Perched atop a mountain, amid the splendid heights of Western Ghats, covered in dense forests sheltering a thriving wildlife, and deep valleys echoing the fierce gush of cascading streams, Idukki is indeed a treasure trove of nature. The narrow sloping streets, the quaint colonial cottages, and the fragrant tea and coffee plantations all add to its beauty
With these mesmerizing sights and the soothing wafts of cool mountain air, this mesmerizing city is sure to enchant you.Its name is derived from the Malayalam word ‘idukku’, which means a narrow gorge. The city gained prominence during the 19th century when tea and rubber plantations were developed by European owners. Located in the southern state of Kerala, today, Idukki is among the highlights of eco-tourism.Endowed with a thick cover of wilderness, Idukki is paradise for nature lovers and explorers. The Idukki Wildlife Sanctuary provides an excellent premise to spot wild fauna and observe exotic flora. Some of its inhabitants include the tiger, bison, sambar deer, black bulbul, jungle fowl and woodpecker, among many others. The Periyar River flowing through the region creates many waterfalls and dams that are among the must-visit attractions of Idukki. The majestic heights of the Western Ghats are also ideal for thrilling adventure sports such as trekking and mountain climbing.A visit to Idukki is incomplete without touring its famous plantations of rubber, tea, coffee and spice. Shoppers have much to delight them in Idukki. The markets are filled with fine quality tea, coffee and spices, such as cardamom and cinnamon, sourced from the city's own plantations. You can also buy fragrant wooden crafts made from the rare sandalwood and rosewood found in Idukki’s resource-rich forests.Buses are the main mode of local transport in Idukki. Bus services operated by the government as well as private owners are easily available. You can also hire a private chauffeur-driven vehicle for sightseeing. Some rentals allow you to hire self-driven cars and motorcycles for exploring the city. However, this may not be safe if you are unfamiliar with driving on the hilly tracts and roads surrounded by dense forests.Do not approach or distract the wild animals you may encounter while traveling through the roads in forest-covered areas.Carry warm clothes as Idukki experiences cool weather throughout the year.Avoid traveling to Idukki by road at night and during the rainy season
Idukki is not well connected to other major cities of the country via regular flights. The nearest airport is in Cochin at a distance of 67kms.
Airports: Cochin International Airport
There is no regular trains to Idukki from other major cities of the country. The nearest Railway station is at Kottayam which is located at a distance of 69kms.
Railway Station(s): Kottayam