How to reach Idukki Dam?
The nearest railway station is in Kottayam tucked 1o3 km (approx.) away from the district.
The closest airport is in Cochin which is about 120 km (approx.). Taxis and buses are easily available from Cochin to Idukki, which will take you around 3 hours to reach. The roads are gorgeous, with lush green on both sides, for you to enjoy the drive.
You'd also get KSRTC buses from Munnar, Thekkady, Alleppey and other towns in Kerala.
What is the best time to visit Idukki Dam?
Needless to say, the best time to visit Kerala is during the Winter season (November-February) - and the same goes for Idukki Dam. The temperature is mild and it'll be pleasant for exploring.
Summers are hot and sultry, and might not be suitable for hikes and walks. Monsoons in Idukki (June - September) must be avoided as it receives heavy rainfall, and boat ride isn't operative during that time.
What to eat while you explore Idukki?
Local cuisine is something that one must try. Although both vegetarian and non-vegetarian food is available, it is indeed a treat for the meat eaters as they have more options.
Kerala parotta, beef curry, chicken biryani and mutton fry are some delicacies to try. The 'thattukadas' or small tea shops are places one might not generally wish to eat in but is so very tasty, it will leave your taste buds craving for more.
Where to stay near Idukki Dam?
From budget to mid-range hotels one can find plenty of accommodations in different parts of the district. The starting price of a good hotel is ~900 per night. If you are looking to have a laid back luxurious vacation, you have plenty of 5 star resort options as well.
Idukki is a marvelous location because wherever you stay, it will overlook a valley, tea plantations and never ending horizon of hills.
You can read more about Mouna's journey of exploring Idukki, here.