View from Calvary mount, Idukki, Photo Courtesy: Wikimedia Commons

View from Calvary mount, Idukki, Photo Courtesy: Wikimedia Commons

Idukki in Kerala is spread across the gorgeous Nilgiri mountains, at the southern end of the Western Ghats that snake through India’s west coast. The district is encircled by the rivers Thodupuzhayar, Thalayar and Periyar and its tributaries, and is where the river Pamba originates from. It is also home to the highest peak in Kerala, Anamudi (2,695 meters). Before the British realized its worth as a region for tea and spice plantations, Idukki was under the rule of various dynasties, including the Cheras and the Kulashekaras. Home to the famed Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary in Thekkady and the Eravikulam National Park, the district protects a variety of wild animals, birds and plant species. And winter is one of the best times to visit this place. So if we have your interest, here is how you reach Idukki. ALSO READ: Best hill stations in Kerala to visit for a chill vacation Also Read - Monsoon Fury: Nearly 40,000 Trucks Stuck on NH-4, Says Maha Chief Secretary

How to Reach Idukki by air

The nearest airport is Cochin International Airport in Kochi, around 98 km away. The airport is well-connected to all major Indian airports and several international ones. From here, you can hire a cab or take a bus to Idukki, around three hours away by road. Also Read - Lok Sabha Elections 2019: Key Candidates in Chalakudy, Ernakulam, Idukki, Kottayam, Alappuzha Seats in Kerala

How to Reach Idukki by road

Idukki has excellent road connectivity to all of Kerala’s major cities, including Kochi and Trivandrum, and Kottayam, Kollam, Thodupuzha and Moolamattam. The state’s transport corporation runs a series of bus services across Idukki. Bus or cab is probably the best way to experience the lush green landscape, with twisting mountain roads giving you incredible views of the mountains. Also Read - From Arch Dams to Cascading Waterfalls, Idukki is a Traveller's Delight

How to Reach Idukki by rail

Theni railway station is the closest to the district, around 83 km from Idukki city center. You can get the station pretty easily; it is well-connected to most of south India’s key cities, including Chennai, Bangalore, Palani and Kodaikanal. NOW READ: National Parks and Sanctuaries around Munnar to Get Closer to Nature

The blue mountains of Idukki are home to scenic hill stations for families, mountain treks for adventurers, spice and tea plantations and wildlife sanctuaries for nature lovers. With dense forested valleys and majestic peaks and mountain ranges, Idukki is the ideal Nilgiri mountain getaway in Kerala. It lies just around 47 km from the famous hill station of Munnar, and 105 km from Kochi.