KERALA INFO: Travel and Tourism of Idukki District
Travel and Tourism of Idukki District
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Situated at the confluence of three mountain streams, the Mudrapuzha, the Nallathanni and the Kundala, Munnar is an enchanting place 1600 m above sea level. This hill station was once the summer resort of the erstwhile British Government in South India. Its scenic beauty is enriched by the sprawling tea plantations, the picture-book towns, the winding lanes and the holiday facilities. The rare flower Neelakurinji brightens the hills in blue every twelve years. The highest peak in South India, Anamudi (2695 m) is also located at Munnar. There are many important places of interest in Munnar.
Pothaamedu in Munnar has an excellent view of the tea, coffee and cardamom plantations along with the rolling hills, the lush mountain and the breathtaking scenic feast.
The Sita Devi Lake in Munnar has mineral waters, idyllic hill station, velvet lawns, exotic flora and fauna and picturesque surroundings. Trout fishing is a popular in this lake.
Pallivasal in Munnar has the first Hydro electric Project in Kerala and also provides an immense scenic beauty.
Situated between Munnar and Pallivasal, Attukal provides a panorama of waterfalls and rolling hills which is ideal for long treaks.
Situated between Munnar and Rajamala, Nyayamakad is a land of breathtaking waterfalls. It boasts of enchanting surroundings with the waters cascading down a hill from a height of about 1600 metres.
Chithirapuram, the home of the Pallivasal Hydel Power Project is also popular for its sleepy little cottages, bungalows, tea plantations, old playgrounds and golf courts.
Situated at a height of 1700 m, Mattupetty is known for its highly specialised dairy farm-the Indo Swiss Livestock Project. There are over a 100 varieties of high-yielding cattle are reared. Nearby Mattupetty lake and dam provide a very beautiful picnic spot with the sprawling Kundala tea plantations and the Kundala lake.
Being the natural habitat of the Nilgiri tahr, Rajamala has around half the world population of the rare and extinct mountain goat (Hemitragas bylocres).
Echo Point located on the way to the top hill stations of Munnar has the natural echo phenomenon.
Eravikulam National Park
Situated in the Devikulam taluk, the park is the home to the Nilgiri tahr. The southern region of the park has the famous Anamudi peak (2695m).
Power House waterfalls
The Power house waterfall on the way to Thekkady from Munnar cascades down a steep rock, 2000m above sea level.
A picturesque town on the way to Top Stations, Kundala has the Golf Course of Tata Tea Ltd., along with an artificial dam. The Aruvikkad waterfalls is situated near this region.
With a lush green carpet of tea plants, the Anayirankal Dam is a splendid reservoir surrounded by the Tata Tea Plantations and evergreen forests.
Located at the highest point on the Munnar-Kodaikanal road, the place has the rare Nilakurinji (strobilanthus).
Marayoor is the only place in Kerala that has natural growth of sandal wood trees. The sandal wood factory, the caves (Muniyaras) with murals, the relics from the new Stone Age civilization and the children's park spread across a hectare of land under the canopy of a single Banyan tree, the Thoovanam waterfalls and the Rajiv Gandhi National Park are the important places of interest.
The Cheeyappara and Valara waterfalls are located between Nariamangalam and Adimali on the Kochi Madurai highway.
Meenuli has a huge rock of more than 500 acres in area out of which two acres of land has evergreen forests.
Chinnar Wild Life Sanctuary
Situated on the Tamilnadu border in Devikulam Taluk, the Chinnar wild life sanctuary is the second habitat for the endangered Giant Grizzled Squirell in India. With an area of 90.422 sq kms, Chinnar has the unique thorny scrub forest with Xerophytic species. There are many peaks such as the Kottakombumalai (2144 metre), the Vellaikal malai (1863m), and the Viriyoottu malai (1845 metre). The forest types comprise of thorny scrub forests, dry deciduous forests, high sholas and wet grasslands. The fauna of the place include Elephant, Gaur, Panther, Spotted deer, Sambar, Giant Grizzled Squirrel, Hanuman monkey, Rabbit etc., along with the endangered species of the Giant Grizzled Squirrel.
