Munnar is one of the most popular hill stations in South India. It is nestled in the Western Ghats at an altitude of 6000 ft and is located in Idukki district of Kerala. This picturesque hill station beckons nature lovers from far and near.
Mattupetty dam and its reservoir are located 13 km away from Munnar. This concrete gravity dam is built between the hill ranges and it is used mainly for water storage for hydroelectric projects. Its reservoir is an idyllic place to enjoy the serene nature. It is also said to be one of the waterholes where the elephants in the region often visit.
Kundala Lake is an artificial reservoir of a minor arch-shaped dam huddled between the mountain ranges. It is about a 20 km drive from Munnar. There is boating facility there..and don’t forget to go for a Shikara boat ride while you are there!
It is about 40 km from Munnar and it is 1,880 meters above sea level. The panoramic view of the Western Ghats and the valley of Theni from the Top station is simply breathtaking. The top station got this name from its being the uppermost located railway station on the Kundala Valley Railway.
Echo Point is about 15 km from Munnar. Go there and scream as loud as you can..and wait for a minute. You can hear your echo back! It's quite interesting. If you have kids with you..they will love it. They can experience this natural phenomenon first hand
Rajamala, part of an Eravikulam national park, is located at about 15 km from Munnar. This region is the natural habitat of the Nilgiri Tahr (Hemitragas hylocres). It was converted to a national park to provide a safe sanctuary for the already endangered species of Nilgiri Tahr.
This tea museum is first of its kind in India. It is located at KDHP’s Nullatanni estate in Munnar. The aim of this museum according to its founders is to showcase the growth of more-than-a-century-old tea plantations in this region. Anyone visiting this museum will get a clear picture of how laborious this tea processing really is.
How can one resist a tea garden tour when you are in Munnar? Rolling hillsides covered with tea plantations is a sight to behold. The lush greenery and the soothing cold wind with a mild aroma of tea leaves are totally rejuvenating you.
Chinnar Wildlife Sanctury
Chinnar wildlife sanctuary is about 60 km from Munnar. It is situated on SH 17 in the Marayoor and Kanthalloor Panchayats of Idukki district. It is an ideal spot for trekking and enjoying wildlife closely. It is the habitat for endangered Grizzled giant squirrel in India. Almost 34 species of mammals including panthers, spotted deer, elephants, tigers can be found here. It is also a bird watchers paradise. 245 species of birds live here.