Munnar is located at the Idukki district of Kerala State in South India. Munnar's mesmerising greenery, mountain scenery, calmness and cool refreshing air attracts honeymooners and tourists throughout the year. It is a weekend hideout location for domestic tourists during summer season. Foreign travellers likes watching the natural beauty of Kerala while the journey from Thekkady to Munnar.
Munnar is at the confluence of three rivers. In Tamil, the word 'munnu' means "three" and 'aar' means "river". Hence "Munnar" is a shortened version of 'Munnu Aar'. The 3 mountain streams joining together here are Madurapuzha, Nallathanni and Kundala.
Munnar is a commercial centre with one of the world's best tea estates. There are about 30 tea plantations in and around Munnar. Among these, majority of the plantations are owned by Tata Group's Kannan Devan Tea Estate.
Tata Tea Museum ,CSI Church, Devikulam, Mattupetty, Rajamalai, Top Station, Marayoor, Chinnar, Wild Sanctuary ,Blossom International Park, Anamudi
Lying close to the plantations, in the rich jungles of Periyar in Thekkady is one of the world's most fascinating natural wildlife reserves - the Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary. Spread across 777 sq. km, of which 360 sq. km is thick evergreen forest, the Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary was declared a Tiger Reserve in 1978. Noted for its geo-morphological diversity of wildlife and scenic beauty, the Reserve attracts visitors from all over the world.
The splendid artificial lake formed by the Mullaperiyar Dam across the Periyar river adds to the charm of the park. This is the only sanctuary in India where you can have the unique experience of viewing wildlife at close quarters from the safety of a boat on the lake. The greatest attraction of Periyar remains the large herds of wild elephants that come down to the lake's edge.
Athirampally and Vazhachal Waterfalls are located at the at the distance of 90 km from Kochi. They are located in the district of Thrissur close to the Sholayar forests ranges in Kerala. Athirampally is approximately 63 km and Vazhachal is approximately 68 km Thrissur. After running down 80 feet Athirampally fall joins the Chalakkudy river. The pristine Vazhachal waterfall is located amidst the dense green forests and is the part of the Chalakkudy river. You can visit the waterfalls any day between the 8 am to 6 pm. The best time to visit the waterfalls is after the monsoons, between the month of September to February. Athirampally and Vazhachal waterfalls are one of the best waterfalls in the country.
Vazhachal is quite popular among the tourists for its exotic flora and herbal plantations. The major attraction among the tourists are the two water themes parks namely the Silver stone and Dream World, which are located west of Athirampally. The scenic Thumpurmuzhi gardens are beautifully tucked between the two theme gardens. Another waterfall which is quite popular in the area is the Charpa fall, situated on the eastern side of Athirampally. Tourists have the golden opportunity to venture into the fascinating Malakapara tea gardens. You can make a visit to a beautiful Vachumaram lake, where you may get the chance to spot the wild elephants and spotted deers
The Silent Valley forest was declared a national park on 15th November 1984, under the 1972 Wildlife Protection Act by the State Government.
Forming the core area of Nilgiri Biosphere Reserve, Silent Valley perhaps, is one among the most magnificent gifts of nature to mankind. The park is unique in having a well-preserved patch of tropical forest in all its pristine glory.
The difficult terrain and remote location has turned a blessing in disguise, by protecting the forest from the insatiable demands of man.
The presence of hills and the wind direction determines the amount of rainfall received at any place in the park. The northern region receives rainfall as high as 7500mm. The western parts and southern parts get 4550mm and 3200mm of rainfall respectively. Most of the area experience rains during the southwest monsoon.
The region has a moderate climate, with temperature varying from 8 to 27 degree Centigrade. On the north of this park lies the Nilambur south division and Nilgiri forest. Adjacent to this area are the Mannarkkad division and Attappadi forest on the south and east respectively. The Nilambur division is contiguous with the park on the western side.
When nature is all you need to recuperate, Kumarakom is undoubtedly the most invigorating, fascinating paradise in Kerala, God's own country. The slender coconut palms standing here, there and everywhere, its never ending paddy fields, meandering lagoons and backwaters, mangroves nesting birds of a hundred varieties can peacefully calm and invigorate your mind with renewed inspiration for your vocation and life. That is the pristine beauty of Kumarakom.
Kumarakom the charming emerald peninsula jutting into the ever-effervescent Vembanad Lake takes you into the heart of the scenic lake where you'll come across plenty of traditional country crafts, boats and canoes. The fresh water of the lake runs into the mainland making a labyrinth of lagoons, brooks, canals and waterways.
The backwater houses a variety of species of both fauna and flora. They are rich with marine life namely the exclusive 'Kumarakom Karimeen' (pearl spotted fish), Konju (tiger prawns), Njandu (crabs), Make sure you do not miss out on Karimeen and fresh toddy, the favourite fresh water food and the local wine.
The local spring season emerges from August and coincides with the harvest festival of Onam, blooms the tourist and the local people.
Kanyakumari is located at the southern tip of the Indian subcontinent. With an area of 1672 sq.km. Kanyakumari occupies 1.29% of the total extent of Tamil Nadu. The district name is spelled as ' Kanniyakumari ' in official records which are in tune with the spoken name of the district in Tamil language. The District is bound by Tirunelveli District on the North and the east. The South Eastern boundary is the Gulf of Mannar . On the South and the South West, the boundaries are the Indian Ocean and the Arabian Sea .
On the West and North West it is bound by Kerala.
The small temple dedicated to Kanyakumari , or the youthful form of the primeval energy Shakti (Mother Goddess) is located on the seashore, in the town known by the same name. Kanyakumari was referred to by the British as Cape Commorin. Kanyakumari represents the site where the spiritual leader Swami Vivekananda spent days in meditation upon a rock off of the coast. A memorial built in his honor is accessible via ferry. There is also a recently built memorial to Tiruvalluvar, the author of the philosophical work Tirukkural - a treatise on the Indian way of life.
Bay watch, Government fruit farm, Mathur hanging bridge, Maruthuva Malai, Padamanabapuram palace, wax museum, Vivekananda rock