'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'.Read More
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.Read More
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...Read More
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