Though it pulls with its serenity and beauty, you could be lucky to spot the rare Neelakurinji flowers, which blossom once in 12 years in the adjacent hills and valleys of Kundala Lake. Boating in Kundala offers options of pedal boating, row boating and shikara rides. This is definitely one of the top things to do in Munnar.Carmelagiri Elephant Park – Elephant SafariHow about an elephant safari, that too in the rocky topography of Munnar? It’s fun for kids and adults alike to have a ‘haathi mere saathi’ moment at Carmelagiri Elephant Park. Located on Mattupetty Road, the park offers short elephant rides of 10-15 minutes. It is one of the most fascinating tourist attractions in Munnar, especially for kids.
Our ride for the day was Miss Julie - a young adult who seemed to be my kind! "Who cares if they tell me to run? I am going to walk!" seemed to be her motto. Until it came to slopes along the path where she would do the silent squeal and go "A slope! I want to run down!" For all the laughter it elicited from Remya and me, my delight was punctuated with embarrassing squeals as my tummy rolled over during that jog.This is also your perfect chance to feel like a celebrity and be papped! The photographer would pop out from between the trees to click photographs - blame the prominent double chins on that - and would insist we do 'the Titanic pose' or 'Shah Rukh Khan pose'. No seriously! Give me a Jack Dawson or His Grace Leopold Alexis Elijah Walker Gareth Thomas Mountbatten, 3rd Duke of Albany, and I will do the Titanic. And by the way, only SRK can pull off his pose on an elephant!Nevertheless, these were a few minutes well spent and well worth the amount.Feast your eyes on these few things Munnar until next Monday when I'll share some more 'things to do'.Until then, do share your thoughts and experiences in the comments section below, follow us on Facebook/Instagram and give From The Corner Table some love.
Forgive me if I don't behave as per the accepted norm of adult behaviour but how can you miss out a ride on elephants! Oh yes! The second most ridiculously fun part of our trip to Munnar was an elephant ride in the Carmelagiri Elephant Park.We were not prepared for the ride. Remya had forgotten about it and I had been caught unaware. So when our driver - probably in desperate need for a break from two giggling women - pointed out this park's entrance and insisted we check it out, we shrugged and nodded a yes.Meeting my soul siblings was delightful - the wisdom in their eyes, their utmost patience with the gaggle of human beings surrounding them, their size and the lumbering gait, the simple pleasures of being fed regularly. #animalmeYou will need to queue up to get tickets forDepending on the season, you need to hold on for about an hour or perhaps more to be able to get your turn. But we were apparently visiting in the 'off peak' season so needed to wait for only 20 minutes.
This has been my biggest achievement, I persuaded the elephant to give me a ride! It was an enjoyable ride that lasted 5 minutes costing me 300 INR. A rip off but they had mentioned only group rides were allowed and I had no group, so the price tag is justified and single rides are fun because it gives you that king like feeling..!
Kerala is famously known as the 'Gods Own Country' and indeed it is true. It is one of the leading tourist attractions in India. Every year people come here in numbers to experience the extremely beautiful destinations that hold the attention of almost everyone. Kerala is filled with hill-stations, tea gardens, spice gardens, backwaters, and commercial cities. People here are very professional and quite helpful. As soon as we landed at the Cochin airport, just outside the airport, there was cab facility available. The cab facility is well managed by the union and turn by turn they receive the guests which is quite commendable.