One of the most popular hill stations in kerala, Munnar is situated at the confluence of three mountain streams - Mudrapuzha, Nallathanni and Kundala. Sprawling tea plantations, picture book towns, winding lanes, trekking and holiday facilities make Munnar a unique experience. Munnar is essentially a tea town. The tea plantations have now been taken over by the Tata Tea Company. The visitor is greeted with miles and miles of unending tea plantations on entry into Munnar. Echo Point falls in the way to the Top Station and gives you the pleasure of hearing your voice returning to you again and again.
Hill Stations in South India being known for their sleepy image and low profile need to be refurbished. Munnar has a lot of significance in its nomenclaturing and its glorious historical backdrop too, makes it no lightweight. Munnnar as a lesser-known Hill Station in India was the Summer Capital of British Raj in South India with numerous proud precedents attached to its history and origin. It is really a place waiting to be discovered. The name itself means a lot with the reference being made to the confluence of three South Indian rivers, making it a unique Hill Station in India and also in the South. The three rivers being Kundala, Nallathali and Mudrapuza that adds to the beauty of the place to be discovered
Another attraction is the Neelakurinji, one of the rarest flowers earth; having beauty and medicinal importance, the "Neelakurinji" is plenl in Rajamalai. These plants bloom only once in 12 years! When there flowers all the mounts of the park will be covered with beautiful blue carp - a truly memorable sight. A three or four hour walk from the heart of park, will take you to a place of extraordinary beauty. (But prior sane from the wild life warden, is a must for this.) Beautiful greenish mou glades, wild creeks etc. are giving us a charming sight. The Eravikulam Natii Park is of great ecological importance due to its very rich bio-diversity, undoubtedly we can say that Rajamalai is the most important spot in Munn tourist map.
Most native flora and fauna of Munnar has disappeared due to severe habitat fragmentation by plantations. However, most of the species survive in several protected areas nearby, including the new Kurinjimala Sanctuary to the east, Chinnar Wildlife Sanctuary and Manjampatti Valley in Amaravati reserve forest of Indira Gandhi Wildlife Sanctuary to the north east, Eravikulam National Park and Anamudi Shola National Park to the north, Pampadum Shola National Park to the south and the proposed Palani Hills National Park to the east. These protected areas are especially known for several threatened and endemic species including Nilgiri Thar, Grizzled Giant Squirrel, Nilgiri Wood-pigeon, Elephant, Gaur, Sambar, and Neelakurinji. Taken from Munnar , Kerala One of the most popular hill stations in India, Munnar (Kerala) is situated at the confluence of three mountain streams - Mudrapuzha, Nallathanni and Kundala. Located at 1600 M above sea level, this was once the summer resort of the erstwhile British Government in South India. Sprawling tea plantations, picture book towns, winding lanes, trekking and holiday facilities make Munnar a unique experience. Munnar is essentially a tea town.