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Munnar travel guide

Published: 25/05/2012

Munnar - A popular hill station of the south Munnar hillstation, tea plantation
A hill station in the Western Ghats, Munnar is in Kerala, a state in South India. Situated on the confluence of three rivers, Munnar literally means three rivers in Tamil. This beautiful hill station was once the summer capital of the British in Southern India. The British developed the area to cultivate tea and so we can find large expanse of tea and coffee plantations in the region. Covered with forests and grass land, Munnar gives a breathtaking view of nature. A combination of uneven terrain, green valleys, streams, cliffs, and brooks with crystal clear water, forests and sanctuaries, Munnar presents a complete package of nature, untouched by human developmental onslaught. With the aroma of spices, tea and coffee in the air, Munnar is an irresistible tourist attraction for all over the country.

The rugged and uneven terrains offer ample scopes for trekking and mountaineering. Nature-lovers, bird-watchers and wild-life photographers find Munnar a paradise. Munnar is well-connected by roads, railways and airways. The nearest airport is Cochin International Airport only 140 kms away. Railway stations at Erunakulam and Alluva (120km)

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Top Tourist Attractions Near Munnar

Eravikulam National Park

Located only 13kms away from Munnar the Eravikulam National Park has become the prime tourist attraction to see endangered Nilgiri Tahar at close proximity. Other animals include Nilgiri Marten, ruddy mangoes, dusky street squirrels, small clawed otter and many more. The entire park a rugged terrain with Shola forests, grass land and the shrubby lands.Anamudi Peak, the highest peak in southern India is situated in park,

Anamudi Peak

Deep inside the Eravikulam National Park, Anamudi Peak is at the height of 2695 metres is an irresistible tourist attraction for trekkers, bird-watchers, nature-lovers and eco scientists. Trekkers will definitely have a memorable experience. Salim ali Bird Sanctuary-a heaven for bird watchers the Salim Ali bird sanctuary (also known as Thattekad) is also home to many animals and reptiles. Rare species of birds to be found here are the crested serpent eagle, Malabar grey hornbill, crimson throated barber, rose billed roller, ferry blue bird, the great Indian hornbill and many more.

Best time to visit is November to June. Exploring the sanctuary with the guide is advisable as vehicles are not allowed inside. There is an animal rehab centre and the taxidermy museum is worth visiting.

Idukki Arch Dam

Almost ninety-seven per cent of the entire Idukki district is covered by dense forests and idyllic mountains. Between two mountains-- the Kuravanmala and the Kurathimala, one of Asia’s biggest arch dam (555 ft in height) is constructed. The Idukki arch dam is built on Cheruthony River and Periyar River. The Idukki reservoir has boating facilities and some water sports are arranged for the tourists.
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