Munnar is one of the popular hill stations in the Indian state of Kerala. The hill station is situated at an altitude of 5,600 ft in the Idukki district of Kerala. Munnar literally means “three rivers” and its name is taken from the fact that it lies at the confluence of three mountain streams. Munnar was a British favored summer destination in the colonial days. Centuries later it is still horded by tourists who are mesmerized by the endless span of tea plantations, exotic species of flora and fauna and the cool breeze of the beautiful hills and valleys.
Echo PointEcho Point is situated around 13 km from the town of Munnar. Apart from an Echo point, the place is also a picnic spot where visitors love to take nature walks along the hill slopes. Tourists can also trek in the nearby tea, coffee and spice plantations. The cool breeze and serene surroundings makes this place favorite among wayfarers.
Elephant LakeThe Elephant Lake or Anayirangal is a scenic location surrounded by tea plantations and is around 22 km from Munnar. The Lake is named after the herds of wild elephants which come here from the forests to drink water. It’s very common to spot a herd of elephants by the waters. Tourists can enjoy the panoramic view of the serene waters along with the backdrop of dense tea estates.
Tata Tea MuseumThe Tata Tea Museum is located at the Nallathanni Estate of Tata Tea just about 1.5 km from the Munnar town. Over a century, Munnar has been linked with tea plantations and is home to some of the best tea estates in the world. The museum is homage to the pioneers who transformed Munnar into a great tea plantation estate. The museum exhibits various pieces of antiquity and describes the origin and evolution of tea plantations in Munnar.
CSI ChurchThe CSI Church is a popular destination and an important landmark in Munnar. Built in 1910, it is a Protestant Church which is mostly built in stone by the Scottish tea estate workers and managers. The highlights of this Church are in its charming interiors. Just adjacent to the church is a cemetery with tombs which date back to 1894.
Eravikulam national Park Situated at a distance of around 15 km from Munnar, the park is divided into three sections- the core area, the buffer area and the tourism area. Visitors to the Park only have access to the tourism area. The National Park is the habitat of the highly endangered species of mountain goats called Nilgiri Tahr or Nilgiri Ibex. The park is quite rich in flora and fauna.
Mettupetty DamThe Mattupetty Dam is located at a distance of around 13 km from Munnar. It’s a perfect spot for a lazy picnic. The dam is surrounded by beautiful hills and tea plantations. Boating is a very popular here. The DTPC (District Tourism Promotion Council) provides boating facility and has a fleet of row boats, speed boats and pedal boats. Rose Garden is also a popular destination near Mattuppetty Dam, an excellent place for bird watching and trekking.
Top Station Top Station is the highest point in Munnar and is easily accessible by tourists. It is around 32 km from Munnar and 1700 metres above sea level. The Top Station offers a panoramic and picturesque view of Munnar and its surrounding areas. The rare Neelakurunji (strobilanthus) plants belong to this region. These plants bloom only once in twelve years. The next bloom will take place in the year 2018. Top Station is located at border of Kerala and Tamil Nadu.
Periyar Wildlife SanctuaryLocated by the side of the river Periyar, the Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary is the main attraction of Thekkady. Spread over an area of about 777 sq km with about 360 sq. km of which is thick evergreen forest, the sanctuary was declared a Tiger Reserve in 1978. However, the Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary can also be recognised as one of the natural treasure houses of some of the rare species of flora and fauna. The flora of the park includes over flowering plants,
Periyar lakeThe lake of the Periyar wildlife sanctuary makes an important site to visit in Thekkady. This splendid artificial lake formed by the Mullaperiyar Dam across the Periyar River adds to the charm of the park. A wonderful palace located in the heart of the Periyar Lake attracts a lot of visitors. The greatest attraction of Periyar Lake however is the herds of wild elephants that come down to play in the lake. Periyar is the only sanctuary in India where you can have the unique experience of viewing wildlife at close quarters form the safety of a boat on the lake.
MurikkadyLocated at a distance of just 5 kilometres from Thekkady, Murikkady is another important site to visit. Murikkady is particularly famous for its panorama of cardamom, coffee and pepper plantations. A must visit to include in your excursion itinerary. This vantage view point is located at a distance of 5km from Thekkady. Breathtaking views of the spice and tea plantations, the mist clad mountains and verdant valleys could be enjoyed at Murikkady. The area is famous for cardamom plantations, tea plantations and pepper cultivation. The salubrious climate here is seasoned with the tantalizing fragrance of exotic spices.
PandikuzhiAnother picturesque spectrum of nature’s flora, fauna and gurgling streams is Pandikuzhi.Sandwiched between Chellarkovil and the Tamil Nadu border, it makes an important excursion point for every tourists visiting Thekkady. A considerable number of visitors come to this place every year. Being an ideal picnic, trekking, and photographic spot, it is also the favourite day and weekend destination for the localities as well
PeermedeLocated at a distance of 44 kilometres from Thekkady, Peermede is an important excursion destination one should not miss. Peermede is situated at an altitude of 915 -1100 m above sea level and is a famous plantation town. The name of the town has been given after Peer Mohammed, a famous Sufi saint who was also a close associate of the erstwhile royal family of Travancore. Peermede is also known for its tea, cardamom, rubber and coffee plantations interspersed with sculptural rocks, meadows and mist-cloaked hilltops.
