Cheeyappara water falls
The Cheeyappara Waterfall is on the Kochi - Madurai Highway between Neriamangalam and Adimali. It is in Idukki district, Kerala.The Cheeyappara Waterfall cascades down in seven steps. It is a real feast for the eyes. This is also a great place for trekking.
Valara water Falls
Valara is located in between the two towns Neriamangalam and Adimali of Kochi - Madurai National Highway, at a distance of 14 km from Adimali. The main attraction of this place is Valara waterfalls. Which is in the Deviyar river, a small river originating from western ghats, It is considered as one of the major waterfalls in Kerala state.
Karadipara view point
An early-morning jaunt to this vantage point offers a spectacular vista of the mighty mist-laden mountains of Munnar and beyond.
Tea gardens spread like a green carpet over hundreds of kilometers, lush green hills, a place so difficult to describe.
Eravikulam National Park
The most sought after destination in Munnar is the Eravikulam National Park, the first of its kind in Kerala, where the endangered Nilgiri Tharis protected. Spread over 97 sq. km., this park holds the largest viable population of Tahr, several other species of rare animals, birds and butterflies. Eravikulam National Park is administered by the Kerala Department of Forests and Wildlife, Munnar Wildlife Division.The Every Visitor get a magnificent view of the tea plantations and also of the rolling hills caressed by blankets of mist. The park becomes a hot destination when the hill slopes get covered in a carpet of blue, resulting from the flowering of Neelakurinji.
It is a plant endemic to this part of the Western Ghats which blooms once in twelve years.
Mattupetty is located 13 km away from Munnar. Here you can enjoy the greenish valleys and feel the fabulous climate around. The main attraction of Mattupetty is the dam and the lake here.Here you can engage yourself with water sport activities like speed boating organized by district Tourism Promotion Council of Idukki (Munnar) and enjoy the pretty natural surroundings of this beautiful dam. Tourists can go for a speed boat, pedal boat, motor boat or row boat. Mattupetty is also known as ‘cattle village’, the name which came from the famous Indo Swiss farm project or Livestock project. The project was launched in the year 1963 as part of the bilateral agreement between India and the Swiss government. You can see hundreds of varieties of high yielding cattle in this farm The best time to visit Mattupetty is from the month of August to May and it is very easily accessible from Munnar town.
Top Station, located around 32 km away from Munnar, is the highest point in Munnar, on the Munnar-Kodaikkanal road. The place falls on the Kerala-Tamil Nadu border. 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.
The best time to visit Top station is from April to May.
Echo Point is located 15 km away from Munnar, on the way to Top Station It 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., Echo Point is located 15 km away from Munnar, on the way to Top Station. Echo Point always has a greenish look as it is covered with abundant green sceneries.
Chinnar Wildlife Sanctuary
Chinnar Wildlife Sanctuary, is located 18 km north of Marayoor on SH 17 in the Marayoor and Kanthalloor Panchayats. It is one of twelve Wildlife Sanctuaries among the Protected areas of Kerala. 34 species of Mammals live here, including many Panthers and Spotted deer, 50 -60 Indian Elephants, Gaur, Tigers, Sambar Deer, Common langur, Bonnet Macaque, Hanuman monkey, threatened Nilgiri Tahr, vulnerable Rusty-spotted Cats and about 240 of the only vulnerable Grizzled Giant Squirrels in Kerala. 245 species of birds including Yellow-throated Bulbuls. 52 species of reptiles including 29 species of snakes, Indian Star Tortoise and the largest population of vulnerable Mugger Crocodiles in Kerala live in the Sanctuary. Most common of the 42 species of fishes observed in the Chinnar and Pambar rivers are Garra mullya minnows, River-carp baril, Giant Danio and the endangered hill stream game fish Deccan Mahseer. 22 amphibian species live in the Sanctuary. There are 156 species of butterflies.you can travel by SH 17 which will give you a wonderful chance to spot herds of elephants and other large animals like bisons and deer in their natural habitat. .
Marayoor, located 40 km from Munnar. Marayoor is the only place in Kerala with a natural growth of sandalwood trees. A reduced rainfall is most suited for the the sandalwood factory run by the Forest Department is of tourist interest. Marayoor as a pristine, heavenly and unexplored tourist spot is comparable to Munnar which is one of the most sought after hill stations in India in every respect. The place is especially an excellent trekking spot for adventure seekers.The road from Rajamala to Marayoor is flanked by lush green tea estates. As you drive by, there are occasional waterfalls. Then you come across the sandalwood forest. Marayoor houses the ‘muniyaras’ or the stone coffins with underground tunnels, which date back to the Neolithic period. These cave-like structures resting on vertical rocks are present everywhere - they are stone slabs resembling crudely-made boxes. There are paintings depicting the legendary wanderings of ‘Rama and Sita' and the 'Pandavas' inside the caves. Descending the hill, one can see the cane crop in the valley below dancing in the wind. A park named Rajiv Gandhi National Park is an ideal picnic spot nearby. A children's park formed under the canopy of a single Banyan tree spreads across a hectare of land and is a wonderful sight. Then there is the Thoovanam Waterfalls where one can spend endless hours romancing with nature.
Kanthaloor is a village nestled in the Western Ghats of India.The salubrious climate and the picturesque landscapes and wide variety of tropical crops coupled with the close proximity of Munnar has transformed this village into a tourist destination. Kanthalloor is a virtually rain shadow village, lying in the eastern side of the Western Ghats near to Marayur The place is famous for its cool season fruits and vegetables. Kanthalloor is famous for its apple, oranges, plums, peaches and variety of other fruits and vegetables that are not grown in other parts of Kerala. The major places of attraction includes Pattisseri Dam, Kulachivayal rocks, Keezhanthoor waterfalls and the cave temple of Sri Rama.
How To Reach
Munnar does not have an airport,Cochin international airport is nearest one 110 kilometres from Cochin. This airport is well-connected with all major cities in India and abroad. The best way to get to Munnar from Cochin is by hiring a cab.
The nearest railway station to Thekkady is in Aluva and Ernakulam, located 120 kilometres away. The railway stations is well-connected to major cities across India. You can hire a cab from Ernakulam to get to Munnar, or even board a government or private run bus.
The most inexpensive way to get to Munnarfrom nearby cities like Cochin, Trivandrum and Kottayam are the government or private run buses. Kerala State Road Transport Corporation buses are available at regular intervals from Kottayam, Cochin and Trivandrum to munnar.
- Cochin International Airport : 110 Km
- Aluwa railway Station :110 Km
- Ernakulam railway station :130 Km
- Alleppey : 180 K m
- Trivandrum:280 Km
- Thrissur :160 Km
- Thekkady :100 Km
- Madurai :160 Km
- Coimbatore :160 Km
- Kodaikkanal :170 Km
- Ooty :250 Km