Tourist Mountains of kerala
Ponmudi: An Idyllic hill resort with narrow, winding pathways and cool, green , wooded environs, Ponmudi is located 915 m above sea level . Along with a variety of beautiful mountain flowers, exotic butterflies, small rivulets, springs and the deer park nearby, this hill station also has excellent trekking trails.
A land locked district, Idukki is one of the most nature rich areas of Kerala. The high ranges and wooded valleys are girded by three main rivers – Periyar, Thalayar, and Thodupuzhayar- and their tributaries. The river Pamba also has its origin here. As a tourist destination, Idukki offers diverse attractions like wildlife sanctuaries, hill stations, spice plantations, mountain treks, elephant rides etc.
Idukki has a large population of tribals who have unique customs and beliefs and maintain an ethos which is distinctly different from that of the mainstream culture
Munnar: Munnar is situated at the confluence of three mountain stream – Mudrapuzha, Nallathanni and kundala. 1600 m above sea level, this hill station was the summer resort of the British Government in South India. Sprawling tea plantations, picture –book towns, winding lanes and holiday facilities make this a popular hill station. Among the exotic flora found in the forests and grasslands here is the Neelakurinji. This flower which bathes the hills in blue once every twelve years, will bloom next in 2006 AD. Munnar also has the highest peak in South India,
There is an echo point where people enjoy their own echo sound from a particular area.
Anamudi, which towers over 2695 m. Anamudi is an ideal spot for trekking.
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Munnar Top Station: 1700 m above sea level, this is the highest point on the Munnar – Kodaikanal road. The rare Neelakurunji belongs to this region. Top Station also offers a panoramic view of the neighbouring state of Tamil Nadu.
Munnar Mattupetti: Situated at a height of 1700 m, Mattupetti is famous for its highly specialized dairy farm the Indo Swiss Livestock Project . Over a 100 varieties of high yielding cattle care reared here. Visitors are allowed into three of the 11 cattle sheds at the farm. Visit time:0900 – 1100 hrs and 1400 – 1530 hrs.
The Mattupetty lake and 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 in the vicinity.
Munnar Rajamala: The natural habitat of the Nilgiri Tahr, Rajamala is 2695 m above sea level . Half the world population of the rare mountain goat which is fast becoming extinct, is now found here. The Nilgiri Tahrs are today reduced to small herds which are found in the Eravikulam- Rajamala region.
Munnar Marayoor: This is the only place in Kerala that has a natural growth of sandalwood tres. The sandalwood factory of the Forest Department , the caves with murals and relics from the New Stone Age and the children’s park spread across a hectar of land under the canopy of a single Banyan tree are of great interest to tourists.
Munnar Devikulam: This idyllic hill station with its velvet lawns, exotic flora and fauna and the cool mountain air offers a rare experience to visitors, The Sita Devi Lake with its mineral water springs and picturesque surroundings is a good picnic spot. The lake is also ideal for trout fishing.
Wagamom in kerala : Situated at an elevation of 1100 m above sea level, this hill station is a trekker’s delight. Wagamom is surrounded by beautiful meadows, valleys and tea gardens. This is an ideal location for film shooting.
Nelliyampathy: This fascinating hill station is at a height of 467 to 1572 m above sea level. At least 10 hairpin bends have to be negotiated on the ghat road that passes through the breathtaking evergreen forests of the Sahya Ranges. Seethakundu at Nelliyampathy offers a panoramic view of about one third the area of Palakkad district.
Attappady: A beautiful synthesis of mountains, rivers and forests, Attappady is of great interest to anthropologists . This is the habitat of many tribals like the Irulars and Munugas. The Malkleeswaram peak is worshipped as a gigantic Siva linga by the Adivasis who also celebrate the Sivarathri festival with great fervour.
Dhoni: It takes a three hour trek from the base of the Dhoni hills, to reach this reserve forest area with its small, beautiful waterfall. This hill country is the delight of trekkers.
Peruvannamuzhi: The Peruvannamuzhi dam site set amid hills is a beautiful picnic spot. The reservoir here provides facilities for speedboat and row boat cruises. Uninhabited islands, a bird sanctuary and a crocodile farm to the charm of the place.
Tusharagiri: Famous for its trekking tracks Tusharagiri , is located near Vythiti in Wayanad. Trekkers start early in the morning from the second waterfall at Tushagiri and climb uphill through the pristine, evergreen dense forests populated with exotic birds and wild animals to reach Vythiri by evening.
Vythiri: Tucked away at the north eastern tip of Kerala, this quaint little hill station about 1300 m above sea level is renowned for its coffee, tea, cardomom, pepper and rubber plantations. Mist capped mountains and breathing scenery dominate other tourist attractions.
Pakshipathalam: This place can be accessed only by trekking. Rare species of birds can b e sighted from the watch tower of this bird sanctuary.
Chembra peak: At 2100 m above mean sea level, Chembra is the highest peak in Wayanad and is an ideal area for trekking.
Lakkidi: Lakkidi, the gateway to Wayanad is situated 700 m above mean sa level, at the crest of the Thamarassery Ghat pass. Lofty peaks, gurgling streams and luxuriant forests add magic to the journey up the winding roads to this hill station.
Pookot lake; This Perennial fresh water lake, nestled among wooded hills, is the only one of its kind in Kerala. Boating facilities, a children’s park, a handicrafts and spices emporium and a fresh water aquarium are among the tourist facilities available here. The lake is 3 km south of vythri Resorts.
Pythal mala: This enchanting hill station, situated 4m500 ft, above sea level near the Kerala- Karnataka border, is rich in flora and fauna. It is a six kilo meter trek to the top of the hills.
Ezhimala: The beautiful beach here has a hillock nearby . A Naval Academy is being developed here.
Ranipuram: situated 750 m above sea level, Ranipuram is famous for its trekking trails and varies vegetation- evergreen shoal wood, monsoon, forests and grasslands.
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