Idukki district, Kerala, India - Gods Own Country - Tourist and Travel Information
Animals in IdukkiAnimals Elephant, bison, sambar deer, wild dog, jungle cat, tiger, wild boar etc. Snakes Cobra, viper, krait and a number of non poisonous snakes. Birds Jungle fowl, myna, laughing thrush, black bulbul, peafowl, woodpecker, kingfisher etc.
The sanctuary extends over the Thodupuzha and Udumpanchola Taluk of Idukki district, spreading over 77 Sq.km and is about 450-748 m above sea level. extending to 33 Sq. km, the Idukki Reservoir is formed by three dams, namely Cheruthoni, Idukki and Kulamavu.
Idukki District of Kerala in India has one of the largest areas under forest cover. The majestic Indian Elephants and the tigers that inhabit these forests makes your trip to these forests a memorable experience.
Discover the majesty of the Malabar Hornbill as they fly through the evergreen forests or catch a glimpse of the flying squirrels as they glide above the forests or hear the raucous cry of the Lion tailed Macaques deep in jungles.... each an experience you will never forget.
You could trek through these forests or take a ride on an elephant or go boating to catch a glimpse of these magnificent residents in some of the best preserved forests of India. To know more about these forests and sanctuaries, navigate through these links here.
MarayoorThis is the only place in Kerala that has a natural growth of sandalwood trees. The sandalwood factory of the Forest Department, the caves (muniyaras) with murals and relics from the New Stone Age civilization and the children's park spread across a hectare of land under the canopy of a single Banyan tree are of great interest to tourists. Thoovanam Waterfall and Rajiv Gandhi National Park are also nearby. (40 Km from Munnar).
Marayoor occupies a vast area on the slopes of the Western Ghats in Idukki district and is an important pre-historic site in Kerala. Apart from the Dolmenoid cists (Dolmenoids were burial chambers made of four stones placed on edges and covered by a fifth one called the cap stone) in Muniyara, Marayoor is famous for its natural sandalwood forests and pre-historic rock paintings.
Idukki Wildlife SanctuaryA land-locked district, Idukki is one of the most nature rich areas of Kerala. The Idukki Wildlife Sanctuary here spreads over an area of 77 Sq km in the Thodupuzha and Udumpanchola taluks of the district. Situated at an altitude of 450-748 m 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, bison, sambar deer, 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. The wildlife here is similar to that of Thekkady. This sanctuary lies adjacent to the world renowned Idukki Arch Dam.
How to reach
Location About 40 Km from Thodupuzha, Idukki district, central Kerala. Thodupuzha - Kochi is about 58 Km. Nearest railway stations Kottayam about 114 Km; Changanassery about 114 Km away.
Nearest airports Madurai in neighbouring Tamilnadu, about 140 Km away; Kochi international airport, about 190 Km away.
The Periyar Wildlife SanctuaryThe pride of Kerala and a testimony to nature's splendour and human innovation, the Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary is situated on the banks of the Periyar lake - an artificial lake, at Thekkady. Here the high ranges of the Western Ghats are clothed in dense evergreen, moist deciduous forests and savannah grasslands. Below this thick green canopy roam herds of elephants, sambars, tigers, gaurs, lion tailed macaques and Nilgiri langurs.
In addition to elephant rides, cruises on the lake and treks to the ruined Mangaladevi temple - a beautiful old stone temple situated in the heart of the Thekkady forest, this sanctuary offers the unique opportunity to watch and photograph wild elephants at close quarters.
Lake Palace and Aranya Nivas are two idyllic accommodation options set in the sylvan lake side background. The romantic Lake Palace, formerly a summer retreat of the Maharaja of Travancore, is built on a small island accessible only by boat. Aranya Nivas(Jungle Retreat) a stone lodge with rubble masonry and colonial style of architecture at the head of the lake is a premium property of the Kerala Tourism Development Corporation.
Eravikulam National ParkA sanctuary for the endangered mountain goat of South India, the Nilgiri Tahr ( Hemitragus hylocrious), the Eravikulam National Park stands out for the stark beauty of its rolling grasslands and Sholas, spread over 97 Sq km in the Rajamalai hills.
Anamudi, the highest peak (2695 m) south of the Himalayas, towers over the sanctuary in majestic pride. The slopes of the hills abound in all kinds of rare flora and fauna. The Atlas moth, the largest of its kind in the world, is a unique inhabitant of the park. Other rare species of fauna found here are the Nilgiri Langur, the lion-tailed macaque, leopards, tigers, etc.
An ideal place for trekking, facilities are provided here and tourists are allowed to go on foot up to Anamudi.
A protected area, the sanctuary is divided into three regions - the core area, the buffer area and the tourism area. Visitors are allowed only to the tourism area - Rajamalai - the region lying beyond the road entry into Eravikulam. Here one can observe the Nilgiri Tahr at close quarters.
Don't make this your destination for a monsoon visit because visitors are not allowed here during this season.
How to reachVisiting hours 700 am to 600 pm.
Location Eravikulam is 15 Km from Munnar.
Nearest railway stations Kottayam, about 142 Km from Munnar; Ernakulam, about 130 Km from Munnar.
Nearest airports Madurai (Tamilnadu) about 142 Km; Cochin International Airport, about 150 Km.
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