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- We had a very informed guide who explained everything. We visited the tea factory and the gardens. We had a delicious masala tea at the factory and learned about all of the processes. Afterwards, we were about to go to the gift shop for fabulous gifts of tea for friends and family. We watched workers plucking the tea leaves and wandered among the plants. Beautiful experience.Written 22 June 2022This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
- We left early in the morning and after an almost 90min drive reached Top Station. The views from the top are nice without being too overwhelming. Get there early before the tour busses arrive and it gets really crowded.
If you are on a short visit to Munnar, you can skip this long drive.
There are great views all around MunnarWritten 26 March 2022This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
- ERAVIKULAM NATIONAL PARK – MUNNAR
Of Sholas, Streams and Waterfalls.
Though we woke up to a misty, rainy morning, we did not allow the weather gods to dampen our spirits. We did, however, delay our departure from 9:30 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. in the hope that it would be a case of, ‘rain, rain go away, come back another day’.
We bought our tickets on line, at a cost of Indian Rs 200/-per adult, as entrance fee for Eravikulam National Park, the sanctuary and home to the largest population of the Ibex or Nilgiri Thar. Of the three time slots we chose the 8 a.m. to noon as it has the largest time span compared to the noon to 2 p.m., lastly followed by 2 to 4 p.m.
We drove to Rajamalai Estate, a few kms from the town, on a superbly tarred road, to the ticketing centre at 5th Mile, which is the entrance to the park. A ticket counter for on the spot purchases of tickets as well. This is also the point from where one transfers to the safari buses that take you on a 15 minute drive to a disembarkation point which has a tourist shop, a cafeteria and public toilets. This is known as the tourism zone of the park. The best way to see these creatures is to then walk for about a kilometre from here in the hope of spotting the sure footed animals, who are most at home standing perpendicularly on the rock face.
The mood of everyone in the bus was a bit grim with a heavy silence due to the inclement weather. But Nature had put out a spectacular display for us. The morning fog gave the forest and valley an ethereal appearance. The constant sirimiri along with the chilly, damp, fresh air, caused the temperature to dip. Perched at 7,000 ft. above sea level, we got a panoramic view of the miles and miles of rolling hills covered with neatly trimmed, emerald green contoured tea bushes, that seemed to merge with the horizon, yonder. The silver oak trees planted amidst the camellia sinensis bushes, happily showing off their silver wares when a gust uplifted their branches. Various waterfalls where the trickle from the perennial streams coalesced to form gushing, milky white curtains of water, against the black rock of the mountain face. The Lakkom waterfall is the grandest of them all when rain filled, it falls breathtakingly, with a thunderous sound. The terrain consisting of high altitude grasslands and the extensively forested deep valleys and gorges known as ‘Sholas’, guarding a treasure trove of flora, fauna, medicinal plants as also birds, butterflies, reptiles and amphibians.
Enroute our driver proudly pointed out the highest peak of the Indian Peninsula. ‘Anamudi’,which literally translates to, ‘elephant’s head,’ is a towering black ,bald stone giant, with a height of 2695m in the southern region of the Park. It had its head shrouded in the mist.
Eravikulam, with an area of 97km square, was formerly the hunting preserve of the British planters. It was declared a sanctuary in 1975 to protect this endangered goat species and in 1978, a National Park. This however, does not guarantee a sighting, as with a visit to any sanctuary. It is not the be all and end all of one’s visit. That is why I have described the natural verdant of Eravikulam so that on not seeing the Ibex you can obliterate its absence from your mind and enjoy nature’s captivating glory at its best.
The National Park is closed from January/February to March, for calving.
With our heads in the clouds, wet and bedraggled, we returned, feeling invigorated and totally in awe of experiencing a slice of heaven in God’s own country.Written 24 May 2022This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
- The performers take great risk to perform their act but are experts in their art and it is worth seeing.Written 9 June 2022This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
- This place Anamudi was full of mist, I couldn't even see the person next to me. But the roads there are not very good they are filled with potholes etc.Written 13 December 2020This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
- We reached this place by 10 am on weekday and there was very less crowd. Lake created by the dam gives beautiful view. Would rate this place as must visit in Munnar considering there aren't any other place worth visiting. You can enjoy boat/speed boat/jet ski ride. Parking might be a problem if you a re visiting via your own vehicle. Plan to reach early and try to visit on weekday.Written 2 June 2022This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
- Walk safari in Chinnar forest was adventurous. we had a 3 hours walk in the forest to reach Thoovanam water fall. We did not spot any wild life except monkeys but the experience was awesome.Written 27 December 2021This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
- Honestly speaking in my life time its a best place ever I have been ...it was woww feeling so much fun and enjoyed a lot
Note- Must visit once in life timeWritten 26 November 2020This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
- This is your first stop on the way back from Top Station and a great place to stretch your legs. Just a short walk over the dam and you can enjoy boating in paddle boats or a coracle. This is a lovely location with a beautiful lake surrounded by hills dotted with trees.Written 26 March 2022This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
- Rose garden or KFDC forticulture centre, is located around 6 kms from Munnar town en-route top station. The place is well maintained with a reasonably good variety of flowering plants, including some of the rarer species too.
You can get some nice and colorful pictures clicked. Plants are available for sale too, but they may be a bit pricey.
Entry fees : INR 50/- per headWritten 5 June 2020This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
- Museum houses a gallery of antiques / paintings dating a century back and traversing through the Tea evolution all through the years. They had a short film screened on the history of the facility and tea making in Munnar in general. There is a tea making tour showcasing the steps involved. Tea can be purchased and there are a variety of the same, didn't like the flavours though ! The journey to the Tea Museum and the estate surrounding makes it a pleasant sight to behold. Ample parking facility available and minimal entry charges .Written 24 April 2022This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
- Beautiful waterfall on way to Pallivasal. It is beautiful to watch milky white water cascading from the top of the mountain. Attukal falls is at its best during monsoons. There is no entry fees or parking charges. You can just stop by, admire the falls and proceed.
Caution: Entering the water can be dangerous.Just watch it from a distance.Written 9 June 2020This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
- Lock heart gap is located around 10 kms from Munnar town.The dive through Lock heart gap is beautiful with manicured tea garden, valley and panoramic views of mountains. This is enroute Thekkady from Munnar. The mist covered stretch has many photo points. The road is narrow and a bit bumpy in some stretches.
Lock heart tea factory is also worth visiting to watch tea processing.Written 9 June 2020This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
- Lots of tea plantations location ideal for photo shoot, with scenic view along side I’d Munnar to Thekkedy roadWritten 17 April 2021This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
- One of the best treks I've ever had yet. The trail to the top is comparatively easy to the downhill. The best part is the mini puddle of water at the peak. Loved that taste 😍. Do start before 5.30 to get an excellent sunrise view. Nevertheless, the view as we go top is breath-taking. We also came across a couple of bison on our way to the base camp. You can reach the base camp with a private vehicle too. Entry is 400 at the base camp. You can get water bottles too, at the base camp. They will provide a local guide too. It takes almost 7-8 hours to complete the trek. Do carry some source of food (My two cents: chocolates, bread and jam, orange and banana for instant energy). Carry atleast 1 litre of water. Please don't litter the place. Happy trekking.
No need for an extra permit or guide.Written 6 January 2021This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
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