About Eravikulam National Park
This national park is the breathtaking home of a plethora of precious flora and fauna, and lies along the Western Ghats. Considered the magnum opus of Kerala, the park provides magnificent panoramic views of tea plantations and rolling hills blanketed in mist. The grasslands protect the endangered Nilgiri Tahr and harbour several other species of animals, birds and butterflies, including a new species of frog that was discovered recently. Eravikulam park becomes a sought after destination when the hill slopes get veiled by a carpet of blue, a miraculous phenomena caused by the flowering of Neelakurinji, which blooms only once in 12 years. Anamudi, translating to elephant's forehead and located within the park, is the highest peak of South India and its might and height of 8,842 ft can be enjoyed from a distance at Rajamala, from where the endangered Nilgiri Tahr can also be observed. The park provides a number of safaris for convenient and safe tourism around the park. The Kurinji Trail, which follows through misty tracks of protected animals and flowery grasslands, is a must for trekking lovers. Another famous but charming spot is the Lakkom Waterfalls, which provide an enchanting view along with an eco-shop cafeteria to eat at. Close to these falls is a log house, which offers comfortable accommodation with complimentary food and the much desired solitude and peace amidst the lap of nature.
Best Time To Visit
Best time to visit Eravikulam National Park is from October to April
Eravikulam National Park
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Kolukkumalai Tea Estate
Our day started very early around 3.30 in morning and started journey with sleepy mind towards Kolukkumalai, highest tea plantation on the world.We heard about beauty of sunrises here and want to explore. The bumpy ride and roller coaster journey is enough to make you feel awake throughout the way. Remember you need to hire different jeep. If you don’t like bumpy rides, and having kids and old age people with you or spine problem, heart problem then, it’s better to avoid that part, because road condition is not good enough. Somehow, we reached, the place which is around 33 Km from Munnar and takes more than one hour to reach there. But once you reach this place aroma of freshly plucked tea leaves, gentle rolling tea gardensand floating clouds bowing down to kiss the misty mountain welcome you. We were lucky enough to see the sunrise. It was amazing sunrise in the peak of the mountain and you stand above the clouds. The organic tea plantation is amazing and we visited tea factory as well and as a tea lover I brought some packets of flavored tea. After an unforgettable experience, we were ready for another adventures point, Top station, again more than one hour journey. The journey up to the top station was twisted in every moment. At one twist we witnessed green fields of tea plants basking in the sunshine; and at another twist we saw mountain majestic mountains embellish with misty clouds. Tea gardens all around, at steep angles along the hill, the clouds climbing along the hills at great speed. We were lucky enough to see all the colors of nature in cloudy weather. Next and last destination was Kundala Lake, where we just walked on lakeside and enjoyed the weather. We came back to our resort and took the quick nap for while, packed our bag and hit the road for next destination Kumarakom. On the way we went paid spice garden, where our tourist guide showed the plantation of some spices and we also brought some of them. After 5 hours of sleepy journey we reached Kumarakom, we already booked homestay near the Vembanad Lake and fall asleep.
--------------------------------------------------------------· Thrilling panorama of hills and meadows extending up to ‘Kambam Valley’.· Short cut trekking path leads to Madurai, Kodaikanal and Thekkady.· Kolukkumalai – World highest organic tea estate at 8500 ft. above sea level can be availed from the view point.· The Age-Old railway mono-gauge, hydel electricity generation and 18th century rope way can be seen.· Feel ‘n’ Sensitize an ecologically virgin climate.
DAY 1: We began our trip at around 1.30 in the afternoon. We got the jeep and booked it for both the days. The place was so beautiful that you can click pictures almost everywhere. The roads were narrow and the clouds were floating around. There was no sign of the sun first day. We saw hydel dam in between our trip. Then we reached Mattupetty dam, boating option is available there. There is a place called as view point where the full view of tea plantation is available. The greenery and the plantations are perfect at that place. Best suited for photography.
