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Monday, 17 December 2018

Planning a vacation in Munnar, Kerala

Places to see in Munnar
Vacation in Munnar is a pleasant experience, it is one of the amazing hill stations where we can enjoy the chill climate midst of clouds throughout the year. Munnar is located at the Idukki district of Kerala State in South India. Munnar attracts honeymoon couples and tourists all through the year. Munnar is a perfect place for a vacation during long weekend. Its’ greenery nature, cool refreshing air, marvellous sceneries mesmerize everyone to enjoy their vacation. The word "Munnar" means three rivers flowing together in a place; it’s in the mid of three mountains namely, Mudrapuzha, Nallathanni and Kundala. It was one of the summer resorts for the British Government in South India. Munnar is located 1600 meter above sea level in the range of Western Ghats Mountains. Munnar has been fully covered with sprawling tea plantations, waterfalls, cloudy trekking locations. Munnar is one of the major centers for Tea Plantations in India. Neelakurinji flower is one of the attractions in Munnar which blossoms once in twelve years. Anamudi in Munnar region is the highest peak in South India which is about 2695 meter high from sea level.

Plan a vacation in Munnar:

Best Time to Visit Munnar: Tourist can visit Munnar throughout the year except June – July as there will be heavy rain during this period. Best season to visit Munnar is August through March. The weather is extremely cold during winter, December and January. This is the best time to visit for those who love trekking. Nevertheless, Tourists recognised Munnar as an all season destination for vacation.

Weather: Munnar has pleasant weather all through the year, temperature ranging from 0°C to 10°C in winter and 15°C - 28°C in summer.

Shopping: There are plenty of shops in Munnar to buy natural spices, oils, tea and homemade chocolates. 
Time to visit Munnar

Places to see in Munnar:

  • Tata Tea Museum – Located 2 Km from Munnar Centre on the Nallathany Road – Tourist can see the Tea machineries, tea processing and tea tasting in this museum.
  • Blossom International Park at Munnar – Beautiful garden
  • Marayoor Sandalwood forest
  • Anamudi – One of the highest peaks of South India, great place for adventurous trekking.
  • Rajamalai (Eravikulam National Park) – Good place for Trekking
  • Chinnar Wild Sanctuary – Place to see Elephants from the watch tower
  • Mattupetty – Boating in Mattupetty dam, beautiful place
Tea Estate in Munnar

Places located on the Mattupetty direction:

Photo Point: This is one of the amazing places nearby Munnar surrounded by Tea plantations, best suitable for photo shoot. It is located just 2 KM from Munnar town.

Echo Point: There is a small Lake surrounded by hills in this place. If you make any loud sound from a spot on this lake it will be echoed multiple times from the hills around this lake. Tourists enthused to call their loved ones from this place. It is located about 15 KM from Munnar town.

Kundala Lake: Tourist can hire pedal or row boat to go around this lake, it is surrounded by scenic nature. It will be good to spend 30 – 60 minutes on the boating, will give you memorable experience. This place located around 20 KM from Munnar town.

Top Station: This is on the Kerala and Tamilnadu border, where we can feel the clouds around us, a chilling experience. It has amazing view on the Western Ghats. It is located about 35 KM from Munnar town, car, jeep can be hired to visit this place.

Mattupetty Dam: It is located about 10 KM from Munnar town, best place to visit with children. This is one of the popular outing spot in Munnar where we can go for boating, horse riding. It has good scenic view around.

Flower Garden: There are varieties of plants maintained here in Flower Garden. It is one of the beautiful places for photography in Munnar. We can feel the mesmerising aroma when walk around this garden, must see place during Munnar vacation. It is located just 2 KM from Munnar town.

Elephant Safari: Children loves this place, there are about 6 – 8 Elephants available for a ride with an entry fee per person. During season, there will be more crown, good to pre-book for the Elephant safari.

Jungle Honey Bee Nest: In this place, there are multiple honey hives on a single tree. Nobody knows the reason why bees choosing this tree, but looks amazing to see these bee nests.

