Munnar on wheels

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13th Jul 2017

Munnar valley

Photo of Munnar on wheels by Pratyush Rai
Day 1

Having visited Munnar twice, once from Kochi (Feb'14) with office batchmates and another time from B'luru (July'17) with school mates .. I hereby lay out my itinerary which helped in best experience of Munnar, if you cover most of the places mentioned below.

Night #0 (for Bangaloreans):
Start early on a Thursday night, to reach by Friday noon. As we were starting from Bangalore, via Salem and Dharmapuri to Munnar, we had to start early for this 10-12hr journey of 350kms.

If it was to be from Kochi - the 120 km distance can be covered in 5hrs on Day-1, if you started early in morning. And the below Bangalore itinerary would reverse on Day basis.

The low budget trip was through low rental stay and a good hatchback fitting the budget.

Day #1 :
On the way to Marayoor, 40-50kms prior to Munnar (should be covered between 9am-12pm, choice is yours 3:D) any of the below can be covered.
1.a (Chinnar Wildlife Sanctuary)
1.b Domlen sites of Marayoor
1.c Marayoor Sandalwood Forrests

If the above couldnt be seen, try to cover the below spots

Within 20kms of Munnar on the route from Bangalore: (Should be reached by 1pm, as 2.a/2.b spots close their bus rides by 3-4pm)
2.a Anamudi Peak (Need to take bus tickets separately) -
2.b Eravikulam National Park (Need to take bus tickets separately while covering 2.a)
2.c Lakkam Waterfalls. (~can be covered during return to Bangalore as well)
~~ Munnar, Hotel Night stay.

Look out for spa therapy nearby (on avg, 2k INR), and local dine outs.

Day 2

Day #2:
Plan is to cover South East of Munnar (Total distance to travel in the day 80-100kms)
On the way, first spots are :
1. Devikulam, Tea Gardens, botanical gardens
2. Lockhart Tea plantation and cave (if you can get a local guide, you may spot it)
3. Swiftlet Cave (Check in Thrilophilia)
4. Top Station (33kms far from Devikulam) .. if possible, see for camping out here at night
5. Pampadam Shola national Park (further far from Top station)
6. Echo Point / Mattupetty Dam (is on the way to Top station, but can be covered after returning from 5. & 6. towards Munnar town. Distance between 4. & 6. ~18kms)

~~ Munnar, Hotel Night stay.

Photo of Pampadam National Park Road, Vattavada, Tamil Nadu, India by Pratyush Rai
Day 3

Day #3: (optional / return)
Bison View point is in West of Munnar, if you travel towards Kochi. Distance to Kochi ~120kms.
However, the view point will remain little similar to other view points as you covered scenic spots in Day1/Day2.

Day 2
Photo of Pampadum Shola National Park, Vattavada, Kerala, India by Pratyush Rai
Photo of Top Station View Point, View Point Path, Munnar, Tamil Nadu, India by Pratyush Rai
Photo of Devikulam, Kerala, India by Pratyush Rai
Photo of Top Station View Point, View Point Path, Munnar, Tamil Nadu, India by Pratyush Rai
Photo of Mattupetty Dam, Munnar - Top Station Highway, Mattupetty, Kerala, India by Pratyush Rai
Photo of Mattupetty Dam, Munnar - Top Station Highway, Mattupetty, Kerala, India by Pratyush Rai
Day 1
Photo of Munnar on wheels by Pratyush Rai
Photo of Marayoor, Kerala, India by Pratyush Rai
Photo of Marayoor, Kerala, India by Pratyush Rai
Photo of Munnar on wheels by Pratyush Rai
Photo of Munnar on wheels by Pratyush Rai
Photo of Munnar on wheels by Pratyush Rai
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