Abode of Goddess Sita
In the deep valley of Munnar, there lies a utopia known as Devikulam. This gift of mother earth lies in the state of Kerala. It is a small hill station in Munnar which is in the Idukki District and is 5 kilometres away from Munnar. Devikulam is also famously known as the place with the lotus pond of Goddess Sita. The green velvet lawns of the plantation are the most visited place in the vicinity. Devikulam is blessed with the bounty of nature. The destination is a refreshing change for an individual. There are many activities that can be performed such as trout fishing, hiking, etc. The place is a paradise for photographers since the view is incredibly phenomenal. Low hanging clouds over the hills and the chilled weather with greenery over the slopes are worthy to capture at that moment. According to mythology, Goddess Sita took bath in the lake of this place, thus named as Devikulam. One can undergo a great experience by taking a bath in the lake of Devikulam which is known for its skin-ailment treating water and herbal values. The destination gives you an immense amount of joy when the cold breeze, in the crack of dawn, gently touches your skin. It’s a blessing to experience such a divine morning as you charge up to start on your venture. It is a prominent beautiful place which many tourists visit throughout the year. It’s a place worth visiting at least once in your life.
The culture and the history of Devikulam is a temptation for the unknown indeed. There are various places which reflect the culture around the village and can tell you the story of the localities. Many carvings and portraits exist to be marvelled on, such as forts, museums, monumental sites of Devikulam, etc. It can walk you back in time, where the discovery and richness of the history and culture of Munnar could be understood. People around the place are really helpful, guiding the tourists around and telling them stories about the place and its importance. The local language is Malayalam. But people do speak Hindi and English as well, since Kerala has the highest literacy rate in the country.
How to reach
Since Devikulam is not famous and well developed, you may find it a little difficult to procure any means of transport. Better to arrange your car or cab on prior basis.
How to Reach by Flight
Kochi International Airport is the nearest airport to the Devikulam. It connects many major cities such as Chennai, Delhi, Mumbai, etc.
How to Reach by Train
Devikulam is not directly connected with railway tracks but the nearest railway station is in Kochi which is 150 kilometres away from Devikulam.
How to Reach by Bus
There is no State Bus service in Devikulam, although some local buses are available to travel from the nearby train station to Devikulam.
How to Reach by Road
The Devikulam is easily accessible by road since it is well connected with highways with major cities such as Kochi and Kottayam.
How to travel within
Tourist can use local transport system including autorickshaws and cabs. You can hire a car too on rental basis from a different city and visit the place.
Since Devikulam is situated in the deep regions of Kerala, the local food is south Indian food such as idlis and dosas. But you can find Northern food as well, as there are many northern restaurants available. Several local foods can be found around the place such as Puttu and Kadala curry, Idiyappam and Egg Curry, appam, etc. Some of the famous places for food around the vicinity are:
Day 1: Have a hearty brunch and head towards the route from Kochi to Devikulam. You can reach Devikulam by evening. Get a place to stay within the village. Visit the tea and spice plantation as it has a great view during sunsets, and have a pleasant evening there. Later, head back to your hotel and have dinner in a nearby restaurant.
Day 2: Get up early in the morning and gear yourself up by having a nice breakfast. Visit the Devi lake and take a bath there. After having a nice bath you can visit the market place of the village and then head back to Kochi. You can reach Kochi by midnight, rest for the night and head back to your home the next day.