et amid southern India's most dramatic mountain scenery, the tiny hill town of Munnar is the commercial centre of some of the world's highest tea growing estates. Located at 1600 meter
Tea Gardens of enchanting hill town of Munnar above sea level, this quaint little town that exudes a rare old world charm and strangely reminds one of the days of the Raj in its elegant splendour. The combination of craggy peaks, manicured tea estates, picture book towns, winding lanes, and crisp mountain air make Munnar a unique experience. The visitor is greeted with miles and miles of unending tea plantations on entry into Munnar. Among the exotic flora found in the forests and
grasslands here is the Neelakurinji a flower, which bathes the hills in purple colour once every twelve years. The Neelakurinji will bloom next in 2006 AD. Munnar also has the highest peak in
South India - Anamudi, which towers over 2695 meter and is an ideal spot for campers who like to do some trekking.

The best way to relish the beauty of this vibrant greenscape is leisurely walks together with absolute carefreeness. However, don't forget to visit a Tea factory, which in itself a memorable experience!

Neelakurinji, a flower, which bathes the hills in purple colour once every twelve years


Interested in wildlife? A 15 km drive will take you to Eravikulam National Park (2695 m), home to the rare mountain goat Nilgiri Tahr, which is fast becoming extinct. Ninety-seven sq. km of rolling
Rare mountain goat- Neelgiri Tahr, Eravikulam National Park grasslands and high-level sholas (evergreen forests) make this park breathtakingly beautiful, which is easily comparable to the best mountain ranges found anywhere in the world- a trekker's delight!

A little further from the park is Top Station, the highest point on the Munnar-Kodaikanal road, which has spectacular views over the ghats & plains below. The rare Neelakurinji (Strobilanthus) belongs to this region. On the way back to Munnar, Devikulam is an idyllic  hill station with its velvet lawns, exotic flora and fauna and the cool mountain air.
Here, the Sita Devi Lake with its mineral waters and picturesque surroundings is a good picnic spot.
The lake is also ideal for trout fishing.

A picturesque town of Kundala is also on the way to Top Station. The Golf Course that belongs to Tata Tea Ltd. is located here. The Kundala Lake and artificial dam are other attractions here. In the vicinity is Mattupetty. Situated at a height of 1700 meter, it is famous for its highly specialised

Sita Devi lake in the vicinity of Munnar

dairy farm, the Indo-Swiss Live Stock Project. Over 100 varieties of high yielding cattle are reared here. Visitors areallowed into three of the eleven cattle sheds at the farm. The scenic Mattupetty Lake, just a short distance from the farm, is an ideal place to enjoy boating.
 
Boating in Kundala Dam Driving down 18 km south of Munnar takes you to the breathtaking  waterfall that cascades down a steep rock 2000 meter 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.

This is not all that Munnar and its beautiful surroundings have to
offer. Come & discover its unending natural charms!
 

USEFUL INFORMATION

Getting there & away

 

The nearest airport and railway station are at Kochi (130 km). Other alternative is Madurai (in Tamilnadu), 162 km. By road, it is well connected with major towns of Kerala.

Further Connections
 

Periyar, Cochin, Thrissur, Vythiri, Madurai, Ooty, Kodaikanal, Kozhikode, Kumarakom.

Climate

Warm summers & cool winters. Average temperature in Munnar ranges from 0 to 30 degrees Celsius. The rainy season lasts from June to September.

Best time to visit

Throughout the year. Every season has different charm here.

Important
 

Warm clothes are required from October till March. An umbrella or a raincoat is a must for the rainy season.

TOURS TO MUNNAR

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Kerala- The land of many wonders (17 Days)

 
 

 

 
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