'Idukki' is supposed to be derived from the Malayalam word 'Idukku' which means a narrow gorge. The district of came into being on 26 January 1972.It holds the distinction of being the second largest district in Kerala after Palakkad. It is blessed by nature with its beautiful hills, lush green forests, valleys,enchanting waterfalls and dams. There are numerous places of interest to visit. The majority share of the state's power is generated in Idukki. Being the largest, Idukki is one of the most nature enriched district of the state. A landlocked region, here, high ranges and wooded valleys that are encircled by three major rivers - Periyar, Thalayar and Thodupuzhayar - and their tributaries. Powering Kerala with one-third of the State’s electricity, Idukki is also famous for its gigantic arch dam. It is predominantly populated by indigenous tribe with around 50 percent of its total area is covered by forests. Rugged mountains and forests cover about 97 percent of the total area of the District. The district borders the Kerala districts of Pathanamthitta to the south, Kottayam to the southwest, Ernakulam to the northwest and Thrissur to the north and Coimbature, Dindigul and Theni Districts in Tamil Nadu to the east Anamudi, the highest peak in India south of the Himalayas. As a tourist destination, the place offers diverse attractions like wildlife sanctuaries, hill stations, spice plantation tours, mountain treks, elephant rides etc. Idukki’s numerous trekking trails and spectacular landscape dotted with rich flora and fauna make it a dream destination for nature enthusiasts. The main attractions of Idukki are Munnar, Marayur, Thattekad Bird Sanctuary, Eravikulam Wild Life Sanctuary and protected areas like Periyar national park and so on.

TOURIST SPOTS IN IDUKKI

Munnar:- Munnar town is situated at the convergence of three mountain streams namely Muthirappuzha, Nallathanni and Kundala. In fact, the name Munnar literally means 'Three rivers'.

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Munnar

Munnar town is situated at the convergence of three mountain streams namely Muthirappuzha, Nallathanni and Kundala. In fact, the name Munnar literally means 'Three rivers'. It is located at a height of more than 5000 metres above sea level and is famous for its tea plantations. This hill station is marked by large areas of tea plantations, colonial bungalows, rivulets, waterfalls, resorts and cool weather. Also an ideal destination for adventure sports like trekking and mountain biking. The blooming of the neelakurinji(Strobilanthus kunthianum) on the hills in Munnar is quite a sight to cherish. The hill station of Munnar in early times used to be the summer resort of the erstwhile British administration in south India. The tea museum by the Tata tea tells the tale of the legacy of the tea plantations of this area.

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Eravikulam National Park:- Eravikulam National Park was declared a sanctuary in 1975 to protect the popoulation of Nilgiri Tahr, an endangered species of mountain goat, which is also the state animal of Tamil Nadu.

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Eravikulam National Park

Eravikulam National Park was declared a sanctuary in 1975 to protect the popoulation of Nilgiri Tahr, an endangered species of mountain goat, which is also the state animal of Tamil Nadu. It was subsequently made a national park in 1978 considering its ecological importance. Anaimudi, the highest peak south of the Himalayas is on the southern part of this park. The national park is home to (apart from the Nilgiri Tahr) Gaur, Sloth Bear, Nilgiri Langur, Tiger, Leopard, Giant Squirrel and wild dog. Panthers and Wild Civet can also be spotted

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Idukki Dam:- It holds the record of being Asia's highest arch dam with a height of 555 feet. It stands between the mountains of 'kuravanmala' and 'kurathimala'. Historical sources say that Shri Kolumban, the...

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Idukki Dam

It holds the record of being Asia's highest arch dam with a height of 555 feet. It stands between the mountains of 'kuravanmala' and 'kurathimala'. Historical sources say that Shri Kolumban, the head of 'Araya' race during 1922 showed the way to the spot of the present arch dam to the Malankara Estate Superintendent and his friend Thomas who were on a hunting spree in the forest. Commercial operation of the dam started in 1976

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Periyar Tiger Reserve:- The Periyar lake is at the centre of this national park. The area around it was declared a reserve forest in 1899 and then, as Nelikkampetty sanctuary

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Periyar Tiger Reserve

The Periyar lake is at the centre of this national park. The area around it was declared a reserve forest in 1899 and then, as Nelikkampetty sanctuary in 1934 and renamed as Periyar wildlife sanctuary in 1950 and became a national park in 1982. Elephant, Gaur, Sambar, Barking deer, Lion tailed Macaque et all are other important mammals.

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ARTS & ATTRACTIONS

ARTS & ATTRACTIONS :- The numerous art forms of Kerala have always made its impact on the rich culture of Kerala.

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FOOD ITEMS IN KERALA

FOOD ITEMS :- The cuisines of Kerala are inspired by its cultural heritage and the generous availability of seafood, poultry and coconut.

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