Tea gardens and spice plantations are sights that define Munnar. One does not have to go anywhere to see them since they are all over the place. Other specific attractions of Munnar are:
- Eravikulam National Park – One of Kerala’s finest wildlife reserves, the Eravikulam National Park is spread over 97 kilometres of the Rajamalai Hills near Munnar. The vegetation in the park is a combination of grassland and shola forest. The park is home to Asian elephants, Bengal tigers, lion-tailed macaques, leopards, gaur, the endangered Nilgiri tahr, Atlas moth (the largest moth in the world) and other fauna. The kurinji or neelakurinji flowers bloom once every 12 years and turn the hills of Rajamalai blue.
- Anamudi Peak (inside Eravikulam Park) – At 8,842 feet, this is the highest peak in the Western Ghats and in South India. Located in the southern region of Eravikulam National Park, Anamudi is covered with forests of bamboo, black-wood and teak, and offers excellent treks.
- Atukkad Waterfalls – Located between Munnar and Pallivasal at an altitude of 5,578 feet above sea level, Atukkad is a panorama of waterfalls surrounded by scenic forests and tea plantations. Trekking through the shola forests around the dam or right through one of the waterfalls is a memorable experience.
- Mattupetty Dam and Indo-Swiss Farm – 14 km from Munnar, Mattupetty dam has a lovely lake with an agricultural garden on its banks. Speedboats are available on the lake for joyrides.
Mattupetty is famous for the Indo-Swiss Dairy Farm, a joint venture between India and Switzerland, where over 100 breeds of cattle are reared.
- Devikulam – Seven km from Munnar, Devikulam is an incredibly peaceful and beautiful place with continuous hills of tea plantations. The Sita Devi Lake with its mineral-rich waters and sylvan surroundings is a great picnic spot.
- Nyayamakad Falls – Located between Munnar and Rajamalai, the Nyayamakad Falls cascade from an altitude of 5,249 feet above sea level on a picture-perfect landscape. This is a great place for trekking as well as sightseeing.
- Kundala Lake – 23 km from Munnar, Kundala is the site of a dam and lake set amid lush jungle. You can hire a pedal boat and enjoy the beauty of this somewhat secluded lake.
- Tata Tea Museum – A key landmark of Munnar, the Tata Tea Museum highlights interesting facts and figures about the growth and development of tea plantations in Munnar. The museum has old photographs, machinery, curios and artefacts that have been used in tea-making since ancient times. Items on display include the ‘Pelton Wheel’, used to generate power in earlier times, and the ancient rail engine of the Kundale Valley Light Railway, which was used to transport men and material to the plantations.
- Blossom International Park – This park near Munnar has excellent flora and a 1,000-feet long fountain, skating track and underground meditation centre.
- Marayoor – The heady smell of sandalwood fills the air as you approach Marayoor, 40 kilometres from Munnar. Marayoor is an almost exotic destination with thick sandalwood forests, natural caves with ancient murals and relics from the Stone Age. There is a sandalwood factory of the forest department of Kerala and a children’s park in the shade of a gigantic banyan tree.
- Chinnar Wildlife Sanctuary – 60 km from Munnar, Chinnar Wildlife Sanctuary is a repository of medicinal plants and a huge diversity of fauna from the rare white bison to the grizzled giant squirrel, elephants, deer, sambar, Nilgiri tahr, etc.
- Top Station – 5,578 feet above sea level, Top Station is the highest point on the Munnar- Kodaikanal road and offers a spectacular view of the neighbouring state of Tamil Nadu. Top Station is 32 km from Munnar.
- Anayirangal – 22 km from Munnar, Anayirangal is another lake and dam surrounded by splendid tea plantations and evergreen forests.
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