|Echo point||Located about 15 km out of Munnar|
|Top Station||Located at a distance of 41km from Munnar|
|Anamudi Peak||Lies to the center of the Eravikulam National Park|
|Kolukkumalai Tea Estate||Located at a distance of about 35 km from Munnar|
|Mattupetty Dam||LocatedJust 13 km away from Munnar|
|Mattupetty Farm||located about 13 km from Munnar Town|
|Power House Waterfalls||Located at a distance of 18 km|
|CSI Church||Situated on a hillock in Old Munnar|
|Chinnar Wildlife Sanctuary||Located 60 km from Munnar|
|Salim Ali Bird Sanctuary(Thattekad Sanctuary)||Located in the Ernakulum District of Kerela|
|Rajamalai National Park(Eravikulum National Park)||Situated in Idduki, the bordering district of Kerela|
|Marayoor||Located about 40 km from Munnar|
Echo Point is about 15 km out of Munnar and serves as a good respite for travelers on their way to Top Station. Cradled amidst staggering cliffs and cool and fresh mountain breeze, this is the place where nature lovers can unwind and shriek out with ecstasy to their heartís content. The enthralling silence of the place is often broken by the yodeling and blaring of the youngsters who cannot resist hearing their sound being echoed in the rolling hills. The surrounding terrain of Echo Point is a trekkerís paradise. In the backdrop of lush green hills and a panoramic setting, trekking and nature walks can provide a memorable experience to all lovers of nature. Also garnished with a pristine little lake in the midst of it, Echo point is a must visit for all the naturalists.
Snuggled in the bordering district of Tamil Nadu and Kerela, Top Station is one of the most enthralling places to visit for a traveler in Munnar. True to its name, Top Station houses some of the highest tea plantations in India. Located at a distance of 41km from Munnar and at an altitude of 1700 meters, this place offers an abode to some of the most breath taking sceneries of these verdant hills adorned with Neelakurinji flowers. A treat for the nature lovers, Top Station is not worth a miss.
Proudly standing with a stunning altitude of 2695meters, the Anamudi peak overviews the Eravikulum National Park. This peak is well known for being the abode of a rich variety of flora and fauna. Apart from housing very rare species of plants and orchids, this peak is also home to a number of endangered animals like, Nilgiri languors, leopards, tigers, and macaques. The Anamudi peak is also a paradise to the trekkers. With its rocky terrain and lush green surrounding a pair of sturdy trekking shoes are all that a trekking maniac would need to explore this beautiful habitat of peace, harmony and beauty.
Kolukkumalai Tea Estate
Located at a distance of about 35 km from Munnar, and having an altitude of 8000ft above sea level, the Kolukkumalai Tea Estate has a reputation of being the highest tea plantation of the world. Apart from the flavorsome tea that this Tea Estate produces, it is has its claim to fame because of being the most idyllic expanse for enjoying the serenity of nature. Against a backdrop of the rugged hills and lush green valleys, this hill resort has a balmy effect on an urban pair of eyes, thirsty of beauty and harmony.
Mattupetty is an extremely picturesque hill station, situated at an altitude of 1700meters. Just 13 km away from Munnar, this enchanting hill resort is embellished with a dam and a lake. Travelers take a particular fancy of the place because of the scenic view of the lake against a backdrop of the woody hills and the verdant tea plantations.
Mattupetty also offers opportunities for exciting adventures and recreation, like boating and trekking. The DTPC (District Tourism Promotion Council) has provided the place with sufficient good quality boating facilities and showcases a convoy of speed boats, pedal boats and row boats. Those in loves with adventure and thrill, Mattupetty has something to offer to you as well. Trekking in the Shola forests around this hill station can prove to be a never to be forgotten experience for the travelers. Not only are forests charming to look at, because of the numerous small and meandering streams that finally culminate in a waterfall cascading down the mountain slopes, but also because it is the dwelling of a number of endangered species of birds and orchids. If you are craving to see Nature in her full glory, Mattupetty is the only place that can quench your thirst.
Another place worthy of visit in Mattupetty is the Rose garden. It plays host to roses of almost every conceivable color and variety. The salubrious air, the green undulating valleys, the rugged cliffs and a panoramic setting is capable of rejuvenating the mind and refreshing the soul of any traveler.
Mattupetty also houses an Indo Swiss farm, where the most superior breed of cattle are bred. The farm is well looked after and maintained with utmost care and concern. Adding to the beauty and charm of the place is the Mattupetty lake nearby, that makes the farm even more resourceful. The farm is kept open all day for the tourists to visit.
