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Tuesday, May 24, 2011

14. TOUR to ANAYIRANGAL DAM (ആന ഇറങ്ങല്‍ ഡാം)

ANAYIRANGAL DAM (ആന ഇറങ്ങല്‍ ഡാം)

     When you have traveled about seven kilometers from Chinnakanal (22Kms from Munnar), you reach Anayirangal.It is surrounded by Tata Tea plantations, coffee, Tea and cardamom plantations in the evergreen forests. It is an ideal picnic spot. It’s a lush green carpet of tea plants. A trip on the splendid reservoir is an unforgettable experience. Thickset forests bordering the area. And the Anayirangal dam right in the middle. Most of the famous Hotels and Resorts in Munnar is situated nearby Anayirangal Dam.

     Unlike the other reservoir this reservoir and its surrounding make an extra ordinary beautiful landscape which is quite unforgettable.If you miss to see this place in your life it will be an irreparable lose.

Anayirangal Dam


Anayirangal Dam - Diplay brd

On the way to Anayirangal Dam

Just Reached Anayirangal
Aanayirangal Dam ....
Me with my son Danish at Anayirangal Dam
Anayirangal Dam image



Saturday, May 21, 2011

13. Glimses of Paradise


     I don’t know how many might agree, but the best way to enjoy Munnar is on your foot. The doubters can just go on an evening stroll and find out for themselves. Start in the morning, and you’ve got all the more time to explore Munnar. You can walk through the woods, take a small trek or just walk down the road and watch the people. You get more time to observe the people, the wildlife, the nature and not to mention, take in the fresh air. The cool weather makes sure the sun is not a problem. Just make sure you apply your sun screen and always carry ample supply of water with you.

 
MUNNAR TEA PLANTATION


MUNNAR

Friday, May 20, 2011

12. TOUR to MATTUPETTY


Mattupetty Dam and Lake, near Munnar in Idukki District, is a storage masonry dam built in the mountains of Kerala, India to conserve water for hydroelectricity.Year of construction 1953. It has been a vital sources of power, yielding along with other such dams, huge revenue to the states. The large amount of perennially available water allows wild animals and birds to flourish. However salinity caused by irrigation and water-logging are of concern to environmentalists.
The reservoir is also known to be one of the visiting grounds of elephants of the region.

Getting there:
By road: Mattupetty is just a 13 kms drive from Munnar.
Nearest railway station: Ernakulam, about 130 km from Munnar.
Nearest airport: Cochin International Airport, about 110 km from Munnar.

Mattupetty Lake
Taking Snaps..
 
Cradled by the undulating plantation hills of Munnar, and not far away from the Anamudi peak is Mattupetty. Situated in the famous hill town of Munnar, Mattupetty located 13 km from Munnar is situated at a height of 1700 m, and is a delight for nature lovers.


Mattupetty Dam




Mattupetty offers many fascinating sights to relish. Besides the lush green tea plantations, and the rolling grasslands, the Shola forests in and around Mattupetty are ideal for trekking and are habitat to a variety of birds. Rivulets and cascades crisscross the terrain here, which again adds more attraction to the place.



About Mattupetty Dam

One of the main attractions in Mattupetty is the beautiful lake, and the Mattupetty Dam, which are ideal picnic spots. The District Tourism Promotion Council (DTPC), Idukki provides boating facilities in the Mattupetty Dam. Speed launch, slow speedboat and motorboats are available on hire. Other nearby places of interest includes the picturesque Kundala tea plantations and the Kundala Lake.


Mattupetty Dam

Of all the main attractions at Mattupetty is the dairy farm, run by the Indo-Swiss Livestock Project. The dairy farm is a unique one of its kind with several varieties of high-yielding cattle being reared.

Mattupetty Dam main gate


Mattupetty Lake
Mattupetty
view of Mattupetty dam



Sunday, May 15, 2011

11. CHURCHILL BRIDGE

      Churchill Bridge ,Munnar constructed by the British in 1944. Catholic church, complete with portrait of Pope Benedict XVI, peers over the activities of the town, opposite a faded and torn communist hammer and sickle. A cast-iron bridge extends over the river, with the parallel pedestrian Churchill Bridge stretching alongside, built in 1944.
CHURCHILL BRIDGE, MUNNAR

      There are hardly any left today. But till the late 1960s suspension bridges were part of Munnar’s charming landscape. Two, in fact, were right in the town, spanning the river that snakes through it. The British tea company that administered Munnar then had fondly named one Churchill, after their famous premier, and the other Margaret, after Queen Elizabeth’s sister. 
CHURCHILL BRIDGE

      For beginners like us, crossing a suspension bridge was a lesson in balancing oneself. No wonder we children called them ‘swing bridges’; they actually swung from side to side when one crossed over, sometimes throwing one off balance. Initially, we were quite scared of them. Clutching the supporting cables and the protective wire-netting on the sides, we would slowly inch forward, nervously eyeing the swirling water below. Watching others, we gradually learnt the trick: just stride across with your feet wide apart. It took some practice but soon we were nipping to and fro, fearlessly and effortlessly. 
CHURCHILL FOOTBRIDGE IN MUNNAR

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

10. CHEEYAPPARA WATERFALL


     The Cheeyappara Waterfall is on the Kochi - Madurai Highway (National Highwa 49), between Neriamangalam and Adimali. It is in Idukki district, Kerala.

