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Munnar

The Heaven On Earth

An ardent nature-lover’s paradise, Munnar is snuggled in the verdant and peaceful surroundings of the KannanDevan hills. Munnar, the most popular

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Munnar

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The Heaven On Earth

An ardent nature-lover’s paradise, Munnar is snuggled in the verdant and peaceful surroundings of the KannanDevan hills. Munnar, the most popular panoramic hill station commands spectacular views of low-flying clouds and misty valleys thus making it an attractive little heaven with a salubrious climate. There are many tourist attractions of Munnar that are worth caching a glimpse if you are on a tour to Munnar. This hill-station has many things to offer and thus you should have ample time in order to explore this paradisiacal territory. Some of the major things to watch in Munnar are:

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Devikulam

Nature Zone is a paradise for birds in Munnar. The shola-grassland eco-system so typical of Munnar is home to large numbers of birds, many of them endemic. Commonly seen endemics a

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Devikulam

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Nature Zone is a paradise for birds in Munnar. The shola-grassland eco-system so typical of Munnar is home to large numbers of birds, many of them endemic. Commonly seen endemics are the nilgiri wood pigeon, nilgiri pipit, grey headed bulbul, black & orange flycatcher, broad tailed grass bird, crimson backed sunbird, grey breasted laughing thrush, nilgiri flycatcher, indian rufous babbler, white bellied blue flycatcher, white bellied short wing, white bellied treepie & the wyanad laughing thrush etc. It is a place for nature lovers, Bird watchers and Ecotourist

Nyayamakad

It is located at a distance of 10 kms from Munnar and is a land of incredible waterfalls. The sight of waters cascading down a hill from a height of around 1600 meters is an awe-inspiring one. The

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Nyayamakad

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It is located at a distance of 10 kms from Munnar and is a land of incredible waterfalls. The sight of waters cascading down a hill from a height of around 1600 meters is an awe-inspiring one. The captivating surroundings make an outstanding picnic spot and trekking point.

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Experiential Learning Centre

Nature Zone has an absolutely high quality Outbound Training Campus. The campus has Camping facilities, Conference halls, permanent toilets/bathrooms, restaurant etc. One can unwin

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Experiential Learning Centre

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Nature Zone has an absolutely high quality Outbound Training Campus. The campus has Camping facilities, Conference halls, permanent toilets/bathrooms, restaurant etc. One can unwind and de-stress from the routine work and still be constructive while doing the Team building

Muniyara Dolmens

The Muniyara Dolmens are magnificent prehistoric dolmens, situated in Marayoor, approximately 55 kms from Munnar. Belongs to the Neolithic Age, these aboveground burial chambers are built with larg

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Muniyara Dolmens

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The Muniyara Dolmens are magnificent prehistoric dolmens, situated in Marayoor, approximately 55 kms from Munnar. Belongs to the Neolithic Age, these aboveground burial chambers are built with large stone slabs and are called 'megaliths.' The historians keep special interest in these granite slabs as they are more than thousand years old. A lot of anthropologists and archaeologists from all over the world visit this fascinating destination to explore the remnants of Dolmenoid cists belonging to the Megalithic age.

History The tourists trek through the area of Muniyara to reach 15 different types of Dolmens, which belongs to the Neolithic Age, i.e. between 3000 BC and 14000 BC. Some of the dolmens here even belong to the Iron Age, which is proven by the smoothed rocky stone slabs that can only be done with iron tools. These aboveground structures are very unique as they are made of stones that are vertically laid on the ground and covered with one single stone on the top.

A lot has been said about Muniyara Dolmens…some archaeological studies reveal that the ancient stone structure, that were built over the burial site of more than one person have chambers, and, so, they vary in length and size. Studies also say that the dolmens that are large in size must have been used for the people of high status.

Highlights Dolmenoids are actually the burial chambers made of four stones placed on edges and covered by a large stone slab, also known as 'cap stone' from the top. Several sharp edge stones are used in these to cover the burial from all the sides. These burials often contain more than one chamber to rest the bodies of multiple persons at one place. These prehistoric structures are bound to fascinate every visitor, who wants to peep into the century-old history.

