We ( Me and my husband) visited Kerala in the month of October this year during our Diwali holidays. Kerala was on our bucket list since long and finally made the plan to visit the "God's Own Country". Kerala has everything that one can ask for from a holiday destination. It has from beautiful hills, spice plantations, tea plantations, serene beaches to calm backwaters. We covered Munnar, Alleppey, and Kochi in this trip. So I am dividing this post into two parts. Part one will be about reaching Munnar and all about our Munnar experience and part two will be about Alleppey and Kochi.
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Here is a video of our Kerala 5 Days Trip:
Planning The Trip
Planning a trip is tiring and at the same time exciting task. We mostly prefer planning trips on our own and not going for a package tour. For doing research like places to visit, things to do, what and where to eat, websites like the Trip advisor and Travel blogs come to my rescue. We booked Zoom Car for our commute within Kerala and hotel booking was done through websites like MakeMyTrip, Oyo and Booking.com.
After reaching Kochi in the evening we collected our Zoom Car and left early morning for Munnar.
The whole road journey to Munnar is full of breathtaking views and scenic spots. Don't forget to take a halt and click selfies at Cheyappara Waterfall and Valara Falls which will be approx 50 Kms before Munnar. It took us aprox 4.5 hours to reach Munnar from Kochi.
After reaching we checked into our hotel. We booked one night at Moselberg Riverside Cottages. The property is around 18 kms from the Munnar market. The property is beautiful with a river flowing at the backside of the cottage but I won't recommend staying here because of many reasons. Firstly, we requested but didn't get the desired room and the owner is very rigid and non-coopertive. Secondly, if you plan to stay near the city center then this is definitely not the place for you because it is an isolated area. Thirdly, for the tariff paid I think one can get better properties in Munnar.
We started the sightseeing by visiting the Tea Gardens and these gardens are so beautiful and mesmerizing that its difficult to stop taking pictures because every other point looks better than the previous one. We went to the Tea Museum where the entry fee is approx Rs.125. They show a documentary on Munnar and the history of the Tea estate. After this, in the demo area, they explain how the tea is processed in the factory to get the different varieties like Green , Black and CTC Tea. You can shop varieties of Tea sold here.
After the Tea Museum we proceeded for Top Station. Top Station is approx 40 Kms from Munnar and is the highest point in Munnar. The view of the mountains and clouds is simply stunning from Top station. Top Station is in Tamil Nadu and not Kerala. As we started going up in the high range hills, the difference in temperature is evident with the cool breeze and fog. Since, we decided to visit Top station on day one so we skipped the other points that were on the way to Top Station. The road to Top Station is in a very bad condition.
We started our day early and after breakfast went for a short cycling trip. The cycles were provided by the hotel only. After that we checked out and checked in to another hotel Munnar Queen. We were pleased and impressed with this property in every aspect. After check-in we left to cover the other points. We left for Pothamedu View point which is a small view point but beautiful. The road to this view point is also in a bad condition. I really don't know why the tourism department don't pay attention to this.
Then we headed towards Mattupatty Dam which is a very huge and scenic lake with boating facility. Next stop was echo point, where there were lots of shops and you can find some food vendors selling tea, maggi, corn, etc. Nothing special here so we headed for Kundala Lake. The lake is very serene and alluring.
From here we returned back to Munnar city center and visited Hydel Park. The park is big and maintained but nothing extraordinary about this park. If you have kids, they will enjoy playing the park and you can rest for a while or skip it.
We tried to visit Attukal Waterfall but again the roads were in such a pathetic condition that we decided to take a U-turn and came back to the hotel.
We didn't go to Ernakulam National Park because after reading not so good reviews about the places we didn't find it worth spending three to four hours. We also didn't go to Periyar after getting not so good feedback about the Periyar National Park. So, we headed to Alleppey on Day 3 for the backwater experience The backwater experience and all about Allepey and Kochi will be covered in the next blog post. Munnar, surely made a special place in our heart.
Share your Experience:
Are you planning a Trip too? Or how was your experience of Munnar Kerala, tell me about it. If you have any questions or feedback please share it with me in the comment box. I will be happy to answer them:)
This blog was originally published on Savory Tales.
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