Munnar ( part of western ghats ) picturesque hill station that is nestled in Idukki District, Kerala , is one of the worlds ten hottest biodiversity hotspots and has over 5000 species and 179 amphibian species. At least 325 globally threatened species occur there. The complex topography and the heavy rainfall have made certain areas inaccessible and have helped the region retain its diversity. It is encircled by the undulating hills of the Anamalai mountain range.
Munnar Town�s Tea Museum and the old fashioned High Range Club are mementos of this colonial past, as are the old British bungalows which dot the surrounding mountains. The main attraction of Munnar is the Neelakurunji bushes found in the grasslands and forests. During the blooming season that comes once in every 12 years, the whole of the mountain ranges appear to be bluish. Munnar offers a lot to explore the mountains, the streams, the waterfalls, valleys, the wildlife sanctuaries, the hamlets, the flora and fauna and more. Munnars fabulous scenery holds many opportunities for trekking: from short wanders round nearby tea, cardamom and coffee plantations, to treks as challenging as the ascent of Ana Mudi (2695m), India�s highest peak south of the Himalayas.
Eravikulam National Park and Chinnar Wildlife Sanctuary hold rare species such as the Nilgiri Tahr mountain goat and the white bison of Manjampatti, and well over 220 species of birdlife. An unexpected meeting with some of the wildlife of the region is always a possibility while driving through the endless hairpin bends! A trip to Keralas only sandalwood forest, 42km east of Munnar, is also a fascinating excursion with its prehistoric rock sites, a temple and ancient burial chambers.
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Visit the local tea Museum, the first of its kind in India that will give you a peek into the rich history of tea brewing in india. Relics and artifacts from the past as well as the historic photographs pieces of period furniture will transport you to a different era. Ater a fascinating tour in the factory enjoy the Tea tasting, an aromatic experience at the adjacent tea-processing unit. Don�t forget to pick up some luscious strawberries, heady spices and aromatic oils like eucalyptus, lemon grass oil etc. Open on all days except Monday.
Go boating on the vast reservoir of the 160 ft high Mattupetty dam, picturesquely extending several kilometers into the hills. A cruise here is an exhilarating experience, offering occasional sighting of an elephant, guar and sambar as an added bonus. Five seater speed boat as well as 20-seater launches are available for cruises. Row boats, motor boats, pedal boats, water cycle, surfbike, speed launch etc. are the other options. Top Station(32 Km from Munnar) 1700m above sea level, this is the highest point on the Munnar -Kodaikanal road. The rare Neelakuranji belongs to this region. This plant blooms once every twelve years bathing the hillsides in bright blue. Top station also offers panoramic view of the neighboring state Tamil Nadu
Jeep up the dizzying heights of Kollukkamalai, the highest tea garden in the whole of india, which is at 7900 ft above the sea level. Owing to the high altitude, tea here has a unique taste. You will not find fresher and better quality tea anywhere else in this high range, so make sure you shop for some when you are here. Lock heart gap is on the way to Kollukkamalai. The fresh mountain air, the mist-clad hills and panoramic view make it worthy of a visit
At the Eravikulam National Park in Munnar can be found the world�s largest population of endangered Tahrs. Thanks to stringent wildlife conversation and absence of poaching, these wild goats can be seen here in large numbers. The incredibly agile Nilagiri Tahr is today the pride of munnar and its mascot.
This is the only place in Kerala that has natural sandal wood trees. The caves (muniyaras) with murals and relic 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 tourists.