Munnar- The Land Of Picturesque Green Meadows
Munnar is one of the most fascinating leisure destinations in India laced with rolling tea gardens and spice plantations.
The placid hill station of South India, is a place where you can explore and enjoy the serene natural beauty. Situated at the convergence of three mountain streams- Muthirapuzha, Nallathanni and Kundala, Munnar is a perfect place to visit this monsoon.
Located about 1600m above sea level, the hill station had been the summer retreat for the British Government during the colonial era. With lush green meadows, sloppy hills, scenic valleys, flowing streams, plunging waterfalls, sprawling tea plantations and thick trekking routes, make your stay fun-filled.
Munnar is also known for Neelakurinji, a unique plant which flowers once in twelve years. The ‘kurinji season’ in Munnar is a splendid sight when the hills and valleys get drenched in the blue of the Neelakurinji buds.
Best Time To Visit
Munnar enjoys a pleasant climate throughout the year and even during the monsoon it gives a mesmerizing ambiance with mist layering over the lush green meadows, sparkling waves of the twisting rivers and plunging waterfalls, cascading its own beauty.
June to September is a great time to visit this alluring hill station, if you are looking out for a quiet vacation. Green landscapes in monsoon in Munnar have a unique charm, so visit this place in its full glory.
How To Reach Munnar
Munnar does not have an airport of its own. The nearest airport to Munnar is the Cochin International Aiport, which is 110 kilometres away by road. You need to hire a cab to reach Munnar.
You can reach there by State-run or private buses, running from various towns in Kerala and Tamil Nadu. Kerala State Road Transport Corporation offers bus services to Munnar from all main cities in Kerala.
The nearest railway station from Munnar is at Aluva, which is 110 kilometres away. On the other hand, Ernakulam Railway Station is 130 kilometres away whereas the Madurai Railway Station is at a distance of 135 kilometres. Hire a cab from these points or board the state transportation.
Above all, driving to Munnar can be enthralling too.
Tourist Attractions Around Munnar
Let us now explore some of the options in and around Munnar that would provide you plenty prospects to enjoy this enthralling hill station of Munnar.
Eravikulam National Park
One of the main attractions near Munnar is the Eravikulam National Park. This park is famous for its endangered inhabitant – the Nilgiri Tahr. Spread over an area of 97 sq, km. this park is also an abode to some species of rare butterflies, animals and birds. A great place for trekking, the park offers a savannah view of the tea plantations along with the rolling hills cuddled by layers of mists. The park becomes a hotspot when it gets covered with a carpet of blue, from the flowering of Neelakurinji.
Located inside the Eravikulam National Park, Anamudi Peak is the highest peak in South India. Tourists are allowed to the peak with permission from the Forest and Wildlife authorities at Eravikulam.
Located at a distance of 13 km from Munnar Town, is Mattupetty. Best known for its storage masonry dam and the serene lake, Mattupetty is situated at a height of 1700 m above sea level. When visiting this place, you can enjoy boat rides, while relishing the surrounding hills and landscapes. Mattupetty is also famous for the dairy farm run by the Indo-Swiss Livestock Project.
Pallivasal, located at about 3 km from Chithirapuram in Munnar is the venue of the first Hydro-electric project in Kerala. It is a place of immense scenic beauty and is often favoured by visitors as a picnic spot.
Chinnakanal & Anayirangal
Chinnakanal is popularly known as Power House Waterfalls. The place is enriched with the scenic view of the Western Ghat ranges. Anayirangal, 22 km from Munnar, is a plush green carpet of tea plants. The Anayirangal dam is surrounded by tea plantations and evergreen forests.
Located at a distance of 32 km from Munnar, Top Station is at a height of 1700 m above sea level. It is the highest point on the mUnnar-Kodaikanal road. Enjoy the panaromic view of the neighbouring state of Tamil Nadu from this tantalizing point. This is one of the hotspots where you can relish the blooming of a rare flower Neelakurinji.
