Human mind and eyes eternally tread on the heels of elegant and inconceivable object rather than humdrum. Munnar, often referred as Kashmir of South India which was once named as high range of Travancore, situated 1600 m above sea level in the Idukki district of Kerala is such a place of fascination where exotic things eventuate. Munnar is South India’s largest tea cultivation and tea estate region and has also acquired second position as best tourism destination in Asia after Tokyo by “Trip Advisor’s Choice Destination Awards’ for its awe-inspiring low mountains and scenic beauty .As the name suggest, there is convergence of 3 rivers (Moon Aar) – Muthirapuzha, Nallathanni and kundala which flows through Munnar.
As the area is widely covered with hill stations, forests and immense waterfalls, the temperature ranges between 50 C and 250C in winter and 150 C to 250 C in summer which gives a pacific ambience and a perfect spot for honeymoon couples and excursion .Though the climate here is serene throughout the year ,the best time to visit Munnar is between the month of June and September and a Boat race festival named as “Payippad” is often celebrated here during these month .One of the alluring attribute of Munnar forest is the “Strobilanthes” which is often called as “Neelakurinji in Malayalam”, a flower which canopies the hills of Munnar once in twelve years .Be ready to spend holidays in Munnar!
Do not miss to visit these places of Munnar
- Eravikulam National Park – situated in Kannan Devan Hills, inland of endangered Nilgiri Thar
- Mattupetty dam – located 30 min away from Munnar
- Anamudi Mountain-highest peak of Western Ghats
- Attukal waterfalls, Lakkam waterfalls, Pallivasal falls, Thoovanam falls, cheeyappara falls
- Devikulam hill station – located 5 km from Munnar
- Top station – located 32 km away from Munnar and echo point
- Kannan devan and TATA tea museum and tea gardens
- Kundala dam located 21km away from Munnar
- Rose garden and blossom hydel park
- Lock heart gap
- Chinnar wildlife sanctuary
- CSI Christ church
- Muniyara Dolmens at marayoor
Apart from these tourist attractions, Munnar is famous spot for spices, coffee, tea, homemade chocolates, aromatic oils, handmade greetings, and Natural dyeing units like Aranya Naturals. Trekking, boating, Mountain riding, rock-climbing and rappelling, elephant safari are the other adventures activities at Munnar. And on the other side Ayurvedic spas and yoga centers to rejuvenate the soul. Punarjani traditional village is also another inevitable place to visit in Munnar. Kerala’s traditional martial art “Kalaripayattu” (show time : 6 pm to 7pm) and Indian classical dance drama “Kathakali” (5pm to 6pm) are the two theaters played at Punarjani village.
How to reach Munnar?
Munnar is about 108 km away from Aluva railway station and 109km from Angamali railway station, 108 km from Cochin international airport.
Where to stay?
You can opt for homestays, 3 star 4 star or deluxe resorts, hotels of all budget. Club Mahindra, Tea castle resort, Munnar dream home stay, fort Munnar, hotel hill view, misty valley resorts are few suggested hotels/resorts.