Day 2, MunnarAfter a heavy breakfast at our hotel we left for top station which is one of the highest points in Munnar. After a 1 hour drive through the winding roads and nothing but Tea estates we reached the Top station. The first sight of which was something surreal ! clouds were passing right through me !!!! The drive till here seems worth it for the view. Clicked some pictures and stopped at Mattupetty dam and flower garden on the way. We started to Alleppey after lunch and reached Alleppey after another 5 hour drive Day 3, Alleppey
Photo Point - It'll fall on the way to top station, only a few km away from the town. There is nothing there to see except that lush green symmetric tea garden that will fall to the left of the road. We clicked some photos and move forward. I still don't know what on earth that hoarding was doing there.. !!!
The Kanan Devan Hills Planation's (KDHP) Tea Museum in Munnar is India's first ever tea museum and here you can have a journey through the tea history of this place. The documentary film on Kanan Devan Tea Planation is a good watch and there is a retail outlet within the building that sells the plantation's produce and some tea accessories too. You can also buy some tea wood (for making furniture or as a decor) and some do some shopping from Tata's Srishti Welfare Centre (1.5 kms from the museum)
Pothamedu View Point - This is the best view point at Munnar. Long Stretched tea-plantation garden getting faded to the distant misty mountain, the lush green view, the series of mountains dancing to the tunes of nature under the grey-umbrella of those clouds will make you spellbound. Sitting there on the edge with a cup of coffee in hand and enjoying the beauty with the chilled weather will give one a feeling of heaven no doubt. Down the lane tea, cardamom plantations could be seen. The place was so mesmerizing that we sat there for more than an hour just looking at the splendid view. The view of sunset from this point is an out-of-the-world-view.The time seemed to stop for a while.
Being the highest peak in India outside the Himalaya's, Anamaudi is truelove breathtaking. It isn't like the mountains you see in the northern district of India, covered in snow like a fairy tale, but is rather lush green and smooth. Surrounded by random water bodies and greenary, Anamudi makes for a pituresque location at the least. Unfortunately, we were not allowed to go to the top due to elephants and expected bad weather. We stayed a while and allowed it to humble us.
Our first stop was at the Cheeyappara waterfall which cascades down in seven steps making it a pretty sight. The sad part, we tourists. Plastic bottles and snack wrappers had been dumped by some and it was an ugly sight at the bottom of the falls. I really don't understand why we cannot do a simple thing -- keep our surroundings clean! Come to think about it, it actually tells about the person we actually are -- bitter truth!
Carmelagiri Elephant Park
We made a quick stop at the Carmelagiri Elephant Park en route to Mattupetty but did not opt for any ride. I leave it to individuals to decide whether they would like to indulge in it. The park offers various options which range from a 1 hour ride and even half day or full day elephant ride.
Blossom Hydel Park
Blossom Park- This park is situated near the Munnar town. Only 2km away from the market area of the town. Though one could hardly see any blossom of flowers, but no doubt it is full of blossoming beauties :P. There is facility for a no. of fun activities also in the park e.g Water-Balloon walking, Air Gun, Bow & Arrow etc. A good place to kill some time. Of course, an excellent place for lovebirds and couples.
Rose Garden - There is a Rose garden only 2km away from the town in the Madupatty direction. The enrty fees per person is RS 20/- and extra for still and professional cameras varries from RS 20/- to RS 50/-. They have a good collection of flowers and decorative plants. We clicked 100s of photos there. But to our utter misfortune, the memory card got corrupted all of a sudden and left us in a havoc state as there were 1500+ photos. But Thank God !! I had a back up memory card. We continued with the photography session. Later I retrieved around 1200 photos from that corrupted card. Well... something is better than nothing ! On that same route we had also covered Forest Honey Bee Hive, Shooting Point, Elephant Arrival Spot(But No Elephant was there !! :( ).
This is a tourist Point at a very high altitude on the Kerala- Tamil Nadu border about 40 kilometres from the beautifuk hill station of Munnar. This is also famous as the highest hill station of the Kundala Valley. You can get the most spectacular views of the Western Ghats and the most awesome Theni District from here. The clouds seem to be crushing across your face everytime and you will want to keep one piece of the fluff each time. This is a lot of fun and an experience which feels absolutely out of the world. This is also the place where there is an abundance of Neelakurinji flowers which are said to bloom every 12 years only and the next blooming season is 2018. These flowers when in full bloom give this place a complete bluish hue. The Kurinjimala National Park is another attraction in this lovely place.
Munnar - Top Station Highway
After breakfast, around 11am we left the main town and decided to cover all the places along the way upto Top Station. Mattupetty Dam, Kundala Lake, Rose gardens and view points gave us spectacular valley sights all the way to the top.Top Station gets it's name as it was the historic transshippment location for Kannan Devan tea delivered up here from Munnar by rail.Absolutely dreamy location! The roads; the views; the weather; everything was beyond perfect. Lunching with a view, an absolute delight! Kerala parathas, appams and stew, YUM!
Echo Point - It is located at a 15 mins ride from Madupatty Dam. According to the nomenclature, it is aptly named on its feature. You can hear your own voice echoed from distant mountain. In addition to that, the picturesque of the location is marvelous. Paddle-boat facility is available here. Horse-riding can also be done here. A good market is also there at this point.
Top Station Munnar
Top Station - This is the top point of Munnar. It is like heaven on earth. When we reached at the Top point, one could hardly see anything. Everywhere there was cloud, cloud & cloud !! Whitish smoke was everywhere. The clouds clashing in the face and the chilled weather giving us goosebumps. We parked the vehicle there and walked down the road. I could hardly see bare a meter away. We went into the tea garden , sat there & enjoyed some drinks , Lays and cashew nuts bought at Madupatty Dam. Don't forget to bring some drinks from the Munnar town while coming to Top station. You won't get anything at top station. Sitting in the tea garden... enjoying drinks.... with clouds clashing in the face.... condensing into water-droplets on your eye-lids.... surrounded by misty mountains. Oh Man.. !! This must be heaven... The peace , tranquility and calmness of the place was just like that sweet cream on the black-forest cake. I felt like staying there for a day. But circumstances didn't allow. If you are going to Top station, plan one day stay at the Top. It'll be a Life time Memory to cheer about. There are plenty of cottages and lodges at the top also. Food may be a probelm. After taking a nap for a while amidst those tea-garden, we retunred back. On the way, we saw localites cutting tea tree leaves. We also cut a few leaves. The moment I approached to the woman cutting leaves, he handed over me the knife immediately. It must be a regular case for them. It was so easy yet so hectic job. Then we came back to the point, where our vehicle was parked. There was a tea shop there. We had a cup of tea sitting in the trecherous tea garden. Even at this much of height, except tea , another yummy thing was available at that shop. What that could be !!?? No doubt... Our savior... Maggie..... :) Then we retuned back.