Munnar - The heaven of scenic beauty
Munnar is a best place to hang out with family,friends and dear ones. This article is about the places that you should visit in Munnar and provides a brief description of Munnar.
Munnar is situated between three mountain streams-Mudrapuzha, Nallathanni and Kundala and it is located about 1600m above the sea level. The average temperature of Munnar ranges from 0 degree Celsius to 30 degree Celsius and it receives a rainfall of 275 cm annually. Munnar was once the summer resting place of the British Government and they constructed rails to transport the tea from the plantations and rope ways to enjoy the beauty of this beautiful hill-station. But both are now ruins. Munnar is famous for its scenic tea gardens, coffee and cardamom plantations and the sprawling tea plantations, picture-book towns, winding lanes and holiday facilities make it a popular resort town. Another major attraction of this town is an exotic wild flower that paints the hills in blue called the Neelakurinji (strobilanthus) and an interesting fact is that this flower will only bloom once in twelve years and it will bloom next in 2018. The tourists even from other countries rush to see this magnificent view. Munnar also has the highest peak in South India, Anaimudi, which heights over 2695 metres and is locally known as Rajamala,an ideal place for trekking.
Places to see in Munnar
Devikulam:- This place is situated about 7 km from Munnar. This hill station with its extravagant meadows ,exotic flora & fauna and the cool mountain air is worth an experience. The Sita Devi Lake with its mineral waters and picturesque surrounding is a good picnic spot an ideal place for trout fishing and pedal boating.
Mattupetty: Mattupetty is located 13 km from Munnar and is known for its highly specialized dairy farm- the Indo Swiss Livestock Project and over a 100 varieties of high yielding cattles are reared here. Visitors are allowed into 3 of the 11 cattle sheds at the farm. The Mattupetty Dam is just a few kilometers away from the farm and the sprawling Kundala tea plantations and the Kundala Lake are the other attractions nearby. DTPC Idukki provides boating facilities on the Mattupetty Dam where speed launch, slow speedboat and motorboats are available on hire. On the way to Mattupetty is the echo point, a beautiful place where our echo can be heard
Rajamala: Located 15 km from Munnar is the natural habitat of Nilgiri-Tahr, an endangered species of rare-mountain goats and half of its population is found here. The Nilgiri-Tahrs are reduced to small herds found in the Eravikulam- Rajamala Region and their total number in this region is estimated to be 1317. There is special vehicles offered by the Forest department to visit these scenic hills and private vehicles are banned to the hills and they have to be parked at the foothills.
Eravikulam national park: This famous national park is located about 15km from Munnar. The 97sq. km park is situated in the Devikulam Taluk and is the main place where Nilgiri Tahrs are found. The Anaimudi peak (2695m) is located in the southern part of the peak. The visitors are not allowed during the monsoon season because this is the breeding season of the Nilgiri-Tahrs. The park is divided into three regions-the core area, the buffer area and the tourism area. Visitors are only allowed to the tourism area which is in the Rajamala region and the Nilgiri Tahrs can be observed at close distance here and this is a suitable place for adventure tourism. Tourists are allowed to visit Anaimudi where vehicles are not allowed and walking is the only option. Trekking here gives a new definition to adventure tourism.
Kundala: Kundala is a beautiful town on the way to Top station and It is located about 20km from Munnar. The Tata Golf Course and the Kundala Artificial Dam known as the Sethuparvathipuram dam is situated here. Aruvikkad waterfall is also near Kundala. Often the wild elephants come out of the forest to the roads after dusk.
Top station: Located 32 km from Munnar, it is placed about 1700 metres above the sea level, this is the highest point on the Munnar- Kodaikanal road. This place offers an excellent view of the Tamil Nadu state and a drive through this road will be a joy gifting one. The road is well finished for a happy and a safe ride and the either side of the road is beautiful grassy meadows, hillsides, waterfalls. The road is mostly covered with mists that are to be seen.
Marayoor: Marayoor is located 40km from Munnar. This is the only place that is home to the natural growing sandal trees and the sandalwood factory of the Forest department is situated here. The ancient caves known as the Muniyaras where the murals and relics from the Neolithic Age where found are Kundala also situated here. A children's park is situated here and an amazing fact about this park is that it is situated under the canopy of a single banyan tree. Thoovanam Waterfalls and the Rajiv Gandhi National Park are also nearby.
Conclusion Munnar is an excellent place to spend your honeymoon trips, family trip and nature tours. It is certain that true nature lovers will certainly like this place and if you get a chance to visit Munnar please don't miss a chance to trek in the mountains and certainly take drives to Munnar's excellent places. It's of sure that these places will help you feel positive. Munnar also has the finest and luxurious hotels of all budgets. Also you will also find that people of Munnar are appreciated for their hospitality and caring for tourists. The place is also famous for its tasty and sweet home-made chocolates and finest refreshing tea-powders.
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