(Last Updated on : 18/05/2015)
Kuttikkanam is a hilly village in Idukki District
Location of Kuttikkanam
Kuttikkanam is located at a latitudinal limit of 9 degree 34 minutes 42 seconds north to 76 degree 58 minutes 22 seconds east. It is a village in Idukki district of Kerala.
Landforms of Kuttikkanam
Kuttikkanam is 3,500 feet above sea level. It is surrounded by lush green tea plantations. It is within the territory of Peermade. Kanjirappally and Mundakkayam are the nearest cities.
History of Kuttikkanam
In the 16th century medieval history of Kuttikkanam reveals that the territory of Kuttikkanam was under the rule of Changanacherry kings and was uninhabited. In the year 1756, the King of Travancore conquered Changanacherry, and brought the place under his supremacy. A Church Mission Society missionary, Henry Baker, started coffee plantations, and under the regency of Sri Moolam Thirunal these became tea plantations.
Under the rule of British East India Company in India, Kuttikkanam became an up-market resort. Since at first there was no road but only a pathway, the British Government in India started the Aerial Ropeway Ltd, Travancore state's first public limited company. The summer palace of the Travancore
kings was located in Kuttikkanam. During the rule of British Government in India and after the manpower was brought to Kuttikkanam from various parts of Kerala and Tamil Nadu. The descendants of these migrant workers constitute the major part of the population of Kuttikkanam.
Tourism in Kuttikkanam
The tourism in Kuttikkanam reveals the vast number of tourist destinations. Some of the tourist destination in Kuttikkanam is Peeru Hills, Grampi, Thottapura, Baker Hills and many other places, which are of primary importance.
Grampi is commonly known as Parunthumpara, a rock sculpture about 150 ft (46 m) high and about 3,800 feet (1,200 m) above sea level.
Thottapura is the place where the Travancore royal family stored weapons.
Baker Hills which is commercially named as Thrisangu Hills is the rolling hills with views nature.
Panchalimedu is a viewpoint, according to legend one of the many hiding places of the Pandavas and Panchali. From this pond known as Panchalikkulam the "Makarajyothi", can be seen, the divine flame lit during the pilgrimage season in Sabarimala.
Valanjanganam Waterfalls is one of the main attractions of Kuttikkanam. This waterfall is also known as Ninnumullippara. The waterfall is about 75 ft (23 m) in height and is usually covered in mist.
Other tourist attractions in this region are Nallathanni viewpoint, artificial forest, and the Azhutha Diversion Project.