The village of Kumarakom is a group of small islands in the Vembanad Lake, which forms part of the Kuttanad region. It is a good choice for bird watching, village tours and nature trails. Even if you do not have any fixed agenda for your holiday, Kumarakom would fit your bills perfectly as it offers a relaxing and tranquil holiday, away from the maddening pace and mayhem of the urban life, yet not cut off from the modern comforts.
Kumarakom literally offers the best of everything you could ask for. The sights, sounds and colors of Kumarakom present an envious picture that is difficult to replicate! Be it the flock of ducks waddling through the backwaters, the echoing calls of the flocking birds in the Kumarakom bird sanctuary, the simple and slow charm of the village life or the fishermen scouting for pearl spot fishes in the lake bed, everything speak of the beauty and the innate charm of this beautiful place on earth.
Munnar is perched at an altitude of 1520 meters and lies close to the Western Ghats of Kerala.The highest peak of Anamudi is quite close to the hill resort. Munnar had been a summer retreat for the English since long.The vibrant green hues of the tea gardens, punctuated with the silvery streaks of the cascading waterfalls give it an ethereal charm that would rejuvenate all the senses. Munnar will be burst into a riot of colors when the Neelakurunji plant that grows on the hills bloom to cover the entire mountain range once in every twelve years.
Munnar sightseeing will be an interestingly different experience. From adventure, to plantation trails and nature, Munnar offers something special for everyone. The tea gardens of Munnar make an important item in any Munnar itinerary. A guided tour will let you watch the various steps of tea production in the tea factories right from plucking the leaves to sorting, drying and grinding of leaves. You can also buy freshly packed tea leaves as mementos of your trip to Munnar.
Close to the hill resort of Munnar lies the Devikulam Lake, which is a great spot to unwind and relax. You can try out angling in the lake or explore the island in the lake with prior permission from the authorities.17 km from Munnar is the Rajamalai Wildlife Sanctuary, home to many large wild animals like deer , bison and elephants. Trekking is another must do activity in this sanctuary. No trip to Munnar will be complete without a trip to Eravikulam National Park, which is the home of the highly endangered Nilgiri tahrs, which are seen only in Munnar and in some isolated pockets along the Nilgiri biosphere
Mattupeety Lake, which is a man made lake formed by a small hydro electricity dam is another popular tourist spot in Munnar.Set amidst steep hills and thick woods, it offers ample sight seeing opportunities.The nearby Indo-Swiss cattle-breeding centre is another interesting stopover. Do not miss out the Top Station that is a popular view point that offers the panoramic views of the valley.
Munnar is a heaven for adventure-seekers. From the extreme activities like paradgliding to the simple fun of fishing or bicycle rides there is something for everyone. So, get set to explore the tea estates, the valleys and the hills of Munnar that beckon the tourists all round the year.