Welcome to Munnar Hill Station,
Munnar is one of the most popular Hill Station in India, positioned at a height of 6000ft in the Idukki district. The name Munnar is believed to be derived from the Malayalam words Munu (three) and aaru (river), referring to the town's strategic location at the confluence of the Muthirappuzha, Nallathanni and Kundaly rivers.
Munnar is an asylum of peace and harmony. Munnar is opulent with alien species. The scented cool air is filled with the aroma of spices. The rising and falling terrain of Munnar is covered with forests and grasslands. 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.
Anamudi Peak lies to the interior of the Eravikulam National Park. This national park is at a peak of 2695 m, and it towers the sanctuary in grandiose pride. This hill is opulent in various kinds of flora and fauna and is very well known for possessing endangered animals. Anamudi peak shelters many animals as it resembles the original abode for the animals with its dense forests. Nilgiri languors, leopards, tigers, and macaques are found here. This is a perfect place for trekking as enough facilities are arranged here for the tourists and they are permitted to go on foot to Anamudi.
Anayirankal is 22 kms away from Munnar. It`s a lush green carpet of tea plants. A trip on the splendid reservoir is an unforgettable experience. The Anayirankal dam is surrounded by Tata Tea plantations and evergreen forests. It is an ideal picnic spot.
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 treaks.
The Cheeyappara and Valara waterfalls are located between Nariamangalam and Adimali on the Kochi Madurai highway. The Cheeyappara waterfalls cascade down in seven steps. It is a real feast for the eyes. This is also a great place for trekking.
Chinnar Wildlife Sanctuary is a prominent reserve extending to an area of more than 90 sq km, and came to recognition as a world life sanctuary in 1984. Chinnar Wildlife Sanctuary is in the Western Ghats in the rain shadow region. Chinnar receives only 48 days rain in a year during the months of October and November, that too when the northeast monsoons have set.
The giant grizzled squirrel, tigers, gaur, spotted deer, kraits, turtles, vipers, black eagles, cormorants, spectacled cobras, and many more species observe this sanctuary as their home.
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.
Devikulam, a wonderful hill station that stands at a height of 1000 meters above sea level. One of the most popular hill stations of Kerala, Devikulam is truly a place worth visiting during your Kerala sojourn. In fact, Devikulam also has its own share of legends and tales that go a long way in defining its character. It is said that Sita, the wife of Lord Rama had once come to bathe in the lake at Devikulam thus giving the place its name, which can be literally translated as the "pond of the Devi".
One can even say that nature could not have been more benevolent towards Devikulam as it has blessed this hill resort with a paradisiacal beauty that simply enchants every soul. Sightseeing at Devikulam can include trips to the sacred Sita Devi Lake, the Pallivasal Falls that are located nearby, the lush green tea plantations and so on. In fact, the Sita Devi Lake is said to have medicinal properties thus attracting many tourists. Adventure seekers can also have a great time as Devikulam offers great scope for treks, hikes and trout fishing As you take in the aroma of the fresh hill herbs during your trek along the hills, just lose yourself in the beauty of Devikulam that soothes you to the very core of your being.
Devikulam Lake, also known as the Sita Devi Lake, is a spot of unsurpassable scenic beauty. The sparkling crystal clear waters, the tall trees and flowering shrubs on the banks and the twittering songbirds make it an ideal picnic spot. Besides being sacred due to the legend involving Goddess Sita, the lake is famed to have immense therapeutic properties as well. This is because of the mineral water fountains and natural springs from which curative minerals gush forth with the water.
According to legend, the goddess Sita Devi of the Ramayana epic bathed in the beautiful Devikulam lake waters surrounded by lush, green hills, now named Sita Devi Lake. The lake draws tourists not only because of its sacredness but also for the curative powers of its mineral waters. Devikulam is located at an altitude of about 1000 meters from sea level and at a distance of 13km south west of Munnar.
Echo Point is situated at 15km from Munnar and is an admirable adventure destination for the tourists. Some of the popular activities in this picturesque destination among the explicit views of the lush green hills are trekking and nature walks.
An appropriate place to disembark for some time, shriek and scream and enjoy the pleasure of your voice coming back. This is best enjoyed by the youngsters. With a panoramic view, clean mountain air, mist clad hills makes this place worth visiting. The silence is simply disturbed by the visitors at echo point for few seconds and once again everything is normal.
Eravikulam National Park is a 97 square km national park located along the Western Ghats in the Idukki district near Munnar. The main body of the park consists of a high rolling hill plateau with a base elevation of about 2,000 m. The terrain consists of high altitude grasslands interspersed with sholas. Anamudi (2695 m, the highest peak in India south of the Himalayas is inside this park. Many perennial streams criss-cross the park.
