Attractions

1. Pilgrim Centers

 

    i.   Muthalakodam Church

    ii.  Nagapuzha Church

    iii. Nediyasala Marian Church

    iv. Uravappara Temple

 

2. Malankara Dam

 

Located in Idukki district at a distance of 66 kms from Kochi and 6kms from Thodupuzha, Malankara is well connected by roads and is served by frequent bus service. The irrigation Dept. has plans to landscape the dam and it envisages to set up a garden as well. With permission from the irrigation dept. visitors will be allowed to stroll along the pathway atop the dam which commands an overview of the greenery around. The reservoir is ideal for boating and fishing.

 

Malankara reservoir is an artificial lake formed as part of Muvattupuzha Valley Irrigation Project. It is about 6 kms from the Thodupuzha and accessible by road. This reservoir is ideal for boating facilities.

 

Kudayathoor Mala, a picturesque hillock 6 kms from Malankara dam site, is ideal for trekking, Elaveezha Poonchira, 6 kms upstream is another haunt for picnickers.

 

The Dam is constructed across Thodupuzha river 5 K.m from Thodupuzha for irrigation purpose. The tail water from Moolamattom Power house is stored here. The banks of the Reservoir can be developed to a beautiful tourist attraction. Efforts are made in this direction by the Tourism organisations.

 

3. Attractions of Idukki

 

i. Munnar

 

Munnar is situated at the confluence of three mountain streams - Mudrapuzha, Nallathanni and kundala. 1600 m above sea level, this hill station was the summer resort of the British Government in South India. Sprawling tea platations, picture book towns, winding lanes and holiday facilities make this a popular hill station. Among the exotic flora found in the forests and grasslands here is the Neelakurinji. This flower which bathes the hills in blue once every twelve years, will bloom next in 2006 AD. Munnar also has the highest peak in South India, Anamudi, which towers over 2695 m. Anamudi is an ideal spot for trekking. Tea factory visits: Permission to visit any of the 26 factories of Tata Tea Ltd: can be had from the Regional Office at Munnar ph: 30561

 

Munnar is beautiful, peaceful hill station covered with unending expanse is of tea plantations. Located  133 kms from 1600 to 1800 meters above sea level, Munnar boasts of the highest peak in South India -Anamudi 2695 meters high.   Munnar the favorite summer resort of European settlers for centuries look its place on the tourism map of India only recently.

 

ii. Rajamala

 

The natural habitat of the Nilgiri Tahr, Rajamala is 2695 m above sea level. Half the world population of the rare mountain goat which is fast becoming extinct, is now found here. The Nilgiri Tahrs are today reduced to small herds which are found in the Eravikulam- Rajamala region.

 

This is the natural habitat of the Nilgiri tahr. Half the world population of the rare mountain goat (Hemitragas bylocres) which is fast becoming extinct is now 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.

 

iii. Mattuppetti

 

Situated at a height of 1700 m, Mattupetty is known for its highly specialised dairy farm-the Indo Swiss Livestock Project. Over 100 varieties of high-yielding cattle are reared here. Visitors are allowed into 3 of the 11 cattle sheds at the farm.

 

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 vicinity. DTPC Idukki provides boating facilities on the Mattupetty Dam. Speed launch and motorboats are available on hire.

 

iv. Chinnar

 

Chinnar is a unique thorny scrub forest in the rain shadow region of the Western Ghats, about 40 kms from Munnar. The Park is around 90 sq. kms in area and its rugged undulating terrain has held a special fascination for the adventure traveller. It is the second habitat for the endangered Giant Grizzled Squirrel (an endangered species) in India. The altitude varies from 500 to 2400 metres and one can sense the drastic variation in the climate and vegetation, since the gradients are quite steep and drastic.The highest peaks are Kottakombumalai (2144 metre), Vellaikal malai (1863m) and Viriyoottu malai (1845 metre). Unlike other forests of Kerala, Chinnar gets only about 48 rainy days in a year during October - November (North - East Monsoons).The forest types comprise thorny scrub forests, dry deciduous forests, high sholas and wet grasslands. Elephants, Gaur, Panther, Spotted deer, Sambar, Giant Grizzled Squirrel, Hanuman monkey, Rabbit etc. inhabit the Chinnar forests.