Power House Waterfalls
The Power House Falls is the crowning glory of Munnar. Located at a distance of 18 km, this scintillating waterfall is enroute to PERIYAR Wildlife Sanctuary in Thekkady. Rightly named as the Powerhouse, this waterfall showcases water gushing down from a staggering height of 2000meters. The gurgling sound of the cascading Falls is overwhelming and delightful. The vigor and velocity of the Fall is attributed to Sita, the wife of Lord Rama. Legend has it that Devi Sita had a bath near the place called Devikulum, which is the source of the Powerhouse Falls. Hence, the natives are also of the view that the water of the Falls has medicinal and healing powers. An ideal place for indulging in a mood of indolence, the Powerhouse Falls is sure to captivate a tourist with its natural charm and splendor.
Religious places in and around Munnar
The CSI church of Christ is one of the most visited spots in Munnar. This Church was built in 1910 by some of the British Tea planters. Characterized with an old Gothic form of architecture, this old church reflects craftsmanship and an ingenuity of engineering techniques. Built on a rocky protrusion, the church looks attractive because of the Brass plaque and some beautifully stained glasses. A visit to this church proves to be a sublime spiritual experience and it reminds one of the old world elegance.
Chinnar Wildlife Sanctuary
The Chinnar Wildlife Sanctuary, located 60 km from Munnar, falls under the rain shadow region of the Western Ghats of Kerela and gets an annual rainfall of about 48 days. A careful introspection of the forest indicates a clear shift in climate and the type of vegetation. From thorny bushes, the vegetation slowly turns into deciduous forests, riparian types, shoals and grasslands. The sanctuary is ridged with cliffs and hillocks thus bringing in the variety in habitat, important for the varied species of flora and fauna.
Apart from being well known for the abundance of medicinal plants and herbs, Chinnar is also famous for its wide diversity in the reptilian fauna. Vipers, kraits, cobras, pythons, etc are abundantly scattered across the forest floor. Elephants, spotted deer, sambhar, Hanuman Monkey, and gaur can also be found in the sanctuary.
The uneven texture of the forest floor adds to the excitement and thrill of the travelers and also provides ideal conditions for trekking and mountain climbing. Tourists can enjoy the thrill of trekking in the forest range both in daylight as well as after the dark. While the daylight unlocks some of the most exotic sights of the forest life, the darkness of the night unleashes the sound and smell of the animal world. Adding to the excitement is a sandalwood forest nearby. To watch a herd of bison pass by, while inhaling the arousing aroma of sandalwood is an experience of a life time.
Salim Ali Bird Sanctuary(Thattekad Sanctuary)
The Salim Ali Bird Sanctuary, often referred to as the Thattekad Sanctuary, is located in the Ernakulum District of Kerela. Covering an area of about 25 square kilometers, this is an ornithologistís paradise. Housing more than 270 species of birds, this Sanctuary is rich in avian wildlife. Malabar Grey Hornbills, crimson throated barbets, rose-billed rollers, sunbirds, Malayan night herons and rusty tailed flycatchers are some of the important species of birds to be frequently found here. This sanctuary also excels in its rich collection of butterflies. Early morning witnesses a cacophony of varied species of birds, thus adding to the delight and contentment of the bird lovers.
Rajamalai National Park(Eravikulum National Park)
The Eravikulum National park is situated in Idduki, the bordering district of Kerela and Tamil Nadu. Built in 1978, this National park was situated with the sole purpose of preserving a species known as, Nilgiri Tahr, a rare kind of goat found only in the southern Himalayas. Historians are of the opinion that this place was originally owned by Rajamalai and Eravikulum. Later it was donated to the Tea plantations. However, it was declared a Sanctuary in 1975 and promoted to the status of a National Park in 1978. Some of the animals that can be found here are, Elephant, Nilgiri langur, Nilgiri marten, small-clawed otter and a rare tiger or leopard and the Nilgiri wood pigeon.
Located about 40 km from Munnar, Marayoor is a place that is earned a reputation amongst the travelers because of its exotic setting, the abundance of greenery and a rich cultural heritage. The stone engravings and the cave temples of this place blatantly suggest that it is from the Stone Age. Rocky cliffs, streams, sandalwood, and expansive fields of paddy garnish the place further. Being almost a virgin territory, Marayoor is far less crowded than Munnar. Growing accommodation facilities, tour guides and modes of communication is bringing Marayoor at par with the other throbbing tourist attractions.