Places to Visit Excursions Access Accommodation

Munnar is situated at the confluence of three mountain streams - Mudrapuzha, Nallathanni and Kundala. 1600 m above sea level, this hill station was once the summer resort of the erstwhile British Government in South India. Sprawling tea plantations, picture-book towns, winding lanes and holiday facilities make this a popular resort town. Among the exotic flora found in the forests and grasslands here is the Neelakurinji. This flower that bathes the hills in blue every twelve years, will bloom next in 2006 AD. Munnar also has the highest peak in South India, Anamudi, which towers over 2695 m.

Places to visit

Pothamadu(6 km from Munnar)
   

Pothaamedu offers an excellent view of the tea, coffee and cardamom plantations in Munnar. The rolling hills, the lush mountain and the breathtaking scenary here are ideal for trekking and long mountain walks

Devikulam(7 km from Munnar)
 

This idyllic hill stations 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.

Pallivasal (8 km from Munnar)
   

This is the venue of the first Hydro electric Project in Kerala and a place of immense scenic beauty

Attukal (9 km from Munnar)
   

A panorama of waterfalls and rolling hills, Attukal, located between Munnar and Pallivasal, is a feast for the eyes. The place is also ideal for long treaks.

Nyayamakad(10km 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 make an excellent picnic spot and trekking point.

Chithirapuram(10 km from Munnar):
 

With its sleepy little cottages, bungalows, old playgrounds and courts, Chithirapuram still exudes an old-world charm.Home of the Pallivasal Hydel Power Project, this hill town is also famous for its picturesque tea plantations.

Mattupetty(13 km from Munnar):
 

Situated at a height of 1700 m, Mattupetty is known for its highly specialised dairy farm-the Indo Swiss Livestock Project. Over a 100 varieties of high-yielding cattle are reared here. Visitors are allowed into 3 of the 11 cattle sheds at the farm.

Visiting time: 0900-1100 hrs and 1400-1530 hrs. Rate Rs.5 per head. Telephone:0486-530389.

The Mattupetty lake and dam, just a short distance from the farm, is a very beautiful picnic spot.The sprawling Kundala tea plantations and the Kundala lake are other attractions in the vicinity. DTPC Idukki provides boating facilities on the Mattupetty Dam.Speed launch and motorboats are available on hire.

Lock Heart Gap (13km from Munnar):
   

This is an ideal place for adventure tourism and trekking. The fresh mountain air, the mistclad hills and panoramic view make it worthy of visit.

Rajamala (15km from Munnar):
 

This is the natural habitat of the Nilgiri tahr. Half the world population of the rare mountain goat (Hemitragas bylocres) which is fast becoming extinct, is now found here. The Nilgiri tahrs are today redused to small herds found in the Eravikulam-Rajamala region. The total number of Nilgiri tahrs in Rajamala is estimated at 1317.

Echo Point (15 km from Munnar)
   

This scenic place gets its name from the natural echo phenomenon here. Echo Point is on the way to Top Stations from Munnar.

Eravikulam National Park (15 km from Munnar)
 

The 97 sq. km. park is situated in the Devikulam taluk and is home to the Nilgiri tahr. The Anamudi peak (2695m) is located in the southern region of the park.

Power House waterfalls (18 km from Munnar)
   

This waterfall on the way to Thekkady from Munnar cascades down a steep rock, 2000m above sea level. The spot is enriched with the scenic western mountain ranges, and is an ideal place for a break on the way to the Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary in Thekkady.

Kundala (20 km from Munnar)
   

Kundala is a picturesque town on the way to Top Stations. The Golf Course which belongs to Tata Tea Ltd. is located here. The Kundala artificial dam is another attraction.Aruvikkad waterfalls is also near Kundala.

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Excursions From Munnar

Anayirankal (22km from Munnar)
 

It is a lush green carpet of tea plants. A trip on the splendid reservoir is an unforgettable experience. The Anayirankal Dam is surrounded by the Tata Tea Plantations and evergreen forests. It is an ideal picnic spot.

