Thursday, 6 June 2013

Boating, in and around Munnar.

You don’t have to go to Kashmir to enjoy a Shikara ride. Just head over to 
Kundala Lake, Munnar!


Kundala is a beautiful hill station located around 20km from Munnar. It was once the summer resort of the erstwhile British Government in South India. You can enjoy the shikara boat ride and the cool, green Munnar! You get to see the scenic tea gardens, surrounding hills and take a round or two in the Kundala Lake. The Shikara ride is unbelievably romantic and those visiting Munnar for their honeymoon trip should definitely go for this.

There is an artificial dam in Kundala which is a major attraction here. It is Asia’s first Arch dam. Kundala Lake is one of the main tourist attractions, located in the midst of a dense forest region. It is situated at an altitude of 1700m  above sea level, close to the Kundala Arch Dam. At the lake, there is an opportunity for tourists to engage in boating. The boating experience at this dam is a exhilarating experience beyond words. Boating facilities include pedal boats, Kashmiri shikkara boats and row boats. These are available on rent to make your trip more enjoyable.

Besides boating, visitors can also explore tea estates and Golf Course Ground in the vicinity. Gardens featuring cherry blossoms and Neelakurinji flowers are the highlights of this tourist spot. Sprawling tea plantations, picture-book towns, winding lanes and holiday facilities make this a popular resort town.

Among the exotic flora found in the forests and grasslands here is the Neelakurinji. This flower which bathes the hills in blue once in every twelve years, will bloom next in 2018 AD. Munnar also has the highest peak in South India, Anamudi, which towers over 2695 m. Anamudi is an ideal spot for trekking.

Mattupetty is a strikingly beautiful place worth visiting. Mattupetty located 13 km from Munnar is situated at a height of 1700 m, and is a delight for nature lovers. The main attractions in Mattupetty are the beautiful lake and the Mattupetty Dam, which are ideal picnic spots.

The District Tourism Promotion Council (DTPC), Idukki provides boating facilities in the Mattupetty Dam. Speed launch, slow speed boats and motorboats are available on hire.

Another main tourist attracion is the dairy farm, run by the Indo-Swiss Livestock Project. The dairy farm is one of its kind, with several varieties of high-yielding cattle being reared.

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