Idukki Kerala

Idukki, Kerala
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Idukki District was formed on 26 January 1972 according to Government notification No 54131/C2/71/RD dated 24th January 1972.

Idukki District was formed on 26 January 1972 according to Government notification No 54131/C2/71/RD dated 24th January 1972.

Idukki is the perfect summer tourist destination in South India. Snuggled in the hills of the Western Ghats, the town enjoys a salubrious climate. How many places can actually boast of forests, lakes, waterfalls, treks, picnic spots at one place? Trekking, backpacking, and camping are some of the things to do in Idukki. The Mattupetty Dam Reservoir, Malankara Dam Reservoir and Mullaperiyar Dam make interesting outings. Idukki also has many beautiful waterfalls, a naturally shaped sandalwood forest, and India’s first arch-dam. Go exploring on foot or relax in you lavish accommodation. The hill town has a way to soothe your weary souls.

Idukki in Kerala is also known for its extensive tea plantations along the hill slopes. The wilderness and the natural surroundings make Idukki an important destination for the wildlife enthusiasts. It is one of the most looked for after hill stations, where you can enjoy the elephant rides in the midst of nature. It is a treasured place of rich flavors, which is of international fame.

There are several tour operations in Idukki, who arrange different visits in and around Idukki. They will give you a chance to explore the beauty and discreet wilderness of this peaceful destination. Idukki has lots of historical importance attached to it. Periyar River flows by the side of this destination and between the two massive rocks of the place. It thus remains for the justification for the name of the place, which means narrow George in Malayalam.

Tourist Places in Idukki:-

  • Periyar National Park
  • Eravikulam National Park
  • Anamudi
  • Mattupetty Dam
  • Malankara Dam,
  • Mullaperiyar Dam
  • Thekkady
  • Parunthumpara
  • Meesapulimala

For Accommodation:-

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  • Idukki is Well connected to other major cities of the country via regular buses.
  • Theni is the closest railway station, 83.3 km away.
  • Cochin Airport is the nearest airport, 97.4 km away.
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Idukki District was formed on 26 January 1972 according to Government notification No 54131/C2/71/RD dated 24th January 1972. The district consists of Devikulam, Udumbanchola and Peermedu taluks of the erswhile Kottayam district and Thodupuzha taluk (excluding two villages Manjallore and Kalloorkadu) of the erstwhile Ernakulam region. At the time of formation the district headquarters started functioning at Kottayam and from there it was shifted to Painavu in Thodupuzha taluk in June 1976, where it is proposed to build a new planned forest township.

The district’s name, ‘Idukki’ supposed to be derived from the Malayalam word ‘Idukku’ which means a narrow gorge. Periyar which is one of the largest rivers of Kerala, moving through Idukki gorge formed between the two high massive rocks called “Kuravan” and “Kurathi”, is the site of the huge Idukki arch dam.

We have very little authentic knowledge which throws light into the ancient history of Idukki district. Eventhough there is no clear evidence whether men of the paleolithic age lived here, there is evidence of stone-age dolmens. Stone-age dolmens were discovered in the valleys of Anchanad in Devikulam taluk. Archeological excavation conducted during 1947-48 at Kallar Pattom colony in Udumbanchola taluk and at Vandiperiyar in Peermedu taluk brought to light the remaining parts of Old Stone-age Menhir and Tombs.

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