Boating is a fascinating activity that helps one refresh his mind and reconnect with nature’s beauty. Floating on the serene waters enjoying the fresh air and the beautiful scenery all around is sure to give one relief from all the stress from his daily life. In a destination like Munnar, abundantly blessed by nature with lakes, waterfalls, rivers, etc. the opportunities for enjoying this activity are endless.
One among the renowned destination that offer boating facilities and is now arising as the tourists favourite is the Anayirankal dam. The place is a home to a variety of flora and fauna and visitors, if lucky, can get a glimpse of animals like herds of elephants as they come by to quench their thirst. The boating facility was organised as a part of the Anayirankal Hydel Tourism Project by the Kerala Hydel Tourism Centre (KHTC). Apart from boating one could also enjoy mountain biking facilities that are available. Ensuring safety and maintaining the best standards of hygiene, Anayirankal dam is truly a place one should never miss!
Visitors can choose from low speed boats, speed boats or motorboats as they go for the boating activity. The speed boats are definite to satisfy the tastes of adventure seekers as they can cruise about in the dam. While, nature lovers can opt for low speed boats, gently floating on the water enjoying the serene surroundings. The place has and entry fee and the speed boat service can be availed at Ruppees 750/- (for 5 pax).
Another destination that offers boating facility is the Mattupetty dam and lake. Mattupetty is located at about 13km from Munnar at an altitude of 1700m. The major attractions that bring visitors to the place are Mattupetty Lake and the dam with the same name. One of the major activities that take place here is boating. Boats are available to be hired for hours or even for the day. The lake has picturesque natural beauty all around. The boating facilities in the place are arranged by the District Tourism Promotion Council (DTPC), Idukki.
Kundala is yet another beautiful hill station that is situated at about 20 km from Munnar. The place which once was the summer resort of the British Government in South India is rich in scenic beauty. The place offers the Shikara boat ride. Riding on the serene waters amidst the tea gardens and hills enjoying the scenic beauty of the surroundings makes it unbelievably romantic and a must-try one for those visiting Munnar on their honeymoon.