About Idukki, Kerala
Idukki is the spice garden of Kerala. With the Sahya ranges occupying most of the geographical area, Idukki is one of the most nature rich areas of Kerala. High ranges and wooded valleys of Idukki offers diverse attractions like wildlife
sanctuaries, hill stations, spice plantation tours, jungle walks and safaris, mountain treks, elephant rides etc.
Idukki is home to a large population of tribals, the main tribes being Muthuvan, Malayarayan, Mannan, Paliyan, Urali, Ulladan, Malavedan and Malampandaram.
|Head quarters of Idukki district||Painavu|
|Area||4476 sq km|
|Major Religions||Hindu, Christian, Muslim|
|Population Density||259 persons/sq km|
|Came into existence||January 28, 1972|
|Main Tourist Centers||Thekkady, Munnar, Mattuppetty, Peerumed|
|Altitude||600m above sea level|
|Idukki telephone code||Thekkady, Kumily, Peermede: +91-4869
Tourist Destinations, Tourism in Idukki
Thekkady: Thekkady, with the Periyar lake, wild life sanctuaries and Tiger reserve, is one of the most famous tourist destination in south India. The Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary is home to a wide variety of remarkable birds
like Malabar Grey Hornbill, Grey jungle Fowl, pecker, Blue winged parakeet, Ceylon Frog mouth and Rose billed roller etc...
Distance : 120 km from Kottayam
Munnar: A holiday resort in the midst of misty mountains and tea estates. Located at an altitude of 1800m above sea level, this hill station is the most sought after tourist destination in south India. Munnar is also
famous for the exotic blue flower - Neela Kurinii - which blooms once in every 12 years.
Distance : 135 km from Kochi
Idukki Dam: Built on the Periyar river, Idukki dam is the first arch dam in India.
Distance : 130 km from Kochi
Mattuppetty: : Located at a height of 1700 mt above sea level above sea level, Mattuppetty is specially know for its highly specialized dairy farm- Indo Swiss Livestock project.
Waterfalls : Idukki also has many waterfalls like Thommankutth, Thenmaarikutth, Vaalakutth.
Chinnar wildlife sanctuary, Iravikulam National park, Peerumed, Marayoor, Kuttikanam, Vagamon and Moolamattom are other important tourist spots.
|Air||Cochin International Airport, about 190 km and Madhurai about 140 km, are the nearest Airports|
|Rail||There are no rail routes in Idukki. Kottayam (114 km), Theni (60km) and Changanassery (95 km) are the nearest railway stations.|
|Road||Idukki has well connected road links between tourist destinations like Ooty, Kodaikanal, Munnar|
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