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Kerala Tourism - Historic Natural Attractions of Munnar

Updated on July 6, 2017
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Radhika is highly passionate of traveling and keen in observing things for penning them into a travel article.

Tea garden in Devikulam, Munnar
Tea garden in Devikulam, Munnar | Source

Munnar proudly anchors some historic prominent sites along-with its picturesque beauty. My first article discusses some of the top attractions of Munnar in its vicinity. Those who want to lure its entire beauty can head to these riveting sites.

1. Sitadevi lake, Devikulam

Distant about 7km from Munnar is the spectacular hill station Devikulam. It is believed that the lake flowing here is sacred because Goddess Sita, wife of Lord Rama took bath in it during her stay in the nearby forests. Thus it got the name Sitadevi Lake. People come here to drink this crystal clear water rich in minerals with curative powers. The lake amidst verdant forests and hills teemed with songbirds is a majestic scenic spot in Munnar. The outpouring Pallivasal waterfall lies in the vicinity of this divine lake.

Pallivasal dam and falls
Pallivasal dam and falls | Source

2. Pallivasal

Pallivasal is a village located at about 8km from Munnar, near to Chithirapuram. It is the venue of the first hydro-electric project in Kerala. The dam and waterfalls are the main attractions here.

Chithirapuram | Source

3. Chithirapuram

It is a beautiful hill station at a distance of 10km from Munnar. This quaint countryside still hosts several ancient old cottages and mansions built during colonial rule. Chithirapuram is another paradise of manicured tea gardens, verdant hills and evergreen forests laced with mountain streams.

Chinnakanal | Source

4. Chinnakanal

This village is at a distance of about 21km from Munnar. Travelling further 13 km from Devikulam, Chinnakanal is reached. Hotels and tea estates present in this village are very popular and commuters lure the grand visual feast of the cascading waterfalls here. Chinnakanal waterfalls or powerhouse waterfalls gush from a height of about 800ft amidst dense tea slopes.

5.Tata tea museum

Housed in Nallathanni Estate of about 12km from Munnar, this museum showcases antiques related to tea processing that date back to more than a century. Tata tea museum is a tribute to the pioneers of tea production, whose sincere toils turned Munnar to a major tea plantation center of Kerala. The burial urn excavated from the vicinity of Periakanal Estate dating back to 2nd century BC, original tea roller Rotovane of 1905 used in CTC (crush, tear, cut) type tea processing, the Pelton Wheel used at Kanniamallay Estate in1920s, a rail engine wheel of the Kundale Valley Light Railway used in between 1900 – 1950 are some of the equipment displayed here.

A demonstration room for tea tasting is also included in Tata tea museum. Here one can taste the different varieties of tea and find out the nuances of tea processing in CTC and orthodox tea manufacturing units.

Anayirangal dam
Anayirangal dam | Source

6. Anayirangal dam

This dam, perched on the hilltop is 22km from Munnar. The reservoir bordered by dense green forests let you cruise through it enjoying the wilderness. ‘Anayirangal’ literally translates to ‘elephant alight’ as elephants alight here frequently from nearby forests.

Kolukkumalai Tea Factory
Kolukkumalai Tea Factory | Source

7. Kolukkumalai tea estate

Kolukkumalai tea estate is 35 km from Munnar. A ridge anchors Kolukkumalai tea estate and the factory where tea is processed. It is regarded as the world’s highest reputed tea estate at approximately 8000 feet above the sea level. With a bumpy ride for about 90min through the narrow rocky terrain, you can reach Kolukkumalai tea factory. The various stages of tea production can be studied in detail here.
Kolukkumalai hosts amazing vista of rugged mountains carpeted by tea plantations below. On clear nights Kodaikanal hills of Tamil Nadu state become visible from this point.

Top Station Munnar
Top Station Munnar | Source

8. Top Station

Top Station, about 41 km from Munnar is situated along the border of the state of Tamil Nadu. Top Station has historic significance as it was the transshipment location for tea delivered up here from Munnar by railway and then down by rope-way to Kottagudi. With the mesmeric view of the ethereal hills of Munnar, Top Station always charms its guests atop. During the ‘Neelakurinji’ season, this point becomes clustered with Neelakurinji(blue bells) flowers that tend it to be called ‘Neelakurinjimala’. The wildlife Kurinjimala sanctuary is also nearby.

Top Station, Munnar

Westwood Riverside Garden Resort
Westwood Riverside Garden Resort | Source

Westwood Riverside Garden Resort

We had the fortune to visit the magnificent hill station Munnar in 2002 Dec. Even if my memories have become old, Munnar still tops the list of nature blessed heavens that I’ve ever visited. Our stay at Westwood Riverside Garden Resort also summed it up. This resort perched in the hills of Munnar facing a lake in a stunning backdrop of green hue was surreal along-with the cool, pure air of the wilderness.

The room maintenance and service were excellent apart from the scrumptious food served from the restaurant. The staff also behaved affably attending gently to our requests and demands. Looking forward to make our next trip to Munnar and stay in Westwood Riverside Garden Resorts……..

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A markerMunnar -
Munnar, Kerala, India
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B markerDevikulam -
Devikulam, Kerala, India
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C markerPallivasal -
Pallivasal, Kerala, India
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D markerChithirapuram -
Chithirapuram, Kerala, India
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E markerChinnakanal -
Chinnakanal, Kerala, India
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F markerKolukkumalai tea estate -
Suryanelli-Kolukkumalai Tea Estate Road, Kerala, India
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G markerTop Station, Munnar -
Munnar - Top Station Road, Munnar, Kerala 685612, India
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      Radhika Sreekanth 3 years ago from Mumbai,India

      Dear srsddn sir,

      Munnar is really a marvelous work of God in the land of Kerala. Thanks for the votes.

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      srsddn 3 years ago from Dehra Dun, India

      radhikasree, Munar seems to be quite attractive a tourist destination. Tea gardens are amazing. Thanks for sharing. Voted up and useful.

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      Radhika Sreekanth 3 years ago from Mumbai,India

      Hi Eddy,

      Thank you for that nice comment. Kerala is indeed beautiful.

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      Eiddwen 3 years ago from Wales

      A beautiful visit and thank you for sharing this wonderful hub.


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      Radhika Sreekanth 4 years ago from Mumbai,India

      Thanks sunil for reading and for commenting. Yes, Munnar is indeed beautiful and I wish you might visit it soon. Thanks!

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      Sunil Kumar Kunnoth 4 years ago from Calicut (Kozhikode, South India)

      A beautiful place. I am yet visit the land and hopeful of doing so in the near future. Neatly written. Congrats!

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      Radhika Sreekanth 4 years ago from Mumbai,India

      Hi Ruby,

      Yes, the scenery is quite beautiful. Quaintness in some spots also gives an old world charm. Thanks for making such a nice comment.

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      Radhika Sreekanth 4 years ago from Mumbai,India

      Hi iguidenetwork,

      Munnar is really a stunning dream world that has several embellishments of nature. Welcome to Munnar and have a wonderful vacation in Kerala. Thanks for the comment.

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 4 years ago from Southern Illinois

      The scenery is beautiful, what a spectacular area in our world. The video was a plus..Thank you...

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      iguidenetwork 4 years ago from Austin, TX

      Stunning and otherworldly beautiful scenery. I'm researching on what other places to go on a holiday (where I've never been before) and now I'm considering this. Thanks for posting. :)

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      Radhika Sreekanth 4 years ago from Mumbai,India

      Thanks billybuc for making such a pleasing comment. I'm happy that you liked this virtual tour.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      How very beautiful! The pictures are stunning. Thank you for the tour.

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