Sprawling tea plantations, picture-book towns with old Raj style bungalows, winding lanes and cool air make Munnar a perfect place for a relaxed holiday.
Munnar also has the highest peak in South India, Anaimudi. Here you also find the Eravikulam/Rajamalai National Park, the last stronghold of the world’s rarest mountain goat, the Nilgiri tahr.
What to see
Pothamedu (6 km): Pothamedu offers an excellent view of the tea, coffee and cardamom plantations in Munnar. The rolling hills, the lush mountain and the breathtaking scenery here is ideal for trekking and long mountain walks.
Devikulam (7 km ): 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. The lake is also ideal for trout fishing.
Pallivasal (8 km): This is the venue of the first Hydro Electric Project in Kerala and a place of immense scenic beauty.
Attukal (9 km): A panorama of waterfalls and rolling hills, Attukal, located between Munnar and Pallivasal, is a feast for the eyes. The place is also ideal for long treks.
Nyayamakad (10 km): Located between Munnar and Rajamala, Nyayamakad is a land of breathtaking waterfalls. The waters cascade down a hill from a height of about 1600 metres. The enchanting surroundings makes an excellent picnic spot and trekking point.
Chithirapuram (10 km): With its sleepy little cottages, bungalows, old playgrounds and courts, Chithirapuram still exudes an old world charm. Home of the Pallyvasal Hydel Power Project, this hill town is also famous for its picturesque tea plantations.
Tea Estates : The main plantation in this high range is Tea. The estates are mainly on the inner slopes of an elevated basin like plateau. Some of the plantations at an elevation of over 7000 feet. are amongst the highest in the world.
Air: The nearest airport is Kochi (135 Km), connected with major cities.
Rail: The nearest railhead is Bodinayakanur(connected via Chennai and Madurai). However the most convenient railhead is Kochi (l35 Km.) which is well connected by rail with major cities and towns in India.
Road : Munnar is well connected by road with Coimbatore 163 Km, Kochi 135 Km, Kodaikanal 180 Km,(there is a shorter route to Kodaikanai on which the distance is approximately 90 Km however this is not a motorable route at present), Kottayam 148 Km, Madurai 167 Km, and Thiruvananthapuram 310 Km.
Area: 261 Sq. kmn.
Altitude: 5000 to 7000 feet. Temperature: Summer - Max: 25 Deg.C Min: 15.2 Deg.C Winter - Max: 11 Deg.C Min: 10.2 Deg.C
Rainfall: 275 Cm. Season: October to May. STD Code: 04865
Mattupetty (13 km): Situated at a height of 1700 m, 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. Visitors are allowed into 3 of the 11 cattle sheds at the farm. Visit time: 0900 - 1100 hrs and 1400 - 1530 hrs. Ph: 530389. 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. DTPC Idukki provides boating facilities on the Mattupetty Dam. Speed launch, slow speedboat and motorboats are available on hire.
Lock Heart Gap (13 km): This is an ideal place for adventure tourism and trekking. The fresh mountain air, the mist-clad hills and panoramic view make it worthy of a visit.
Echo Point (15 km): This scenic place gets its name from the natural echo phenomenon here. Echo Point is on the way to Top Station from Munnar.
Eravikulam National Park (15 km): The 97 sq. km. park is situated in the Devikulam taluk and is home to the Nilgiri Tahr. The Anamudi peak (2695 m) is located in the southern region of the park.
Rajamala (15 km): This is the natural habitat of the Nilgiri Tahr. Half the world population of the rare mountain goat (Hemitragas hylocres) which is fast becoming extinct, is now found here. The Nilgiri Tahrs are today reduced to small herds found in the Eravikulam - Rajamala region. The total number of Nilgiri Tahrs in Rajamala is estimated at 1317.
Sanctuary visit: The park is divided into three regions - the core area, the buffer area and the tourism area. Visitors are allowed only to the tourism area which is in the Rajamala region. The Nilgiri Tahr can be observed at close quarters here. Visiting time: 0700 - 1800 hrs. Visitors are not allowed during the monsoon. Trekking facilities are available here. Tourists are allowed to go on foot up to Anamudi (40 Km), the highest peak in South India (2695 Mts) This is also a place for adventure tourism. Trekking areas: Anamudi, Rajamala
Power House Waterfalls (18 km): This waterfall on the way to Thekkady from Munnar cascades down a steep rock 2000 m above sea level. The spot is enriched with the scenic western mountain ranges, and is an ideal place for a break on the way to the Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary in Thekkady.
Kundala (20 km) : Kundala is a picturesque town on the way to Top Station. The Golf Course which belongs to Tata Tea Ltd. is located here. The Kundala artificial dam is another attraction. Aruvikkad Waterfall is also near Kundala.
Anayirankal (22 km from Munnar): It’s 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 Plantation and evergreen forests. It is an ideal picnic spot.
Top Station (32 km from Munnar): 1700 m above sea level, this is the highest point on the Munnar - Kodaikanal road. The rare Neelakurunji (Strobilanthus) belongs to this region. This plant blooms once every twelve years bathing the hillsides in bright blue. Top Station also offers a panoramic view of the neighbouring state of Tamil Nadu.
Marayoor (40 km from Munnar): This is the only place in Kerala that has a natural growth of sandalwood trees. The sandalwood factory of the Forest Department, the caves (muniyaras) 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 Waterfall and Rajiv Gandhi National Park are also nearby.
Cheeyappara: 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 trekking.
Meenuli: It is noted for two acres of evergreen forests upon a huge rock. The rock is more than 500 acres in area and an ideal spot for mountaineering.
Chinnar Wildlife Sanctuary (60 km from Munnar): Situated on the Tamil Nadu border, the Chinnar Wildlife Sanctuary is spread across 90.44 sq. km. Animals: Most of the South Indian wild animals can be found in this forest. These include the grizzled giant squirrel, champal squirrel, elephant, sambar deer, gaur etc. Birds: Jungle fowl, myna, laughing thrush, black bulbul, peafowl etc.