|Chithirapuram Idukki :|
Tea plantations and tiny cottages have a way of enhancing the natural beauty of hills. This is evident in Idukkis Chithirapuram, located about 10 km from Munnar. Not that this tiny sleepy village is not naturally gifted. It is indeed a wonderful sight of gently rolling hills that run for endless miles covered with dense forest that spreads out like a green carpet. Chithirapuram seems like a canvas when the mountain tops are covered with silvery mist while the plunging waterfalls add to the beauty of the place. It is ideal for relaxing and unwinding amidst the bountiful wealth of nature.
The hills of Chithirapuram are covered with green tea plantations that are a spectacle when they are in bloom. The tiny shrubs are neatly arranged on the sloping hills. They are well maintained and of same height. The sight has an intense calming effect and one feels thoroughly rejuvenated somehow. However, dont be content with just gawking from a distance. Go hiking to savour this lush green carpet. You might even meet a plantation worker who can teach you the art of tea-planting or eager to make friendship.
If you care to hike up the meandering pathways, you will come across charming tiny cottages and mid-size bungalows. The entire area is punctuated by them peeking cutely from the dense forest covers. There are also quite a few old playgrounds that you will stumble into now and then. They make a good resting place during the treks.
Chithirapuram is not really in the list of most hill holidayers who opt for the more popular destinations instead. But this has turned into a blessing because it allows the place to retain its character and its old world charm. Timelessness is an attractive trait of Chithirapuram. Also, the town is always virtually free of unwanted crowds. It offers a perfect retreat for city dwellers who want to get away from the chaos and tensions of the cities.
This hill station is also famous for being the site of the Pallivasal Hydel Power Project. This is another popular tourist spot visited for its scenic beauty. The vast sprawling clear waters of the dam along with the lush hills in the backdrop are an attractive sight. The Mathupetty Reservoir is another popular tourist spot. This man-made beauty offers the thrill of speed boats rides. Apart from that, the ride down the scenic winding road leading to the place is another treat.