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Munnar

June 6, 2008

Kerala, Day 2

Ernakulam-Muvattupuzha-Kothamangalam-Adimali-Munnar

That is the route to Munnar from Ernakulam and it is over 100 Kms. It will take 3 to 4 hours depending on your driving skills and on the way sight seeing.

I started eraly morning from ernakulam in a Cab arranged by Hotel. My plan was to reah munnar by around 10.30 /11 AM.

The driver was very friendly. He went on talking and explaining.
We passed Muvattupuzha, a small town in kerala and then reached Kothamangalam.

kothamangalam

It is the gateway to the Western Ghats. It is 15 Kms from Muvattupuzha. Kothamangalam is famous for its group of old christian community and educational institition run by them.

We had traditional break fast from Kothamangalam, It was around 9.30 AM
Now it is around 30 KMs to Munnar.
The road to munnar from Kothamangalam mostly passes through Hilly Terrains and serepentine. The scenery was beutiful with all sorts of trees. Kothamangalam has lot of Rubber Plantation too. Hill products and spices are a main source of income for the people.

Adimali
Adimali is located on the National Highway 49 connecting Kochi to Madurai. The hill station of Munnar is about 30 km away. Pepper cultivation is the main agricultural activity. The Cheeyappara and Valara waterfalls are located nearby. We didnot wait for the site seeing, we just passed through for our main destination.

Destination Munnar.

Further drive to munnar was steep climbs and hair pin curves. It requires real expertise to drive on such terrains. Slowly Hills with Tea Planatations becme visible.

From distance, it looked like Green carpet laid hill tops.
Climate at Munnar is also totally different from Kochi or other Places. It is soo cool below 20 degree even at midday.
After checking in Hotel, we decided to go around and see places.

About Munnar
Munnar is situated at the confluence of three mountain streams – Mudrapuzha, Nallathanni and Kundala. 1600 m above sea level, this hill station was once the summer resort of the erstwhile British Government in South India. Sprawling tea plantations, picture-book towns, winding lanes and holiday facilities make this a popular resort town. Among the exotic flora found in the forests and grasslands here is the Neelakurinji. This flower that bathes the hills in blue every twelve years, this bloomed last in 2006. Munnar also has the highest peak in South India, Anamudi, which towers over 2695 m.
Pothamadu: Fisrt we set for Pothaamedu.
(6 km from Munnar)Pothaamedu offers an excellent view of the tea, coffee and cardamom plantations in Munnar. The rolling hills, the lush mountain and the breathtaking scenary here are ideal for trekking and Long Mountain walks.
We spent some time there. We had lunch from a local hotel. Typical Kerala Lunch was available there.
Echo Point:(15 km from Munnar)This scenic place gets its name from the natural echo phenomenon here. Echo Point is on the way to Top Stations from Munnar.
Mattupetty: In the afternnon after 4PM, we set off for mattupetty. It is half an Tea Leaveshour drive form Mattupetty is situated at a height of 1700 m above sea level. Mattupetty Lake and Dam is a beautiful picnic spot with the panoramic view of the tea plantations and the lake. Boating facilities are available in the reservoir. Mattupetty is also well known for its highly specialized dairy farm – the Indo-Swisss Live Stock project. This was now closed for visitors.
The Shola forests in and around Mattupetty are ideal for trekking and are habitat to a variety of birds. Rivulets and cascades crisscross the terrain here, which again adds more attraction to the place. We spent the time till around 6PM there.
It was becoming cold, we decided to return to Hotel.
We had checked in at Hotel Munnar Inn a middle class tourist hotel in munnar.

Day 3, kerala
Anamudi & Eravikulam National Park.
Next day morning after breakfast we checked out from Hotel. We decided to visit Anamudi & Eravikulam National Park and then go to Thekady.
Eravikulam is one of Kerala’s finest wildlife reserves, and its excellent location, a mere 16 km from Munnar. We reached there in 40 mins. It makes it an unforgettable experience for any lover of the outdoors. The park, a spread of 97 km across Rajamalai Hills, is a combination of grassland and shola forests. We saw the Atlas moth, the largest of its kind in the world, is a unique inhabitant of the park. Other rare species of fauna found here are the Nilgiri Langur, the lion-tailed macaque, leopards, tigers, etc.
Anamudi PeakAnamudi Peak inside Eravikulam National Park is the highest peak (2695 m) in peninsular India. It towers over the sanctuary in majestic pride. The hill is abundant in all kinds of rare flora and fauna. It is found as an ideal place for trekking, facilities are provided here and tourists are allowed to go on foot up to Anamudi. But we didnt venture due to lack fo time.
We had lunch there. Then we decided to move to Thekady.

Munnar-Devikulam-Thekady
It is over 100 Kms. We started to devikulam. It took 2 hours to reach there.
Devikulam
It is a Hill station in Idukki District of Kerala. It is a beutiful place. 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. Nearby are the scenic Pallivasal Waterfalls, dense, green tea plantations, and the natural vegetation of slim red and blue gum trees.

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