Idukki is a mountainous terrain in Kerala. This heavenly abode is huddled amidst some of the highest mountains peaks of the country, and thick evergreen forests. The landlocked area offers diversified attractions to its tourists. Idukki is a large district and the nearby areas have ample options for mountain climbing, wildlife sanctuaries, waterfalls, trekking, elephant rides, etc. One of the country’s biggest hydroelectric project is situated here and is responsible for providing power to a major part of Kerala. Idukki can only be accessed via road. From Idukki, the nearest airport is Cochin International Airport, and the nearest railway station is at Kottayam.
Major Attractions :
● Eravikulam National Park- 26 species of mammals, 132 species of birds, and 19 species of amphibians are found to be in this park. This park is also home to the largest surviving population of Nilgiri Tahr.
● Anamudi- This is the highest peak in Idukki, and is habitat of a unique, rare frog, Raorchestes resplendens, which is only found on the Anamudi summit.
● Idukki Arch Dam- This dam is built on Periyar river and stands between two mountains, Kuravanmala and Kurathi Malai. The 554 ft tall dam offers a breathtaking sight of the river. It is open for tourists on weekends, during the entire month of August, and for a fortnight during the Christmas holidays.
● Idukki Wildlife Sanctuary- This sanctuary lies close to Idukki Arch Dam. The dense forest area is spread between Cheruthoni and Periyar river. A trip to the sanctuary will be delightful as you can spot different kinds of animals, snakes, and migratory birds.
● Hill View Park- This park offers an extensive view of Idukki Arch Dam. Accommodation and boating facilities are available here. Carry a pair of binoculars to spot elephants, bisons, and deer grazing around in the nearby forest areas.
When to Visit :
The best time to visit Idukki is during the summer season, from March to May. The weather is pleasant during this time and ideal for sightseeing and adventure sports. The monsoon season, between June and September, is a good time to visit if you love less populated places and the rainy weather. The winter season begins in October and goes on till February; you should visit during this time if you enjoy cooler climates.