Idukki derives its name from the Malayalam word ‘idukku’ which means a narrow gorge. High ranges and wooded valleys girded by three main rivers span a landmass that covers almost 13 per cent of the state, making it the largest district in Kerala. Needless to say, Idukki offers diverse attractions such as wildlife sanctuaries, hill stations, spice plantations, trekking trails and everything a nature enthusiast could ask for.

Attractions in Idukki, around and from Idukki

  • Eravikulam National Park This national park is set between the Kanan Devan hills of Munnar and Anamudi (which is the highest peak south of the Himalayas) over a 97 sq km park. One of the specialities is that it is home to alm

  • Gavi Located inside the Periyar Reserve, Gavi offers the visitor an ideal wildlife experience. As a highly acclaimed eco tourism project, it gives travellers a true jungle experience.

  • Idukki Arch Dam An architectural marvel, the Idukki arch dam is the world’s second and Asia’s first arch dam constructed across the Kuravan and Kurathi hills and is 550 feet high and 650 feet wide

  • Idukki Wildlife sanctuary Spread over 77 sq kms, the sanctuary has animals such as elephant, bison, sambar, deer, wild dogs, jungle cats, wild boars and a large variety of birds.

  • Mattupetty A drive through to the Matupetty takes you through some very picturesque locations of Munnar. Situated at a height of 1700m, Mattupetty is known for its highly specialised dairy farm, the Indo Swiss l

  • Peerumede The famous plantation town takes its name from Peer Mohammed, a Sufi saint. Wide vistas of tea, cardamom, rubber and coffee plantations interspersed with silver cascades, sculptural rocks, meadows and

  • Periyar Tiger Reserve One of the 27 tiger reserves in India, the Periyar valley in Thekkady is the oldest and largest protected area in Kerala. A repository of rare, endemic and endangered flora and fauna, the valley is a

  • Thekkady The drive to Thekkady is enchanting as the road winds through tranquill countryside, rich plantations & thick jungles. Lying close to the plantations, in the rich jungles of Periyar in Thekkady is one

  • Vagamon Vagamon is covered in hills and is a curious blend of religious mysticism and European legacies. The chain of three hills, which belong to different faiths, marks religious harmony

  • Vandanmedu This is one of the world’s largest auction centres for cardamom. A walk through the sprawling cardamom plantations of Vandanmedu is a heady experience.