Munnar, located in the Idukki district of Kerala, is a hill station known for its vast tea plantations and picturesque countryside. Situated at the confluence of three rivers namely Mudrapuzha, Nallathanni and Kundala, it is around1, 600 metres above sea level. It was formerly the summer resort of the British and presently is home to diverse flora and fauna along with an aromatic blend of varieties of spices.
Some major attractions of Munnar
Eravikulam National Park
Spread over an area of 97 sq. Km, it is one of the major attractions and is home to Nilgiri Thar - an endangered species of mountain goats, Atlas moth (largest in the world), the Kurichi or Neelakurinji flowers which bloom once every 12 years. The vast tea plantations offer breathtaking views and provide perfect trekking opportunities apart from exotic species of butterflies, animals and birds.
Standing at a height of over 2600 metres, it is the highest peak in South India overlooking the sanctuary. In addition, it provides ideal routes for trekking allowed only with special permissions from the Forest Department.
Chinnakanal & Anayirangal
Chinnakanal is famously known for its Power House Waterfalls cascading down around 2000 metres above sea level and offering magnificent views of the Western Ghats.
Anayirangal, about 7 kilometers from Chinnakanal, is known for its lush green tea plantations and the Anayirangal dam enclosed by tea plants and evergreen forests.
Being the highest point on the Munnar-Kodaikanal road, it is a major tourist attraction spot. It is situated at a height of 1700 metres above sea level and offers real 'above the clouds' experiences.
Munnar Tea Museum
Established by the Tata Company, Munnar Tea Museum is a great place to visit. It displays old photographs, curios, machinery and artefacts that were used during ancient times. Here you can also acquaint yourself with facts about the growth and development of tea gardens in Munnar.
Other attractions are the Kalvarimount, the Kolukkumalai Tea Estate located at a height of around 2,175 metres and is one of the highest tea factories in the world, the Mathikettan national park, and Dr. Salim Ali Bird Sanctuary which houses woodpeckers, Malabar gray hornbills, Ceylon frogmouths, parakeets, rose-billed rollers and other rare species of birds.
How to Reach
Munnar is well connected by air through Cochi International Airport and by rail via Ernakulum and Madurai.