History of Munnar
The early history of Munnar is not perfectly known today. The early inhabitants of the region are members of the Muthuvan tribal community. However, it remained a wild and unexplored landscape till the later half of 19th century when ambitious planters from as far as Europe started plantations here.
PLACES TO VISIT
Devikulam (7 km from Munnar)
Devikulam' literally means 'the lake of the goddess'. Irresistibly green slopes touching the sky, a lovely and a little lake hidden within the rolling hills-a perfect picture of fairy- tale enchantment. This idyllic hill stations with its velvet lawns, exotic flora and fauna and the cool mountain air is a rare experience. The Sita Devi Lake with its mineral waters and picturesque surroundings is a good picnic spot. The lake is also ideal for trout fishing.
Pothamadu (6 km from Munnar)
It is a scenic spot offering majestic views of the tea, coffee and cardamom plantations in Munnar. The undulating hills, the lush mountain and the incredible scenery here is ideal for trekking and extensive mountain walks.The rolling hills, the lush mountain and the breathtaking scenary here are ideal for trekking and long mountain walks.
Rajamala (15 km from Munnar)
This is the natural habitat of the Nilgiri tahr. Half the world population of the rare mountain goat (Hemitragas bylocres) which is fast becoming extinct, is now found here. The Nilgiri tahrs are today redused to small herds found in the Eravikulam-Rajamala region. The total number of Nilgiri tahrs in Rajamala is estimated at 1317.
Marayoor (40 km from Munnar)
This is the only place in Kerala that has natural growth of sandal wood trees. The sandal wood factory of the forest department, the caves (Muniyaras) with murals and relics from the new stone age civilization and the children's park spread across a hectare of land under the canopy of a single Banyan tree are of great interest to tourist's. Thoovanam waterfalls and Rajiv Gandhi National Park are also near by..
Chinnar Wildlife Sanctuary (60 km from Munnar)
Situated on the Tamilnadu Boarder, The Chinnar wild life sanctuary is spread across 90.44 Sq.km. -The Wildlife Sanctuary is situated in the Western Ghats. With an area of 90 sq. km, it is a unique thorny scrub forest. The undulating terrain with rocky patches increases the scenic splendour of the sanctuary.
Mankulam (33 km from Munnar)
Mankulam is a village in Idukki district in the Indian state of Kerala.This is the first Grama Panchayat in Kerala which produces electricity their own and sell it to the Electricity board of Kerala.
Aanakulam (38 km from Munnar)
Anakulam is a small Village/hamlet in Devikulam Taluk in Idukki District of Kerala State, India. It comes under Mankulam Panchayath.Anakulam is surrounded by Devikulam Taluk towards East , Kothamangalam Taluk towards west , Idukki Taluk towards South , Elemdesam Taluk towards South .
Mattupetty (13 km from Munnar)
Situated at a height of 1700 m, Mattupetty is known for its highly specialised dairy farm-the Indo Swiss Livestock Project. Over a 100 varieties of high-yielding cattle are reared here. Visitors are allowed into 3 of the 11 cattle sheds at the farm.
Kundala (20 km from Munnar)
Kundala is a picturesque town on the way to Top Stations. The Golf Course which belongs to Tata Tea Ltd. is located here. The Kundala artificial dam is another attraction.Aruvikkad waterfalls is also near Kundala.
Top station (32 km from Munnar)
1700 m above sea level, this is the highest point on the Munnar-Kodaikanal road. The rare Nilakurinji (strobilanthus) belongs to this region. This plant blooms wants every 12 years bathing the hill sides in bright blue. Top Station also offers a panoramic view of the neighboring state of Tamilnadu.
Lock Heart Gap (13 km from Munnar)
This is an ideal place for adventure tourism and trekking. The fresh mountain air, the mistclad hills and panoramic view make it worthy of visit.
Power House waterfalls (18 km from Munnar)
This waterfall on the way to Thekkady from Munnar cascades down a steep rock, 2000m above sea level. The spot is enriched with the scenic western mountain ranges, and is an ideal place for a break on the way to the Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary in Thekkady.
Eravikulam National Park (15 km from Munnar)
The 97 sq. km. park is situated in the Devikulam taluk and is home to the Nilgiri tahr. The Anamudi peak (2695m) is located in the southern region of the park.
Attukal (9 km from Munnar)
A panorama of waterfalls and rolling hills, Attukal, located between Munnar and Pallivasal, is a feast for the eyes. The place is also ideal for long treaks.
Pallivasal (8 km from Munnar)
This is the venue of the first Hydro electric Project in Kerala and a place of immense scenic beauty
Nyayamakad (10 km from Munnar)
It is located at a distance of 10 kms from Munnar and is a land of incredible waterfalls. The sight of waters cascading down a hill from a height of around 1600 meters is an awe-inspiring one. The captivating surroundings make an outstanding picnic spot and trekking point.