Munnar, a tourist destination that lies under the Sahyadhri hills of Western Ghats , India. This range of mountains preserves the flora and fauna and maintain the ecological balance of nature.1600 Km ranging Western Ghats is famous for Wild Life Sanctuaries ,hill stations etc. Out of 39 UN categorized hotspots in Western Ghats, Munnar is a prominent one among them.
Munnar,a hillstation located at 1500 above MSL is popular for tea plantation and tourism. As the name indicates it is a place where three rivers namely Mudhirapuzha, Nallathanni and Kundaly joins and ts water is used by the people in many ways and also a source for generating electricity
During the colonial era Scotish planters where the first to discover Munnar as a place suitable for tea plantations and later they started the tea plantation which was named as Kannan & Devan hills ( in remembrance of inhabitants from munnar)
Nowadays, this place and the nearby places are famous for tourism. Top tourist destinations are
Eravikulam National Park
Eravikulam National Park is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Famous for Nilaghiri Thar ,an endangered specious and Neelikurinj(Stroblanthus) which blooms once in 12 years. The place is situated at a distance of 15 kms from Munnar at a height of 2695 m above sea level. Half of the world population of the rare mountain goat, Nilgiri Tahr (hermitrages hylocres) which is becoming extinct, is now found here. The species is now reduced to small herds found only in the Rajamal-Eravikulam region and is approximately 1000 in number.
India’s highest peak of Western Ghats and South India and the second highest in the whole nation, Anamudi is just 50 kms away from Munnar. The height of the peak is 2695 m (8842 ft) and is the highest point of Periyar River basin.
Mattupetty is at 13k from Munnar and at a height of 1700m. Mattupetty dam and lake are very beautiful picnic spots.
Other attractions are
- Top Station
- Munnar Tea Museum