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Idukki is home to the highest mountain peak in the state and covers the largest forest area in Kerala. This district with its most idyllic climate and refreshing ambience is an attraction that interests a large number of tourists every year. Known for numerous wildlife sanctuaries and national parks- it offers its visitors a rare chance to explore the jungles through exotic treks in the Southern part of India. This district covers a smaller portion of the State in comparison to other districts, but has much more to offer in terms of tourism. There are a number of places that you can pay a visit to with your friends and family when you are here. Some of the most gorgeous and alluring ones in this district have been listed below:

Thekkady (Periyar Tiger Reserve)

This is one of the world’s most fascinating wildlife reserves and is situated at a distance of sixty five kilometres from the town. It covers an area of seven hundred and seventy seven square kilometres, out of which, three hundred and sixty square kilometres is covered with lush evergreen forests. It was in the year 1978 that this wildlife reserve was declared as a tiger reserve. More importantly, it has been made a part of the Project Tiger Scheme aimed at preserving this species. It you are lucky enough, you may also spot a tiger in the Park. You possibly will even witness large herds of elephants, bison and deer. While on your drive through the National Park, you will come across the striking artificial lake that was formed as a result of the Mullaperiyar Dam built across the Periyar River. The positioning of this lake is such that the wildlife can be viewed and explored while on a boat on the lake. This is a chance you must not miss for this is the only wildlife reserve in the whole country that offers this alluring facility.

Munnar

More often than not, Munnar, owing to its beautiful pleasant climate and the appealing green cover, is considered as the best hill station in Kerala. It is located at a distance of about seventy kilometres from the city of Idukki. It is the centre of tea trade in the State and the highest peak in the Southern part of India. This hill station is located at sixteen hundred feet above the sea level and was used by the British as a resort in course of the summer season. The tea plantations in the region offer not only a picturesque view to the tourists that acts as their safe haven of peace and tranquillity but also offers adequate opportunities for trekking, holidaying etc. A large variety of flora and fauna are found here, some of which include the elephants and the Nilgiri Tahrs. Fauna on the other hand includes the exotic Neelakurinji that blossoms once in every twelve years in these hills. You must also visit The Top Station that is located at a distance of only about fifteen kilometres from the hill station Munnar. This vintage point in the state pulls the tourists towards itself with the splendored views and landscapes.

The Mattupetty Lake

This Lake is located in close proximity of Munnar, only thirteen kilometres from it. This lake owes its existence to the hydroelectric dam in the area edged with lush green hills and woods. This lake is a perfect spot for the tourists to spend quality time with their companions on the trip. Its exquisite location around Munnar adds to the charm and the magnificence of the place.

Rajamalai Wildlife Sanctuary

This wildlife sanctuary is located at a distance of seventeen kilometres from Munnar and is home to the most exquisite array of flora and fauna. If your luck has it, you may spot one of the rare Tahrs found in the area. If you are an adventure loving person, you may also opt for the trekking option and explore the wildlife sanctuary on foot with the help a guide. In addition to this and the Thekkady (Periyar Tiger Reserve), you must also organize an excursion to the Ernakulum National Park that is only nineteen kilometres away from the hill station Munnar. Since these sanctuaries are only at a distance of two kilometres from each other, you can plan the trip in a way that you manage to pay a visit to both of them on the same day.

Kumily

Located at a distance of only about seventy kilometres from the town and four kilometres from the Thekkady (Periyar Tiger Reserve), this place is very well known as the ‘Plantation Town’. Covered with opulent green plantations, Kumily appeals to the tourists visiting the area very strikingly. Its charming location on the outskirts of the Periyar Tiger Reserve only adds to its exquisiteness. Even more prominently, this is one of the best places in the southern parts of India where you can shop for some excellent tasting spices.

Mangala Devi Temple

Is located at a distance of only fifteen kilometres from the Tiger Reserve and is thirteen hundred and thirty seven metres above the sea level. This is located upon a hill and is a very famous religious temple in Idukki that displays the inordinate skill of architects who built this imposing structure. With the regal architecture, the temple is an ideal specimen that helps the tourists get a deeper understanding of ancient Kerala. Not only is the temple a fine-looking sight, but the trek leading to the temple is also equally lovely and entertaining for the tourists.

Chithirapuram

This extremely eye pleasing sight is located at a distance of only ten kilometres from Munnar and is where the Pallyvasal Hydel Power Project was instituted. It is a view worth capturing not only in the camera but also in your hearts. With the roads lined up with lovely cottages and bungalows on both sides, the wonderful shopping areas, playgrounds and courts- this place allows you and your groups to take an absolutely much needed perfect break. The plantations in the area only further add to its splendour.

Pandikuzhi

is a spot that is located at a mere distance of five kilometres from Kumily. This place is located on the outskirts of the state and is the perfect countryside location. The picnic spots in the area are fully utilized and exploited by the tourists. The tourists here also get a chance to witness the exquisite flora and fauna of the state. Various other tourist attractions include the fine waterfalls at Attukal, Nyayamakad, the glorious tea plantations at Peerumed, the beautiful falls located at Thommankuthu, Meenuliyarmudi, Keezharkuthu and Irukallumud near Thommankuthu etc.

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