Idukki: This is Asia's first arch dam, constructed across the Kuravan and Kurathi hills. The reservoir is surrounded by two dams, the Idukki dam and the Cheruthoni dam. You are allowed to walk on the Cheruthoni barrage to which the entry ticket is ~30 INR. The panoramic view from the Cheruthoni barrage is stunning. The view of the reservoir from the Hill View Park is extremely serene and peaceful.
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Idukki Wildlife Sanctuary
Presenting a panorama of majestic mountains and and verdant valleys with lush green flora and fauna, the Idukki Wildlife Sanctuary in Periyar is a perfect place for a nature lovers and travel adventures. It has nature's finest beauty and wonderful biodiversity and is considered one of the safest place for elephants and tigers in the country. It also surrounds the tranquil waters of the Periyar Lake and has a number of species of animals and birds around it with perfect tropical evergreen moist deciduous forests and ideal ecosystems.
Anayirankal Dam Reservoir
The journey through the windy road was spellbinding with lovely views of the tea plantations and the mountains at both sides. At one point, we could even see the Anayirangal dam at a great distance surrounded by lush green hills. The tea plantations at many places had symmetrically lined silver oak trees in between and the leaves of the oak trees were signing in the sunlight truly justifying it's name.
First one is Idukki dam. From Kochi city a distance of 111 KM would take you to Idukki Dam. Asia’s first arch dam that beautifully connects Kuravan and Kurathi hills. This dam authority has a vehicle that takes you for a close view of the dam. Photography is strictly prohibited. The dam is said to be built with ice in the building materials to make it stronger compared to other dams built in those days. The remains of the ice factory can also be seen at the sight. I was stunned at the way the dam was built and maintained. For a person who gets fascinated by science, human efforts and admires creation would definitely love this place.
Pambadum Shola National Park
Pampadum Shola National Park, with an area of 1.3 sq km, is the smallest national park in Kerala. The national park falls within the Allinagaram Reserved Forest and is also part of the Anamalai Sub-Cluster, a region under consideration by the UNESCO World Heritage Committee. The literal translation of the name "pampadum shola" is "the forest where the snake dances", implying the rich density of flora and snakes in the region.