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Anamudi Peak

Anamudi is the highest peak in Western Ghats and also highest point in India outside the Himalaya-Karakoram, at an altitude of 8842 feet.  At a distance of 20 Kilometers from Munnar, it is a mountain which is located in the southern region of Eravikulam National Park at the junction of the Cardamom Hills, the Anaimalai Hills and the Palani Hills. The Anamudi Peak,  that  stands tall in the Eravikulam National Park, is the pride of Kerala. The name Anamudi literally translates to “elephant’s forehead,” a reference to the resemblance of the mountain to an elephant’s head.

Anamudi peak is one among the few ultra prominent peaks in South India. The peak is the highest point of the Periyar river basin. The peak is not exceptionally dramatic in term of steepness or local relief and is a Fault-block mountain. Anamudi, along with the Eravikulam national park, is occupied by the largest surviving population of Nilgiri Tahr, Gaur,Asian Elephant, Bengal tigers, and the Nilgiri marten (Martes gwatkinsii) . The Anamudi peak area is also habitat of a unique frog Raorchestes resplendens,  this newly discovered species is seen in the Eravikulam National Park and is restricted to less than 3 km  on the summit of Anamudi.

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The mountain, coated with evergreen forests occupied by endemic flora and fauna and a colourful avian life, is a paradise in the wild. The green forest is also the source of some massive and scenic rivers in Kerala and the nearby State of Tamil Nadu.

Being the highest peak of the southern part of India, Anamudi offers exciting views of  surrondings, which are worth capturing. Visitors can also take  pictures of wild animals and colourful birds in their natural element.

Anamudi is also famous for Neela Kurinji flowers that blossom once in 12 years. Located inside the Eravikulam National Park, it is a famous trekking destination in Kerala which offers breathtaking views of Western Ghats and a lifetime experience with wonderful nature views.

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A favourite place among wildlife lovers, adventure lovers and photo fanatics, the peak is one of the most visited tourist attractions in Munnar. Tourists take a trek to the top of the mountain to enjoy the sight of gorgeous rivers flowing into the east like Vaigai and Thamirabarani, and the Periyar River.  The 2-3 days trekking programming starts at foothill of Eravikulam with night halts at tribal hamlets within the forest.

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Mattupetty Dam

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Mattupetty, the hill station at a height of 1,700 m, nestled inside the hills of Munnar and is very near to the Anamudi peak. It is located 13 km away from Munnar. The main attraction of Mattupetty is the dam and the lake here. You can enjoy the greenish valleys and feel the fabulous climate around. Mattupetty dam was constructed under the Pallivasal Hydro-electric project in the late 1940s, for the purpose of water conservation and power generation. Still water that reflects the tea garden around is an attractive part of Mattupetty dam. Adventure lovers also have options here like trekking in the Shola forest. Mattupetty dam is a vital source of electricity generation in Munnar and also a haven for several wild animals and birds because to its constant water availability.

Kundala Lakekundaladam

Kundala rich in scenic beauty is located at about 20 km from Munnar. The place is situated at an altitude of 1,700 metres above sea level. This major attraction in Munnar is en route Top Station. And so, for any travelling to visit the Top Station, Kundala is a must see place for a halt. There are several attractions at Kundala. The first of which is the tea plantations. Sprawling across the vast expanses of land is the green tea plantations. The sight of nature’s prime color all around and the refreshing aroma of the tea leaves sure would give one a memorable experience. The lake and the dam with the same name, Kundala is another major attraction. Surrounded by hills and valleys, the Kundala Lake offers picturesque beauty. Important activity that attracts tourists to the place is boating. The Shikara boating facility arranged in the place is one of the best experiences that all honeymoon goers must try out!

