Munnar is one of the most popular honeymoon destination in India not with out a reason. There is lots to see in and around Munnar for a long holiday. The western ghats here has many lesser known hill stations around Munnar. Be it Rajamala or Pattumala or the windiest hill station in Asia, Ramakkalmedu Munnar is a dream come true for the mountain lover!
Munnar famous for Neelkurinji, the flower that blooms once every twelve years in the Munnar valleys is by far the most popular hill station in Kerala near Bangalore. Munnar is lush green all through the year, TATA tea estate spreads almost all over Munnar and gives the look of a green blanket cover. About 15kms from Munnar is Eravikulam National Park famous for the Nilgiri Thar. Mattupetty, which is 13 kms from Munnar is popular for the indo-swiss livestock project and the beautiful landscape.
Ramakkalmedu at about 75 kms from Munnar is the windiest hill station in Asia!. Wind blows at a speed around 35 km per hour at Ramakkalmedu throughout the year irrespective of the season and time. Ramakkalmedu is made distict by the sculpture of Kuravan Kurathi sculpted by C.B. Jinan, which was erected in 2005.
On the way to Ramakkalmedu from Munnar a small detour will get you to Vagamon another beautiful hillstation in Kerala. You can visit the meadows and Kurisumala in Vagamon
1700 Mts above sea level Top Station is the highest point on the Munnar-Kodiakanal road. The rare Neelakurunji blooms in this region. Top Station (a viewing point) also offers a panoramic view of neighbouring state of Tamil nadu.
Marayoor 40 kms off Munnar is the only place in Kerala with a natural growth of sandalwood trees. You can also visit the sandalwood factory of the Forest Department here. Marayoor is also famous for the caves from New Stone Age civilization with murals and relics. The childrens park spread over a hectare under a single banyan tree is also worth a visit.