Saturday, January 3, 2009

Munnar




One of the most attractive places to visit in kerala is munnar,which is breathtakingly beautiful with its undulating hills and the soothing green of vast tea estates.Its breathtaking beauty and amazing climate makes munnar an ideal tourist destination in south india.Munnar is situated at an altitude of 1600 to 1800 mts above sea level and the temperature here varies from 0-25 C.Munnar lies in Idukki district, at the confluence of three mountain rivers. It is pronounced “Moon-aar”, meaning ‘three rivers’ in Malayalam. The rivers; Mudrapuzha, Nallathanni and Kundala meet in the center of the town.Munnar is sometimes called the ‘Switzerland of India’.

Attractions in and around Munnar Mattupetty
Mattupetty is situated at a height of 1700 m above sea level.Boating facilities are available in the reservoir of the dam.Mattupetty is also well known for its highly specialized dairyfarm - the Indo-Swiss Live Stock project -the cattlefarm run by the Kerala Livestock Development Board . The Shola forests in and around Mattupetty are ideal for trekking.

Anamudi
The place is encircled by wooded hills of the Annamalai Ranges, with the towering bulk of Anamudi, which is peninsular India’s highest peak, at 2695 m.

Top Station
Top station, 41 km (1hr) from Munnar is aptly named, as it is home to some of the highest tea plantations in India.

Echo point
On the way to top station is the echo point which is just 15 km from Munnar where you can disembark for a while, yell out — and listen to your voice coming back to you!

Rajamala
Rajamala is the natural habitat of Nilgiri Tahr. Half the world population of this rare mountain goat is found here, which is fast becoming extinct.

Eravikulam Wildlife Sanctuary
Eravikulam Wildlife Sanctuary is a sanctuary set up for the preservation of the endangered Nilgiri Tahr. The main inhabitant of the park is Nilgiri Tahr. Now the park has the largest known population of Tahr's existing in the world. The park also shelters Atlas Moth, Elephants, Sambhar's, Gaurs, Lion-tailed Macaque, Nilgiri, Langur, Tigers and Leopards