|One of the most popular hill stations in India is situated at the confluence of three mountain streams Mudrapuzha, Nallathanni and Kundala...|
Munnar with its impeccable beauty is the most famous holiday destination in South India. In the green and serene Kamman Devan Hills lies the quiet and restful resort of Munnar. Munnar is located in the Idukki district in Kerala. Munnar, the queen of hill stations is located at the confluence of three mountain streams namely, Mudrapuzha, Nallathanni and Kundala. Munnar is located about 6,500 feet above the sea level along the western ghats on the eastern border of Kerala. Sprawling tea plantations, picture-book towns, winding lanes and holiday facilities make this a popular resort town.
There are various tropical plantations of tea, coffee, cardamom and other spices, dense forests and wildlife sanctuaries full with various types of flora and fauna. The major wildlife animals which are found in Munnar are the Nilgiri Tahrs (Mountain Goats), Langurs and Elephants. 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.
Major Tourist Attractions in Munnar
There are various places of interest in Munnar which are located at a very short distance like the Anaimudi peak, the South India's highest peak, Rajmalai, Eravikulam National Park, Chinnar Wildlife Sanctuary and Thekkady. The Chinnar Wildlife Sanctuary is the home to some of the rare species of flora and fauna. Half of the entire population of Nilgiri Tahr is found in Rajamalai. The places like Pothamedu, Lokheart Gap and Devikulam offer various adventure, trekking, trout fishing and picnic opportunities. In Attukal, Nayamakkad and Chithrapuram you will enjoy the cascading waterfall and the alluring charm of plantations. Mattupetty Lake is a calm spot for picnics and boating.
Mattupetty is about 13 km from Munnar in the state of Kerala. Situated at a height of 1700 m, Mattupetty is known for its highly specialised dairy farm, the Indo-Swiss live stock project. Over 100 varieties of high springy cattle are reared here.
Pallivasal is the venue of the first Hydro Electric Project in Kerala and a place of mammoth scenic beauty, situated at a distance of 8 km from Munnar.
Eravikulam National Park
Eravikulam National Park is located at a distance of 15 km from Munnar in the state of Kerala. The 97 sq. km. park is situated in the Devikulam Taluk and is home to the Nilgiri Tahr. Originally conventional to protect the Nilgiri tahr (Nilgiri Ibex), the Eravikulam National Park is located in the Devikulam Taluk of the Idukki District.
Located about 6 kms from Thodupuzha on the Thodupuzha - Moolavattom road, this artificial lake is accessible by road. The reservoir is ideal haunt for the tourists looking for boating and fishing.
Lock Heart Gap
This is an ideal place for adventure tourism and trekking, located about 13 kms from Munnar. The fresh mountain air, the mist-clad hills and panoramic view make it worthy of a visit.
Attukal is about 9 km 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.
Located between Munnar and Rajamala, at a distance of 10 kms form Munnar, Nyayamakad is a land of breathtaking waterfalls. The waters cascade down a hill from a height of about 1600 m. The enticing surroundings makes an excellent picnic spot and trekking point.
Things to do in Munnar
The tourists can do various things in Munnar like Forest trekking, Camping, Angling, Plantation tours, Visit to a Tea Factory, Golf, Cycling and Boating.
The hill station of Munnar is located on the Western Ghat mountain range in Idukki district, Central Kerala. Idukki is a landlocked district bordering with the districts of Ernakulam, Kottayam and Thrissur and the Western Ghats mountain range in the east.
Munnar enjoys a temperate climate akin to that of an English summer. Summer temperatures hover between 15° C to 30° C and winter temperatures in the 0° C- 10° C range.
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Since the climate is pleasant throughout the year, you can have your visit any time of the year, except for the monsoon season which extends from June to August.
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Munnar offers an ideal escapade from the heat and buzz of urban life into the tranquil laps of nature. The mist covered rolling hills, exotic plantations, colonial remnants, panoramic views, and pristine wilderness - all add to the exquisite beauty of this hill station.