Top 36 Tourist Places To Visit In Idukki
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TOP TOURIST PLACES IN IDUKKI
Idukki is the second largest district in area but has the least population density. Idukki has a vast forest reserve area, more than a half of the district is covered by forests. The urban areas are thickly populated whereas villages are sparsely populated. This beautiful High range district of Kerala is geographically known for its Mountainous Hills and Dense Forests.
For the people of Kerala, Idukki is always associated with Power Generation. About 66% of the State’s Power needs come from the Hydroelectric Power Projects in Idukki. Idukki accounts for 12.9 percent of the area of Kerala and only 3.7 percent of the population of Kerala.
Idukki district was formed on 26 January 1972. Idukki is one of the main tourist place in kerala state. The district consists of Devikulam, Udumbanchola and Peermedu taluks of the erstwhile Kottayam district and Thodupuzha taluk (excluding two villages Manjalloor and Kalloorkad) of the erstwhile Ernakulam district. Idukki district is the first district in India to get connected with super-fast broadband system as a part of Digital India.
Road: The roads in Idukki are part of Ghat roads .The major roads connect city of Kochi to Tamil Nadu.The KK road(Kumili-Kottayam),The PT road(Puliyanmala-Thodupuzha) are some of the other busy roads.
Rail: At present there is no railway in Idukki, but the Sabari railway would be having a major section passing through Idukki to connect Thodupuzha and nearby areas
Air: The nearest airport to Idukki is Cochin International Airport and Coimbatore Airport.
The top 36 places that must visit in idukki is:-
- Idukki Arch Dam
- Anayirankal Dam
- Kalvari Mount
- Eravikulam National Park
- Thommankuthu Waterfall
- Ayyappancoil Temple
- Ayyappancoil Hanging Bridge
- Marayur Sandalwood Forest
- Marayur Sarkkara Factory
- Ammachi Kottaram
- Ashley bungalow
- Elappara Vagamon
- Anchuruli Tunnel
- Kannan Devan Hill
- Pattumala Palli
- Malayil Kallan Cave
- Mattupetty Munnar
- Poopara Munnar Road Trip
- Mangaladevi Temple Thekkady
- Mattupetty Farm
- Vagamon Kurisumala
- Vagamon Pine Forest
- Vagamon Suicide Point
- Vagamon Paragliding Spot
- Erattupetta Illikkal Kallu
- Marian College Kuttikkanam
- Ramakkalmedu Wind Farm
- Vagamon Mottakunnu
IDUKKI ARCH DAM
Idukki Arch Dam is one of the highest arch dam in Asia and a main tourist place in kerala. It is a double curvature arch dam constructed across periyar river. periyar is the largest river in kerala. Idukki dam have many features like it is situated between kuravanmala and kurathimala. There are many tourist places near idukki arch dam. Idukki is located 121 km away from kottayam district which a small hill town surrounded by a spread of beautiful, wooden valleys and meandering streams.
The Anayirankal Dam in Munnar is bounded by Tata Tea plantations, coffee, Tea and cardamom plantations in the evergreen forests. Anayirankal is located 22 km from Munnar, the popular hill station of Kerala.
The winding roads in between makes this a perfect getaway point from the dull routines of life.
To reach Anayirankal dam:
Nearest railway station: Aluva, about 127 km away from Munnar.
Nearest airport: Cochin International Airport, about 127 km ; Madurai (Tamil Nadu), about 141 km
Ramakkalmedu is a tourist hill station and a hamlet in idukki district. it is said to be one of Asia’s largest wind blowing area. As a tourist place the scenic beauty of Ramakkalmedu has attracted thousands of people, including Hollywood actor Leonardo Dicaprio. Dicaprio has reportedly said about this place that “If there is a paradise on earth, it is here”.
It is a unique historic place having a great attraction that is a monument of Kuravan and Kurathi Statue is present, which depicts the Sangam Period and Sangam landscape of Kerala and Tamil Nadu. It provides provides a panoramic view of Tamilnadu villages and towns.Rolling green hills and the fresh mountain air make Ramakkalmedu an enchanting retreat. The view is striking at dusk when all these towns are lighted.
Kalvari Mount, also known as the Calvary Mount, lies in the neighbourhood of Thekkady, on the way to Kattappana. The mountain provides beautiful views of the Idukki Reservoir as well as the two eminent tribal villages of the region, namely Kamakshy and Mariyapuram. Elephants can also be seen roaming in the forests, near the foothill.
The Malankara Dam, Idukki Hydroelectric Project and Nadukani and numerous tea gardens are present in its neighbourhood.
Panchalimedu has got a view of energetic hues of bright orange and red splattered across the skies with the majestic hills in the backdrop makes it a traveler’s’ day. This tourist place is Located about 1000 metres above the sea level, where there is no boundary between earth and sky. Drenched in mist, if offers you an aerial view of the unending stretch of valleys and hills.
The history says that ‘Panchalimedu’ is named after ‘Panchali’- the wife of pandavas, of Hindu mythology, while they had lived here during their deportation period. The stones here are carved in the shape of furnitures which were believed to be used by Pandavas. There is a cave which is supposed to be bearing the footprints of Bheema.
Getting there :
Nearby- Bus station:- Kuttikanam Bus Station;
Railway Station:- Kottayam Railway Station;
Airport:- Cochin International Airport.
Meesapulimala Munnar is a peak in the high ranges of Idukki district in the Indian state of Kerala at an altitude of 2,640 metres. Meesapulimala is a trek through eight hills, passing through the shared border of Tamil Nadu and Kerala. It is one among the very few mountains which is above sea level in Kerala. The accessibility to this peak is effortless. There are trekking programs which are organized by KFDC.
