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Anaimudi At a height of around 2,695m it is the highest
peak in southern India and can be viewed from Munnar.
Attukal An ideal place for long trekking, Attukal is
situated between Munnar and Pallivasal. The place is a
feast for the eyes with its panoramic waterfalls and rolling
Chithirapuram This small hill station exudes an old-world
charm with its old playgrounds and courts, bungalows,
and sleepy little cottages that point to its colonial
past. Situated at a distance of around 10km from MunnarChithirapuram
is home to Pallivasal hydel power project.
Christ Church is an important place to visit in Munnar.
Built of stone, it wasconstructed by the British in 1910
and is known for its stained glass windows and a number
of brass plaques in memory of the tea planters of Munnar.
Devikulam is an out-of-the-world experience among exotic
flora and fauna, cool mountain air, and velvet lawns.
An idyllic hill station, Devikulam is located at a distance
of around 7km from Munnar. The Sita Devi Lake situated
here is an ideal picnic spot with its picturesque surroundings,
mineral water, and trout-fishing facilities.
echo Point As its name suggests, the place has a natural
echo phenomenon. It is situated at a distance of around
15km from Munnar on the way to Top Station.
Kundale Tea Plantation offers an opportunity to see the
tea plantations, to watch tea being picked, learn how
tea is processed and to buy the tea directly from the
gardens. It is an area surrounding a picturesque lake
that offers stunning views of the region. If you arrive
on a Sunday, make sure to drop in at the small Kundale
Club in the afternoon, where the local planters gather
with their families.
Neelakurunji Flowers The hills around Munnar are covered
with the rare Neelakurunji plant giving it a wonderful
look, especially when the flowers bloom to cover the entire
mountain range. It is said that this exotic plant flowers
every 12 years and the next scheduled flowering time is
in the year 2006 and thereafter in 2018 and again in 2030
and so on.
Nyayamakad An excellent picnic and trekking point, Nyayamakad
is situated at a distance of 10km from Munnar near Rajamala.
Nyayamakad is a land of scintillating waterfalls with
water cascading down from a height of around 1,600 metres.
Muttupetty 13km from town and situated at a height of
1700m, Mattupetty is famous for its highly specialized
dairy farm; the Indo Swiss Livestock Project. Over 100
varieties of high yielding cattle are reared here. Visitors
are allowed into three of the eleven cattle sheds at the
farm. Visiting times are from 9.00 a.m. to 11.00 a.m.
and 2.00 p.m. to 3.30 p.m. For more information give the
place a call on: 30389. Tip: The Muttupetty Lake and dam,
just a short distance from the farm, is a very beautiful
picnic spot worth taking time out for.
Mudapetty Dam 10km from Munnar, this popular picnic spot
activities like boating and horse riding and is a great
place to spend the day especially if visiting with children.
Pallivasal A place of immense scenic beauty, Pallivasal
is situated around 8km from Munnar. It has the distinction
of being home to the first hydropower project in Kerala.
Pothamedu One of the major plantation hubs of Munnar,
Pothamedu is situated at a distance of around 6km from
the town. Views of coffee, tee, and cardamom plantations
are excellent from here and it's an ideal spot for trekking
and hiking amidst lush mountains, rolling hills and breathtaking
nayirankal Surrounded by lush tea plantations and evergreen
forests, Anayirankal is situated at a distance of around
22km from Munnar. A visit to the splendid reservoir and
the Anayirankal dam gives excellent views.
Chinnar Wildlife Sanctuary is around 52km from Munnar
and is the home of elephants, leopards and bears and is
an excellent place to spend at least half a day if not
Eravikulam National Park By driving north from Munnar
for 30 minutes and then hiking a few kilometres, you reach
this sanctuary which is home to over three thousand free-roaming
ibex, elephants, lion-tailed macaque, and the Nilgiri
tahr (an endangered mountain goat). Declared as a National
Park in 1978 it covers 97km of rolling grass hills forested
valleys and is one of the 'must do' activities in the
Nilgiri Region is known for its breathtaking landscape
and natural splendour. Anayirankal is a well-known plantation
site with some excellent views. Top Station offers panoramic
views from an altitude of 2,200 metres. Marayoor Lake
is one of the most known picnic spots in the state. Cheeyappara
is a famous waterfall near Munnar. Meenuli is known for
its large rock extending over an area of 500 acres. Nadukani
is an excellent viewpoint.
