The Tourism Department’s eco-lodges near the Idukki dam were recently opened to the public and tourists have been enthusiastically checking it out too. The tourist facility containing 12 cottages is constructed on 25 acres. The lodges are built completely with wood, following the Kerala architectural style. Those who arrive from Ernakulam and Thodupuzha can reach the site by travelling 1.5 km further on the main road from Cheruthoni.
Tourists staying at the eco-lodges in the Vazhathope grama panchayat can not only enjoy the nature-friendly accommodation but also visit tourist centres such as the Cheruthoni dam, Dam View Park, Idukki DTPC Park, Migration Memorial Tourism Village, and Calvary Mount, which are situated within a 10-km radius. An amount of Rs 6.72 crore was incurred on the project. While the State government sanctioned Rs 2.78 crore, the Central government allotted Rs 5.05 crore through the Swadesh Darshan project. The daily tariff for the facility is Rs 4,130. The eco-lodges can be booked online through the Tourism department’s website www.Keralaturism.org.