Pothamedu Viewpoint

The Pothamedu View Point has a majestic beauty attached to it, located at a distance of 4.5 kms from Munnar. The coffee, tea and cardamom plantation located at the Pothamedu View Point appears like a bouquet of natures scenic beauty. The Pothamedu View Point offers hiking and trekking opportunities for those who love adventure sports. One can also view the Idukki Arch Dam which is situated 60 kms from Pothamedu View Point when sky is clear. Pothamedu View Point has a panoramic view of adjoining valley and river Muthirapuzha. It has an ideal view for photographers as well as leisure travellers. August to May is the preferable time to visit the Pothamedu View Point. When viewed from the Pothamedu View Point, vehicles crawling up the serpentine road from Kochi appear to be minute. A stroll along this magnificent location near Idukki takes approximately twenty minutes and gives a heavenly experience of peacefulness and calmness. Surely Pothamedu View Point is a place which has a magnetic influence of attracting tourist and for the same reason is also counted among the famous places situated near Munnar.

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Nilgiri Tahr resorts in munnar,resorts at munnar, honeymoon resorts munnar

Nilgiri Thar

The Nilgiri Tahr (Nilgiritragus hylocrius, former name is Hemitragus hylocrius) is an endangered mountain ungulate endemic to the southern part of the Western Ghats. The species is found in a roughly 400 km stretch in the Western Ghats which falls in the states of Kerala and Tamil Nadu. Its closest relatives are sheep (genus Ovis). Until 2005, it was placed with the Himalayan tahr (Hemitragus jemlahicus) and the Arabian tahr (Arabitragus jayakari) in the genus Hemitragus. However, it has recently been transferred to a new genus Nilgiritragus because it is genetically more similar to members of the genus Ovis than to other tahrs.

The Nilgiri Tahrs are stocky goats with short, coarse fur and a bristly mane. The males are found to be larger than the females, and have a darker color when mature. Both sexes have curved horns, which are larger in the males, reaching up to 40 cm in males and 30 cm in females. The horns of the females are shorter and more slender. Adult males weigh 80–100 kg and stand about 100 cm tall at the shoulder. Adult females weigh around 50 kg and stand 80 cms tall at shoulder height. Adult males develop a light grey area or ’saddle’ on their backs and are hence called ‘saddlebacks’. The Nilgiri Tahr has a short grey-brown or dark coat. There are facial markings, particularly distinct in mature males, consisting of a dark brown muzzle separated from a dark cheek by a white stripe running down from the base of horns. Females and immature males are an overall yellowish-brown to grey, with the underparts being paler.

Neelakurinji

An estimated 700-800 Nilgiri Tahr inhabit Eravikulam National Park, making it the largest wild population in the world. The Nilgiri Tahr generally inhabits the fringes of the grassy plateau and move on to the steep slabs and cliffs bordering it. They occasionally visit the Shrub Lands along the base of the cliffs. Tahr avoid Sholas, but sometime forage along their periphery. Nilgiri Tahr in Eravikulam National Park occurs in two types of groups; (The mixed groups and All male groups). The mixed group consists primarily of adult females and their sub adult off springs. Adult males join these groups during the rut and keep away at other times of the year. The male group consists of adult males of various classes. The maximum size of the mixed group is 150 animals and that of all male groups is 20 individuals. The usual number of young one produced is one although twins may occasionally occur. The rutting season occurs during monsoon (July and August) and the main birth season is January to mid February. Estimated gestation period is nearly 179 days.

A fully grown male Nilgiri Tahr, known as ‘Saddle Back’, stands about 100 cm at the shoulder and weighs about 100 Kg. The overall coloring is deep chocolate brown. This is particularly dark; almost black on the front of the fore and hind legs, the shoulder, the side of the abdomen, side of the face and the front of the muzzle. These contrast sharply with white facial stripe which drops from the forehead towards the corners of the mouth just anterior to the eyes, the white carpal patches on the front and outside of the forelegs and the silvery saddle. The side of the neck where it meets the shoulder is also sometimes lightened, as is the flank posterior to the saddle and an area around the eye. Long black hairs form a mane and mid dorsal stripe.

