About DevikulamDevikulam is a small, yet very beautiful quaint little hill station that is located far away from Kerala coast. The hill station is located around eighteen hundred metres above sea level and is just about five kilometers away from Munnar.
Belonging to Idukki district, the hill station has a small population just about three hundred and fifty members strong. Geographically, this village lies between the 10.060N AND 77.100E coordinates. The languages spoken in the old-world charm possessing little hill station are Malayalam, Tamil and English. The village is situated towards the north-eastern boundary of Kerala. The number of men and women is almost equal with the women being slightly more than the men.
History of DevikulamThere is a legend popular in these parts according to which Goddess Sita or Devi Laxmi, the Goddess of wealth incarnate and heroine of the Epic Ramayana, who is the consort of Rama or Lord Vishnu incarnate, had taken a bath in the crystal clear waters of the lakes surrounded by the hills. This lake is currently popular as the Sita Devi Lake. In fact, this is the root meaning of the word Devikulam or the Goddess’ Pond.
It is popularly believed that because Sita Devi took her bath in the lake’s pristine waters they became blessed and had miraculous healing powers. The waters are considered rich in minerals and it is because of this that all those who bath in the holy pond felt exhilarated and even rejuvenated to some extent. The pond or ‘Kulam’ is considered to be both sacred as well as curative. Devotees from all over the world come to take a dip in the holy waters to obtain the blessings of the Goddess.
The People and EconomyThe main occupation of the people of this hill station is basically farming. However, during the peak season in summer and in the spring the local population is busy tending to the needs of the tourists and the devotees who throng to the Sita Devi Lake and temple.
Besides the Lake, the other picturesque spots for the tourists to visit are the Pallivasal waterfall. It falls like a cascade against the bright green background of the thickly-forested hills. The tourists are most attracted to the ecological site. The immediate surrounding of the lake and the waterfall are superbly beautiful because of the thick green tea plantations, the myriad hues of the gum trees during the spring season has an array of gum trees which have slim stems and leaves in all kinds of colours like blue, green, red orange, etc.
How to Reach DevikulamBy Train - The nearest railway station is the one at Udumalpet which is about 60 kms from the Devikulam hill station.
By Bus - There is a well managed and efficient bus service which is well connected to Munnar from most places of Kerala.
By Air - The nearest airport is located at Nedumbassery, Cochin, which is a three and half hour drive from there.
There is an excellent connectivity to Munnar which is accessible from most of the cities and villages in Kerala. There are excellent roads connecting to major cities like Coimbatore and Madurai. Cochin is just three and a half kilometers away.
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