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One of the most stunning spots in Munnar, Top Station provides a magnificent view of contiguous sights. It is situated 1,700 m above sea level, and is known as such because it is the highest railway station in the Kundala Valley. It is a great place to spend a few hours with a constant cool breeze, blue skies and wild flowers all around. One can also get brilliant views of the neighbouring state of Tamil Nadu. Top Station deserves a special visit during the blooming season of Neelakurinji flower, when it blankets hills and valleys for miles. The station serves as the western entrance to the Palani Hills National Park.
Stop at Echo Point on the way to Top Station. If you shout from this viewpoint, your voice will bounce off the hills and echo for several seconds.
Kundala region is one of the major attractions of Munnar, particularly the Kundala Lake. Situated around 20 km from Munnar, this lake provides an exquisite view of sunlight dancing on the surface of water. Going further, one can take in the serene view of the Setu Parvati Dam, the first arch dam of Asia, built in 1946.
One of the major tourist attractions of the place, especially for nature lovers, are the cherry blossoms that flower twice a year, and make the landscape more breathtaking. To truly enjoy spectacular views and surrounding scenery, visitors are recommended to rent a pedal boat, a Kashmiri shikhara boat or a row boat and cruise across the lake.
Enjoy a cup of tea at the highest plantation in the world, 38 km away from Munnar. The hill top is accessible only by jeep. One can have a breathtaking view of the Munnar Valley from here. At about 7,900 ft above sea level, you can even glimpse the neighbouring state of Tamil Nadu. For a trekker, a walk through these hills is a must-do.
Visit Marayoor for its natural sandalwood forests and sugarcane farms that give splendid views of nature. Essentially a hamlet, Marayoor lies on the outskirts of Munnar. Inside the Marayoor Forest Range is Muniyara, a prehistoric site with murals, relics and rock paintings from the New Stone Age, where one can see scores of historians and anthropologists hard at work. The 2000-year-old monuments here include burial grounds, known as Dolmenoid Cists, which have been under research for centuries. The Dolmenoid Cists comprise four stones, each placed on one corner and capped by a larger stone. The old stone relics and paintings are particularly interesting to history buffs.
A lot of activities are offered at this beautiful park. You can go boating, skating, cycling, take long walks or simply sit and enjoy the peace of the park. There is also a vast variety of flora for you to admire. The parkland sprawls over 16 acre and lies 3 km away from Munnar. It is situated near the Pallivasal hydro-electric project. Other attractions include Munnar Hydel Park, on the banks of River Muthirapuzha, and a massive playground for kids, equipped with multiple swings, tree houses and ropeways. It is open on all days from 9:00 am to 7:00 pm, including public holidays. Perfect for families with kids, Blossom International Park allows you to relax and learn about various species of flowers, shrubs, succulents and ivy in the loveliest surroundings.
Anayirankal is noted for its tea plantations. Stretching across miles of hills and valleys, the plantations are ideal for a refreshing walk and enjoying the music of nature. There is also a small hydro-electric dam here surrounded by green plantations that tourists can visit. While mornings are abuzz with the activities of the workers at the plantations, the evenings are quiet, spent in the company of cups of tea and a cool breeze. You can also go boating at the reservoir here.
The most special aspect of the dam is the fact that herds of elephants come down from the jungles nearby to the dam to quench their thirst. Anayirankal lies on the outskirts of Munnar, on the way to Thekkady.
The main attraction in Pallivasal village is the Pallivasal Waterfalls, which is an excellent spot for sightseeing and enjoying picnics. Located on the outskirts of Munnar, near the Sita Devi Lake, the falls is an ideal point to unwind and rejuvenate. Tourists can also enjoy nature walks and trekking around the area. The region around the falls is teeming with flora and fauna that add to the peace and tranquillity of the surroundings. A stone's throw from the falls lie expansive areas of lush green tea plantations that are perfect to enjoy nature walks. You can also learn more about the process of growing tea here.
The village plays host to the first Hydro Electric Project in Kerala that is an important attraction here.
Thommankuthu lies 18 km away from the town of Thodupuzha and is an ideal picnic spot. The waterfall here gets its name from the tribal leader Kolumban, who was washed away in its waters. You can go up to the top of the mountain and opt for night camping and birdwatching while enjoying the views after a 12 km trek, but trekkers are recommended to have a guide accompany them, because the trail is winding and they could get lost. The waterfall is at a height of 1,500 m and cascades down seven steps with a pool at each tier. Visitors can go boating and fishing as well. Travellers might need to contact the District Tourism Promotion Council of Idukki or the Divisional Forest Office of the State Department of Forests and Wildlife before visiting this site.
Established by Tata Tea, the museum traces the legacy of tea plantations in Munnar. Munnar has a fascinating history intertwined with the growth of tea plantations and the museum shows off interesting aspects of this evolution in Kerala's high ranges. The museum houses artefacts, photographs and machineries used for processing tea, and is located in the Nallathanni Estate.
The plantation has seven huge tea gardens, namely Chundavurrai, Guderale, Gundumally, Letchmi, Madupatty, Nullatanni, and Nyamakad, spread over an area of 24,000 hectare, with 16 manufacturing units and almost 12,000 employees, making it one of the largest tea manufacturing centers in the country. Visitors can purchase numerous varieties of tea from the premises of the plantation.