is a beautiful hill station covered with unending expanse of
tea plantation is 165 km away from cherai. Located at 1600 m above sea
level .This was once the summer resort of the British Government in South
India. Panoramic views of low-flying clouds and mist filled valleys make
it a pretty little heaven with a cool bracing climate. It was opened up
out of virgin forests a century ago by pioneering planters. Sprawling
tea plantations, it offers the best opportunity you are ever likely to
have to see the tea plantations, to watch tea being picked, to learn how
tea is processed, to smell the sweet scent of tea wafting through the
air and to buy the tea directly from the gardens place. Munnar is the
land of neelakurinji ( strobilanthus ) .The flower blooms only once in
book towns, winding lanes, trekking and holiday facilities make Munnar
a unique experience Munnar also has the highest peak in South India -
Anamudi , which towers over 2695 m. Anamudi is an ideal spot for trekking.
In the vicinity is the Eravikulam National Park, the home of the endangered
Nilgiri Tahr that roams on a stretch of grassland or is seen climbing
the pinnacles of the undulating hills. Here we can have a glimpse of a
Gaur, Langur, Lion-tailed macaque, and Elephants roaming in herds. Devikulam
is a dainty town, sixteen kilometers southwest of Munnar. It consist of
irresistibly green slopes touching the sky at a thousand metres and its
silent clusters of slender red and blue gum trees. It has a lovely little
lake hidden within the rolling hills.
The nearest airport is Kochin
Inter national Airport (Nedumbassery) 130 km
(3 1/2 hours) 135 km
Aluva (3 1/2 hours) 135 Km
Madurai (4 1/2 hrs) 160 km
Kottayam railway station 142 Km
excellent road network links the hill resort of Munnar with the other
important places of Kerala. It is well connected with places in Tamil
Nadu also like Madurai and Coimbatore
and around Munnar
(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.
(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.
(8 km from Munnar): This
is the venue of the first Hydro Electric Project in Kerala and a place
of immense scenic beauty.
(9 km from Munnar): A
panorama of waterfalls and rolling hills, Attukal, located between Munnar
and Pallivasal, is a feast for the eyes. The place is also ideal for long
(10 km from Munnar): Located
between Munnar and Rajamala, Nyayamakad is a land of breathtaking waterfalls.
The waters cascade down a hill from a height of about 1600 metres. The
enchanting surroundings make an excellent picnic spot and trekking point.
(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.
(13 km from Munnar): Situated
at a height of 1700 m, Mattupetty is known for its highly specialised
dairy farm - the Indo Swiss Livestock Project. Over a 100 varieties of
high yielding cattle are reared here. Visitors are allowed into 3 of the
11 cattle sheds at the farm. Visiting time: 0900 - 1100 hrs and 1400 -
1530 hrs. Rate Rs. 5 per head.
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. DTPC Idukki provides boating
facilities on the Mattupetty Dam. Speed launch, slow speedboat and motorboats
are available on hire.
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.
(15 km from Munnar): This
is the natural habitat of the Nilgiri Tahr. Half the world population
of the rare mountain goat (Hemitragas hylocres), which is fast becoming
extinct, is now found here. The Nilgiri Tahrs are today reduced to small
herds found in the Eravikulam Rajamala region. The total number of Nilgiri
Tahrs in Rajamala is estimated at 1317.
Point (15 km from Munnar): This
scenic place gets its name from the natural echo phenomenon here. Echo
Point is on the way to Top Station from Munnar.
National Park (15 km from Munnar):
The 97 sq. km. park is situated in the Devikulam taluk and is home to
the Nilgiri Tahr. The Anamudi peak (2695 m) is located in the southern
region of the park.
Sanctuary visit: The park is divided into
three regions - the core area, the buffer area and the tourism area. Visitors
are allowed only to the tourism area which is in the Rajamala region.
The Nilgiri Tahr can be observed at close quarters here.
Visiting time: 0800 - 1700 hrs. Visitors
are not allowed during the monsoon. Entry pass: Rs. 10 for adults Rs.
2 for children below 12 years Rs. 50 for foreigners
Permitting authority: Wildlife Warden, Munnar
Trekking facilities are available here. Tourists are allowed to go on
foot up to Anamudi. This is also a place for adventure tourism. Trekking
areas: Anamudi, Rajamala
House Waterfalls (18 km from Munnar): This
waterfall on the way to Thekkady from Munnar cascades down a steep rock
2000 m above sea level. The spot is enriched with the scenic western mountain
ranges, and is an ideal place for a break on the way to the Periyar Wildlife
Sanctuary in Thekkady.
(20 km from Munnar):
Kundala is a picturesque town on the way to Top Station. 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.
(22 km from Munnar): It's
a lush green carpet of tea plants. A trip on the splendid reservoir is
an unforgettable experience. The Anayirankal Dam is surrounded by the
Tata Tea Plantation and evergreen forests. It is an ideal picnic spot.
Station (32 km from Munnar): 1700
m above sea level; this is the highest point on the Munnar- Kodaikanal
road. The rare Neelakurunji (Strobilanthus) belongs to this region. This
plant blooms once every twelve years bathing the hillsides in bright blue.
Top Station also offers a panoramic view of the neighbouring state of
- Things to do in Munnnar
- TREKKING- soft trekking (3 Hours), Hard trekking and Trekking with tent
- BOATING at Mattupetty Dam / Munnar lake