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.
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.
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.
For a wonderful holiday visit Mountain Trail Resort, Munnar.