This is the kind of place that will look good on any camera, no matter which angle you take your picture from. Emerald green hills, with mist looming over them like wandering ghosts, Munnar makes for a vacation that will be etched in your memory for years. Munnar happens to be South India's largest tea growing region, hence a walk through its aromatic tea gardens cannot be missed. For more insight into the tea industry, the Tea Museum can make for an interesting visit. Sadly the meddling of the plantation industry with the flora and fauna, causes many species to lose their habitats and become endangered, some being the Nilgiri Thar, the Nilgiri wood-pigeon, the Grizzled Giant Squirrel, the gaur, the sambar, and the Neelakurinji flower, which blossoms only once in 12 years. Consequently, Munnar is home to many national parks, such as the renowned Eravikulam National Park, Chinnar Wildlife Sanctuary, Kurinjimala Sanctuary, Amaravati Reserve Forest, Anamudi Shola National Park and the Pampadum Shola National Park, a visit to which is highly educational and peaceful. More quiet and scenic spots include Devikulam Lake and Attukal waterfalls. Munnar also caters to restless spirits, who can enjoy adventure sports such as paragliding, rock climbing, rappelling and even cycling. Some famous places to eat are Rapsy restaurant, Saravana Bhavan and Eastend, all known for their delicious non-vegetarian and vegetarian dishes. Munnar is easiest to access by road through state run or private buses, compared to flights since the nearest airport is in another city, Cochin. The nearest train station is in Aluva, although cabs and buses are easily available from both the places to reach Munnar.
Best Time To Visit
Best time to visit Munnar is from November to February
How To Reach
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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
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.
Situated in the Idukki District, the Anamudi Shola National Park, along with Mathikettan Shola National Park, Eravikulam National Park, Pambadum Shola National Park, Chinnar Wildlife Sanctuary and the Kurinjimala Sanctuary, forms the massive Anamalai sub-cluster of Western Ghats. The Anamudi Shola National Park is home to an array of endangered flora and fauna, such as the Indian Elephant, Nilgiri Tahr, Indian Bison and Flying Squirrel. The three forests, Idivara Shola Reserve, Pullardi Shola Reserve and Mannavan Shola Reserve, are an indispensable part of the eco-system that sustains life in the southern region of the Western Ghats.
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.
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, we left around 11am 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. Lunch was an absolute delight too- Kerala parathas, appams and stew, YUM!
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)