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Munnar

Stunning green hills of rolling tea plantations surround breathtaking Munnar. The town provides a completely relaxing and therapeutic experience for jaded city dwellers - misty mornings, sweet scented air, whispering breezes and a chance to walk in the clouds.

Munnar is a quaint hill station on the Western Ghats  of Kerala. Located in the Idduki district of Kerala, the journey to reach Munnar itself is a mesmerizing experience of driving through shades of greenery dotted with waterfalls and small villages.

Munnar pronounced "Moon-aar", means ‘3 Rivers’ in Malayalam. The three rivers - Madupetti, Nallathanni and Periavaru flow through the town, surrounded by verdant valleys and hills. Enchanting views greet you in every direction you walk.

Munnar was the summer retreat of the British government in southern India and a historical trade link of ancient times. It is believed that the old Aluva Munnar pathway dates back to the period 300 - 250 BC and connected the historic portal city of Musiris (today known as Kodungallur) to old Madurai. Historical evidence denotes that this road existed during the time of the Old Testament, when it was used for first international spicetrade leaving India for the West; according to history, the world was introduced to spices and sandalwood available in the misty valleys of southern India from here.

Today, Munnar is more admired for the sprawling and beautiful tea plantations than its spices. Visitors come to enjoy and relax in the lap of nature.

 Apart from this, the region is also famous for a blue flower more commonly known as Neelakurinji, which blooms only every twelve years.

Anamudi, the highest peak in Southern India with an altitude of 2695m, further accentuates the overwhelming beauty of Munnar. The cloudy mountains, fertile valleys and refreshing air attract visitors to the everlasting beauty of Munnar and provide an unforgettable experience.

With a milieu of the picturesque Western Ghats, Munnar boasts of some of the highest teas estates in the world. Carpeted with tea bushes, spice plantations and an enless number of small waterfalls, it is a true delight for nature lovers.

The unruffled mountains and greenery can offer visitors some exceptional trekking and hiking paths that are seldom travelled. At some of the points visitors are leterally walking amongst the clouds. The nearby Eravikulam national park offers wildlife enthusiasts the unique opportunity to photograph the endangered mountain goat of South India, the Nilgiri Tahr (Hemitragus hylocrious) in its natural habitat.

The local market is crammed with fresh tea leaves, spices and home made artefacts that can be carried back as souvenirs.

Eravikulam (Rajamalai) National Park and Anamudi Peak
A nature lover’s paradise, the Eravikulam National Park is located about 15 km from Munnar with rolling grasslands and Shola (a type of high-altitude stunted evergreen forest found in southern India) and is spread over 97 sq/km in the Rajamalai hills. It is home to some of the most exotic species of flora and fauna including the largest population of Nilgiri Tahr (an endangered species of mountain goats), Nilgiri Langur, leopards and tigers. The Shola-grassland ecosystem provides shelter to about 101 butterflies and 120 species of birds, including the Red Disk Bushbrown and Palni Fourwing . The rare Neelakurinji flower that blooms once every 12 years is also found on the hills of Rajamalai; these have coined the name “hills blue”. The Neelakurinji will bloom again in 2018. The park also provides a majestic view of Anamudi peak which is the highest peak of southern India. The park annually remains closed for 45 days during the calving season (from 1st Feb. onwards).
Mattupetti
Mattupetty Lake and Dam are covered with tea bushes and dotted with cascading waterfalls which are spectacular. There is a Shola forests that is home to a variety of birds and makes a romantic picnic spot.
Echo Point
This amazingly beautiful place situated nearly 15 km from Munnar has some spectacular natural scenery. A small lake between the hills gives it a very serene and tranquil atmosphere. The place owes its name to the natural echo that occurs due to the surrounding hills. You can simply sit by the lake side or call names of your loved ones and hear your voice echo. It is also an ideal spot for trekking.
Top Station and Kundala
Topstation Top Station is located on the Kerala and Tamil Nadu border and is 37 km from Munnar. It offers spectacular views of the Western Ghats. Kundala Nearly 20 km from Munnar, the peaceful town of Kundala on the way to ‘Top Station’ is surrounded by hills covered by tea plantations. It presents breathtaking view in all directions. The man-made Kundala dam and beautiful Aruvikkad waterfall further accentuate the beauty of the area.
Salim Ali (Thattekkad) Bird Sanctuary
Thattekkad Bird Sanctuary or Dr. Salim Ali Bird was established in 1983; it is one of its kind in Kerala. Dr. Salim Ali himself, a renowned ornithologist identified 167 bird species here, while the Bombay Natural History Society identified a further 253 species here. This bird sanctuary is situated on the road between Ernakulam and Munnar and is home to several rare species of birds including the Malabar grey hornbills, Ceylon frogmouths, parakeets, woodpeckers and rose-billed rollers.
Marayoor
Located nearly 40 km from Munnar, Marayoor is known for sandalwood trees and archeological wonders. It has an ancient site of Stone Age civilization, dating back as far as 10,000 B.C. This site not only has caves and rock edicts, but also unique Neolithic dolmens: burial chambers made of four stones placed on their edges and covered by a fifth one called the cap stone.
Kolukkumalai Tea Estate and Tata Tea Museum
Kolukkumalai Tea Estate This ancient tea factory Located at a height of about 7130 ft is known to be one of the highest in the world. Tata Tea Museum This museum is about 2 km from Munnar and houses some rare collections from the British colonial period.
Chithirapuram
Located about 10 km from Munnar, Chithirapuram is not only famous for its tea plantations, but also for its beautiful bungalows and cottages that depict typical colonial architecture.
The best things to buy are tea, coffee, spices (like cinnamon, cloves, cardamom), as well as tasty, rare fruits available at ‘Top Station’ like tree tomatoes and wild passion fruit and definitely homemade chocolates.
Try and taste some homemade chocolates that are available in Munnar.
Nearby places Train stations Airports
PEELAMEDU 165 Km 02H 58m
KOCHI INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT 129 Km 02H 20m
MADURAI 204 Km 04H 04m
Cochin Harbour Terminus
Coimbatore Main Junction 154 Km 02H 46m
Madurai Junction 195 Km 03H 55m
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Kochi or the erstwhile Cochin is a melting pot of culture from as far as Arabia, China, Portugal, the Netherlands and Britain. A bustling port city enriched with multi ethnic inhabitants and culture, is made up of small islands connected by the backwaters and canals, and a central commercial town with an old Portuguese fort standing tall over the Arabian sea.
145 Km 05H 11m
The cloud and mist caressed hills of Nellyampathy are characterised by many ridges cut off from one another by interspersed valleys with evergreen forests. Nellyampathy is also dotted with tea, coffee and orange plantations.
177 Km 03H 11m
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Summer 15 °C 24 °C
Winter 8 °C 18 °C
The climate in Munnar is pleasant throughout the year. Summers (April�June) are mild, while winters (November�February) are cool. Best time to visit is almost all through the year especially from August to May. Post monsoon the hills turn mesmerizing green.
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