This rugged hill resort is known for its wildlife sanctuaries, beautiful bungalows, tea factories, rubber plantations and forests. The other ungulates are gaur, Indian muntjac and sambar deer. The Idukki district covers a total area of 1,971.14 sq miles or 5,105.22 km2, making it the 2nd biggest district of the state of Kerala after Palakkad. Periyar is one of the 50 tiger reserves in India. The Western Ghats, Anamalai sub-cluster, including these parks, is under consideration by the UNESCO World Heritage Committee for selection as a World Heritage Site. The district headquarters of Idukki is located at Kuyilimala in Painavu.A land-locked district, Idukki is one of the most nature rich areas of Kerala. Thodupuzha - Vazhakulam - Nirmala College junction - Muvattupuzha, Erattupetta - Vellikulam - Idukki is beautiful high range district of Kerala is geographically known for its mountainous hills and dense forests. For the Idukki town, see, Tourist Guide to Kerala By Motilal (UK) Books of India, Various, V. Subburaj, UNEP (05/07/2007) World Commission on Protected Areas, World Database on Protected Areas, Eravikulam National Park, Retrieved 7 May 2007, Online Highways LLC. [20] Elephants make seasonal visits. The District has, for Administrative convenience, two Revenue Divisions at Idukki and Devikulam. Tea Valley Resort. [12][13], The former Kunda Valley Railway in Munnar was destroyed by a flood in 1924, but tourism officials are considering reconstructing the railway line to attract tourists.[14]. Large expanse of tea plantations, forests, wild life, valleys and mountains give Munnar a favoured tourist status. Idukki Dam. Idukki is thus a landlocked district. Pambadum Shola National Park, Retrieved 6 April 2007, K.S. The #1 Best Value of 1,655 places to stay in Idukki District. Many rare species of birds, insects, wild buffaloes, and elephants can be easily located in the forests. This electricity is distributed to the Kerala State Electricity Board. 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Its division was earlier headquartered at Kottayam city, but moved to Painavu in June 1976. This zealously guarded and efficiently managed reserve is a repository of rare, endemic and endangered flora and fauna, and forms the major watershed of two important rivers of Kerala, the Periyar, and Pamba. Vagamon is a hill station situated 1,200 meters above sea level, 37 km from Pala and 42 km from Thodupuzha. Show Prices. 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[6] The district has a population density of 251 inhabitants per square kilometre (650/sq mi). Developed and hosted by National Informatics Centre, Ministry of Electronics & Information Technology, Government of India. Constant wind is another factor that makes Ramakkalmedu unique. [29] The community development blocks are further divided into talukas. Idukki Wildlife Sanctuary came into existence in 1976. Vagamon - Road joins with Pullikkanam -Elappara road Evergreen trees, tall grasses, and shrubs are present in the lower regions of Vagamon. 3.5 /5. It is sharing Border with Tamil Nadu State to the East. Idukki which lies in the Western Ghats of Kerala is the second largest district in area but has the lowest population density. Those opposing the airport also cite the economic benefits as Munnar, one of the key target destinations for the airport lies at about 100 km from Anakkara and the time taken to reach there from Cochin International Airport is less than the time taken to reach from Anakkara. Rugged mountains and forests cover about 97 per cent of the total area of the district. District Head Quarters Painavu, Area 5,019 Sq.Km, Population 11,28,605. The district headquarters of Idukki is located at Kuyilimala in Painavu. The Palani Hills National Park is proposed to come up to the east of Idukki. The taluks of Thodupuzha and Idukki have a significant population of Malayalam speakers. This beautiful High range district of Kerala is geographically known for its Mountainous Hills and Dense Forests. Developed and hosted by National Informatics Centre,Ministry of Electronics & Information Technology, Government of India, Ministry of Electronics & Information Technology. The rare white bison has been recently reported in Chinnar wildlife sanctuary. Anakkara Airport will be a great leap in Idukki's complete development. #3 Best Value of 1,655 places to stay in Idukki District. Golden jackal, jungle cat, wild dog, dhole, leopard and tiger are the main predators. [4] Kattappana is the main urban centre in the high ranges of Idukki district, situated about 2,788.71–2,952.76 feet (850.00–900.00 m) above mean sea level and has recently raised to the status of municipality. Welcome to Idukki - The land of spices. The blocks are:[30], Culture in Idukki is mixed since it consists of migrated people from other parts of Kerala and native tribals. [10] It was also the first to get BSNL 4G in whole country, taking the number of 4G operators in the district to four, including Vodafone Idea Ltd, Jio, and Bharti Airtel. Last Updated: Dec 24, 2020Dec 24, 2020 The Cheeyappara Waterfalls(ചീയ്യപ്പാറ) is on the Kochi – Madurai Highway in Idukki district (National Highway 49), between Neriamangalam and Adimali. The ecosystem of the area consists largely of Shola forest-grasslands, with sporadic bamboo forests. It is notable as an elephant reserve and a tiger reserve. [2] It was constituted on 26 January 1972, by splitting the district of Kottayam into two parts. Idukki district was the first in India to get connected to a super-fast broad band system as a part of the Digital India campaign. (2004) India | Kerala | Devikulam The largest area for forest land in the State is at Idukki district. Indigenous art forms in Idukki are not as popular as other major art forms. Chinnar – the wildlife sanctuary in Marayur – has recorded the largest number of reptilian species, including the mugger crocodile, in Kerala. The 93 km2 Marayur reserve forest is believed to have about sixty thousand naturally grown sandalwood trees, of which nearly 2,000 trees had been allegedly plundered in just one year since January 2004, when the last survey was conducted. This hill station, which is more than 5,000 feet above sea level, is a tourist attraction noted for its scenic landscapes. Home to tigers and a significant elephant population, as well as rare lion-tailed macaques, sambar deer, leopards and Indian bison. This place is situated in Idukki, Kerala, India, its geographical coordinates are 9° 51' 0" North, 76° 58' 0" East and its original name (with diacritics) is Idukki. The nearest railway stations are Kottayam (station code – KTYM), Aluva (Alwaye, station code – AWY), Ernakulam South (Ernakulam Jn., station code – ERS) and Ernakulam North (Ernakulam Town, station code – ERN). About District. 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