After Mattupetty Lake, we moved towards Echo Point and on the way spotted a herd of wild elephants in the grasslands besides the road. It was a great experience to see the wild elephants roaming freely in their natural habitat instead of a zoo. We visited Echo Point which was a small lake with view of mountains and green forest as it''s back drop and is famous for its natural echo phenomenon. When we visited the place, there were a group of young school children who were screaming loudly to get the echo back and it was really working. We clicked a few pictures and came back to the hotel. Lying in the bed at night, a thought ran through my head, however creative man might be he can never create anything even comparable to the beauty of God’s creation and the glorious beauty of Munnar made me believe that Kerala is truly God’s own country.It was time to bid adieu to Munnar and start for Thekkady and I was quite disheartened to leave such a magnificent place so early. But hardly did I know at that time that Munnar still had a few surprises for us in store as a farewell gift. The day was quite sunny with a clear blue sky having white patches of cloud in between and the gentle breeze together with the morning sun created a soothing effect on the body and mind. I was feeling very lucky to have seen Munnar in two different forms, one on a cloudy day with little bit of drizzling and lot of mist and the other on a bright day when Munnar was gleaming in the sunlight.
Pothamedu View Point - This is the best view point at Munnar. Long Stretched tea-plantation garden getting faded to the distant misty mountain, the lush green view, the series of mountains dancing to the tunes of nature under the grey-umbrella of those clouds will make you spellbound. Sitting there on the edge with a cup of coffee in hand and enjoying the beauty with the chilled weather will give one a feeling of heaven no doubt. Down the lane tea, cardamom plantations could be seen. The place was so mesmerizing that we sat there for more than an hour just looking at the splendid view. The view of sunset from this point is an out-of-the-world-view.The time seemed to stop for a while.
Being the highest peak in India outside the Himalaya's, Anamaudi is truelove breathtaking. It isn't like the mountains you see in the northern district of India, covered in snow like a fairy tale, but is rather lush green and smooth. Surrounded by random water bodies and greenary, Anamudi makes for a pituresque location at the least. Unfortunately, we were not allowed to go to the top due to elephants and expected bad weather. We stayed a while and allowed it to humble us.
We were ready for the days trip by 9 and after breakfast we went to fill up the tank and the headed towards Nirar dam. It was 15 kms away from Valparai. The roads were good for about 5-6 kms after which it was very bad. We could barely see the tarmac which costed us a tough ride. But the dam was very located at a place in the middle of the forest which was green silent and had an amazing view.
Carmelagiri Elephant Park
We made a quick stop at the Carmelagiri Elephant Park en route to Mattupetty but did not opt for any ride. I leave it to individuals to decide whether they would like to indulge in it. The park offers various options which range from a 1 hour ride and even half day or full day elephant ride.
Blossom Hydel Park
Blossom Park- This park is situated near the Munnar town. Only 2km away from the market area of the town. Though one could hardly see any blossom of flowers, but no doubt it is full of blossoming beauties :P. There is facility for a no. of fun activities also in the park e.g Water-Balloon walking, Air Gun, Bow & Arrow etc. A good place to kill some time. Of course, an excellent place for lovebirds and couples.
Pambadum Shola National Park
Pampadum Shola National Park, with an area of 1.3 sq km, is the smallest national park in Kerala. The national park falls within the Allinagaram Reserved Forest and is also part of the Anamalai Sub-Cluster, a region under consideration by the UNESCO World Heritage Committee. The literal translation of the name "pampadum shola" is "the forest where the snake dances", implying the rich density of flora and snakes in the region.
Anamudi Shola National Park
Castillo De WoodsWhy stay at Castillo De Woods: The property located in Koviloor, Munnar presents the best way to explore the nearby Anamudi Shola National Park. Your stay includes wildlife watch, horse rides, elephant rides, an off-road drive and camp fire to keep you warm by the night.Perfect for: Castillo de Woods accommodates eight people and is perfect for a gang that's planning a vacation together, be it business travellers, friends or a family.
This is a tourist Point at a very high altitude on the Kerala- Tamil Nadu border about 40 kilometres from the beautifuk hill station of Munnar. This is also famous as the highest hill station of the Kundala Valley. You can get the most spectacular views of the Western Ghats and the most awesome Theni District from here. The clouds seem to be crushing across your face everytime and you will want to keep one piece of the fluff each time. This is a lot of fun and an experience which feels absolutely out of the world. This is also the place where there is an abundance of Neelakurinji flowers which are said to bloom every 12 years only and the next blooming season is 2018. These flowers when in full bloom give this place a complete bluish hue. The Kurinjimala National Park is another attraction in this lovely place.
