AnaimudiAt a height of around 2,695m it is the highest peak in southern India
and can be viewed from Munnar.
Attukal An ideal place for long trekking, Attukal is situated between
Munnar and Pallivasal. The place is a feast for the eyes with its panoramic
waterfalls and rolling hills.
Chithirapuram This small hill station exudes an old-world charm with
its old playgrounds and courts, bungalows, and sleepy little cottages that point
to its colonial past. Situated at a distance of around 10km from MunnarChithirapuram
is home to Pallivasal hydel power project.
is an important place to visit in Munnar. Built of stone, it wasconstructed
by the British in 1910 and is known for its stained glass windows and a number
of brass plaques in memory of the tea planters of Munnar.
Devikulam is an out-of-the-world experience among exotic flora and fauna,
cool mountain air, and velvet lawns. An idyllic hill station, Devikulam is located
at a distance of around 7km from Munnar. The SitaDeviLake s
situated here is an ideal picnic spot with its picturesque surroundings, mineral
water, and trout-fishing facilities.
echo Point As its name suggests, the place has a natural echo phenomenon.
It is situated at a distance of around 15km from Munnar on the way to
Tea Plantation offers an opportunity to see the tea plantations, to watch
tea being picked, learn how tea is processed and to buy the tea directly from
the gardens. It is an area surrounding a picturesque lake that offers stunning
views of the region. If you arrive on a Sunday, make sure to drop in at the
small Kundale Club in the afternoon, where the local planters gather with their
Neelakurunji Flowers The hills around Munnar are covered with
the rare Neelakurunji plant giving it a wonderful look, especially when the
flowers bloom to cover the entire mountain range. It is said that this exotic
plant flowers every 12 years and the next scheduled flowering time is in the
year 2006 and thereafter in 2018 and again in 2030 and so on.
Nyayamakad An excellent picnic and trekking point, Nyayamakad is situated
at a distance of 10km from Munnar near Rajamala. Nyayamakad is a land
of scintillating waterfalls with water cascading down from a height of around
Muttupetty13km from town and situated at a height of 1700m, Mattupetty
is famous for its highly specialized dairy farm; the Indo Swiss Livestock Project.
Over 100 varieties of high yielding cattle are reared here. Visitors are allowed
into three of the eleven cattle sheds at the farm. Visiting times are from to and For more information give the place a call on:
30389. Tip: The MuttupettyLake and dam, just
a short distance from the farm, is a very beautiful picnic spot worth taking
time out for.
Mudapetty Dam10km from Munnar, this popular picnic spot
activities like boating and horse riding and is a great place to spend the day
especially if visiting with children.
Pallivasal A place of immense scenic beauty, Pallivasal is situated around
8km from Munnar. It has the distinction of being home to the first hydropower
project in Kerala.
PothameduOne of the major plantation hubs of Munnar, Pothamedu is situated at a distance
of around 6km from the town. Views of coffee, tee, and cardamom plantations
are excellent from here and it's an ideal spot for trekking and hiking amidst
lush mountains, rolling hills and breathtaking scenery.
nayirankal Surrounded by lush tea plantations and evergreen forests,
Anayirankal is situated at a distance of around 22km from Munnar. A visit
to the splendid reservoir and the Anayirankal dam gives excellent views.
Chinnar Wildlife Sanctuary is around 52km from Munnar and
is the home of elephants, leopards and bears and is an excellent place to spend
at least half a day if not longer exploring.
Eravikulam National Park By driving north from Munnar for 30 minutes
and then hiking a few kilometres, you reach this sanctuary which is home to
over three thousand free-roaming ibex, elephants, lion-tailed macaque, and the
Nilgiri tahr (an endangered mountain goat). Declared as a National Park
in 1978 it covers 97km of rolling grass hills forested valleys and is one of
the 'must do' activities in the area.
Nilgiri Region is known for its breathtaking landscape and natural
splendour. Anayirankal is a well-known plantation site with some excellent views.
