Tourist Attractions in Munnar
Tourist Attractions in Munnar
The various tourist attractions in Munnar are Rajmalai,
Eravikulam National Park, Devikulam, Marayoor, Pothamedu,
Devikulam, Pallivasal, Mattupetty, Chinnar Wildlife Sanctuary,
Attukal, Nyayamakad, Chithirapuram, Cheeyappara, Rajmalai and
Marayoor is located about 40 kms from Munnar. It is the only
place in Kerala that has a natural growth of sandalwood trees.
The sandalwood factory of the Forest Department, the caves
with murals and relics from the New Stone Age civilization and
the children's park spread across a hectare of land under the
canopy of a single Banyan tree are of great interest to
tourists. Thoovanam Waterfalls and Rajiv Gandhi National Park
are also situated near Marayoor.
Chinnar Wildlife Sanctuary
Chinnar Wildlife sanctuary is located about 60 kms. from
Munnar, on the Tamil Nadu border. This sanctuary spread across
90.44 square kms. Chinnar wildlife sanctuary is the home of
some of the rare species of flora and fauna like Elephant,
Gaur, Deer, Sambar, Langur and the endangered grizzled giant
squirrel, Champal squirrel and various birds like Jungle fowl,
myena, laughing thrush, black bulbul, peafowl, etc.
Mattupetty is located about 15 kms from Munnar. Mattupetty is
known for its highly specialised dairy farm - the Indo Swiss
Livestock project. Over a 100 varieties of high yielding
cattle are reared here. The visitors can visit only 3 out of
the 11 cattle sheds at the farm. The Mattupetty lake and dam,
just a short distance from the farm, is a very beautiful
picnic spot. The sprawling
Kundala tea plantations and the
Kundala lake are other attractions in the vicinity. It has
boating facilities too. The famous Echo point is located near
the dam and offers various beautiful picnic spots.
Pothamedu is located about 6 kms. from Munnar. Pothamedu
offers an excellent view of the tea, coffee and cardamom
plantations in Munnar. The rolling hills, lush green mountains
and breathtaking scenery here is ideal for trekking and long
Pallivasal is located about 8 kms. from Munnar. The first
Hydro-electric project in Kerala is located in Pallivasal and
is also a place of immense scenic beauty.
Attukal is located between Munnar and Pallivasal, about 9 km
from Munnar. The panorama of waterfalls and rolling hills is
like a feast for the eyes. The place is also ideal for long
Nyayamakad is located between Munnar and Rajmala and is a land
of breathtaking waterfalls. The waters cascade down a hill
from a height of about 1600 metres. The enchanting
surroundings make an excellent picnic spot and trekking point.
With its sleepy little cottages, bungalows, old playgrounds
and courts, Chithirapuram still exudes an old world charm.
This hill town is also home of the Pallayvasal Hydel Power
Project, and also famous for its picturesque tea plantations.
The Cheeyappara and Valara waterfalls are located between
Neriamangalam and Adimali on the Kochi-Madurai highway. The
Cheeyappara waterfalls cascade down in seven steps. It is a
real feast for the eyes. This is also a great place for
Rajmalai is the natural habitat of the Nilgiri Tahr, situated
about 15 kms. from Munnar. Half of the world population of
Nilgiri Tahr, the rare mountain goat, which is becoming
extinct, is now found here. The Nigiri Tahrs are today reduced
to small herds found in the Eravikulam - Rajamalai region. The
total numbers of Nilgiri Tahrs in Rajmalai are estimated to be
Anayirankal is situated about 22 ms. from Munnar. Anayirankal
is a lush green carpet of tea plants. A trip on the splendid
reservoir is an unforgettable experience. The Anayirankal Dam
is surrounded by the Tata tea plantations and evergreen
forests. It is an ideal picnic spot.
Devikulam is located about 7 kms from Munnar. Devikulam or the
‘Pond of Goddess’ is famous for its lovely lake, plantations
and scenic beauty. 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. It is
believed that Sita, the consort of Lord Rama, once bathed at
the lake here. The lake is also ideal for trout fishing.
Eravikulam National Park
Eravikulam National Park is situated in the Devikulam Taluk of
Idukki district in Kerala, about 15 kms north of Munnar.
Eravikulam National Park was established in 1975 to protect
the Nilgiri Tahr. Anaimudi peak, the highest mountain peak in
South India is situated in the southern region of the park.
The Neelakurinji is the exotic flora found in the forests and
grasslands here. The major attraction in the Eravikulam
National Park is the Nilgiri Tahr. The various other animals
which are found in the park are the Tigers, panthers, Wild
dog, Civet cat, Jungle cat, Sloth bear, Nilgiri langur and
wild boar. The best season to visit this park is from
September to November and from April to June.
Top Station is the highest point on the Munnar–Kodaikkanal
road at the border of Tamil Nadu. Panoramic views of the
scenic surroundings and the neighbouring state of Tamil Nadu
can also be enjoyed from here. The area is also well known for
Neelakurinji flowers, which blooms once in twelve years and
full the hillside in blue colour.