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.

Basic Information about Idukki
Head quarters of Idukki district Painavu
Area 4476 sq km
Major Religions Hindu, Christian, Muslim
Population Density 259 persons/sq km
Literacy 88.68%
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
Munnar: +91-4865
Chinnakanal: +91-4868

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.

Transportation
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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