Twenty six species of mammals have been recorded in the park including the largest surviving population of Nilgiri Tahr, estimated at about 750 in number. The other ungulates are Gaur, Indian Muntjac and Sambar Deer. Golden Jackal, Jungle Cat, Wild dog, Dhole, leopard and tiger are the main predators. Some little known animals such as Nilgiri langur, Stripe-necked Mongoose, Indian Porcupine, Nilgiri Marten, small clawed otter, Ruddy Mongoose etc.
132 species of birds have been recorded which include endemics like Black-and-orange Flycatcher, Nilgiri Pipit, Nilgiri Wood Pigeon, [Brachypteryx major|White Bellied Shortwing]], Nilgiri Verditer Flycatcher and Kerala Laughingthrush. Endemic butterflies confined to the shola-grass land ecosystem like the Red Disk Bushbrown and Palni Fourwing are among the 101 species in the park. 19 species of amphibians have been recorded in the park.
Kolukkumalai Tea Estate is 35 km from Munnar. This is on a precipitous ridge above the scorching plains of Tamilnadu. This is the highest reputed tea estate at approximately 8000 feet above the sea level. It takes 90 minutes from Munnar to reach this tea estate.
It produces excellent flavorsome teas and is publicized as the world highest tea production. Besides tea, Kolukkumalai is prominent for it panoramic views, and rugged mountains. On clear nights Kodaikanal is visible from this estate. The rejuvenating fresh air is a blessing in this place but life is very simple. Their world revolves around their homes and work.
On your way to Top Station, you will find Kundala which is a scenic place and the most preferred among tourists. The charming Golf Course and the gushing artificial dam are the main attractions here. An excursion to Aruvikkad Water fall is always recommended for tourists visiting Kundala.
The misty waterfall provides a picturesque view of the water, cascading down from scintillating heights. The tourists are thrilled to see the foggy water coming down from a great height. The sheer beauty of the place allures thousands of visitors every year.
This is an ideal place for adventure tourism and trekking. The fresh mountain air, the mistclad hills and panoramic view make it worthy of visit.
Marayoor is a distinct place with enchanting beauty and culture. Sandal wood, paddy, rocky hills, rivers, cave temples, waterfalls, and many more make Marayoor an unforgettable place. It is located 40 km from Munnar. Marayoor is opulent with natural beauty as well as wildlife. This place proclaims to be of the Stone Age civilization. Its caves, engravings, rich heritage are evidences of its past wealth.
Traveling Marayoor is like passing the history with nature and adventure. It is yet a pristine place than Munnar as this is not frequently visited by the tourists. There are enough accommodation facilities, vehicles, tour guides and good and delicious food available.
Mattupetti is notable for its Indo Swiss live farms, where many superior ranges of cattle are taken care and nurtured. Mattupetti Indo Swiss farm is open from morning to evening for the tourists to visit it. This farm is well looked after, as it is abundantly rich in nature. In fact, it is believed to be the nature's paradise with Mattupetti Lake being snuggled close on the Idukki hills, which is extraordinarily a nature opulent district of Kerala.
Mattupetty Dam, near Munnar in Idukki District, is a storage masonry dam built in the mountains of Kerala, India to conserve water for hydroelectricity. It has been a vital sources of power, yielding along with other such dams, huge revenue to the states. The large amount of perennially available water allows wild animals and birds to flourish. However salinity caused by irrigation and water-logging are of concern to environmentalists.
Located between Munnar and Rajamala, Nyayamakad is a land of breathtaking waterfalls of Kerala. The waters cascade down a hill from a height of about 1600 meters.
This is a beautiful hill located at Nedumkandam. It's a perfect location for people who are interested in watching the heavenly bodies, as the sky here is free from pollution.
Pallivasal, located at about 3 km from Chithirapuram in Munnar is the venue of the first Hydro-electric project in Kerala. It is a place of immense scenic beauty and is often favoured by visitors as a picnic spot.
Pothaamedu offers an excellent view of the tea, coffee and cardamom plantations in Munnar. The rolling hills, the lush mountain and the breathtaking scenary here are ideal for trekking and long mountain walks.
This waterfall on the way to Thekkady from Munnar cascades down a steep rock, 2000m 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.
The natural habitat of the Niligiri tahr, Rajamala is 2695 m above sea level. Half the world`s population of the rare mountain goat or tahr (hemitragas hylocres) 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.
Rock climbing is rightly done as places in and around Munnar is ideal for such activities. Extreme sports lovers can enjoy the rock faces and daring youngsters can enjoy their venture by rock climbing and rappelling.
The invigorating rock climbing sessions is conveniently possible with the assistance of the tourism promoters as they offer details regarding the depth and its dangers. Walking or bicycling setting off for a stroll gives an appetite to explore this unique and serene place amidst the foothills. More than a venture it is a pleasure to go for rock climbing in the steep hills and aroma of tea.
The Salim Ali Bird Sanctuary is located in Kerala in the Ernakulam district. This sanctuary is also referred as Thattekad. It is a paradise for passionate bird watchers and is also a lovely abode to many animals and reptiles. The best months for visiting this sanctuary are November to June as migratory birds arrive from the north.
