Idukki district is at an altitude of 5000 to 8000 ft above sea level. Munnar is one of the prominent hill stations in India, situated at the confluence of three mountain streams namely Mudrapuzha, Nallathanni and Kundala.
Snuggled in the green and serene Kannan Devan Hills, lies the quite and restful resort of Munnar, 136 km off Kochi. Magnificent views of low-flying clouds and mist filled valleys and cool climate makes it paradise on earth. It was opened up out of virgin forests a century ago by pioneering planters.
It is famous for its lush green surroundings, lakes, reservoirs, forests, and tea estates. The quiet environs of Munnar attract the traveler to relax in the lap of Mother Nature. Munnar also beacons the adventure-seeking traveler, who is interested in paragliding. It has some of the highest tea estates in the world.
Among the exotic flora found in the forests and grasslands here is the Neelakurinji. This flower which bathes the hills in blue every twelve years will bloom next in 2006 AD.
Anamudi the highest peak in South India, towering over 2695m is also in Munnar. In the vicinity is the Eravikulam National Park, the home of the endangered Nilgiri Tahr that roams on a stretch of grassland or is seen climbing the pinnacles of the undulating hills. Around Munnar there are several exotic locations like Mattupetty, Eravikulam, Rajamala etc.
Places to Visit
6 kms from munnar, pothamedu offers an excellent view of the tea, coffee and cardamom plantations in munnar. The rolling hills, the lush mountain and the breathtaking scenery here is ideal for trekking and long mountain walks.
7 kms from munnar, this idyllic hill station with its velvet lawns, exotic flora and fauna and the cool mountain air is a rare experience. The sita devi lake with its mineral waters and picturesque surroundings is a good picnic spot. The lake is also ideal for trout fishing.
10 kms from munnar: located between munnar and rajamala, nyayamakad is a land of breathtaking waterfalls. The waters cascade down a hill from a height of about 1600 metres. The enchanting surroundings makes an excellent picnic spot and trekking point.
15 kms from munnar : this is the natural habitat of the nilgiri tahr. Half the world population of the rare mountain goat which is fast becoming extinct, is now found here.
Eravikulam National Park
15 kms from munnar : the 97 sq. Km park is situated in the devikulam taluk and is home to the nilgiri tahr. The anamudi peak (2695 m ) is located in the southern region of the park.
Anayirankal - 22 km from munnar
Chinnar wildlife sanctuary - 60 kms on tamil nadu border
The nearest airport and railway station is at Kochi, which is 130 km west of Munnar.
Rail : The nearest airport and railway station is at Kochi, which is 130 km west of Munnar.
Road : Munnar is accessible by road from most of the towns in Kerala