Valakode is a forest area in Idukki District
. The place is home to wild tuskers, barking deer, scampering rabbits, pigs and various other wild animals. Valakode is surrounded by a dozen mountains, all bearing funny names. The tribal communities such as Uralis and Ulladans
inhabit the region. Kilipothu, Koovalettam, Kizhikanam, Vagavanam, Muthimala, Thengathotty and Nayarodithandu are some among the mountains.
The main attraction here is Padi, the graveyard of the late tribal chieftains known as Munis. Each have separate tomb, which are parted by big pieces of rocks. The tribes believe that these chieftains were very powerful in black magic and practiced sorcery for the welfare of the kudis (settlements). It is dangerous to visit the Padi during rainy season, for herds of violent tuskers may appear along the path.
Another striking feature of Valakode is the tree houses with bamboo steps. One gets a good view of the forest from these houses. Tourists can reach Valakode by barding buses from Kottayam, alight at Upputhara. Regular taxi services are available to Valakode from Upputhara. Food and accommodation are available at Upputhara.