Anamudi - The Highest Peak in South India from sujaykumar's blog


Anamudi is the highest peak in the Western Ghats in India, having an elevation of 2,695 metres (8,842 ft). Anamudi is also the highest point in South India, and also the highest point in India outside the Himalaya - Karakoram mountain range . This gives Anamudi its relatively large topographic prominence of 2,479 metres (8,133 ft), the associated key saddle being over 2,000 kilometres (1,200 mi) away at 28°35′20″N 76°27′59″E in Haryana state just to the west of Delhi. The peak is the highest point of the Periyar river basin.

The peak is not exceptionally dramatic in terms of steepness or local relief and is a Fault-block mountain. It is located in the southern region of Eravikulam National Park at the junction of the Cardamom Hills, the Anaimalai Hills and the Palani Hills. The nearest town is Munnar, 13 kilometres (8.1 mi). The easiest route to the summit of Anamudi is a technically easy hike on grass slopes, starting from a rolling hill plateau with a base elevation of about 2,000 metres (6,600 ft). The north and south slopes are gentle, while the east and west slopes are steeper, with more difficult rock faces.

Anamudi and the Eravikulam National Park surrounding it is home to the largest surviving population of the Nilgiri Tahr(Nilgiritragus hylocrius)
It is the state animal of Tamil Nadu. Asian Elephants, Gaur, Bengal tigers, and the Nilgiri Marten (Martes gwatkinsii) are some of the species of animals found here. The summit of the Anamudi is vegetated with patches of stunted Arundinaria densifolia and Gaultheria fragrantissima (wintergreen), Anaphalis sp., Impatiens and some species of Eriocaulon.


The climate of the park is tropical montane. Though, latitude-wise, the park falls in the tropics, it exhibits extra tropical climate owing to the altitudinal influence. This change in the bio-climate and geological stability is said to be important for the endemic species in the habitat.

The park receives heavy rainfall and the average annual rainfall is 3000mm. Heavy rains occur during the South-West monsoon and January-March are relatively dry months. In winter, the temperature may even go below the freezing level.

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Feb 3 '15
Worth a visit it must be...
Mar 19 '15
which state does it fall under
May 21 '15
Its in Kerala, near Idukki, Munnar
Jun 1 '15
is it in Idukki district
Jun 2 '15
It is Idukki, Kerala...
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By sujaykumar
Added Dec 22 '14



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