Pothamedu (6 kms from C 7)
Pothamedu is all about picturesque beauty. And there is plenty of variety. You can see coffee, tea and cardamom plantations surrounding the Pothamedu view point. If you enjoy adventure sports, this area provides excellent possibilities for trekking and hiking. On a clear day Idukki arch dam is visible from the view point. There is also the magnificent view of the valley ahead with the river Muthirapuzha flowing through. Carry your camera, as the entire area is ideal for photography.
Devikulam (8 kms from C7)
The serene Devikulam lake situated high up amongst the hills is the centre of attraction here. There is a small temple here dedicated to goddess Sita. Devikulam is located at an attitude of about 1000 meters from sea level about 12 kilometres from C7.
This area is pleasant and cool throughout summer and fairly cold in winter months. Devikulam is abundant with the rich beauty of nature. The crystal clear water in the lake, the tall trees, the flora and fauna makes the landscape an ideal picnic spot. This is also a trekker’s paradise. You can walk through the mountain trails and the endless mountain terrain with a canopy of tall trees..
Pallivasal (8 km. from C7)
Pallivasal, just outside of Munnar has historical relevance. This is the site of the first Hydro-Electric project in Kerala. The area surrounding Pallivasal offers numerous picturesque views. Excellent area for landscape photography.
Attukaad (9 km. from C7)
Attukaad is scenically sublime with far and near rolling hills, and mountains far away that look light bluish gray due to their distance. It is located between Munnar and Pallivasal. It certainly is a real treat for your eyes. The immediate terrain is ideal for long treks.
Nyamakad (10 km. from C7)
Nyamakad is located between Munnar and Rajamala. As a rule, take your fully charged camera along to all the places to visit in and around Munnar. But for this particular trip, if you fail to take your camera, you could end-up rather disappointed because this is a land of breathtaking waterfalls. The waters cascade down from a rocky hill formation from a height of about 1600 meters. The vicinity offers an excellent picnic spot and trekking point. Gravel Banks, a trout fishing site is located at a secluded corner of Nyamakad Estate.
Chithirapuram (7 km. from C7)
This is a quiet town with small cottages, old charming bungalows and an inviting ambience. This is also home to the Pallivasal Project, the first hydro-electric power plant in Kerala. This area offers picturesque views of tea gardens with plenty of possibilities for trekking and soft strolls through plantations.
Mattupetty Dam (13 km. from C7)
Mattupetty is located 1700 meters above sea level, with brooks and cascades embellishing its magnificent terrain. Anamudi, the highest mountain peak of the Western Ghats is close to Mattupetty. This is a haven for nature lovers. Apart from the green rich tea plantations and rolling grasslands, Mattupetty is popular for its unique Shola forests. This forest area is excellent for trekking, bird watching and of course; photography.
Mattupetty Lake and the dam have many locations ideal for picnicking. The district Tourism Promotion Council offers boating facilities. Speed boats are available for hiring. Nearby there is also the picturesque Kundala tea estates and the adjacent Lake. While you are here it is worth visiting the Indo-Swiss Livestock project which is home to several varieties of high-yielding cattle.
Eravikulam National Park (15 km. from C7)
This park has great significance, as it now is under consideration by the UNESCO World Heritage Committee for selection as a world heritage site. This entire area is a characteristic high rolling hill plateau; a nice blend of grasslands and Sholas. Anamudi, the highest peak in Western Ghats is located within this park.
The perennial streams criss-crossing the park makes the terrain visually spectacular. The park has the largest surviving population of the Nilgiri Tahr, estimated at about 750. There are many other undulates and a few rare animals like the Nilgiri langur, Stripe-necked mongoose, Nilgiri marten, ruddy mongoose, dusky palm squirrel etc. This area is also home to 132 species of birds and about 101 species of endemic butterflies.
Echo Point (15 km. from C7)
Echo Point (15 kms from Munnar): This is an amazing vantage point. The place derives its name from the natural echo phenomenon. Spectacular views of the surrounding mist-clad blue hills and plantations can also be enjoyed from this point. The place lies on the way to Top Station from Munnar.
Power House Waterfalls (18 km. from C7)
Power House waterfalls are 18 kms. from C7. This majestic waterfall cascades down a steep boulder at an altitude of 2000 meters above sea level. The place is much acclaimed for its astounding scenic beauty. Great place to enjoy picnics and soft trekking.
Kundala Dam (20 km. from C7)
The tranquil town of Kundala is surrounded by rolling hills covered with tea plantations gently kissed by the silver mist and stretching for miles into the distant horizon. The artificial Kundala dam located here further accentuates the beauty of the place.
Anayirankal Dam (22 kms from C7)
Anayirankal Dam is about 22 kms. from C7. Anayirankal is surrounded by tea plantations and evergreen forests. The Anayirankal dam and reservoir provides an eye-catching view. Elephants can be spotted at the reservoir. It is ideal for picnics and trekking.
Top Station (32 kms. from C7)
Top Station, as the name suggests is the highest point in Munnar. It is at a height of 1700 meters, on the Munnar-Kodaikanal road. From the view point, you can see miles into the Theni district of Tamil Nadu and enjoy a panoramic bird’s eye view of the Western Ghats.
This destination is also very popular when the Neelakurinji blossoms. The entire mountain slopes come alive with a fresh new blue/lavender tint. The strange feature of this plant is that it blossoms only every 12 years. Next flowering season is due on 2018. The Kurinjimala sanctuary is also near to the Top Station.
Chinnar wildlife sanctuary (60kms.from C7)
The park is also home to a large number of animals including leopards, endangered giant grizzled squirrel, tigers, elephants, reptiles, peacocks, monkeys, exotic butterflies, etc. Prior permission is required to enter the sanctuary for trekking from the forest office in Munnar.