Idukki Arch Dam
Constructed across the Kuravan and Kurathi hills, it is the world's second and Asia's first arch dam. Kulamavu dam is located to its west.
Idukki Wildlife Sanctuary
Extending over the Thodupuzha and Udumpanchola taluks of Idukki district, the Idukki reservoir is formed by three dams, the Cheruthoni, the Idukki and the Kulamavu. The wildlife sanctuary hosts Elephants, Poorcu Pine, Sambar Deer, Wild dogs,Jungle cats, Malabar Gaint Squirrel, Wild boar, Cobra, Viper, Krait and a large number of non- poisonous snakes along with birds like Jungle fowl, Myna, Laughing thrush, Black bulbul, Peafowl, Wood pecker, King fisher etc.
Hill View Park
Hill View Park is situated adjacent to both the Idukki Arch Dam and the Cheruthony Dam. It is spread over an area of 8 acres of land and the park is aesthetically designed. It has a natural water body at the hill top with pedal boating facility. The place also has the herbal garden and the play area for children.
Nadukani Park offers a panoramic view of nearby districts.
Thumpachi Calveri Samuchayam
Located near Thodupuzha, the place is ideal for meditation, relaxation and watching the sunset.
The place provides an aerial view of the Idukki reservoir, peaks and forests.
Situated on the Thodupuzha-Moolamattom road, this artificial lake is ideal for boating and fishing.
Thommankuthu has a cascading waterfall of seven steps.
The place has the Rain Bow waterfalls, which cascade down a rock from a height of about 1500 m and the forest which is the home to various medicinal plants.
The famous plantation town takes its name from Peer Mohammed - Sulfi saint and close associate of the erstwhile royal family of Travancore. Wide vistas of Tea, cardamom, rubber and coffee plantation interspersed with silver cascades, sculptural rocks, meadows and mist-cloaked hilltops make Peermede an unforgettable experience.
Ideal for adventure tourism and trekking, this picturesque plantation town covered in the fragrance of cardamom and the lush, green hills.
The region boasts of the rolling hills, the lovely landscape and the gentle breeze.
Also known as Parunthupara (eagle rock), Grampi has rocky plains, lush hillsides, forests, trekking trails and picturesque view of stretches of cardamom, tea and coffee plantations.
Pattumala, meaning hill draped in silk, has lofty peaks, little streams and ever expanding tea plantations. The two most famous tea plantations of the Harrisons Malayalam and the A.V. Thomas & Company are located in the region. Granite built Velankanni Matha Church, at the top of the hill is a famous pilgrim center. There is a flower garden nearby with fascinating riot of colours, of roses, orchids and anthuria.
A curious blend of religious mysticism and European legacies, Vagamon also has the grass-covered hills, and the velvet lawns with cool mountain breeze. There is a chain of three hills, the Thangal hill, the Mudugan hill and the Kurisumala hill.
Sahyadri Ayurvedic Centre
Managed by the Peermedu Development Society in Pallikunnu, the well-established Sahyadri Ayurvedic Hospital is famous for its curative and rejuvenating treatment packages. More than 400 herbs used for medicines are grown in the hospital's own garden spread over 35 acres.
The Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary
Located in the rich jungles of Periyar in Thekkady, the Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary is one of the world's most fascinating natural wildlife reserves. There is a splendid artificial lake formed by the Mullaperiyar Dam across the river Periyar. The sanctuary provides an unique experience of viewing wildlife at close quarters from the safety of a boat on the lake.
Situated on the outskirts of the Periyar Sanctuary, Kumily plantation town is closely associated with Thekkady. The place has an important shopping centre and a spice trading centre.
Cradled between Chellarkovil and the Tamil Nadu border, Pandikuzhi provides a picturesque spectrum of exotic flora, fauna and gurgling streams.
Mangala Devi Temple
This ancient temple hidden in the dense woods at the top of peak has the traditional Kerala style of architecture.
This sleepy little village with its breathtaking view of the plains and cascading waterfalls is a feast for the eyes. The village slopes down to the famous coconut groves of Cumbum in neighbouring Tamil Nadu.
Vandanmedu is one of the world's largest auction centres for candamom.
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