Munnar's sprawling tea plantations, pristine valleys and mountains and
cool air have long been a
favourite with both Indian honeymooners and foreign tourists. In recent
years, this beautiful landscaped hill station has been attracting adventure
travellers, who are enamoured by the area's stunning topography, which
is ideal for paragliding, trekking and rock climbing. Also known as the
Kashmir of South India, it is a peaceful hill station with its impeccable
beauty. Munnar was the erstwhile 'Summer Capital' of the British Government
in South India.
It is the luxuriant gift of nature to the Western Ghats,
the eastern border of Kerala and an adjoining parts of Tamilnadu. The
very name 'Munnar' means three rivers and there are actually
three of them, confluence of three mountain streams-Mudrapuzha,
Nallathanni and Kundala 5000ft above sea level. Munnar consists
of vast sloping areas of tea, most of which mostly are owned by Tata Tea.
Coffee and cardamom plantations give it a simplistic and smooth appearance.
Munnar is a perennial favourite of Indian honeymooners.
forests, wildlife sanctuaries and major cash crop plantations cover most
of the region. Among the exotic flora found in the forests and grasslands
here is the Neelakurinji. At that time, the hill side will appear bluish
in colour. This flower bathes the hills in blue once every twelve
years, will bloom next in 2006AD. Munnar also has the highest peak in
South India-Anamudi, which towers over 2695m. Anamudi is an ideal spot
for trekking. Munnar abounds in animals like elephants and Nilgiri langurs.
Traditions of the British Tea Plantation town are still preserved in this
heavenly and un-spoilt hill station.
Places to Visit
(6km from Munnar)
Pothamedu offers an excellent view of the tea, coffee and cardamom
plantations in Munnar. The rolling hills, the cool mountain and the breathtaking
scenery here is ideal for trekking and long mountain walks.
Devikulam (7km from Munnar)
This small hill station with its velvet lawns, exotic flora and fauna
and the cool mountain air . It is a beautiful place with lot of tea plantations.
The Sta Devi Lake with its mineral waters and picturesque surroundings
is a good picnic spot. The lake is also ideal for trout fishing.
Pallivasal (8km from Munnar)
This is the venue of the first Hydro Electric project in Kerala. It
is place of immense scenic beauty. On working days it is possible to visit
Hydro Electric project. (Permission should be taken from the electricity
Driving through the Kodaikanal Rd, Mauttupetty just 13km from Munnar
situated at a height of 1700m. Mattupetty is known for its highly specialised
dairy farm. -The Indo Livestock Project. Over 100 varieties of high
yielding cattle can be seen here. Mattupetty has a beautiful rose garden.
Visitors are allowed into three of the 11 cattle sheds at the farm. Visit
time 9 to 11 hrs and 1400-1530hrs. The Mattupetty lake and dam is just
a shot distance from the farm, is a very beautiful picnic sport. The sprawling
tea plantations and the Kundala lake are other attractions in the vicinity.
DTPC Idukki provides boating facilities in the Mattupetty dam. Speed launch,
slow speed boat and motor boats are available for hire. The famous Eco
point is very near and this scenic place gets its name from the natural
echo phenomenon here.
Attukal (9km 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 treks.
Nayamakad (10km from Munnar)
Located beween Munnar and Rajamala, Nyayamakad is a land of scintillating
waterfalls. The waters cascade down a hill from a height of about 1600
meters. The enchanting surroundings makes an excellent picnic spot and
ideal trekking point.
Chithirapuram (10km from Munnar)
A small village with sleepy little cottages, bungalows, old playgrounds
and courts. Chithiripuram still reminds us of 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 (13km 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.
Eravikulam National Park/Rajamala (15km from Munnar)
Eravikulam National Park lures the travellers with its irresistible
grace and beauty. The 97 sq km park is situated in the Devikulam Taluk
is a home to the Nilgiri Tahr, Nilgiri Langur, sambar and the Lion-tailed
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