Second part starts from the Munnar towards bottom of the hills. Again, the scenic views are eternally graceful. Although the valleys with tea estates and lakes but view is different from the top area. In this route you can also see Athukadu Water falls, Kallar water falls which are pleasant to watch. There are many viewpoints in this route like Pothamedu View point, Sunset View point 2nd mile, karadippara View point, etc. The one thing which differs it from the Top Tour is the Spice plantation. The Spice plantation is spread in 500 Acres and is done from generations by the local tribal people. The tour is provided by the Spice plantation management with an entrance fee. The explanation regarding the Ayurveda, Spices are worth the every single penny. There is also an outlet for spices, Natural Fragrances and Ayurveda products. Spices are of top notch quality and at discounted rates. A win-win situation for family trips.
In Tea estates, Tea tasting is arranged by the estates for travelers and tourists. One can taste the different varieties of tea (black, white, green, etc.), an unique experience. For the food lovers, you can always count on vivid Kerala cuisines which are readily available in Munnar restaurants and shops. Although multi cuisine restaurants are also present, it is advisable to try the authentic Kerala cuisine and the Arabian cuisines in Munnar.
Every hill station visit is incomplete without shopping! Munnar offers you plethora of variety for shopping from spices to tea, chocolates to coffee and some memorabilia shops. It is very certain that you will end up shopping something for yourself or family.
Munnar has everything to offer for backpackers, family, couples, honeymooners. All kinds of stays from budget, couple friendly, isolated, cottages, homestays with kitchen, camping, hotels are available. If one likes to stay in isloation and on mounatains, homestays or hotels can be selected through Air BnB, Oyo etc. For backpackers and adventure seekres, camping facilities are also available.
How to Reach
Munnar can reached from Kochi (131 Kms), Coimnbatore (179 Kms) via road. It is also connected by Bangalore via Direct buses which takes 12-13 hrs to reach.
One important point to note is that during the Kerala floods of2018, major landslides have happened in Munnar which led poor connectivity of Road. Reconstruction is in full swing.
Caution : It is almost 3.5 Hrs journey through curves of hills before you reach Munnar. Motion sickness people should keep that in mind and should take break in between (or peppermint) to avoid mental fatigue.
Keep travelling and exploring.
Happy Tripping !