In God's Own Land, Idukki is a charming retreat for travellers. It boasts of Anamudi, India's highest peak, covered in a thick canopy of greenery and crowned by lush mountains. In addition, it takes pleasure in housing the second-largest arch dam in the world. Idukki has carved out a niche in history as the Chera Dynasty's capital and the birthplace of numerous early European settlers. Since teak, rosewood, sandalwood, ivory, peacock, and other items are rumoured to have been exported from here to numerous distant places, it has long been a significant commercial centre.
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A massively forested mountainous zone of Indian state of Kerala, is Idukki district. This place has the Anamudi mountain range to its north, which towers over Eravikulam National Park, making this place heavenly beautiful. This place is all about abundant greenery, lofty mountains with dense forests, overlapping hills, singing birds, flattering butterflies, misty weather and a relaxed soul. The very popular hill-town, Munnar is also nearby with its sprawling tea plantations to allure you further. Towards the south is the huge Idukki Dam known for its curved structure and the world known Periyar National Park.
Idukki was established on 26 January 1972 and is the second largest district in Kerela as per area occupied but also has the lowest population density. This place lies in the Western Ghats of Kerala and has extensive forest reserve areas. Records mention that more than half of the district is covered by forests. Though, the urban areas are populated but the villages are sparsely populated. Consequently, bountiful green space, fresh air, no pollution & abundant nature to luxuriate in. Idukki is also called the spice garden of Kerala as it's a prime spice plantation zone of the state.
This place is a delight for the travelers or holidayers seeking nothing but relaxation amidst nature. The sightseeing places here that you might not like to miss, include the Mattupetty Dam in a picturesque area, the Anamudi peak for hiking & elephant spotting. Meesapulimala Mountain for camping and hiking and the ever picturesque Cheeyappara & the Thommankuthu waterfalls.
Apart from these there are several nearby places that add to the vacation here. Munnar is nearby Idukki and is located at the convergence of three mountain streams, which make this place absolutely beautiful.
The sprawling tea plantations of Munnar with scenic and picturesque landscapes attract tourists. Vagamon is another hill town near Idukki that is popular for trekking, paragliding and rock climbing. The evergreen trees, tall grasses and shrubs here in the lower regions are a home to a number of rare species of birds and one can easily locate elephants here. The mist-covered mountains and lakes here are worth a day tour. Ramakkalmedu is yet another beautiful hill town here in Idukki district, perched on the Western Ghats at 3500 feet above mean sea level. Constant wind (35 km/ hour throughout the year), owing to its geographical location, makes Ramakkalmedu unique. Other places near Idukki are the the Misty Thekkady, Cardamom Hills and Marayur village, which allure travelers.
Idukki is a land-locked place and the most nature-rich areas of Kerala. This zone is a home to some of the most beautiful wild life sanctuaries. The Idukki Wildlife Sanctuary, Eravikulam Wild Life Sanctuary (where the rare, blue Neelakurinji flower blooms every 12 years), Periyar Tiger Reserve, Periyar National Park and Wildlife Sanctuary, Pampadumshola National Park, Kurinjimala Sanctuary are here to attract any wild life enthusiast.
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