Devikulam is a small hill station located near Munnar in Kerala. This idyllic hill station situated about 8 km from Munnar, with its velvet lawns, exotic flora and fauna and the cool mountain air is a rare experience. Devikulam lies 1,800 metres (5,900 ft) above sea level.
The hill station got its name from the Sita Devi Lake in here. The name Devikulam is a conjunction of the words Devi, from the goddess Devi and kulam, meaning pond. According to legend, the goddess Sita Devi of the Ramayana epic bathed in the beautiful Devikulam lake waters surrounded by lush, green hills, now named Sita Devi Lake. The lake draws tourists not only because of its sacredness but also for the curative powers of its mineral waters. Most of the inhabitants in this town speak Malayalam and Tamil. Nearby, are the scenic Pallivasal Waterfalls, dense, green tea plantations, and the natural vegetation of slim red and blue and yellow gum trees.The Sita Devi Lake, here, with its mineral waters and picturesque surroundings is a good picnic spot.
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.
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 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.
Tourist attractions in Devikulam
Sita Devi Lake – Mythology is there, but the reasons to visit the lake exceed what seems obvious. For that mystery, one has to be there to feel. Fishing is just an add-on.
Kundala Lake – For the lovers of boating, speed-boating and peddling the slower watercrafts can be enjoyed near Kundala Arch Dam, at 1700 m altitude.
Anayirankal Lake – Tea gardens, forests, and this somewhat hidden lake in which elephant cherish their moments of bonding.
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.
Thoovanam falls – While enjoying the views of wildlife inside Chinnar Wildlife sanctuary, it is hard to miss this beautiful fall fed by River Pambar, where many animals and birds find their respite.
Pallivasal falls- For leisurely time with friends and family spending Devikulam holidays, site around this fall considered best.
Keezharkuthu falls – Also referred to as Rainbow Falls in nearby Udumbannoor Village at 1500 m makes the beauty attract numerous tourists, falling from 200 ft. Adventure seekers can find some of the activities being organized.
Kuthumkal falls – Reached by Devikulam as well as Rajakkad, this cascading cataract is enchanting in its appearance and well-known in popularity.
Eravikulam National Park – One of the most popular national parks of south, missing it is no way an option on this trip.
Chinnar Wildlife Sanctuary – This one is the nearest protected area in Devikulam in which the views of wilderness could be admired without having to go much farther.
Idukki National Park – Idukki National Park is among popular tourist attractions of Devikulam. The natural reserve houses rarest species of migratory birds, animals and reptiles. There is an option with visitors to go for safari to explore the park and its inhabitants. Idukki Arch Dam in the vicinity gets flooded during months of September and October, during which park remains closed.