While there are many tourist destinations in the world, some of them so popular they begin to suffer from the tourist pressure, there are some place that only the most daring and adventurous have discovered, true gems for the tourist industry, with amazing sights and landmarks that would awe any visitor. India has long been a true wonder of the world, with a huge population and enchanting cultural heritage, with some of the most unbelievable landscapes in the world. Yet, much of this magical country is still undiscovered for most travelers. On the western coast of India, the state of Kerala is one of the best examples. This Malay speaking area has been one of the cradles of civilization, being known as a spice exporter over 5 millennia ago.

In the province of Kerala, Idukki is one of the districts inside Kerala, boasting some exceptional natural and cultural attractions. Idukki is an amazing destination, yet unknown for the tourist industry and that is a good thing, because the grand majority of the territory is covered in lush forests and rugged mountains. Stretching close to the southern tip of India, Idukki is a veritable heaven for nature lovers, with fourteen peaks that rise about 2,000 meters and impressive gorges, its offers countless opportunities for hiking and trekking enthusiasts. There are many things to see and do in Idukki, although the natural sights seem to be overwhelming, there are also several interesting cultural destinations.

A good place to start exploring the district is Munnar, a former British summer hill station, high in the mountains, surrounded by magical landscapes, with some of the largest tea plantations in the world, hikes to the highest peak of India south of the Himalaya and many nature reserves. Perhaps the most famous and popular destination though has to be the Idukki Dam, constructed between two mountains and over 160 meters tall. The remote village of Marayur has some ancient new stone-age relics, while the Kattappana is known as the spice capital of Kerala. Other wondrous destinations include the waterfalls of Adimali, the spice hill station of Peermande, Thattekad Bird Sanctuary, Eravikulam Wildlife Sanctuary, Periyar Tiger Reserve, as well as many other villages, national and natural parks. Beyond all these, the Idukki District of Kerala is truly one of the most enchanting and unforgettable destinations in India.

The Idukki district, best known for its hills and thick forests has three major rivers; Periyar, Thalayar and Thodupuzhayar. It also has is known for its numerous attractions on wildlife sancturies, hill stations, dams, spice plantations, mountain treks etc. The most visited places includes Munnar, Peermede and Thekkady

Places of interest

Munnar

Munnar is considered one of the best (popularity wise) hillresorts ...read more


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