Why Munnar In Kerala Is An Unique Destination!

Kerala is a state offering a lot of travel spots, Kerala has everything that satisfies travellers – hills, mountains, greenery, lakes and hush.

One such place is Munnar known for its quietness. Munnar is one of only a handful few Kerala Tourist Places that has a Swiss impact.

 Places to Visit

The town of Munnar welcomes you to visit places that will startle you. You should see these spots. Kerala visit bundles offer overwhelming rebates in the event that you need to travel these areas.

Rajamala – this place is renowned for its Nilgiri Goat, an uncommon species. Here you can spend time exploring with nature and the Rajamala wild life haven.

Devikakulam – is a rich town, which has Sita Devi Lake in the region with the Thoovanam falls being a noteworthy fascination.

Matupetty – is famous for its profoundly particular dairy cultivates known as Indo Swiss Livestock Project. Likewise near the homestead is the Matupetty dam.

Kundala Lake – is an artificial reservoir of a minor curve molded dam clustered between the mountain ranges. There are drifting offices there in addition to a unique Shikara vessel ride.

Echo Point – as the name proposes is a mountain point where you can listen to your own particular shouts. You can encounter this regular marvel firsthand.

Tea Museum – is a first of its kind in India. The point of this historical center is to show the development of over extremely old tea estates in the region.

Best Station – situated at 1880 meters above ocean level, the most astounding point in Munnar is an all-encompassing area giving a hypnotizing perspective of the Western Ghats and Theni valley.

Attukal – is a scene of waterfalls and rolling hills, which is a treat to the eyes and a perfect area for long treks.

Aside from these primary areas, there is a lot of fun left to visit.

  • Eravikulam national park
  • Lakkam waterfalls
  • Cheeyaparra waterfalls
  • Pothamedu viewpoint
  • Blossom international park
  • The floriculture centre
  • Anamudi peak
  • Chinnar wildlife sanctuary
  • Tea gardens
  • Salim Ali bird sanctuary

Fun forest Adventure Park (for adventurists)

In the event that this does not persuade you then a few facts might. Here are a few truths about Munnar:

  • Famous for its wild Neelakurinchi orchids, which bloom once in 12 years when the entire valley turns violet
  • Has the highest peak in South India – Anamalai towering over 2695 meters
  • Munnar in Tamil means three rivers (Mudhirapuzha, Nallathanni and Kundaly) which create a confluence here
  • Tata owns 95% of tea plantations
  • Climate – temperature range (- 4°C to 25°C), average rainfall – 2400 mm
  • Has the biggest tea plantations in South India (miles and miles of lush green)
  • Is the largest Panchayat in Idukki district

Investigating tea ranches is important in Munnar. Try not to ponder any longer; prepared yourself for a green ride. Visit Munnar – a natural serene destination, where “creative energies turn into a reality”.

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The delights of England's least-populated county

Knocking on Scotland’s door, Northumberland is a timeless vision of an older, emptier England. Wild, yet accessible, England’s least populated county’s rolling moors, ancient woodland and vertiginous valleys provide proof you don’t need to leave the UK for some splendid isolation.

Its border battlegrounds, now a peaceful mosaic of habitats, are bristling with wildlife, while its near-deserted roads see more sheep than SUVs.

Throw in a few nights at the Dark Sky Park and you have a road trip on a par with – but at the fraction of the cost of – an African adventure.

Natural beauty: Wonderful heather lights up the Coquet Valley

Natural beauty: Wonderful heather lights up the Coquet Valley

Easily accessed from the A68 and A69, Corbridge makes for a good base camp before you power north on the near-straight Dere Street – a 2,000-year-old Roman road.

Break for a coffee at Kirkharle Courtyard coffee house (in a hamlet where the famous 18th Century landscape gardener Capability Brown was born), then it’s onwards to golden gorse hills until the table-top profile of the Simonside Hills comes into view.

