Mattupetty Indo Swiss Project
One of the many attractions in and around Munnar is a diary farm situated at Mattupetty, a hilly region about 15 km away from Munnar town. The farm is home to around hundreds varieties of high quality cattle and about 400 heads of cattle are reared here.
The farm is part of the Indo-Swiss Project headquartered at Mattupetty. Located amidst green grasslands, Indo Swiss Project at 3 km away from Mattupetty Dam is devoted to cattle development and research centre set up by the Government of Switzerland.
The project was launched in 1963 on the basis of a bilateral agreement executed between the Swiss Confederation and the Government of India. The project has made great strides in the improvement of livestock farming in the state. One of them is the development of Swiss Brown, a cross breed suited for the state’s conditions. The project is now managed by the Kerala Livestock Development and Milk Marketing Board.
An extension unit of the project also function at Kolahalamedu near Elappara in Peerumedu. The high breed varieties of cattle like “Swiss Brown” and “Sunandini” have been the result of the cattle researches of the Institute.
Mattupetty is better known as the cattle village encompassing the cattle farm and its peaceful inhabitants. The cool climate of the area and the abundance of fodder had made it the perfect place for the establishing the Indo- Swiss dairy farm. Tamil migrant labourers had reared cattle in this place long ago. The Indo- Swiss dairy farm is a highly specialized project where more than hundred varieties of high yielding cattle is being reared spreading across eleven cattle shed. A greenish garden has been arranged near the farm. Rare species of roses, season flowers, dahlias, senias etc are grown here.
Cattle grazing freely on the rolling hills in the vast farm campus would be an offbeat tourist experience. The Indo-Swiss project has remarkably helped in the development of economic dairy farming in Idukki district. As a result of the execution of the Indo-Swiss project, a new revolutionary wave has been created in the field of livestock farming in the state. A great milestone was the evolution of the Swiss Brown cross breed of cattle that is perfectly suited to the conditions of Kerala. The Indo-Swiss project has introduced innovative programs to improve the breed of the local cattle. The breed improvement program is carried out through the eighty-six artificial insemination centres in Idukki district. The Indo –Swiss diary farm is actually a landmark in the field of cattle rearing in Kerala.
The project has made commendable achievements in the field of animal husbandry and runs quality courses in cattle breeding. Animal Husbandry, Fodder and Semen Bank are the three main sections of the project. The training centre here organizes practical-oriented courses for veterinarians, para-veterinarians and technicians in the field of animal production.
Mattupetty is home to a prestigious livestock project of the Kerala Livestock Development Board (KLDB) Ltd. The project spread over 191 hectares is a ‘holy land’ for cattle growers who arrive here from different parts of the country. The semen bank at the Mattupetty project has won ISO 22000 certification. In 1965, the Mattupetty project produced the first deep frozen bull semen in the country. The project has a capacity to produce one million doses of frozen semen in a year.
Visitors are allowed here at only at fixed times daily 9.00 am to 11 am and 2.00 pm to 3.30 pm on taking a ticket of Rs 5.00/- each.
How to Reach
Nearest Airports: – Kochi: 130 km, Madurai: 142 km, Coimbatore: 167 km, Kozhikode: 287 km, Trivandrum: 302 km.
Nearest Railway Stations:- Kochi: 130 km, Kottayam: 147 km, Madurai: 162 km, Trivandrum: 302 km.
By Road: Just 13 km drive from Munnar, Munnar is well connected with road networks from different locations of Kerala and Tamil Nadu.