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Munnar Hillstation Tourism

Munnar

Overview
Munnar: The Land of Three Rivers

Nestled in the Western Ghats, enveloped by mist & pristine green tapestry of tea gardens, Munnar is an idyllic hill station. Initially, the fertile land of Munnar was used to cultivate Zinchona, Cardamon and Coffee. Currently, the tea plantations overpower the economy of Munnar. Munnar is located at the confluence of three rivers- Kundaly, Nallathanni and Muthirappuzha.

John Daniel Munro, the British resident, is acknowledged for revealing the beauty of Munnar to the outside world. Initially, it fell into the jurisdiction of the Travancore kingdom. Also, the credit for establishing tea plantations in Munnar goes to a European planter, A.H. Sharp in 1880.

Following are the main attractions of Munnar:

Eravikulam National Park: This park is lauded for preserving the endangered inhabitant - the Nilgiri Tahr. With an expanse of 97 sq. km., this park protects several rare species of butterflies, animals and birds. An ideal place for trekking, the park offers a mesmerizing view of the tea gardens.

Anamudi Peak: Situated in the vicinity of  Eravikulam National Park, Anamudi Peak is the highest peak in South India with a height of over 2700m. Trekking to the peak needs permission from the Forest and Wildlife authorities at Eravikulam.

Mattupetty: Perched at a height of 1700m above sea level, Mattupetty is famous for its dam and enchanting lake. Tourists can take a hired boat ride to nearby cattle and dairy farms here.

PallivasalPallivasal: Situated 3 km from Chithirapuram in Munnar, Pallivasal is a place of boundless panoramic beauty and is often enjoyed by picnickers.

Chinnakanal & Anayirangal: Munnar is truly an assortment of nature's best creation with Chinnakanal being the one. The gushing water falling from the height of 2000m, renders a massive look to the waterfall here. The place is also rich of landscape beauty. Similarly Anayirangal is filled with sprawling tea gardens and reservoir, giving it a calm and magnificent look.

 

Excursions from Munnar:  Some places worth visiting nearby are Marayoor(40km) and  Chinnar Wildlife Sanctuary (60km).

Shopping in Munnar:  The different varieties of tea are the greatest attraction for tourists. In addition, they can also purchase strawberries & metal wares from Munnar.

 

Onam festival (September) When to reach: Best time to visit is in the months of September and October. One can also visit during the Onam festival (September) to enjoy the snake boat race.

 

How to reach:

Air: The Cochin International Airport is located 130km away from the city, connecting it from all the major Indian cities and middle-east cities like Dubai, Kuwait and  Riyadh.
Rail: The two railway stations are at Ernakulam Junction (130 km) and  Madurai Railway station (135km).
Road: Travellers can take cab from Kottayam, Madurai, Coimbatore or Thiruvanathapuram.



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