Well, Dolmens are not the only thing that one can see here; the place is equally famous for its exquisite beauty, natural sandalwood forests, and pre-historic paintings. Muniyara is a beautiful spot that lies on the slopes of the Western Ghats in Idukki district. People visit this place to explore its beautiful surroundings and refreshing atmosphere, masked in the glory of tea plantation, lush green valleys, and more.

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Lockhart Gap

The Lockhart Gap is one of the major attractions in Munnar that assures one the best views of serene nature. Lockhart Gap is located 13 km away from Munnar and is just 7 km away from The Wind Munna

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Lockhart Gap

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The Lockhart Gap is one of the major attractions in Munnar that assures one the best views of serene nature. Lockhart Gap is located 13 km away from Munnar and is just 7 km away from The Wind Munnar – Munnar’s much preferred cliff edge cottage. The Lockhart Gap is one among those never-miss attractions in Munnar for all those who love to enjoy the lush greenery of the valleys below and the refreshingly cool mountain breeze. The place is one of the best viewpoints in Munnar that gives panoramic views of the unspoiled beauty of Munnar. Apart from the breathtakingly beautiful views, another attraction the place has to offer is a cave with the name ‘Malayil Kallan Guha’.

With the trails through thick forests, Lockhart Gap is a place that is ideal for activities like trekking, nature walks, etc. The forests here contain a variety of flora and fauna. The Lockhart Gap viewpoint is a paradise for all; nature enthusiasts, honeymoon goers and shutterbugs alike. The panoramic view from the hilltop assures one a bird’s view. Any with a taste for photography will find many interesting sights and scenery that would keep one clicking his camera over and over again. The sights from Lockhart Gap viewpoint are much prettier during the evening as the time nears towards sunset. It is then that all of the surroundings are illuminated with the orange glow of the setting sun.

Anayirangal Dam

Anayirangal Dam is one of the most scenic destinations in Munnar region. The dam and the lake are visited by a lot of tourists who love to enjoy the scenic beauty of high ranges to its best. Read m

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Anayirangal Dam

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Anayirangal Dam is one of the most scenic destinations in Munnar region. The dam and the lake are visited by a lot of tourists who love to enjoy the scenic beauty of high ranges to its best. Read more about the attractions here.

"Anayirankal" is a combination of two Malayalam words. "Aana" stands for "elephant" and "irankal" means "coming down". The word "Anayirankal dam" means, the dam where the elephants come down (to drink water).

Even though the dam has been existing for a while, this area was neglected until recently. In the recent years, the lake and surroundings are being promoted as a tourism destination by the electricity board which controls the dam. Since it is a newly developed tourist attraction, you won't see much crowd there.

The rare sight of elephant herds coming down to the lake from the nearby forests to quench their thirst is a treat to the eyes.

If you love photography, this is one of the best locations in Munnar to shoot some amazing pictures and videos.

Also, this is an ideal place to take the children. They can safely run around through the large open area of grass while parents take rest and relax. You can plan some outdoor games and have a lot of fun.
Travel Tips

Ticket Rates to access the park in the dam:

Adults - RS. 20
Children - Rs. 10
Four Wheeler - Rs. 30
Two Wheeler - Rs. 10
Mini Bus - Rs. 50

Boating rates:

Speed Boat(15 Minutes) - 5 Persons(Including children) - Rs. 750/-
Pontoon Boat(30 minutes) - 20 Seater(Including children) - 1600/-

Life Jacket is compulsory and is provided in all boats.
How to Reach

Anayirankal dam is at a distance of about 22 km from Munnar towards Pooppara - Thekkady direction. Munnar - Thekkady route is one of the most scenic routes in Kerala.

If you have your own vehicle, drive towards Pooppara. In about 15 km, you will reach Chinnakanal, one of the key landmarks in Munnar. Proceed further towards Thekkady and you will reach Anayirankal Dam in about 7km from Chinnakanal.



Activities

The main attraction of this place is its natural beauty and the scenic drive along the route. If you are lucky, you can see the elephants coming to drink water in the lake. If you like to sit and spend some time in the lap of nature, there is no better place. There is a small park with seating area for visitors to sit and relax. Also, if you are hungry or like to have some coffee, there is a tea shop and a food court.

Boating is another attraction at Anayirankal dam. They have a couple of Pontoon boats and speed boats. A boat ride will take you closer to the thick forests and give you a better view of the natural beauty. If there are animals sighted, the boats will take closer to them.