Some of the rare species of birds are Malabar grey hornbill, crested serpent eagle, crimson throated barber, peninsular bay owl, rose billed roller, fairy bluebird, great Indian hornbill, and many more to captivate the visitors. Vehicles are not permitted, exploring with a guide is best. The animal rehab centre and the Taxidermic Museum are great attractions.
This temple of Munnar is dedicated to Lord Siva. It is situated at Santhigiri at the centre of Adimali town. Every year, a five day festival is celebrated in this temple. The last day of Shivaratri is considered to be the most auspicious for worship.
This temple of Munnar is dedicated to Lord Dharmasastha. The deity is Ayyappa, son of Shiva and Vishnu in the female form of Mohini. The annual one day colourful festival is celebrated with lots of pomp and gaiety. During this festival, `Ammankudam` and `Thalappow`, `Garudanvaravu`, the folk rituals are performed, which represent the celestial bird, Garuda.
This temple of Munnar is dedicated to Lord Krishna. It is located at Peermade, 42 km from Kurnili. The annual festival here is celebrated for ten days. It starts with the hoisting of the temple flag (Kodiyettam). The last two evenings of the festival are marked by lively performances of Ottanthullal and Kavadiyattam. On the last night, the `Thidampu` is taken out for the Arattu` i, e, holy bath. It is a colourful procession with the Thidampu. It is ceremoniously carried on a caparisoned elephant along with the temple music, `Panchavadyam`, which indicates the conclusion of the festival.
Kerala history is closely linked with its commerce, which in turn was wholly dependant until recent times on its spice trade. Kerala was known for its spices and traders travelled here to trade and to gain control over this rich land. It is believed that the spice trade dates back to three thousand years. Pepper still remains the king of Kerala's spices, but the state also rich in cardamom, cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger and turmeric. As in the past , the state continues to be the spice capital of the world.
Over twelve varieties of spices including ginger, garlic, cardamom, vannilla, pepper, cinnamon, coffee, tea, clove and nutmeg is cultivated in Munnar and its neighbouring villages.
Munnar has a legacy of its own when to comes to the origins and evolution of tea plantations. Taking account of this legacy and to preserve and showcase some of the exquisite and interesting aspects on the genesis and growth of tea plantations in Kerala's high ranges, a museum exclusively for tea was opened some years ago by Tata Tea in Munnar. This Tea Museum houses curios, photographs and machineries; all of which have a story to tell on the origins and growth of tea plantation in Munnar. The museum is located at the Nallathanni Estate of Tata Tea in Munnar and is worth a visit.
The Christ Church is situated in a spectacular place in Munnar. This church is significant as it is constructed nearly 110 years.
This Christ Church of Munnar is divine even today. It was built by the British tea planters. It reflects the poise of construction and the holiness is felt at the entrance of the church. It looks magnificent with stain glass windows and is very beautiful amidst the thronging natural beauty. The sanctity of the Christ Church is unspoiled as it is far away from the busy city life and visitors love to admire the church and its peaceful atmosphere.
Top Station is 41 km from Munnar, and is appropriately named. This is the main abode to the highest tea plantations of India. It takes one hour to reach Top Station from Munnar.
It is located on the borders of both the states, Kerala as well as Tamilnadu and dictates an absolute panoramic view. Tourists keep visiting top station as it is in the Theni district of Tamil Nadu and Idukki district of Kerala. It is at an altitude of 1700 meters. This area is famous for exceptional flowers such as Neelakurinji flowers. Buses ply frequently between Munnar and Top Station.
One can get the best trekking and climbing route to reach the various destinations of Munnar. The trekking routes apt for adventure tourists are Rajamala, Eravikulam National Park and Nayamakad. While trekking into these routes one can catch the finest sights of streams, lakes and enthralling landscapes of valleys. The terrain is mountainous and one can trek and camp amidst the grasslands of the Western Ghats at Munnar and among the thick evergreen canopy of the Periyar Tiger reserve. The wildlife and birds are abundant and so the bio-diversity here is mesmerizing. The forest department has made arrangements for trekking, in the Eravikulam National Park and in its surroundings, including Anamudy. Trekking is also feasible in the dense forests of the Chinnar Wildlife Sanctuary. Further, the areas from Gap Road to Bisonvalley Spices Village, from Pothamedu, Attukad etc. to Kunchithanny spice villages are also quite appropriate for trekking. On the way from Pothamedu to 20 Acre or Kunchithanny, one can go through lush tea gardens and huge cardamom plantations. There is also a trekking route from Kodaikanal which is comparatively long and difficult. The overall experience here is entertaining.
- Temples in Munnar : Sree Murugan Kovil Temple, Sree Ayyappa Temple, Sree Parthasarathy Temple, Sree Krishnaswamy Temple etc.
- Blossom International Park etc.