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Accessing Idukki

 
 


Telephone Access Code:

Thekkady, Kumily, Peermede: +91-4869 Munnar: +91-4865 Chinnakanal: +91-4868

Air
Nearest Airport: Madurai (Tamil Nadu): 140 km Thiruvananthapuram : 265 km Kochi: 190 km Kozhikode: 315 km Chennai (Tamil Nadu): 570 km

Rail
Kottayam: 114 km (4 hrs) Madurai: 136 km (31/2 hrs) Changanacherry: 93 km (4 hrs)
Theni: 60 km (11/2 hrs)

Road
Kottayam - Kumily 110 km (4 hrs) Munnar - Kumily 110 km (4 hrs) Madurai - Kumily 136 km (3 hrs) Thiruvananthapuram - Kumily 265 km (8 hrs) Thekkady - Kumily 4 km (10 min) Kodaikanal - Kumily 149 km (5 hrs) Idukki - Kumily 65 km (21/2 hrs) Alleppey - Kumily 160 km (51/2 hrs) Ooty - Kumily 390 km (11 hrs)

Bus timings from Idukki
Thodupuzha, Ernakulam and Kottayam: Frequent buses.
Munnar: 1015, 1515 hrs
Thekkady/Kumily: 0730, 0930, 1400, 1550, 1750 hrs
Thiruvananthapuram: 1300, 1915 hrs

Inside Idukki - Thekkady

Altitude: 900-1800 m above sea level
Rainfall: 2500 mm

The very sound of the word Thekkady conjures up images of elephants, unending chains of hills and spice scented plantations. In the Periyar forest of Thekkady is one of the finest wildlife reserves in India, and spread across the entire district are picturesque plantations and hill towns that hold great opportunities for treks and mountain walks.

Accessing Thekkady

Road
There are frequent buses from Kumily (4 km away) to various tourist centres.

Distance of a few major towns from Thekkady

  • Kumily: 4 km (15 mts)
  • Sabarimala via Pullumedu: 50 km (2 hrs)
  • Idukki: 65 km (2 1/2 hrs)
  • Munnar: 106 km (4 hrs)
  • Kumarakom: 128 km (4 hrs)
  • Sabarimala via Erumeli: 134 km (4 hrs)
  • Kodaikanal: 149 km (5 hrs)
  • Alappuzha: 164 km (5 hrs)
  • Kollam: 220 km (6 hrs)
  • Ooty: 390 km (11 hrs)

Bus timings from Kumily

  • Thekkady: 0930, 1045, 1130, 1200, 1230, 1330, 1530 hrs
  • Kumarakom: 0700 hrs, Munnar: 0600, 0945, 1330 hrs
  • Ernakulam: 0700, 1330, 1515, 1630,1715, 1930 hrs
  • Thiruvananthapuram (from Kumily): 0840, 1530, 1615 hrs; (from Thekkady): 0820, 1515 hrs
  • Kottayam: Frequent buses
  • Alappuzha: 1115 hrs,
  • Cherthala: 1415 hrs,
  • Idukki: Frequent buses
  • Chennai: 1630, 1900 hrs, Pondicherry: 1630 hrs, Madurai: 0115, 0515, 0525, 0645, 0716, 0720, 0730, 0755, 0835, 0940, 1030, 1045, 1120, 1155, 1300, 1315, 1320, 1420, 1515, 1540, 1550, 1650, 705, 1800, 1840, 1905, 2045 hrs
  • Dindigal: Frequent buses
  • Kodaikanal: There is no direct bus from Kumily to Kodaikanal. The Dindigal bus takes you to Vathalakundu from where there are frequent buses to Kodaikanal (149 km)
    Trichy: 0855, 1045, 1925 hrs, Palani: 0930, 1135, 1830, 850 hrs.

Inside Idukki - Peermede

Altitude: 915 - 1100 m above sea level

Peermede, the famous plantation town, takes its name from Peer Mohammed, Sufi saint and close associate of the erstwhile royal family of Travancore. Wide vistas of tea, cardamom, rubber and coffee plantations interspersed with silver cascades, sculptural rocks, meadows and mist-cloaked hilltops make Peermede an unforgettable experience. The most delightful trekking trails complement the panoramic landscape. Monuments like the summer palace and summer residence of the royal family add to the splendour of the land. The summer residence now converted into a government guesthouse under the Department of Tourism, offers comfortable accommodation.

