Munnar, Kerala

Neeleshwar Hermitage, Malabar, Kerala
Neeleshwar Hermitage, Malabar, Kerala

Munnar is situated at the confluence of three mountain streams - Mudrapuzha, Nallathanni and Kundala. Located at 1600 Mts above sea level, it was once the summer resort of the erstwhile British Government in South India and today, despite being essentially a tea town, due to its sprawling tea plantations, picture book towns, winding lanes and wonderful scenic trekking it continues to be a popular destination. In addition to the miles and miles of unending tea plantations there are many exotic flowers found in the forests and grasslands including the Neelakurinji a flower which bathes the hills in blue colour only once every twelve years. The Neelakurinji, will bloom next in 2018 AD. Munnar also has the highest peak in South India - Anamudi - which towers over 2695 Mts and is an ideal spot for the more adventurous trekkers who wish to camp overnight.

Excursions from Munnar:

  • Mattupetty: Situated at a height of 1700m, Mattupetty is famous for its highly specialised 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.
  • Thommankuthu waterfalls: The seven step waterfall here is a much loved picnic spot. At each step there is a cascade and a pool beneath. Thommankuthu is an ideal place for adventure tourism.
  • Kalvari mount: A famous pilgrim centre on the way to Kattapana .
  • Chithirapuram: With its sleepy little cottages, bungalows, old play grounds and courts, Chithirapuram still exudes an old world charm. Home of the Pallivasal Hydel power project, this hill town is also famous for its picturesque tea plantation.
  • Ramakalmedu: 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. This is an ideal place for trekkers and mountain climbers.
  • Eravikulam National Park : Eravikulam Wildlife Sanctuary is a sanctuary set up for the preservation of the endangered Nilgiri Tahr. It also exhibits the breathtaking natural splendor of rolling grasslands and exotic flowers. Anamudi, the highest peak south of Himalayas, towers over the sanctuary in majestic pride.
  • Chinnar Wildlife Sanctuary: Situated on the Tamil Nadu border, the Chinnar Wildlife Sanctuary is spread across 90.44 sq km. Most of the Southern Indian wild animals can be found in this forest. These include the grizzled giant squirrel, champal squirrel, elephant, sambar deer, gaur etc. In addition there is a wonderful array of birdlife including Jungle fowl, myna, laughing thrush, black bulbul, peafowl etc.
  • Devikulam: This is an idyllic hill station with velvet lawns, exotic flora and fauna and the cool mountain. The Sita Devi lake with its mineral waters and picturesque surroundings is also ideal trout fishing.
  • Marayoor: This is the only place in Kerala that has a natural growth of sandalwood trees. The sandalwood factory of the forest department, the caves (muniyaras) 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.
  • Top Station: 1700 Mts above sea level, this is the highest point on the Munnar-Kodiakanal road. The rare Neelakurunji belongs to this region. Top Station (a viewing point) also offers a panoramic view of neighbouring state of Tamil Nadu.

• By Air – Kochi International Airport (130kms)
• By Rail – Kochi Railway Station (130kms)

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