Idukki is one of the most scenic locations in Kerala to enjoy nature at its truest sense. With the lush green mountains and the lovely dams, Idukki does not fail to surprise a traveller. It also boasts of the highest peak in India, Anamudi.
One of the spectacular features of Idukki district is its dams that are worth a visit. Let us take a look at some of the best dams of the district, which are not to be missed on your next trip to this scenic location!
Idukki Arch Dam
Idukki Arch Dam is one of the most famous dams in Idukki. Being Asia's first arch dam, the Idukki Dam is a technological marvel and something to be seen and witnessed. It is constructed between Kuravan and Kurathi hills in Idukki. Idukki Wildlife Sanctuary is quite close to the dam.
The Mullaperiyar dam in Idukki is another beautiful attraction of the place. The dam gets its name from the names of two rivers across which it is built, Mullayar and Periyar. Though it was built to help a few districts in Tamil Nadu for irrigation, the dam is one of the popular tourist attractions of Kerala. There is an artificial lake here, where you can go boating. The Periyar Wildlife Reserve can also be visited.
Kulamavu dam is located on the way to Idukki from Thodupuzha. Though it is smaller compared to the Idukki dam, it offers scenic views worth exploring. Nature treks can be taken here with the permission of the Idukki Forest department.
Built across the Panniar river in Idukki, the Ponmudi dam is a lovely attraction of the district. The stunning views of the dam, the reservoir and the lush greenery surrounding it make the visit worth it. The nearby tea forest is also a trekker's paradise. To view the reservoir at its best, you can visit the place post-monsoon.
Cheruthoni Dam is a popular picnic spot in Idukki district. Known as the largest concrete gravity dam in Kerala, Cheruthoni dam is located quite close to the famous Idukki Arch dam. The dam is built across Periyar river, and is also the third highest dam in India. You can reach the dam by jeep. Tourists can take boat rides and cruises between Cheruthoni and Kulamavu.
Mattupetty dam is located near Munnar in Idukki. Apart from the picturesque views offered by the dam, it also is a great boating destination. Slow speed boats, motor boats and speed launch boats can be availed here. The hills nearby are ideal for trekking and exploring the nature.