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History and Overview of Kuttikkanam
Kuttikkanam is a hill station which is remotely located within the thick forest covers of Idukki district in Kerala. Located at around 3500 feet above sea level, this place is famous for its expansive tea estates. One can spot this scenic place in the Idukki district of Kerala within the Peermede territory.
Until 16th century, this place was virtually empty and barren, when the Changanassery rulers were in control of the place. It was only during 17th century, when the Travancore royal dynasty defeated the Changanassery clan and ruled Kuttikkanam that few developments started happening here. A missionary, Henry Baker started planting coffee on the vast and lush lands of Kuttikkanam, however, when under the reign of Sri Moolam Thirunal, coffee plantations gave way to tea plantations.
When the British rulers arrived, the place indeed got noticed by many because the first public limited company, Aerial Ropeway Limited was set by them. Kuttikkanam slowly grew into a big commercial destination. Even the Travancore kings considered this place to be one of the best summer retreats as they built their palace here. It was during this time that lots of people started coming in from various parts of Kerala and Tamil Nadu to find work in Kuttikkanam.
Geographical location of this place
Kuttikkanam is a place that is small but beautiful in the remote Idukki district of Kerala. It is located at a height of 3500 feet above sea level and at 9.34 degrees towards the North and 76.58 degrees towards the East.
How to reach and local transport
Air – Kochi International Airport at Nedumbassery, at a distance of 90km, is the nearest airport to Kuttikkanam.
Rail – Kottayam railway station, at a distance of 77km, is the nearest airport to Kuttikkanam.
Road – The Kerala State Transport Department operates many buses from districts like Idukki and Kottayam regularly to Kuttikkanam all through the day. There are also taxis available on rent from Idukki, but they are slightly costly.
Local transport – Local buses are the only modes of transport available within this place. However, the tea estates are best explored on foot.
Tourist Attractions and Things to Do
Peeru Hills, Grampi (a sculpture made from rock), Thottapura (storehouse of the royal weapons used by the Travancore kings), Baker Hills, Panchalimedu (a beautiful point on the hill which was the place where Pandavas and Panchali hid), Valanjanganam Waterfalls, Nallathanni Point, dense pine forests and Azhutha River, Summer Palace (summer mansion of Travancore royalty), Hope Church, Peer Mohammed’s Tomb, Amrutha Mala are a few interesting places in and around Kuttikkanam. Tourists can just go around the beautiful places, enjoy nature from the high cliffs, sink in the magnificence of the royal way of life and have a relaxing time here during their vacation to Kuttikkanam.
Where to eat and stay
There are no exclusive restaurants in Kuttikkanam. The hotels that offer accommodation facilities have in house restaurant features as well. Some of the best places to stay here are Thrisangu Haven, Rhapsody Villa and Misty Mountain, which are 3 star hotels and resorts. There are lots of homestays and budget hotels as well like Bigland Dew Castle, Dream Avenue and Palace Avenue Hill Resort. Rice Bowl is a small restaurant in this place that offers authentic Kerala cuisine in addition to international cuisine like Chinese.
STD, PIN and Emergency Contact Numbers in Kuttikkanam
The STD and PIN codes of Kuttikkanam are 04869 and 685531 respectively. The Peermedu Police station can be reached at 04869 232085. Other usual emergency numbers are 100 for Police, 101 for Fire and 108 for Ambulance.
Banks, Hospitals and Tourist Office
Indusind Bank Limited,
Chamatharayil Building, Close to Idukki Kavala,
Kuttikkanam Road, Kattappana – 685508
Ph: 04868 252470
Sahyadri Ayurveda division,
Peermedu Development Society,
Pallikannu Post Office, Peermedu, Idukki district, Kerala 685531
Ph: 04869 233496
District Tourism Promotion Council,
Civil Station, Kuili Mala,
Painavu Post Office, Idukki district
Ph: 04862 232248