Adventure freaks can kill their wild spirit trekking to the hills of Idukki, a district in the kaleidoscopic state Kerala with hidden treasures of nature. This hill station in Kerala is a major tourist haunt that thrills an outsider with its treasures like agriculture, mushroom cultivation, dairy farming, hills, etc. The virgin landscapes of Idukki are sure to breathtaking vistas to the tourists who want to spend a few days shedding their daily monotonous duties. Other exotic attractions of Kerala hill station tour to Idukki are the distinct cultural life of the tribal communities, cascading waterfalls, and the temples. It will be a unique trip to the God’s own Country. Idukki hill station in kerala houses the Anamudi peak, the highest one in Kerala; it is also known as the spice capital of Kerala. Idukki tour is sure to be fun to the nature lovers; even it is now considered as most sought after hill station Kerala tour. Flanked by two rivers-Pampa and Manimala, Idukki is the main power generating house for Kerala.
The bloom of mysterious Neelakurinji which blooms once in twelve years is another attraction for the tourist. One can plan a visit to Idukki observing the calendar to have a view of this mysterious flower.
Seasonal timings :
Be wise while planning an Idukki hill station travel. Idukki is a hillside location; the summer in Idukki is moderate. It was once the summer resort of the British. One can plan his tour to Idukki during the time period of September to May as it is considered as the best time.
How to Reach :
Kochi International Airport is located at a distance of 132 km away from Idukki.
Thodupuzha, a town of Idukki has state bus service to all major cities of Kerala. One can reach driving through theKochi-Madura N H 49.
In Idukki there is no railway station; one has to get down at Kottayam, which is 133 kilometers from Idukki.
Penetrating into the trekking routes of Idukki one will have the spectacular view of the natural landscapes enriched by the rocky terrains, spice and tea plantations, hazy waterfalls, etc.The trekking trails will take one to the Idukki Wildlife Sanctuary, Anamudi peak and several other wonderful zones. One can also enjoy a nature walk to the spice plantations. The photographers will sure be lucky to catch the best views of the misty valleys, copious waterfalls and thick woods.
Picnic at the site of the Waterfalls
Those who like to enjoy a picnic in the natural surroundings, the location of the two waterfalls - Thomankuttu and Rainbow Waterfalls is the best one in Idukki. One has to drive just half an hour from the town of Thodupuzha to reach this destination. Surrounded by the green forests and rocky caves, the location is the perfect one to arrange a picnic.
Idukki hill station tour can be more vibrant one if one plans a trip to the local tribal villages to explore their colorful costumes and their unique lifestyle.
Tourist Places in Idukki
Idukki is itself a fantastic hill station in Kerala; yet tourist must explore the sightseeing attractions in Idukki are :
1Idukki Arch Dam
One of the most reputed arch dams in Asia Idukki Arch Dam is a place to be visited by the travelers. The picturesque setting of the arch dam is flanked by the two spectacular hills named Kuravan and Kurathi on both sides.
2Chinnar Wild Life Sanctuary
An extended Kerala tour itinerary includes visit to the Chinnar which spreading over an area of 90 km. Located between Thodupuzha and Udumbanchola taluks, this wildlife sanctuary houses some of the endangered species like Sambar deer, Cobra, Viper, Jungle foul, Laughing thrush, Black Bulbul, Kingfisher, etc. One can spot here suddenly the multi0colored peacocks dancing amidst the jungles. The adjacent lake and the arch dam are added attraction to the tourists. The vast green plains and the rocky areas will stun an eye.
It is the picturesque place which means pond of flowers; in monsoon this valley is flooded by the waters making a large pond. It is believed that leaves never falls in the pond. Legend says, Indra, the rain God of Hindu formed the hills to ward off the evil eye watching Draupadi when she bathed in the pond.
4Hill View Park
Standing at this park one can have the best view of the surrounding scenic landscapes as it is dotted on a hilly terrain. The aesthetic design of the garden is the pulsating one to push one to a long walk. It is a worth visiting site as it has also a children park, a herbal garden and a natural lake. A boat ride on the lake is sure to be a great fun.
The point of the Observatory Hills is the best one from where one can have the mysterious view of the galaxies of the night sky.
Idukki Pilgrim Centre
Idukki district of Kerala has some renowned pilgrimage centers which attract the tourists throughout the year.
This is a famous Christian pilgrim centre and on the first Sunday after Easter is celebrated here by the Christian devotees. This Kaveri Mount matches the Mount Cavery where Jesus Christ was crucified. It is located at a high altitude.
2Mangala Devi Temple :
The ancient temple, 15Kms from Thekkady, is hidden in the dense woods at the top of a peak 1337 m above sea level. The temple is built in the traditional Kerala Style of architecture; visitors are allowed here only on Chitra Pournami festival day.
3Munnar CSI Christ Church :
The history of Munnar CSI Christ Church is unique which begins with a cemetery. This church was handed over to North Kerala Diocese by the British in 1981. It is now
Head quarters of CSI Munnar Pastorate.
4St. George C.S.I. Church :
St. George C.S.I. Church is the oldest church in Idukki and it was built by the British. The founder of this church is Rev. Henry Baker Jr. It is revered church for the Europeans as many British planters were buried at the cemetery of this church.
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