This place always attracts tourist because of its vast range of places that includes wildlife sanctuaries, Hill stations, Dams, Space plantation tours, Mountain treks, elephant rides, etc.
Some of the important places of Idukki district are as described below: Munnar, Idukki, Peermede, and Thekkady.
Munnar is situated at the meeting point of three mountain streams namely Mudrapuzha, Nallathanni and Kundala. This place is situated at 1600 m above sea level. Formerly it was the summer resort of the British Government in South India. Sprawling tea plantations, picture-book towns, winding lanes and holiday artifacts make this a popular resort town. The Neelakurinji is the most exotic flora and grassland found here. This flower that covers the hills in blue every twelve years, will bloom next in 2006 AD. Munnar also has the highest peak in South India, Anamudi, which towers over 2695 m.
The important places to be visited in this district can be named as follows:
This place is 6 kms away from Munnar and offers an excellent view of the tea, coffee and cardamom plantations here. This place is ideal for trekking and long mountains walk because of its undulating hills, the abundant mountains and the magnificent and incredible scenery.
This place is situated at 7 kms from Munnar. This place is very beautiful as this is a heavenly hill stations with its velvety lawns, exotic flora and fauna and the cool mountain air. The presence of all these in a single place is itself a rare combination. The Sita Devi Lake with its mineral waters and picturesque surroundings is a good picnic spot. The lake is also ideal for trout fishing.
This is the venue of the first Hydroelectric Project in Kerala. This is a place of immense scenic beauty, which is situated at 8 kms from Munnar.
This place is located between Munnar and Pallivasal, which is 9 kms away from Munnar. This place is ideal for long trek. The other attractions are undulating hills and waterfall.
This place is based at a distance of 10 kms away from Munnar. This is mainly Located between Munnar and Rajamala. Nyayamakad is a land of breathtaking waterfalls. The waters cascade down a hill from a height of about 1600 metres. The enchanting surroundings make an excellent picnic spot and trekking point.
This is placed at 10 kms away from Munnar. Situated at a height of 1700 m, Mattupetty is known for its highly specialized dairy farm named as the Indo Swiss Livestock Project. Over a 100 varieties of high-yielding cattle are reared here. One can visit the place from 7 a.m. till 11 a.m. and again from 2 p.m. too 8.30 p.m. The rate is Rs.5 per head. The Mattupetty Lake and dam, just a short distance from the farm, is a very beautiful picnic spot. The sprawling Kundala tea plantations and the Kundala Lake are other attractions in the neighborhood. DTPC Idukki provides boating facilities on the Mattupetty Dam. Speed launch and motorboats are also available on hire at this place.
Lock Heart Gap:
This place is 13 kms away from Munnar and ideal for adventure tourism and trekking. The fresh mountain air, the foggy hills and the picturesque beauty make the place worthy to visit.
This is the natural habitat of the Nilgiri which is 15 kms away from Munnar. Half of the world population of rare mountain goat or Hemitragas bylocres, which is becoming extinct found here. The Nilgiri tahrs are today reduced to small herds found in the Eravikulam-Rajamala region. The total number of Nilgiri tahrs in Rajamala is estimated at 1317.
This place is situated at 15 kms away from Munnar. This scenic place gets its name from the natural echo phenomenon here. Echo Point is on the way to Top Stations from Munnar.
Eravikulum National Park:
The 97 sq. km. park is situated in the Devikulam taluk. The 2695m high Anamudi peak is located in the southern region of the park. This is placed at 15 kms away from Munnar.
Power House waterfalls:
This waterfall is found out on the way to Thekkady from Munnar cascades down a steep rock and this is placed at 2000m above sea level. The spot is enriched with the scenic western mountain ranges, and is an ideal place for a break on the way to the Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary in Thekkady. This is 18 kms away from Munnar.
Kundala is a beautiful town on the way to Top Stations. The Golf Course that belongs to Tata Tea Ltd. is located here. The Kundala artificial dam is another attraction, which caters to the tourists. Aruvikkad waterfalls are also near Kundala, which is situated at 20 kms away from Munnar.
There are some places, which can be mentioned as the places for excursion from Munnar. These are as follows:
This place is situated at 22 kms away from Munnar. It is a lush green carpet of tea plants. A trip on the splendid reservoir is a memorable experience. The Tata Tea Plantations and evergreen forests surround the Anayirankal Dam, which is an ideal spot for picnic. Top station: This place is 32 kms away from Munnar. This is placed at 1700 m above sea level; and is the highest point on the Munnar-Kodaikanal road. The rare Nilakurinji or strobilanthus belongs to this region. This plant blooms in every 12 years and filled the hillsides in bright blue. Top Station also offers a panoramic view of the neighboring state of Tamil Nadu.
This is 40 kms away from Munnar. This is the only place in Kerala that has natural growth of sandal wood trees. Among the interesting spots in this place some are stated in the following: the sandal wood factory of the forest department, the caves with murals, objects from the new stone age civilization and the children's park spread across a hectare of land under the canopy of a single Banyan tree. Thoovanam waterfalls and Rajiv Gandhi National Park are also near by to this place.
The Cheeyappara and Valara waterfalls are located between Nariamangalam and Adimali on the Kochi-Madurai highway. The Cheeyappara waterfalls descend in seven steps. The panoramic view of this place is awesome and also a great place for trekking. Meenuli: It is famous for two acres of evergreen forests upon a huge Rock. The rock is more than 500 acres in area and is an ideal spot for mountaineering. It is a real beauty as it is placed above the rock.
Chinnar Wild Life Sanctuary:
It is situated on the Tamil Nadu Border at 60 kms away from Munnar. This wild life sanctuary is spread across 90.44 Sq. Km.
There are some interesting tourist places in and around Idukki, which are described as follows.
It is an ideal place for one-day picnic. As the name indicates, this park offers panoramic view of the large area of nearby districts and villages. A two-storied pavilion makes an ideal place for enjoying the landscape and beauty of nature. People always come here to enjoy a short stint.
Thumpachi Calveri Samuchayam:
This is actually a picnic spot but also ideal for meditation and relaxation. This place is ideal for watching sunset. This is located at 35 kms away from Thodupuzha.
This is actually a dam sight, which has a trekking trail. This place has an excellent viewpoint.
This place has a scenic beauty, which has a trekking point, evergreen forest. This place is a District Headquarters.
This place is the Idukki Arch Dam sight, which has an aerial view of the reservoir. Its scenic beauty is very beautiful at this place.
The aerial view of the Idukki reservoir can be seen from this place. The scenic beauty of peaks and forests make this spot a marvelous one. The scenery, which is visible here, is something heavenly.
This is situated at 6 kms from Thodupuzha on the Thodupuzha-Moolamattom road. This artificial road is accessible by road only. This place is ideal for boating and fishing. Many tourists come to visit this place only for these attractions.
This is situated at 17 kms away from Thodupuzha. There is a 7 steps waterfall, which is lovely picnic spot. At each step of this waterfall there is a cascade and pool beneath. This place named as Thommankuthu is an ideal place for adventure tourism.
This place is situated at 25 kms from Thodupuzha. The Rain Bow waterfalls, which flows down a rock from a height of about 1500 m is a wonderful attraction of this spot. It can be seen through out the year in full swing. This place is also important as various medicinal plants grow here. It is an ideal place for rock climbing, mountaineering and camp trekking because of these reasons young people like this place very much.
This is placed at 12 kms distance from Idukki. This is located 3125 m above see level from where Kochi, Alappuzha and other nearby towns e.g. Kalvarimount , Peermede ,Thekkady etc. can be seen.