Nilgiri Thar

Female Nilgiri Tahr is shorter and slighter than their male counterparts. In contrast to the striking pelage of the male, the female is almost uniformly grey. The carpal patch is black against the light background. The facial markings are present but only faintly and the area around the eye and the cheek below it are brown. The mane and mid- dorsal stripe are much less conspicuous. The horns are slimmer and shorter, reaching a maximum length of about 26 cm.

The Nilgiri tahr inhabits the open montane grassland habitat of the South Western Ghats montane rain forests ecoregion. At elevations from 1,200 to 2,600 metres, the forests open into grasslands interspersed with pockets of stunted forests, locally known as sholas. These grassland habitats are surrounded by dense forests at the lower elevations. The Nilgiri tahrs formerly ranged over these grasslands in large herds, before but hunting and poaching in the nineteenth century reduced their population.

Habitat loss and poaching are the two major threats to the Nilgiri Tahr. Conservation efforts have been on for quite a long time and the numbers have recovered dramatically from around 1,000 in 1970 to around 2,600 in 2010. It is an endangered mountain ungulate listed in Schedule-I of the Indian Wildlife (Protection) Act 1972.  The IUCN lists Nilgiri Tahr as ‘endangered’ in the Red List 2010.

In the past, the area of  distribution of the Nilgiri tahr extended to the high hills of Tamil Nadu in the east, to the South-Western hills of Karnataka in the north and to the Wayanad plateau in the west. Today, this area has shrunk to around 400 km. And currently, Eravikulam National Park and the Grass Hills of Anamalai are the only locations which have a population with more than 300 individuals.

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Waterfalls In Munnar resorts in munnar,resorts at munnar, honeymoon resorts munnar

Munnar, The paradise of the south is blessed with picturesque waterfalls, which refreshes one’s mind. The majestic waterfalls of Munnar stand unique with its pristine beauty and attractiveness. The greenery along its side is another beauty of the waterfalls. A few waterfalls in Munnar are the following.

Thoovanam waterfalls

Thoovavan wateralls munnar

Deep inside the Chinnar wildlife sanctuary lays the Thoovanam waterfalls. The waterfalls are created by River Pambar. You have to take a trek into the forest in order to reach the waterfalls. It is around 60 km away from the Munnar town. You can enjoy the sights of wild flora and fauna here. This trekking experience itself makes Thoovanam different from other waterfalls in Munnar. The trek starts from Alampatty Forest check post and it will around one hour to reach the waterfalls.

Power House Waterfalls

Powerhouse waterfalls munnar

The roar of this waterfall cascading down a steep rock about 2000 meters above sea level can be heard from a distance! The thundering Power House Waterfalls is about 18 kms from Munnar, on the way to Thekkady. The verdant Western mountain ranges add to its scenic beauty, making it an ideal stopover on the way to Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary. The torrents of water plunging down Power House falls is said to emanate from Devikulam, a pastoral hill station few kilometers from Munnar. The waters of the fall are believed to have curative powers, and acts as a natural massage.

Cheeyappara waterfalls

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Cheeyappara waterfalls lie on the Kochi­ Madurai highway between Neriamangalam and Adimali in Idukki district. It is around 40 km away from Munnar. The water here cascades down in seven steps, which is a delightful sight. This place is also famous for trekking. The Cheeyapara waterfalls is situated approximately 1000 feets above the sea level. It is very easy to reach this picturesque spot as it is very well connected to the nearby cities.

Attukal Waterfalls

Attukal Waterfalls is located between Munnar and Pallivasal. It is a panoramic view but assumes a cascading and roaring beauty during the monsoons. It is one of the most attractive scenes that you can look at during your stay at Munnar. Attukal, 9 km away from Munnar, must be visited for its charming sceneries, glittering waterfalls and rolling hills is a feast for the eyes. The place is also ideal for long trekking and hiking but assumes a cascading and roaring beauty during the monsoons.

Valara waterfalls

valara waterfalls

Like the Cheeyappara falls, Valara waterfall is also located between Neriamangalam and Adimali. Valara has a chain of waterfalls which is surrounded by thick green forests. The waterfall is around 42 km away from Munnar. Here the water cascades from a height of 1000 m, which itself is a treat to your eyes. Another interesting fact of Valayar is that the Thottiyar Hydroelectric Project of Kerala Electricity Board is very close to Valayar waterfalls.

