Positioned at a height of 6000ft in the Idukki district, Munnar is the most privileged summer resort. This was a significant resort even during the British monarchs in those colonial days.
Munnar is opulent with alien species of flora as well as fauna. With an extensive stretch of tea plantations amidst the high mountains and unspoiled valleys, Munnar gives a very pleasant feeling. The scented cool air is filled with the aroma of spices. The rising and falling terrain of Munnar is covered with forests and grasslands.
The undulated topography offers a breathtaking vision of craggy rocks and adds to the picturesque scenery as nothing has been altered and captivates the tourists with its beauty. Prominent and various trees are found in Munnar. Some of the prominent trees are teak, red sandalwood, rose wood, jungle jack, etc. Munnar is a paradise for bird watchers as rare species of birds are found in abundance.
Cocooned in the Kerala State, Munnar poses a breathtaking scenery amidst the thriving green tea plantations with the combination of valleys, streams, cliffs, bubbling brooks, exotic wildlife and the clear trout streams make Munnar an irresistible place.
Tourists will find it mandatory to visit all these places that are rich in natural wealth and relax in the abundance of this serene beauty, the gods’ paradise.
Accommodation facilities and tourist guides are available easily suiting the budgets.
|Location:||Iddukki district on the high ranges of the Western Ghats.|
|Altitude:||1600 Mts to 1800 Mts above sea level|
|Area:||557 sq kms|
|Rainfall:||Annual Rainfall 270cm|
|Temperature:||Min. 0ºC - Max. 25ºC|
|Local Languages:||Malayalam, Tamil, English|
|Tourist Season:||August to May|
|Clothing:||Warm Clothes and Rain Gear|
Mattupetty: The town of Mattupetty though small in geographical area is a treasure trove of natures abounding glories. Every nuke and cranny of it is crammed with the luxurious bounties of nature. The town is located at a distance of about 13 km from Munnar at an altitude of 1700 meters above sea level. Mattupetty is famous for its much renowned dairy farm; the Indo-Swiss livestock project. A large variety of high yielding cattle are reared in Mattupetty. At a stones throw away lies the picturesque Mattupetty dam and lake. The ideal way to revel in the beauty of this scenic locale is a boat cruise. The spot is preferred by picnickers due to its amazing natural beauty. Nearby is the beautiful Kundala Lake and adjoining Tea Plantations.
Pothamedu: This amazing viewpoint is located at a distance of 6 km from Munnar. This vantage point offers astounding views of breathtaking grandeur of the nearby tea, coffee and spice plantations. You can feast your eyes on the misty hills, green meadows and ravines crisscrossed with white streaks of gurgling rivulets. This is also an ideal spot to enjoy a casual ramble through the green mountains and to indulge in serious trekking activities. If you are into nature photography, this is a must visit spot to capture the real essence of Kerala’s natural splendor.
Pallivasal: This place is famous for the Pallivasal hydel station, the first hydroelectric project of Kerala. Located at a distance of about 8 km from Munnar, Pallivasal is also acclaimed for its outstanding natural beauty. The shimmering emerald green water of the reservoir is perfectly color coordinated with the lush green surrounding countryside. Tourists flock here to enjoy the tranquil surroundings of the reservoir and the scenic beauty of the location.
Attukal: This beautiful place is located between Munnar and Pallivasal. The place is an ideal vantage point with picture perfect views of the silver waterfalls and the green verdant hills. Attukal is a Lucullan treat for the eyes with its breathtaking natural splendor. It is also an ideal spot to indulge in long nature walks and trekking.
Nyayamakad: This picturesque location is at a distance of about 10 km from Munnar en route to Rajamala. The place is teaming with natural brilliance and splendid waterfalls. The gorgeous waterfall with sparkling silver water cascading down from a rocky cliff at a height of 1600 meters is sure to hold you mesmerized in its captivating grandeur. The bewitching beauty of Nyayamakad makes it a preferred picnic spot and an ideal place for trekking.
Chithirapuram: Lying at a distance of 10 km from Munnar is the idyllic town of Chithirapuram. The place is steeped in its rich colonial past with numerous English cottages, grand colonial bungalows, old playgrounds et cetera dotting the landscape. This less explored land of timeless beauty is a true trump card for experiencing colonial remnants preserved in its original splendor. This town is home to a number of tea plantations and lies in close proximity to the Pallivasal Hydel Power Project.
Lock Heart Gap: Located at a distance of 13 km from Munnar, this magnificent vantage point lies close to Mattupetty. The place offers some amazing views of the mist clad endless blue hills covered with lush greenery, winding roads and silver brooks splashing the emerald greenery with white streaks. The place is a perfect venue for adventure tourism and trekking expeditions. The salubrious climate and picturesque surroundings make it one of the most preferred locations to visit in Munnar.
