List of tourist places in Idukki Munnar
2. Lakkam Waterfalls
While visiting Idukki, do not miss the magnificent Lakkom Water Falls, also known as Lakkam Waterfalls. These falls are part of the Eravikulam stream, which is a part of Eravikulam National Park and is one of the major tributaries of the Pambar River.
4. Swargam Medu
This region is ideal for off-roading and trekking. The wavy mountain range that provides stunning far views of the paddy down planes and the grassy meadows have gifted this mountain range its name as a heavenly meadow. Yes, the name is derived from its enchanting natural beauty and heavenly ambiance.
5. Top Station
While there are many reasons why this destination is popular with tourists, the famous Neelakurinji flowers (Strobilanthus), which bloom every twelve years, are one of the main reasons. It was named Top Station because it was located at the top of Kundala Valley, the highest railway station in India. Aside from its impressive tea plantations and tranquil valleys, it is also home to some captivating waterfalls and exotic forest life.
As the name implies, this rocky tourist destination is known for its incredibly tranquil atmosphere. Even the silence of the forests here has a rhythm in it. As one goes deep into the jungle, one gets the opportunity to embrace nature in its most pure form. Watch out for the mysterious and dangerous ponds amidst the dense canopy. At the same time, experience the adorable nature while trekking on the wildest paths in Kerala.
If you are serious about adventurous trekking, then you can become a fit for this thrilling tourist destination. It is a 3km stretch of dense canopy that is going to accompany you on the trek. The wildest paths here present you with difficulties in ascending every time you try to go up. But the summit is really going to pay for it by offering the mesmerizing views of the valleys below and the meadows that are blanketed with mist.
Thirthamala, otherwise known as Theerthamala is a scenic village located in the Devikulam grama panchayath in the Idukki district. Unlike other tourist spots, this area can be thought of as one which is almost untouched by any tourists. The natural beauty of the surrounding hillocks has, perhaps one of the finest trekking trails in India.
9. Kuthumkal Waterfalls
This is a flower-like structured waterfall located in Rajakkad, very near to Munnar. The water flows from a hanging rock structure to the downside and offers a safe place to bathe and enjoy the gushing water. The cascading waterfall is truly a visual treat that is a major stopover while on a trip to Munnar.
11. Kottappara Hills
Nothing beats the view from Kottapara for awe-inspiring your senses. It is a well-known picnic spot among locals as well as foreigners. Early in the morning before 7 am is the best time to see the peak’s breathtaking view. Being a remote picnic spot at a remote location, it’s no wonder that Kottapara is so fascinating.
13. Chokramudi Peak
Located on a secluded hilltop, the Chokramudi Peak will hook you for hours. Located at 7,200 ft above sea level in the Eravikulam National Park, this destination is blanketed with silky green meadows and valleys. As it requires only a short and easy trek to the summit, this is a beginner-friendly trekking destination. It comes under the national forest and is surrounded by lush green Shola forest.
14. Attukal Waterfalls
Attukal Waterfalls is a charming attraction near Pallivasal, frequented by tourists and locals alike. At a distance, it looks like a sparkling silver stripe, but as one gets closer, it becomes a cascading waterfall meandering from an elevated height. This site is not only breathtakingly beautiful but is also an ideal place for trekking and hiking. A pool of water forms at the bottom of this fall, and if the water level is low one can even bathe in it too.
Mankulam is a tiny, but very capable village located near Munnar that has dropped its mark on the map of Kerala with its record of being the first village to produce electricity on its own and sells to KSEB too. This village has been impeccably conserving the essence of nature in every part of this village. The water in Anakulam looks like it never got polluted, and will never be. The captivating sight of elephants enjoying themselves in this pond is picturesque as well as joyful. Also, trekking and village walks to the tribal village are there to feed the curious traveller in each visitor.
Kanthaloor is known for its barter system and the variety of crops, which can be found nowhere else in Kerala. In South India, apples are grown only in Kanthaloor. Other fruits grown in the village include oranges, blackberries, plums, gooseberries, egg fruits, peaches and passion fruits. During demonitization, the whole country suffered without enough new currency, but the village of Puthoor did not, because the barter system here is run by Ponnamma.
