Location – Idukki district, Kerala
Major attraction – waterfalls, echo point, wildlife, trekking and boating
Munnar is beautiful hill station situated on the Western Ghats in the Idukki district of the state of the Kerala. The meaning of Munnar is three rivers and is located at the confluence of the Nallathanni, Kundaly and Madhurapuzha rivers. It lies at an altitude of 5000 to 8000 feet above sea level. The town is famous for its tea plantations, lush greenery and deep valleys. It offers breathtaking sight to visitors as well as it is heave of peace and tranquility. The town is opulent with extensive species of fauna and flora. The falling and rising terrain of this hill resort is covered with grasslands and dense forests. The scented cool air of the town with the aroma of species attracts the thousands of tourists from all over the world.
The undulated landscape of the town offers a breathtaking vision of craggy rocks. The lofty hill ranges with serene climate and misty peaks make this place unique. The town is home for wild orchids called Neelakurinchi which blooms once in 12 years. The town offers many tourists’ attractions like sylvan valleys, meandering streams, wildlife, cycling, paragliding and boating. The town has rich flora and tourists can see trees like red sandalwood, teak and rose wood in plenty numbers. It is paradise for bird watchers and tourists can get glimpse of rare birds here. This hill town is marked by many interesting things like rivulets, cascading waterfalls and colonial bungalows. It is an ideal place for adventure activities like mountain biking and trekking.
Anamudi Peak, Munnar
Major tourist’s attraction at Munnar
Anamudi peak lies at a height of 2695 meter in the interior of the Eravikulam National park. this peak shelters many mammals like leopards, tigers, macaque and Niligiri Languors. It is perfect place for trekking.
Echo point offers a panoramic view of surrounding nature and clean mountain air. Tourists can enjoy the pleasure of their voice coming back. It is appropriate place to spend time with nature.
Blossom International Park comprises of beautiful gardens with flowers, shady trees and rare species of plants. It offers many amusing activities like roller skating, boating, water cycling and cycling for kids. This park also offers ropeways and swings for adventure lovers.
Pothamedu view point offers spectacular views of coffee, tea and cardamom plantations, with lush green mountains, pleasing serene environs and stretching hills, it serves as an ideal place for hikers and trekkers. It is perfect place for photography also.
Tata tea house showcases different antiquities, dating back to 2nd century. Tourists can see old machinery and photographs. They will get glimpse into history as well as culture of the region, by watching video presentation screened here.
Atukkad waterfall is amidst hills and lush green forest. Watching this scenic waterfall cascading down is memorizing sight. It is a beautiful picnic spot to spend day with family and nature.
Rajamalai national park is abundantly rich with grasses and shola forests. tourists can spot here many mammals like leopard, tiger, Niligiri Marten, Niligiri langur, Niligiri wood pigeon and small clawed otter. Originally this park is established to protect and preserve the rare species of the Niligir Tahr.
Munnar has moderate climate for the entire year. This place receives heavy rainfall during monsoons. Winters are clod and temperature drops up to 10 centigrade. Summers are cool and pleasant here with minimum 19 centigrade to maximum 32 centigrade temperature.
Best time to visit
Tourists can visit any time this place except the monsoon. Best time to visit this place is from February to May because of cool weather.
How to reach
By road – Munnar is important hill station of south India and well connected by daily bus services with major cities of Tamil Nadu and Kerala state.
By rail – Angamaly is nearest railway station to reach this place by train, at a distance of 120 kilometers. Angamaly is well connected by railway line with rest of the nation.
By air – Kochi is nearest airport to reach this hill town by flight, at a distance of 130 kilometers. Kochi is extensively connected with regular flights with cities like Delhi, Mumbai, Chennai, Indore, Ahmadabad and many more.