Day 2 : MUNNAR [ Rajamalai, Mattupetty dam, Echo Point, Kundala Dam, Blossem Park, Tea Museum ]
After a leisurely breakfast start your day with Eravikulam national park is spread over an extensive area of 97 sq km along the crest of Western Ghats in the high ranges of Idukki district. Located 15 km from Munnar, it is one of most important tourist destinations in Kerala. The national park is managed by the Kerala Department of Forest and Wildlife, Munnar.
Most of the areas of the national park are consistent hill plateau. So, you can see only high rolling slopes here. The highest peak is Anamudi (2690m). The forests you see here are commonly known as 'shoals' - evergreen tropical and sub tropical moist broadleaf forest. You can locate small streams here, which later merge to form tributaries to Periyar and Chalakudy rivers. Lakkom waterfalls are located in this region.
Next visit Right in the lap of hills in Munnar lies the Mattupetty Dam, named after the hill station of Mattupetty. This concrete storage gravity dam was constructed in the 1940s for the purposes of hydropower generation and water conversation. Today, the dam is not only a major source of electricity in the region but also a popular tourist spot.
The dam works as an excellent vantage point from where you can soak in the stunning scenery, including the mist-covered hills. The dam has an abundance of water at all times of the year which makes it a home to several bird and animal species. What adds to the charm of the place is its pleasant weather which persists almost all through the year.
When at the Mattupetty dam, you can spend your time enjoying different activities, like bird-watching, watersports, boating, etc. Several of these activities are organized by the District Tourism Promotion Council of Idukki (Munnar), so you can be assured that it is all legal and safe. The water sports activities include speed boating which attracts a lot of adrenaline junkies from all around. Apart from these, you can also choose to go for treks in the Shola forests that surround the dam. Located at an altitude of 600 ft. and at a distance of about 15 kilometres from Munnar, Echo Point is situated right in the lap of a quaint lake and misty hills covered with lush green trees. As the name suggests, this place is well known for its enthralling illustration of the phenomenon of echoing. As you scream, it is fun to hear your voice reverberate around the attraction again and again.
The unique beauty of the Echo Point marks the confluence of three mountain ranges, Mudrapuzha, Nallathanni, and Kundala. Situated on the banks of a lake, the calm and serenity of this place are enchanting. You can indulge in a peaceful walk around the gentle slopes of the hills here, or go for boating in the serene waters of the lake. Echo point is a paradise forÂ birdwatchers, as many native birds can be spotted here. You can also see a few shops on the periphery of the attraction selling local items of the hill station.Â You will find the rare Neelakurinji flowers or Strobilanthes that blooms and enhances its beauty.Â On your visit to Munnar, Echo Point should be on your to-do list.
Post a full day tour, drop off to hotel. Relax, dinner and overnight stay at hotel.