- Hill Stations
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.
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
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
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
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
Accessibility: 130 km( 4 1/2 hours) from Kochi.
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
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
The ideal time to visit is from September to May.
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.
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
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
(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.
Major Wild Life Sanctuaries
Thekkady (Periyar), Parambikkulam,
Wayanad, Silent Valley, Aralm, Peechi-Vazhani,
Chimani, Shenduruny, Idukki, Chinnar, Peppara and
Thattekad and Kumarakom
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