ChellarkovilThe sleepy wind-stricken village of verdant landscape and cascading waterfalls. This village offers a bird’s eye view of the extensive coconut groves of Kamabam and the palins of Theni in neihbouring Tamil Nadu.Chellarkovil is a beautiful village in Kumily of Idukki district. It has cascading waterfalls set in a breathtaking landscape.
VandiperiyarThe river Periyar flowing through the centre of this town nourishes its vast tea, coffee and pepper plantations. A major trade centre, Vandiperiyar is also home to a number of tea factories. The Government Agriculture Farm and Flower Gardens have a delightful array of rose plants, orchids and anthurium.
Managala Devi TempleThe temple dedicated to Kannaki is situated on the top of a hill in Periyar Tiger Reserve. You have to cover 12kms of rough forest road to reach here. The temple opens only once in a year for the public during the annual chithrapournami festival.
GaviThe picturesque place of many choices; trekking, bird watching, outdoor camping and boating. Heading towards Gavi by Periyar Tiger Reserve is a thrilling experience as the ride goes past hills and valleys, tropical forests and abundant plantations giving you the closest look at wildlife
Ramakal MeduThis mountain peak that overlooks eastern slpoes of the Western Ghats and the vast plains of Tamil Nadu. The place owes its name to the tale that the lord Sree Rama, the Hindu mythological god had set his foot on this rock. Also, Kerala’s biggest statue, Kuravan & Kurathy treats you here. The rocks, between which the Idukki Arch Dam was built, are named Kuravan & Kurathy, two histrical characters of the local comminity. Rolling green hills and the fresh mountain air make Ramakalmedu and enchanting retreat.
ParumthumparaFrom the top of a cliff here, enjoy the panoramic view of forests and plantations seen as and endless carpet of greenery. It is a very beautiful place just five Kilometer away from Peermade and ten Kilometer away from Vandiperiyar.It looks like a vast stretch of rook spotted with lush green grass.The word parunth in the local language means Eagle and para means rock.It is called Parunthumpara or eagle rock because we can see a large area around like an eagle could see from height. Parumthumpara has a panoramic view of High peaks and trenches.One can also see the Trishanku hills of Kuttikanam and the Pattumala church from here.It was like a 360 degree view of the High-range.
KurisumalaA trekker’s paradise and the highest peak in Thekkady. Literally means the ‘mountain of the cross’, this hill offers a panoramic view of surroundings including a glimpse of Periyar Lake, Kumily town and vast areas of nehbouring Tamil Nadu state. 3 km from Vazhikkadavu is this renowned Christian pilgrim centre where hundreds of devotees from far and near converge during the holy week and after, to climb the hill in faith, carrying small wooden crosses. The peaceful Monastry at the top of the hill, the silence of the hills, the cool mountain air and the lush green landscape are all soothing to the soul.
PullumeduThe winding journey to this hill along the Periyar River, offers a stunning view of hills draped in lush greenery. Velvet lawns and rare flora and fauna add to the beauty of Pullumedu. The famous Sree Ayyappa Temple at Sabarimala and the Makara Jyothi illuminations at the shrine are visible from here.On the banks of Periyar River in Kerala lies a beautiful hill station wrapped with the lush greenish nature and mist. The term ‘Pullumedu’ means green meadows and coming here you will find the name given to this place is very apt.
Spices GardenKumily is a spice plantation town outside the Periyar sanctuary. You can make it your shopping hub for spices. It is also one of the main bus station. Murikkady is famous for its cardamom,pepper and coffee plantations. The spice scented aroma in Murikkady tells its story of spice plantation.
Elephant SafariElephant Safari in Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary in Kerala is an interesting activity for the wildlife buffs. Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary is also a Tiger Reserve which allures wildlife buffs from all over. Rich variety of flora and fauna and the greenery all around makes Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary an exciting place. From boat rides to bamboo raft rides to trekking Periyar Forests is one of the major tourist attractions of South India. Plan an Elephant Safari in Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary in Kerala to take a tour through the jungles of Periyar and explore its rich bio diversity.
KalaripayattuKerala Kalari Centre at Thekkady, Kerala conduct performances of Kalaripayattu, the oldest of martial arts. Here daily Kalari performances were conducted in Kuzhikalari, a highly designed gallery built in such a way that the viewers can watch the performances from a safer distance. Daily performances is from 6 pm to 7pm . Special shows also conducted on request
KathakaliKathakali, the pearl of Kerala, is a beautifully rich art form. Its ascetics are stunning, its music vital, and its stories are essential to the people and culture that cultivated its life. Also, Kathakali is wonderfully complex.Being a work of art, Kathakali is a system. As a system, it possesses multiple members or parts that make the whole of it. Namely, these members are: history, text, audio (vocals and instruments), practice, acting, visuals (costume and make-up), environment, and the crew. Daily performances 7:00pm To 8:00pm.