|» Location :
||Idukki District, Kerala
|» Languages :
||Malayalam, Tamil, Hindi And English
|» Altitude :
||1600 m Above Sea Level.
|» Main Attractions :
||September to May
Munnar is situated at the confluence of three mountain streams namely
Mudrapuzha, Nallathanni and Kundala.
This hill station, located at an altitude of 1600 m above sea level, 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 is the 'Neelakurinji'.
This flower which bathes the hills in blue every twelve years will bloom
next in 2006 AD. Munnar also has the highest peak in south India, Anamudi,
which towers over 2695 m. Anamudi is an ideal spot for trekking.
Prime Attractions of Munnar
§ Mattupetti :
(13 km from Munnar) Situated at a
height of 1700 m, Mattupetti is famous for its highly specialised dairy
farm, the Indo-swiss live stock project. Over 100 varietes of high
yielding cattle are reared here. Visitors are allowed into three of the
eleven cattle sheds at the farm.
The Mattupetti 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 hire. § Pothamedu :
(6 km from Munnar) 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.
§ Pallivasal :
(8 km from Munnar) This is the
venue of the first Hydro Electric Project in Kerala and a place of immence
scenic beauty. § Nyayamakad :
(10 km from Munnar) 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
§ Chithirapuram :
(10 km from Munnar) 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. § Attukal :
(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
§ Lock Heart Gap :
(13 km from Munnar) 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.
§ Rajamala :
(15 km from Munnar) The natural
habitat of the Nilgiri Tahr,Rajamala is 2695 m 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 Nilgiri Tahr in Rajamala is now
to be found in small herds found in Eravikulam-Rajamala region. The total
number of Nilgiri Tahrs in Rajamala is estimated to be over 1300. Visitors
are not allowed during the monsoon. § Echo Point :
(15 km from Munnar) This scenic
place gets its name from the natural echo phenomenon here. Echo point is
on the way to Top Station from Munnar.
§ Eravikulam National Park :
(15 km from Munnar)
The 97 sq. kms park is situated in the Devikulam Taluk and is home to the
Nilgiri Tahr. The Anamudi peak (2695 m) 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. The park is divided into 3
regions - the core area, the buffer area and the tourism area.
Visitors are allowed only to the tourism area, which is in the Rajamala
region. The Nilgiri Tahr can be observed at close quarters here. Trekking
facilities are available here. Tourists are allowed to go on foot up to
Anamudi. This is also a place for adventure tourism. § Kundala :
(20 km from Munnar) Kundala is a
picturesque town on the way to Top Station. The Golf Course which belongs
to Tata Tea Ltd. is located here. The Kundala artificial dam is another
attraction. Aruvikkad Waterfall is also near Kundala. § Power House or Chinnakanal Waterfalls :
from Munnar) The waterfall on the way to Thekkady from Munnar cascades
down a steep rock 2000 m above sea level. The spot is enriched with the
scenic Western mountain ranges, and is an ideal place for a break on the
way to the Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary in Thekkady.
Excursions of Munnar
§ Devikulam : (7 kms from Munnar) This 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 with
its mineral waters and picturesque surroundings is a good picnic spot. The
lake is also ideal for trout fishing.
§ Valara : (10 kms from Adimali on the
Kochi-Madurai highway) Valara has a chain of waterfalls surrounded by
thick green forests.
§ Anayirangal : (22 kms from Munnar) It's a lush
green carpet of tea plants. A trip on the splendid reservoir is an
unforgettable experience. The Anayirangal dam is surrounded by Tata Tea
plantations and evergreen forests. It is an ideal picnic spot.
§ Marayoor : (40 kms from Munnar) This is the
only place in Kerala that has a natural growth of sandalwood trees. The
sandalwood factory of the forest department, the caves (muniyaras) with
the murals and relics from the New stone age civilization and the
children's park spread across a hectare of land under the canopy of a
single banyan tree, are of great interest to tourists. Thoovanam
waterfalls and Rajiv Gandhi National Park are also nearby.
Places to stay in Munnar
» Windermere Estate.
» Mahindra Resorts.
» Fort Munnar.
» Periyar Mist Valley.
» Bluemount, Chinnakal.
» Royal Retreat.
» Elseem Garden.
» Western Cottage.
» Marthoma Rest House.
» Misha Tourist Home.
» Idukki Tower, Thodupuzha.
» Gemini Tourist Home, Thodupuzha.
How to Get There
Air : Near by airports are at Kochi (130 kms) and
Madurai (142 kms).
Rail : Nearest railway stations are at Kochi and
Road : The place is well connected by a well developed
network of road transport.
Local Transport : Local buses, cycles.
Tourist Information about Munnar
Tourist Information Centre: District Tourism
Promotion Council (DTPC) Information Centre, Old Munnar; District Tourism
Banks and Money Changers: State Bank Of Travancore,
State Bank Of India.
Post Office: Main Post Office, Munnar.
Hospitals: Tata General Hospital, Matha Hospital,
Ayurvedic Massage Centre: Surya Ayurvedic Health
Spices And Fresh Strawberries: DTPC, Munnar.
General Information about Munnar
» Altitude: 5000-8000 Feet Above Sea Level.
» Area: 26.2 sq. kms.
» Rainfall: 275 cms.
- Summer: Max: 25.8°C, Min: 15.2°C
- Winter: Max: 10°C, Min: 0°C
- Winter: Woollen
- Summer: Cotton