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Munnar is a town in the Western Ghats mountain range in India’s Kerala state. A hill station and former resort for the British Raj elite, it's surrounded by rolling hills dotted with tea plantations established in the late 19th century. Eravikulam National Park, a habitat for the endangered mountain goat Nilgiri tahr, is home to the Lakkam Waterfalls, hiking trails and 2,695m-tall Anamudi Peak. Munnar is the most popular hill station in South India and one of the best places to see in Kerala. It has exclusive views of extreme mountain slopes which are covered with about 80,000 miles of green tea farms like organic bedding over mountains which offer views of low-flying clouds and misty valleys. Munnar is usually cold and relaxed and gives you a incredible sensation, with the dense spray around you in the center of the organic tea farms. Munnar was once the summer season of the erstwhile English and English settlers found that the elevation, slope and alignment of the hills were particularly designed for the farming of tea. The modern end result is the lavish organic mountains decorated by tea gardens which is the sight to look out for in modern Munnar. There are also lot of waterfalls and hiking routes in Munnar for the adventure seeking guests. With its drowsy little bungalows, bungalows, old play areas and tea factories, Munnar is one of those unique hill stations in India with an old world colonial feel to the area.

Rose Garden

Located just 2 km from Munnar, the Forest Rose Garden blooms with forest rose and a variety of other rare flowers. The sight it presents is definitely worth a visit.

Echo Point

Situated at the confluence of three mountain streams - Mudrapuzha, Nallathanni and Kundala, Echo Point is a very scenic place to visit in Munnar. Echo Point got its name from the natural echo phenomenon that occurs here. Echo Point is situated at a serene, calm lake bank. When you scream here, you'll be hearing your voice echoed back at you. Placed at an altitude of about 600 ft, Echo Point is located 15 km away from Munnar, on the way to Top Station.
With abundant green sceneries, a favourable climate all year around and crisp mountain air, Echo Point is a nature lover's delight. It is also very suitable for adventure-seekers, as there are many outdoor sport opportunities here. The place surrounded with mist-covered hills and mesmerizing waterfalls is a perfect visual treat for photographers as well. Another interesting fact about this place is that the rare Neelakurinji (Strobilanthus) flower blooms here.

Mattupetti Dam

Mattupetti Dam, situated 13 km off Munnar at 1700m above the sea level, is highly famous for the Indo-Swiss live stock projects. This picnic spot is also popular among its visitors for various activities like speed boating and horse riding.

Kolukkumalai Tea Estate

Located 35 km off Munnar is the Kolukkumalai Tea Estate, perched at an altitude of 8000 ft. above sea levels. This orthodox tea factory lays claim to being one of the highest in the world and is famous for its flavorsome tea.

Elephant Arrival Spot

Lying 18 km from Munnar, you can board an Elephant ride here to explore the wilderness of the region.

Photo Point

Photo Point is located 2 kms from Munnar, on the way to the Madupetty Dam. It is a small area of land, filled with calm woods and a small, sparkling stream. Because of its picturesque serenity and calm environment, it is a very popular attraction in Munnar. The place is surrounded by various tea gardens, adding to its natural beauty. The dense tea plantations and surrouding woods, the small rivulets and rolling hills make this place an ideal spot for photography.

Atukkad Waterfalls

Nestled 2 km away from Munnar amidst beautiful hills and lush green jungles, this pristine waterfall makes for romantic escapades and picnics site. However, the road to Atukkad is very narrow and needs a lot of experience to drive on.

Tata Tea or KDHP Museum

Located in the Nallathanni Estate of Tata Tea around 2 km from Munnar, the KDHP Museum showcases a variety of antiquities, the most famous being the burial urn excavated from the vicinity of Periakanal Estate, dating back to 2nd century AD. A 30 minute documentary feature by the museum will take you through a historical sojourn of the place. Visitors then proceed to the factory to understand how tea is processed.

Mattupetti Indo-Swiss Farm

Established in 1961, Mattupetti Indo-Swiss Farm is a place where Tamil migrant labourers had once reared their cattle. Today, this highly specialized dairy farm bestowed with cool climate and abundance of fodder is managed by the Kerala Livestock Development and Milk Marketing Board (KLDB).
With more than 100 varieties of high-yielding cattle being reared, the dairy farm is one of its kinds.

Kundala Dam & Lake

Situated in the laps of lush jungle is Kundala Dam & Lake laying 23 km off Munnar. This arch dam is famous for its Kashmiri-Shikara boat rides and pedal boat rides.