Munnar has its own history in the realm of origins and eveolution of tea plantations. Taking into consideration, a museum exclusively for tea was opened a couple of years ago by Tata Tea. The Tea Museum houses knick-knacks, photographs and machinery, that tells you the story about the origin and growth of tea plantations in Munnar. The Tea Museum is situated at the Nallathanni Estate of Tata Tea in munnar.
Gorge On The Delightful Dishes Of Munnar
Get your hands on some lip-smacking cuisine of Munnar. The beautiful hill station with lush mountain and heaps of tea plantations has amazingly appetizing palette of food varieties for both vegetarian and non-vegetarians.
One of the staple diets in Munnar is fish and rice cooked in coconut oil prepared in Kerala style. While visitng Munnar you can taste the fresh taste of coconut in almost every cuisine. Dishes prepared are flavoured with a myriad of locally grown species, such as peppers, clove and nutmeg. Stopover in Munnar and satiate your hunger with some authentic south Indian food like vadas, bhodas and bhajis.
If you are a vegetarian, then you can lay your hands on some authentic south Indian dishes like Dosa, Vada, Idli, Appam. Munnar has an array of treats for non-vegetarians with famous Keralan fish curry and beef fry with Kerala Porotta.
Street food lovers can get some scrumptious varieties of appams, idlis and dosas alongside beef and fish dishes accompaniment with piping hot parottas vending on the bustling streets of Munnar.
Activities To Do In Munnar
Ride on a bicycle and witness the mesmerizing beauty of this place. Embark on this exciting cycling expedition through the thick forest while exploring the Marayoor Sandalwood reserve and Pampadun Shola forest. Do not forget to gorge on some lip-smacking delicacies en route.
Kurangani Hills in Theni district is an ultimate place for trekking enthusiasts. Start your trekking experience early in the morning, leading you through the narrow valleys, stony slopes and thorny bushes. Walk around the grandiose mountains, splashy waterfall and the lush meadows.
Munnar is a perfect place where you can spend an enticing weekend with your friends and family. Feel the pleasure of staying under a starry night in the forest of the Chokarmudi Hills with a relaxing campfire, peaceful music, a comfortable tent to sleep in while enjoying delicious food. Campsites in Munnar are well-equipped with basic amenities like toilets and bed, blanket and pillow. Experience a comforting campfire laced with groovy beats and delicious dinner available at the campsite.
Flying Fox Experience
Does flying high into the skies sounds like thrilling to you? You can have the flying fox experience in Munnar a hiily paradise best for some aderaline rushing adventure.
The Flying Fox agenda involves one rope tied diagonally at two ends between two poles/trees. The participants are harnessed at their backs chests with a pulley and rope and the guiding rope is handled by an trainer. The adventurers slide down towards the lower end of the rope.
Spend some enthralling time away from the bustling city life and enjoy a seren vacation in Munnar.
Burma Bucket Adventure
Delve into the enticing adventure with Burma bucket activity in Munnar. A “wavering” walk in the air on ropes, pumps you with excitement to the sky top creating experiences while maintaining body balance. The Burma Bucket is located at Pothamedu, 8 km away from Munnar.
Kolukkumalai Tea Trail And Tea Factory Experience, Munnar
In Munnar drive through the Kanan Devan Hills tea plantations and placid valleys, spice plantations. After around 25 km of a jeep ride through the normal road, you will reach the World’s highest organic tea growing estate, in the eastern slope of western, makes the tea special.
Rock Zone Activities In Munnar
Indulge in an enthralling round of Rock Zone activities in Munnar with and unparalleled experience. Also, you can take part in other adventurous activities like Free Hand climbing or Jumaring with your gang.
Munnar is a home of lakes and long widening rivers, thus this place provides several opportunities for boat rides. Enjoy the beauty and serenity of nature while indulging into a boat ride on the rivers in Munnar. Amidst all the beautiful lakes in Munnar, Mattupetty Lake is an ideal place for an adventurous boat ride.
Enjoy an elephant ride at the Carmelagiri Elephant Park in Munnar. The elephant safari will take you through the rough tracks and deep valleys of the foggy Munnar forests.
Pack your bags and explore the lush green beauty of Munnar!