With its sprawling tea plantations, picture perfect valleys and endless greens, Munnar is the true symbol of a bygone era. Perched at the confluence of three mountain rivers Mudrapuzha, Nallathanni and Kundala, it is also home to the highest peak in South India, Anamudi, which towers at 2695m above sea level. The minute you set foot in Munnar you will be serenaded by swatches of thick green forest and imposing mountains. So exquisite is Munnar’s beauty that you will forget all your worries and just enjoy the stunning views.
Places to visit:
Attukal Waterfalls : Thanks to its scenic vistas and panoramic views, each location in Munnar is postcard perfect. Visit the Attukal Waterfalls for its breathtaking falls and gorgeous hills looming in the distance. The long and meandering road up to the falls will reveal Munnar’s stunning beauty on the way. The falls act as the perfect backdrop for a family picnic or a romantic walk for two along its borders.
Devikulam : If adventurous hikes and treks are more your style, Devikulam offers plenty of trails for beginners as well as seasoned trekkers. The soothing breeze and panoramic vistas make for an unforgettable experience. Devikulam is also a popular tourist spot thanks to its imposing mountains, beautiful valleys and crystal blue skies.
Eravikulam National Park : Home to the elusive NilgiriTahr, Eravikulam National Park is an animal lover’s paradise. Housing a wide range of birds and animals, the flora and fauna of the park is a sight to behold. The highest peak of South India, Anamudi peak is located in the southern region of this park.
Mattupetty Dam : For those looking to add a little bit of a Switzerland touch to their holiday, look no further than Mattupetty Dam and the Indo-Swiss farm. The Indo-Swiss farm houses a horde of high yielding cattle which is open to visitors. For a small entrance fee, you can visit this highly specialized farm and enjoy the sights of the Mattupetty Dam as well.
Elephant Arrival Spot : Take a ride atop the most majestic creature, the elephant. Ideal for children and adults alike, this rare opportunity will allow you to enjoy simple delights. Since the elephants are well trained and managed by trainers, your elephant ride will probably be the most enjoyable ride on your trip.
Weather in Munnar
Due to its location in God’s Own Country, Munnar is blessed with pleasant weather throughout the year.
- Winters in Munnar are ideal for travelers as the cool winds act as the perfect backdrop to your vacation. However, evenings can get quite chilly so be sure to carry your woolens.
- Summer in Munnar is characterized by warm temperatures and sunny days. This is a great time for families who wish to enjoy the sights of Munnar.
- However, the hill station comes alive during the months of June to September. Covered in lush green foliage, Munnar is truly a travelers dream.
Where to Stay:
Being a popular tourist destination, Munnar is filled with several hotels that suit all budgets. The Blue Haze Resort and Spa is located right in the centre of the hill station and offers some delightful views. Suitable for budget holidays, The Blue Haze Resort and Spa offers an excellent spa that will rejuvenate your senses.
Where to Shop
As Munnar is primarily a tea plantation estate, you cannot leave without sampling a variety of teas. Be sure to take your favourite blends back home for a memorable souvenir. You can purchase these teas at any estate as most estates have a gift shop for tourists. Stock up on exotic spices such as cardamom, pepper, cinnamon and nutmeg as Kerala spices will add a fresh zing to your meals.
Feast your tastebuds on some authentic South Indian dosas, idlis and appams. Since Munnar is known for its spices, be sure to visit SarvarnaBhavan, for a delectable spread of South Indian delicacies
How to Reach
By Air : While Munnar does not have its own airport, the nearest airport is Cochin International Airport. You can hire a taxi to Munnar from Cochin which is 110 kilometers away.
By Train : Munnar is well connected by railway. Aluva is the nearest station to Munnar. Travelers can hire a taxi to Munnar which is at a distance of 110 kilometers.
By Road : Travelers coming into Munnar from Tamil Nadu and Kerala, will find plenty of private and state run buses to and from Munnar
Festivals in Munnar
Munnar has been popularized by the blue Neelakurinjini blooms which bloom once every 12 years. When these flowers are in full bloom, the entire hill station is enveloped in a striking shade of blue. This once in a lifetime experience is not to be missed. The Neelakurinjini and is scheduled to bloom in 2018. Earlybirds can begin planning their trips to Munnar!