One of the most nature-rich areas in Kerala with more than half of the area covered with forest, Idukki is a landlocked district of Kerala. Idukki is a rugged hill resort that is popular for its forests, wildlife sanctuaries, rubber plantations, tea factories, and beautiful bungalows.
The largest in the country, an arch dam across the Kuravan Kurathi mountain is Idukki's specialty that is 650 feet long and 550 feet high. The highest peak in south India and the Western Ghat, Anamudi is also located in Idukki. If proper infrastructure and promotional activities are provided, Idukki is one of the districts in the state that has abundant scope for the promotion of eco-tourism.
The best time to visit Idukki is between the months of November and February, during the Winter season. Owing to its pleasant weather and scenic beauty, it can be visited throughout the year. The weather of Idukki varies from one part of town to the other. The hill town receives heavy rainfall during monsoons in the Northwestern and Southwestern and parts and it remains moderate weather on the west of Idukki and a cold environment on the east part. In Idukki, the winters are mildly pleasant and chilly, and the months of March and May are moderately warm. The time period between June and September must be avoided as it receives heavy precipitation.
The Idukki District is characterized by a large migration of laborers from mainland Kerala and the neighboring state of Tamil Nadu. People came to this place to work in the plantations between 1890 and 1920 on account of the plantation. Due to the aftereffect of World Wars, More people migrated here between 1920 and 1930 on account of poverty. Because of the Pallivasal Hydro-electric Project, 1933-47 saw migration to a smaller extent. Constructed by the Tea Companies for their industrial use, the Pallivasala Hydro-electric Project of the State was the first hydroelectric project of Kerala.
The Hill-view Park serves as a famous tourist destination of Idukki as it offers spectacular views of the Cheruthoni and Idukki Dams. Wildlife enthusiasts can spot diverse wildlife in its best natural habitat.
Kulamavu is a hill station that offers the perfect terrain and an adrenaline kick to the hikers and trekkers. The place is also adorned with equally enchanting surroundings as it has some amazing trekking trails.
For the rugged terrain along which it is built, the Idukki Arch Dam is an architectural genius built across the Kuravan and Kurathi hills at a height of about 550 feet. The breathtaking natural beauty surrounding the dam draws numerous visitors throughout the year.
Nadukani is another hill station situated 25 km from Idukki that offers a bewitching view of the mountains. Apart from mountains, a unique place in Kerala where three rivers meet, the Muvattupuzha River, and many rare species of wildlife can also be found in Nandukani.
Anakarra is a small village in the district of Idukki which is just about 50 sq. km in area. This place is famous for its spice plantations and picturesque waterfalls and is situated only 18 kilometers away from Idduki wildlife sanctuary on the Kumily-Munnar state highway.
Densely covered with lush forests and rugged mountains, Idukki can be reached by the excellent road network the state government has to offer to its visitors. State-run and private-run buses frequently run on the routes of this district embarked on the western ghats of Kerela. To reach Idukki, the nearest railhead is in Theni and the closest airbase is in Cochin. Here’s how to reach Idukki via different modes of transport.
Cochin International Airport (COK) is the nearest airbase to Idukki. Major airlines have direct flights available from cities like Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata, and Chennai. On deboarding at the airport, one can hire a can or board a bus to cover the remaining distance, which is around 3 hours long.
With a wide network of roads, Idukki is well connected to other major cities of India. One can self-drive to Idukki from neighboring cities like Kochi, Kollam, Kottayam, Kattappana, Moolamattam, Munnar, Kumily, and Thodupuzha. Plenty of Kerala State Road Transport Corporation of bus services is available on all these routes to Idukki. With the quaint lush green landscape around, the road network is excellent.
The nearest railhead to Idukki is Theni Railway Station. With a rich network of trains, this station is well connected to most of the major cities in India like Chennai, Bangalore, Kodaikanal, Palani, etc.
Travel Tip - The travel experts at Adotrip suggest that Idukki should be avoided during the monsoon season as it rains pretty heavily and it becomes a high landslide-prone area.