Stations of Kerala
:Lying at an altitude of 1524
m in the green and serene Kannan Devan Hills, this quiet and
restful resort with mist-filled valleys and low-flying clouds
is a paradise for nature lovers. Anaimudi, South India's highest
peak is little beyond Munnar. Eravikulam National Park, the
home of nilgiri tahr, is in the vicinity. Tourists can have
a glimpse of gaur, langur, lion-taild macaque, and elephants
roaming in herds.The Kundale Tea Plantation, an area surrounding
a lovely lake, offers an opportunity to see the tea plantations,
to watch tea being picked, to learn how tea is processed,
to smell the sweet scent of tea wafting through the air and
to buy the tea directly from the gardens. Munnar is 136 km
Ponmudi :Tucked away in the Western Ghats, this quaint
little hill station lies at an altitute of 1100 ft. above
the sea level. Lush green woods, lazily meandering streams
and countless varieties of butterflies lend a strange magic
Malampuzha : Malampuzha is in the site of a large irrigation
dam built across the longest river in Kerala, the Bharathapuzha.
It is set at the base of the hills of the Western Ghats.Beautiful
gardens, amusement parks and facilities for boat cruises make
this an ideal picnic spot.Other attractions are the rock garden,
the fish-shaped aquarium, the snake park, the ropeway which
takes the tourist on an aerial tour of the park, and the famous
work Yakshi (an enchantress) sculpted by Kanai Kunjiraman.
The most interesting feature of the rock garden is that the
whole place is made of unwanted and broken pieces of bangles,
tiles, used plastic cans, tins and other waste materials.The
garden is a master work of sculptor Padmasree Nek Chand Saini.
His rock garden in Chandigarh is world famous and attracts
thousands of tourists every year.
Idukki : Idukki literally means
a narrow gorge. It is a small hill town surrounded by a spread
of beautiful, wooden valleys and meandering streams. Idukki
is 121 km. away from Kottayam, along the way to Munnar.
Nelliyampathy : Nelliyampathy
is a range of hills cut off from one another by valleys of
dense evergreen forests and orange plantations. The height
of the hills range from 467 metres to the tallest peak Padagiri
looming at 1572 metres. It is two and a half hours drive from
Palghat. The journey is a sensation of its own with a dozen
hairpin curves on the ghat road passing through the fascinating
jungles of the Sahya Ranges. On the way is the Pothundi reservoir,
an ideal stop over.
Wagamon : Surrounded by the greenery
of tea gardens, beautiful meadows, valleys and dales lies
Wagamon at an altitude of 1100 metres. This, trekker's paradise,
is only 64 km. from Kottayam. Thangal para, Indo-Swiss project
and Kurisumala Ashram are other attractions.
Lakkadi : Lakkadi, one of the highest locations in
Wayanad, with picturesque hills, streams and luxuriant vegetation,
registers the second highest degree of rainfall in the world.
It is surrounded by meadows and hills on all sides. The natural
fresh water lake, Pookode Lake, is only 3 km. from here.
Wayanad : The hills of Wayanad
are blessed with luxuriant plantations of coffee, tea, cardamom,
pepper and rubber. This north eastern tip of Kerala has the
fast flowing rivers Panamaram, Mananthavady and Kabini giving
the whole region a picture-postcard look.
Mattupetty : Thirteen km. away
from Munnar lies Mattupetty, at an altitude of 1700 m. above
the sea level. The Indo-Swiss Dairy Project with the green
meadows and the exotic cattle and the rose garden also attracts
Devikulam : With its irresistibly
green slopes touching the sky at a thousand metres and the
silent clusters of slender red and blue gum trees, Devikulam
creates its own space in the tourist map of Kerala. It is
16 km. southwest of Munnar.Devikulam, meaning the lake of
the goddess, has a lovely little lake hidden within the rolling
hills. According to legend, Sita Devi, the holy consort of
Lord Rama, came down to frolic in the lake and the place came
to be known as the present name ever since.
Peerumade : On the way to Thekkady
lies this small hill station at an altitute of 914 metres.
Peerumade was one the summer palaces of Tranvancore Rajas.
This fertile land is full of rubber, tea, coffee, pepper and
cardamom plantation, interspersed with waterfalls and open