The Various Charms of Munnar

Kerala is amongst the two southernmost states present in India. It is one of the busiest tourist destinations in the country, with visitors from around the world. Its beauty lies in its beaches, backwaters, hill stations, wildlife reserves and various historical monuments. Among the hill stations, Munnar is undoubtedly the most popular among visitors. It is situated to the southwest of the state and is around 1600 metres above sea level. People often go on Munnar tours for getting away from the hectic lifestyle of the congested cities and breathing in the clean air high up in the hills.

Hills

Trekking is perfect for those who appreciate nature and want to live close to it. There are various trek options available in the region, depending upon the length of the route and topography covered. People can either trek through the tea gardens or ascend the high mountain peaks. Rock climbing is attractive for those who like the thrill of dangerous expeditions. There are many waterfalls in the mountain ranges in the region, with their cold and unpolluted waters capable of quenching even the greatest of thirsts. Photography is common in these areas as the water gushing down from high above provides excellent scenes to use as a backdrop for clicking pictures.

Lakes and Rivers

Devikulam is about 7 km from here and has a lake, which is revered amongst people. According to Ramayana, Sita bathed in this tranquil pond in the Treta Yuga. Apart from bathing, swimming and fishing can also be enjoyed here. About 20 km away from the town is Kundala Lake, which is the reservoir of a dam and is preferred by boating enthusiasts. Shikaras, boats which are a rage among tourists in Dal Lake, can also be seen floating on this reservoir.

Mattupetty

Mattupetty is about 13 km away and is famous for its dam and dairy farm. It is at an altitude of around 1700 metres and lies near the Anamudi Peak. Trip-goers can enjoy water sports like speed boating in the reservoir of this dam. This lake also plays host to elephants who come there to quench their thirst. The nearby Shola Forest is also worth exploring and people can enjoy boating in the lake there as well. A dairy farm present here can also be visited by tourists, who like the simple pastoral lifestyle.

Wildlife Hotspots

There are many such places in the region, where animal lovers can come face-to-face with different birds and beasts. Rajamalai is about 15 km from Munnar and is the natural habitat of the endangered Nilgiri Tahr. This rare goat can also be beheld in the Eravikulam National Park, encompassing the former. Reptiles including the mugger crocodile inhibit the nearby Chinnar National Park as does the Indian star tortoise.

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