1,079,369 55km from Munnar
district falls in the mountainous region of Kerala and is marked
by hills, dense forests, valleys and a wide-ranging flora and
fauna. Idukki's name has been derived from the Malayalam word
'Idukku', which means a narrow gorge. The district is mainly watered
by the River Periyar and its tributaries, Thodupuzha and Pambar.
Idukki is known as the power centre of Kerala as it generates
nearly 80% of the state's electricity.
speciality lies in its unique geographical characteristics. Mountains
with high hills and deep valleys account for a major portion of
the district. The eastern side of the district is covered with
forests that occupy 45% of the area in the district.
Idukki Arch Dam is the world's second and Asia's first arch dam.
It has been constructed over the Kuravan and Kurathi Hills. The
Idukki Wildlife Sanctuary is located nearby. Though smaller than
the Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary, this sanctuary also boasts of
a wide-ranging flora and fauna.
from Thiruvananthapuram 55km from Idukki
is situated at a height of 1524m above sea level. A small town
surrounded by the Annamalai mountains, Munnar is situated at the
confluence of three rivers – Muthirappuzh, Nallathanni and Kundala.
Thanks to its geographical location, Munnar is one of the most
sought after hill stations in Kerala, and served as the erstwhile
British government's summer resort in South India. The lakes,
reservoirs, forests and tea estates make it a paradise for nature
lovers. Close by is the highest peak of the South, Anai Mudi.