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Munnar

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munnar12 In Malayalam “Moonu aar” literally means ‘three rivers’ a reference to the streams around whose confluence the town grew. The Nalathanni and Kundala streams flow into the Muthirapuzha River, which cascades out of the hills to join the Periyar and, later, the Arabian Sea. Sprawling tea plantations, picture book towns, winding lanes and holiday facilities make Munnar a South India’s favourite and popular hill station.

Anamudi, the highest peak in South India, which towers over 2695m, is in Munnar. The high ranges of Munnar were earlier known as Kannan Devan Hills, named after Kannan Devan, who had been a land lord in the Anchanad Valley on the eastern side of the district.

Flora and fauna

Among the exotic flora found in the forests and grasslands here is the Neelakurinji. This flower which bathes the hilsl in the blue every twelve years, will bloom this year (2006). Click here to know more about Neelakurinji

Eravikulam Wildlife Sanctuary is a sanctuary set up for the preservation of the endangered Nilgiri Tahr.

The sanctuary stands out for the stark beauty of its rolling grasslands and sholas, spread over 97 sq. kms of unblemished natural splendour. Anamudi, the highest peak south of Himalayas, towers over the sanctuary in majestic pride.

The slopes of the hills abound in all kinds of rare flora and fauna. The Atlas Moth, largest of its kind in the world, is a unique possession of the park.

The sanctuary was declared as a National Park in 1978. The park is breathtakingly beautiful and is easily comparable to the best mountain ranges found anywhere in the world.

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