Vattavada – The Organic vegetable hub of Kerala
Vattavada the unexplored and less known place 45 km east of Munnar. Situated 6500 feet above the sea level in Idukki District and Kerala State. It is located on the eastern side of the western Ghats and virtually a rain shadow village. As it is very near to and beautiful as Munnar Vattavada hasn’t gained much popularity as Munnar in Kerala Holiday packages. In Munnar you can see tea Plantations but Vattavada is known as the Vegetable Market of Kerala. Recently the agricultural Minister Declared Vattavada as Kerala’s vegetable hub and encouraged the farmers to practice organic farming. So Government is providing subsidies and agricultural department is supported with technical help to make Vattavada a pesticide free vegetable market in Kerala. With help of the farmers in Vattavada Government is almost successful in achieving this goal.
The verity of Corps cultivated here are , strawberry, , gooseberry, blackberry, apple, peach orange, plums, egg fruits and passion fruits, etc.
The Temperature in Vattavada is always less than Munnar makes tourists in their Munnar Tour Packages . During the monsoon season the temperature is lowest and the highest will be less than 19 degree Celsius. Even the temperature is comparatively low, scenic beauty of vegetation and fresh air are deciding factors for the visitors to included Vattavada in their Munnar Tour Packages.
Vattavada is also ideal for trekking and other adventure sports lovers in Munnar. A trekker will get wide option of different routes. As the locals here are most of the tribal’s and you can enjoy trekking enjoying their local food and culture. There are other option to enjoy your Munnar package in Vattavada by engaging mountain jeep safari, mountain biking and jungle camping
Dolems were single chambered megalithic tomb. his is usually consist of two or more vertical megaliths underneath a large horizontal capstone. Such type of many Dolemns van be seen in Marayoor a 55 Km away from Munnar. These Dolems were belong to Neolithic age. The Neolithic age is between 3000 BC to 14000 BC. Such types of large stone slabs are called megaliths. There are considered to the above ground burial chambers of high cast people. There believed to be from the stone age or megalithic age. These Muniyara Dolmens were attracted by many of the anthropologists and archaeologists from all over the world.
There are 15 different such Dolemns are available across Marayoor. These Dolmens were situated in beautiful spots surrounded refreshing atmosphere, Teal plantation and blossoming green valleys
Marayur Sandal wood forest
This is situated 40 km from Munnar and the only place you can find Natural sandal wood forests . This is a delightful and unexplored hill stations Considered as the most preferred tourist destination. Marayoor is an excellent trekking destination . The road to Rajamala to Marayoor is very exiting. It is definitely good for trekking and you can find occasional waterfalls one roads. The surroundings are beautified by the lush green tea estates. On the way initially you can see Sandalwood trees here and there later it become in large groups. You can feel the fresh air with enchanting sandal wood smell. Ezhuthupara is a place located in side the Marayoor forest famous for it cave paintings. Such cave paintings are unique in kerala and found nowhere else. This belived to be prehistoric in Age These beautiful paintings are of wandering pandavas, Rama and Sitha.
Pampadum Shola National Park
One of the National Park Near Munnar and Breathtakingly verity of flora and fauna. But recently a closer look at this reveals that the biodiversity of this place is threatened by the uncontrolled growth of the eucalyptus and the wattle tree. Also the maiden survey of Butterfly in the entire munnar wildlife revels that the Pampadum Shola National Park have 88 different verities of Butterflies. So definitely you can include Papmpadum Shola in your Munnar Tour Package. recently NGO’s and government organization together working on to bring back the wild grass and real fauna and flora.
Life of Pi Church
The film Life of Pi directed by Ang Lee Chosen Munnar as the one the location for his world famous Oscar winning Film. The film tell the story of an young Indian who survives a disaster at sea and plung in to an epic journey of adventure. The film shows the beauty of Munnar and a Church also.
This considered as the second highest peak in western Ghats after Anamudi. Situated at above 2640 meters above sea level. Meesapulipala means Moustache the Name is called because this formed of eight hills spread like a moustache. This high peak mountain is very fascinating and famous for trekking activities which are organized by KFDC (Kerala Forest Development Corporation) . While trekking to Meesapulimala you will be walking through the high altitude grass land and mountain rainforest. On the way if you are lucky enough can see elephants, sambar, sloth bear and the Nilgiri tahr. Nilgiri Tahr is the considered to the endangered species. Those who interested in adventure sports in Munnar should definitely include trekking in Mesapulimala as one of the activity in their Munnar Tour Package.