Munnar is situated at the confluence of three mountain streams – Mudrapuzha, Nallathanni and Kundala. 1,600 m above sea level, this hill station was once the summer resort of the erstwhile British Government in South India. Sprawling tea plantations, picture-book towns, winding lanes and holiday facilities make this a popular resort town. Among the exotic flora found in the forests and grasslands here is the Neelakurinji. This flower which bathes the hills in blue once in every twelve years, will bloom next in 2018. Munnar also has the highest peak in South India, Anamudi, which towers over 2,695 m. Anamudi is an ideal spot for trekking. It is also a popular place for Indian honeymooners.
Some popular must see places are:
- Eravikulam National Park
- Anamudi Peak
- Top Station
- Tea Museum
Located in Idukki District, Thekkedy is one of the most sought-after and amazingly impressive travel destinations in Kerala. Though best known for Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary, this tourist hotspot caters to the interests of trekkers, nature lovers, wildlife enthusiasts, adventure freaks, picnickers and backpackers.
The very sound of the word Thekkady conjures up images of elephants, unending chains of hills and spice scented plantations. The Periyarforests of Thekkady is one of the finest wildlife reserves in India. Spread across the entire district are picturesque plantations and hill towns that hold great opportunities for treks and mountain walks.
Thekkady lies closer to the Kerala-Tamil Nadu border and hence enjoys a distinct culture and tradition. This strategic location gives the region remarkable accessibility from both Kerala and Tamil Nadu. Thekkady enjoys a unique geographical pattern and ecological structure, making it different from other hill stations and sanctuaries. This hilly terrain is blessed with salubrious landscapes and vast stretches of plantations. The aroma from the spice gardens lingers in the air making a traveller feel rejuvenated.
The winding hills in the background serve as perfect setting for those who have an eye for photography. The cool climate and the availability of excellent resorts and home-stays make the region a favourite spot for picnicking and honeymoon couples.
The village of Kumarakom is a cluster of little islands on the Vembanad Lake, and is part of the Kuttanad region in the state of Kerala.
The ever-effervescent Vembanad Lake takes you slowly into the heart of these backwaters, 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.
When nature is all you need to recuperate, Kumarakom is undoubtedly the most invigorating, fascinating paradise in Kerala, God’s own country. Coconut trees, the 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.
The bird sanctuary, which is spread across 14 acres, is a favourite haunt of migratory birds and an ornithologist’s paradise. Egrets, darters, herons, teals, waterfowls, cuckoo, wild duck and migratory birds like the Siberian Stork visit here in flocks, creating a visual delight for visitors.