a haven amongst the hills
|Area||: 5,105.22 square kilometer|
|Population||: 1,129,221(as per 2001 census)|
|Climate||: Summer 22-40°C, Winter 20-32°C|
|RainFall||: June to September|
|Altitude||: 1350 Metres|
|Best Tourist Season||: Throughout the year|
|Languages spoken||: Malayalam|
|Clothing Recommended||: Light woolens during summer and heavy cardigans in the months of winter, along with raincoats and umbrellas for rain..|
Among the 14 districts that Kerela is blessed with, Idukki is the largest. Placed at an altitude of about 2000 meters above the sea level, this little hill resort is encased by rugged mountains and a dense forest cover. It also is home to the highest peak in South India, the Anamudi hills. Idukki is popularly known as the land of gardens, lush greenery, streams and sanctuaries.
Once under the Chera dynasty, Idukki owes its modernization to the British and Scottish planters. In fact, the name Idukki in the native tongue means “Narrow Gauge”, probably kept out of gratitude for the Railway track that was laid in the region by the British. The major towns of the district are Thekaddy, Thodapuzha and Adimali. Thekkady is home to the Periyar National Park, one of the most fascinating Wildlife adventures of India. It is covered with thick hill forest and also houses a Tiger Reserve Park and one of the most renowned bird sanctuaries of the country. The other attractions in Idukki include Kattapana, famous for its spices, the Mangaladevi temple, the Chinnar Wildlife Sanctuary and the picturesque city of Munnar. Apart from being a serene and picturesque hill station, Idukki is also well known for enclosing the highest arch Dam in the country, the Idukki Dam.
With 97% of its area covered with forests and hills, Idukki offers the perfect retreat for the lovers of nature. The clear and pristine atmosphere here,makes it a perfect repository for the souls stressed with daily chores
If you are an ardent lover of adventure, Idukki can be a paradise for you. Rock climbing and trekking can be done here on every turn of the street. So if you are looking forward for some adrenaline rush, head towards this heavenly abode in “God’s own Country”, Kerela.