NEARBY PLACES TO VISIT
Munnar Town & Tea Gardens
The small picture book town of Munnar is nestled in a valley surrounded by the mountains, at 1600 meters (5000 ft) above sea level. Thousands of acres of sprawling and picturesque tea gardens on both sides of the road welcome you to Munnar Boating facilities in rowboat, pedal boat or motorboat are available in the lake at old Munnar. The town is also an ideal place to shop for the famous spices of Kerala.  
 
Tata Tea Museum
Timings: 10.00 a.m to 4.00 p.m. Closed on Monday
The Tata Tea Museum is located in Munnar, a delightful town for tea lovers and tourists where tea plantations abound in Kerala's high mountain ranges. The Tata Tea Museum houses photographs and machinery, each depicting a turning point that contributed to the flourishing tea industry that is evident today. Some of the items on display include the original tea roller, the 'Rotorvane,' dating back to 1905; the 'Pelton Wheel' used in the power generation plant that existed in the 1920s; as well as furniture, typewriters, a wooden bathtub, iron oven, manual calculators and EPABX of the 1909 telephone system.
 
 
The CSI church
The CSI church in Munnar was Established in 1910 but the cemetery nearby precedes it. For so many Englishmen who lived and loved this place like home, this is their resting place. Most famous among the tombs here is that of Isabelle May, a descendant of Edward Brabazon, First Baron of Ardee.
The church itself is a beauty and has an old world charm about it. Built out of stone, it has stained glass windows and still retains the original pews. Also known as Christ church, it is worth visiting in Munnar, and definitely so during Christmas.
 
 
Devikulam
Devikulam is a small hill station about 16 km from Munnar in the Idukki District of the southern state of Kerala in India. It is 1800 m above sea level.
According to legend, the goddess Sita Devi of the Ramayana epic bathed in the beautiful Devikulam lake waters surrounded by lush, green hills, now named Sita Devi Lake. The lake draws tourists not only because of its sacredness but also for the curative powers of its mineral waters. Most of the inhabitants in this town speak Tamil. Nearby, are the scenic Pallivasal Waterfalls, dense, green tea plantations, and the natural vegetation of slim red and blue and yellow gum trees.
 
 
Sandalwood Forest
Marayoor is located at the outskirt of Munnar at the distance of 42 Km on the way to Chinnar. The relics of new stone-age civilization have been unearthed here. Marayoor is known for its tribal culture. Visitors can see cardamom plantation, Coffee plantation and Orange grove wild greek on the way to Marayoor. This is the only place where natural sandalwood forest is seen. The sandalwood here is high quality. Sandalwood forests stretch for few kilo meters. There is a Sandalwood Depot too near the forest where we can see the sandalwood processing. In the forest there is a Children's Park and Deer Park. A major area of Marayoor forest have been covered by Sandalwood and Bamboo forests.
 
 
Mattupetty Dam
Mattupetty Dam, near Munnar in Idukki District, is a storage Concrete Gravity dam built in the mountains of Kerala, India to conserve water for hydroelectricity. It has been a vital source of power, yielding along with other such dams, huge revenue to the states. The large amount of perennially available water allows wild animals and birds to flourish. However salinity caused by irrigation and water-logging are of concern to environmentalists.
 
 
Wildlife
Chinnar Wildlife Sanctuary is a unique thorny scrub forest with xerophyte species. As one travels from Munnar to Chinnar, Elephant, Gaur, Spotted Deer, Panther, Sambar, Hanuman Langur, Rabbit etc can be seen either side of the forest.
 
 
Eravikulam National Park
This 97 sq. km park is situated in the Devikulam Taluk. It was originally established to protect the Nilgiri Tahr- an almost extinct mountain goat. Considering the ecological, faunal, floral, geo-morphological and zoological significance, it was declared a National Park in 1978. This park has grasslands and evergreen forests. The park is divided into the core area, the buffer area and the tourism area. Visitors are allowed only in the tourism area.
 
 
Rajamali
The tourism area of the Eravikulam National Park where the Nilgiri Tahr can be spotted covers the Rajamali region. It is the natural habitat of the Nilgiri Tahr - a mountain goat, which is an endangered species. Half the world's population of the mountain goat or Tahr is found here.
 
 
Kundala
Kundala - a beautiful town on the way to Top Station is situated at 1800 meters (5940 ft) above sea level. There is a Golf Course belonging to TATA Tea Ltd. here. The Kundala artificial Dam and Lake with boating facilities is another attraction. Aruvikkad waterfall is also nearby.
 
 
     



 

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