Top station (32 km from Munnar)
 

1700 m above sea level, this is the highest point on the Munnar-Kodaikanal road. The rare Nilakurinji (strobilanthus) belongs to this region. This plant blooms wants every 12 years bathing the hill sides in bright blue. Top Station also offers a panoramic view of the neighboring state of Tamilnadu.

Marayoor (40 km from Munnar)
 

This is the only place in Kerala that has natural growth of sandal wood trees. The sandal wood factory of the forest department, the caves (Muniyaras) with murals and relics from the new stone age civilization and the children's park spread across a hectare of land under the canopy of a single Banyan tree are of great interest to tourist's. Thoovanam waterfalls and Rajiv Gandhi National Park are also near by.

Cheeyappara
   

The Cheeyappara and Valara waterfalls are located between Nariamangalam and Adimali on the Kochi Madurai highway. The Cheeyappara waterfalls cascade down in seven steps. It is a real feast for the eyes. This is also a great place for trekking.

Meenuli
   

It is noted for two acres of evergreen forests upon a huge Rock. The rock is more than 500 acres in area and is an ideal spot for mountaineering

Chinnar Wild Life Sanctuary (60 km from Munnar)
 

Situated on the Tamilnadu Boarder, The Chinnar wild life sanctuary is spread across 90.44 Sq.km.

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Accessing Munnar

 
  Place Distance from Munnar Place Distance from Munnar
  Goa 930 km> Thekkady 110 km
  Chennai 600 km> Thodupuzha 91 km
  Thiruvananthapuram 310 km Amaravathy Dam 80 km
  Kozhikode 89 km Theni 70 km
  Kollam 252 km Idukki 60 km
  Malampuzha 230 km Chinnar 64 km
  Palakkad 226 km Marayoor 40 km
  Alapuzha 200 km Top station 34 km
  Kodaikanal 195 km Kundala 28 km
  Kumarakom 160 km Anamudi 20 km
  Madurai 160 km Rajamala 15 km
  Thrissur 158 km Mattupetty 13 km
  Kottayam 147 km Devikulam 7 km
  Ooty 146 km Pallivasal 6 km
  Palani 122 km Pothamedu 6 km
  Kochi 127 km

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Tourist Accommodation Facilities

  Name Tariff Range Fax Telephone
(STD:0486)
Email/ Website
  Abad Copper Castle 1600-2500 0486-531201 530633  
  Best Western Fort Munnar 2300-4500 0484-367740 849311/ 12/ 13 royalgroup@vsnl.com
www.royalindian.com
  B-six Holiday Resort 800-3000 0486-530193 530527  
  Chalot Gate Resort 2500-3000   557250  
  Chancellor Resorts 900-2200   849218  
  Club Mahindra 2000-9500 849227 849224 clubmahinra@travelskerala.com
  Edassery East End Hotel 600-1750 530227 530451  
  Elysium Gardens 350-1500   531348 elysium@travelskerala.com
  High Range Club 1284-2295 530333 530253  
  Hilltop Tourist Home 500-1000   530655  
  Holiday Inn 550   563204  
  Hotel Hill View 350-2000 530241 530567 hillviewmnr@travelskerala.com
  Issac's Residency 750-1950 530265 530501  
  Marthoma Retreat 250-1000   530313  
  Mist Valley Resort (cottages) 1650 0484-318664 530708  
  Pooppada Resorts 360-688   530523
  Riverview Tourist Home 500-850   530736  
  Royal Retreat 700-1950 530440 530240 royalretreat@travelskerala.com
  S N Tourist Home 150-900   530212  
  Siena Village 1500-2500 849328 849261/ 849461 sienavillage@satyam.net.in
www.thesienavillage.com
  Spring Dale Resorts 350-900   564268  
  Star Homes Igloo 825-2000   563207  
  Status Resorts (cottages) 750-2000 530891 530688  
  Sterling Resorts 1600-3000   849224  
  Tea County (KTDC) 1500-3500 530970 530460/ 530969 teacounty@vsnl.com
www.ktdc.com/Teacounty.htm
  Windermere Resorts 2050-3500 0484-323293 530248  
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