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Idukki

By Vishnudas
IdukkiIdduki is located in the southern part of Kerela, situated at the foot layers of Western Ghats
surrounded by mountains. It is a landlocked district of Kerela covering an area of 5019 sq.kms. Blessed by the nature, its beauty is high and untamed. Idduki is derived from the Malayalam Idduki hills is truly pure and safe. Idduki the hilly district offers you the various places which unknowingly take your breath away in a second. Among all the attractions some are like:
“idduku” meaning “a narrow gorge”. It is the best hill station and second largest district in Kerela. The large populations of tribal people are mostly found in here, representing their unique customs, culture, and traditions which are distinctly different from other culture. It is one of the top richest areas of Kerela. It is the place where the natural beauties are still remained untouched. The boundless beauty of
Idduki wildlife Sanctuary: the main attraction established on 25th August 1984, 40 kms away from Thodupuzha in Idduki district. It area covers up to 77 sq.kms and the sanctuary is highly known for elephants and Nilgiri Thars.  There are many other wildlife animals like herons, darters, drongoes, teals, egrets, and verities of birds. The sweet song of cuckoo birds and the chasing of Thars will be very interesting to hear around. You can also enjoy the wildlife safaris and backwater experience in Periyar River which includes in Idduki wildlife sanctuary.
Idduki Dams: the view of the dam is truly amazing, which stands in between two mountains named as Kuravanmala (839m) and Kurathimala925m) built on Periyar river in Kerela. It is the first arch dam in Asia whereas the biggest dam which is of 554 ft high. The dam construction was commenced on 30 April 1969; the storage of water in the dam was commenced on 1973, the first trial of machine was run on 4 October 1975 and finally inaugurated on 12 February 1976 by the Prime Minister Smt Indira Gandhi.
Mattupetti: It is famous for Mattupetty Lake, built in the mountains of Kerela. Water preserved in this place also feeds the animals and the birds. The elephant safari takes the tourist all the way through the jungle and the rugged path of the forests. The ride varies from one hour, half day and also full day. The Lake is natural and wonderful place is also the major attraction in Kerela tourism. It is also famous for dairy farm and the lush green valleys, mountains, tea plantation, and the clean forest also makes the place an ideal trekking point.
Kuthumkal waterfalls: it is a scenic waterfall and a prime destination in Munnar. It is 6 km away from Kuthumkal. The misty waterfalls offer the delightful view of the water from the height of the hills. There is many more breath taking attractions in Idduki which can’t be expresses in words. The hill station has a mild climate so you can visit the place throughout the year.
The Idduki people perform a unique culture and festivals like Onam, Bakrid and Ramzan, and Christmas. It is well connected via roads and railways in Kerela as it is one of the major attractions in Kerela tourism. Idduki is a place of god’s creation with no limits. The beauty is unlimited that captures the visitors in a huge numbers throughout the year.

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