Idukki is one of the major district of evergreen state of Kerala, most popularly known for its amazing mountainous hills, valleys and dense forests. The name Idukki is derived from a Malayalam word Idukku, which means ''narrow gorge''. It is the largest district of the state, covers a huge area of 5,105.22 sq km. Around 97 % area of the district is covered by the mountains and dense forests. It is located at the top of the Western Ghats. The district was formed on 26th January 1972, which comprises Devikulam, Udumbanachola and Peerumedu taluks of erstwhile Kottayam district, while Thodupuzga taluk of erstwhile Ernakulam district.
Highlights of Idukki:
Enriched with the emblem of nature Idukki has good number of attractions in its lap. Idukki Wildlife Sanctuary is the major attraction of the region. Spread over a huge area of 70 sq km the sanctuary houses rich flora and fauna, where you may easily see the animals like elephant, sambar, bison and deer etc. Also many birds as jungle fowl, laughing thrush etc and several species of snakes are found here.
Another worthy visit attraction in Idukki is Idukki Dam, which is the largest arch dam of India. It is also Asia's first and the world's second arch dam, built across the mountain of Kuravan Kurathi. It was constructed in 1969 for Idukki Electric Power Project and now it provides power, almost to the half of the Kerala state. This wonderful hill station is also the hub of spice plantation and Coir industry. The view of natural streams and wooded valley is really breathtaking. From the hills of Idukki you may also enjoy the panoramic view of Munnar hill station.
Except enjoying the nature, if you are interested in some more adventures and sports, then Idukki enhance you with the best location for trekking.
Nearest Railway Station: Alwaye, Ernakulam, and Kottayam.
Nearest Port: Cochin Port and Nedumbassery Port.
Nearest Airport: The International Airport nearby the boundary of Idukki.
By Road: Cochin, Madura and Rameshwaram are connected to the district via NH-49. Also the six states highways pass through the district.