Distance of a few major towns from Peermede

  • Kumily: 40 km (1 hr),
  • Thekkady: 44 km (1.20 hrs)
  • Kottayam: 75 km (3 hrs),
  • Alappuzha: 114 km (4 hrs)
  • Kochi: 150 km (5 hrs),
  • Madurai: 174 km (5:30 hrs)
  • Thiruvananthapuram: 225 km (6 hrs)

Bus timings from Peermede

  • Thiruvananthapuram: 0930, 1630 hrs,
  • Alappuzha: 1215 hrs, Cherthala: 1515 hrs
  • Kottayam: Frequent bus services
  • Kumily: Frequent bus services
  • Ernakulam: 0800, 1415, 1600, 1715 hrs
  • Madurai: Frequent buses from Kumily

Inside Idukki - Munnar

Altitude: 5000 to 8000 ft. above sea level
Temperature:
(Summer: 15.2 0C - 25.80C) (Winter: 00C - 100C) Rainfall: 275 cm

Munnar is situated at the confluence of three mountain streams - Mudrapuzha, Nallathanni and Kundala. 1600 m above sea level, this hill station was once the summer resort of the erstwhile British Government in South India. Sprawling tea plantations, picture-book towns, winding lanes and holiday facilities make this a popular resort town. Among the exotic flora found in the forests and grasslands here is the Neelakurinji. This flower, which bathes the hills in blue every twelve years, will bloom next in 2006 AD. Munnar also has the highest peak in South India, Anamudi, which towers over 2695 m. Anamudi is an ideal spot for trekking.

Plantations of Munnar

Tea (Scientific name: Camellia sinesis): Tea plantations in South India are located on the Western Ghats, the eastern part of central Kerala and adjoining parts of Tamil Nadu, usually at an elevation of 4300 to 6200 ft. above sea level. The high ranges of Munnar were earlier known as Kanan Devan Hills, named after a certain Kanan Devan, who had been a landlord in the Anchanad Valley on the eastern side of the district. Tea cultivation started on the Nilgiris in 1832 on an experimental basis, and later in 1878 was taken up on the Kanan Devan Hills in Munnar. Today, tea is cultivated on 24,000 hectares of land in Munnar, Peermede and Devikulam areas with an annual yield of 47568 metric tons.

Tea processing: The tender tea leaves collected from the plantations are withered in hot air at the factory and then sent to the rollers. After being rolled into particles and fermented, they are fed into driers before they are ready to be packed.

Medicinal value of tea: Stimulates the central nervous system Leads to increased period of awakening Prevents drowsiness and dullness Keeps alert the intellectual faculties.
Coffee: Coffee cultivation in India dates back to 1600 AD when Ba Abadan, a Muslim saint from the holy city of Mecca brought seven precious coffee seeds and sowed them in the Chandragiri Hills near Chikmagalore in Karnataka. The main varieties of coffee cultivated today are Robusta and Arabica. Coffee plantations occupy 15,400 hectares in Devikulam, Peermede, Thodupuzha and Udumpanchola taluks of Idukki. The average yield per hectare is 320 metric tons.

Accessing Munnar

Distance from Munnar to different tourist centres

  • Goa: 930 km,
  • Chennai: 600 km,
  • Kozhikode: 289 km,
  • Kollam: 252 km
  • Malampuzha: 230 km,,
  • Palakkad: 226 km,
  • Alappuzha: 200 km
    Kodaikanal: 195 km,
  • Kumarakom: 160 km,
  • Madurai: 160 km
  • Thrissur: 158 km,
  • Kottayam: 147 km,
  • Ooty: 146 km,
  • Palani: 122 km,
  • Thekkady: 110 km
  • Vaiga Dam: 105 km,
  • Thodupuzha: 91 km,
  • Amaravathy Dam: 80 km,
  • Theni: 70 km
  • Idukki: 60 km,
  • Chinnar: 60 km,
  • Marayoor: 40 km,
  • Top Station: 34 km
  • Kundala: 28 km,
  • Anamudi: 20 km,
  • Rajamala: 15 km,
  • Mattupetty: 13 km
  • Devikulam: 7 km,
  • Pallivasal: 6 km,
  • Pothamedu: 6 km

Bus timings from Munnar (KSRTC enquiry Ph: 230201)

  • Thekkady: 0630, 1200, 1430, 1500 hrs (4 hours)
  • Thiruvananthapuram: 0840 hrs via Alappuzha; 1030 hrs via Kottayam; 1140 hrs via Alappuzha; 1215 hrs via Kottayam; 1530 hrs via Kottayam (8 hours time)
  • Thrissur: 1330 hrs, Palakkad: 1500 hrs, Theni: Frequent buses
  • Palani: 0715, 0930, 1130, 1415 hrs, Top Station: Daily 8 buses - First trip - 0730, Last trip - 1830 hrs (1 hr)
  • Ernakulam: Daily 8 buses - First trip - 0530, Last trip - 2150 hrs (4 hours)
  • Madurai: 1430 hrs (6 hours), Marayoor: Frequent buses, Coimbatore: 0630, 1545 hrs (6 hours) Kodaikanal: No direct bus; frequent buses from Theni
  • Chinnar: Daily 8 buses (3 hours); First trip: 0630 hrs, Last trip: 1800 hrs
  • Devikulam: Frequent buses (30 min)

Tourist Information Offices in Munnar

District Tourism Office, Kumily, Ph: 222620
DTPC Information Centre, Old Munnar, Ph: 231516

Tourist Information Offices in Idukki

DTPC Information Centre, Munnar Telefax: 04865 231516 Email: munnar@sancharnet.in www.munnartourism.com
District Tourist Information Office, Department of Tourism, Thekkady Jn., Kumily Ph: 04869-222620

 
 

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