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About Munnar (Kerala) Travel Information

Munnar was a summer resort of British Government in South India at around 5400 ft above sea level. It is pronounced "Moon-aar" meaning "Three rivers" in Tamil and Malayalam. There are in fact three rivers - Madupetti, Nallathanni and Periavaru which flow through this town, but join some distance away from Munnar.
The organic landscape, and all its overwhelming colossuses, has been left untouched with the magnificent stretch of wilderness of tall trees where cardamom covered tufts of land beckons one into an aromatic and dreamy landscape. Beautiful landscape, cool climate and wonderfully scented tea leaves are some of the other aspects that make this place a much sought after tourist destination. One can almost feel the divine vibrations of the past history echoing alive in every tree. And in the silence, hear one's own thoughts taking shape. In this virginal remoteness, even time moves at a different pace.

Places to See
Mattupetty Dam:
Mattupetty is situated at a height of 1700m above sea level, 14 km from Munnar. Mattupetty Lake and Dam is a beautiful picnic spot with the panoramic view of the tea plantations and the lake. Boating facilities especially speed boat ride through the dam is available. Mattupetty is also well known for its highly specialized dairy farm - Indo-Swiss Live Stock project. The Shola forests in and around Mattupetty are ideal for trekking and are habitat to a variety of birds. Rivulets and cascades crisscross the terrain here, which again adds more attraction to the place.

Eravikulam National Park
Situated 13 Km away from Munnar, a sanctuary for the endangered mountain goat of South India, the Nilgiri Tahr ( Hemitragus hylocrious), the Eravikulam National Park stands out for the stark beauty of its rolling grasslands and shola, spread over 97 sq km in the Rajamalai hills.

Located between Munnar and Rajamalai, Nyayamakad is a land of breathtaking waterfalls. The waters cascade down a hill from a height of about 1600 meters. The enchanting surroundings make an excellent picnic spot and trekking point.

Kundala Dum
Kundala is a picturesque town on the way to Top Station at a distance of 23 km from Munnar. The Golf Course which belongs to Tata Tea Ltd. is located here. The Kundala artificial arch dam is another attraction. Aruvikkad Waterfall is also near Kundala.

Located 7 Km away, tourists are attracted to this lake town which has hills after hills covered with tea plantations.

Echo Point Has a natural echo phenomenon and offers panoramic views along the road to Top Station.

Power House Waterfalls
(18 km from Munnar) - The waterfall on the way to Thekkady from Munnar cascades down a steep rock 2000 mtrs 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.

(22 kms from Munnar) - It's a lush green carpet of tea plants. A trip on the splendid reservoir is an unforgettable experience. The Anayirankal dam is surrounded by Tata Tea plantations and evergreen forests. It is an ideal picnic spot.

Tourist Circuits in Munnar
1. Mattupetty Dam - Indo Swiss Livestock Project - Echo Point - Kundala Dam - Top Station (34 km).
2. Munnar - Pothamedu - Chitrapuram - Pallivasal - Cheyappara - Adimali - Valara (40 km).
3. Munnar - Rajamalai - Marayoor - Chinnar (70 km).
4. Munnar - Devikulam - Lock Heart Gap - Power House Waterfalls - Anayirankal (32 km).

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