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Idukki Valley, Kerala
Idukki Valley is a small hill-town surrounded by a spread of beautiful, wooden valleys and meandering streams. Idukki Valley is mainly famed for its arched dam built across the Periyar river. 'Idukki' literally means a narrow gorge.
Following places are main tourist's destination in Idukki Valley.
Idukki Arch Dam: Idukki arch dam is the world's second and Asia's first arch dam, constructed across the Kuravan and Kurathi hills. 550 feet high and 650 feet wide, the dam lies close to the Cheruthoni Barrage. Idukki Wildlife Sanctuary is located close to this. The Idukki Reservoir fromed by three dams, namely, Cheruthoni, Idukki and Kulamavu extends to 33 sq. km. The stored water is used to produce electricity at the Moolamattom Power house, which is located inside nearby rocky caves.
The Idukki Wildlife Sanctuary: A land-locked district, Idukki is one of the most nature rich areas of Kerala. Situated at an altitude of 450-748 mt above sea level, this sanctuary occupies the forest land between the Cheruthoni river and the Periyar river.
There is a scenic lake around the sanctuary, covered by an enchanting canopy of tropical ever-green and deciduous trees, and offers boat rides. Elephants, bisons, bear, wild boars, sambar wild dogs, jungle cats, tiger, wild boar etc are seen here apart from various species of snakes including cobra, viper, kraits and numerous non-poisonous ones. Birds include jungle fowl, myna, laughing thrush, black bulbul, peafowl, woodpecker, kingfisher etc.
Nadukani: Nadukani (which means 'to see the country') is ideal for one day picnickers. The northern side is filled with blue hills vying to touch the sky. The excellent sight of the Muvattupuzha River, Moolamattam town, Malankara Lake and the Malankara reservoir etches in the memory for a long time. A two-storied pavilion provides ideal opportunity to enjoy the landscape.
Thumpachi Calveri: Thumpachi Calveri Samuchayam is an ideal outing place in Idukki Valley of Kerala. It is situated about 35 km from Thodupuzha. It is a picturesque town on the banks of the Thodupuzha River. The place is perfect for meditation, relaxation and watching sunset.
Painav: Painav is a scenic beauty-trekking point through evergreen forest Cheruthoni.
Kalliyanathandu: Kalliyanathandu is 10 km from Idukki Valley. From this place one can have an aerial view of the Idukki reservoir, panoramic view of peaks and forests make this a splendid tourist spot. It is also an ideal place for mountain climbers and trekkers.
Cheruthoni: The area surrounds Iddukki arch dam and Cheruthoni dam. The Idduki Arch Dam is the solitary Arch Dam in India. The area is really a picturesque spot.
Moolamattom: The underground power house of Idukki Hydro Electric Project is situated here, 40 km away from Idukki. Visitors allowed to enter the Power Station with permission from Kerala State Electricity Board.
Thommankuthu Waterfalls: Thommankuthu Waterfalls is 38 km from Idukki. The waterfalls here unbox an enchanting sight. The area is highly picturesque.
How to get there:
Nearest Airport: Nearest Airport is at Kochi 132 km away.
Nearest Railhead: Nearest railway station is at Kottayam, 133 km.
By road: Idukki is well connected by most part of the state and India by motor-able road.
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