Rolling hills blanketed in lush greenery, sprawling tea estates, stunning waterfalls and gorgeous trekking trails, Munnar is famous for all these and much more. But not many are aware that the surroundings of this scenic hill station in Kerala are home to some of the most incredible national parks and sanctuaries. Book last minute flights to India and come explore some of these amazing places which will bring you closer to nature than ever before. Trek through the awesome parks, breathe in fresh mountain air, and enjoy a break from the day-to-day busy city life.
- Mathikettan Shola National Park
Forming a part of the Mathikettan Hill Station, this is among the youngest parks in the state situated near the eastern edge of Kerala. Book cheap airline tickets to India and come visit the Mathikettan Shola National Park located in the Idukki district and spread over at least 13 sq km. The scenic park is just about 3o km from Munnar and is a popular tourist attraction in the region. Trek through the park and get the chance to spot some exotic wildlife in the region. Make sure not to litter the park while visiting.
- Eravikulam National Park
Home to the exotic and endangered Nilgiri Tahr, the Eravikulam National Park has been declared as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It is also popularly known as Rajamalai National Park owing to the single park zone which has been left open for tourists and is spread over about 97 sq km. Also home to the Nilgiri Ibex, the Eravikulam National Park is around 10 km from Munnar. This is one of the most popular places to visit when arriving on cheap tickets to India from USA.
- Pampadum Shola National Park
The Pampadum Shola National Park, spread over just about 1.3 sq km is the smallest national park in the state. The name of the park translates into meaning a ‘forest where snakes dance’ and it is home to scores of medicinal plants. Though small in size, the park is no less beautiful than the larger ones and is home to the very rare Nilgiri Marten among other animals. Book cheap business class flights and come explore this amazing park located about 37 km from Munnar. This is one of the best places to holiday in and shake off the stress from everyday life.
- Chinnar Wildlife Sanctuary
Located along the slopes of the stunning Nilgiris and adjoining the state of Tamil Nadu is the incredible Chinnar Wildlife Sanctuary. A unique park with an amazingly diverse ecosystem, the Sanctuary is teeming with exotic fauna some of which include star tortoise, slender loris, tufted grey langur, gaur, and the grizzled giant squirrel among others. Placed at a distance of about 47 km from Munnar, the Chinnar Wildlife Sanctuary is easily approachable by road. Like the others, this is an awesome place to explore in the vicinity of the scenic hill station of Munnar in Kerala.