Munnar, Kerala


Munnar, Neelakurinji, Kurinjimala Sanctuary, Chinnar Wildlife Sanctuary, Eravikulam National Park, Anamudi National Park, Pampadum Shola National Park, Kottakamboor, Vattavada, Devikulam, Kanthalloor, Marayoor, Pothamedu, Pallivasal, Chithirapuram, Rajamala, Echo Point, Vagavurai, Meesapulimala
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Munnar, Kerala

Munnar is beauty which a tourist can't miss in their life. When anyone heard about Munnar thae first thing that came to their mind is famous Neelakurinji. But apart from that Munnar is land enriced with Nature's beauty. In the 1870s the history of plantation in Munnar started. It was started by J.D. Munro, a European, identified the agriculture potential of the land on a hunting expedition.

The region in and around Munnar varies in height from 1,600 meters to 1,800 meters above sea level. Munnar has always a salubrious climate. The weather ranges between 0 C to +10 C in winter and +15 C to +25 C in summer. The tourist season in Munnar is starting from August to May.

Many residents in Munnar are employed in the tourism business. The Government of Kerala declared Munnar as a tourist spot in 2000. This has helped in attracting more tourists to this beautiful hill resort. Several protected wildlife areas in the area attract many tourists in Munnar.

Most native trees and wild life of Munnar has disappeared due to severe habitat fragmentation by plantations. However, most of the species survive in several protected areas. Some of them are Kurinjimala Sanctuary to the east, Chinnar Wildlife Sanctuary and Manjampatti Valley in Amaravati reserve forest of Indira Gandhi Wildlife Sanctuary to the north east, Eravikulam National Park and Anamudi National Park to the north, Pampadum Shola National Park to the south and the proposed Palani Hills National Park to the east. These protected areas are especially known for several wild and endemic species including Nilgiri Thar,Nilgiri Wood-pigeon,Grizzled giant squirrel,Elephant, Gaur and Sambar.

Kurinjimala Sanctuary
Kurinjimala Sanctuary protects the beautiful Neelakurinji plant in Kottakamboor and Vattavada villages in Devikulam Taluk, Idukki district of Kerala State in South India. Neelakurinji is a blue flower which blossoms gregariously only once in 12 years. The name derived from Nilgiris, which literally means the blue mountains.

Chinnar Wildlife Sanctuary
Chinnar Wildlife Sanctuary is located 18 km north of Marayoor and Kanthalloor Panchayats of DevikulamTaluk in the Idukki district of Kerala State in South India.. It is under the jurisdiction of Eravikulam National Park to the south.

Eravikulam National Park
Eravikulam National Park is a national park located along the Western Ghats in the Idukki district of Kerala State in South India. Its a paradise to found certain outstanding species. The park is administered by the Kerala Department of Forests and Wildlife, Munnar Wildlife Division.

Twenty six species of mammals have been recorded in the park Some of them are Nilgiri Tahr, Indian Muntjac, Sambar Deer, Jungle Cat, Leopard and Tiger. Some of the known animals like Ruddy Mangoose, Dusky striped squirrel are also found.

132 species of birds have been recorded which include endemics likeWhite Bellied Shortwing,Yellow-Throated Marten,Kerala Laughingthrush etc.

Endemic butterflies like the Red Disk Bushbrown and Palni Fourwing are among 101 species in the park.

19 species of amphibians have been recorded in the Park.

Nearest Places to Visit
Pothamedu - 7 km
Devikulam - 8 km
Pallivasal - 10 km
Chithirapuram - 12 km
Lock Heart Gap - 11 km
Rajamala - 16 km
Echo Point - 17 km
Vagavurai - 25 km
Meesapulimala - 27 km
Top Station - 35 km
Marayoor - 45 km

How to get there:

Nearest Airport: Near by airports are at Kochi (135 km) and Madurai (140 km).

Nearest Railhead: Nearest railway stations are at Kochi and Kottayam.

By road: Munnar is well connected by roads.

Local Transport: Local buses, cycles.

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