Traveling with a quest takes individuals on a destination worthy of being visited. And the journey becomes pious when it is made for the search of God and solace in Nature which is what one gets in a very small village - Devikulam hill station - the place with the lotus pond of Goddess.
People on vacation in world famous Munnar might not formerly aware of Devikulam as a hill station which is isolated but one glance around here and there is no doubt that the chilly in the air, greenery on the slopes, low hanging clouds over hills and the Sita Devi Lake surrounded by colors and vibrancy of Nature are to be cherished forever. Just 16 Km away from Munnar, Devikulam in Idukki district of Kerala is often a part of combined package tourists and vacationers take to come to this place.
The village is very small, thus seem crowded in summers when locals take weekend trips to get immersed in the views of Nature as she resides here. Devikulam tour has many reasons; nearness to Munnar, the prominent ones are beauty of the place, legends and mythology associated with the place that tells about Goddess Sita (Wife of Lord Rama) bathing in the lake after which it is named since then, skin-ailments treating water of the lake and numerous opportunities to explore hills through trekking and hiking.
In God's Own Country, journey to all the places become a pilgrimage in their own likeness!
Humans tend to compare and this happens even when springs that feed Sita Devi Lake get compared with hot water springs of Manali, but versatility of India allows people to compare endlessly and yet not come to any conclusion, because there is just no ending. This could be well witnessed in the attraction of this place that tourists enjoy during their Devikulam travel and remember thereafter. Some of them are:-
Mangalam Devi Temple - On a hillock at 1337 m, one can locate this temple popular for the festival of Chitra Pournami. Participation in the festival is possible only after taking permission by Forest authorities.
Nature Walk in
Mattupetty Dam - At an altitude of 1700 m, this Indo-Swiss project has become a picnic spot, especially in the monsoon reason.
Attala Rock Shelter - Above 1500 m, near the Kavakudi Village is a major tourism attraction featuring 94 motifs painted on walls of the rock shelters. Individuals interested in prehistoric art give dedicated time for the place.
Devikulam Tea Estate - Tata Tea Company established this place in 1900 and since then the area of 239 hectares for tea plantation and production.
Blossom International Park - Nearer to Munnar than Devikulam being only 3 Km away from there, the place is more for sports active individual as it offers boating, cycling, roller skating, etc.
Hill View Park - a well maintained and well developed park with great views of Cheruthoni and Idukki Dams, this place is indeed a tourist's delight.
Places Around Devikulam
Pollachi - 42 Km from Devikulum, the scenic amazement is awaiting eyes of appreciation.
Vandiperiyar - This district has its image maintained for coffee plantations, spices like black pepper, is only 34 km from Devikulam and thus could be added to the trip.
Theni - The dewy tea garden, hills of Western Ghats and rustic beauty is simple and catches off-guard just like that. Some 43 Km away from the hill village being talked about, it is a delight to extend Devikulum tour to this place as well.
Idukki - This district and therefore the village by the same name is home to many tourism magnets that draw people from cities to venture in the embrace of Nature.
Marayur - Known for several things like Sandalwood Forest, a type of molasses, handmade Pattu Saree, and ancient caves associated with sages, the place is must to be included with Devikulum tour package.
Munnar - Credit to put hill stations of south on world map could be easily given to Munnar and to understand the gravity of this claim, at least one visit is needed for sure.
Things to do
A mild walk in ups and downs of hills of this area is the very first act that comes to the mind of vacationers, especially kids and youths. The options of angling and boating in the lakes around the region feeling the cool air of hills on face is always there for those who do not want to get indulged in some physically enduring activity. Protected areas meant to give flora and fauna free reign on their life and this presents another window to explore and give aha moments with animals and birds. Taking a food basket to nearest fall for picnic is one more activity families and friends could enjoy together.
Munnar being in close proximity as well as great in popularity generally steals much of the show, but those who like some peace, pick home stays or hotels in Devikulam as their option for accommodation. Those who are coming directly to this hilly landscape can remain stick to the idea of going solitary lived to the perfection. However, the distance between the two is so less, it hardly takes any time commuting from one place to the other.
Some of the popular names of this place include- Autumn Trees, Pavitram Holiday Inn, Spring Dale Resort, Misty Buds Homestay, and others.
Summers are quite pleasant staying from March till May, with temperature ranging from 8°C to 16°C. On the other hand, June to September experiences medium to heavy rainfall making the air feel cooler. December to February experiences 0°C to 10°C, where January is the coolest month of the year.
Best Time to Visit
As could be deduced from the description of climate, the place is worthy of visit anytime schedule of individuals permit. Still, the best time with respect to everybody in a group is considered to be September to May, devoid of rain.
How to Reach
Air - Kochi International Airport is best to reach the village is flight is the preferred way of journey.
Rail - Kottayam and Kochi 130 Km and 150 Km respectively are the nearest railway stations from where taxis or buses could be taken to reach Devikulam.
Road - Journey on roads from Cochin (Kochi) and Kottayam is a delight especially when the driver is experienced and efficient for the hill driving.