Munnar Hill Station, Wildlife Sanctuary

Munnar  is one of the most beautiful hill stations in India. The highest peak in South India, Anamalai, is situated in these range of hills. Munnar hills are  part of Western Ghats, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Chinnakanal, Munnar in KeralaChinnakanal, Munnar.

This picturesque hill station is known for its rivulets, tea plantations and colonial bungalows built during the British rule in India. Three rivers; River Muthirapuzha, River Nallathanni and River Kundala; confluence at this serene hill station.

Eravikulam National Park is a nearby wildlife Sanctuary worth visiting. Rajamala (King of Hills) is situated inside Eravikulam National Park. Rajamala is at around 15 kilometers distance from the Town, on your way to Anamudi. Nilgiri Tahr at Munnar<
Nilgiri Tahr (Hemitragas Hylocres) at Munnar.

Anamudi is the highest peak in South India. Anamudi is located inside Eravikulam National Park. Its is also home to a large number of ‘Nilgiri tahr‘ (Hemitragas Hylocres), a rare mountain goat, which is in the extinct list of animalsHalf of world’s ‘Nilgiri tahr’ is found in Rajamalai. You can see them roam around the steep hills, at a very close proximity, on the roads inside Eravikulam National Park. Approximate number of Nilgiri tahrs at this area is 1300.

Neelakurinji
Neelakurinji (Strobilanthes Kunthianus).

Neelakurinji (Strobilanthes Kunthianus), a shrub which flowers once in 12 years, is found here in this national park and its surrounding areas. The last flowering was in 2006. It is expected to flower again in 2018.

It is known as ನೀಲಕುರಂಜಿ in Kannada, குறிஞ்சி in Tamil, നീലകുറിഞ്ഞി in Malayalam.

Power House Waterfalls originates from Sita Devi Kulam’. It is believed that ‘Sita’, wife of ‘Raman’, the hero of the great Hindu epic Ramayana, used to bath here in this lake. It is situated at Chinnakanal, at around 21 kilometers from the heart of the city.

Mattupetty dam, which is a nearby dam,  offers boating inside the dam waters. Majority of plantation in and around Munnar consists of Tea estates, a large portion of which is owned by “Tata Tea Limited”, one of India’s leading corporate groups,

Some of the other places to visit in Munnar are listed below.

Top Station, known for the picturesque view of the hills,  is at around 30 kilometers distance from town, on the Munnar-Kodaikanal road. Echo Point is another tourist destination near Munnar, on your way to Top Station.   ‘Anayirankal‘ (the word means elephants comes down) is another beautiful place, where herds of wild elephants can be seen roaming around in the slopes of the mountain ranges.

Pallivasal, Kerala State’s First Hydro-Electric Power Project is at around 10 kilometers distance form the town. “Sethuparvathy Dam“, part of ‘Pallivasal Hydro electric Project’, is another tourist destination, where boating facilities are available. Iduky dam, the largest and the oldest arch dam in India and the third largest in the World, is around 1.5 hours drive from this town. Munnar is one of the best Kerala tourism destinations.

Periyar Wild life Sanctuary near Kumaly Town, is around 3 hours drive from Munnar. Periyar Wild life Sanctuary offers boating facilities inside the lake. You can see many wild animals during this boat safari. Hoards of Elephants can be seen drinking water during the summer season. Periyar wild life sanctuary is one of its kind among the wildlife sanctuaries in India,  offering boat safari inside deep forests, which allows one to have a close look at the beats of the jungle. (Some other wildlife sanctuaries in India offers boat safari,; but limited animals can only be seen in such cases.)

How Do I Go to Munnar in Kerala?

Madurai airport is the nearest airport at around 160 kilometers from this hill station. Cochin International Airport, at Nedumbrassery near Cochin (Kochi), is another nearby airport. Munnar is around 4 hours drive from Cochin.

Theni railway station is the nearest railway station at around 75 kilometers distance. Angamaly  railway station is  at around 100 plus, kilometers distance. Kottayam Railway station is at a distance of around 145 kilometers. It takes around 3 hours drive from this beautiful hill station town to reach Kottayam.

Munnar is well connected by roads to Kottayam, Ernakulam, Thekkedy and other cities  of Tamilnadu like Kambam, Theni, Dindigul, etc.

Which are the Best Munnar Hotels and Munnar Resorts?

Tea County is one among the good hotels run by Government of Kerala’s tourism department, KTDC. Eastend is another one among the good hotels in the center of the town, offering 4 star facilities at affordable rates. Club Mahindra resorts is one of the best Munnar resorts having a large property at a vantage point in Munnar. Ayur County Mountain Resort is at Chinnakanal, Munnar.

Carmelia Haven is another good resort; an Eco-friendly resort in the middle of cardamon, pepper and tea estates, is one of its kind in the state. Carmelia Haven is at Vandanmedu, around 1 hour drive on Munnar- Thekkedy (Kumuly) road, Apart from regular rooms, Carmelia Haven has a tree top house and an underground house (cave house).

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