||Idukki District, Kerala
||Devikulam, Mattupetty, Ervikulam National Park
||1600 m Above Sea Level
|Best Time To Visit
||September to May
is another gem in the already star studded list of Western Ghat wonders.
Situated in the Idukki District of God's Own Country Kerala, Munnar is
probably the most famous attraction of Kerala after the world famous
Backwaters. This hill station nestles at an altitude of nearly 1600 m above
sea level and is almost half covered with lush green tea gardens, which
truly are the best attraction of this quiescent hill station. Munnar used to
be the summer capital of British Government in South India.
Munnar is located at the confluence of three rivers namely Nallathani,
Kundale and Muthirapuzha; The name Munnar literally means three rivers. The
nature is at its generous most in Munnar. The blue flower 'Neelakurinji', is
found only in Munnar. Its specialty is that it blooms only once in twelve
years and it last bloomed in December 2006. The highest peak in entire South
India, Anamudi, which rises to a height of 2695 m, is in Munnar. The green
surroundings and the pleasant climate makes it a favorite for tourists,
especially honeymooners. From the cultural point of view, Munnar will give
you glimpse of culture of both Kerala and Tamil Nadu.
Munnar is also a conducive destination for adventure sports like trekking,
rock climbing and aerosports. Apart from indulging in adventure, do not
forget to shop for coffee, tea and spices. The best time to visit Munnar is
after monsoons in September when the hill station is at its most green.
Main Attraction of Kerala Munnar India
At a distance of 13 km, Mattupetty is most famous for its cattle
breeding farm. The Mattupetty farm is a joint venture between India and
Switzerland where more than 100 breeds of cattle are reared. There are
in all 11 sheds but only 3 are open to visitors. You can visit
Mattupetty farm between 9 AM to 11 Am and 2 PM to 3.30 PM. Other
attraction of Mattupetty includes a dam and a lake. You can enjoy a
refreshing round of boating in the lake where you could hire a five
seater speed boat or a 20 seater boat. However, this facility is only
available from 9.30 AM to 5.30 PM.
Covering an area of 97 sq km, Ervikulam National Park, Ervikulam became
a wildlife Sanctuary only in the year 1975. Ervikulam Park proudly
flaunts its population of the rare Nilgiri Tahr. This is one of the very
few natural habitats of this species. Till 1950s, the area was a hunting
reserve, but timely intervention by an NGO helped preserve the
population. The highest peak Anamudi is also located in the park
premises. You can visit Ervikulam National Park from 7 AM till 5 PM. The
park is 15 km away from Munnar.
Just 7 km from Munnar, Devikulam is a destination for solace and
rejuvenation. It is a splendidly quiet destination with beautiful
surroundings and clean environment. Sita Devi Lake is what brings
hundreds of tourists and locales to Devikulam. This picnic spot offers
an ideal setting for anglers. You can indulge in angling in Sita Devi
Lake but you cannot use a live bait. You will have to use artificial
fliers or spinners on your fishing rod. Before angling in Sita Devi
Lake, make sure you have gained permission from the secretary of High
Range Angling Association.
Marayoor is famous as the only place in entire Kerala which is
conducive to the natural growth of Sandalwood Tree. So don't be
bewildered if you are greeted into Marayoor with a strong scent of
sandalwood. Other attraction of Marayoor are the numerous natural caves
which are filled with murals and relics dating back to stone age. Also
visit the huge Children Park which covers an area of nearly 1 hectare.
The rare Neelakurinji flower which blooms once in 12 years is also found
here. You will be amazed to know that large part of this 1 hectare park
is shaded by a single Banyan tree. Marayoor is situated nearly 40 Km
from Munnar and is a perfect one day trip from the hill station.
Nyaymakad is a heaven for trekkers. The steep slopes proves to be a
challenge for the trekkers. But the stunning view of the surroundings
more often than not, takes your mind off your tiredness. The views of
waterfalls falling from the height 1600 m is an absolute treat which are
hard to come by.
Accommodation in Kerala Munnar India
Munnar sees a huge number of tourists throughout the year. And to
accommodate them, there are numerous hotels, resorts and homestays catering
to different budgets. For the sake of convenience, we have here provided you
a list of Munnar hotels, Munnar resorts and homestay options in Munnar.How to Reach Kerala Munnar India Air
Cochin is the nearest airport to Munnar which is at a distance of 121 km. The airport receives flights from all major cities of India. From airport, you can hire a taxi to Munnar which will take nearly 4 hrs to cover the distance. Rail
The nearest railhead too is in Ernakulam. There are two railhead in Ernakulam, North and South but are close to each other. Road
Munnar is well connected to all the major cities of Kerala and few cities of Tamil Nadu. The closest important cities are Cochin, Kottayam, Coimbatore and Madurai. five daily), Coimbatore (six hours, two daily) or Madurai (six hours, one daily).
Distance Chart From Kerala Munnar India To Other Destinations in South India
- Munnar - Alleppey - 198 KM
- Munnar - Calicut - 337 KM
- Munnar - Alleppey - 198 KM
- Munnar - Coimbatore - 248 KM
- Munnar - Cochin(Ernakulam) - 130 KM
- Munnar - Kanyakumari- 445 KM
- Munnar - Kasargod- 545 KM
- Munnar - Kollam - 285 KM
- Munnar - Kottayam- 201 KM
- Munnar - Kovalam- 371 KM
- Munnar - Kumarakom- 212 KM
- Munnar - Madurai- 162 KM
- Munnar - Malampuzha- 295 KM
- Munnar - Mangalore- 505 KM
- Munnar - Nedumbassery- 105 KM