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Much of the Kerala's exotic appeal is centered in the highland area of the Western Ghats. Rising to an average height of 1520m, the tropical forests of the Ghats house rich flora and fauna.. Not to speak of expansive, loamy plantations of tea, coffee, rubber and fragrant cardamom.

Munnar 

1600m above sea level Munnar ranks among the most beautiful hill stations in South Asia. Majestic mountains, lush green forests, wildlife sanctuaries, pristine mountain streams, aromatic tea gardens blend harmoniously in Munnar to make a blissful atmosphere that is hard to describe. 

Among the exotic flora found in the forests and grasslands here is the Neelakurinji. This flower which bathes the hills in blue once every twelve years, will bloom next in 2006AD. Munnar also has the highest peak in South India-Anamudi, which towers over 2695m. Anamudi is an ideal spot for trekking.

Munnar is a nature lover's paradise and was the summer resort of the British Government in South India. Munnar is situated at the confluence of three mountain streams - Mudrapuzha, Nallathanni and Kundala. 

This is home to the near extinct Nilgiri Thars, the mountain goats, in the Eravikulam National Park. It can also be spotted on the hillsides of Rajamala. Mattupetti Dam, Echo Point, Top Station and Sandalwood forest at Marayoor are just some of the fascinating places around Munnar.  Munnar Holiday Packages

Accessibility: 130 km( 4 1/2 hours) from Kochi.  
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Tourist circuits in Munnar

Munnar - Mattupetty Dam - Indo Swiss Livestock Project - Echo Point - Kundala Dam - Top Station (34 km) Munnar - Pothamedu - Chitirapuram - Pallivasal - Cheeyappara - Adimali - Valara (40 km) Munnar - Rajamala - Marayoor - Chinnar (70 km) Munnar - Devikulam - Lock Heart Gap - Power House Waterfalls Anayirankal (32 km)

Plantations of Munnar

Tea plantations in South India are located on the Western Ghats, the eastern part of central Kerala and adjoining parts of Tamil Nadu, usually at an elevation of 4300 to 6200 ft. above sea level. 

Tea cultivation started on the Nilgiris in 1832 on an experimental basis, and later in 1878 was taken up on the Kanan Devan Hills in Munnar. 

Today, tea is cultivated on 24,000 hectares of land in Munnar, Peermede and Devikulam areas with an annual yield of 47568 metric tons.

Accessibility: 130 km( 4 1/2 hours) to the east of Kochi. The nearest airports are at Kochi and Madurai. The nearest railway stations are at Kochi and Aluva. There are several scenic routes by road to Munnar.

The ideal time to visit is from September to May.

Peermede 

Situated 915m above sea level, Peermede is on the way to the Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary. This pleasant hill station was once the summer retreat of the Maharajas of Travancore. Here you will find sprawling tea, coffee, cardamom, rubber and eucalyptus plantations side b7y side with natural grasslands and pine forests.

Accessibility: 75 km (2 1/2 hours) from Kottayam.

Vythiri 

Tucked away at the north eastern tip of Kerala, this quaint little hill station about 1300m above sea level is renowned for its coffee, tea, cardamom, pepper and runner plantations. Mist capped mountains and breathtaking scenery dominate other tourist attractions.

Accessibility:  100km (5 hours) from Kozhikode.

Ponmudi 

An idyllic hill resort with narrow, winding pathways and cool, green, wooded environs, Ponmudi is located 915 metres above sea level. Well known for its beautiful mountain flowers, exotic butterflies, small rivulets and springs, hill station also has excellent trekking trails.

Accessibility: 61 km(2 1/2hours) from Thiruvananthapuram.

                                                            
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         Houseboat (Kettuvallam) cruises at Backwaters


No trip to Kerala is complete without a Kettuvallam cruise. The ride offers a close look into a delightful rustic life. A kettuvallam usually has one or two bath attached bedrooms, an open lounge, deck, kitchenette and a crew comprising oarsmen, a cook and guide. Today, these giant 80 foot crafts have been adapted into luxuriously furnished houseboats. 

Come, check into a houseboat for the most amazing experience of your life.  Houseboat Cruises

                                                                   
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                        Major Wild Life Sanctuaries

Thekkady (Periyar), Parambikkulam, Wayanad, Silent Valley, Aralm, Peechi-Vazhani, Chimani, Shenduruny, Idukki, Chinnar, Peppara and Neyyar.

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