Anamudi Peak is the highest peak in the Western Ghats
situated at a height of 2,695 metres (8,842 feet) above mean sea level. This peak is also known by names like Anamudi or Anaimudi. The literal meaning of Anamudi is "elephant`s forehead". The meaning refers to the resemblance of the mountain to an elephant
`s head. Anamudi Peak, which is the pride of Kerala
, attracts tourists throughout the year.
Location of Anamudi Peak
It is located in the southern part of Eravikulam National Park
at the joint of Cardamom Hills
, the Anaimalai Hills and the Palni Hills
. Anamudi is located in the Idukki district
of Kerala state of India. It is fifty kilometres from Munnar
(nearest town) and one hundred and thirty kilometres from Kochi
. The peak is positioned at an elevation of 2, 695 metres and a topographic prominence of 2, 479 metres.
Attractions of Anamudi Peak
Anamudi is surrounded by evergreen forests. It inhabits widespread flora and fauna
and a vibrant avian life. The lush green forest is also the source of some of the large rivers in Kerala and the nearby Tamil Nadu
The Eravikulam National Park, in the north of Anamudi, is a major attraction. It is also the ideal place for wildlife travellers and nature lovers. Anamudi, together with the Eravikulam Park, houses one of the largest surviving populations of Gaurs, Asian elephants and the Nilgiri Tahrs.
The hills are ideal places for trekking
and camping. The peak can be easily accessed by hiking on the grass slopes. It starts from a rolling hill plateau with a base elevation of about 2, 000 metres. The east and west slopes are steeper with more difficult rock faces. However, the north and south slopes are considerably tender.
Climbing History of Anamudi Peak
According to some, Anamudi was first scaled by General Douglas Hamilton of the Madras Army on May 4 in the year 1862. Some other believes that it had been earlier climbed by local people.
Connectivity of Anamudi Peak
The ideal time to visit this peak is from September to May. Eravikulam is the closest Transport Terminal which is 15 kms from Munnar. The nearest railway stations are Kottayam and Ernakulam
. Kottayam and Ernakulam are about 142 kms and 130 kms away from Munnar respectively. The closest Airports are Madurai
(about 142 kms away from Munnar) and Cochin International Airport
(about 150 kms away from Munnar).