The Meesapulimala Peak is a tourist place in idukki and it is called so because it seemingly favour a tiger’s face, although you’re not likely to spot any tiger here. “Meesa,” means moustache, “puli,” means tiger and “mala,” means hill.
Anjuruli is a tourist spot located 3km from Kanchiyar village, on the Kottayam- Kattappana route in Idukki District. It is about 5 km from Labbakkada settlement of the Periyar Lake, and is a catchment area of Idukki Arch Dam, providing a rapturing and awesome view of nature.
Anjuruli Tourist Place can be approached by bus from Kattappana to Kanchiyar. From Kanchiyar, a trek through the forest road leads to Anjuruli. Kanchiyar is on the Kattappana-Kottayam route, around 9 km from Kattappana. Taxis are available from Kanchiyar to Anchuruli.
ERAVIKULAM NATIONAL PARK
Eravikulam National Park is located along the Western Ghats in the Idukki district of Kerala. It is the first national park in kerala. Eravikulam National Park is a UNESCO world heritage site. Eravikulam National Park is administered by the Kerala Department of Forests and Wildlife, Munnar Wildlife Division, together with the nearby Mathikettan Shola National Park, Pampadum Shola National Park, Chinnar Wildlife Sanctuary and the Kurinjimala Sanctuary.
The main body of the park consists of a high rolling hill plateau with a base elevation of about 2,000 m. The terrain consists of high altitude grasslands interspersed with sholas. The perennial streams that crisscross the park merge together to form side stream of the Periyar river and Chalakudy River on the west and the east flowing Cauvery River in Tamil Nadu.
Twenty six species of mammals have been recorded in the park including the largest surviving population of Nilgiri Tahr estimated at about 750 individuals. 19 species of amphibians have been recorded in the park.
For Visitors Information:
Six mini-buses are operated by park staff as part of the visitor management programme as well as a pollution-control measure. Private vehicles are not allowed within the park. INR 35 is charged per head as an entry fee for Indian nationals. Foreign nationals are charged INR 200 per head. Littering is banned inside the park.
Thommankuthu is a very scenic waterfall near Thodupuzha, in idukki district of Kerala, India. Thommankuthu is located 18 km from Thodupuzha. On looking to the history of Thommankuthu waterfalls in thodupuzha is named after the great hunter, Mr. Thommachan Kuruvinakunnel, who let the world know of this beautiful waterfall in the jungle in the late 1920s.
Thommankuthu waterfall is prominent for its seven – step waterfall located in forest. Thommankuthu waterfalls furnishes exhilarating drizzle. The utmost diversion is the trekking across the woodland. A trekking of 12 km through the forests is possible. Thommankuthu waterfalls is one of the major eco-tourism centres in Kerala.
Parunthumpara is a village in idukki district of kerala. Parunthumpara is located between Peermade and Thekkady. It is 6 km from Peermade, 25 km from Thekkady & 3 km From National Highway 220 and is increasingly being visited by tourists who are on their way to Thekkady and others as well. The word parunthu denotes Eagle and para denotes rock and so it is called as parunthumpara because of a large area around like an eagle.
This area pledge a bird’s eye view of an limitless stretch of green forest land and low-lying areas. visitors can get the eyeshot of the Sabarimala forests if the sky is unclouded. Nevertheless, the sheer hills also pose a threat to incautious visitors. Sabarimala devotees visit the area to witness makarajyothi, making it a busy place during the pilgrimage season.
Parunthumpara hill is a perfect choice for those who wish to have a holiday off the beaten track and to explore the unseen and the unexplored beauty of the pristine forests around,
Getting There: There are two main roads through which the domestic and international tourists reach the district — from Nedumbassery to Munnar and from Kumarakom to Thekkady.
Thekkady is apparently the best place in Kerala to observe wildlife and hence its a dream destination for any tourist visiting Kerala. Thekkady is located near to Kerala-Tamilnadu border. The sanctuary is famous for its dense evergreen, semi-evergreen, moist deciduous forests and savanna grass lands.
From the mighty Indian elephant to the Great Indian Tiger ,this place has it all. Elephants, Deers,boars,bisons and lion tailed macaques are a common sight in the reservoir area. The tourism department offers trekking right into the heart of the forest either in foot or atop elephants.
The resorts located in the island in the centre of the lake is ideal place to observe animals. Boating through the lake is a very pleasant experience and one can observe many waterbirds at close range. This place is ideal for wildlife photography. Thekkady is considered as a heaven for natural spices such as black pepper, cardamom,cinnamon, nutmeg, nutmace, ginger, and clove.
- Mammals: Thirty five species which include the Asian elephant, Tiger, Indian bison, sambar deer, Indian wild dog, Leopard, Barking deer, Smooth-coated otter which can be sighted during a boat cruise in the Periyar Lake. The Nilgiri tahr is confined to the higher rocky areas whereas the endangered lion tailed macaque can be found in the interior evergreen forests. Both the bonnet macaques and Nilgiri langur can be seen foraging from the trees near the boat landing. Malabar giant squirrel is omnipresent.
- Birds: 265 species including migrants. The Malabar Grey Hornbill, The Indian Pied Hornbill, White bellied Treepie, many species of Drongos, woodpeckers, flycatchers, babblers, the spectacular Malabar trogon, etc can be seen near the boat landing.
- Reptiles: Cobra, viper, krait, a number of non-poisonous snakes, and the Indian monitor lizard.
