Most of us who love to travel know about the charming beauty of Munnar, about the rolling hills, the highest tea estates in the world that it owns. But this also means that it can be busy during the weekends. The weekend crowd that Munnar attracts, especially during summer can easily spoil your holidays and your peace of mind. Being one of the honeymoon capitals of South India, it attracts honeymooners all year round. Hotels can be overpriced, the curvy western ghat roads can be traffic clogged and restaurants can be crowded making it no better than "Bangalore on a Friday evening!" (People who live in Bangalore know what i mean). So weekends can be a tough time in Munnar.
We were in a similar fix while planning our road trip to Munnar. Starting on a Friday of an extended weekend and with 5 days of holidays ahead of us, we wanted to spend the weekend untroubled. The plan was to reach Munnar on a Monday, when finally the crowd will be gone and serenity will return! After almost half a day's research and fiddling with our route on Google Maps, we found a way!
Why Travel to Marayoor
About 40 kilometers before Munnar, is this hidden gem called Marayoor. This quaint little town in the Idukki district of Kerala is situated in the eastern side of the Western Ghats. Marayoor is the land of pristine sandalwood forests, prehistoric megalithic dolmens belonging to the Stone Age. Surrounded by hills on all sides, this place is an untouched beauty that offers some spectacular views, with magical sunsets. It is a 'must' on your next trip to Munnar, especially for those who like to explore the unexplored!
When to travel to Marayoor/Munnar
The best time to visit is all year round. The climate is comfortably pleasant all throughout the year. Here is the month/season wise breakup of the climate so that you can plan your trip accordingly!
Summer:(April-May): Summers in Munnar is refreshing as you get to run away from the heat and stuffy weather of Bangalore. It is mildly cold, so bring along a light jacket for basic protection. Occasional rains are also common during this time.
Monsoon:(June-August): If the idea of monsoons and mountains thrills you, this is the perfect time for you to visit. The frequent heavy showers will give a misty experience in Munnar. Though the road conditions will not be ideal as it will be slippery and muddy, so avoid travelling during the night.
Winter:(September-March): Just after the monsoons, September is the most ideal time to visit. You will get to witness the iconic lush green tea estates and bountiful waterfalls, with the occasional showers. October-November and February-March are comfortably cold. December-January are the coldest months, but if you are up for embracing the chill, this is the time for you!
Important Note: Nilgiri Hills which literally means Blue Mountains got its name from the blue flowers Neelakurinji, which blooms once every 12 years. The next blooming season is August-October 2018. So pack your bags and embark on this iconic journey this year.
How to get there
By Air: Cochin International airport, Kerala is the nearest airport.
By Train: Ernakulam Railway Station, Kerala is the nearest railway station.