Munnar, a famous hill station located on the Western Ghats, at about 1600 m above sea level, is a popular tourist attraction both for travellers from all over. The place is characterised by vast expanses of tea plantations, bungalows, high waterfalls and a cool weather.
The temperatures range between 5 to 25 °C in winter and 15 to 25 °C in summer. With an exhilarating view of the tea plantations, the place is an ideal location for trekking and mountain biking.
Eravikulam National Park, located 15 km from Munnar is home for the Nilgiri Tahr, the famous mountain goat now in the endangered list. The park is also home to several species of rare butterflies, animals and birds. Another remarkable feature of the place is the blooming of the ‘Neelakurinji ‘, a phenomenon occurring once in twelve years, last seen in 2006. The highest mountain peak in South India, the Anamudi Peak (2700 m) is located inside this National Park. Trekking to the peak is allowed with permission from the Forest and Wildlife authorities at Eravikulam.
About 13 Km from Munnar town is located Mattupetty, another vital place of importance and interest, situated at a height of 1600 m and is characterised by a concrete gravity dam built in the year 1953 and a beautiful lake, which it supports. The dam site and the lake with tourist boating facilities and the magnificent view of the hills and serene landscape are all rejuvenating to the body and soul. Mattupetty’s fame is also attributed to the Indo-Swiss Livestock Project, dairy farm .
Munnar also has to its credit as the venue of the first Hydro-electric project in Kerala, Pallivasal, constructed during the 1940s and still running in full throttle. Close to the town of Munnar is Chinnakanal famous for the steep waterfalls and is also popularly known as Power House Waterfalls,. The spot is endowed with the scenic view of the Western Ghats.
Top Station, located about 32 km from Munnar, at a height of 1700 m above sea level is a favourite hot spot of Munnar offering a panoramic view of the place and neighbouring state of Tamil Nadu.
The origin and evolution of tea plantations in Munnar has a long and interesting legacy. The Tea Museum located at the Nallathanni Estate of Tata Tea in Munnar is one place which brings to the fore – front the long history of the Tea gardens preserving the ancient curios, photographs and machinery and also with a well explained short video film for the visitors. The museum opened a few years back by the Tatas, also shows in detail the processing of tea, giving a feel of the cup, engulfing the soul of Munnars Tea gardens. The place is indeed worth a visit and a precious one for the first timers.
- Nearest major railway stations: Ernakulam, Aluva
- Nearest airport: Cochin International Airport