- Amphibians: Frogs like the colorful Malabar gliding frog, fungoid frog, bi-colored frog, many species of toads, and limbless caecilians.
- Pisces (fish): The Periyar lake and streams have several species of fish including the masheer, the famous and endangered game fish of India. The Smooth-coated otter can be frequently spotted from the boat.
- Plantations: Tea, cardamom, pepper and coffee plantations abound in the areas adjoining the Tiger Reserve.
- Watch Towers: There are a few watch towers inside Periyar Tiger Reserve which are excellent for viewing wildlife. Reservations can be made at the Forest Information Centre, Thekkady.
Periyar Tiger Reserve: Periyar Tiger Reserve, Thekkady, is an example of nature’s munificence, with great scenic charm, rich bio diversity and furnishing veritable visitor satisfaction. Periyar is one of the 48 tiger reserves in India. It is notable as an elephant reserve and a tiger reserve.
Tourist Places near to thekkady:
Murikkady: This place consists of spices and coffee plantations. It is about 5 km from Thekkady.
Chellar Kovil: This is located about 15 km from Kumily route to the Theni district of Tamil Nadu. This place has a lot of scenic waterfalls and cascades.
Anakkara: Located at about 13 km from Kumily on the Kumily-Munnar road. A new airport is proposed at Anakkara and is under review by the Airports Authority of India.
Mangala Devi Temple: It is situated about 15 km from Thekkady at an altitude of 1337 m above sea level. The view from the temple premises is spectacular and one can see part of Eastern Ghats and some villages from adjacent state of Tamil Nadu.
Best time to visit : September to March.
Permitting authority: The Wildlife Preservation Officer, Periyar Tiger Reserve, Thekkady.
Ayyappancoil is located in idukki district. Ayyappancoil has a history related to idukki dam. At present this place is included in idukki dam water level. Before that ayyappancoil was a famous town in idukki. For the construction of idukki dam the town and related places are acquired by kerala government and people are evacuated from here. During rainy season the place will be completely covered by water and during summer the amount of water is less and place will be fill with green lush grasses.
Ayyappancoil is a pristine beauty with its shrouded mystery
The evenings are rejuvenating with warm breezes and fresh air. Mostly the people will get a cooling climate of natural air condition effect. Mind and the body can be refreshed. The 2 major attractions of ayyappancoil is:-
1. Temple with ages of history.
On to the history:-
Ayyappancoil Sree Dharmasastha Temple is having a long history of around four lakhs of years. The history tells us that the temple had been built and demolished many times in the past. It is believed that the Ayyappancoil temple is one among the ‘Panchamahakshethras’ – (five huge temples) built by ‘Parasurama’ in Dwapara Yuga. These five temples were built for 5 ‘Bhavas’ of Sree Ayyappan. Aaryankavu, Achankovil, Kulathupuzha, Sabarimala and Ayyappancoil are the five temples built by Parasurama.
Nearest Railway Station: Kottayam (4 hrs, 86.6km)
Nearest Airport: Nedumbassery, Cochin(5 hrs,130 km)
Nearest Bus Station: Kattappana(20min, 13km) and Kumily(2hrs, 35 km)
Nearest Towns: Kattappana and Kumily
Nearest tourist places :
AYYAPPANCOIL HANGING BRIDGE
Ayyappancoil hanging (Suspension) bridge is built across the Periyar River, connecting the Ayyappancoil Grama panchayath and Kanchiyar Grama Panchayat in Idukki district Kerala.The hanging bridge at Ayyappancoil is the longest hanging bridge in entire Kerala. The surrounding area of the bridge and the temple are so pleasant and mesmerizing that they make for an ideal getaway destination for a weekend or an impromptu unplanned holiday.
A beautiful tourist spot located at Mattukatta of Idukki district, with a glorious 300 years of history are the Ayyapan Koil temple and the hanging suspension bridge. Both the temple and the bridge are major attractions around the Periyar river region. The surrounding region has beauty so splendid that you would be drowned in its captivating glory.
The dam reservoir and the Periyar River add to the beauty of the bridge. While you take a walk on the bridge you will be left awestruck with the beauty of the pristine green surroundings, the towering mountains, and the dense thicket of coconut trees and freshness of the river water flowing beneath.
Vagamon, the sleepy town with its scenic valleys is a hill station located in Kottayam-Idukki border of Idukki district of Kerala. It is situated 1,100 metres above sea level. Vagamon was discovered by the British who found the place ideal for tea plantations and they were followed by Christian missionaries who built their abode of service at Kurisumala in Vagamon. “National Geographic Traveler has listed Vagamon on their directory of the ’50 most attractive places to visit in India”.
The main tourist attractions in vagamon is the beautiful green meadows, enchanting pine forests, mists, fogs, tea estates, waterfalls with the overall greenery is really striking. Still unblemished by commercialisation. Vagamon is prominent for its large variety of flowers and orchids. Vagamon has amenities for trekking, paragliding, mountaineering and rock climbing.
Vagamon is at the fringe of the Western Ghats and the foot hills on its lower side reach up to Teekoy with a gradual descent. This narrow strip of descending land gives a vital connectivity to the plains as both sides of vagamon up to kuttikkanam on the south west and moolamattom on the north east, are marked by steep and inaccessible hill slopes. Travelling by the hill highway in this section is an exhilarating experience with deep valleys and magnificent views all around. Vagamon presents very spectacular views with an elegant touch.
