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Kerala tourism; the magnificent Munnar hill station in Western Ghats

Updated on February 5, 2017
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Radhika is highly passionate of traveling and keen in observing things for penning them into a travel article.

Munnar
Munnar | Source

Neelakurinji or bluebell flowers

The car slowly mounted the hills as we were on our trip to Munnar. The air was becoming cooler and cooler and chill breeze also conquered the atmosphere. Terrace slopes of tea plantations and misty verdant hills covered the backdrop throughout the rest of the journey.

I had not imagined that Munnar would be so beautiful really as was heard in stories and lectures. It seemed that Munnar was an oil painting of God using bright blue green hues. It is also the casa of ‘Neelakurinji’ flowers of purplish blue color blossoming once in 12 years to embellish the resplendence of the hills.

Munnar is a hill station on the Western Ghats, situated in the Idukki district of the Indian state of Kerala. As it’s situated geographically on the confluence of the three rivers Muthirapuzha, Nallathanni and Kundaly, it came to be known as ‘Munnar’. Munnar town is in Kannan Devan Hills Village in Devikulam Taluk. Its delightful peaks and dams shower the nature lovers with a bounty of colorful paintings of misty mountains, clouds, streams and green woods.

Rajamala
Rajamala | Source
Nilgiri Tahr or Varaiaadu
Nilgiri Tahr or Varaiaadu | Source

1. Rajamala

Rajamala means royal mountains. The richness of nature experienced here awarded it this name. Rajamala at a distance of 15km from Munnar, located in Eravikulam National Park is a high rolling plateau of hills in the higher ranges of Munnar. Also, the wild endangered species of goat ‘Nilgiri Tahr’ (Varaiaadu in Tamil language) is found in abundance here because of the favorable living conditions. About half of the world’s population of this species of goat is concentrated here. Its special ability to jump up the hills within a moment adds glow to Rajamala where visitors flock to behold this rare sight.

There is ample scope for trekking up this green mountain along-with fogs crisscrossing us. As we go higher and higher, slender white lines of small streams become visible that fall down. At some rocky bases, we can tinker the toes in these waters that surge from some points. This panorama of fog covered mountains at a higher altitude is the acme of nature which makes Munnar the epitome of beauty.

Anamudi peak
Anamudi peak | Source

2. Anamudi peak

Anamudi peak is the highest peak in the Western Ghats and South India, at an elevation of 2,695m (8,842 ft) from the sea level. As it resembles an elephant’s head, it came to be called as ‘Anamudi’ in its regional language Malayalam. A trekking from the basement of Rajamala in Eravikulam National Park may take you to reach the summit ‘Anamudi’. It’s a fault-block mountain of small local relief and not steeply tall. This rocky terrain is clothed with heavy evergreen forests of bamboos, black wood and teak growing lavishly. Also Anamudi hill is the source of many rivers that traverse the landscape before merging with major rivers. Stunning views of clouds in the sky and fogs moving around the hills can be enjoyed from this high peak point.

Echo Point
Echo Point | Source

3. Echo Point



This cool point about 16km on the way to Top Station is dressed with almost all hues of nature. Mist clad mountains merging with blue sky, green landscape and the cool lake flowing amidst together grab all the five senses of the visitor for a moment. A sketch of Echo point can be said as an exact trace of nature’s drawing. The natural echo phenomenon found here gave this place the name ‘Echo Point’.

Photo Point
Photo Point | Source

4. Photo Point


This photogenic point is on the way to Mattupetti dam. The green thick set tea garden sloping down from the green mountains arrange a stunning backdrop for those who crave for superb snapshots. This point is a true reflection of the tea country, Munnar.

Mattupetti reservoir
Mattupetti reservoir | Source

5. Mattupetti dam


This is a storage gravity dam to conserve water for hydroelectricity in Kerala, at a distance of about 13km from Munnar. The scenic beauty of the reservoir in the brilliant backdrop is what makes this place exemplary. This scenic spot is enjoyed best with a speed boat ride of about 10 minutes. The ride gives the feel of being in nature’s lap of brilliant colorful backdrop. Fresh air, cool breeze and the thrill of floating in a boat in green waters amidst lush green forests is an all time cherishing experience for a tourist traveler. It is the grounding place of wild elephants too.

Kundala lake
Kundala lake | Source

6. Kundala dam and lake


Kundala dam and the nearby lake present another striking spot for the wayfarer to explore. It is situated at about 20km from Munnar. The lake stretching through green woodland provides many boating facilities. Kashmir style boat ‘Shikara’ gives a feel of taking a Kashmiri ride in Kundala Lake. Pedal boat rides are also available to cruise through this placid lake of Munnar. This is a popular buzz thronged with sightseers during peak season (Dec to Mar).

Rose garden
Rose garden | Source

7. Rose garden


This garden housed in Mattupetti is a treasure of varieties of flowers. Flowers grown in small pots arranged in consecutive rows one above another gives a quick glimpse into the garden here. Besides, roses are also planted in hill slopes of grasslands. The ideal climate for growing all kinds of flowers gave way to the advent of rose garden. Water lilies grown in an artificial pond is another attraction here.

