Munnar Tourism is one of the most popular destinations in Kerala. This charming hill station is perched at an altitude of 1600m amidst lush and undulating hills of Anamalai rangers. It is about 130km east of Kochi and 110km north of the Periyar Wildlife sanctuary. It is in the centre of Keralas principal tea growing region. The word Munnar gives the literally meaning as 3 rivers. It is set at the confluence of three mountain ranges. They are Mudrapuzha, Nallathanni and Kundala. Once upon a time it was the summer capital of the British in South India and still retains an aura of old world elegance. This beautiful landscape is dotted with lakes reservoirs, lush forest and sprawling tea estates. There is plenty to enthuse in the surrounding mountains. Pepper, rubber and cardamom plantations lend a distinct aroma to the cool and bracing climate of the hill resort. Anaimudi is about 2695m is the highest peak in south India which is located nearby and it is an ideal spot for trekking.
Munnar gives us refreshing climate with crisp mornings and sunny blue skies in the winter though as with all of Kerala torrential rains descended during the monsoon. The mountain summits form a wild back drop to the carefully manicured tea plantations when the mists clear. Munnars greenery and cool air attracts well heeled honeymooner and weekenders from the metropolitan cities of South India.
The lush and beautiful tea gardens are the main attraction of Munnar. We can watch the manufacturing of tea at the tea factories here. Many factories also offer tea on sale for the visitors.
Munnar Tourism places in and around
Devi Kulam is about 7km from Munnar. The other name of Devi Kulam is”Pond of Goddess”. It is famous for its lovely lake plantations scenic beauty. It is believed that Sita the consort of Lord Rama once bathed at the lake here. The lake is also ideal for trout fishing.
Top station is the highest point on the Munnar-Kodaikanal road at the border of Tamil Nadu. It is about 32km from Munnar. The panoramic views of the scenic surrounding can be enjoyed from here. This area is well known for Kurinji flowers which bloom once in 12 years.
Thattekad Bird Sanctuary
Thattekad Bird sanctuary is about 80km from Munnar. This sanctuary is also called as Dr. Salim Ali bird sanctuary. It stretches over an area of about 25 sq km between the tributaries of river Periyar. This small sanctuary has 270 varieties of birds and is Indeed paradise for bird watchers. Malabar grey hornbills, crimson throated barbets, rose-billed rollers, sunbirds, Malayan night herons, rusty tailed flycatchers are some of the important birds species seen here. There is also a rich variety of butterflies at the sanctuary. Leopards and bears can also be sighted here. This sanctuary is 13km from kothamangalam.