Idukki

Kerala’s largest district, Idukki, is a rugged land of virgin forests, hilly terrain, old plantations, serpentine rivers and a mighty dam. Part of Kerala’s “high range”, Idukki sets the gold standard in Kerala spices. The gigantic arch dam here – one of the largest of its kind anywhere in the world – is key to Kerala’s power generation. Despite being the source of almost a third of the electricity consumed in Kerala, Idukki remains wild and bucolic.

Destinations in Idukki

Munnar

The Munnar hill station in the Idukki district, along with Kovalam beach, had a great role in placing Kerala the top of international destinations. Situated at the confluence of three mountain streams – Muthirapuzha, Nallathanni and Kundala, and perched about 1600 m above sea level, the hill station of Munnar once used to be the summer resort of the erstwhile British administration in south India.

Mattupetty

At an elevation of 1700 metres and located just kilometres from the famous hill-town of Munnar, Mattupeety in Idukki district is a delight for nature lovers. Besides the lush green tea plantations, and the rolling grasslands, the Shola forests in and around Mattupetty are ideal for trekking and are habitat to a variety of birds. The lake and the Mattupettey dam along with the little cascades and streams are ideal picnic spots here. Variety of boats, including sped launches, can be hired at the dam.

Vagamon

Located in the border of Idukki district, Vagamon is a hill-station unlike any other in Kerala. With its rolling grass lands, beautiful plantations, fruit orchards, quaint monasteries and dairy farms, Vagamon seems something out of a Swiss picture postcard. The misty hills, deep valleys, the clear lakes, the gentle streams and the waterfalls are beautiful in any season.

Rajamala

Another charming little hill station of Munnar, Rajamala in Idukki is very near the Eravikulam National Park and part of the range of the Nilgiri Tahr. Camping under the clear Rajamala skies is an experience to be savoured! The area is also great for treks and hikes. Rajamala is just 15 kilometres form Munnar town.

Thekkady/Periyar National Park

A land-locked district, Idukki is one of the most nature-rich areas of Kerala. The Idukki Wildlife Sanctuary here spreads over an area of 777 square kilometres, at an altitude of 450-748 metres above the sea level, and protects the forest land between the Cheruthoni and Periyar rivers. There is a scenic lake around the sanctuary, covered by an enchanting canopy of tropical ever-green and deciduous trees, and offers boat rides.