Approx. 13 km from Munnar you'll find Mattupatti Dam.
This is a popular picnic/family day-trip-place, and at one end they have boats for rent.
But you can also find some quiet places around this long lake/Dam.
About 30 km from Munnar Top Station is at a height of 1.880 m above sea level.
With beautiful panoramic views of mountains and valley towards the neighboring state of Tamil Nadu.
We rented a motorbike in Munnar and drove trough a beautiful, green landscape to Top Station.
Hire a cab to go to Visit the Kolukumalai tea factory.The drive up hills is breathtakingly beautiful.On the way is an echo spot,where you can scream to hear your voice echo!
At the factory you get to see how tea is made from leaves.The entry fee is Rs.100 per person,Children are not charged.You can buy organically grown tea(which is sold at Rs.110/500 gms)This tea is not available outside Munnar,since it is mostly exported.It is a nice place to hang around for a while.The shop there sells tea,but nothing else!
So do carry some light eats and snacks if you want.
From Chinnakanal the cab charged us Rs.800?
The visit to Munnar is not complete without a half day tour to the Eravikulam National Park. In fact make it the first visit in your itinerary, as the weather can be unpredictable. It does rain and although the cloud can be beautiful your camera may not like it. It will be great if you can also spot India's wild goat the Nilgiri Tahr, with a superzoom handy
Mattupetty offers great views of the landscape, do some shopping for caps, beads, junk wear.
You will get real close to the neighboring state Tamil Nadu from Mettupetty, where you have Anaimudy National Park and Pampadum shola National Park, GO WILD respect nature!
Go ahead and take a boat ride in the scenic Mattupetty river. It closes at 5.30 pm. We were lucky to have a driver named Rajesh who made this ride an absolutelt thrilling experience, what with exemplary daredevilry and creativity with the camera. He drove the boat with one hand, gave it a wild twist, and then with the other hand captured our exhilirating reaction on camera, great work Rajesh!!
Its a fun ride with the family. The ride is priced at Rs. 300 for 5 people.
This is the natural habitat of the Nilgiri Tahr goat, 2695 mts above sea level this offers a birds eye view of Munnar.Half the world's population of the rare mountain goat or tahr which is fast becoming extinct, is now found here.The Niligiri tahr in Rajamala are now to be found in small herds found in Eravikulam-Rajamala region. The total number of Niligiri Tahrs in Rajamala is estimated to be over 1300.
Situated at a height of 1700 mts, this looks like a bit of sweden thats been imported here. As we drove by in our ambassador both Aj and I were wondering why we bother spending exorbitant amounts heading out of India for a vacation when there'es so much here still to see!
A must do day trip from Munnar is a visit to the Marayoor region which is north of Munnar along the Munnar Udumalpet road which goes to Coimbatore. As you leave Munnar town you pass by Rajamalai, the entry point to Eravikulam national park, where you can go to see the Nilgiri Tahr and Anaimudi the highest peninsular Indian mountain, if lucky. Unfortunately there is too long a queue most of the time so a lot of people skip this visit. After this the road passes through the most scenic areas of Talaiyar, Nyamakad and Gundamalai tea estates, deep valleys all ringed by high mountains. You can take short walks through the tea paths wherever it is unfenced. The Lukkom falls come on the way. At Marayoor you will find a patch of dense sandalwood forests which are fenced in to prevent vandalism. Then comes a side road to Kovilkadavu the home of the Muniyara prehistoric dolmens. The entire hillside and valley are covered in these dolmens and it is a good trek for those who are interested. If you proceed further you will enter the dense deciduous Chinnar sanctuary going upto and beyond the Tamil nadu border. At Alampetty just after Marayur you can engage a forest guide and do a short trek to Thoovanam falls or to some more prehistoric sites. Wildlife sighting is high on the Chinnar section. All in all an excellent day trip from Munnar.
A sanctuary for the endangered mountain goat of South India, the Nilgiri Tahr (Hemitragus hylocrious). This park was declared National park in 1978 due to his many faunal, floral, geo-morphological and zoological significance.
Eravikulam National Park spread over 97 sq km is situated in the Devikulam Taluk and is home to the Nilgiri Tahr. The highest peak here is Anamudi (2695 Mts) which is located in the Southern region of the park.
The park is divided into 3 regions - the core area, the buffer area and the tourism area. Visitors are allowed only to the tourism area which is in the Rajamala region.
Rajamala is situated 15 km from Munnar located about 2695 above sea level.
You can see the Nilagiri tahr here in their natural habitat.. Half of the world population of the rare mountain goat (hemitragas bylocres) is found here.
The exotic flora found in this forests in Munnar is the Neelakurinji. This flower which covers the hills in the blue every twelve years, will bloom next in 2018 AD.
Visiting Time : 0700 - 1800 hrs.
Visitors are not allowed during the monsoon.
Entry Pass : Rs. 10 for adults, Rs. 5 for children below 12 years, Rs. 50 for foreigners.( liable to change)
Permitting Authority : Wild Life DFO, Munnar.
Echo Point has a natural echo phenomenon is situated 15 km from Munnar. You can scream as loud and you want and you can hear your echo back. I find it very interesting.
Lots of stall in this are so you can get your fresh coconut juice, food, homemade chocolate and also woodcrafts. We have a very sweet strawberry juice and got some strawberry jam too.
Mattupetty is situated 13 km from Munnar at a height of 1700m, Mattupetty is known for its dairy farm-the Indo Swiss Livestock Project.
Visiting time 9 am to11 am and 1400 pm to 15.30 pm.
The Mattupetty Lake and dam is very beautiful and ideal for picnic. You can also take a speedboat and motorboats rides here.
The Cheeyappara are located between Nariamngalam and Adimali on the Kochi Madurai higway.
The Cheeyappara waterfalls cascade down in sever steps. It is a real feast to the eyes. This is also a great place for trekking.
Tata tea,the world's largest tea company runs a little tea museum in Munnar.Artifacts from the early part of the last century are displayed here - related to life in a tea garden. There is also a mini tea factory with scaled down machinery which clearly demonstrates the complete tea making process.An absolute must if you love the magic herb called tea !