Places of Interest
- Kurisumala ( Mountain of the holy cross ): This hill area includes 12 sub mounds where pilgrims visit. Travelers can enjoy trekking and climbing this high hill. The area is fully surrounded with Tea estates and lakes. Kurisumala monastery situated on the Kurisumala hill, is a famous pilgrimage center for the Nazrani Catholics where cross put-up in each sub hill stations. The nearby Kurisumala Ashram is an abode of calm and spiritual delight.
- Indo-Swiss Project Dairy Farms: It’s situated on the Kurisumala hill. The dairy farm is managed by the Kurisumala monks.
- Vagamon Meadows: The rolling green meadows of Vagamon has a lake amidst them. It has for long been a favorite location for shooting movie songs.
- Pine Forests: A valley having huge lofty pine trees lined in rows.
- Thangal Hill: This is a center of Muslim pilgrimage. There is an ancient cave though which one can walk for kilometers. A suicide point is also situated here.
- Mooppanpara: It is a v-shaped canyon, one of the admired view points as well acknowledged as a suicide point. The outlook from the summit of the strenuous climb is amazing.
- Murugan Hill: It is situated near to Thangal Para. A Murugan temple is situated which is devoted to Lord Muruga with gorgeous stone age carving
Vagamon has potential to become one of the most attractive summer resorts in India. Facilities for hang gliding, mountaineering, angling, boating, trekking can be provided here.
Nearest tourist places from vagamon is Thekkady, Peermade, and Kulamavu.
Getting There: 39 km from Thodupuzha, 23 km from Erattupetta, 33 km away from Palai, 45 km from Kumily, 22 km from Kuttikanam and about 65 km from Kottayam.
Cochin International Airport is the nearest airport .
Closest railway station is Kottayam.
Weather: It has a cool climate with the temperature between 10 and 23 °C during a summer midday
MARAYUR SANDALWOOD FORESTS
Marayur, located 40 km from Munnar, is a rain shadow village lying in the eastern side of the Western Ghats and is bordered by the neighbouring state Tamil Nadu. Marayoor is the only place in Kerala with a natural growth of sandalwood trees. A reduced rainfall is most suited for the the sandalwood factory run by the Forest Department is of tourist interest. Although compared to the neighbouring states like Tamil Nadu and Karnataka, Kerala has less acres of sandalwood forests, the same being confined to Marayoor and a few forest areas in Wayanad hills, the state possesses the best types of sandalwood trees owing to a reduced rainfall which favours its abundant growth.
Marayoor as a pristine, heavenly and unexplored tourist spot is comparable to Munnar which is one of the most sought after hill stations in India in every respect. The place is especially an excellent trekking spot for adventure seekers. Megalithic Dolmens which is also called as Muniyaras belong to the Iron Age. These Dolmenoids were burial chambers made of four stones placed on edge and covered by a fifth stone called the cap stone. Ancient rock paintings are part of Marayur heritage at Attala, Ezhuthu Guha (literally means “cave of writing”), Kovilkadavu and Manala in Marayur panchayat.
Flora & Fauna:
- Marayur has more than 1000 species of flowering plants and is a well known repository of medicinal plants.
- There are 114 endemic species and the sighting of Albizia lathami, a critically endangered tree, was recently reported from the dry forests.
- They’ve got the largest number of reptilian species, including the mugger crocodile, in Kerala.
- It is one of the richest areas of south India in avian diversity, With 225 recorded species of birds.
- The forests in Marayur preserve a population of the endangered Grizzled Giant Squirrel.
- It is one of the richest areas of south India in avian diversity.
- The phenomenon of butterfly migration occurs in between the monsoons.
- Other important mammals found are elephant, tiger, leopard, gaur, sambar, spotted deer, Nilgiri thar, common langur, bonnet macaque etc.
The 93 km² Marayur reserve forest is believed to have about sixty thousand naturally grown sandalwood trees, of which nearly 2,000 trees had been allegedly plundered in just one year since January 2004, when the last survey was conducted.
Munnar is a town and hill station located in the Idukki district of the southwestern Indian state of Kerala. Munnar is situated at around 1,600 metres (5,200 ft) above sea level, in the Western Ghats range of mountains. Munnar town is situated on the Kannan Devan Hills village in Devikulam taluk and is the largest panchayat in the Idukki district covering an area of nearly 557 square kilometres (215 sq mi).
The name Munnar is believed to mean “three rivers”, referring to its location at the confluence of the Muthirapuzha, Nallathanni and Kundaly rivers.
Chinnar Wildlife Sanctuary, Pothamedu, Devikulam, Kuthumkal waterfalls and Echo point are some of the main visiting places in Munnar . The main attractions are Eravikulam National Park – jungle safari in Eravikulam Park can give an astonishing sight of Langur, Elephants, Tigers, Leopards, Sambars, Nilgiri tahr and many other rare species.
Top Station in Munnar
Top Station is about 35 km from Munnar is at a height of 1700 m above sea level. It is the highest point on the Munnar-Kodaikanal road. Travelers to Munnar make it a point to visit Top Station to enjoy the panoramic view it offers of the neighboring state of Tamil Nadu. It is one of the spots in Munnar to enjoy the Neelakurinji flowers blooming over a vast area.
Tea Museum in Munnar,kerala
The museum is located at the Nallathanni Estate of Tata Tea in Munnar and is worth a visit. Munnar has a legacy of its own when it comes to the origins and evolution of tea plantations. Taking account of this legacy and to preserve and showcase some of the exquisite and interesting aspects on the genesis and growth of tea plantations in Kerala’s high ranges, a museum exclusively for tea was opened some years ago by Tata Tea in Munnar. This Tea Museum houses curios, photographs and machinery; all of which have a story to tell on the origins and growth of tea plantations in Munnar.Not only this, but much more about what all you desire for you perfect vacations or honeymoon, can be availed here. The best nature speckled beauty, long natural walks, drives, romance and grandeur will make your trip an ideal one.