Marayoor Around 40km from Munnar, Marayoor has many firsts
to its credit. It is the only place in Kerala with natural
growth of sandalwood trees, natural caves with murals,
and relics from Later Stone Age civilisation. There is
a sandalwood factory of the Forest Department of Kerala
and a children's park extending across one hectare of
land under the canopy of a single Banyan tree, all of
which attract tourists in large numbers. Some nearby destinations
such as Thoovanam and Rajiv Gandhi National Park are also
of great interest.
Meenuli is an ideal place for trekking with its huge
rock extending over 500 acres in area and two acres of
evergreen forests up on the top of it. From the top of
the rock, one can see the Lower Periyar Area, Bhoothathankettu
and even up to Ernakulam on a fine day.
Nadukani Situated at an altitude of 3,000 ft. above sea
level, Nadukani offers excellent views of the Moolamattam
town, Malankara lake, etc. It is a natural dream heaven
covered with green-clad hills, silvery streams, valleys
and paddy fields. You will encounter many rare species
here like the hornbill, wild rabbits, spotted sambhar,
jungle mainah and elephants, to name a few.
rajamallay/Rajamala about 17km from Munnar is the natural
habitat of the Nilgiri Tahr (an endangered mountain goat).
Rajamala is 2695m above sea level. The Nilgiri Tahrs are
today reduced to small herds, found in the Eravikulam-Rajamala
region and rarely if ever anywhere else these days; so
are well worth seeing while they still exist; your grandchildren
may never be so lucky.
Top Station Situated at an altitude of between 1700 and
2,200m, Top Station offers wonderful views of the valley
down below and panoramic landscape. The hilltop is situated
at a distance of around 41km north from Munnar town on
the Tamil Nadu-Kerala border. According to a local belief,
the place derived its name from Middle Station and Lower
Station, both lying down the valley, which were once connected
to this place via a ropeway.
Thekkady Travel Guide
SIGHT SEEING PLACES OF THEKKADY
Chellarkovil (15 km from Kumily)
This sleepy little village with its spectacular view of
the plains (and cascading waterfalls during the monsoons)
is a feast for your eyes. The village slopes down the
famous coconut groves of Kambam in neighbouring Tamil
The Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary
Lying close to the plantations, in the rich jungles of
Periyar in Thekkady is one of the world's most fascinating
natural wildlife reserves - the Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary.
Spread across 777 sq. km, of which 360 sq. km is thick
evergreen forest, the Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary was declared
a Tiger Reserve in 1978. Noted for its geo-morphological
diversity of wildlife and scenic beauty, the Reserve attracts
visitors from all over the world. The splendid artificial
lake formed by the Mullaperiyar Dam across the Periyar
river adds to the charm of the park. This is the only
sanctuary in India where you can have the unique experience
of viewing wildlife at close quarters from the safety
of a boat on the lake. The greatest attraction of Periyar
remains the large herds of wild elephants that come down
to the lake's edge.
The sanctuary watch towers
There are three watch towers for observing wild life -
at Edappalayam and Manakkavala and Thannikudi. Reservations
can be made at the Forest information Counter, Thekkady.
Tel. : +91-486-322028.
Kumily (4 km from Thekkady)
This plantation town, closely associated with Thekkady,
is situated on the outskirts of the Periyar Sanctuary.
It is an important shopping centre and spice trade centre,
the main bus station and most of the medium range accommodation
in the Periyar region is in Kumily.
Murikkady (5 km from Thekkady)
Washed in fresh spice scented air, Murikkady is a panorama
of cardamom, coffee and pepper plantations
Pandikuzhi ( 5 km from Kumily)
This picturesque place is cradled between Chellarkovil
and the Tamil Nadu State border is a popular picnic spot.
