Uthamapalayam is a small town in the South Indian state of Tamil Nadu. The town being in close proximity to Kerala has a lush green backdrop marked by beautiful blue hills, green paddy fields and coconut trees. The nearest city from here is Idukki, across the border in Kerala at a distance of 55 km. Those who want to experience rural life in a typical South Indian village should come here.
Places to Stay
There are no good places to put up in the town. However, Idukki has great budget hotels on offer. Some of the options which are worth trying are Edassery Resorts (Tariff – Rs. 1,000), Mountain View (Tariff – Rs. 500), Chandana Annexe (Tariff – Rs. 750) and Stonage Hotel (Tariff – Rs. 400) and others.
The official language of the area is Tamil. With Kerala just next door, Malayalam is also widely understood. English is also used for interactions with non-South Indian visitors.
The main events of the area are Vishu in April, Onam in August, the two Eid(s) and Christmas.
Places of Interest
The main places of interest lie in the Idukki district which is known for its greenery. Some of the places which are worth visiting are Munnar (92 km), Marayur (132 km), Eravikulam Wildlife Sanctuary (adjacent to Munnar) among others.
How to Get There
The nearest airport is the Cochin International Airport in Kochi at a distance of 136 km.
The closest major railway station is the Ernakulam South Railway Junction at a distance of 146 km.
Both state-run as well as private operators ply their vehicles on the roads surrounding this village, among which the reputed Kallada Travels is one.Buses to the area are available from Idukki. Before going on a holiday, check out various travel portals and get cheap bus tickets.