KALADY ADI SHANKARA SHRINE, KODANAD ELEPHANT TRAINING CENTRE, ELEPHANT RIDE, CHEEYAPPARA, MUNNAR, MATTUPETTY, RAJAMALA, TOPSTATION, ECHO POINT, CHINNAR, etc.
Ecogreen to Munnar 125 Kms. via Angamali, Perumbavoor, Kothamangalam, Neriamangalam, Adimali, enroute picnic spots are :-
Direct Bus Service from Ecogreen is available. Rs. 120/- per head (3.30 Hours)
8.30 a.m. :- Visit Sringeri Matt – birth place of Adi Sankara, (AD 788 – 820) the great advaitha philosopher. This place also welcomes people from any religion / country. There is a lamp (ever lastingly lit) in the temple. There is a Veda Paadhasaala (Vedic recital school) adjacent to the Matt.
Kodanad Elephant Training Centre & Elephant Ride 33Kms.(25 + 8Kms.)
Kodanad elephant training center is a peaceful spot among forest-like environs. It is 33 Kms from Ecogreen homestay. Visit to Kodanad Elephant Training Centre, to see the morning bathing of elephants in the river (time between 7.30 and 9.00 ).
Entry Fee: Rs. 3 per person. There is also possibility of an elephant ride Rs. 200.
Cheeyappara 65 Kms. (33 + 32 Kms.)
The Cheeyappara and Valara waterfalls are located between Nariamangalam and Adimali on the Kochi Madurai highway. The Cheeyappara waterfalls cascade down in seven steps. It is a real feast for the eyes. This is also a great place for trekking.
Munnar 130 Kms. (65 + 65 Kms.)
Munnar Hill Station is situated at the confluence of three mountain streams – Mudrapuzha, Nallathanni and Kundala. 1600 m above sea level, this hill station was once the summer resort of the erstwhile British Government in South India. Sprawling tea plantations, picture-book towns, winding lanes and holiday facilities make this a popular resort town. Munnar has been blessed with Hills, Waterfalls, lake, wild life and tea plantation. Munnar, pioneer planters opened up the nature lover’s paradise out of virgin forests a century ago. Munnar has one of the largest tea plantations in India. The highest peak in South India, Anamudi – which towers over 2695 meters – is an ideal place for trekking. The tropical forests beyond have a sizable population of elephants, bisons, languor and macaques.
Munnar General Information:-
- 135 Kms from Cochin & 130 Kms from Ecogreen homestay.
- Altitude: 1600-2500 meters above Sea Level.,
- Area: 26.2 sq. km. Rainfall: 275 cm.,
- Temperature: Summer: Max: 25.8°C, Min: 15.2°C Winter: Max: 10°C, Min: 0°C
- Clothing: Winter: Woolen Summer: Cotton
MUNNAR PLACES TO VISIT
Pothanmedu(6 km from Munnar)
Pothanmedu offers an excellent view of the tea, coffee and cardamom plantations in Munnar. The rolling hills, the lush mountain and the breathtaking scenery here are ideal for trekking and long mountain walks.
Devikulam(7 km from Munnar)
This idyllic hill stations with its velvet lawns, exotic flora and fauna and the cool mountain air is a rare experience. The Sita Devi Lake with its mineral waters and picturesque surroundings is a good picnic spot. The lake is also ideal for trout fishing.
Chithirapuram(10 km from Munnar)
With its sleepy little cottages, bungalows, old playgrounds and courts, Chithirapuram still exudes an old-world charm. Home of the Pallivasal Hydrel Power Project, this hill town is also famous for its picturesque tea plantations.
Mattupetty(13 km from Munnar)
Situated at a height of 1700 m, Mattupetty is known for its highly specialised dairy farm-the Indo Swiss Livestock Project. Over a 100 varieties of high-yielding cattle are reared here. Visitors are allowed into 3 of the 11 cattle sheds at the farm.
- Visiting time: 0900-1100 hrs and 1400-1530 hrs.
- Rate: Rs.5 per head.
- Telephone: 0486-530389.
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. DTPC Idukki provides boating facilities on the Mattupetty Dam. Speed launch and motorboats are available on hire.
Rajamala (15km from Munnar)
This is the natural habitat of the Nilgiri Tahr. Half the world population of the rare mountain goat (Hemitragas bylocres) which is fast becoming extinct, is now found here. The Nilgiri Tahrs are today reduced to small herds found in the Eravikulam-Rajamala region. The total number of Nilgiri Tahrs in Rajamala is estimated at 1317.
Echo Point (15 km from Munnar)
This scenic place gets its name from the natural echo phenomenon here. Echo Point is on the way to Top Stations from Munnar.
Eravikulam National Park (15 km from Munnar)
The 97 sq. km. park is situated in the Devikulam taluk and is home to the Nilgiri tahr. The Anamudi peak (2695m) is located in the southern region of the park.
Kundala (20 km from Munnar)
Kundala is a picturesque town on the way to Top Stations. The Golf Course, which belongs to Tata Tea Ltd., is located here. The Kundala artificial dam is another attraction. Aruvikkad waterfalls is also near Kundala.
EXCURSIONS FROM MUNNAR
Anayirankal (22km from Munnar)
It is a lush green carpet of tea plants. A trip on the splendid reservoir is an unforgettable experience. The Anayirankal Dam is surrounded by the Tata Tea Plantations and evergreen forests. It is an ideal picnic spot.
Top station (32 km from Munnar)
1700 m above sea level, this is the highest point on the Munnar-Kodaikanal road. The rare Nilakurinji (strobilanthus) belongs to this region. This plant blooms every 12 years bathing the hill sides in bright blue. Top Station also offers a panoramic view of the neighboring state of Tamilnadu.
Marayoor (40 km from Munnar)
This is the only place in Kerala that has natural growth of sandal wood trees. The sandal wood factory of the forest department, the caves (Muniyaras) with murals and relics from the new stone age civilization and the children’s park spread across a hectare of land under the canopy of a single Banyan tree are of great interest to tourist’s. Thoovanam waterfalls and Rajiv Gandhi National Park are also near by.
Chinnar Wild Life Sanctuary (60 km from Munnar)
Situated on the Tamilnadu Boarder, The Chinnar wild life sanctuary is spread across 90.44 Sq.km. From Munnar to Thekkady 110 Kms. Frequent BUS Services are available