: Munnar is a hill
station, located at an altitude of 1,600m. Munnar boasts the highest peak in south
India 'Anamundi' 2695 meters high. Munnar was the favourite summer resort of European
settlers for centuries. The name 'Munnar' means 'Three Rivers' and they are actually
three mountain stream, Muthirapuzha, Nallathanni and Kundala, confluence at the
heart of the town, meeting all the water requirements of the settlers and visitors. Sprawling tea plantations, picture book towns,
winding lanes and holiday facilities make this a popular resort town. Among the
exotic flora found in the forests and grasslands is the 'Neelakurinji'.
peak is little beyond Munnar. Eravikulam National Park, the home of Nilgiri Tahr,
is in the vicinity. Tourists can have a glimpse of Gaur, Langur, Lion-tailed Macaque,
and Elephants roaming in herds.The Kundale Tea Plantation, an area surrounding
a lovely lake, offers an opportunity to see the tea plantations, to watch tea
being picked, to learn how tea is processed, to smell the sweet scent of tea wafting
through the air and to buy the tea directly from the gardens.
: Situated at a height of 1,700m, Mattupetti
is famous for its highly specialised dairy farm, the Indo-Swiss live stock project.
Over 100 varieties of high yielding cattle are reared here. Visitors are allowed
into three of the eleven cattle sheds at the farm.
Mattupetti Lake and dam, just a short distance from the farm, is a very beautiful
picnic spot. The sprawling Kundala tea plantations and the Kundala lake are other
attractions in the vicinity. DTPC Idduli provides boating facilities on the Mattupetty
Dam. Speed Launch and slow speed motor boats are available on hire. read more
16kms south-west of Munnar, is a small hill station Devikulam, which means 'Pond
of the Goddess', as it is believed that goddess Sita once, had a bath in the pond
near by and hence this place was named after it. This place has a lot of natural
beauty and many tourists come here to enjoy its serenity. Devikulam is a dainty
town. It consist of irresistibly green slopes touching the sky at a thousand metres
and its silent clusters of slender red and blue gum trees. It has a lovely little
lake hidden within the rolling hills.
On the way to Thekkady, Peerumade
is a small hill station. It is a fertile land at an altitude of 914 meters. Formerly
the summer palaces of Travancore Rajas this tiny and cool hill station is full
of rubber, tea, coffee, pepper and cardamom plantation, interspersed with waterfalls
and open grasslands.
This is an ideal picnic spot with
its bush green carpet of tea plantation. A trip on the
splendid reservoir is an unforgettable experience. The
Tata Tea plantation and evergreen forests surround the
With its sleepy little cottages,
bungalows, old play grounds and courts; Chithirapuram
still exudes an old world charm. Home of the Pallyvasal
Hydel Power Project, this hill town is also very famous
for its picturesque tea plantations.
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hill station The picturesque hill station of Grampi,
situated 5 kms from Peerumade is also known as the Parunthupara,
meaning the eagle rock.
Hill station The picturesque hill station offers a
panoramic view of the nearby valleys. A camp house on
the hill provides comfortable lodging.
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kms from Thrissur, Vilangakunnu is a beautiful little
hill which is a wonderful picnic spot.
This spot is a feast for ones eyes with its natural charm
An ideal little hill station, tucked
away in the Western Ghats, Ponmudi is at an altitude of
1100 feet above sea level. Lush Green woods, lazily meandering
streams and countless varieties of butterflies lend a
strange magic to Ponmudi. It is a panorama of pristine
beauty cloaked in mist. There are several tea and rubber
estates around the hills. A hill tribe called Kannikkar
lives in the surrounding areas. Ponmudi is a fast developing
hill station with room and dormitory accommodation facilities,
restaurants, hill trails for hiking, a collection of hovering
trees and deer park. Ponmudi is 61 kms from Thiruvananthapuram
and is easily reached by road from here.
A forest range 75 kms. (travel time: 2 ½ hours)
from Palghat, the Nelliyampathy hills comprise a chain
of ridges cut off from one another by valleys of dense
evergreen forests and orange plantations The height of
the hills range from 467 meters to the tallest peak Padagiri
looming at 1572 meters.
Nelliyampathy from Palghat is a sensation on its own, as you negotiate over a
dozen hairpin curves on the ghat road passing through the fascinating jungles
of the Sahya Ranges. En route, 17 kms. from Palghat, the shimmering Pothundi Reservoir
and its manicured surroundings make for an ideal stop over.
Luxuriant plantations of coffee, tea, cardamom,
pepper and rubber, stretch over the hills of Wayanad as far as the eye can see.
With the fast-flowing rivers - Panamaram, Mananthavady and Kabini - cutting across
the undulating panorama and lending a picture-postcard look to the whole region
- the north eastern tip of Kerala.
Wagamon 64 km. from Kottayam
and 34 km. from Pala, situated at an elevation of 1100
meters above sea level is a trekkers paradise. It
is a very ideal tourist spot surrounded by the greenery
of tea gardens, beautiful meadows, valleys and dales.
Other attractions: Thangal para, lndo-swiss project, Kurisumala
is in the site of a large irrigation dam built across
the longest river in Kerala, the Bharathapuzha. It is
set at the base of the hills of the Western Ghats.
gardens, amusement parks and facilities for boat cruises make this an ideal picnic
attractions are the rock garden, the fish-shaped aquarium, the snake park, the
ropeway which takes the tourist on an aerial tour of the park, and the famous
work Yakshi (an enchantress) sculpted by Kanai Kunjiraman.
most interesting feature of the rock garden is that the whole place is made of
unwanted and broken pieces of bangles, tiles, used plastic cans, tins and other
garden is a master work of sculptor Padmasree Nek Chand
Saini. His rock garden in Chandigarh is world famous and
attracts thousands of tourists every year
A place of great scenic beauty with
picturesque hills, streams and luxuriant vegetation, one
of the highest locations in Wayanad, and registers the
second highest degree of rainfall in the world. 3 km from
here is Pookode Lake,the natural fresh water lake, very
wide and deep, one of the rare reservoirs of water in
Wayanad. Surrounded on all sides by meadows and hills,
it has become a favorite picnic spot.