is a picturesque scope of the lofty Western Ghats. Located at the Idukki
district of Kerala State in India. The word "Munnar" means three
rivers. 3 mountain streams (Madurapuzha, Nallathanni and Kundala) are
joining together here. Situated at 1600 meter above sea level, this hill
station was once the summer resort of the erstwhile British Government in
Sprawling Tea plantations, picture book towns, winding lanes, and holiday
facilities make this a popular resort town. Among the exotic flora found in
the forests and grasslands here is the Neelakurinji. This flower which
bathes the hills in the blue every twelve years, will bloom next in 2006 AD.
Munnar also has the highest peak in South India - Anamudi , which towers
over 2695 m. Anamudi is an ideal spot for trekking.
Munnar is essentially a tea town. The tea plantations have now been taken
over by the TATA tea company. The visitor is greeted with miles and miles of
unending tea plantations on entry into Munnar. In Munnar we can see the
Assam variety of tea plants.
The varied habitat in the sanctuary supports a number of species of
terrestrial, aquatic and arboreal animals. The major tourist activities that
can be undertaken in the wild life parks are wild life tours. Staying at
jungle lodges, tree houses, fishing camps etc. are other facilities
available there. Most of the Southern Indian wild animals and birds are
found in Munnar and surroundings. These include the grizzled giant squirrel,
champak squirrel, elephant, sambar deer, gaur etc
Chinnar Wildlife Sanctuary
(60 km from Munnar) It is located in Devikulam Taluks on the Tamilnadu
border. The Chinnar Wildlife Sanctuary lies in the rain shadow region of the
Western Ghats. The sanctuary is also haven for two highly endangered
species-the grizzled giant squirrel and the star tortoise. Another
attraction is Thoovanam falls on the river Chinnar.
Eravikulam National Park
(15 km from Munnar) The Nilgiri Tahr can be observed at close quarters
here. The park is breathtakingly beautiful and is easily comparable to the
best mountain ranges found anywhere in the world. The park is divided into 3
regions - the core area, the buffer area and the tourism area. Trekking
facilities are available here.
Places Of Interest
Situated at a height of 1700 m , Mattupetty is famous for its highly
specialized dairy farm, the Indo-Swiss live stock project. Over 100
varieties of high yielding cattle are reared here. The Mattupetty lake and
dam , just a short distance from the farm, is a very beautiful picnic spot.
This idyllic hill station with its velvet lawns, exotic flora and fauna and
the cool mountain air is a rare experience. The Sita Devi Lake with its
mineral waters and picturesque surroundings is a good picnic spot. The lake
is also ideal for trout fishing.
This is the venue of the first Hydro Electric Project in Kerala and a place
of immense scenic beauty
Power House Waterfalls
The waterfall on the way to Thekkady from Munnar cascades down a steep rock
2000 m 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.
Located on the Thodupuzha - Moolavattom road, this artificial lake is
accessible by road. The reservoir is ideal for boating and fishing.