Kuthumkal waterfalls

Kuthumkal waterfalls munnar

A charming picnic spot for the tourists, Kuthumkal waterfall is 24 km away from Munnar and 6 km away from Rajakkad. Due to the high velocity of the water flow over the rock, the waterfalls always have a distinctive mist emerging effect. This lovely picnic spot in Munnar attracts thousands of tourists every year. Kuthumkal waterfalls will be an ideal place for you and your family to spent some quality time and get your mind and soul refreshed.

Lakkam waterfalls

lakkam waterfalls

A five minutes drive from the Munnar town will take you to the closest waterfall to the Munnar town, Lakkam waterfalls. Located in the Munnar-Marayoor route, the waterfall is surrounded by ‘Vaga trees’. The waterfall originates from the Eravikulam Plateau. Though the stream creates lots of cascades, most of them are inaccessible. But, due to its visual treat, this destination is one of the most preferable destinations for the tourists.

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The Western Ghats is a 1600 km long chain of mountain ranges along the Western side of India,  which is one among the  UNESCO World Natural Heritage Sites and one of the ten ‘Hottest Biodiversity Hotspots’ in the world. Kerala is one of the major tourist destinations in the country with its silvery coast, serpentine backwaters, coconut grove swaying to the south-west wind and Western Ghats covered in aromatic spice ,tea plantation. Munnar  located at about 5,200 ft above the sea level and the windward portion of the Western Ghats, which has the widest width in this tract. Floristically, the tract is one of the richest areas in the country harbouring not less than 3800 species of angiosperms, which is 27% of flowering plants in the country. Among these 1272 species are endemic to southern Western Ghats. Munnar gets its name as the meeting point of three rivers. Similarly in Munnar , we see the mixture of three cultures – the British culture, the Malayalee culture and the culture of the migrant Tamilians .

Floral

The flora of Chinnar Sanctuary includes a stunning variety of flowering plants numbering upto 965 species. Rare medicinal plants, many of them endemic to the Western Ghats, can also be found in the sanctuary.   The Grasslands cover the plateau and descending slopes above 2000 m. More than three hundred species have been recorded from the grasslands, out of which 51 are endemic to the Montane Grasslands of the Western Ghats. The vegetation of the sanctuary falls under six categories.  They are Southern tropical thorn forest (Scrub jungle), Southern dry mixed deciduous forest (Dry deciduous forest), Southern moist mixed deciduous forest (Moist deciduous forest), Tropical riparian fringing forest (Riparian forest), and Southern montane wet temperate forest (Hill shola forest) and Southern montane wet grassland (Grasslands). The major grass species in this area are Andropogon lividus, Arundinella spp, Digitaria spp.  And Sehima nervosum. Numerous species of balsams  and ground orchids also beautify the grasslands. Munnar is well known for its vast expanse of the Neelakurinji, botanically termed as Strobilanthus kunthiana. that blooms once in every twelve years and covers the mountains of Munnar with a glorious blue carpet. The Tree Fern species (Cyathea nilgiriensis  and Cyathea crinita) are rare, endemic ferns in the shola forests. They give Munnar a feeling of the ‘fossil ecosystem’ of prehistoric time (Paleozoic Era).

Faunal  

The varied and numerous microclimates of the misty mountains behave as unique resort to many threatened and endemic species of mammals, reptiles, amphibians, fishes and invertebrates. There are more than 49 species of mammals recorded from the Munnar hills. The Grizzled Giant Squirrel is found only in the riparian forest of the Chinnar Sanctuary. The rare Manjampatti White Bison, a gaur noted for its distinctive ash-grey color, is another special inhabitant spotted in the sanctuary. Other important mammals found are the rare Rusty Spotted Cat, Nilgiri Tahr, Elephant, Tiger, Leopard, Gaur, Wild Boar, Sambar, Spotted Deer, Barking Deer, Porcupine, Wild Dog, Common Langur, Bonnet Macaque, Jackal, Sloth Bear, Nilgiri Langur, Jungle Cat, Bison, Spotted Deer and Sambar.

