ANAMUDI: It is the highest peak in the Western Ghats and South India, at an elevation of 2,695 metres (8,842 ft). It is also the highest point in India outside the Himalaya-Karakoram mountain range. The name Anamudi literally translates to "elephant's forehead," a reference to the resemblance of the mountain to an elephant's head. The slopes of the hills abound in all kinds of rare flora and fauna. The Atlas moth, the largest of its kind in the world, is a unique inhabitant of the park. Other rare species of fauna found here are the Nilgiri Langur, the lion-tailed macaque, leopards, tigers, etc.
CHINNAR WILDLIFE SANCTUARY, (CWS): It is one of twelve Wildlife Sanctuaries among the Protected areas of Kerala. The famous ‘white bison of Manjampatti’ has been recently reported from Chinnar. With 225 species of birds, Chinnar is rich in avian diversity. A unique thorny scrub forest with xerophyte species, Chinnar is the habitat for the endangered Giant Grizzled Squirrel of India. Their total number here would be less than 200. Rich in wildlife, the mixed deciduous forests here are ideal for trekking. An extensive Sandalwood forest nearby is an added attraction at Chinnar. As one travels from Karimuthi to Chinnar, elephants, spotted deer, sambar, hanuman langur and even peacocks can be spotted on either side of the road.
PIOUS NAGAR VIEWPOINT (MUNIYARA DOLMENS): The one's easiest to get to are on the rock face at St. Pious Nagar at Kovilkadavu which is about 5 min drive from Marayoor, a small town between Munnar and Chinnar on the Munnar - Udumalpet road. Incidentally, the drive from Munnar to Marayoor is extremely scenic ringed by high mountains, deep valleys, waterfalls, tea estates, shola forests and colourful roadside trees.
ERAVIKULAM NATIONAL PARK (7000ft above Mean sea level) : The zone that supports the largest population of NILGRI THAR in the world an endangered mountain goat known for the agility to maneuver steep mountain slopes in the world. Accessibility is only by foot after Rajmalay area. 132 species of birds, 101 Endemic butterflies species and 19 species of amphibians have been recorded in the park. A new bright reddish-orange-coloured frog with multiple glands and extremely short limbs has been discovered in the Eravikulam National Park.
SANDALWOOD FOREST, MARAYOOR: has a natural sandalwood forest with around 65,000 trees. The sandalwood of Marayoor is said to be of high quality. It is in Udumalppetta route. Marayur is the only place in Kerala that has natural sandalwood forests. Ancient dolmens and rock paintings in Marayur date back to the Stone Age.
MATTUPETTY DAM: near Munnar in Idukki District, is a storage Concrete Gravity dam built in the mountains of Kerala, India to conserve water forhydroelectricity. It is situated at an altitude of 1700m above the sea level and is highly famous for the Indo-Swiss live stock projects. Close to the Dam is a beautiful lake, which is a well known tourist spot in the area. It offers boating facilities. The tourists are permitted to see three cattle sheds at the farm out of the eleven cattle sheds.
MATHIKETTAN SHOLA NATIONAL PARK: This tract was notified as a Reserve Forest by the Travancore Government in 1897. Part of the land, prior to becoming a national park, had been leased out for the production of Cardamom. It was declared a National Park on Nov 21, 2003 to protect its ecological, faunal, floral and geographical wealth and its environment.
THEKKADY: Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary was declared a Tiger Reserve in 1978. The splendid artificial lake formed by the Mullaperiyar Dam across the Periyar River adds to the charm of the park. The greatest attraction of Periyar are the herds of wild elephants that come down to play in the lake. Sanctuary can be accessed through a nature walk, boating or jeep safari.
HYDEL PARK: a natural luxury in 16 acres flanked by the Ramasawmy Ayier Head Works, the cradle of Power generation in Kerala State, the Muthirappuzha River and the misty Folds of Kannan Devan Hill Tea Estates.
Blossom Hydel Park promises fun and frolic through the following: An Attractive Garden having exotic flowers and a beautiful stretch of lawn, Boating facilities in calm waters using Rowboats and Pedal Boats, Adventure swing for adults and kids, Facilities for Camp fire with music system, Meditation cave and pavilion in the center of a pond, Landscaped Mountain with artificial waterfalls, Nearly 1000 meters of fountain emerging from the sides of the Channel, Roller Skating Yard and Badminton Court, Walkway around the light jungle preserved as such.
POTHAMEDU VIEW POINT: A small village inhabited - just 1 km away from Headworks Dam. Being a very high place, the surrounding places can be seen clearly. When the atmosphere is clear even the Idukki Arch Dam. The panoramic view of greenish tea, coffee and cardamom plantation and the cloud kissing mountain is exciting one. The rolling hills, the lush mountain and the breathtaking scenery here are ideal for trekking and long mountain walks
ARANYAKA RESORTS
Near the Aathukadu Waterfalls.
From Cochin International Airport – 98.8 KMS (2 hrs 22 Mins)
From Ernakulam South Railway Station – 119 KMS (3 hrs)
From Ernakulam North Railway Station – 115 KMS (2Hrs 52 Mins)