There are toilets and other basic amenities.
Timings & Season

Anayingal dam can be visited any time of the year. During and after monsoon, the reservoir will be full and will give a nice view of the high level of water. During peak of summer, the water level will go really down.

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Anamudi

Anamudi, the 2,695-m high mountain which stands tall in the Eravikulam National Park is the pride of Kerala. It is the highest point in India outside the Himalayan Mountain Ranges. Anamudi, togethe

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Anamudi

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Anamudi, the 2,695-m high mountain which stands tall in the Eravikulam National Park is the pride of Kerala. It is the highest point in India outside the Himalayan Mountain Ranges. Anamudi, together with the Eravikulam Park, is home to one of the largest surviving populations of Asian elephants, Gaurs and the Nilgiri Tahrs. The mountain, covered with evergreen forests and inhabited by endemic flora and fauna and a vibrant avian life, is a paradise in the wild. The green forest is also the source of some large and scenic rivers in Kerala and the nearby State of Tamil Nadu. Take a trek to the top of the mountain and know how it would feel when you are above every human in South India !

Those who wish to trek should take permission from the Eravikulam National Park authorities. It is also recommended to contact the authorities for details on trekking and weather.

Attukal waterfalls

The waterfall lays 9 km away from the Munnar town, on the way to Pallivasal. It is one of the most attractive destinations, which you should not miss while planning a trip to Munnar. Attukal offers

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Attukal waterfalls

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The waterfall lays 9 km away from the Munnar town, on the way to Pallivasal. It is one of the most attractive destinations, which you should not miss while planning a trip to Munnar. Attukal offers the beauty of water falling from the top of the mountain. The sight of the roaring water and the rolling hills around is something which you can never delete from your memories. You can also plan trekking along the hill slopes of this waterfall.

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Eravikulam National Park

Eravikulam national park is spread over an extensive area of 97 sq km along the crest of Western Ghats in the high ranges of Idukki district. Located 15 k

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Eravikulam National Park

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Eravikulam national park is spread over an extensive area of 97 sq km along the crest of Western Ghats in the high ranges of Idukki district. Located 15 km from Munnar, it is one of most important tourist destinations in Kerala. The national park is managed by the Kerala Department of Forest and Wildlife, Munnar.

Most of the areas of the national park are consistent hill plateau. So, you can see only high rolling slopes here. The highest peak is Anamudi (2690m). The forests you see here are commonly known as ‘shoals’ – evergreen tropical and sub tropical moist broadleaf forest. You can locate small streams here, which later merge to form tributaries to Periyar and Chalakudy rivers. Lakkom waterfalls are located in this region.

 

In 1975 Eravikulam was declared as a wildlife sanctuary and then in 1978 it was given the status of a National park. The main motive behind this was to protect the rare Nilgiri Tahr and Hemitragus Hylocrious, which are common here. But now the park is home to numerous protected species of flora and fauna.

The national park is divided into three areas - the core area, the buffer area and the tourism area. In which, the Rajamalai is known to be the tourism area of the park. Here, the tourists are allowed to travel deep into the forest to explore the hidden beauty of the environment around. Private vehicles are not allowed inside. Only few mini buses are operated inside in order to control the environment pollution. The trips are organized by the forest department.

 

The park has a rare collection of varieties of trees and shrubs. You can find here climax grasslands. The sight of variety of orchids is one of the specialties of this park. Apart from Nilgiri Tahr, one can find around 26 different species of mammals at this park. A number of elephants, langur and marten can be found here. About 120 species of birds like black and ornage flycatcher, Nilgiri pipit, Nilgiri wood pigeon, white bellied shortwing and Kerala laughing thrush can be spotted at Eravikulam National Park.

 

Entry fee for Indians: Rs. 15/head
Entry fee for Foreigners: Rs. 200/head
Entry fee for children below 12 years and for Bonafied students: Rs. 5/head

 

 

Mattupetty

Nestled inside the hills of Munnar and very near to the Anamudi peak lies Mattupetty, the hill station at a height of 1,700 m. Mattupetty is located 13 km away from Munnar. Here you can enjoy the g

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Mattupetty

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Nestled inside the hills of Munnar and very near to the Anamudi peak lies Mattupetty, the hill station at a height of 1,700 m. Mattupetty is located 13 km away from Munnar. Here you can enjoy the greenish valleys and feel the fabulous climate around. The main attraction of Mattupetty is the dam and the lake here.

