival is filled with a diverse range of activities like praying, shopping, folk dances, etc. Read More
Nehru Trophy Boat Race. A popular Vallam Kali (boat race in regional language), near the Punnamada lake, this event is known for its cultural significance. In this, colourful boats known as Chundan Vallams are made to participate against each other in a sort of fun yet thrilling banter. Conducted on every second Saturday of August every year Nehru Trophy Boat Race is really a magical experience to have and remember. Read More
Attukal Pongala. It is celebrated for a period of 10 days at Attukal Temple. During this festival, particularly on the ninth day, there is a huge gathering of millions of women who prepare divine food made of rice in earthen pots and offer it to Goddess of the temple. Hey did you know that it is also marked as the largest gathering of women on the planet by the Guinness Book Of World Records?
The winter season is generally a good time to visit and experience the beauty of Devikulam as compared to the summer season when the sun showers its scorching summer rays.
By Air. Cochin International Airport is the nearest airport situated at an approximate distance of around 150 km. Devikulam is very well connected with other Indian cities like Delhi, Pune, Mumbai, Chandigarh, Kolkata. Thus, travelling via air is a good option to travel to this place.
By Road. Devikulam is very well connected with other road networks. From places like Delhi, Pune, Chandigarh, Kolkata you will need to cover a distance of around 2,656 km, 1,238 km, 2,906 km, 2,252 km respectively.
By Train. The nearest railway stations are located in Kochi and Kottayam. Both of these railway stations are well-connected to major cities like Delhi, Bangalore, Kolkata. Some good options to travel here are Himsagar Express, Goa Express, Sabari Express, Netravati Express. After you deboard here, you would further need to cover a distance of around 150 km.