Idukki is popularly known as the spice garden of Kerala and is a splendid hill station which reconfirms the fact of Gods own country. The Asia’s first and the world’s second great arch dam is in Idukki. Idukki is one of the major tourist attraction of Kerala for it is fully loaded with nature. it is not only a hill station but also a place which have other attentions like wildlife sanctuaries, hill stations, spice plantation tours, jungle walks and safaris, mountain treks, elephant rides etc. Apart from all this Idukki also houses a large tribal population like Muthuvan, Malayarayan, Mannan Polian, Urali, Ulladan, Malavedan and Malampandarm. Idukki is a continuation of the Western Gahts situated at an altitude of 750 to 2500 meters. A major area of Idukki is scarred by the rivers Thalayar, Periyar and thodupuzhayar.
Places to Visit
Iravikkulam National park:- Iravikkulam National Park spread over 97sq, kms with Barren hills, meadows, rock rofts and wild animals will fascinate any one.
Thommankuthu:- Thommankuthu is a waterfall situated at a distance of 21kms for Thodupuzha. In and around Thommankuthu there are other places of attraction like Meenuliyarmudi, Keezharkuthu and Irukallumud. Thommankuthu is ideal place of trekking.
Kuthumkal Waterfall, Cheruthoni, Devikulam, Chinnar wildlife Sanctuary, Mattupetty Lake and munnar is other place which attrack tourist to come Idukki.
Shopping:- Idukki is famous for its tea and spices plantations. So if you want, you can buy different varieties of spices and different varieties of tea. You can get the spices packed in small transparent pouches and take them home. Apart form that, you can always shop for small handicrafts and other knick-knacks that are easily available in the roadside shacks. You can get utility materials made of wood. There are few people selling these at Mattupetty Dam.
How to Reach
By Air:- Cochin International Airport, about 190 km and Madhurai about 140km, are the nearest Airports
By Trains:- There are no rail routes in Idukki. Kottayam (114kms), Theni (60km) and Changanassery (95km)are the nearest railway stations.
By Road:- Idukki has well connected road links between tourist destinations like Ooty, Kodaikanal and Munnar.