Rajamala: These hills are located at a distance of 15 km from Munnar at an altitude of about 2695 meters above sea level. The hills are a part of the Rajamala wildlife sanctuary, home to the endangered mountain goat species locally known as Nilgiri Thars. Half of the world’s population of this endangered species is found in this region. The sanctuary was created to protect and revive this rare species of mountain goats from almost near extinction. These goats roam around in small herds climbing the rocky terrain with amazing agility. The total number of mountain goats is estimated to be around 1300 in the region. Visitors are not permitted to enter the sanctuary during monsoon season and also during the breeding season of the goats.
Echo Point: This is an amazing vantage point located at a distance of about 15 km from Munnar. The place derives its name from the natural echo phenomenon of the point. Spectacular views of the surrounding mist-clad blue hills and plantations could be enjoyed from this point. This is an ideal place for trekking and mountaineering. The place lies on the way to Top Station from Munnar.
Eravikulam National Park: This famous park is located at a distance of around 15 km from Munnar. This park sprawling over an area of 97 sq. km is home to an amazing number of Nilgiri Thars. The highest peak of south India - Anamudi at an altitude of 2695 meters is situated at the southern edge of this park. The park is an ideal place to spot Nilgiri Thars at close range. The park remains closed during monsoon and the breeding season of the goats. The park offers facilities for mountaineering and trekking.
Power House waterfalls: This stunning waterfall is located at a distance of 18 km from Munnar en route to Thekkady. This majestic waterfall cascades down a steep boulder at an altitude of 2000 meters above sea level. The place is much acclaimed for its astounding scenic beauty. Tourists flock to this waterfall to enjoy this spectacular display of nature’s magnificent beauty.
Kundala: The tranquil town of Kundala is surrounded by rolling hills covered with tea plantations gently kissed by the silver mist and stretching for miles into the distant horizon. The artificial Kundala dam located here further accentuates the beauty of the place. The town lies en route to Top Station from Munnar. The dazzling Aruvikkad waterfall is located near Kundala.
Anayirankal: This idyllic location at a distance of 22 km from Munnar is surrounded by endless tea plantations and lush green tropical forests. The dam of Anayirankal lies like a dazzling crystal teardrop set in an emerald necklace. The natural beauty of this splendid location makes it a much visited place in Munnar, ideal for picnics.
Top Station: This vantage point at a distance of about 32 km from Munnar offers some of the most spectacular views of the majestic Western Ghats. It is the highest point at an altitude of around 1700 meters en route to Kodaikanal.
Marayoor: Imagine waking up to the sound of birds singing, endless green hills covered in mist greeting you and the air filled with the sweet smell of sandalwood – this is Marayoor, a paradise nestled in the laps of the majestic Western Ghats. This sleepy hamlet is the only place in Kerala with a natural sandalwood forest. The area has been inhabited from pre-historic times with remnants of it preserved in the Megalithic burial caves and rock paintings that dot the area. Marayoor has an assortment of surprises in stock for the nature lover, the adventure seeker and the history buff. Marayoor lies at a distance of 40 km from Munnar en route to Udumalpet.
Chinnar Wild Life Sanctuary: This remarkable sanctuary is at a distance of 60 km from Munnar towards Udumalpet and close to Marayoor. The park sprawls over an area of 90.44 sq. km with dense green foliage making it look much bigger than it really is. The area is crisscrossed with many wild rivers making it an ideal habitat for a wide variety of birds. The park is also home to a large number of animals including leopards, endangered giant grizzled squirrel, tigers, elephants, reptiles, peacocks, monkeys, exotic butterflies et cetera. Don’t be surprised if you encounter herds of elephants on the way to the sanctuary. The forest cover here extends all the way to Tamil Nadu. Prior permission is required to enter the sanctuary for trekking from the forest office in Munnar.
Winters are quiet cold at Munnar. The temperature falls down to 5°C, and even less, during nights. Days are warm and sunny, with mists clouts at some places. Well, the season from October to February is the coldest.
Summers hold up a pleasant climate with a slight temperature shoot up to 25°C. A slight downpour can be expected. Temperature in summers seldom drops below 20°C.
Monsoon touches the hill station in the month of June and lasts till September. It is during this time that Munnar receives heavy rainfall, about 165 to 381 mm. Monsoon is marshy time and turns Munnar to colder than summer nights.
Best time to visit here is all through the year especially from August to May. A visit to the tea garden during summers is enjoyable.
Nearest major airport is Cochin International airport which is about 125 km away. Taxi services are available from airport to Munnar which cost about Rs 3000. Cochin airport is well connected with all major cities in India and many cities abroad.
Nearest rail head is Angamaly or Alwaye, both are nearly 120 km away from Munnar. Angamaly is an important rail junction in Ernakulam – Trissur route and is well connected to all cities in India. Taxi from Angamali to Munnar costs about a minimum charge of Rs 2500.
Munnar is connected to other cities in Kerala and Tamil Nadu by state government public transport buses, but are less frequent. Many tour providers arrange packaged bus tours to Munnar from Cochin. The charges will be about Rs 1000 per head.
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