MUNNAR - Kerala - HILLISTATIONS Breathtakingly beautiful… a haven of peace and tranquility… Unending expanse of tea plantations...Pristine valleys and mountains...Exotic species of flora and fauna in its wild sanctuaries and forests...Aroma of spice scented cool air...It is Munnar, known as the Kashmir of South, the idyllic tourist destination of God's own country. Set at an altitude of 6000 ft in Idukki district, situated at the confluence of three mountain streams, Munnar was the favored summer resort of the erstwhile British rulers in the colonial days.
Kerala - Picture Gallery
Sprawling tea plantations, picture book towns, winding lanes, trekking and holiday facilities make Munnar a unique experience. Among the exotic flora found in the forests and grasslands here is the Neelakurinji a flower, which bathes the hills in blue color once every twelve years. Munnar also has the highest peak in South India - Anamudi - which towers over 2695 M and is an ideal spot for campers who like to do some trekking.
Pothamedu (6 km from Munnar)
Pothamedu offers an excellent view of the tea, coffee and cardamom plantations in Munnar. The rolling hills, the lush mountain and the breathtaking scenery here is ideal for trekking and long mountain walks.
Mattupetty (13 km from Munnar)
Situated at a height of 1700 m, Mattupetty is famous for its highly specialized dairy farm, the Indo-Swiss live stock project. Over 100 varieties of high yielding cattle are reared here. Visitors are allowed into three of the eleven cattle sheds at the farm The Mattupetty Lake and Dam, just a short distance from the farm, is a very beautiful picnic spot. The sprawling Kundala tea plantations and the Kundala Lake are other attractions in the vicinity.
Devikulam (7 km from Munnar)
This idyllic hill station with its velvet lawns, exotic flora and fauna and the cool mountain air is a rare experience. The Sita Devi Lake with its mineral waters and picturesque surroundings is a good picnic spot. The lake is also ideal for trout fishing.
Pallivasal (8 km from Munnar)
The unparalleled beauty of nature and the astonishing heights of human achievements meet at the sight of the first Hydro Electric Project in Kerala and a place of immense scenic beauty. A visit to this place will satiate the body and the mind and will be etched in the mind forever
Nyayamakad (10 km from Munnar)
Located between Munnar and Rajamalai, Nyayamakad is a land of breathtaking waterfalls. The waters cascade down a hill from a height of about 1600 meters. The enchanting surroundings make an excellent picnic spot and trekking point.
Chithirapuram (10 km from Munnar)
With its sleepy little cottages, bungalows, old playgrounds and courts, Chithirapuram still exudes an old world charm. Home of the Pallyvasal Hydel Power Project, this hill town is also famous for its picturesque tea plantations.
Lock Heart Gap (13 km from Munnar)
This is an ideal place for adventure tourism and trekking. The fresh mountain air, the mist-clad hills and panoramic view make it worthy of a visit
Rajamalai (15 km from Munnar)
The natural habitat of the Nilgiri Tahr, Rajamalai is 2695 m above sea level. Half the world's population of the rare mountain goat or Tahr, which is fast becoming extinct, is now found here. The Nilgiri Tahr in Rajamalai is now to be found in small herds found in Eravikulam-Rajamalai region. The total number of Nilgiri Tahrs in Rajamalai is estimated to be over 1300.
Echo Point (15 km from Munnar)
On the way to top station from Munnar is a small lake set amidst rolling hills. Every loud call made from a spot on the lake embankment is returned manifold by the echo from the surrounding hills. Young tourists throng to this place to listen to the echoes of their friendship calls.
Eravikulam National Park (15 km from Munnar)
Originally established to protect the Nilgiri Tahr (Nilgiri Ibex), the Eravikulam National Park was declared as a sanctuary in 1975. Considering the ecological, faunal, floral, geo-morphological and zoological significance, it was declared as a National park in 1978. It covers an area of 97 sq Kms of rolling grasslands and high-level evergreen forests. The park is breathtakingly beautiful and is easily comparable to the best mountain ranges found anywhere in the world.
Kundala (20 km from Munnar)
Kundala is a picturesque town on the way to Top Station. The tranquillity of the place will never fade from the memory of the tourists to this spot. The Golf Course which belongs to Tata Tea Ltd. is located here. The Kundala artificial dam is another attraction. Aruvikkad Waterfall is also near Kundala. An area surrounding a lovely lake that offers some of the most stunning views of the region.
Top Station (32 Kms from Munnar)
1700 m above sea level, this is the highest point on the Munnar-Kodiakanal road. The rare Neelakurinji belongs to this region. The sight of Tamilnadu state spread before you on the east and the distant sight of the Arabian sea on the west will remain etched in your memory once you stand at this point which is the highest on the Munnar-Kodaikanal road.
IN AND AROUND MUNNAR
Anayirangal (22 Kms from Munnar):
It's a lush green carpet of tea plants. A trip on the splendid reservoir is an unforgettable experience. Sprawling tea gardens surrounded by evergreen forests on the slopes of high mountain ranges make the Anayirankal Lake and Dam a very popular picnic spot. Herds of elephants often visit the lake to quench their thirst giving the visitors a rare opportunity of seeing elephants in open place from safe vantage point
Marayoor (40 Kms from Munnar)
This is the only place in Kerala that has a natural growth of sandalwood trees. The sandalwood factory of the forest department, the caves with the murals and relics from the New stone age civilization and the children's park spread across a hectare of land under the canopy of a single banyan tree, are of great interest to tourists. Thoovanam waterfalls and Rajiv Gandhi National Park are also nearby.
Ramakalmedu (16 Kms from Nedumkandam)
Rolling green hills and fresh mountain air make Ramakalmedu an enchanting retreat. The hilltop also offers a panoramic view of the picturesque villages of Bodi and Kambam on the Eastern slope of the Western ghats. One can enjoy the splendid beauty of nature. This is an ideal place for trekkers and mountain climbers.