The nearest major functioning railway stations are at Ernakulam and Aluva (approximately 140 kilometres (87 mi) by road) and Udumalaipettai is the major nearest railway station according to google map.
The nearest airport is Cochin International Airport, which is 105 kilometres (65 mi) away.
MARAYUR SHARKARA FACTORY
Though earlier sugarcane was cultivated in around 2,500 acres, today it has shrunk to around 1,500 acres. Molasses production is a cottage industry here. Don’t forget to taste it travellers, if you have planned a visit to Marayoor. And also, if you are lucky enough to reach Marayoor in the sugarcane harvest season, you can watch how the sarkara balls are made. If you want to take home some sweet balls, there are several local outlets here.
The Ashley Bungalow was built in 1875 by Henry Baker and his associates. The building stands commanding a magnificent view facing south, onlooking the valley which flows down gently to the plains below. Ashley Estate is one of the earliest clearings on the hills of Central Travancore in Peermade. The bungalow has steps with scalloped edges which is a curious mixture of local styles and English architecture. The garden is landscaped with a green lawn fringed on the southern side with trees. The westerly wind sweeps across the drawing room, set majestically with large doors with spans of glass running the full southern side. Seated there on the plush sofas you will feel like a King, and would leisurely love to sip a cup of tea from the estate.
The second highest peak on the Western Ghats called Amrithamedu, shoots up from the boundaries of this estate. From the drawing room on the western side, there is a little passage that ends just before a single room, tucked in a corner. A large bedroom adjacent to the passage on the western side is also unique with tar and black oxide laid on its floor. It is furnished with massive cots and furniture made in abstract Victorian and mid-Victorian styles.
Elappara is a village in Idukki district in Kerala and one of the panchayats in peerumedu taluk. Cool climate is experienced as the region is situated at a height of more than 1000 meters above the sea level. Elappara is noted for its vast tea plantations creating an amazing experience for the visitors.
The history of present Elappara begins from 1836 by the clearance of Vembanad region. The first estate to start tea industry in high range and first plantation, both of these are situated in Elappara panchayath. During the Kollam era, the regions including elappara was the part of Thekkumkoor kingdom and later acquired by Mana Vikrama kulasekara perumal, the founder of Poonjar dynasty. Even today we can see the remnants of Meenakshi idols in the rocks indicating the history.
In 1870s, various plantations had emerged in this region. The tea cultivated here were known by the name Peerumedu hybrid tea, brought from China. By 1896, the area was fully utilized for tea cultivation.Later in 1900’s, people worked in these plantations settled here.
The natural beauty and amazing landscapes of Elappara attracts lots of visitors. Many enchanting scenes can be viewed on the roads leading from here to Kuttikkanam and Vagamon. The Annan Thambi and Pullikkanam hills, meadows at Kolahalamedu, scenic vedikuzhi, elappara stream’s and the numerous tea plantations are the major attractions here. Vagamon, the famous hill station in Idukki is only 15 Kms from Elappara. The periyar wildlife sanctuary and Mullaperiyar dam is situated near to this panchayath.
Getting To There
Elappara is located on the Kattappana – Kuttikanam state highway, situated about 8 Kms from Kuttikkanam and 32 Kms from Kattappana.
Major long route busses to Kottayam and Changanassery stops for a while here.
Bus services are also available to places like Vandiperiyar, Kumily, Vagamon, Erattupetta and Pala regions.
Anchuruli is another picturesque picnic spot located only 3 km from Kanchiyar village, on the Kottayam – Kattappana route in Idukki District. It is a catchment area of Idukki Arch Dam and unspoilt region which is very tranquil and blissful.
The Pattumala Matha Church is a Roman Catholic Latin Rite pilgrim shrine in Kerala dedicated to Our Lady of Good Health. This Holy Shrine is situated at Pattumala, in Peermade near Pambanar in Idukki District of Kerala. It is served by the Congregation of the Missionary Brothers of Saint Francis of Assisi (CMSF). The renowned architect J P Bright,Thiruvananthapuram, is the designer of this church. The church is built entirely of granite and situated in the midst of tea plantations.
Pattumala means silky mountain because it is surrounded by big and small hills with evergreen tea gardens. This is a place where silk worms were grown by the Europeans. This place is 85 kilometers away from Kottayam town and 24 kilometres from Thekkady.
Franciscan Missionary Brothers welcome you through this sight to Pattumala Matha Pilgrims Shrine. The spiritual atmosphere, the cool climate, the panoramic view of nature, quietness of the surrounding and uncontaminated air help you to have a soul stirring spiritual experience. we like our heavenly Mentor St. Francis of Assisi the patron of ecology help you to promote spirituality in tune with nature.
The blessings and Intercession of Mother Mary may help you to find peace of mind, serenity and happiness at this Shrine.
MALAYIL KALLAN CAVE
Munnar is rich in natural beauty and lots of tourist spot. Malayil Kallan Cave is a small cave connected with an interesting history. This cave is an attraction which is approximately 13 kms distance from main town.
Malayil Kallan Guha
The name seems to be malayalam and the word means like this:
Malayil: Up on the mountain or one who stay in the mountain.
Kallan : Thief
Guha : Cave
Exactly we can say This cave is just opposite to Lock Heart Viewpoint. Whole area is pretty scenic and breathtaking view of deep valleys and mountains.