Reptiles: The sanctuary is noted for the presence of a whopping 52 species of reptiles. Nilgiri Keelback (Amphiesma beddomei), an endemic snake species found only in the Nilgiris and Western Ghats is a rare inhabitant. Besides Echis carinatus, species belonging to different families like the Blind Snake group, Colubrid, Boas, Elapids and Viperids are found in the sanctuary.

Amphibians: Among the 15 species of amphibians, the Black Torrent frog (Micrixalus saxicola), a small frog species found in forest streams, is endemic to Kerala. Others include Ridged Toad (Bufo parietalis), Malabar Flying Frog (Rhacophorus malabaricus) and Night Frog (Nyctibatrachus genus); all endemic to the Western Ghats.

Fishes: The Chinnar and Pambar rivers which flow through the sanctuary are home to around 14 species of fishes, including Garra mullya, Barilius gatensis, Danio aequipinnatus, Tor khudree, Puntius carnaticus and Garra gotyla stenorhynchus and Barilius bandelisis.

Avian life: The sanctuary is home to a thriving avian life including Yellow Throated Bulbul. 225 species of birds have been spotted. 156 species of butterflies are also present. During the monsoon season, the sanctuary witnesses migration of butterflies.

 

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One of the popular wildlife destinations in Kerala, Ramakkalmedu is in eastern Idukki towards the border of Tamil Nadu and 40 km from Thekkady. It stands on the Western Ghats at an altitude around 3500 ft above the sea level. The origin of the name ‘Ramakkalmedu’ is quite interesting. ‘Rama-kal-medu’ means ‘Land of Rama’s stone’ or otherwise ‘the land where Lord Rama kept his leg’. As per legends, one story is that this is the place where Rama kept his feet, while in search of his beloved wife Sita. As per Hindu epic “Ramayana’ Sita was kidnapped by Ravana, the ruler of Lanka.
Ramakkalmedu

One major attraction hereis the statues of Kuruvan and Kurathi located at the top of the Ramakkalmedu hills. The statue depicts the Sangam Period and Sangam landscape of Kerala and Tamil Nadu. It’s also an ideal place for paragliding and trekking. Bright sunshine and gusting winds gives every tourists a heavenly like feeling. Thousands of nature lovers and trekkers visit this place to feel the pleasant and bright environment.
The first wind energy farm in Ramakkelmedu was inaugurated in the year 2008 by then Chief Minister of Kerala, V S Achuthanandan. It is one of the windiest places in Asia and being so, one can also find here a wind farm generating electricity, which is an undertaking of the Government of Kerala. The sight of the massive wind mills is very exciting to the visitors. The farm was set up with private participation and now you can find around seven wind farm units here. You will find yourself as a very small creature in front of this huge structure of wind mills. Other attractions in-and-around Ramakalmedu include places like frog rock, turtle rock .Best season to visit Ramakkalmedu is from September to May. Rainy season can be avoided.

ramakkalmedu
On the way to Ramakalmedu, travellers can enjoy the vast stretches of plantations that include rubber, tea, cardamom, coffee, pepper and the beautiful hills of Kuttikkaanam. The destination is around 36 km from Kumily. You can hire a taxi from Kumily to reach this place. The nearest railway station is Chenganashery (90 km) and nearest airport is Madurai (145 km).

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Tea Museum in Munnar

The Munnar Tea Museum is an industry and history museum situated in Munnar, a town in the Idukki district of Kerala in South India. Tata Tea Museum is its official name, but it’s also known as Nalluthanni Estate where it is located, or Kannan Devan Tea Museum.