 

v. Thattekkad bird sanctuary

 

Thattekad is a bird sanctuary developed by the untiring efforts of India's birdman Dr Salim Ali. The sanctuary is near Munnar along the lower reaches of the Western Ghats, spread over 25.16 sq. km. The sanctuary attracts nature lovers especially bird watchers in droves. Tropical evergreen forests, tropical semi-evergreen forests and tropical deciduous forests make up this sanctuary. There are patches of grasslands too. Around 210 species of birds have been identified here so far.Indian Roller, Cuckoo, Common snipe, Crow pheasant, Jungle Nightjar, Kite, Grey Drongo, Malabar Trogon, Woodpecker, Large pied wagtail, Baya sparrow, Grey jungle fowl, Indian hill myna, Robin, Jungle babbler and darter are found here. Crimson-throated Barbet, Bee-eater, Sun bird, Shrike, Fairy blue bird, Grey-headed fishing eagle, Blackwinged kite, Night heron, Grey heron, Common Grey Hornbill and Malabar Hornbill are some of the rarer birds found. Best season to visit is from September to March.

 

Idukki, once covered with some of the densest evergreen forests in India, has now been seriously denuded as a result of the construction of the Idukki dam in the 60's. Subsequently, a small sanctuary came up, extending over the Thodupuzha and Udumpanchola taluks of Idukki district and spreading over 77sq km at 450 - 748m above sea level. The Idukki reservoir formed by three dams-Cheruthoni, Idukki and Kulamavu - extending up to 33 sq. kms - forms part of this sanctuary. Elephants, Bison, Sambhar, Deer, Wild dogs, Jungle cats, Tiger, Wild boar etc are found here, as also Jungle fowl, Myna, Laughing thrush, Black bulbul, Peafowl, Wood pecker and the King fisher.

 

vi. Udumbanchola

 

Udumbanchola is located in Idukki District of Kerala and is a highland region. It is 22 km east of Painavu and 21 km south of Devikulam. Nedumkandam is the major town and capital of Udumbanchola taluk. This taluk borders Tamil Nadu state.

 

The place is charmed with granite hills and thick rain-fed sylvan forests. One can find acres of cardamom plantations here. Chaturangapara Mettu (a picnic spot) lies at Chaturangapara near Udumbanchola. There is plantation bungalow for lodging.

 

vii. Cheeyappara

 

The Cheeyappara and Valara waterfalls are located between Nariamangalam and Adimali on the Kochi Madurai highway. The Cheeyappara waterfalls cascade down in seven steps. It is a real feast for the eyes. This is also a great place for trekking.

 

viii. Marayoor: (40 km from Munnar)

 

This is the only place in Kerala that has natural growth of sandal wood trees. The sandal wood factory of the forest department, the caves (Muniyaras) with murals and relics from the new Stone Age civilisation and the children's park spread across a hectare of land under the canopy of a single Banyan tree are of great interest to tourist's. Thoovanam waterfalls and Rajiv Gandhi National Park are also near by.

 

ix. Thekkady

 

Thekkady Wildlife sanctuary (also called Periyar Tiger Reserve) is a fine example of good management of forests. The sanctuary, which was a game reserve, merged with the Forest Department in 1966. It was declared a Tiger Reserve in 1978 under the Project Tiger scheme. In 1982 the core area of the reserve (350 sq. km.) was notified as National Park. The entire Park covers hills and verdant forests extending over an area of 777 sq. km . It will be no exaggeration to say that this Park is one of the finest wildlife sanctuaries in India. Here, in the crisp, cool air of the Western Ghats you will experience wilderness and abundant wildlife first hand. The uniqueness of this sanctuary is the Periyar lake, an artificial lake, which was created by damming the Periyar river a century ago. The open grasslands are home to a magnificent variety of animals - the elephant, the bison, Gaur, Sambar deer, Barking deer, Mouse deer, Nilgiri langur, Bonnet macaque, Lion-tailed macaque leopards, Jungle cats, Wild dogs and most importantly the tiger. An estimated 40 tigersinhabit the Reserve Other important animals are bear , Porcupine, Jackal, Indian Giant Squirrel, Malabar flying squirrel, Wild boar, small Indian Civet, Mongoose and the Pangolins. The tiger is the main predator in the Periyar Tiger Reserve. Periyar Tiger Reserve is also rich in bird life. Birds such as Malabar Hornbill, Grey heron, Jungle fowl and Jungle Mynah are some among the 266 species of birds which are residents of this forest range.