History: As per the gathered information there was a thief who known as malayali kallan lived inside the cave and used to loot the travellers who pass through this direction. Seems interesting..!!! Tourists now have an adventurous time exploring the cave. Even though the incident took place years ago, people still pass the cave with their fingers crossed!
Gap Road or Lock heart Gap, which connects Kochi and Dhanushkodi via Madurai. The road gives amazing views of mountains, tea gardens, forests on both sides.
Comparatively widened roads here enable enough parking spaces for vehicles. A small tea / coffee shop by the roadside opposite to the cave offers refreshment to travelers. The Periyakanal Waterfalls is also by the side of this gap. With both unspoiled beauty and adventure, Lockhart Gap has everything to offer that would turn the day into a wonderful memory that would be cherished forever.
Mattupetty Dam is located near Munnar in Idukki District, is a storage Concrete Gravity dam built in the mountains of Kerala, to conserve water for hydroelectricity. It has been a vital source of power, yielding along with other such dams, huge revenue to the states. The large amount of perennially available water allows wild animals and birds to flourish. However salinity caused by irrigation and water-logging are of concern to environmentalists.
Munnar is located near the confluence of the mountain streams of Muthirapuzha River, Chanduvarai River and Kundale River
Mattupetty reservoir also known as one of the visiting grounds of elephants in the region. Mattupetty offers many fascinating sights to relish. Besides the lush green tea plantations, and the rolling grasslands, the Shola forests in and around Mattupetty are ideal for trekking and are habitat to a variety of birds. Rivulets and cascades crisscross the terrain here, which again adds more attraction to the place.
One of the main attractions in Mattupetty is the beautiful lake, and the Mattupetty Dam, which are ideal picnic spots. The District Tourism Promotion Council (DTPC), Idukki provides boating facilities in the Mattupetty Dam. Speed launch, slow speedboat and motorboats are available on hire. Other nearby places of interest includes the picturesque Kundala tea plantations and the Kundala Lake.
Nearest railway station: Angamaly, via Aluva – Munnar Rd, about 109 km from Munnar
Nearest airport: Cochin International Airport, about 108 km from Munnar
Latitude:10.105684, Longitude: 77.123752
Poopara is a village is situated in Udumbanchola Taluk in Idukki district in the Indian state of Kerala. Poopara junction is a tri-junction connecting roads to Kochi, Munnar and Theni. Plenty of tea plantations are visible in this region.
It is located in the cardamom-growing region of kerala, and also houses a number of tea and coffee plantations. It is also a road junction with roads connecting to Tamil Nadu, Munnar, and Kochi.
Tourist places Near To Poopara
The Anayirankal reservoir is 4 km up the road from Poopara.
The Mathikettan Shola National Park is 10 km from Poopara on Udumbanchola Road.
Chathurangapara Mettu is located 15 km from Poopara on Thekkady Road
It takes 40 minutes to travel from Poopara to Munnar. Approximate driving distance between Poopara and Munnar is 34 kms or 21.1 miles or 18.4 nautical miles . Travel time refers to the time taken if the distance is covered by a car.
Transportation in Poopara
Frequent buses are available to Munnar & Kattappana. Kerala State RTC & Tamilnadu State RTC operates Munnar – Theni service via Poopara at regular intervals.
MANGALADEVI TEMPLE THEKKADY
The Mangala Devi Kannagi temple is located on the border of Tamil Nadu and Kerala. It is located about 7 km from Pazhiyankudi in Theni district and 15 km from thekkady of Idukki District, Kerala. Cheran Chenguttuvan, the king of ancient Tamilakam, had erected the temple for Kannagi around 2000 years back at Vannathiparai and called it Kannagi Kottam or Mangala Devi Kannagi temple and performed regular poojas.
Its sits at an altitude of about 1337 m above the sea level. It is surrounded by lush greenery and is closed throughout the year except during the Chitra Pournami festival. At other times tourists can still view it by getting a special letter from the forest ranger. The view from the temple premises is spectacular and one can see part of eastern ghats and some villages from adjacent state of Tamil Nadu.
Deep inside the forest of Periyar Tiger Reserve, we can find 1000 years old ancient temple of Mangaladevi. This is the place, where, Kannaki, a legendary Tamil woman, betrayed all her grudge and transformed herself to be a divine lady (Mangaladevi) showering blessings upon the people on the earth.
Like the other temples in Kerala, Mangaladevi temple is not opened all the year round. The devotees can only worship the Devi during the time of Chitra Pournami festival which falls on the month of April/May. This festival which occurs on a full moon day is jointly organized by the Kerala and Tamil Nadu governments. The priest from both the states comes to perform rituals during the festival. As the temple is in the edge of ruins, the panchaloha idol used for the festival is bought from Kambam.
The journey to the temple is an interesting and daring experience. You can reach the temple only with the help of a jeep. The 12 km long way to the temple is covered with dense forests and grasslands. You will also get a chance to experience the delightful sights of Nilgiri Tahr and other varieties of flora and fauna.
In order to safeguard the ecosystem of the place, the Forest Department has taken various measures including constant vigil on the stretch leading to the temple. If you wish to visit this place, prior permission should be taken from the Wildlife Warden at Thekkady.
Mattupetty Indo Swiss Farm, spread over an area of 191 hectares, is famous for cattle farming. The farm was started in 1963 under a project originally called as the Indo-Swiss Project. The project’s aim was to develop an exclusive cattle breed that can adapt to the local environment. At present, it is home to around 400 high quality cattle, including cows and breeding bulls.