Munnar is perhaps the choicest of places to preserve and showcase some of the exquisite and interesting aspects on the genesis and growth of tea plantations in Kerala’s high ranges. With special emphasis to Munnar, and to the delight of tea lovers and tourists, Tata Tea recently opened a Tea Museum which houses curious, photographs and machineries, each depicting a turning point that contributed to a flourishing tea industry, as seen today in the region.

The tea estate is owned by Kanan Devan Hills Plantations Company (P) Ltd. (KDHP) – the plantation dates back to the 1880s. The museum opened on 1 April 2005. The tea museum preserves the aspects on the genesis and growth of tea plantations in Kerala’s mountain region in the Idukki district on the Western Ghats at the boarder to the Coimbatore district of Tamil Nadu. Tata Tea opened the museum which houses curiosities, photographs and machineries, depicting a turning point that contributed to Idukki’s flourishing tea industry.

Set up at the Nallathanni Estate, the museum is a tribute to its pioneers who transformed Munnar into a major tea plantation centre of Kerala, from the rudimentary tea roller from 1905 to a fully automated tea factory. Visitors and tea lovers can see various stages of the tea processing – Crush, tear, curl – and learn about the production of Kerala black tea variants. The power generation plant of the estate dates back to 1920s; a rail engine wheel of the Kundala Valley Railway that shuttled between Munnar and Top Station by 1924. A section of the museum also houses classic bungalow furniture and office equipment of the Colonial area in Kerala. Tea tasting across different varieties of tea is another attraction. A 2nd-century burial urn was discovered at the Periakanal tea estate; it is also displayed at the museum.

The museum set up at the Nallathanni Estate of Tata Tea in Munnar is a fitting tribute to the toils and rigours of its pioneers, who showed utmost determination and were resolute in their efforts to transform Munnar into a major plantation centre of Kerala.

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The Tata Tea Museum diligently portrays the growth of Munnar tea estates, veritably conveyed through some of the displays like the rudimentary tea roller to the modern fully automated tea factory. Visitors to the museum can satiate their curiosity on various stages of tea processing, and also learn a thing or two about the production of black tea.

tea museum munnar

Some of the attention grabbing items on display at the Tea museum include the original tea roller, the ‘Rotorvane,’ dating back to 1905, used for CTC type tea processing; the ‘Pelton Wheel’ used in the power generation plant that existed in the Kanniamallay estate in the 1920s; a rail engine wheel of the Kundala Valley Light Railway that shuttled men and material between Munnar and Top Station during the first half of the last century.

A section of the Tea museum also houses classic bungalow furniture, typewriters, wooden bathtub, magneto phone, iron oven, manual calculators and EPABX of the 1909 telephone system. A demonstration room for tea tasting is another attraction where one would come across different varieties of tea.

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Top Station and Echo Point in Munnar resorts in munnar,resorts at munnar, honeymoon resorts munnar

Situated in the confluence of three mountain streams – Mudrapuzha, Nallathanni and Kundala, Munnar is a most preferable destination in Kerala, which is crowded with visitors all around the year. There are lots of places to be explored in Munnar. Top Station and Echo Point are among the many attractive destinations in Munnar.

Top Station

Top Station Munnar

Top Station, located around 32 km away from Munnar, is the highest point (1700m) in Munnar, on the Munnar-Kodaikanal road. The place falls on the Kerala-Tamilnadu border. Here you can enjoy the panoramic view of Western Ghats and the valley of Theni district of Tamil Nadu.

Top Station got its name from the fact that it was the uppermost railway station located in the Kundala Valley. At this highest point, you may feel that the clouds are just a hand touch away from you. The destination is famous for the Neelakurinji flowers (Strobilanthus), which used to bloom once in twelve years. The bloom of these rare flowers will give the destination a different bluish look. The next flowering season of Neelakurinji is on 2018.

Top Station was a transshipment point for delivery of tea from Munnar to Bodinayakkanur. Top Station derived its name from its being the upper terminus of the Kottagudi Aerial Ropeway. It was also the location of the terminal railway station on the Kundala Valley Railway, built in 1902 between Munnar, Kundala and this low point in the crest of the hills above steep cliffs. A monorail goods carriage system was initially installed along this cart route. In 1908 the monorail was replaced by a 24 inch gauge railway. Kundala lake is 12 kilometers west from Top Station on the way from Munnar station. Some remains of Kundala Valley Railway can be seen at the Munnar Tea Museum.