17. Aanachadikuthu Waterfalls
This scenic waterfall in Thodupuzha is a never-miss kind of tourist destination if one is paying a visit to Idukki. Unlike normal waterfalls, this is not known for its height, rather it is the short rocks and water cascading from a small height along with the safe pond at the bottom of the fall that is going to admire you here.
18. Alummoottil Tharavad
This heritage building will let your goosebumps go up when you explore the royal family who resided in it and its resemblance to the Malayalam epic movie- “Manichithrathazhu”. As per local lore, this place was occupied by a landowner belonging to the Travancore Kingdom. It is believed that the oldest member of this mansion- Karanavar- was brutally killed by family members due to the debate over the property. A servant girl was also killed here. Some visitors have even been briefed that this huge mansion is haunted. Apart from this interesting story, this mansion is known for its architectural qualities and the endurance of everything that is here.
The name Anakulam literally translates to “Elephant’s pond”. This name is further justified by the charming view when the herd of elephants comes from forests of Malayattoor division frequent this pond. As one sees the elephants enjoying themselves in this water playground, it seems like the pond is just made for them. Even though elephants bathe in any water, the elephants use the water from this pond only for drinking- strange indeed.
The scenic attractions in the vicinity of this place include Chinnakanal waterfalls, Kolukkumalai tea estates, and Periyakanal waterfalls. Locals call these waterfalls “Power House Waterfalls.”. When the water falls, it composes a snow-white narrow waterfall that sprinkles on rocks and hills. Surrounded by green mountain ranges, this area offers breathtaking views of the valleys and meadows.
21. Cheruthoni Dam
This relatively unknown tourist destination is located very close to the Uluppooni hill station, which is an upcoming hill tourism spot. The luxuriant vegetation and picturesque landscape that surrounds Vellaramchitta make for a captivating sight. The tranquillity of Vellaramchitta is perfect for those seeking a place where they can forget about the urban world completely.
23. Urumbi Hills
Amid the fog-shrouded elevations of Vagamon, Urumbi Hills offers a tranquil experience to those in search of nature. Urumbikkara’s Urumbi Hills is a quiet retreat away from Vagamon’s crowds of tourists. Adrenaline addicts treasure this area for its trekking and off-road trails.
24. Elappally Waterfalls
This seasonal waterfall is a phenomenal one located in the heart of Idukki, near Erade hills. This waterfall comes alive only during the monsoon and remains dry during the rest of the year, especially in the summer. Hence it is recommended to visit this place only from June to September.
25. Chinnathoovanam Waterfalls
Thoovanam falls in the jungle are the best way to get to the soul of Chinnar. From the Alampetty Check post, this 4 km hike to Thoovanam falls takes nearly 3 hours. There is a moderate level of difficulty to this trek and the Chinnar River will accompany you throughout the trek. As one ascends, all the fatigue of the long trek disappears as the beauty of the waterfalls greets the adventurers on every step.
This destination, 6500 feet above sea level, is popular with tourists throughout the year. It enjoys a mild climate and has ample sunshine all year round. The slopes of the colorful vegetable fields are interspersed with a variety of forest patches. Exquisite trees like Eucalyptus and Conifers grow in these regions. In addition to the plantations, rare butterfly species are also seen there in a wide range of sizes and colors fluttering across the landscape. Many famous destinations are accessible by trekking from Vattavada. The trek here takes you to other tourist hotspots like Kodaikanal, Top Station, Mattupetty, Kanthaloor, and Meesapulimala.
27. Thumpachi Mala
Thumbichi Mount is magical. There is greenery all around this place, and it is scenery for the roaming eye. Also, this place can be thought of as a beautiful ecotourism spot with many impressive viewpoints. Located near Arakkalam on the moolamattom kulamavu highway, this is an easily accessible, yet calm and quiet atmosphere that can rejuvenate its fellow visitors. The summit of the Mount offers panoramic views of the high range hills and valleys, as well as the Idukki reservoir in Moolamatom.
The name Uravappara can be broken down into “urava” and “para” which means origin and rock, respectively. The Subramanya temple here has a nickname of “Kerala Palani” which is a result of the position of the temple on this huge rocky formation that is 500 feet above mean sea level. Also, this place is said to have connections with the Indian epic Mahabharatha. Locals believe that the idol here was not consecrated by anyone, instead, it appeared automatically. Also, the stream which is basically responsible for the name “Uravappara” is said to have been created by Pandava Bheema.
