Munnar – Thekkady
Munnar – the confluence of the three mountain river systems – Mudrapuzha, Nallathani, Kundala. Situated at 1600m above the sea level this hill station, leaves you with a cold summer sweetness. Completely dotted with lakes, reservoirs, mountains streams, scabrous rocks, wooded valleys, wavy grass hills, this hill station offers a great variety choices at short intervals.
Along the quite drives, through the unending sea of tea plantations, signs of human life itself is a rare sight apart from similarly attired plantation workers. The unending dominance of the tea plantations and the mountain flower Neelakkurinji that bloom once in 12 years are both Thekkady – a group of elephentssynonymous landmarks.
Playing mists, soul searching winds, hurling waterfalls, cold monsoons, picturesque towns, fragrant cardamom bushes, sprawling tea plantations, shaven silver oaks, indomitable elephant herd, long winding lanes, the bluish tint of the Neelakkurinji mountains, floating tunes of early morning radio, strangely uniform herds of plantation workers.
With the mist covering in the valleys around, the plateau of a resorts sticking out, it is a heavenly feeling of being on the legendary flaying machine – Pushpak, floating over the clouds. Munnar, Kerala- breathtakingly beautiful – a haven of peace and tranquility – the idyllic tourist destination in God’s own country.
Thekaddy, also known as Periyar, is home to the famous Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary and Tiger Reserve.
You can opt for Periyar Tiger Trail, Nature walk, Bamboo Rafting, etc in this exotic sanctuary, or an early morning boat ride in the Periyar Lake.
The spice plantation in Thekkady is a prime attraction of this beautiful land. Though sprawling tea estates cover much of the landscape of Thekkady, plantations of cardamom, rubber, vanilla and coffee are also aplenty.