Munnar is situated at the confluence of three mountain streams - Mudrapuzha, Nallathanni and Kundala. 1,600 m above sea level, this hill station was once the summer resort of the erstwhile British Government in South India. Sprawling tea plantations, picture-book towns, winding lanes and holiday facilities make this a popular resort town. Among the exotic flora found in the forests and grasslands here is the Neelakurinji. This flower which bathes the hills in blue once in every twelve years, will bloom next in 2018. Munnar also has the highest peak in South India, Anamudi, which towers over 2,695 m. Anamudi is an ideal spot for trekking.
Munnar is one of the most popular hill stations, an ideal honeymoon destination and summer gateway of India. Munnar is famous among honeymooners and tourists from all over the world for its cool climate, cozy weather, landscapes, tea plantations, natural beauty, wildlife etc.
PLACES TO VISIT
The place Mattupetty is located at a height of 1700 meters above sea level. The Mattupetty Lake created by the Mattupetty Hydro Electric Project, is the main attraction here. The sleepy hills and vast grasslands with woods around make this place ideal for tranquil lovers. Boating is possible herein the reservoir. Variety of boats varies from the slow and cheap pedal boats to fast and expensive speedboats are available here. You can even see wild elephants on the banks on boating. The boating permitted here from 9.30 am to 5.30 pm.
The famous Echo Point is located 5 kilometers from Mattupetty. The Kunadala Lake and Kundala Tea plantations are the nearby attractions. The place Mattupetty is also famous for the highly specialized dairy farm here better known as the Indo-Swiss live stock project. 100 varieties of high yielding cattle are reared here. Visitors are allowed in three of the eleven cattle sheds here. One can visit the dairy farm from 9.00 am to 11.00 am and from 2.00 pm to 3.30 pm.
The place Mattupetty is located 13 kilometers from Munnar and easily accessible.
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.
Kundala is most famous because of the Sethuparvathi Dam here. The place offers stunning views of the surrounding areas. Boating is possible here in the reservoir. A few 'Shikara' (Kashmiri boat) are here for hire, which can give some romantic experience in water. The Kundala Golf Club is located here. With prior permission from the Club Secretary once can play a game of golf here or can involve yourself in a cup of tea thinking about the lost colonial days. The place Kundala lies 4 kilometers from Mattupetty on the Top Station road.
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.
This is the venue of the first Hydro Electric Project in Kerala and a place of immence scenic beauty.
Chinnar Wildlife Sanctuary:
This sanctuary is located at Devikulam taluk, 20 kilometers from nearest town Marayur. The sanctuary is regarded as unique than other sanctuaries in Kerala, because of its ecological, floral and geological significance. The main attraction in the sanctuary is the giant squirrel seen here, which is endemic to this region. The sanctuary is spread over 90 square kilometers and rich in flora and fauna. The sanctuary is the home of several rare medicinal herbs and an entire forest of sandalwood is under the sanctuary. Chinnar sanctuary has the richest reptilian fauna. Besides of crocodiles more than 30 species of snakes are observed here. White Bison, Nilgiri Tahr, Tiger, Leopard, Sambar, Wild dog, Barking Deer, Bonet Macaque, Porcupine Wild Boar etc are the main animals seen here. It is observed that over 220 species of birds are here. The Sanctuary offers great trekking opportunities. Prior permission is needed here for trekking. The ideal time for visiting the place is between December and May. The place 60 kilometers from Munnar and easily accessible by road.
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.
Located between Munnar and Rajamala, Nyayamakad is a land of breathtaking waterfalls. The waters cascade down a hill from a height of about 1600 meters. The enchanting surroundings makes an excellent picnic spot and trekking point.
With its sleepy little cottages, bungalows, old playgrounds 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 plantations.
Lock Heart Gap:
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.
The natural habitat of the Niligiri tahr ,Rajamala Rajamala is 2695 Mts above sea level. Half the world's population of the rare mountain goat or tahr which is fast becoming extinct, is now found here.The Niligiri tahr in Rajamala are now to be found in small herds found in Eravikulam-Rajamala region. The total number of Niligiri Tahrs in Rajamala is estimated to be over 1300.
Eravikulam National Park:
The 97 sq. km. park is situated in the Devikulam Eravikulam National ParkTaluk and is home to the Nilgiri Tahr. The Anamudi peak (2695 Mts) is located in the Southern region of the park.
Originally established to protect the Nilgiri tahr (Nilgiri Ibex), the Eravikulam National Park is situated in the Devikulam Taluk of the Idukki District. It was declared as a sanctuary in 1975. Considering the ecological, faunal, floral, geo-morphological and zoological significance, it was declared as a National park in 1978. It covers an area of 97 sq kms of rolling grasslands and high level sholas (evergreen forests). The park is breathtakingly beautiful and is easily comparable to the best mountain ranges found anywhere in the world. .
Waterfalls in Munnar:
The Powerhouse waterfall is located 18 kilometers from Munnar. The waterfalls cascade down a steep rock 2000 meter above sea level. Another splendid waterfall Attukal is located 9 kilometers from Munnar in between Munnar and Pallivasal. The place is an ideal one for trekking. Nyayamakad is a land of amazing waterfalls. This also a enchanting trekking spot. The Valara and Cheeyapara waterfalls are also splendid, located at a distance of 10 kilometers from Munnar on the Adimali-Munar route.
The CSI church is located on a hillock in Old Munnar. The church is a black basalt building with a very attractive bell tower. The exterior of the church may seen unimpressive but not the interior with wooden carvings, fantastic paintings etc. The church was established in 1910. The church is famous because of the 14 rows of rosewood pews and certain antique chandeliers. The church cemetery here was established in 1899, before the church formed and the first one to be buried in the cemetery was Ileanor Knight, the wife of Henry Knight one of the General Managers of Kannan Devan Company.
Mount Carmel Church:
The Mount Carmel Church is the first Roman Catholic Church in High ranges established in 1898. The church is located on a hillock and is surrounded by real nature beauty. It is said that on the time of the 1924 water flood, this church sheltered refugees. A chapel is also occupies the place dedicated to St. Antony.
HOW TO GET HERE
The nearest airports are located at Madurai and Cochin which are about 140 kms and 190 kms respectively.
The nearest railway station is located at Madurai which is about 136 kms and at Kottayam which is about 114 kms.
Munnar is connected to various cities like Madurai, Cochin, Kottayam, Kozhikode, Trivandrum, Chennai and various other cities of South India and Kerala.