Nestled amidst the Western Ghats of Kerala, Idukki is surrounded by three rivers namely Thodupuzhayar, Periyar, and Thalayar. This picturesque hill town is dotted with green valleys, murmuring streams, rippling waterfalls, and exotic wildlife. Renowned as the ‘Spice Garden of Kerala’, Idukki is one of the most naturally rich areas of Kerala. This rugged hill town is popular for its tea factories, rich flora and fauna, rubber plantation, lush greenery, and wildlife sanctuaries. To experience the ecstasy of this beautiful place you can choose the Idukki tour and explore this enchanting hill resort in its pristine form.
Before starting your Idukki trip if you wish to gather some information about this prominent tourist place then take a look at this comprehensive Idukki travel guide. It will help you to plan a tour in a hassle-free way and make your vacations memorable.
Why visit Idukki?
Idukki is an ideal tourist destination for nature lovers and wildlife enthusiasts. It is a perfect place to spend some quality time amidst the serene nature and admires God’s magnificent creation in its pristine form. Popular for verdant varied vegetation, lagoons, tranquil rivers, and gurgling cascades, Idukki can leave anyone mesmerized. It is home to a wildlife sanctuary, which is one of the most beautiful sanctuaries in Kerala. Here you can visit a tranquil lake, covered by a captivating canopy of tropical ever-green and deciduous trees. You can enjoy a boat ride on the lake. A variety of animals and birds and different species of snakes can be seen here.
There is an arch dam in this hill town, which is 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. The breathtaking waterfall gushing down from dazzling heights is a stunning sight and attracts a large number of tourists every year. Idukki also houses a bird sanctuary, which is situated on the Periyar riverbanks and hosts more than 200 varieties of birds. Apart from exotic birds, the sanctuary is home to different sorts of fishes.
Idukki is popular for eco-tourism and has something for every kind of traveler including families, friends, nature lovers, adventure enthusiasts, solo travelers, and honeymooners.
How to reach Idukki?
Idukki is densely covered by thick forest and it is best reached by road. The nearest airport is the Cochin International Airport, situated 132 km away. Kottayam Railway Station is the closest railhead, which is situated 133 km from Idukki. You can hire a cab or board a bus from the airport and 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. You can avail of KSRTC (Kerala State Road Transport Corporation) operated buses from Thodupuzha, the major town in the district.
How to get around in Idukki?
You can explore Idukki by bus as the city has a great network of buses, which connects most parts of the town. However, it is advisable if you do not know the local language then hire a cab as the driver will guide you or go for a car rental.
Best time to visit Idukki
November to February is the best time to visit Idukki. In the winter season, the region enjoys mildly pleasant and cold weather, which makes the outdoor activities and sightseeing tours comfortable. In monsoon, the hilly areas of Idukki receive heavy rainfall and in summers, the region remains moderately warm.
Places to visit in Idukki
Idukki is one of the most stunning hill stations of Kerala and houses several popular peaks. It is home to the highest peak of South India, Anamudi Peak that stands at an altitude of 2,695 m above sea level. There are a plethora of 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
- Ilaveezha Poonchira
- Thommankuthu Waterfalls
- Hill View Park
- Keezharkuthu Falls
- Mangala Devi Temple
- Ayyappancoil Hanging Bridge
- Anchuruli 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 which 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
- Camping at Idukki Farms
- Rock climbing at Keezharkuthu Waterfalls
- Stay in a wooden chalet in Misty Mountain Resort
How many days are enough to visit Idukki?
3-4 days are enough for the Idukki trip. It is the perfect duration to explore the popular tourist places of Idukki and indulge in adventure activities. You can enjoy a sightseeing tour and outdoor activities including camping, trekking, hiking, and nature walk during the trip.
Average cost of an Idukki trip
The average cost of the Idukki trip is almost INR 9,000 to INR 15,000 per person. However, it may depend on various factors including the mode of travel, type of accommodation, and type of activities you wish to enjoy during the trip.
Accommodation in Idukki
There is a wide range of accommodation options available in Idukki such as resorts, hotels, camps, cottages, homestays, and guesthouses.
Here are some of the best places to stay in Idukki:
- Peakaavu Cottages
- Divine Dream Tents
- Apsara Residency
- Eden Homestay
- Jungle view Homestay
- Vaga Mist Resort
- Glen Brook Homestay
Where to eat in Idukki?
In Idukki, you can find both veg and non-veg food. Savor local Malayali food, which can be found not only in restaurants but also in the many and cheaper ‘Thattukada’ or local street shops. Relish some South-Indian delicacies and you will never forget the taste. Some of the popular places to eat in Idukki are:
- Sun Mount View
- Pappans Restaurant
- Malabar Village
Mahaveer Veg Restaurant
Shopping in Idukki
Idukki is a favored shopping destination for those who wish to buy aromatic coffee, spices, and tea. There is a wide range of things which you can buy during your trip. Here are some of the popular shopping places in Idukki where you can enjoy shopping and buy some souvenirs for your loved ones.
- Shiny Spices
- Mistletoe Art Gallery
- Green Land Spice Garden
- Hachi Chocolate Homemade and Honey
- Abraham’s Spice Garden
- Tropical Chocolate Factory
Tata Tea Outlet
Useful tips for the Idukki trip
- Check the weather in advance and pack your clothes accordingly.
- Wear comfortable clothes and sturdy shoes during the trip.
- Book accommodation in advance to save yourself from a last-minute rush.
- Spices, tea, and coffee of Idukki are popular. Buy them as souvenirs for yourself and your loved ones.
- Respect the local culture.
- Carry your important documents such as photo identity proof, tickets, and cash in a waterproof bag.
- Pack a first-aid kit, essential medicines, and your prescribed medications (if any).