Idukki Wildlife Sanctuary

Idukki DamLocated at an altitude between 450 and 748 m above sea level, this sanctuary covers a total area of 105 sq km.Spread over the Thodupuzha and Udumbanchola taluks, it includes a 33 sq km scenic lake formed by the three dams – Cheruthoni, Idukki and Kulamavu.The sanctuary was formed in 1976.A charming canopy of dense tropical evergreen forests, tropical semi evergreen forests and moist deciduous forests fringe the lake that surrounds this protected area on three sides.The Idukki arch dam, the first major hydroelectric project in Kerala, is situated here.

Wildlife found here include herds of elephants,tiger,barking deer,bear,wild boar,sambar,wild dogs, jungle cats, and a large concentration of various species of snakes, including cobra,viber,python,krait,and numerous non poisonous ones. The sanctuary is home to a variety of bird species and the extensive reservoir here attracts a lot of aquatic birds, such as ducks and cormorants. Small groups of tribal and Adivasis, dwell in the higher area of the sanctuary.Visitiors are taken around in boats. The best time to visit is from November to March.


The Chief Conservator of Forest (Wildlife),Thiruvananthapuram – 695014.Phone : 0471 232217.

The Wildlife Warden/Assistance Wildlife Warden,Idukki Wildlife Sanctuary Division,Vellappara,Painavu P O,Idukki – 685603.Phone : 04862 232271.

Getting There

By Air : The nearest airport is  Kochi International Airport,120 km.

By rail : The nearest railhead is at Kottayam,113 km.

By Road : It is 115 from Ernakulam and 60 km from Thodupuzha.

Location : 9° 45’ - 9° 53’ North and 76° 55’ - 77° 04’ East.60 km from Thodupuzha town.

Where to stay

Forest inspection bungalow at Vellappara (Phone: 232323).Rest house of the Public Works Department, Inspection bungalow at Vazhathoppu (Phone: 232328) of Electricity Board and Private Hotels at Cheruthoni, Kattappana, Thodupuzha etc.


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