Idukki Wildlife Sanctuary is located at a distance of 40 kms from
Thodupuzha. This sanctuary extends over the Thodupuzha and Udumpanchola
taluks of Idukki district spreading over 77sq. kms, at 450 - 748m above sea
level. The Idukki reservoir formed by three dams-Cheruthoni, Idukki and
Kulamavu-extends to 33 sq. km.
A picturesque lake, a majestic arch dam across two hills and roaming herds
of elephants and gaur are sights that lure you to this enchanting canopy of
tropical semi-evergreen and deciduous forests. The fauna also includes
Langur, Leopard and Wild Boar.
While at the Idduki you just cannot miss enjoying the Fauna. Idduki and
elephants are synonymous and one cannot be thought of without the other.
Herds of playful wild elephants have made their favourite haunt for
frolicking in the water. Scores of them can be witnessed bathing and
swimming here. The Indian female elephants do not posses tusks like their
African relatives. They are also not as swarthy as their African
The Other Residents of the Sanctuary
The sanctuary has a large variety of flora and fauna. Among the mammals
Bison, Sambhar, Deer, Wild Dogs, Jungle Cats, Tiger, Wild Boar etc reptiles
such as Cobra, Viper, Krait and a large number of non- poisonous snakes can
Jungle Fowl, Myna, Laughing Thrush, Black Bulbul, Peafowl, Woodpecker,
Kingfisher etc also inhabit the place in large numbers.