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Thursday, April 29, 2010

Idukki - Kerala , India

Idukki: located in the middle of Kerala, with Madurai on the east side and Ernakulam on the west side. This is the largest district of Kerala with an area of 5105.22 sq km. almost 97 percent of idukki is covered by rugged mountains and forests. The district has 14 peaks, these are Anamala,Eravimala, Tathumala, Chenthavara, Kumarickal, Karimkulam, Devimala, Perumal, Ghudoor, Kabhula, Devicolam, Anchanad, Sabarimala and Karimala. The important rivers here are Periyar, Thodupuzhayar and Thalayar
To reach: Idukki is accessible only by road. NH 49 and state highways 13 and 33 pass through the district.
Attractions: various attractions like wildlife sanctuaries, hill stations, dams, plantation tours (must do), mountain treks, elephant rides and the likes. For further information, please contact District Tourist Information Office, Deptt of Tourism, Thekkady junction, Kumily 0486-322620 ; District Tourism Promotion Council, Civil Station, Painavu 0486-232248; DTPC Information Centre, Old Minnar 0486-531516
Periyar River: This is the longest river in Kerala, with a length of 244 kms. The Periyar river is also known as the lifeline of Kerala, as it is one of the few perennial rivers of Kerala and provides drinking water for most of the towns. The Idukki Dam is built across this river and generates a significant proportion of electric power for the state. This river is also considered sacred by the Malayalis. The smooth sand banks of the river are sure to make it a memorable experience. The river bank has tall coconut palms to give it a beautiful look.
To reach: 200 kms from Kochi airport and 140 kms from Madurai in Tamil Nadu. ; 114 kms from Kottayam ; the nearest town is Kumily, which is well connected by both state and private buses from Kottayam, Ernakulam and Madurai in Tamil Nadu
Additional: Temples, churches and mosques along the banks of the river show a glimpse of the diverse culture here.
Warning: Children should not go near the water without adult supervision; heed warning signs and avoid going in the water during high tide and monsoon