For easy maintenance, the farm is divided into three main sections – Semen Bank, Animal Husbandry and Fodder. It also provides professional courses for veterinarians, para-veterinarians and technicians in the same field.
Mattupetty is better known as the cattle village encompassing the cattle farm and its peaceful inhabitants. The cool climate of the area and the abundance of fodder had made it the perfect place for the establishing the Indo- Swiss dairy farm. Tamil migrant labourers had reared cattle in this place long ago. The Indo- Swiss dairy farm is a highly specialized project where more than hundred varieties of high yielding cattle is being reared spreading across eleven cattle shed. A greenish garden has been arranged near the farm. Rare species of roses, season flowers, dahlias, senias etc are grown here.
How to Reach
By Air: Nearest Airports: – Kochi: 130 km, Madurai: 142 km, Coimbatore: 167 km, Kozhikode: 287 km, Trivandrum: 302 km.
By Rail: Nearest Railway Stations:- Kochi: 130 km, Kottayam: 147 km, Madurai: 162 km, Trivandrum: 302 km.
By Road: Just 13 km drive from Munnar, Munnar is well connected with road networks from different locations of Kerala and Tamil Nadu.
Kurisumala Ashram is a Cistercian Monastery in Syro-Malankara Catholic Church. “Kurisu” is the translation of the word Cross, into Malayalam the language of Kerala, the small State in the South West tip of India; “Mala” means mountain; “Ashram” means Monastery. Hence, the name describes the community of monks who practise austerity and live a strict monastic life on the mount of the Cross in the high hills of Kerala.
Kurisumala Ashram is at the heart of the Sahya Mountains, which run parallel to India’s south west coast. It is a place sanctified by the breeze which blows softly across the valleys and by the overwhelming beauty of the creation, and the meditative thoughts which arise from the depth of silence. Even today people move to the mountains in search of peace of mind and of God-experience. The most important feature of Kurisumala is its silence which truly pervades the Ashram. The silence is broken there only by the sweet sound of wind and birds which bring a quasi-divine message.
The sadhakas listen to the whisperings of the spirit. They experience that the concentration of prayer is ‘aanandamaya’ , full of joy. All beings originate from Ananda, joy. They live in Ananda and they return to Ananda. Gandhiji said : “Experience teaches that silence is the strength of all seekers of truth”. These words of Gandhiji, and the Indian monastic lifestyle prompted Acharya to give an important place to silence in the Ashram.
Route to Vagamon Kurisumala Ashram
Airport: Cochin International Airport (95 km away) is the nearest Airport
Railway Station: Kottayam Railway Station (64 km away)
Route-1) Kottayam/Ernakulam >> Pala >> Erattupetta >> Teekoy >> Vagamon Kurisumala
Route-2) Kumily >> Kuttikkanam >> Elappara >> Vagamon >> Kurisumala Ashram
By Bus: Frequent Buses are available to Vagamon from Erattupetta, Pala, Kottayam & Kattappana. Direct buses are also available from Ernakulam, Kozhikode & Trivandrum.
VAGAMON PINE FOREST
Vagamon Pine Forest is a popular tourist spot in Vagamon. Travellers arriving Vagamon pine forest take snaps from acres of lofty pine trees growing on steep edges.
Vagamon Pine Forest – Location
Vagamon Pine Forest is located at Vagamon in Idukki district, Kerala state, India.
Vagamon Pine Forest – Attractions
Acres of lofty pine trees growing on steep edges.
It is a beautiful spot for Photography.
Spend lot of time sitting or walking pine forest
Vagamon Pine Forest – Photo Shooting
Vagamon Pine Forest & Vagamon Meadows are excellent places for photo shooting. Plenty of Wedding Albums uses scenery from pine forest. Songs in various Movies are also shooted inside pine forest
Getting To There:
Airport: Cochin International Airport (104 km away) is the nearest Airport to Pine Forest
Railway Station: Kottayam Railway Station (64 km away) is the nearest rail network to Vagamon Pine Forest
Trivandrum to Vagamon Pine Forest: Trivandrum >> Kottayam >> Pala >> Erattupetta >> Teekoy >> Pine Forest
Bangalore to Vagamon Pine Forest Route: Bangalore >> Hosur >> Salem >> Namakkal >> Trichy >> Dindigul >> Theni >> Cumbum >> Kumily >> Peermade >> Kuttikkanam >> Elappara >> Vagamon Meadows
Goa to Vagamon Pine Forest: Panjim >> Bhatkal >> Udupi >> Mangalore >> Kozhikode >> Thodupuzha >> Muttom >> Kanjar/Erattupetta >>Vagamon Meadows
Frequent Buses are available to Vagamon from Erattupetta, Pala, Kottayam & Kattappana.
VAGAMON SUICIDE POINT
Vagamon Suicide Point also known as “Mooppan Para” is a well known destination for tourist visiting Vagamon. It is a v-shaped canyon, one of the admired viewpoints as well acknowledged as a suicide point..
Vagamon Suicide Point – Location
Vagamon Suicide Point is located at Vagamon in Iddukki district, Kerala state, India.
Mooppanpara – Attractions
Suicide point is the major attraction.
It is a beautiful spot for canyon view.
Climbing mooppan para is amazing.
Vagamon Suicide Point – Tips
Mist free time will give a good view of suicide point.
Suicide point can be reached by foot.
You can reach closer to suicide point by bike.
Getting To There:
Cochin International Airport (104 km away)& Kottayam Railway Station (64 km away) is the nearest air & rail network to Mooppan Para.
