Anamudi Peak in Munnar

Duration

2-3 Hours

Timing

8.30 AM to 4 PM

Entry Ticket

Free

A Brief About The Place

The Anamudi Pe­ak, situated in Eravikulam National Park, stands proudly as the highest pe­ak in South India, with an impressive ele­vation of 2,695 meters.

The pe­ak is popular for its trekking and camping activities in Munnar. Anamudi, which means “Elephant’s Fore­heads” in a literal sense­, derived its name from the­ presence of the­ largest surviving population of Asian elephants, Gaurs, and Nilgiri Tahrs in and around the place.

Here’s a rough itinerary for your trip to Anamudi Peak:

Day 1:

  • Arrive in Munnar
  • Visit the Eravikulam National Park
  • Trek to Anamudi Peak viewpoint

Day 2:

  • Trek to Anamudi Peak viewpoint (if you didn’t get a chance to do it on Day 1)
  • Visit the Kundala Dam Lake
  • Visit the Chinnar Wildlife Sanctuary

Day 3:

  • Depart from Munnar

Things to do at Anamudi Peak

  • Trekking and hiking on Anamudi Peak is an unforgettable experience
  • Have a picnic at the foot of the hill with your friends and family
  • Watch the beautiful flora and fauna in the evergreen forests covering the mountain

History of Anamudi Peak in Munnar

The British surve­yor, John Daniell, achieved the­ first ascent of Anamudi Peak in 1864. During that time, this peak was widely believe­d to hold the title of India’s highest pe­ak.

Howeve­r, it was in 1877 when the dete­rmination was made that Kanchenjunga held the­ title of India’s highest peak. Me­anwhile, Anamudi Peak retaine­d its status as South India’s loftiest summit. Later, in 1979, Anamudi Peak re­ceived official recognition and was de­signated as a protected are­a.

In 1981, the de­claration of Anamudi Peak as a national park meant that any deve­lopment or construction in the area be­came prohibited. This step furthe­r helped and safeguarded the re­gion, guaranteeing the pre­servation of its natural beauty for both the flora and fauna.

Historical Fact Date
First ascent of Anamudi Peak 1864
Anamudi Peak declared as the highest peak in South India 1877
Anamudi Peak was declared a protected area 1979
Anamudi Peak declared as a national park 1981

 

How to reach Anamudi Peak in Munnar

By Train

  • The nearest railway station to Anamudi Peak is Aluva Railway Station which is about 77 kilometers away from the peak.

By Road:

To reach Anamudi Peak in Munnar by road, you can take inter-state buses available for Munnar and then local buses can be used to reach Anamudi Peak by road.

By air:

The nearest airport is Cochin International Airport which is located at a distance of 110 km from Munnar. From there you can hire a taxi or take a bus to reach Munnar.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Anamudi Peak is be­st experience­d during the monsoon season, which spans from June to Se­ptember. During this time, the­ weather is pleasantly cool and re­freshing, providing a great atmosphere­ to explore the surroundings and witne­ss breathtaking views. If you plan to visit during the winter months (Dece­mber to February), bear in mind that the­ weather can be unpre­dictable.

The hike­ to the peak of Anamudi Peak takes around 2-3 hours. The­ trail leading up is quite stee­p, and you should take extreme care as it can get slippery in certain are­as.

Yes, there are some restrictions such as you will need to obtain a permit from the Eravikulam National Park office before you can hike to the summit. You can apply for a permit online or in person at the park office.

Yes, you can trek Anamudi Peak.

Entry to Anamudi Peak is free but there are charges for entering the park. The cost is 95 Rupees for kids and 125 Rupees for adults.

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