Munnar: A Magical Experience

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Lake Periyar

Photo of Munnar: A Magical Experience by Proma Bhattacharya

Munnar is a well-known hill stations in South India with abundance of tea gardens and wildlife. Do not expect the grandeur of the Himalayas, but in its own way Munnar will surely win you over.

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our cottage at the resort
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The easiest way to access Munnar is via Kochi, it is about 130-140 kms from there. You can also reach Munnar through Coimbatore or Madurai; both are roughly 6 hrs from this hill station.

A beautiful hill station, Munnar is mostly famous for it stretches of tea gardens and acres of orange and coffee plantations. The lush green rolling hills among the misty clouds is bound to transport you into a realm of sheer magical bliss.

Accommodation

Munnar has no shortage of accommodations and you can find a lot resorts suiting you budget. We stayed at Bird Valley Resort, which is around 20 kms away from the city. The location is simply fabulous, perfect for any nature lover. The first thing we experienced was the pollution free fresh air. Greenery and lots of greenery greeted us everywhere with glimpses of some rare species of birds and butterflies. The hotel has different kind of cottages, each comes with a terrace. The price of the cottages varies roughly between 4500 and 6000. Breakfast is complimentary and the service excellent.

Photo of Munnar, Kerala, India by Proma Bhattacharya

our cottage at the resort

Photo of Munnar: A Magical Experience by Proma Bhattacharya
Photo of Munnar: A Magical Experience by Proma Bhattacharya

What to See?

In Munnar, sightseeing is limited to tea, coffee and orange plantations but when the sun rays break through the mists and spread a golden hue amidst the breath-taking greenery, you will feel that heaven is right here.

Photo of Munnar: A Magical Experience by Proma Bhattacharya
Photo of Munnar: A Magical Experience by Proma Bhattacharya

Tea Gardens in abundance

Photo of Munnar: A Magical Experience by Proma Bhattacharya

Echo point is a fun place where you can scream your lungs out .

Do not miss the Anaimudi peak, whether you are an animal lover or not. The diverse range of flora and fauna and wild life is bound to leave you spellbound.

There are also night safaris options available for the adventure seekers.

We also went for boating to lake Periyar, which is another must visit location. The clear waters, the undulating hills and greenery left us spellbound.

Photo of Munnar: A Magical Experience by Proma Bhattacharya
Photo of Munnar: A Magical Experience by Proma Bhattacharya

The beautiful lake Periyar

Photo of Munnar: A Magical Experience by Proma Bhattacharya

If you are looking for a bit of culture, you can go watch Kalaripayattu or Kathakali performances which are held almost every day in the city.

If you are a tea lover, dont't forget to visit the tea museum. I dont remember the entry fee, but it was reasonable. Inside you can checkout the history of tea gardening and also the process of turning processing the tea leaves.

An old poster at the museum

Photo of Periyar Lake, Idukki, Kerala, India by Proma Bhattacharya

Tea Processing

Photo of Periyar Lake, Idukki, Kerala, India by Proma Bhattacharya

Tea Museum

Photo of Periyar Lake, Idukki, Kerala, India by Proma Bhattacharya

Before leaving the city, we decided to pamper ourselves. After all we were in the birthplace of Ayurveda. There are a number of Auyurvedic centers across Munnar offering various kinds of treatments. We went for Shirodhara and it was a divine experience. It cost us around 2000/2500 bucks each and was totally worth it.

Munnar is perfect for nature lovers looking for tranquillity and peace

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