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Idduki Wildlife Sanctuary

Surrounded by majestic hills valleys, dams forests, wildlife , orchids, sanctuaries, hill stations lies Idukki . This district's name, 'Idukki', is supposed to be derived from the Malayalam word "idukku", which means a narrow gorge. That could very well be true, for narrow, steep-sided valleys are not a strange sight in this hilly district, flanked by the Western Ghats in the east. The river Pamba originates in the mountains of Idukki. With high ranges of altitudes varying from 2500 feet to over 5000 feet above sea level, Idukki is the district where forests and wildlife abound. About 1500 acres of its area is reserved forest, much of which is home to a variety of flora and fauna. These forests are a source of teak, rosewood, and sandalwood. They are also home to the tiger, deer, bison, and monkey. Streams, valleys, and hills combine to make Idukki district an ideal year-round holiday destination.
Idukki Kerala
Enroute to Munnar, 121 km away from Kottayam lies Idukki, surrounded by a spread of beautiful, wooded valleys and meandering streams.

Two huge granite hills Kuravan and Kurathi lie on either side of the river creating this gorge. Tribal legend has it that these hills were a couple who were turned to rock when cursed by Lord Rama. The main attractions however remain in the scenic grandeur. Idukki is also a lure of the wild.

Accessibility : Kottayam is 154 km from Thiruvananthapuram and 64 km from Kochi which are the nearest airports. It is connected by rail and road to several tourist places.
Places to Visit
Idukki Arch Dam: This is the world's second and Asia's first arch dam, constructed across the Kuruvan and Kurathi hills. 550 ft high and 650 ft. wide, the dam lies close to the Cheruthoni barrage. To its west is the Kulamav Dam. Idukki Wildlife Sanctuary is located nearby.

Idukki KeralaIdukki Wildlfe Sanctuary: This sanctuary extends over the Thodupuzha and Udumpanchola taluks of Idukki district, spreading over 77 sq.km and is about 450 - 748 m above sea level. The Idukki Reservoir formed by three dams, Cheruthoni, Idukki and Kulamavu, extends to 33 sq.km.

Nadukani: Nadukani is an ideal place for one-day picnickers. True to its title, it offers a panoramic view of a large area than one can experience from any high mountain park. A two-storeyed pavilion makes an ideal place for enjoying the landscape and beauty of nature.

Thumpachi Calveri Samuchayam (33 km from Thodupuzha)
This is a picnic spot also ideal for meditation, relaxation and sunset watching.

Kalliyanathandu (10 km from Idukki): The aerial view of the Idukki reservoir, panoramic view of peaks and forests makes this a splendid tourist spot. It is also an ideal place for mountain climbers and trekkers
Idukki Kerala
Thekkady: Thekkady is situated in the Idukki district, bordering Tamil Nadu, at an altitude varying from altitudes of 900m to 1800m. It is in the Western Ghats occupying an area of 7,500 sq. kms. The Periyar forest of Thekkady has one of the best wildlife reserves in India and is spread across the entire district. Here one will find picturesque plantations and hill towns with great opportunities for trekking and walking. Thekkady is also famous for its exotic spices.

Eravikulam National Park: A sanctuary for the endangered mountain goat of South India, the Nilgiri Tahr ( Hemitragus hylocrious), the Eravikulam National Park stands out for the stark beauty of its rolling grasslands and sholas, spread over 97 sq km in the Rajamalai hills. Peermede: The best place to halt enroute is Peermade, 43 km before Thekkady, a fertile land at an altitude of 914 metres. Formerly the summer palace of the Travancore Rajas, this tiny and cool hill station is full of rubber, tea, coffee, pepper and cardamom plantations, interspersed with waterfalls and open grasslands.


Accommodation in Idukki :
» Tea County, KTDC Hill Resort

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