Kanyakumari to Vagamon Suicide Point: Nagercoil >> Trivandrum >> Kottayam >> Pala >> Erattupetta >> Vagamon >> Suicide Point
Bangalore to Vagamon Suicide Point: Bengaluru >> Hosur >> Salem >> Namakkal >> Trichy >> Dindigul >> Theni >> Cumbum >> Kumily >> Peermade >> Kuttikkanam >> Elappara >> Vagamon Meadows
Thodupuzha to Vagamon Suicide Point: Thodupuzha >> Muttom >> Kanjar >>Vagamon >> Suicide Point
Frequent Buses are available to Vagamon from Erattupetta, Pala, Kottayam & Kattappana.
VAGAMON PARAGLIDING SPOT
Vagamon is an emerging international paragliding destination in south India. This is situated at the border of Kottayam and Idukki districts at an altitude of 1,100 m above sea level. This picturesque hill is noted for its rolling hills, grasslands and sprawling tea plantations and with a cool climate round the year. Vagamon is 25 km from Peermade.
Getting To There:
Kottayam, about 75 km from Peermede, is the nearest railway station.
Cochin International Airport, about 150 km from Peermade, is the nearest airport.
ERATTUPETTA ILLIKKAL KALLU
Illickan Mountain (also known as Illikkal Kallu in malayalam) comprises three hills, each rising to 4000 ft. and above sea level. Each of the hills has a peculiar shape. It is located 10 km from Erattupetta in Kottayam District of Kerala State, India. Numerous mountain streams in this peak, flow down to form the Meenachil River. Tourists must trek 3 km to reach the summit of the peak.
One of hills resembles a mushroom, which is why it is known as Kuda Kallu (umbrella shaped rock). It is said that the medicinal herb Neela Koduveli grows here. This blue flower is also believed to possess supernatural powers, which could increase wealth and ensure a rich harvest.
The second hill, has a small hunch on the sides and is therefore referred to as Koonu Kallu (hunch back rock). Across this rock is a 1/2 ft. wide bridge called Narakapalam (bridge to hell).
From the hilltops, the Arabian Sea can be seen in the distant horizon as a thin blue line. The sunset on the evening of a full moon day can be sensational: the moon can be seen rising up like another sun, as the orange sun goes down.
Getting To There:
By Air: Cochin International Airport is the nearest airport to Illickal Kallu
By Rail: Kottayam Railway Station is the major railway station closer to Illikkal Kallu
By Bus: Frequent buses are available to Erattupetta from Kottayam & all major cities in Kerala. From Erattupetta or Pala you will get direct bus to Mankombu.
By Road: You can come in your private vehicle only near to Pazhukkakaanam (Kottayam -> Erattupetta -> Moonnilavu -> Mankombu Temple -> Pazhukakaanam) from there arrange jeep or treak 3 km to reach Illikkal Kallu
MARIAN COLLEGE KUTTIKKANAM
Marian College Kuttikkanam is an educational institution in Kerala, India. It offers graduate and postgraduate courses. The Catholic Diocese of Kanjirapally established Marian College Kuttikkanam in 1995 to provide the student community with education in information technology, commerce, social work and management.
Marian College Kuttikkanam is accredited with ‘A’ Grade by NAAC. The college is declared as the College with Potential for Excellence (CPE) by UGC.
Marian college is affiliated to MG University Kottayam.
RAMAKKALMEDU WIND FARM
Kerala Chief Minister V.S. Achuthanandan inaugurated the first wind farm in Idukki, set up at Ramakkalmedu with private participation, at a function held in Thookkupalam on 27th April 2008. Seven wind farm units have started supply of power to the KSEB?s Kallar sub-station.
The wind farm was set up after a survey of the wind path and its velocity. With more power units to come up in the area, the total power generated will be marginally increased. All the units have started supplying power to the Kerala State Electricity Boards (KSEB) Kallar sub-station, 17 km away from the installed area.
Agencies like Agency for Non-Conventional Energy and Rural Technology (Anert) are keen to launch wind units at Ramakkalmedu, which has been found best suited for generating wind power, sources.
With more private companies set to enter the sector, it is expected that power shortage in the peak hours will be considerably reduced. The technical support for setting up the wind farm is provided by Vestas India. Companies such Mitcon, Eastern, Zenith Energy, Sun Star and IBN have wind farm units at Ramakkalmedu. Since Ramakkalmedu lies between Thekkady and Munnar and is already in the tourism map, wind farm is set to supplement tourism
- Second most suitable place in the country for setting up wind farms.
- Total production of wind energy would reach 50 MW.
- Totaly 20 turbines at Ramakkalmedu.
- Started power supply to the KSEB?s Kallar substation.
- 917 km transmission line.
Vagamon a hill station located in Kottayam-Idukki border of Idukki district of Kerala.This place in local parlance is called Mottakunnu meaning bald hills. Meadows is a green grassland. It is also called Mottakunnu in Malayalam language. Vagamon is very popular for the rolling green meadows. It is a favourite location for shooting movie songs.
Still untouched by commercialisation, the sleepy town with its scenic valleys, beautiful green meadows, enchanting pine forests, mists, fogs, tea estates, waterfalls with the overall greenery is really striking. The landscape is mostly hilly bald with green meadows. Vagamon is also home to a large variety of flowers and orchids. Cuddled up within three striking hills Thangal, Murugan and Kurisumala hills which are the representation of the chief religions in Kerala, i.e. Hindu, Muslim, and Christian which represent the cultural harmony. Vagamon has amenities for trekking, paragliding, mountaineering and rock climbing.