district is at an altitude of 5000 to 8000 ft above sea
is one of the prominent hill stations in India,
situated at the confluence of three mountain streams namely Mudrapuzha,
Nallathanni and Kundala.
Snuggled in the green and serene Kannan Devan Hills, lies the quite and
restful resort of Munnar, 136 km off Kochi. Magnificent views of low-flying
clouds and mist filled valleys and cool climate makes it paradise on earth.
It was opened up out of virgin forests a century ago by pioneering planters.
It is famous for its lush green surroundings, lakes, reservoirs, forests,
and tea estates. The quiet environs of Munnar attract the traveler to relax
in the lap of Mother Nature. Munnar also becomes the adventure-seeking
traveler, who is interested in paragliding. It has some of the highest tea
estates in the world.
Among the exotic flora found in the forests and grasslands here is the
Neelakurinji. This flower which bathes the hills in blue every twelve years
will bloom next in 2006 AD.
Anamudi the highest peak in South India, towering over 2695m is also in
. 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. Around Munnar
are several exotic locations like Mattupetty, Eravikulam, Rajamala etc.
The best time to visit Munnar is between the months of October to March.
Travelers must avoid the monsoon season while visiting Munnar.
The nearest airport and railway station is at Kochi,
which is 130 km west of Munnar.
The nearest airport and railway station is at
Kochi, which is 130 km west of Munnar.
Munnar is accessible by road from most of the towns
Places of interest - Munnar
Located at a height of 1700 m, 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. DTPC Idukki provides boating facilities on the
Mattupetty Dam. Speed Launch and slow speed motor boats are available on
Lock Heart Gap :
13 km from Munnar is an ideal place for
adventure, tourism and trekking. The place is worth a visit for it beautiful
Devikulam is a dainty town, 16 km southwest of
Munnar. It consist of irresistibly green slopes touching the sky at a
thousand mt. and its silent clusters of slender red and blue gum trees. It
has a lovely little lake hidden within the rolling hills. According to a
legend, Sita Devi, the holy consort of Lord Rama, came down to frolic in the
lake and the place came to be spoken about as 'Devikulam' (meaning the lake
of the goddess).
The idyllic hill station with its velvet lawns, exotic flora and fauna and
the cool mountain air offers a rare experience to visitors. The Sita Devi
Lake is an ideal place for trout fishing.
Eravikulam National Park :
Eravikulam National Park is 15
km north of Munnar. The sanctuary was declared as a National Park in 1978.
Anamudi at 2694mt, the highest peak south of the Himalayas, is on the
southern side of the Park. This is one of the wettest areas of the world.
The sanctuary stands out for the stark beauty of its rolling grasslands and
sholas, spread over 97 sq.kms of unblemished natural splendor.
The slopes of the hills abound in all kinds of rare flora and fauna. The
Atlas Moth, largest of its kind in the world, is a unique possession of the
The animals found here are the tigers, panthers, wild dogs, civet cats,
jungle cats, sloth bears, Nilgiri langurs and wild boar. Half the world
population of the Nilgiri Tahr live here. An ideal place for trekking,
facilities are provided here and tourists are allowed to go on foot up to
Visitors are not allowed during the monsoon season.
Half of the existing world population of the
rare mountain goat (hemitragas hylocres) is found in this natural area,
which is fast becoming extinct. Approximately 1000 Nilgiri Tahrs are found
here. The sanctuary is a part of the Eravikulam Wildlife Sanctuary, and
visitors are allowed only to the tourism area in the Rajamala region. The
Nilgiri Tahrs are now reduced to small herds found in Eravikulam-Rajamala
region. The total number of Nilgiri Tahrs in Rajamala is estimated at 1317.
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.
It offers an excellent view of the tea, coffee
and cardamom plantations in Munnar. The rolling hills, the cool mountain is
ideal for trekking & long walks.
Located between Munnar and Rajamala,
Nyayamakad is a land of breathtaking waterfalls. The waters cascade down a
hill from a height of about 1600 mt. The enchanting surroundings makes an
excellent picnic spot and trekking point. It is 10 km from Munnar.