Idukki, Idukki Information, Idukki Tour


Information about Idukki

Idukki, a landlocked district, is one of the most nature rich areas of Kerala. Idukki is the largest district in Kerala and covers an area of 5105.22 square kms at an altitude of 2200 m above sea level. Idukki is located in the middle part of Kerala and bordered in the east by Madurai, in the west by Ernakulam and Kottayam, in the south by the Pathanamthitta and in the north by Trichur and Coimbatore districts of Kerala and Tamil Nadu. The name Idukki has been derived from the Malayalam word 'Idukku' that means narrow gorge. The high ranges and wooded valleys are girded by three main rivers - Periyar, Thalayar and Thodupuzhayar and their tributaries. The river Pamba also originated here. This beautiful district of Kerala is geographically known for its mountainous hills and dense forests. Idukki is a famous tourist destination and offers diverse attractions like wildlife sanctuaries, hill stations, spice plantation tours, mountain treks, elephant rides, etc.

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Tribes in Idukki

Idukki is one of the districts in the state where linguistic minority exists. The linguistic minority consists mainly of Tamil origin. They are mainly workers in the tea and cardamom plantations, spread in Peermede, Udumbanchola and Devikulam taluks regions of Idukki. Idukki has a large number of tribes. The main tribes in Idukki are Muthuvan, Malayarayan, Mannan, Paliyan, Urali, Uladan, Malavedan and Malampandaram. The tribes of Kerala have unique customs and beliefs and maintain an ethos which is distinctly different from that of the mainstream culture.

Tourist Attractions in Idukki

Idukki offers diverse tourist attractions like wildlife sanctuaries, hill stations, spice plantations and mountain treks. The major tourist attraction in Idukki are the Idukki Arch Dam, Nadukani, Thumpachi Calveri Samuchyam and Kalliyanathandu. The Idukki wildlife sanctuary and Eravikulam National Park are the famous wildlife sanctuaries in Idukki. The Idukki Arch Dam is the world's second and Asia's first arch dam, constructed across the Kuravan and Kurathi hills. Nadukani and Kalliyanathandu are the famous picnic spots in Idukki and offers panoramic view of the peaks and ranges. More...

How to reach here

By Air:
The nearest airports are located at Madurai and Kochi which are about 200 and 110 kms respectively.

By Rail:
The nearest railway station is located at Theni which is about 60 kms and others are located at Kottayam, Madurai and Changancherry.

By Road:
Idukki can be easily reached from Kottayam, Munnar and Kumily. The National Highway NH 49 and State highways 13 and 33 passes through the district. There are also a number of places like Edamalakudy which are not accessible even by road.

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