Tea chests arriving at Top Station from the Kundala Valley were transported by a ropeway from Top Station 5 kilometers downhill to the south to Kottagudi, Tamil Nadu. The tea was then shipped 15 kilometers by cart to Bodinayakanur, then by rail to other places in India and ship to England. Remains of the ropeway station at Top Station are still visible. Elevation at top of Bodi ropeway was 1,911 meters (6,270 ft).

The best time to visit Top station is from April to May. This area is popular for the rare Neelakurinji flowers. The Kurinjimala Sanctuary is nearby. Top Station is the western entrance to the planned Palani Hills National Park.

Echo Point

Echo Point Munnar

This is a very beautiful place in Munnar, which got its name from natural echo phenomenon situated at a scenic lake bank. When you scream at here, you will be hearing your voice returning to you. Placed at an altitude about 600 ft, Echo Point is located 15 kilometers away from Munnar, on the way to Top Station.

Echo Point always has a greenish look as it is covered with abundant green sceneries. It is an adventurous destination, which will be a perfect choice for those who love to have a nature walk or trekking. The place surrounded with mist covered hills, waterfalls and clean air will be a visual treat.

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Neelakurinji and the Hills of Munnar resorts in munnar,resorts at munnar, honeymoon resorts munnar

 

 

neelakurinji

Kerala is blessed with many natural spectacles and among them is a unique canvas that gets unveiled every twelve years in God’s Own Country.The phenomenon of once in twelve years occurring on the fabled hills of Munnar is attributed to the blooming of Neelakurinji

Kurinji or Neelakurinji (Strobilanthes kunthianus) is a shrub that is found in the shola forests of the Western Ghats in South India. Nilgiri Hills, which literally means the blue mountains, got their name from the purplish blue flowers of Neelakurinji that blossoms only once in 12 years. Of all long interval bloomers (or plietesials) Strobilanthes kunthianus is the most rigorously demonstrated, with documented bloomings in 1838, 1850, 1862, 1874, 1886, 1898, 1910, 1922, 1934, 1946, 1958, 1970,1982, 1994, and 2006. One could say this as a unique life cycle, and a phenomenon that makes the hills of Munnar a special place for biologists.

Neelakurinji

Revered by the local tribal community and admired by visitors to these enchanting hills, the blooming of Neelakurinji usually starts from August and would last up to October.Once in Munnar, you may locate the magical blooms of Neelakurinji at Kovilur, Kadavari, Rajamala, Iravikulam National Park, which is home to the endangered mountain ungulate- the ‘Nilgiri Tahr’ and at other places in and around Munnar. Nature lovers and travelers have already started heading for Munnar to savour in this once-in-twelve-year phenomenon.

It is an ethereal experience to stand amidst the sprawling blooms of Neelakurinji. The Neelakurinji plant shows variation in height according to the elevation of the land from the sea level. Usually shorter plants (about 2 ft) are found at the high elevations, while taller ones (about 5 to 10 ft) are seen at lower elevations.

nilgiri tahr in neelakurinji hills

Kurinji once used to cover the Nilgiri Hills and Palani Hills like a carpet during its flowering season. Now plantations and dwellings occupy much of their habitat. Besides the Western Ghats, Neelakurinji is also seen in the Shevroys in the Eastern Ghats, some parts of Idukki and sandur hills of Bellary district in Karnataka. In 2006, Neelakurunji flowered again in Kerala and Tamil Nadu after a gap of 12 years. Thereafter, the Strobilanthes cuspidatus species of Kurinji flowers were found blooming in 2016 in Udhagamandalam near a major road.