The dam of Mattupetty is a storage concrete gravity dam. The dam was constructed under the Pallivasal Hydro-electric project in the late 1940s, for the purpose of water conservation and power generation. Now the dam is a vital source of electricity generation in Munnar and also a haven for many wild animals and birds due to its constant water availability.

 

The most attractive part of Mattupetty dam is its still water which reflects the tea garden around. You can engage yourself with water sport activities like speed boating organized by district Tourism Promotion Council of Idukki (Munnar) and enjoy the pretty natural surroundings of this beautiful dam. Adventure lovers also have options here like trekking in the Shola forest.

In the midst of the hills, surrounded by the tea gardens, Shola forest and hilly woods lays a beautiful lake, just a few miles away from the Mattupetty dam. The serene ambience of the lake will take you to a world of peace. You have endless options – either you can go for boating in the lake or you can sit on the shore enjoying the tranquility here. Tourists can go for a speed boat, pedal boat, motor boat or row boat.

 

Mattupetty is also known as ‘cattle village’, the name which came from the famous Indo Swiss farm project or Livestock project. The project was launched in the year 1963 as part of the bilateral agreement between India and the Swiss government. You can see hundreds of varieties of high yielding cattle in this farm. The sight of the cattle grazing freely on the hills of the wide farm is a unique experience which any tourist can have ever in his life.

The farm is around three kilometer away from the Mattupetty Dam and is dedicated to cattle development and research centre set up by the Government of Switzerland. At present the project is handled by the Kerala Livestock Development and Milk Marketing Board.

 

The best time to visit Mattupetty is from the month of August to May and it is very easily accessible from Munnar town.

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Pothamedu

Pothamedu is one of the major plantation hubs of Munnar. It has wide overlooking site from top view of the place. Even the 60 km view of Idukki Arch Dam from the Pothamedu can still be perfectly vi

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Pothamedu

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Pothamedu is one of the major plantation hubs of Munnar. It has wide overlooking site from top view of the place. Even the 60 km view of Idukki Arch Dam from the Pothamedu can still be perfectly viewed. Pothamedu View Point is one of the magnificent view points, which gives an excellent panoramic view of the tea, coffee and cardamom plantations in the valley. The rolling hills, the lush mountain and the breathtaking scenery here is ideal for trekking and long mountain walks. The cool air and the splendorous mounts filled with tea plantations will take your breath forth. Pothamedu added as the must-view spots in Munnar.

Manicured tea gardens, lush coffee plantations and wood-shaded cardamom estates, with stretches of 'potha grass' (from which the name is derived) covered hills all combine to make this place unforgettable.

One can find the views of coffee, tea and cardamom plantations excellent from here. It is also an ideal place for trekking and hiking.

Pothamedu - a small village inhabited - just 6.Km away from Munnar town. Being a very high place, the surrounding places can be seen clearly. When the atmosphere is clear even the Idukki Arch Dam, which is 60 Km away from Munnar, can be seen. The panoramic view of greenish tea, coffee and cardamom plantation and the cloud kissing mountain is exciting one. The rolling hills, the lush mountain and the breathtaking scenery here are ideal for trekking and long mountain walks Pothamedu offers an excellent view of the tea, coffee and cardamom plantations in Munnar.

Don't miss a visit to Pothamedu , one of the major plantation hubs of Munnar, Pothamedu is situated at a distance of around 6 Km from the town. Views of coffee, tea, and cardamom plantations are excellent from here and its an ideal spot for trekking and hiking amidst lush mountains, rolling hills and breathtaking scenery.

Pothamedu offers an excellent view of the tea, coffee and cardamom plantations in Munnar.

It is chiefly a view point from where vast acres of tea, coffee and cardamom plantations can be seen. Also seen are the popular Pallivasal Tea Factory and a hydroelectric power plant. The area offers an excellent opportunity to connect personally with nature. Trekking, sight seeing and nature walks along the mountains are popular activities amongst tourists at Pothamedu View Point.





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