Kanthalloor - Marayoor Rd
Muniyara: A story untold- Muniyara is part of Marayoor which is 40 km from Munnar, in Idukki district, central Kerala-Official story on Muniyara- Marayoor:-  Muniyara is part of Marayoor. Marayoor occupies a vast area on the slopes of the Western Ghats in Idukki district and is an important pre-historic site in Kerala. Apart from the Dolmenoid cists in Muniyara, Marayoor is famous for its natural sandalwood forests and pre-historic rock paintings.A fascinating destination for anthropologists and archaeologists from all over the world, Muniyara has remnants of Dolmenoid cists belonging to the Megalithic age. Dolmenoids were burial chambers made of four stones placed on edges and covered by a fifth one called the cap stone. Some of these Dolmenoids contain several burial chambers, others have a quadrangle scooped out in laterite and lined on the sides with granite slabs. These are also covered with cap stones.Story untoldDriving through the Smooth roads towards Kanthalloor, a long awaitedtrip ,I wanted to visit the apple and orange plantation and the famous"mazha nizhal pradesham"( rain shadow regions) in Western Ghats...Joby was saying a lot about the muniyara which is on the way to kanthalloor. As per the available information, it is a great part of our history where saints and ancient monks lived and buried.Me, Vinnya and Zayan are anxious to see the fertile soil in Kanthalloor, apple plantations and to collect some fresh apples from there. But Joby said Muniyara is a must watch, and aesthetic view is a sure bet. Abi and family was also in support to Joby and we got down at muniyara with a pre-determined notion as it will be a boring trip.The vast rocky region of Muniyara was protected with barricade and anentry fee of Rs.20/- per head was charged at the check point. .The noonSun restricted us to pose for a snap in front of the giant rock, but we managed to have some clicks with beautiful bluish sky back ground.As we entered into the rocky region, a fragile stranger started following us.Though  I was little cautious initially,we progressed our exploration with him and started enjoying his presence because of his narrations in malayalam with tamil accent.  But I was more interested in the high range view and to have some selfies.While we wondering about  the huge rocks paneled in Muniyara and wondering the spiritual powers of ancient saints, he slowly intruded and murmured…do not believe those falls stories. Then he started narrating the story of an ancient tribe that  lived in this region thousands of years beforeHe seems in full flow and enthusiasum and we can sense that he belongs to that tribe and he explained everything about Muniyara-the living space of ancient tribes, the intense harassments they faced,  their neglected voice ,the culture they followed and so on..we were still curious about the huge rock panels paved on the roofs of Muniyara as it seems above human capabilities . He smiled and said, it is very easy.  Tribe people  first digs pit and slowly place  big rock panels into it as  walls  of the house  and finally the roof. Then they remove the soil in between...yes its possible, we all shook our head.He again talked a lot about ancient tribal medicines and shown some hidden Muniyara- ohh sorry, not Muniyara ancient tribal houses.He was keen to show us the ancient tribal medicines like Danthapala-which is good for growing thick hair..We started our journey to kanthallur, saw Marayoor sandal woods, manufacturing of famous marayoor sharkara...but the tribal man friend we met….sorry Iforgot to ask his name, his narration , a forgotten culture, fake stories…. everything still haunts me....
Munnar - Top Station Highway
After breakfast, we left around 11am and decided to cover all the places along the way upto Top Station. Mattupetty Dam, Kundala Lake, Rose gardens and view points gave us spectacular valley sights all the way to the top.Top Station gets it's name as it was the historic transshippment location for Kannan Devan tea delivered up here from Munnar by rail.Absolutely dreamy location! The roads; the views; the weather; everything was beyond perfect. Lunch was an absolute delight too- Kerala parathas, appams and stew, YUM!
Anamalai Tiger Reserve
Majorly known as the Indira Gandhi Wildlife Sanctuary and National Park, this is a part of the scenic Ananamalai Hills. This park covers the Shola Forest and also spills a bit into Kerala too. This is an important tourist attraction and was declared as a Tiger Reserve in the year 2007. The main animals you can spot here apart from a variety of tigers are leopards, elepahnts, panthers, spotted deer, peacocks, langurs, crocodiles ans the lion tailed macaques.