|Munnar is a town and hill station situated in the district of Idukki of Kerala. The town is located on the western ghat ranges. On the basis of three mountain streams that pass into the distrct Idukki, Mudhirapuzha, Nallathanni and Kundaly Rivers, the name of the town derives. Munnar is famous for tea gardens, rivers, hills, tourist places, honeymoon destinations, trekking and many more. As the city is covered with flora and fauna, there are many national parks and wildlife sanctuaries situated here. Some of them are Eravikulam National Park, Anamudi Shola National Park, Chinnar Wildlife Sanctuary, Indira Gandhi Wildlife Sanctury, Palani Hills National Park, etc. |
The city Munnar is only 105km from the Cochin International Airport and nearest major railway stations are Ernakulam and Aluva.
The tourist places other than parks and wildlife sanctuaries are Mattupetty Dam, Pallivasal, Tea Museum, Top station, Periyar Tiger Sanctuary, etc. Other tourist places nearby Munnar are Devikulam, Nyayamkad, Blossom International Park, Power House Waterfall, Mount Carmel Church, Rajamala, etc.
Munnar is a place of a varied range of birds such as Galliformes (Rain Quail), Piciformes (speckled piculet, brown-crowned pigmy woodpecker, barbets, etc), Upupiformes (Common Hoopoe), Coracliformes (Indian roller, kingfishers, blue-bearded bee-eaters, etc.), Cuculiformes (variety of cuckoos and pheasants), Apodiformes (Inian swiftlet, crested swift, etc.), Strigiformes (owls and nightjars), and many more orders of birds.
- Naresh Kumar Behera