A visit to Kerala needs no occasion. It is no doubt one of the best destinations one could visit in India. The state is rich with natural wonders and is also an ideal place to visit during any season.
On a trip to Kerala, there are chances that you would be confused as to where to visit first and how to choose the best destination out of the long list of scenic locations the state has to offer. Well, this article takes you to Kerala's 'The Best' destination, Munnar. Till recent, Munnar was also the most sought after destination in India.
Munnar is located at the confluence of three mountain streams Mudrapuzha, Kundala and Nallathanni. This scenic location is also home to the famous Neelakkurinji, the flowers that bloom only once in 12 years. The next bloom will be in 2018, which is a sight to marvel with the flower beds that cover the peaks in blue.
Let's see what's in store in and around Munnar for travellers who love nature and adventure too.
Devikulam is a hill station just 7km away from Munnar and offers views that could compete with the beauty of the green hills of Munnar. On a trip to Munnar, Devikulam shouldn't be missed out as it is a trekking destination where you could trek amidst red gum trees and lush green tea plantations.
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Situated about 1700m above sea level and 13km from Munnar, Mattupetty is a beautiful place you should visit this time when you are on a trip to Munnar. Mattupetty dam and the lake are the tourist attractions of the place.
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Rajamala is located around 15km from Munnar and is home to around half of the world's Tahr population. Apart from the sight of Nilgiri Tahr, the scenic views of the place also gives enough reasons to visit Rajamala.
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Eravikulam National Park
The Eravikulam National park is located around 15 km away from Munnar. The beautiful Anamudi hills are found to the south of the national park. The 97sq. Km spread area of the national park is one of the most bio-diverse regions in India. It is also the habitat of Nilgiri Tahr.
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The Echo Point is located around 15 km from Munnar. This is a tourist spot where people flock in to hear their voices that hit back in echoes. There are a few more unique attractions in Munnar.
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Located around 22 km from Munnar, Anayirankal is known for its sprawling tea plantations that transport you to a dreamy world. The Anayirankal Dam is another attraction of the region.
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Trekking Trails around Munnar
No, Munnar is not just about scenic beauty. You can also have some adventure here through the lush greenery and thick woods. Attukal, located around 10 km from Munnar is a popular trekking point in the region. Attukal is located between Munnar and Pallivasal. Another beautiful trekking trail lies in Pothamedu, nearly 10 km from Munnar. Lock Heart Gap, around 13 km from Munnar, is yet another trek route to be explored.
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