Pandikuzhi offers great opportunities for trekking and
is a photographer's delight
Mangala Devi Temple ( 15 km from Thekkady)
This ancient temple is hidden in the dense woods at the
top of a peak 1337 M above sea level. The temple is built
in the traditional Kerala style of architecture. Visitors
are allowed here only on the Chithra Pournami festival
day. The peak commands a panoramic view of the other side
of the ghats and the vast plains of Tamil Nadu. Permission
to visit the area can be obtained from the Wildlife Warden
at Thekkady. Tel. : 91-486-322027.
Vandiperiyar ( 18 km from Thekkady)
The 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 Vandanmedu ( 25 km from Kumily)
This is one of the world's largest auction centres for
Cardamom. A walk through the sprawling cardamom plantaions
of Vandanmedu is a pleasent experience.
Pullumedu ( 43 km from Thekkady, 26 km from Periyar)
The winding journey to this hill town, along the Periyar
river, offers a stunning view of the rolling hills draped
in lush greenery. Velvet lawns, rare flora and fauna add
to the beauty of Pullumedu which can be accessed from
a jeep. The famous Sree Ayyappa temple at Sabarimala and
the Makara Joythi illuminations at the shrine are visible
from here. Since it is part of the restricted forest zone,
special permission to visit Pullumedu has to be obtained
from the Wildlife Preservation Officer, Thekkady Tel.+
91-486-322027 or The Range Officer, Vallakkadavu Tel.
Mullaperyiar dam was built by British in 1895. It stands
on Peryiar river whose flow orginates from Thekkady. The
dam was built mainly for watering the paddy fields of
Tamil Nadu perenially drought - prone. Even though the
dam is now in Kerala, most of the water in the reservoir
is still released to Tamil Nadu and is cause for considerable
political tensions between the two states.The dam is 175
feet tall in hight and is 5704 feet long.
A place for adventure tourism and trekking, or even langourous,
tranquil break. This picturesque plantation town washed
in the fragrance of cardamom is surrounded by lush-green,
Thrissanku Hills ( 4 km from Peermedue, 1/2 km from Kuttikanam)
The rolling hills the lovely landscape and the gentle
breeze make this an ideal spot for long walks. The hills
offer a breathtaking view of the sunrise and sunset.
Peeru Hills (4 km from Peermede; 1 km from Kuttikanam)
This idyllic hill station is a favourite haunt of trekkers
and picnic teams. The hill is named after Peer Mohammed.
the Muslim sufi saint, who spent his last days here. The
masoleum of the saint, the summer palace of the royal
family and the residence of the Diwan situated nearby
are all worth a visit.
Grampi : ( 5 km from Peermede ; 10 km from Vandiperiyar)
Grampi is also known as Parunthupara (eagle rock) because
of the panoramic view from its high peaks. Rocky plains,
lush hillsides, forests trekking trails and picturesque
views lend charm to this destination. The road to Grampi
is flanked by unending stretches of cardamom, tea and
Pattumala ( 17 km east of Peermede; 28 km west of Thekkady)
Lofty peaks little streams and ever expanding tea plantations
are the attractions of this place. Pattumala (which literally
means hill draped in silk) is home to the two most famous
tea plantations in Kerala - Harrision Malayalam and A
V Thomas & Co. The Velamkanni Matha Church, built
entirely of granite, at the top of the hill is a famous
pilgrim centre. The flower garden nearby is a facinating
riot of colours of roses, orchids and anthurium.
Vagamon ( 25 km from Peermede)
Grass covered hills, velvet lawns and the cool mountain
air make Vagamon a perfect holiday retreat. A curious
blend of religious mysticism and European legacies, this
hillside village is haven of tranquility. The chain of
three hills - Thangal Hill, Murugan Hill and Kurisumala
is a mark of religious harmony. The dairy farm managed
by the Kurisumala monks is worth a visit.