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Munnar

Situated 1600m above sea level in the “Western Ghats” ranges where three different mountain streams Mudrapuzha, Nallathanni and Kundala confluence to give this beautiful and exotic town and hill station its name MUNNAR (which means – Three water bodies). Set in the Idukki District of “God own Country - KERALA Munnar is famous for its Tea Plantations, its flora and fauna, its peaceful environment and the refreshing crisp mountain air. Among its exotic plants and flowers there is one in particular Neelakurinji that blooms only once in twelve years and covers the whole mountain with its blue color and appears as if the mountain is bathing in the beauty of this unique flower. It will once again bloom to bath the mountain in blue in 2018.

Munnar was once the summer resort, in the colonial age, of the British Government in South India and the English Country cottages still stand as witness to that era. Wide spread tea plantations, wildlife sanctuaries & Forests, pristine mountains and valleys, coiled lanes and the pleasant aroma of different spices in the cool mountain air make it a perfect landscape for tourists and travelers from across the globe and attract honeymooners, weekend travelers, trekkers, family outings or picnics etc. Anamudi - The highest peak of Southern India measuring 2695m is also in Munnar and is a trekker’s delight.

There are also many other attractions like Eravikulam National Park, Anamudi Peak, Mattupetty, Pallivasal, Chinnakanal & Anayirangal, Top Station, Tea Museum and many more.

Since it is difficult to stop talking about Munnar - all that one can say is - This is a place where you want to go and once when you are here you will just fall in love with this place all over again and never want to leave. So why wait to explore this heavenly place? Just pack your bags and let us know when you are ready we at WESTWOOD RIVERSIDE would do the rest to create some of your best and unforgettable memories……

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Rajamalai

The only area permitted for tourism in the Eravikulam National Park a sanctuary for the endangered mountain goat of southern India – The Nilgiri Tahr [Hemitragus hylocrious] is Rajamali. The biodiversity of high altitude shoal-grassland ecosystem unique to this region spreads over 97sq km and is definitely a sight to be seen. Rajamali is likely the best place to view, observe and shoot or photograph some of these unique animals including the endemic Nilgiri, the migrant Blue rock Thrush, Black and Orange Flycatcher, Tickell’s Leaf Warbler, Blue-Capped rock Thrush and many other significant bird species. Gunther’s Vine Snake and the Salea Lizard are among the other fauna of interest endemic to the high elevation habitat of the Western Ghats.
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Madupetty

Close to the Anamudi peak and nestled inside the hills of Munnar lies Mattupetty- a hill station 1700m above the sea level. The greenish valley and the fabulous climate of Mattupetty just 13Km away from Munnar is very popular and is a delight to the nature lovers. A beautiful lake and storage concrete gravity dam being the main attraction, Mattupetty is also home to the famous Indo-Swiss farm project or livestock project. Therefore this place is sometime also called as “cattle village”. The dairy farms are a one of their kind with several varieties of high-yielding cattle being reared. The Shola forests in and around Mattupetty are ideal for those who love to trek. Boating in the still blue waters of the Mattupetty Dam which reflects the nearby tea plantations is positively a sight to be seen and not said. Speed launch, slow speedboat, motorboats and paddle boats are available on hire for a beautiful holiday experience.
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Echopoint

As the name suggests Eco Point is famous for eco. Unlike a sunrise or sunset point where you admire the beauty of the sun, at EcoPoint you will get in touch with yourself at this scenic point by help of science naturally present at this place where you would be able to hear yourself talk back to you. Just 3km from Mattupetty on the way to the Top-Station visitors stop here to speak to the nature with joy. It is really a fun experience to hear the mountains speak to you the same words you talk to it. You would end up laughing at yourself…..
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Tea Museum

Munnar being the tea plantation hub of Kerala, it’s only befitting to have a museum dedicated to tea itself. The TATA Tea Museum at the Nallathanni Estate in Munnar is a tribute to the tea pioneers which showcases not just the history and all the pain and struggle of the initial stages of tea manufacturing but also depicts the modern techniques used these days. It is a must visit for all the tea lovers as it is opportunity to be as close as you can get to a real tea factory. A sundial, placed on a granite block, which was made in 1913 by the Art Industrial School at Nazareth, Tamil Nadu, greets the visitors to the Tea Museum. If you have an eye for antiques, there are many things to delight your eyes with a second century B.C. burial urn at the top of the list to the original tea roller ‘The Rotorvane’ dating back to 1905, the ‘Pelton Wheel’ from 1920s used for power generation in that era and many more. A demonstration room for tasting tea is a major attraction among visitors to the tea museum as they get to taste different variety of tea and would also get a chance to learn few things about black tea production.
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Kundala Dam

Just 20 kms away from Munnar is the Kundala Dam which hold its name proudly in the history to be The Asia’s first arch dam. This artificial dam is a major attraction to tourists and the boating experience here is just amazing. This place also holds a golf course owned by the Tata Tea Ltd. Among other attractions are The Aruvikkad Waterfall which is very close to Kundala and the Sethuparvathi dam build in the 1946 as a part of the Pallivasal hydroelectric project is definitely a sight to see and behold. The famous Neelakurinji flowers which bloom once in twelve years blooms in the hills and valleys around Kundala lake. This picturesque town near Munnar which falls on your way to the Top Station is surely an invitation to pause and enjoy the incredible nature.
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Neelakurinji

Neelakurinji (Strobilanthes kunthiana) is a shrub that used to grow abundantly in the shola grasslands of Western Ghats in India. The Nilgiris, which literally means the blue mountains, got its name from the purplish blue flowers of Neelakurinji that blossoms gregariously only once in 12 years.
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