Kurinjimala Sanctuary protects the kurinji in approximately 32 km² core habitat in Kottakamboor and Vattavada villages in Idukki district of Kerala, The Save Kurinji Campaign Council organizes campaigns and, programs for conservation of the Kurinji plant and its habit. Kurinji Andavar temple located in Kodaikanal on Tamil Nadu dedicated to Hindu God Kartikeya also preserves Strobilanthes plants. The story of Karthikeya is nothing connected with Strobilanthes, it was a later addition[citation needed]. The God associated with Kurinji Malai or Strobilanthes hill is Kurinji Andavan, an ancient deity of tribes of Palni hills.

Top station munnar

Situated about 1600 mts above sea level, Munnar is well known for its vast expanse of tea plantations, cool weather, plantation bungalows and is blessed with a rich variety of flora and fauna. It is home to the majestic Nilgiri Tahr (Hemitragas hylocres), which is an endangered species. Over the year, good conservation methods helped it to thrive well in the Eravikulam National Park, located close to the town of Munnar. Close by is yet another attraction in the form of the Anamudi Peak, which is the tallest peak south of the Himalayas, and is an ideal spot for trekking. A visit to the Mattupetty reservoir and a boat ride in the adjoining lake is a delightful experience. Here, one may also visit the Indo-Swiss dairy farm, which houses some of the finest breeds of cows.

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Some other attractions in and around Munnar include some vantage viewpoints like the Top Station, which is the highest point on the Munnar-Kodaikanal rout; Marayoor, famous for its naturally existing sandalwood trees, Kundala, a picturesque town with a golf course maintained by the Tata Tea Company and the Pallivasal Hydroelectric project, which is the first such project in Kerala. Other nearby places of interest includes Echo Point, Chithirapuram, Anayirankal, Cheeyappara and Valara waterfalls.

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Eravikulam National Park

Eravikulam national park is spread over an extensive area of 97 sq kilometer along the crest of Western Ghats in the high ranges of Idukki district. The national park is one of most important tourist destinations in Kerala, located 15 kilometer from Munnar. Eravikulam National Park is located in the High Ranges (Kannan Devan Hills) of the Southern Western Ghats in the Devikulam Taluk of Idukki District. It is administered by the Kerala Department of Forests and Wildlife, Munnar Wildlife Division, together with the nearby Mathikettan Shola National Park, Anamudi Shola National Park, Pambadum Shola National Park, Chinnar Wildlife Sanctuary and the Kurinjimala Sanctuary. Eravikulam National Park is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Most of the areas of the national park are consistent hill plateau. So, we can see only high rolling slopes there. The highest peak is Anamudi (2690m). The forests we see there are commonly known as ‘shoals’ – evergreen tropical and sub tropical moist broadleaf forest. We can locate small streams here, which later merge to form tributaries to Periyar and Chalakudy rivers. Lakkom waterfalls are located in this region

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The national park is divided into 3 areas – the core area, the buffer area and the tourism area. In which, the Rajamalai is known to be the tourism area of the park. The tourists are allowed to travel deep into the forest to explore the hidden beauty of the environment around. Private vehicles are not allowed inside. Only few mini buses are operated inside in order to control the environment pollution. The trips are organized by the forest department.

The park has a rare collection of varieties of trees and shrubs. You can find here climax grasslands. Twenty six species of mammals have been recorded in the park including the largest surviving population of Nilgiri tahr, estimated at about 750 individuals. The other ungulates are gaur, Indian muntjac and sambar deer. Golden jackal, jungle cat, wild dog, dhole, leopard and tiger are the main predators. Some little-known animals such as Nilgiri langur, stripe-necked mongoose, Indian porcupine, Nilgiri marten, small clawed otter, ruddy mongoose, and dusky palm squirrel are also found.

The Eravikulam National Park also has a rare collection of varieties of trees and shrubs. We can find grasslands here. Variety of orchids is one of the specialties of this park. About 120 species of birds like black and ornage flycatcher, Nilgiri pipit, Nilgiri wood pigeon, white bellied shortwing and Kerala laughing thrush can be spotted at Eravikulam National Park.