136 km away from Kochi and 55 km from idukki town, munnar is situated at the confluence of three mountain streams. 1600 m above sea level, this hill station was the summer resort of the british government in south india.
Munnar is an ideal destination for a peaceful vacation. Sprawling tea plantations, wild life sanctuaries, picture – book towns, dams,winding lanes and holiday facilities make this a popular hill station. The Erivakulam National Park, which is home to the rare Nilgiri Tahr. This mountain goat is extremely endangered and is only found on the heights of the Nilgiri Hills and some nearby parts of the Western Ghats.
Neelakurinji is the flower which bathes the hills in blue once every twelve years, will bloom next in 2006 a.d. munnar also has the highest peak in south india, anamudi – which towers over 2695 mts. Anamudi is a ideal spot for trekking. Indo-Swiz cattle project, Mattuppetti is near here.
There are many waterfalls, lakes and streams among the green hill slopes and valleys of the Western Ghats in Munnar, Kerala, India. Three mountain rivers the Kundala, Nallathanni and Mudrapuzha come together at Munnar.Thus the name Munnar. The green hills of Munnar are covered by extensive tea plantations and spice plantations.There are many varieties of plants grown in the forests and plantations of Munnar, which have medicinal properties. These plants are collected by practitioners of Ayurveda, the traditional system of Medicine in Kerala and their extracts are added to the oils used in Ayurvedic massage therapy.
Devikulam is another hill station known for its green meadows, exotic flora and fauna and the pristine mountains. It is just 7 km from Munnar. The Sita Devi Lake is good option for picnic. The water of the lake has minerals, which contains curative properties. The lake is also ideal for trout fishing.
Anaimudi is at a height of around 2,695m it is the highest peak in southern India and can be viewed from Munnar.
Nyayamakad it is an excellent picnic and trekking point, Nyayamakad is situated at a distance of 10km from Munnar near Rajamalai,Nyayamakad is a land of scintillating waterfalls with water cascading down from a height of around 1,600 metres.One can see the Pallyvasal Hydel Power Project and the tea plantations.
Pallivasal it is 8 km from Munnar and is the venue of the first Hydro Electric Project in Kerala. The place is also famous for its immense scenic beauty.
Kundale Tea Plantation
Kundale Tea Plantation offers an opportunity to see the tea plantations, to watch tea being picked, learn how tea is processed and to buy the tea directly from the gardens. It is an area surrounding a picturesque lake that offers stunning views of the region. If you arrive on a Sunday, make sure to drop in at the small Kundale Club in the afternoon, where the local planters gather with their families.
Nadukani it is situated at an altitude of 3,000 ft. above sea level, Nadukani offers excellent views of the Moolamattam town, Malankara lake, etc. It is a natural dream heaven covered with green-clad hills, silvery streams, valleys and paddy fields. You will encounter many rare species here like the hornbill, wild rabbits, spotted sambhar, jungle mainah and elephants, to name a few.
Marayoor is around 40km from Munnar Marayoor has many firsts to its credit. It is the only place in Kerala with natural growth of sandalwood trees, natural caves with murals, and relics from Later Stone Age civilisation. There is a sandalwood factory of the Forest Department of Kerala and a children’s park extending across one hectare of land under the canopy of a single Banyan tree, all of which attract tourists in large numbers. Some nearby destinations such as Thoovanam and Rajiv Gandhi National Park are also of great interest.
Attukal is 9 km from Munnar, must be visited for its charming sceneries, waterfalls and rolling hills. Attukal is located between Munnar and Pallivasal and is also for long treks.
Mattupetty is situated at a height of 1700 m, is at a distance of 13 km from Munnar. It is famous for its highly specialized dairy farm of the Indo-Swiss Live Stock Project. More than 100 varieties of high yielding cattle are reared here. The Mattupetty lake and dam are at a short distance from the farm is a popular picnic spot. The visitors should visit the Kundala Tea Plantations and the Kundala Lake while on a visit to Mattupetty.
Pothamedu is one of the major plantation hubs of Munnar, Pothamedu is situated at a distance of around 6km from the town. Views of coffee, tee, and cardamom plantations are excellent from here and it’s an ideal spot for trekking and hiking amidst lush mountains, rolling hills and breathtaking scenery.
Cheeyappara is located between Neriamangalam and Adimali on the Kochi-Madurai Highway, Cheeyappara and Valara waterfalls are a treat to the eyes. The fall cascades down in seven steps making it unique.
Eravikulam National Park
Eravikulam National Park by driving north from Munnar for 30 minutes and then hiking a few kilometres, you reach this sanctuary which is home to over three thousand free-roaming ibex, elephants, lion-tailed macaque, and the nilgris thar ,an endangered mountain goat. Declared as a National Park in 1978 it covers 97km of rolling grass hills forested valleys and is one of the must do activities in the area.
Munnar in Kerala is a favorite destination of adventure tourists. There are facilities of trekking, camping, birdwatching tours, rock climbing and even parasailing and hang gliding. Fishing is a popular sport in the streams and lakes of Munnar and it is the ideal place to just lie back and relax or indulge in gentle strolls if a relaxing holiday in Kerala is on your itinerary. See the natural beauty of Munnar, the best hill station in kerala, on Kerala tours, with Kerala backwater.
By Air: The nearest airport is Kochi, 130 km away from Munnar.
By Rail: Kochi is the nearest railway station, which is connected to all the major cities in India.
By Road: Munnar is accessible by road from most of the cities and town in Kerala.You can also reach Munnar form Coimbatore (-248 kms-6 hrs away) and Madurai (165 kms-5 hrs away) in TamilNadu. And from cochin by 3.5 hrs