Tea County – host numero uno in Munnar
Cosily nestled right in the middle of two hills is Tea County, your official host in Munnar. Here, every room offers mesmerizing views. You can enjoy the mist rolling down in the warmth of luxuriously furnished rooms. And it is literally a honeymooner’s paradise. Those who want to venture out may bicycle down mountain trails, paraglide over the valleys, go trekking, climb rocks, try to catch a rainbow trout or spend a day in a tea plantation. This is also an important location for ecotourism activities especially centered around Eravikulam National Park, Chinnar Wildlife Sanctuary and shola forests like Pampadum Shola National Park and the newly created Neelakurinji Sanctuary. There are opportunities to sight wild animals especially Nilgiri tahr (mountain goat), elephant, bison etc.
Eravikulam National Park :
The 97-sq km park is situated in the Devikulam Taluk and is home to the Nilgiri Tahr. The Anamudi peak (2695 m) is located in the southern region of the park. Tourists are generally permitted to visit Rajamala which lies in the tourism zone.
This is the natural habitat of the Nilgiri tahr. Nearly half of the world population of this rare mountain goat (Hemitragas hylocres), which is an endangered species is now found here. Visitors are able to watch the Nilgiri Tahr very close in this park.
Situated at a height of 1,700 m, Mattupetty is known for its highly specialised dairy farm – the Indo-Swiss Livestock Project. Different varieties of high-yielding cattle are reared here. The Mattupetty Dam, just a short distance from the farm, is a very beautiful picnic spot. The sprawling Kundala Tea Plantations and the Kundala Lake are other attractions nearby. Boating facilities are available here.
Located between Munnar and Rajamala, Nyayamakad is a land of breathtaking waterfalls. The waters cascade down a hill from a height of about 1,600 metres. The enchanting surroundings make an excellent picnic spot and trekking point. Gravel Banks, the delightful trout fishing site, are tucked away in a remote corner of Nyayamakad Estate.