Munnar Vattavada: An Unexplored Paradise in the Western Ghats

Vattavada Valley
Image: The Hindu

Located at the height of 6500 feet, in the heart of the Western Ghats Munnar Vattavada still remains a alluring land that is untouched by the city folks and travelers across the globe. This destination is very well known for being a heaven for nature enthusiast and adventure junky folks. This beautiful location has become the talk of the town among many travelers who want to visit it to witness the incredible.

This small village is known for its rare fauna especially it’s vegetables making it one of the Unique locations in Kerala containing the finest crops and produce. In this blog article of Peep Buzz we will discuss why this paradise should be at the very first tick off in a traveler’s bucket list.

Vattavada A Unique cultural Village of Munnar

Vattavada is like a magnet for travelers who have keen eye and are interested in nature, it might shock you to know that this place has a very unique place among nature lovers. It is due to its growth in one of the most rare crops and abundant vegetables of the highest quality because of which is also referred to “Market of Kerala”. The variety of crops they grow here are mostly unseen in other parts of Kerala. These fruits range from oranges, strawberries, gooseberries, canistels, passion fruits, pears, guavas, and peaches. The agricultural haven grows these fruits and vegetables such as cabbage and carrots on its uniform terrace farms, which often seem like multi-colored patches.

The agricultural landscape of Vattavada Munnar has helped it achieve great economy. In a new article published by The Hindu mentioned how Vattavada passion fruits has become a lucrative venture by receiving great price on their produce. The landscape has a magic of its own that leads travelers to be spell bound.

This also allows visitors to enjoy the true experience of farm to table including produce that has quality and taste. Especially the Vattavada garlic known for its high oil content and medicinal properties. Here are some the places you might find worth of visiting which are based on agriculture and nature.

1. Strawberry Farm

Munnar Vattavada Starwberry farm
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We mentioned that Vattavada is known for it’s high quality of produce both in fruits and vegetables, among them the most popular location visited by travelers is the strawberry farm.What’s the best thing about this strawberry farm? Well, it is free to visit and extra bonus is that you can pluck some fresh strawberries off the farm prior permission from the owners.

They also give you a tour and educate travelers and tourists about how they harvest the strawberries and transform them into essentials such as strawberry jam and wine. Apart from strawberry there are also vegetables you can see growing on he farm such as carrots, cabbages and garlic as well as passion fruit.

2. Vattavada Beauty Point

Another popular destination is Vattavada Beauty Point, why the name beauty point? It is due to its breath0taking view of the small hamlet which showcases is beautiful terrace farms leaving many in awe. It is also the starting point before entering the Vattavada hamlet. During, the monsoon season this point gets more crowded only for the sole reason of its extra ordinary view from this particular spot.

It offers stunning views of the misty valley which looks more beautiful when the sun is brightening up the hills with its rays. It also aids you in having a glimpse of the fine crops produced by the farmers of this village.

3. Lockhart Tea Factory

Lockhart Tea Factory vattavada Munnar
Image: Karmic Tourism

This is a must-visit and should be included in your itiniary when visiting, Lockhart Tea Factory is located about 50 Km away from Vattavada which was first established during the year of 1864 by the East India Company in Pre-Independence Era. The Factory allows visitors to understand about tea production, cultivation , understand about its taste by having tasting sessions, understand abut the tea plantations around the area, the smell of different tea leaves, and, the history of tea pantation and how it has transformed the land around economically and culturally.

The museum allows visitors to witness the history of tea plantations, especially nature lovers who are able to get a grasp of the Vattavada’s rich history and how the residents have culturally evolved alongside this natural vegetation.

Adventure side of Vattavada Munnar

Along with being an agricultural haven, most of the trekking routes start off from here, some are namely the ones heading towards Top Station, Kanthaloor, Kodaikanal, Meesapulimala, and Mattupettty. Apart from trekking Vattavada in Munnar has plenty of adventures you can hop on to while you are at it.Here are some the places that seem to fascinate many travelers when they arrive at Vattavada.

1. Pampadum Shola National Park

Munnar Vattavada Pampadum national park
Image: Kerala Tourism

Pampadum Shola National Park is among one of the most popular attractions located in Kerala, it plays a very important role in the eco-system by maintaining a balance of its flora and fauna. It is located in the initial point before entering the the village of Vattavada, about 35 kilometers from the town of Munnar. This national park is blessed with a moderate climate with mist and cloudiness.

The fauna in the Park is of a mixed grond of animals which are threatened, rare or endemic species. In a total there are 14 species of bird, 9 species of mammals, 100 species of butterflies and 93 species of moths as recorded from the Shola. Rare species such as  Parantica nilgiriensis are found her in abundance.

2. Kurinjimala Sanctuary

Kurinijimala Kerala Munnar vattavada
Image: Kerala Tourism

Botanical gardens are always a mesmerizing place to be at, even the worst mood can be uplifted with the vibrancy. Kurinjimala Sancturary is on e of those sanctuary that hosts the endangered Kurinjimala that is known for its multiple medicinal usage and benefits. The sanctuary is spread over 32 hectares of land to protect the Neelakurinji plant.

Alongside, this sanctuary also is safe haven for animals such as gaur, elephants, deer and the endangered mountain goat (Nilgiri Tahr). The Neelakurinji plant blooms once in every 12 year that turns the while region into a blue vibrant patch.

3. Anamudi Shola National Park

Anamundi Shola National Park is spread across 7.5 square Kilometers and is located 25 Kilometers from Vattavada. The national park is covered around by Chinnar Wildlife sanctuary, Mathikettan Shola National Park, Eravikulam National Park and Pampadum Shola National Park. This national park is home to some of most extraordinary animals such as Panther, Indian Bison, gaur, Spotted Deer, Grizzled Squirrel, Sloth Bear, tigers, and elephants.

This national park is a must visit for those who are seeking adventure and can also try taking a walk in the wilderness along side a forest officer or maybe just a jungle safari to have a glimpse of animals in their raw version in the wild. To enjoy a night stay at the national park, you can rest at the forest rest houses located at Rajamala.

Conclusion: The Unforgettable Experience of Vattavada

Vattavada is more than just a pristine land of destination. It is a transformative experience for many as it will stay with you long after you’ve left. The tranquility of the landscapes, the thrill of the adventures, and the warmth of the people create a tapestry of memories that will forever be etched in your heart.

So, pack your bags, lace up your hiking boots, and embark on an unforgettable journey to Munnar Vattavada. Let the untamed beauty of this hidden gem captivate your senses and ignite your spirit of adventure. In the embrace of nature, you’ll find solace, inspiration, and a renewed appreciation for the simple joys of life.

Munnar Vattavada awaits, ready to welcome you with open arms and leave you with stories that will be shared for a lifetime.

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