Memari is a beautiful hamlet area nestled under the serene shield of woods. Idukki Wildlife Sanctuary surrounds this tribal settlement. At Memari, you can focus only on photography and videography. Because mobile networks are not going to distract you from being engaged with nature. The hamlet also has a shortage of electricity and the only chance of getting a signal is from the BSNL tower. This area is purely untouched by the tourist folks and it is clearly visible from the tough terrains and wild paths that are seen here.
30. Valanjamkanam Waterfalls
This waterfall is a one-stop destination for long-drive folks to chill out after hours of driving. Also known as Ninnummullippara, this place attracts tourists aimed at Peermade as it lies on the Kottayam-Kumily national highway, near Kuttikkanam.
A trek to the amazing trekking trails of Kizhukkanam is sure to be one of the most satisfying trekking experiences one would get in the entire Idukki hills. An adventurous trek to this place welcomes its visitors with a wild mud path, followed by dense sholas and challenging meadows. Of course, you are going to get tired, but the end of the trek is going to encourage you to trek even more.
As the name has a slope towards Tamilnadu style, the place also has a geographical connection with the nearby state of Tamilnadu. This outstanding tourist destination offers visitors a great vantage point from which to enjoy the panoramic landscape of Tamilnadu. Exotic flora and fauna are what await its visitors here. The chilling streams and the silky greenery that is widespread allure the minds of tourists. A perfect location for a light trek and escape from urban life, Vandikuzhi is a not-to-miss tourist destination.
The untouched beauty of Kizhakkalachi is like a hidden treasure on the tourism map of Idukki. A moderate trek is required to reach this place, accessible only from one remote village- namely Kizhukkanam. Except for the rare buses that ply here, it is the 4 wheelers like Jeeps that bring the connection to the outer world.
The windmills that decorate the stretched land of beautiful meadows in the lap of Chathurangapara is, perhaps one of the best mystic experiences one can have in the whole state. As the heavy wind here flashes frequently, we might feel as if beginning to fly. Located on the Kerala-Tamilnadu border (Idukki district), this place is adorned with stunning hiking spots. An untouched tourist location and a perfect destination for nature enthusiasts, this place is a nice photographer’s paradise as well.
The green ocean of mesmerizing meadows and tranquil valleys blushing all day is what one gets to see at Uluppunni. Situated near Vagamon, this place is a famous tourist spot, but an unspoiled one. This spot is even more glorified with the large blue reservoirs that add colors here- especially the Kulamavu Dam. The great off-road trails are another significant attraction here. Even the air you breathe is said to have magical effects on trekkers. One gets motivated more while ascending because the panoramic views of the mountains and valleys are literally going to boost the adventurer in you.
The kind of refreshment a travel lover would get here is unmatched and unique. This lesser-explored hill has a stunning backdrop that beautifies even the most beautiful sunrise and sunset. With a height of more than 3125m above sea level, this viewpoint offers fascinating views of the Idukki Arch Dam and panoramic views of Kochi and Alappuzha towns. This place got its name from the pond named “Paal-kulam” which translates to “A pool of milk water”- thus the name “Paalkulamedu”. From Palkulamedu Peak, you can enjoy a breathtaking view of the Periyar gorge.
37. Ponmudi Dam
The masonry gravity dam of Ponmudi lies as an adornment to the golden peak (Ponmudi) in Idukki, with the closest city being the gorgeous Munnar. This concrete dam was built for a hydroelectric project and is operated by KSEB. Set on the Panniyar river, a tributary of the Periyar river, this dam is part of the West-flowing rivers of Tadri to Kanyakumari. It has a height of 59 meters (194 ft) and 294 meters (965 ft) in length.
With the inherited beauty of Munnar in its silky valleys, Kolukkumalai is nothing short of a perfect tranquil expression of nature every traveling soul can relax. Situated exactly in Bodinayakanur (part of Tamilnadu State), it is only the approach road that is in the Idukki district of Kerala. This approach road is readily accessible with a 1-hour drive from Munnar. But the rain-drenched and rugged wild paths are what’s waiting here. So get here with a Jeep. As mentioned, the valleys and meadows are silky with their luxuriant tea plantations which are the highest in the world. Because of the height, the tea from here is reported to have a unique flavor and freshness.
