A densely forested, mountainous region in the south Indian state of Kerala, Idukki’s specialty is in its arch dam which is the largest in the country. Situated at the top of the Western Ghats and surrounded by mountains, Idukki’s beauty is beyond description. This beautiful high range district of Kerala is geographically known for its rugged hills and dense forests. One of the most nature rich areas of Kerala, Idukki has some popular wildlife sanctuaries.


Wildlife enthusiasts must visit the Idukki Wildlife Sanctuary. The sanctuary extends over Udumpancholataluk of Idukki, and is home to plenty of endemic flora and fauna. You can eye herds of elephants, gaur, boar, deer, and wild dogs among other animals at the sanctuary. It is also home to jungle cats, bears and several varieties of poisonous snakes. Bird lovers can also enjoy the view of woodpeckers, kingfisher, myna, jungle fowl, and black bulbul and so on.

Thommankuthu Waterfalls is another major attraction of Idukki. This scenic waterfall has a dark past, as people say there was once a tribal named Thomman who fell into the waterfall, therefore the name. This seven step waterfall allows adventure tourism. Other activities include bathing and trekking.

Another popular attraction is the Idukki Arch Dam. Built across the river and located between two hills, the Idukki Dam is one of the highest arch dams in Asia and third tallest arch dam. This dam was constructed along with two other dams at Cheruthoni and Kulamavu. Together, the three dams have created an artificial lake.

A popular hill station, Thrissanku Hills is well known for its virgin walking trails. It is a great scenic spot to enjoy the beauty of nature. Other things one can enjoy from the hill include Diwan’s residence, Mausoleum of Sufi Saint and a summer palace.

Best time to Visit Idukki
Idukki can be visited throughout the year, except the rainy season. However, the winter season is considered as the best season to explore Idukki.

How to reach Idukki
By Air – Kochi airport is the nearest airport to Idukki. It is an international airport from where you can get domestic and international flights easily.
By Train – Theni is the nearest railway station in Idukki and Changanacherry is also a nearby station which offers regular train services.
By Road – Roads here are smooth and well connected with various other major cities such as Ooty, Kodaikanal, Munnar, and Coimbatore.


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