Top Station offers panoramic views from an altitude of 2,200 metres. MarayoorLake is one of the most known picnic
spots in the state. Cheeyappara is a famous waterfall near Munnar. Meenuli is
known for its large rock extending over an area of 500 acres. Nadukani is an
Marayoor Around 40km from Munnar, Marayoor has many firsts to
its credit. It is the only place in Kerala with natural growth of sandalwood
trees, natural caves with murals, and relics from Later Stone Age civilisation.
There is a sandalwood factory of the Forest Department of Kerala and a children's
park extending across one hectare of land under the canopy of a single Banyan
tree, all of which attract tourists in large numbers. Some nearby destinations
such as Thoovanam and RajivGandhiNational Park are also of great interest.
Meenuliis an ideal place for trekking with its huge rock extending
over 500 acres in area and two acres of evergreen forests up on the top of it.
From the top of the rock, one can see the Lower Periyar Area, Bhoothathankettu
and even up to Ernakulam on a fine day.
NadukaniSituated at an altitude of 3,000 ft. above sea level,
Nadukani offers excellent views of the Moolamattam town, Malankara lake, etc.
It is a natural dream heaven covered with green-clad hills, silvery streams,
valleys and paddy fields. You will encounter many rare species here like the
hornbill, wild rabbits, spotted sambhar, jungle mainah and elephants, to name
rajamallay/Rajamala about 17km from Munnar is the natural
habitat of the Nilgiri Tahr (an endangered mountain goat). Rajamala is
2695m above sea level. The Nilgiri Tahrs are today reduced to small herds, found
in the Eravikulam-Rajamala region and rarely if ever anywhere else these days;
so are well worth seeing while they still exist; your grandchildren may never
be so lucky.
Top Station Situated at an altitude of between 1700 and 2,200m, Top Station
offers wonderful views of the valley down below and panoramic landscape. The
hilltop is situated at a distance of around 41km north from Munnar town
on the Tamil Nadu-Kerala border. According to a local belief, the place derived
its name from Middle Station and Lower Station, both lying down the valley,
which were once connected to this place via a ropeway.
Chellarkovil (15 km from Kumily)
This sleepy little village with its spectacular view of the plains (and cascading
waterfalls during the monsoons) is a feast for your eyes. The village slopes
down the famous coconut groves of Kambam in neighbouring Tamil Nadu.
Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary
Lying close to the plantations, in the rich jungles of Periyar in Thekkady
is one of the world's most fascinating natural wildlife reserves - the Periyar
Wildlife Sanctuary. Spread across 777 sq. km, of which 360 sq. km is thick
evergreen forest, the Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary was declared a Tiger Reserve
in 1978. Noted for its geo-morphological diversity of wildlife and scenic
beauty, the Reserve attracts visitors from all over the world. The splendid
artificial lake formed by the Mullaperiyar Dam across the Periyar river adds
to the charm of the park. This is the only sanctuary in India where you can
have the unique experience of viewing wildlife at close quarters from the
safety of a boat on the lake. The greatest attraction of Periyar remains the
large herds of wild elephants that come down to the lake's edge.
The sanctuary watch towers
There are three watch towers for observing wild life - at Edappalayam and
Manakkavala and Thannikudi. Reservations can be made at the Forest information
Counter, Thekkady. Tel. : +91-486-322028.
Kumily (4 km from Thekkady)
This plantation town, closely associated with Thekkady, is situated on the
outskirts of the Periyar Sanctuary. It is an important shopping centre and
spice trade centre, the main bus station and most of the medium range accommodation
in the Periyar region is in Kumily.
Murikkady (5 km from Thekkady)
Washed in fresh spice scented air, Murikkady is a panorama of cardamom, coffee
and pepper plantations
Pandikuzhi ( 5 km from Kumily)
This picturesque place is cradled between Chellarkovil and the Tamil Nadu
State border is a popular picnic spot. Pandikuzhi offers great opportunities
for trekking and is a photographer's delight
Devi Temple ( 15 km from Thekkady)
This ancient temple is hidden in the dense woods at the top of a peak 1337
M above sea level. The temple is built in the traditional Kerala style of
architecture. Visitors are allowed here only on the Chithra Pournami festival
day. The peak commands a panoramic view of the other side of the ghats and
the vast plains of Tamil Nadu. Permission to visit the area can be obtained
from the Wildlife Warden at Thekkady. Tel. : 91-486-322027.
