Neriyamangalam Bridge- Gateway to the Majestic Munnar

Also known as ‘SethuLaksmi’, Neriyamangalam bridge laid across the Periyar river takes us to the memories of the early 20th century and the reign of Travancore Maha Rajas during which it was built. The construction began in 1924 during the reign of Sethu Lakshmi Bai, the then ruler of Travancore and hence given the name. Almost 11 years later when Sri Chithira Tirunal Rama Varme opened the bridge in 1935, it became the first Arch bridge in South India that also opened a gateway to Munnar. The bridge that connects the Idukki and Ernakulam districts is a picturesque historical destination offering wonderful sights of the high ranges of Idukki and the lower areas of Ernakulam. The bridge today is a part of ‘Aluva – Munnar’ road, constructed to replace the ‘Aluva – Mankulam’ road which was completely destroyed in the floods of 1924. Neriyamangalam bridge has contributed much to the development of High range areas that include Adimaly, Munnar, Mankulam, Devikulam etc. During monsoons water flow by touching the bridge and for nature lovers and historophile, this place could be a place worth many revisits.

Neriya Mangalam-Ranikkallu (Queen’s Rock)

The beautiful stone monument called Ranikallu, which means ‘the stone of Queen’ was established just after Neriyamangalam Bridge by the Travancore king to commence the construction of the famous ‘Neriyamangalam Bridge’. The Stone was laid down by Rani Lakshmi Bhai, the Regent of the Travancore kingdom at that time. One can see Ranikkallu just after the Bridge, on the way to Munnar. It’s a stone pillar with memorial plaques giving details of this road’s construction and stands as a memoriam of the Royal Era.

Neryamangalam Rani Curves

The first hairpin on the Neriyamangalam Munnar road is hailed as the Rani Curve. The hairpin extends the trail to Munnar, and the Rani Kallu stands at its beginning. The road is linked to the high ranges, and takes the travelers to behold the hidden gems of Neriyamangalam forests.

Cheeyappaara Waterefalls

The Cheeyappara Waterfalls are among the best trekking locations in Idukki district. Many people come across these waterfalls on the way to Munnar and it is slowly turning into a tourist hotbed. There is a dense growth of trees all around and several rare species of plants and animals can be seen in the vicinity. The Cheeyappara Waterfalls gush down in seven tiers and area truly spectacular sight to behold.

Valara Waterfalls

Valara features a chain of waterfalls falling from a height of about 1000 feet and provide a magnificent view. These waterfalls are surrounded by lush, dense forests that are home to a variety of animals and birds. It is one of the top waterfalls near Munnar. The falls offer spectacular views in monsoon and post-monsoon seasons.

Ponmudi Dam- Munnar

Ponmudi dam is about 25 kms from Munnar town, towards Adimali. Built across the Ponniar River in Idukki, the alluring views of the dam, the reservoir, and the dense green surroundings, will make your visit ever cherishable. The tea gardens in the vicinity is also a trekker’s retreat

Chenkulam Dam

Also known as Senkulam Dam, it is located about 13 Km away from Pallivasal. Picturesque views make it a sought-after view point. It is part of the Sengulam Hydroelectric Project under the administration of the Government of Kerala. The dam site also offers visitors the chance to indulge in boating around the lake in pedal boats, speed boats pontoon boats and large sightseeing boats

Kallarkutty Dam

Built on the Muthirapuzha river, a tributary of the Periyar River, Kallarkutty Dam is a part of the Neryamangalam Hydroelectric Project. The Kallarkutty dam is the recipient of flows from both arms of the Muthirapuzha sub-basin and offers some scenic views for the travelers visiting here.

Lower Periyar Dam

The lower Periyar dam is at Pambla, five kilometres downstream from where Muthirapuzha merges with the main river. The dam is raised at such a point that it can check the waters from Idukki and Cheruthoni reservoirs besides the water from Neriyamangalam electricity project. It’s an engineering marvel to behold.

Tea Estate

A trip to Munnar will be incomplete without having a visit to these tea plantations. Munnar is a place known for its beautiful tea estates and tea cultivation. No one will return home without tasting or shopping the tea essence of Munnar. Also never miss to visit the Tea Museum at Munnar, while making a trip to Munnar.

Cardamom Estate

Cardamom has a strong, unique taste and you can freshly feel them on a visit to the Cardamom Plantations in Idukki and Munnar. Soak in the aroma of the cardamom plants and even get firsthand knowledge of how cardamom gets dried, graded and finally reaches the kitchen.

Pettimudi View Point

Pettimudi trekking provides you with best panoramic views of the well-acclaimed Pattimudi Hills. Trekking and camping tickets to be purchased separate. Pettimudi is an encapsulating beauty which will give you a jaw dropping moment.

Poonjar Palace

The Poonjar Palace in Meenachil taluk of Kottayam District is a glorious testimony to the regal opulence of a bygone era. With the palace walls, is an extra ordinary royal collection of antiques and exquisite furniture which include a palanquin, a thoni carved out of a single piece of wood for ayurvedic massages, huge chandeliers, palm leaf engravings, jewel boxes, a variety of lamps, sculptures of Nataraja (dancing Lord Siva ), grain measures, statues and weapons. A unique couch preserved here is taken out once a year for ritualistic purposes. Near the palace is an amazing replica of the Madurai Meenakshi Temple.