Anamudi, the highest peak in the Western Ghats is also the highest point in south India. It is located in the Idukki district of Kerala , which is fifty kilometers from Munnar and one hundred and thirty kilometers from Kochi. Anamundi shares its boundary with Eravikulam National Park at southern part and at the joint of Cardamom Hills, the Anamallai hills and the Palni Hills.
Anai Mudi in Tamil means Elephant’s brow. In Malayalam, the literal translation of Anamudi is Elephant peak. Both translations depict the majestic look of the peak. It has an elevation of 2,695 meters (8,842 feet) and a topographic prominence of 2,479 metres (8,133 ft).. The first official recorded ascent of Anamudi was by General Douglas Hamilton of the Madras Army on May 4, 1862. Anamudi and the surrounding area are blessed with a variety of rare flora and fauna. The area is rich in medicinal plants like wintergreen, Anaphalis and Impatiens. Anamudi, together with the Eravikulam Park, is home to one of the largest surviving populations of Asianelephants, Gaurs and the Nilgiri Tahrs.
Anamudi hills will always be a challenge to the adventurous trekkers. It will be a dream comes true for those enthusiasts who reach the top. It is the perfect place for trekking and there are ample facilities for tourists in this place. Camping in tents will be the apt mode of accommodation. Those who wish to trek should take permission from the Eravikulam National Park authorities. It is also recommended to contact the authorities for details on trekking and weather.
How To Get Anamudi Peak
Kottayam, about 142 kms away from Munnar
Ernakulam, about 130 kms away from Munnar.
Madurai (Tamilnadu) about 142 kms away from Munnar
Cochin International Airport, about 150 kms away from Munnar.
General Information On Anamudi Peak
Range: Western Ghats
Location: Kerala, India
Elevation: 2,695 m (8,842 ft)
Prominence: 2,479 m (8,133 ft)