Scattered across a sandstone promontory on these windswept moors (at their most glorious in August when the heather is in bloom) are prehistoric boulders etched with Neolithic cup-and-ring marks (

Sleep under the stars: George Clarke's Sky Den in the Kielder Calvert Trust

Sleep under the stars: George Clarke’s Sky Den in the Kielder Calvert Trust

This brush with our ancestors is a mere ten-minute heave up the ill from Lordenshaws, one of England’s most remote car parks. On a clear day you can drink in dizzying views of the Cheviots – a long-extinct volcanic formation – then explore a 2,000-year-old hill fort and Bronze Age burial cairns with just a few sprinting hares and tiptoeing curlews for company.

The route north loops past National Trust property Cragside, a Victorian house that was the first to be lit by hydroelectricity, on winding country lanes to 360-acre Chillingham Park. Better known for its haunted castle, this medieval landscape is also home Places To Visit In India In May an animal rarer than the mountain gorilla.

Visitors can join warden Ellie Crossley on one of her safari-style Land Rover trips to catch a glimpse of 130 wild cattle, a herd that have lived here for 800 years. With no human intervention for eight centuries, these fantastic beasts have survived against the odds – bouncing back after being whittled down to just 13 in the big freeze of 1947.

Not far from here, on a working farm fringing Northumberland National Park, are Maylies, converted twin shepherd huts (

For those up with the larks, some thrilling twitching awaits at Harthope Valley (signposted from Wooler as Langleeford) – also the gateway to bracing Cheviot hikes.

The same wild beauty that charmed celebrated writer Sir Walter Scott has lured Martin Kitching, of Northern Experience Wildlife Tours (

Cattle from Chillingham Park's ancient wild herd

Cattle from Chillingham Park’s ancient wild herd

The slow south-westerly drive is stunning and weaves through the Coquet Valley, where ancient hay meadows meet the lonely uplands of Northumberland National Park, justly called ‘land of the far horizons’. The skies widen, the sheep become hardier and the farms scarcer, until towering conifers around the village of Kielder and the vast reservoir there catapult you into a wilderness.

Africa may have the safari ‘Big Five’ but the ‘Super Six’ (ospreys, otters, salmon, pipistrelle bats, red squirrels and roe deer) belong to Northumberland’s 250-square-mile Kielder Water and Forest Park. Roe have been flashing their white derrieres here since the 1700s, when the Duke of Northumberland built his not-so-humble hunting lodge, aka Kielder Castle.

Strung along the reservoir’s 27-mile shoreline are wildlife hides such as Leaplish – a prime lookout for Kielder’s six breeding pairs of ospreys, which returned in 2009 after a two-century hiatus. And noisily scurrying around in the treetops are about half of England’s native red squirrels. Kielder is one of their last strongholds.

Back at the water’s edge, webbed toe prints are telltale signs of the shyest of the Super Six: otters.

Besides having Northern Europe’s largest man-made lake, Kielder’s other claim to fame is its superlative stargazing. It sits squarely in the world’s third-largest protected dark sky reserve, which blankets 580 square miles of Northumberland. TV architect George Clarke’s Sky Den treehouse at activity park Kielder Calvert Trust includes a wet room, foldaway interior and retractable roof, allowing guests to literally sleep under the stars (If one night with the stars isn’t enough, a half-hour drive east, in the pretty village of Wark, Battlesteads Hotel (

For the complete cosmic journey, you can stay overnight in one of the hotel’s luxury Velux-windowed eco lodges.

Stay in Hadrian's Wall Yurt (canopyandstars.co.uk ), just seven miles from Corbridge, pictured

Stay in Hadrian’s Wall Yurt (canopyandstars.co.uk ), just seven miles from Corbridge, pictured

While a churchyard may not be an obvious place to seek out nature, in St Cuthbert’s, Beltingham, you can marvel at not one, but three ancient yew trees that have stood sentinel over the South Tyne River for a millennium. They are what baobab trees are to the African bush – symbols of life, death and regeneration.

Move full circle and stay in Hadrian’s Wall Yurt (

With zero light pollution, you may even spot a shooting star to wish upon.

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