It is the serene beauty of the still waters of Idukki reservoir and a picturesque view of Idukki Wildlife Sanctuary that provides a visual feast. And in the remote area of the reservoir, the mighty Idukki Arch Dam and Cheruthoni dam stand to provide a technological colour to the area hitherto hidden in the tourism map of the district.
The Hill View Park, a 10 minute journey from the heart of the town is an attractive offbeat tourism spots for neighbours and a few internal tourists.
However it is expected to get an international image with the completion of the Centrally-sponsored Hill Park development project at a cost of Rs 2 crore.
Implemented through the District Tourism Promotion Council, the park will be opened for public in June this year. The work of the project under the Idukki Destination Development Scheme is progressing at a fast phase.
The Hill View Park which has already a pavilion providing a bird's eye view of the reservoir and the forest started to attract people since it was opened in 2006. According to an official of the DTPC it is attracting nearly 500 visitors per month. However due to lack of facilities and less publicity of the beautiful sight it offers, it has not earned a name even in the tourism map of the district, he said.
The Hill View development project will have a children play area, restaurant and other facilities set up in a beautifully developed garden. It will be a tourism destination with basic halt at Cheruthoni where staying facilities like guest house is available in addition to a large number of medium range hotels.
The entire reservoir area will be developed for tapping the tourism potential of the area without affecting the security of the dam, he said. A Rs 4 core project under mega circuit tourism development is also taking shape in front of the vast area of the arch dam. The earth removing work for it has also started.
The visitors cite the area as one of the most beautiful serene place for weekend travels, says the official and the idea was conceived to make it a major tourism destination and tap its full potential. It can be a stopoevr between Thekkady and Munnar and tourists from Kochi and Thodupuzha can spend their weekends at a peaceful area, said the official. A boat jetty will also be form part of the project and the visitors will be allowed boat journey inside the reservoir bordering forest areas with elephants often coming to the water-logged areas, he said.