Munnar ( Kerala , South India)
Munnar, a hill station in Idukki district of Kerala, is nestled in soothing environ of Western Ghats. In context of 'nature-tourism', Munnar with its lush-green landscape turns out to be essence of eco-tourism of Kerala. There are many worth watching tourist attractions in and around Munnar. Mattupetty Dam (13 kms from Munnar), Mattupedi Dairy Farm ( an Indo-Swiss scientific farm), Kundala Lake (20 kms from Munnar, a man-made lake), Echo Point (about 15 km from Munnar), Rajamalai ( a part of Eravikulam National Park that is known for Nilgiri Tahr, an endangered species), Tea Museum (intended to educate people about laborious tea production process), Marayoor Sandalwood Forests (home to natural sandalwood and heritage site depicting the ancient stone age civilization dated back to 10,000 B.C. stone age paintings, rock edicts and dolmens), Attukad Waterfalls, Blossom International Park and Munnar tea plantations are main tourist attractions of Munnar.
Munnar, a hill station, is 132 kms away from Kochi. Its greenery, clean air and beautiful scenes attract touriss who visit South India on a tour programme, Located at an altitude of about 1800 metres at the confluence of three mountain ranges, the hill station really soothes the spirit and satisfies the soul. It is a paradise for a nature lover, bird watcher and photographer. Munnar is a delight for the trekker and camper also. One could trudge up to Medupetty Lake, 13 kms away, for an excellent boating in the glorious solitude. Pothamedu view point is a popular place for seeing the expanse of valleys and reservoirs around.
The Rajmalai or Iravikulam National Park is the home of Nilgiri Tahr, a rare species of mountain goat that lives along the sheer rock face of the mountains. Strawberries are in plenty; all around are vast tea plantations. A beautiful golf course is maintained at Kundale located in the central pain area. Munnar has lovely lodgings to suit the budget of the tourists to enjoy a liberating experience.