Vandiperiyar ( 18 km from Thekkady)
The river Periyar flowing through the centre of this town nourishes its vast
tea, coffee and pepper plantations. A major trade centre, Vandiperiyar is
also home to a number of tea factories. The Government Agriculture Farm and
Flower Gardens have a delightful array of rose plants, orchids and anthurium
Vandanmedu ( 25 km from Kumily)
This is one of the world's largest auction centres for Cardamom. A walk
through the sprawling cardamom plantaions of Vandanmedu is a pleasent experience.
Pullumedu ( 43 km from Thekkady, 26 km from Periyar)
The winding journey to this hill town, along the Periyar river, offers a
stunning view of the rolling hills draped in lush greenery. Velvet lawns,
rare flora and fauna add to the beauty of Pullumedu which can be accessed
from a jeep. The famous Sree Ayyappa temple at Sabarimala and the Makara Joythi
illuminations at the shrine are visible from here. Since it is part of the
restricted forest zone, special permission to visit Pullumedu has to be obtained
from the Wildlife Preservation Officer, Thekkady Tel.+ 91-486-322027 or The
Range Officer, Vallakkadavu Tel. :+ 91-486-352515.
Mullaperyiar dam was built by British in 1895. It stands on Peryiar river
whose flow orginates from Thekkady. The dam was built mainly for watering
the paddy fields of Tamil Nadu perenially drought - prone. Even though the
dam is now in Kerala, most of the water in the reservoir is still released
to Tamil Nadu and is cause for considerable political tensions between the
two states.The dam is 175 feet tall in hight and is 5704 feet long.
A place for adventure tourism and trekking, or even langourous, tranquil break.
This picturesque plantation town washed in the fragrance of cardamom is surrounded
by lush-green, gentle hills.
Thrissanku Hills ( 4 km from Peermedue, 1/2 km from Kuttikanam)
The rolling hills the lovely landscape and the gentle breeze make this an
ideal spot for long walks. The hills offer a breathtaking view of the sunrise
Peeru Hills (4 km from Peermede; 1 km from Kuttikanam)
This idyllic hill station is a favourite haunt of trekkers and picnic teams.
The hill is named after Peer Mohammed. the Muslim sufi saint, who spent his
last days here. The masoleum of the saint, the summer palace of the royal
family and the residence of the Diwan situated nearby are all worth a visit.
Grampi : ( 5 km from Peermede ; 10 km from Vandiperiyar)
Grampi is also known as Parunthupara (eagle rock) because of the panoramic
view from its high peaks. Rocky plains, lush hillsides, forests trekking trails
and picturesque views lend charm to this destination. The road to Grampi is
flanked by unending stretches of cardamom, tea and coffee plantations.
Pattumala ( 17 km east of Peermede; 28 km west of Thekkady)
Lofty peaks little streams and ever expanding tea plantations are the attractions
of this place. Pattumala (which literally means hill draped in silk) is home
to the two most famous tea plantations in Kerala - Harrision Malayalam and
A V Thomas & Co. The Velamkanni Matha Church, built entirely of granite,
at the top of the hill is a famous pilgrim centre. The flower garden nearby
is a facinating riot of colours of roses, orchids and anthurium.
Vagamon ( 25 km from Peermede)
Grass covered hills, velvet lawns and the cool mountain air make Vagamon a perfect
holiday retreat. A curious blend of religious mysticism and European legacies,
this hillside village is haven of tranquility. The chain of three hills - Thangal
Hill, Murugan Hill and Kurisumala is a mark of religious harmony. The dairy
farm managed by the Kurisumala monks is worth a visit.