Munnar is one of the most popular hill resorts of South India. In the vicinity of Munnar, there are several places of interest to the serious researcher, genuine naturalist and the wandering tourists.
Mattupetty (13 kms from Munnar) :
The Mattupetty Lake and dam nearby is a popular picnic spot. The boating facilities, including speed launch and motorboats provided by the District Tourism Promotion Council (DTPC) and the sight of the sprawling tea plantations, besides the farm, make this place a must-see destination to the Munnar tourist. A beautiful garden with over 250 varieties of roses, 64 varieties of dianthus, innumerable dahlias etc, is an added attraction.
Kundala (28 kms from Munnar) :
The Sethuparvathy Dam constructed in 1946 as a part of Pallivasal Hydro Electric Project is a ravishing sight. The tranquility of the place will never fade from the memory of the tourists to this spot. Cherry blossoms which appear twice a year and kurinji flowers which bloom once in twelve years and the colour dreams even years after you leave the place. Pedal boats and kashmiri shikaras are made available to the tourists to make the memories of their visit everlasting.
Echo Point (15 km from Munnar) :
On the way to top station from Munnar is a small lake set amidst rolling hills. Every loud call made from a spot on the lake embankment is returned manifold by the echo from the surrounding hills. Young tourists throng to this place to listen to the echoes of their friendship calls
Top Station (32 km from Munnar) :
The sight of Tamilnadu state spread before you on the east and the distant sight of the Arabian sea on the west will remain etched in your memory once you stand at this point which is the highest on the Munnar-Kodaikanal road
Lock Heart Gap (13 km from Munnar) :
The panoramic view of Bison valley and other sleepy little villages thousands of feet below, wrapped in mist most of the time, on one side and steep rocky slopes with abundant wild flowers on the other side make this stretch of Kochi-Madurai National Highway an unforgettable experience.
Anayirankal (27 kms from Munnar) :
Sprawling tea gardens surrounded by evergreen forests on the slopes of high mountain ranges make the Anayirankal Lake and Dam a very popular picnic spot. Herds of elephants often visit the lake to quench their thirst giving the visitors a rare opportunity of seeing elephants in open place from safe vantage points
Chithirapuram (10 kms from Munnar) :
The middle ages charm of cottages bungalows and courts with the greenery all around captivate the visitor. Pallivasal Hydel-Power Project and scenic tea plantations are the crowd-pullers.
Rajamala (15 km from Munnar) :
The Nilgiri tahr, a very rare type of mountain goat (Hemitragas bylocres) , on the verge of extinction. Half the world population of this rare goat is seen in and around Rajamala. The kurinji flowers blooming once in twelve years abound here. The combination of these two rare sights will make any visitor come again and again to this place.
Pothamedu (6 kms from Munnar) :
These hills, covered with ‘patha grass’ are breathtakingly beautiful and most suited for trekking and rock climbing. The vast tea gardens, coffee plantations and cardamom planted woodlands unfold before the climber a soul-filling sight he will never forget.