Misty hills, lush valleys, scenic routes are what surround the majestic Anamudi Peak in Munnar. Situated at a height of 2,695 meters, this peak is not only the highest peak in South India but is also the highest in the Western Ghats as well. It is located within the premises of the vibrant Eravikulam National Park which means you will get to see a variety of flora and fauna all around.
The mountain is located in the Idukki district. Anamudi trek is about two kilometers long it takes about 2 hours to reach the summit on foot. Trekkers need to ascend 600 meters from the start of the trek to the mountaintop. The distance from Munnar to Anamudi is about 10 kilometers, which can be covered on road via rented taxis or bikes. Due to its located in the subtropical region, there is no snow on Anamudi peak despite its high elevation.
Called the “Elephant’s Forehead”, the Anamudi Hills has the largest surviving population of Asian Elephants, Nilgiri Tahrs, and Gaurs. Trek to the top of Kerala’s paradise and enjoy the view of the evergreen forests, and the endemic flora and fauna here. While you're trekking to Anamudi peak, you can spot the rare Neelakurinji flowers here that bloom once in 12 years and turn the entire hillside blue. Make sure to carry a map of Anamudi peak to help you on the trek.
Other rare species you may be able to spot near this mountain include the new species of frog Raorchestes Resplendens. You will also be surrounded by a variety of butterflies and moths on this Anamudi mountain.
You will need special permissions for this Anamudi peak trek but don’t get disheartened if you do not get permission to trek to the top. There are other trails like the Kurinji Trail, where you can spot the beautiful Kurinji plants. Another trail you can try is the Cascade Walk that lets you explore the scenic wonder of the glistening Lakkom Waterfalls.
If you plan on staying here, there are several camping sites where you can stay in tents near the Anamudi peak. For a more luxurious option, you can stay at the hotels in Munnar and have a fun holiday. One can finish the trek from Munnar to Anamudi in a single day.