Eravikulam (Rajamalai) National Park Overview

Located 45 min drive away from Munnar, the Eravikulam National Park houses a rich and diverse variety of flora and fauna and is a UNESCO world heritage site. Elephant, Nilgiri langur, Nilgiri marten, Atlas moth (largest in the world), lion-tailed macaque, small-clawed otter and a rare tiger or leopard are some of the main animal species that can be spotted here. The Eravikulam National park is famous for housing the endangered mountain goat of South India, the Nilgiri Tahr. It stands out for the ravishing beauty of its rolling grasslands and sholas, spread over 97 sq km in the Kannan devan hills. Anamudi, which is the highest peak south of Himalayas at a height of 2695m, stands majestically in the central area of the national park.
The slopes of the hills are home to many kinds of rare plants and trees some of which are epiphytic orchids and beautiful wild balsams. The important fauna here is the Nilgiri Tahr, Nilgiri Langur, leopard, tiger, Indian bison, etc.

Pothamedu View Point

Pothamedu View Point, situated 6 km off Munnar, is adorned with stretching hills and lush green mountains. One can witness the spectacular wide views of tea, coffee and cardamom plantations of the area. Trekkers and hikers would love the adrenaline rush of this place.

Floriculture Centre

Against the backdrop of tea plantations, you will find a well-manicured garden called Floriculture Centre. The park features a large variety of flowers and some herbal plants maintained by the Kerala Forest Development Corporation.

Anamudi Peak inside Eravikulam National Park

Anamudi, the highest peak (2,695 m) of Western Ghats and South India lies south of the Himalayas and towers over the sanctuary. The slope of the hills is home to the Atlas moth, Nilgiri Langur, the lion-tailed macaque, leopards, and tigers. Trekkers will find trekking facilities available. Tourists can walk up to 2 kms up the foothills. However, special permissions from the Forest Department are required to scale the peak.

Salim Ali Bird Sanctuary

Bird watching and spotting can become an addictive joy with the help of trained guides. The Thattekkad Sanctuary is home to some of the rare species of birds such as Crimson-Throated Barbet, Bee-eater, Sunbird, Shrike, Black winged Kite, and the Night Heron.
Other birds that can spotted here include The Indian Pitta, Ground Thrush, Malabar Grey Hornbill, Large-billed Leaf-warbler, Jerdon's Nightjar, Indian Cuckoo, Darters, Cormorants, Frogmouths, etc. While you are there, do savour the joy of bon-fire and fishes on grill under the open sky. Also called Salim Ali Bird Sanctuary, this place came to light in the year 1983 on basis of recommendations made by famous ornithologist Dr. Salim Ali. Spread over 25 sq. km, it shelters over 500 species of birds and rare birds such as Wynaad laughingthrush, rufous babbler, and white-bellied blue flycatcher.

Lakkom Water Falls

This small little waterfall 25 km from Munnar is a part of Eravikulam stream of Eravikulam National Park. It is one of the main tributaries of Pampar River and is ideal for swimming in privacy.

Chinnar Wildlife Sanctuary

Being one of twelve wildlife sanctuaries among the protected areas of Kerala, the Chinnar Wildlife Sanctuary forms an integral part of the 1,187 km sq. block of protected forests straddling the Kerala-Tamil Nadu border, in the region of the Annamalai Hills. The Sanctuary is under consideration by the UNESCO World Heritage Committee for selection as a World Heritage Site.
Located about 60 kms in the northeast direction from Munnar, this wildlife sanctuary proudly hosts deer, leopards, elephants and the endangered grizzled giant squirrel. Trekking and tree hous/hut accommodation within the sanctuary are available and are quite famous with the tourists. The Sanctuary's Ecotour programs, sych as river-trekking, cultural visits to the two tribal groups that inhabit the sanctuary and some waterfall treks are also quite interesting. The river Pambar and the Thoovanam Waterfalls also add extra natural beauty to this protected forest.

Chinnakanal Waterfalls

Flowing from a height of 800 m, Chinnakanal Waterfalls is a sight of sheer beauty. These falls lays just 16 km away from Munnar.

Chithirapuram

Situated 10 km off Munnar, Chithirapuram is a place famous for its rustic environ and old world charm. It also houses old playgrounds and courts, bungalows, sleepy little cottages and tea plantations adding to the charm of the village.

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