Temperature in Munnar

Places located on the Kochi (Cochin) direction:

Blossom Park (Hydel Park): This is located just about 1 KM from Munnar town. It is a greenery park with good walk way to go around, tourist can spend 45 – 60 minutes during their visit to Hydel park.

Pothamedu Viewpoint: It is an amazing place, located about 5 KM from Munnar town, it has beautiful view amid of passing clouds. Pothamedu Viewpoint is an excellent place for photographers as it has wonderful scenic view surrounded by Tea and Cardamom plantations. There are many resorts available in Pothamedu, staying here for a vacation gives you a pleasant experience.

Spice Garden: In this place, there are multiple spices plants like cinnamon, ginger, pepper, cardamom etc. It is a good place to visit to know more about these natural species and its health benefits.

Attukal Water Falls: This place is a scenic beauty where tourist can enjoy the falls going through the jungle. It is located about 10 KM from Munnar town.

Best season to visit Munnar

Other Places to visit:

Kolukkumalai: It is located around 7100 feet above sea level, the Tea estate located here is the World’s highest Tea plantation. Tourist can visit this place by hiring a Jeep, it is located around 30 KM from Munnar town and it takes around 60 minutes to reach this place. It has excellent view with clouds passing by, a must visit place in Munnar. There is an old Tea factory functioning in Kolukkumalai where visitors can try different taste of tea and buy them from a sales outlet.

Anamudi Peak: It is home to large number of Asian Elephants, Nilgiri Tahrs, Gaurs, located about 8800 feet from sea level. Anamudi peak also known as Anai Mudi peak is the highest point in India outside Himalayas. It is a greed forest, good place for trekking. The entry point is the Eravikulam National Park, we need to get permission from authorities for trekking.

Eravikulam National Park: This park spread over 97 square kilemeters, has largest number of Nilgiri Thar, which is also known as mountain goat. This park has wonderful view among tea plantation by passing clouds. Eravikulam National Park is one of the must see places during Munnar vacation. This park closed from February to March every year primarily for the breeding program of Nilgiri Thar. It is located about 13 KM from Munnar town.

Chinnar Wildlife Sanctuary: This is located in Kerala adjourning Tamilnadu, a protected location in the Western Ghats. It has diverse ecological system with varieties of plants home for deer, gaur, elephant, crocodile, tiger, and many birds. This is located around 50 KM from Munnar town on the way to Udumalpet.

Tata Tea Museum: This Tea museum owned and maintained by Kanan Devan Hills Plantations (KDHP), located around 2 KM from Munnar town. This is good place to visit and spend 2 – 3 hours to know about Tea processing and history of Tata Tea factory. They show a short video to highlight the history of Munnar and the development of Tea plantation from early years.

Marayoor Sandalwood Forest: There are see naturally grown sandalwood trees in large numbers in this forest. Tourist can enjoy natural caves, remaining footage of Stone Age civilisation, Sandalwood factory owned by Forest Department of Kerala. This is located about 40 KM from Munnar town on the way to Udumalpet.

Must see in Munnar

Language spoken: Malayalam, Tamil, and English widely known language

How to reach Munnar:
  • Air: The nearest airport is Cochin – 110 KM from Munnar – Around 4 Hours journey by road. The Madurai & Coimbatore Airports are at 165 KM, takes 4 hours by road.
  • Rail: The nearest railway station is Ernakulam – 125 KM from Munnar – 4 Hours journey by road. The Aluva Railway station located at 110 KM, takes around 3 hours by Road.
  • Road: 160 KM from Madurai; 280 KM from Thiruvananthapuram; 80 KM from Theni; 100 KM from Thekkaady; 165 KM from Kodaikanal and 160 KM from Coimbatore
How to reach Munnar

Accommodation in Munnar: There are plenty of hotels and resorts available in Munnar in all budgets to meet the needs of wide range of tourists. The price starts as low as Rs 500 per day. It will be good to book the hotel in advance before coming to Munnar as the price will shoot up during peak season.

By having a vacation in Munnar, we can enjoy wonderful views, breathing clear and unpolluted air, relaxing environment in amazing location amid nature. It will be a memorable experience for years to come.