Local Sightseeing

Tea Museum

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The Tea Museum, located in the centre of the town, showcases pictures, machinery, brewing ware and literature dating back to a century—all tracing the evolution and transformation of Munnar as tea heaven and the intricacies of tea-making.

The framed pictures and documents on the museum walls introduce visitors to the aboriginal Indian tribes who inhabited the hills, the pioneering British officers who planted the first tea saplings, and the perseverance and ingenuity that underlined their early ventures.

The earnest guide at the museum walks you through a live demonstration of the various processes involved in tea-making, and the correct way to brew tea. By the time you exit the museum, you will not just have learned how to coax the best flavour out of tea leaves, but also imbibed rightful appreciation for your cuppa.

Local Market

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The Munnar market is a profusion of colours and smells, with charming heaps of vegetables, fruits, spices and dry goods being sold in various stalls.

CSI Christ Church

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The CSI Church or Christ Church is steeped in history and had served an integral role in the colonial British era. Built of rough-hewn granite with un-plastered walls, it was constructed by the British in 1910. The stained glass windows depicting the saints and Biblical characters lends the church its unique charm. It has a number of brass plaques in memory of British era tea planters.

Established in 1898, this was the first Roman Catholic Church in the High Ranges. Like all places of worship, this one is also located at a vantage point. Records reveal that church sheltered refugees during the 1924 floods that devastated the area. There is a chapel below, dedicated to St Anthony. Legend has it that the flood waters miraculously receded when they touched the basement of the chapel of the church.

Mattupetty (13 kms)

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A popular picnic spot, Matupetty’s claim to fame is the dairy farm run by the Indo-Swiss Livestock Project. The farm rears several varieties of high-yielding cattle. Other attractions include the Matupetty Dam and lake, which can be explored with speed launch, slow speedboat or motorboat— all available on hire.

Circuit 1 : Munnar - Mattupetty Dam - Indo Swiss Livestock Project - Echo Point - Kundala Dam - Top Station (34 km).

Top Station (34 kms)

The highest point on the Munnar-Kodaikanal Road, Top Station offers a panoramic view of the neighbouring state of Tamil Nadu.

 

Circuit 1 : Munnar - Mattupetty Dam - Indo Swiss Livestock Project - Echo Point - Kundala Dam - Top Station (34 km).

Eravikulam National Park (15 kms) - Rajamala

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Located in the high ranges of Idukki district, the Eravikulam National Park unfolds across 97 sq km over high rolling plateaus at a base elevation of 2,000 m. Home to the largest population of the endangered Nilgiri Tahr (Hemitragus hylocrius)—estimated around 700—the area was declared a national park in 1978 for its immense ecological wealth.

Besides the shy Nilgiri Tahr, the Park is a prowling ground for elephants, Nilgiri martens, small-clawed otters, ruddy mongoose and dusky striped squirrels, besides a chirpy congregation of more than 120 species of birds including the Nilgiri wood pigeon, the white-bellied shortwing, the Nilgiri verditer fly catcher and the Kerala laughing thrush.

The area experiences very heavy rainfall, and is therefore extraordinarily fertile. Made up of vast grasslands and sholas (stunted evergreens ), it has many perennial streams running across it breadth.. Exceptionally endowed with orchids and balsams, Eravikulam enjoys a lofty status in more ways than one—the Neelkurunji(phlebophyllum kunthianum), a bright blue flower, blooms in profusion all over its grasslands every 12 years. (The next splurge of Neelkurunji is expected in 2018.)

The park is protected and monitored by the Kerala Forest Department.


Circuit 3: Munnar - Rajamala - Marayoor - Chinnar (70 km).

Chinnar Wildlife Sanctuary

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Situated on the cusp of the Kerala Tamil Nadu border, the Chinnar Wildlife Sanctuary takes up over 90.44 sq km. The sanctuary is the precious habitat of the endangered Giant Grizzled Squirrel—there are around 200 squirrels scurrying all over the sanctuary as of now. The area, located in the rainshadow swathe of Western Ghats, gets less than two months of rainfall every year, yet has a flourishing wildlife and fauna comprising mixed deciduous forests, high sholas and grasslands.

Chinnar is a vantage point for viewing elephants, spotted deer,sambar, langur, peacocks, and gaur.

Circuit 3: Munnar - Rajamala - Marayoor - Chinnar (70 km).

Marayoor (40 kms)

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Sandalwood trees thrive in abundance in Marayoor. Besides the fragrant appeal, the place is known for the Thoovanam waterfalls; the sprawling Rajiv Gandhi National Park; and caves which have murals and relics from the new Stone Age era.

Circuit 3: Munnar - Rajamala - Marayoor - Chinnar (70 km).

Pothemedu View point

Pothenmdedu view point is between Munnar town and Tea Mount Service villa, it is around 3 kms from Munnar town.

Pothamedu is a popular destination of tourists visiting Munnar. Pothamedu is famous among trekkers and nature lovers for its view point.

Circuit 2: Munnar - Pothamedu - Chitirapuram - Pallivasal - Cheyappara - Adimali - Valara (40 km).

Ramaswamy Iyer (RA) Headworks dam

RA headworks dam is between Munnar town and Tea Mount Serviced vila.

This is a kilometre from Munnar town. This is where water from the Mattupetty river flows into the Ramaswamy Head Works dam and then through a tunnel to the pipeline that goes to the Pallivasal Hydroelectric Project. The dam was opened by the Dewan of Travancore, C P Ramaswami Aiyer in February 1944.

Circuit 2: Munnar - Pothamedu - Chitirapuram - Pallivasal - Cheyappara - Adimali - Valara (40 km).