Aamakkallu- the Tortoise Rock of Kerala- is a stunning tourist spot located near the renowned Ramakkalmedu. Even though Aamakkallu is near Ramakkalmedu, it is not easily accessible from there. This place is like a rocky gem on top of the blushing meadows and valleys. The panoramic views of the Tamilnadu farms and windmill areas are indeed a great sight. The main activity carried out here is walking amidst rocks. There is a small crack/ gap (25-30cm) between giant rocks here through which one will be able to walk side-wise. And this walking will end on the other side of the rock and this is where the best of Aamakkallu and nearby areas are best viewed.
43. Blossom International Park
Renowned as Munnar Hydel Park, Blossom International Park is a perfect getaway spot located in Munnar. With various thrilling activities like cycling, roller-skating, zorbing, garden walks, boating, light trekking, flower shows, and bird watching, this place has got almost everything to let you relax and enjoy by embracing tranquil nature. The children’s park here makes it a perfect location for families also. The lush lawns, flower gardens, and placid lake will keep you entertained for hours. It’s also an ideal place to take some cool pictures.
44. Lockhart Gap
Lock Heart Gap in Mattuppetty is one of the most frequented viewpoints in Munnar. Located near the Munnar highway, this place has an ambiance similar to that of Munnar. The greenlands, refreshing air, and the hills blanketed with mist are the attractions here. This place boasts an ancient natural rock cave also. This viewpoint captures perfect snaps of the Bison valley, even though there are no bison here. Earlier, this spot was mainly frequented by adventurers as this place was best considered for short and hard treks. The exotic flora and fauna garnered on the wild paths and meadows make up a fascinating view of mother nature.
Chithirapuram- the green hill town is famous for the magnificent tea plantations that offer gentle walks through it, which resemble a nice village walk. Located 13 km away from Munnar, this place is best characterized by the untouched nature ambiance that surrounds the area. Accommodation is available here in tiny cottages and bungalows. This serene location was once part of the Pallivasal Hydel Power Project.
46. Nyayamakad Waterfalls
One of the highest descending waterfalls, Munnar’s top waterfalls with a pool at the bottom… the reasons to visit these marvelous waterfalls are many. Located close to Munnar and Eravikulam National Park, this is one of the countable places which no sightseer should miss. This impressive waterfall cascades down from a height of 1500mtrs and gushes through several layers of rocks forming a majestic waterfall view. The falling water forms a calm pool at the bottom which adds further thrill to this place.
47. Pallivasal Falls
The fabulous picnic spot of Devikulam lies 8 kilometers from Munnar. The site is known for its velvet lawns and an extensive collection of exotic plants and animals. Visitors flock to Sita Devi Lake- the one in which the goddess Sita is believed to have once bathed- throughout the year. The water in this lake is believed to be abundant in minerals making it hold therapeutic features. Besides the beautiful surroundings and pristine water, it has an idyllic setting that is perfect for relaxing.
50. Mangala Devi Kannaki Temple
‘Kannagi Kottam’ is popularly known as Mangaladevi Kannagi Temple. The deity of this temple is Kannagi who is a legendary woman and the main character in the Tamil epic “Silapathikaram”. The specialty of this temple is that this temple is open only during the Chitrapournami occasion that generally falls in April/May months. Also, the Pandyan architecture is used to mark this temple and it distinguishes this temple from other temples in Kerala. Atop the hill with a height of 1337 meters, this temple has walls and steps made up of only stones.
51. Mattupetty Dam
52. Malayil Kallan Guha
On the way to Thekkady lies the Malayil Kallan Guha- one of the popular rock caves in Munnar. This place has an interesting story behind it. This place is believed to have been occupied by a thief who used to loot travelers. And this is considered as the reason for the name of this place. The place was not getting visitors because the narrow gap in this rock could only fit a person and hence unnoticeable for traveling people. Thanks to the small refreshment shop nearby. While travelers stop for refreshments, they get to notice this place and people enter this place. Unlike before, now the concerned authorities have built enough steps to get inside the rock easily.
