Munnar- The best of it!
Munnar is a town in the Western Ghats mountain range in the state- Kerala. A hill station and former resort for the British Raj elite, it’s surrounded by rolling hills dotted with tea plantations established in the late 19th century. It is famous for its lush green beauty and unending plantations, it’s a welcoming home for variety of rare plant breeds. Munnar is also knows as the heart of Kerala. The climate of Munnar is mild and pleasant. The ideal time to go for trips to the town is between the months of October and March. Munnar also has the highest peak in South India, Anamudi, which towers over 2,695 m. Anamudi is an ideal spot for trekking. Let’s explore the best of Munnar!
Eravikulam National Park:
Eravikulam National Park is a 97 km national park located along the Western Ghats in the Idukki district of Kerala in India. It is the first national park of Kerala. Eravikulam National Park is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. This park is famous for its endangered inhabitant – the Nilgiri Tahr. It is a home for various endangered species of birds, butterflies and animals. Twenty six species of mammals, 132 species of birds and 750 individuals is recorded in the park. Along with them, 19 other species of amphibians have also been recorded in the park. Thus, the park is the hottest ground for wildlife lovers. And one more fascinating thing about it is that the hill slopes here get covered in a carpet of blue, resulting from the flowering of the Neelakurinji which grows once in every 12 years!
Anamudi is a mountain located in Kerala. Anamudi is the highest peak in the Western Ghats in India, having an elevation of 2,695 metres that is a total of about 8,842 ft. It is located just adjacent to Eravikulam National Park. As the peak is one of the highest in southern India the treks to the peak are thus allowed only with the permission from the Forest and Wildlife authorities at Eravikulam. It is an amazing place for adventure lovers, If not seen Anamudi peak while visiting Munnar, you haven’t seen anything at all!
Mattupetty Dam near Munnar is a storage Concrete Gravity dam built in the mountains of Kerala mostly to conserve water for hydroelectricity. A huge revenue of the state depends upon the Mattupetty Dam. The beautiful lakes located amidst the dam offers variety of boat rides, and a scenic beauty to enjoy pretty landscapes. The reservoir is also known to be one of the visiting grounds of elephants in the region.
Chinnakanal and Anayirangal:
The Chinnakanal is a village located near Munnar with a population of just 12,949 people. The village offers a beautiful water fall which is also known as the Power House Waterfalls. Whereas, Anayirangal a 22 km place from Munnar- is a lush green area of tea plantation. A trip on this splendid reservoir is an unforgettable experience.
TATA Tea Museum:
The KDHP Tea Museum is an industry and a history museum. Tata Tea opened the museum which houses curiosities, photographs and machineries, depicting a turning point that contributed to Idukki’s flourishing tea industry. The Museum is a tribute to the efforts done by the initial planters in transforming one of the most popular hill station of India.
The Cheeyappara Falls are not exactly situated in Munnar but is found towards the way of Munnar. It is a good spot for a weekend hangout. Apart from it one can enjoy good food and a cool summer break from their hectic schedule. It’s a gorgeous waterfall with a perfect weather and a splendid atmosphere.
Top station is one of the hidden spot of Munnar located at a height of 1700 meters above the sea level. A place which is yet to be explored by tourists is a good spot for photographers. The place is one of the coolest viewpoint in whole Munnar.
Planning your next vacation? Why not visit MUNNAR- the heart of Kerala.