Jan 082011
 

Travel east from the backwaters of Kerala & the landscape changes into rolling hills smothered in tea plantations. Winding roads snake their way around the hillsides, emerging at picture postcard towns. Once the summer capital of the British during the times of the Raj, Munnar is the most important town in this area. At an altitude ranging from 1600 to 1800 metres, Munnar ranks among the most beautiful hill stations in South Asia.
Munnar derives its name from the Malayalam words mun (meaning three) and aaru meaning (stream) as it is located at the confluence of three streams.

  • Waterfall -  Eravikulam National Park

    Waterfall – Eravikulam National Park

  • Waterfall -  Eravikulam National Park

    Waterfall – Eravikulam National Park

  • Tea Plantations

    Tea Plantations

  • View of Tea Plantations

    View of Tea Plantations

  • Tea Plantations

    Tea Plantations

  • Tapping Rubber

    Tapping Rubber

  • Tea Picking

    Tea Picking

  • View Around Munnar

    View Around Munnar

  • Noisy Frog - really!

    Noisy Frog – really!

  • Weighing Yam at Munnar Market

    Weighing Yam at Munnar Market

  • Munnar Market

    Munnar Market

  • Nilgiri Ibex Goat

    Nilgiri Ibex Goat

  • Nilgiri Ibex Goat

    Nilgiri Ibex Goat

  • More Tea..

    More Tea..

  • Lake View

    Lake View

  • Long & Winding Road

    Long & Winding Road

  • Jack Fruit

    Jack Fruit

  • Kurunji Plant - Eravikulam National Park

    Kurunji Plant – Eravikulam National Park

  • Cardamom Flower

    Cardamom Flower

The scenery in this area is breathtaking & there will be many photo opportunities as you tour around the area. We can organise a visit to a tea plantation to learn more about this industry & its impact on local life. Eravikulam National Park is also situated in this area & we can organise an excursion there to visit the endangered Nilgiri tahr goats. If you are lucky, your visit may coincide with the flowering of the Kurunji plant which paints the mountainside in a glorious shade of lilac – but only once every 12 years.

Things to see

Mattupetty
Famous for its Indo-Swiss livestock project, Mattupetty is situated at a height of 1700 m and is just 13 km from Munnar. The Mattupetty Lake and Dam, just a short distance from the farm, is a very beautiful picnic spot.

Lock Heart Gap
Lock heart gap is ideally located for adventure tourism. The fresh mountain air, the mist-clad hills and panoramic view make it worthy of a visit.

Eravikulam National Park
Originally established to protect the Nilgiri tahr (Nilgiri Ibex), the Eravikulam National Park is situated in the Devikulam Taluk of the Idukki District, 15 Km from Munnar. 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 Anamudi peak (2695) is located in the southern region of the park. The park is breathtakingly beautiful and is easily comparable to the best mountain ranges found anywhere in the world.

Tea Museum
A visit to the tea museum in Munnar Town enlightens you about the art of tea making. An encounter with very interesting pieces of history and antiques of Munnar is guranteed during a guided tour of the mini Tea factory in the museum.

Top Station
32 Km from Munnar and 1700m above sea level, this is the highest point on the Munnar -Kodaikanal road. The rare Neelakuranji (strobilanthus) belongs to this region. This plant blooms once every twelve years bathing the hillsides in bright blue. Top station also offers panoramic view of the neighboring state of Tamil Nadu.

Marayoor
40Km from Munnar, this is the only place in Kerala that has natural sandal wood trees. The caves (muniyaras) with murals and relic 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 tourist. Thoovanam waterfall and Rajiv Gandhi National Park are also nearby.