The silky meadows of Pattumala are something that justifies the name of this place. The atmosphere here seems to have been covered with silky particles and everything here is shining. This magnificent site encompasses towering misty cliffs, miniature streams randomly sprinkled on its shell, and endlessly stretching farmsteads. A walk on the wild paths here, especially during dawn lets one feel nature and enjoy the soothing air. The VelankanniMatha Church adds further value to the place which is renowned for the ambiance that can soothe a soul instantly.
54. Ammachi Kottaram
Ammachi Kottaram is a perfect getaway for group travelers which often remains under mist and has a spooky appearance. Even though the palace is almost ruined, it is the travel to this place that is exciting. And yes, the secret passages inside the palace also leave one with a historic vibe. One needs to travel through dense forests and completely wild paths to reach this location.
In Idukki, Kovilmala, also known as Kozhimala (the hill of a hen), is a tribal settlement and a small village. This area accommodates South India’s only existing tribal empire. Specifically, there are four divisions of the kingdom: ‘Thekkottu Kattu Rajyam’, ‘Nadukkuda Kattu Rajyam’, ‘Athal Orupuram’ and ‘Chenkanattu Mala’. The tribals here worship Goddess Madhura Minakshi of the famed Madura Temple in Tamil Nadu as Kuladevatha.
60. Thommankuthu Waterfalls
The Thommankuthu region near Thodupuzha is a scenic tourist destination renowned for the gorgeously cascading Thommankuthu and Ezhunilakuthu waterfalls. This less explored spot in the middle of a virgin forest is famous for its waterfalls and tumbling rivers that wind across the greenery. A treehouse is set on the way to these waterfalls which adds a rustic charm to the journey. One gets to hear the roaring sound of the gushing waterfalls miles away from it. The chirps of the birds provide the rhythm. Overall, a must-see location.
Anchuruli is for those travelers who want to visit some unvisited and adventurous locations. Located near Thekkady, it is a mysterious tunnel that will mesmerize you with its carved-out tunnel that has 5.5 kilometers in length. The tunnel was built in 1984 to facilitate water passage from Erattayar dam to Idukki reservoir. This mammoth tunnel is located atop Kalyanathandu hill and got its name because it offers magnificent views of 5 unseen hills as the water levels go down. It was here that the climax of the movie “Iyyobinde Pusthakam” was shot.
The pristine hamlet of Ramakkalmedu is marked by a huge monument featuring Kuravan and Kuravathi. This viewpoint offers panoramic views of the low-lying Tamilnadu cities, especially during dawn. One entering this place is greeted with a heavy wind that accompanies the visitors constantly. Also, the surrounding Shola forests and the aerial view of the windmills impress tourists. As the name implies, this spot is said to be the place where once Lord Rama set his feet- as per epics.
65. Anayirangal Dam
A wonderful boating location with dense plantations all around and offering splendid views of the Western Ghats- this simple definition much suits the Anayirangal dam in Munnar. It is one of the largest earthen dams in Kerala. One should try boating here only if they are brave enough to take a trip in the lightly frightening dam to capture the breathtaking views of the valleys around.
66. Idukki Arch Dam
67. Kalvari Mount
68. Nadukani pavilion
Meesappulimala is undoubtedly an adventurous travelers destination. A hub for serious trekking and nature exploration, this hill is also awarded as the second highest peak in the whole Western Ghats. Many have reported that one can encounter endangered species like Nilgiri tahrs, gaurs, and other animals in their natural habitats. The trek trail via Rhodo Valley is what will raise the goosebumps of travelers as it is purely a wild path. Concerned authorities will provide guides as you trek. Upon reaching the top, one would get aerial views of the highest peak in the Western Ghats- Anamudi. Along with that, spectacular views of the Kurinji waterfall, Mattupetty, and Anayirangal reservoirs, and more are waiting for its guests.
70. Thrissanku Hills
72. Meenuliyan Para
With its massive rocky cliff that resembles fish scales, Meenuliyan Para fully justifies its name. This gigantic rock structure has 4000 feet in height and has a dense canopy resting on it. It covers roughly 500 acres and is frequently covered in mist, particularly during the rainy or winter seasons. In other seasons, one gets to see the panoramic views of the lower Periyar area, Bhoothathankettu, Ernakulam, and more. This place is accessible by walking through a 3 km long wild path starting from Pattayakkudy, near Thodupuzha.