Idukki the hilly district of Kerala gets the name from Malayalam word ‘Idukku’, which means a narrow gorge. The charming district is the most nature rich areas of Kerala and teams with picturesque peeks and verdant valleys. Its 1500sq.Kms reserved forest area is haven for enhancing wildlife and exotic flora. The district is watered by three main rivers – Periyar, Thalayar and Thodupuzhayar and is referred as the “Powerhouse” of the Kerala , as about 60% of the states power needs are fulfilled by the hydro-electric power station at Moolamattom. Idukki is also well known for its tea industry and pepper.Wild life sanctuaries, hill stations, spices plantation tours, trekking and elephant rides are some of the attractions of this beautiful district. It is also home to large no of tribal populations known for there unique customs and beliefs.
The oldest of martial arts is a gift to the modern world and known as the mother of all martial arts.Kalarippayattu originated in ancient south India. It was crafted in ancient South India. Drawing inspiration from the raw power and sinuous strength of the majestic animal forms lion, tiger, elephant, wild boar, snake and crocodile.Shrouded in deep mystery and mists of secrecy kalarippayattu was taught by the masters in total isolation, away from prying eyes.
Thekkady (PERIYAR WILD LIFE SANCTURIES )
Periyar is one India’s major sanctuaries, with elephants, monkeys, and wide boar in abundance, as well as some other elusive but occasionally spotted species such as tigers. The sanctuary offers a lovely and comfortable way to see the animals, via boat rides on the man made lake, which the wild life areas encircle. The greatest attractions are the heads of wild elephant that come down to the lake to frolic on the waters, along with there young ones. An exhilarating experience is an elephant ride through the dense jungle. The sanctuary is open throughout the year, but the best season is from September to May. Mount Mangaladevi and the Temple is only 4kms from Thekkady.
Vagamon is an enchanting hill station located on the Idukki-Kottayam border, dotted with gardens and beautiful meadows. Vagamon, 64 kms. From Pala, is situated at an elevation of 1100 metres above sea level. It is a very ideal tourist spot surrounded by the greenery of tea gardens, beautiful meadows, deep puzzling valleys and dales. The enchanting hill station dotted with tea gardens is promising enough to be one of India’s foremost eco-tourism projects and is destined to have a major say among the contemporary holiday resorts in the country.
Pread across the beauty of Periyar Tiger Reserve, Gavi is a quiet, beautiful and pristine forest haven. It is at the eastern extreme of the Pathanamthitta District at 3400 ft above MSL. These evergreen forests are abundant with magnificent Wildlife including the tiger, elephants, leopards, bears, Indian gaur, sambar, barking & Mouse deers, lion tailed macaque, other varieties of monkeys, Nilgiri Marten and a lot more.
Ramakkalmedu is a hill station and a hamlet in Idukki district in the Indian state of Kerala. It is located about 15 km from Nedumkandom on the Munnar-Thekkady route. It provides a panoramic view of Tamil Nadu villages and towns. It is the proposed site for power generation using winds. It belives that or there is a folk-tale that lord ‘Sree Rama’, the Hindu mythological God had set his foot on this rock and hence the name Rama-Kal-Medu (Meaning: Rama’s foot imprints).
Chellarkovil Aruvikkuzhi Waterfall
This little village is situated on the outskirts of Periyar Wild life Sanctuary in the Idukki district of Kerala, 15 kms. or half an hour excursion from its home town Kumily. Nestled in the unending chains of hills of the Western Ghats (1200 meters above from sea level) and the cool mountain air make Chellarkovil a perfect holiday retreat. Chellarkovil eco tourism cater to a number of community based eco tourism programmes of this region.