     The Cheeyappara Waterfall cascades down in seven steps. It is a real feast for the eyes. This is also a great place for trekking.

     The Cheeyappara waterfalls especially during the monsoons are a wonderful sight on the way to Munnar from Kochi. Its an ideal place to stop awhile and enjoy amidst the scenic surroundings of the waterfall. The area is also good for adventure lovers as it has good trekking routes.Its a good spot to rest and picnic on the way from Kochi to the high ranges.

      Majestic waterfalls that cascade down in seven steps alone ensures Cheeyappara the top spot in all tourist itinerary. These waterfalls are surrounded by dense  green forests that are home to a wide variety of animals and birds. Trekking trails are another draw among the adventure tourist.
CHEEYAPPARA WATERFALL



CHEEYAPPARA WATERFAL

cheyyappara waterfall

munnar waterfall


Tuesday, May 10, 2011

9. Local Attractions in & around Munnar

IMPORTANT TOURIST SITES IN AND AROUND MUNNAR

Breathing in the crisp, clear and unpolluted air, relaxing and eating are the added bonuses of going to Munnar. Getting around the mountains that surround Munnar is an experience one cannot miss, not in a million years.
Munnar Starting Point

MATTUPATTY DIRECTION


1.FOREST GARDEN - 2 Kms
2. PHOTO POINT - 3 Kms
3.JUNGLE HONEY BEE NEST - 5 kms
4.MADUPATTY DAM - 12 kms
5.ELEPHANT ARRIVAL SPOT - 14 kms
6.SHOOTING POINT - 15 kms
7.ECHO-POINT - 20 kms
8.KUNDALY LAKE - 26 kms
9.TOP STATION VIEW - 36 kms

COCHIN DIRECTION

  1. DTPC BOATING – 1 km
  2. BLOSSOM PARK – 2.5 km
  3. POTHAMEDU VIEW POINT – 6 km
  4. GARDEN & COFFEE PLANTATION – 6 km
  5. ATHUKAD WATER FALLS – 13 km
  6. SUNSET VIEW – 12 km
  7. ROSE GARDEN – 14 km
  8. KALLAR WATER FALLS – 19 km
  9. PULLIVASAL POWER HOUSE  ( EB sanction to be obtained) – 16 km
  10. VALARA WATER FALLS – 42 km
  11. CHEEYAPPARA WATER FALL - 44 KM


THEKKADY DIECTIONS

  1. DEVIKULAM LAKE (SITA DEVI LAKE) – 22 km
  2. LOCKHART GAP – 14 km
  3. TREKKING POINT – 9 km
  4. TREKKING POINT – CHOCKKANMALI
  5. PERIAKKAL WATER FALLS – 25 km
  6. RESORT VILLAGE VIEW – 22 km
  7. SUNSET VIEW – 22 km
  8. ANAIYIRANGAL DAM VIEW


COIMBATORE DIRECTION

  1. TATA TEA MUSEUM – 3 km
  2. NYAMAKAD WATER FALLS – 8 km
  3. ERAVIKULAM NATIONAL PARK ( RAJAMALA) – 15 km
  4. LUCKOM WATER FALLS AND LAKE – 26 km
  5. SANDALWOOD AND BAMBOO FOREST – 36 km
  6. CHILDRENS PARK – 43 km
  7. MUNIYARA (MEDITATION SHEDS OF SAGES) – 47 km
  8. GREEN VALLEY VIEW – 50 km
  9. THOOVANAM WATER FALLS – 55 km
  10. WILD LIFE SANCTUARY,CHINNAR – 63 km
  11. CROCODILE PARK – 79 km
  12. AMARAVATHY DAM – 78 km
  13. THIRUMOORTHY HILLS – 78 km

Sunday, May 8, 2011

8. TOUR to MUNNAR.... മൂന്നാര്‍

Welcome to ever green Hills of Munnar ( മൂന്നാര്‍ ) 
Munnar
Munnar - One of the most important tourist attractive places in the Idukki District ,Kerala the Gods Own Country. It is one of the most popular hill-resort towns in Kerala and in southern India. Munnar is located on the Western Ghats, situated in the Idukki district. The name Munnar is believed to be derived from the Malayalam/Tamil words Munu (three) and aaru (river), referring to the town's strategic location at the confluence of the Muthirappuzha, Nallathanni and Kundaly rivers.


Best Time to Visit Munnar:

You can visit Munnar throughout the year except the Kerala monsoon in June/July. The weather is extremely cold during winter (December/January). Take extra woolen garments during heavy winter season.



Rani Stone - History of Munnar Begins Here..

The Munnar panchayat in the Devikulam block is the largest panchayat in the Idukki district having an area measuring nearly 557 km².
Munnar

The nearest major railway stations are at Ernakulam and Aluva (approximately 110 km by road). The nearest airport is Cochin International Airport, which is 105 km away.
Munnar
Munnar