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69.137.12.227 21:54, 21 January 2007 (EST)Top Station is on the border of Idukki district[1], Kerala and Dindigul District[2],Tamilnadu.

A border of Kerala and Tamilnadu,located at (10 degrees 8' N, 77 degrees 17'E). It's elevation of 1,700 meters is the highest point on the Munnar-Kodaikanal road and the highest roadway elevation in South India[3]. It is wonderfull place on the edge of Kerala's prime tea growing region from which tea was transported down to Munnar and beyond. (aerial photo[4])


==History== According to a local belief, Top Station derived its name from Middle Station and Lower Station, both lying down the valley, which were once connected to this place via Ropeway [5]. Remains of the Ropeway Station at Top Station are still visible and the remains of Kundala Valley Railway [6] can be seen at the small railway museum in Munnar. The Kundala Valley 24 inch guage railway also once ended at Top Station. Middle Station ([Kundalai]) is 12 km from Top Station on the way to Lower Station ([Munnar]). There was also another ropeway from Top Station down hill to the east to [Bodinayikkanur], Tamilnadu.

==Story and small map== “The Nanoscopic Hamlet of Top Station”[7].

==Get in== by taxi, hiking or local bus from Munnar. One hour 32 km. Trip departing @ ½ hour. By local Bus from Kodaikanal. 3 hr trip. Check local schedule.

==Get around==Walking a short steep trail (photo[8]}is the only way to the best observation point.

==See== Walk to Observation Point from Anita's tea stall at the bus stop. It is a short but steep walk to the Spectacular viewing area at Top Station. The rewards all come at this summit, where the air is crisp and the views sheer and dramatic. The craggy laterite peaks of the Western Ghats, the rolling plains and immaculately laid-out tea plantations are all around.(photo[9]) one can see Kambam[10] Valley, Tamilnadu to the east, Kundala Valley to the West and [Raja Malai] looming down from the north. The rare Neelakurunji (strobilanthus)[11] is native to this region. It flowers only once in 12 years, bathing the hillsides in bright violet blossoms. The last bloom was in 2006, the next is in 2018.

==Photos== Munnar hills[12], Observation Spot[13], Tea plantation[14].

==Do== Trekking: Trekking in Chinnar forest[15]

==Buy== Fresh locally grown spices including cardamom, vanilla, pepper, cinnamon, clove and nutmeg.

==Eat==pack a lunch in Munnar or take your chances at a tea stall.

==Drink==Local teas served attractively in several variations

==Sleep==No hotel. Stay in Munnar

==Get out==bus, taxi, hike

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69.137.12.227 21:54, 21 January 2007 (EST)Marcus M. Sherman

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