 

x. Thommankuthu

 

Thommankuthu, 28 kms from Thodupuzha is famous for its numerous waterfalls. The place is ideal for nature lovers. To enjoy the panoramic beauty the best way is to undertake a trek that takes one to the top of the mountain, a nearly 12 kms climp. Under the present circumstance only one day tours can be conducted owing to the lack of boarding and lodging facilities. The 'Chitrakoodam' project aims at installing essential and basic facilities here.

 

xi. Ramakkal medu

 

Ramakalmedu (40 km from Thekkady and 75 km from Munnar)
Rolling green hills and the fresh mountain air make Ramakalmedu an enchanting retreat. The hills top also offers a Panoramic view of picturesque villages of Bodi and Cumbum on the Eastern slop of the western ghats.

 

Ramakkalmedu is a beautiful mountain in Idukki district.Its 15km from Neumkandam off the Munnar-Kumili road.The view of Tamil Nadu from Ramakkalmedu is breathtaking.Tamil Nadu looks dictinctly brown to the greenish surroundings of Ramakkalmade.Strong winds awaits the visitors most of the time.There is a tourist information offfice at Ramakkalmedu.

 

xii. Idukki Dam, Cheruthoni Dam, Kulamavu Dam

 

In the heart of the District lies the 'IDUKKI DAM' - Asia's biggest Arch Dam of 555 feet height proudly standing between the two mountains - 'Kuravanmala' (839 meters) and 'Kurathimala' (925 meters ).

 

Cheruthoni is the area around the Idukki and Cheruthoni dams, near Painavu, the headquarters of Idukki district situated 3917 feet above sea leval. On a clear day one can see certain part of faraway Cochin. The Kerala State Eletricity Board , which looks after the dams, rents out boats for the two-hour cruise between Cheruthoni and Kulamavu.

 

The Idukki Hydroelectric Project is the biggest hydrolectric Project in Kerala (India). It comprises of three dams at Idukki, Cheruthony and Kulamavu and related systems. The power house at Moolamattom  is the longest underground power station in India and the pressure shaft is the largest in the country. The Idukki dam is one of the highest dams in the world and the  first arch dam in India. Cheruthony is the largest and highest gravity dam in Kerala.

 

xiii. Moolamattom Power House

 

This prestigeous project of our nation is situated in Idukki District and its underground Power House is located at Moolamattom which is about 19 kms from Thodupuzha. Idukki Dam is 43 kms away from Moolamattom.

 

xiv. Pallivasal: (8 km from Munnar)

 


This is the venue of the first Hydroelectric Project in Kerala and a place of immense scenic beauty.

 

xv. Priyar Wild life Sanctuary

 

The most renowned destination is the Periyar Wild Sanctuary at   Thekkady, of India's magor sanctuary areas. The drive to Thekkady itself is enchanting as the road winds through tranquil countryside, rich plantations and thick jungles.he sanctuary offers a lovely and comfortable way to see the animals via boat rides on the man make lake,which the wildlife areas encircled. 

 

In addition to the wildlife, there are water and land birds galore here, and one can sometimes find dedicated bird watchers setting out for two weeks of serious observations .There are two KTDC run lodges within the sanctuary, the main Aranya Nivas stone lodge at the head of the lake, and the romantic lake palace on a small island/promontory up the lake, reachable only by boat. The Lake Palace was the former Maharaja's summer palace and will satisfy the most dedicated romantics.Though the sanctuary is open throughout the year,  the best season is from September to May.

 

xvi. Eravikulam

 

Eravikulam is another wildlife sanctuary proclaimed as a national park since it supports the largest popularation of Nilagiri Tahr existing in the world now. Anamudi park, the highest point south of the Himalayas, falls in the southern part of this park. The park is 135 km from Cochin and is accessible by road.

 

A wide variety of plant life is present here. The popularly known Neelakurinjy is one of the rare species grown here. The Nilagiri Tahr is seen on the high lands and rocky regions of this national park. Sambar, Barking Deer, Gaur, Giant,Malabar Squirrel, Tiger,  Panther, Black Bird, Jungle Crow etc. are also seen here.

 

The sanctuary is accessible by road,just 4 km from the Munnar - Udumalapet road, and can be reached within 15 minutes by car from Munnar.

 

xvii. Devikulam

 

This idyllic hill station with its velvet lawns, exotic flora and fauna and the cool mountain air offers a rare experience to visitors, The Sita Devi Lake with its mineral water springs and picturesque surroundings is a good picnic spot. The lake is also ideal for trout fishing.


 
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