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Idukki Tourism | How to Plan a Trip to Idukki

  • Idukki Dam in Idukki, Kerala
Idukki At a Glance
  • Average Climate:15 °C - 30 °C
  • Best Time to Visit:March - July
  • STD Code:04862

Idukki Travel Guide

Nestled amidst the Western Ghats of Kerala, Idukki is surrounded by three rivers: Thodupuzha Year, Periyar, and Thalayar. This picturesque hill town is dotted with green valleys. Idukki is an ideal tourist destination for nature lovers and wildlife enthusiasts. It is a perfect place to spend quality time amidst nature and admire God's magnificent creation in its pristine form. Idukki is famous for varied verdant vegetation, lagoons, tranquil rivers, and gurgling cascades. 

This hill town has an arch dam, the world's second and Asia's first arch dam. Built on the Periyar River, this dam offers an enchanting view of the Kuravan and Kurathi hills. Idukki is famous for eco-tourism and has something for every kind of traveler.

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Places to visit in Idukki 

Idukki is one of Kerala's most stunning hill stations and houses several famous peaks. It is home to the highest peak in South India, Anamudi Peak, which stands at 2,695 m above sea level. In addition, there are many tourist places in Idukki where you can witness the magnificence of nature. Here are some of the famous tourist attractions in Idukki, which you can explore while on an Idukki tour:

  • Idukki Wildlife Sanctuary
  • Idukki Arch Dam
  • Calvary Mount
  • Painavu
  • Ilaveezha Poonchira
  • Thommankuthu Waterfalls

Things to do in Idukki 

Idukki is a perfect blend of natural beauty and thrilling activities. There is a wide range of enthralling activities that tourists can enjoy here. To experience the best of the natural marvels of Idukki, you can partake in the activities and make your holidays memorable. Here are some of the popular things to do in Idukki:

  • Wildlife Safari in Idukki Wildlife Sanctuary
  • Boat ride in Idukki Dam
  • Witness the gorgeous views from Calvary Mount
  • Trekking in Painavu
  • Trekking at Ilaveezha Poonchira

Best time to visit Idukki 

The best time to visit Idukki is during the winter months of November to February due to the pleasant weather and scenic beauty. The west side of Idukki experiences moderate temperatures, while the east is cold and receives heavy rainfall during monsoons. Summers (March-May) are warm, and the region is least crowded during summers, so one can utilize this opportunity to explore the city with freedom and peace. Monsoons (June-September) should be avoided due to heavy rain.

How to reach Idukki? 

Idukki is densely covered by thick forest and is best reached by road. The nearest airport is Cochin International Airport, situated 132 km away. Kottayam Railway Station is the closest railhead, situated 133 km from Idukki. You can hire a cab or board a bus from the airport or railway station to reach Idukki. It is well-connected by a vast network of roads to several tourist centers in Kerala, as the NH-49 (Kochi-Madurai) passes through the Idukki district.

Accommodation in Idukki 

Accommodation plays a significant role in a traveler's overall experience of visiting a place. It is one of the essential components of travelers' expenditures. A wide range of accommodation options are available in Idukki, such as resorts, hotels, camps, cottages, homestays, and guesthouses. You can choose as per your budget. Some are Peakaavu Cottages, Divine Dream Tents, Apsara Residency, Eden Homestay, Jungle View Homestay, Vaga Mist Resort, Glen Brook Homestay, Palkulam Valley, and many more. 

Where to eat in Idukki? 

In Idukki, you can find both vegetarian and non-vegetarian food. Savor local Malayali food, which can be found in restaurants and the many cheaper 'Thattukada' or local street shops. Relish some South-Indian delicacies, and you will never forget the taste. Also, some of their unique items are 'Ellum kappayum,' 'Asiad' or kappa biryani (beef and tapioca), all curry, and idiyirachi. Some popular places to eat in Idukki are Athidi, Sun Mount View, Pappas Restaurant, Varedo, Malabar Village, Mahaveer Veg Restaurant, and many more hotels in  Idukki. 

How to get around in Idukki? 

You can explore Idukki by bus, as the city has an excellent bus network connecting most of the town. However, if you do not know the local language, hire a cab as the driver will guide you, or go for a car rental.

Travel tips

  • Check the weather in advance and pack your clothes accordingly.
  • Wear comfortable clothes and sturdy shoes during the trip.
  • Book accommodations in advance to save yourself from a last-minute rush.
  • Idukki spices, tea, and coffee are popular. Buy them as souvenirs for yourself and your loved ones.
  • Respect the local culture.
  • Carry important documents such as photo ID proof, tickets, and cash in a waterproof bag.
  • Pack a first-aid kit, essential medicines, and your prescribed medications (if any).