Munnar is considered to be one amongst the popular hill station. It is located in Kerala. Located on the Ghats, in the Idukki district it would definitely mesmerizes your sight. It is believed that it derived its name from native words Munu which means three and aaru meaning river.
Places to visit in Munnar
Once a simple hill station, Munnar acted as the summer resort for the British. The major reason for people visiting Munnar was its tea – plantations. Majority of the tea – plantations were started by British. A typically Indian hill station, Munnar is besieged with guest houses, shops and a traditional locale. A heart – warming place situated at the heart of countryside.
For tourist convenience, the town is segregated in 2 sections. First half is the old Munnar and the second half is Munnar. Munnar has most of the bus stations and guest houses, whereas old Munnar has tourist information office.
Eravikulam is the national park which attracts many tourists. Here you would find endangered species of mountain goats – Nilgiri Tahr. The most imperative thing to do is trekking at Rajamala. It is the King of hills and here you would find friendly mountain goats.
Depending on the time of your travel and the local season you would be blessed to find other rare species of Elephants, and Lion – tailed macaque. Though the main season for touring Munnar is between August and March, you are welcomed here anytime you decide to come. But it would be advisable to carry your rain gear and extra warm clothes.
Eravikulam National Park is situated from Munnar approximately at the distance of 12 kilometers. It covers an extensive area of 97 kilometers making your park tour most extensive and an enjoyable safari. You would be startled by the several species of butterflies which are rare. This park is abode to distinct birds and animals.
It is also has opportunities for trekking. At the peak of this park you would enjoy a splendid view of tea plantations. Your heart would be filled with excitement at the sight of blankets of mists embracing the hills.
The most captivating feature of this park is that it is blessed with the blooming of a rare blue flower named Neelakurinji. It is said to bloom only once in 12 years. The hills of this park get swamped with these blue flowers.
Munnar is blessed with other tourist locations like Anamudi Peak, Mattupetty Dam reservoir, Pallivasal, Chinnakanal, Anayirangal, Rajamalai, Echo Point.