Pothamedu view point
Pothamedu view point | Source

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8. Pothamedu View Point


About 3km from Munnar is Pothamedu view point which gives us a glance into the fog covered mountains. Tea and cardamom plantations look like a green carpet of Munnar from here. Fog can deter this view as it has to carpet the mountains every now and then. Sunset can be seen from here with the several transformations of hues sunrays pass through.

These are the major attractions of the magnificent tea country and Neelakurinji hill station, Munnar. If you’re not satiated with all these, then traverse through some of the landscapes that have historic prominence. Wild life sanctuaries and waterfalls are yet other splendid sites in Munnar to explore. This natural, unruffled, extravagant tourist site is a golden dot on the heart of God’s own country, Kerala.

Munnar hill station

show route and directions
A markerMunnar -
Munnar, Kerala, India
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B markerRajamala -
Rajamala Eravikulam National Park, Eravikulam National Park Road, Kannan Devan Hills, Kerala 685561,
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C markerAnamudi, Munnar -
Anamudi, Eravikulam National Park, Kannan Devan Hills, Kerala 685561
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D markerMattupetti -
Mattupetty, Kerala 685616, India
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E markerKundala dam -
Kundale Dam, Kannan Devan Hills, Kerala 685615
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F markerPothamedu -
Pothamedu Viewpoint, Kerala 685565, India
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      Radhika Sreekanth 2 years ago from Mumbai,India

      Thank you revelationholiday...Your insight about this hub is bragging me to write more travel hubs. I'm honored when you tagged this hub to your website.

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      revelationholiday 2 years ago

      Hi radhikasree, Even though many of these destinations are well known to me, still i felt like reading most of the articles presented in a beautiful manner.I would tag your hub to my website as it is more informative.

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      Radhika Sreekanth 3 years ago from Mumbai,India

      Thanks georgescifo for stopping by with the new information. Kundala dam was very beautiful at the time I visited it. Sad to hear that it's beauty is not maintained by the respective authorities.

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      georgescifo 3 years ago from India

      The list of travel spots in Munnar given along with this hubpage is amazing except for Kundala dam, which has become one of the most dirty travel spot in Munnar. Visited that place few months back and really felt like leaving that place at once.

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      Radhika Sreekanth 4 years ago from Mumbai,India

      Hi srsddn sir,

      Thanks for taking a virtual tour over Munnar and hope your daughter had a wonderful time visiting it. Thanks for the votes and share.

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      srsddn 4 years ago from Dehra Dun, India

      Radhikasree, I love visiting hill stations but I missed Munnar last December. My daughter visited and she had many pictures with her to explain the beauty of Munnar. She brought local tea also for me. Your Hub is like visiting Munnar, it is nicely done. Thumbed up, useful info and shared.

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      Radhika Sreekanth 4 years ago from Mumbai,India

      Hi ranjanrahul,

      No, this hub can't be more beautiful than Munnar because Munnar is God's creation. I'm only a small writer just trying to showcase its beauty. Western Ghats or Sahyadri mountains range in the Western side of India with several hill stations scattered from North to South. Kerala's hill stations are among these ones and they're more beautiful with the brilliant sketch of God. Hope you've cleared up your question.

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      Radhika Sreekanth 4 years ago from Mumbai,India

      Hi torrilynn,

      Thanks for the nice comment. Glad to hear that you love to visit Munnar.

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      Radhika Sreekanth 4 years ago from Mumbai,India

      Hi livingsta,

      Yes, Kerala is really God's own country. I think Munnar is where the most beautiful sights of Kerala is situated. Thank you for voting this up and share.

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      Radhika Sreekanth 4 years ago from Mumbai,India

      Hello lammattdoran,

      Munnar is where the real beauty of Kerala lies. Kodaikanal is on the other side of Munnar and is visible from Top Station sometimes. Even if they both are in Western ghats, the natural vegetation of Kerala is verdant which can't be seen anywhere else. Munnar has several scenic spots to explore that look like painted with oils.

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      Rahul Ranjan 4 years ago from Delhi

      I never visited Moner, but can say that this hub is more beautiful then Monar. I have a question here please make it clear. The articles that I read so far about Kerala tourism all has special force for Western Ghats! Is Western Ghats most beautiful destination or what?

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      torrilynn 4 years ago

      radhikasree,

      thanks for the amazing photos

      along with the information, it makes me

      want to book a trip right away

      very well written work

      Voted up

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      livingsta 4 years ago from United Kingdom

      Beautiful hub with beautiful photos. Kerala itself is green and it's beautiful landscapes and backwaters are breathtaking. Thank you for this hub

      Votes up and sharing!

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      Matt Doran 4 years ago from Manchester, UK

      Hi radhikasree, I visited the state of Kerala last March. I didn't go to Munnar as we went to Kodaikanal hill station in Tamil Nadu so I thought maybe it would be similar? In Kerala we went to Allepey and Fort Kochi and had a good time. I like your hub.

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