Located in the Idukki region, Munnar is a hill station in the Western Ghats mountain range of Kerala. This town is like a multicoloured canvas of green tea plantations, bubbling blue streams on the slopes, and rolling hill paths. Munnar offers views of stunning low mountains with a covering of breathtaking fog that makes the entire place look dreamy. There are a host of fun activities to embrace in the stunning beauty of the Indian Peninsula's largest tea-producing region. Munnar is the most unforgettable destination for a quiet and relaxing vacation on the hills. There are many attractions and places to visit in and around Munnar to make your trip most memorable.
Travolook brings you some of the best places to visit in this beautiful hill town.
Chokramudi stands at 2,100 meters above sea level and is one of the highest mountain peaks in Munnar. This hill offers a short and comfortable hike It attracts a lot of trekkers The starting point for the hike is specified by a cross near Lockhart Tea Estate on Munnar Bison Valley Road, an hour's drive from Munnar. The hike from here takes 3-5 hours and covers a distance of over 10km. Starting the trek early will be better so that you can wind up by evening. The period between December to February is the ideal time for trekking as the cool breeze and misty climate will make the experience pleasant and worthwhile.
Eravikulam is the first National Park in Kerala and also one of the most popular tourist destinations in Kerala. It is the abode of the goat-like animal Nilgiri Tahr which is a native animal of the Western Ghats and also an endangered species. Besides Nilgiri Tahr, other animals found that can be seen here are Gaur, Sloth Bear, Nilgiri Langur, Tiger, Leopard, Giant Squirrel and wild dog. Around 140 species of birds are found here out of which at least 0species are unique to this belt. Previously it was a hunter preserve of the British Planters. The majority of the park is layered with sweeping green pastures, along with quite a few patches of Shola forests also present in the upper part of the valley. Another attraction of this park, located on the summit of Anamdi, 2,700 meters high, is the spectacular Neelakurinji flower, which blooms only once every 12 years. The view of the valley from here is unmatched in beauty.
Kunadalalake is on the wish list of every tourist who plans a vacation in Munnar. The lake takes shape aided by a small artificial dam by the name of Kundala. Approximately 20 km from the city centre, this lake offers unparalleled sight of the cherry blossoms and a sparkling backdrop of lush slopes. There is even a likelihood of you coming across the rare Nira Krungji flower blanket. Here you can also go boating as it is safe as well as exciting due to very serene surroundings. Sometimes even a bunch of wild elephants can be seen strolling on the banks of the Lake that will take you by surprise. The traditional rowing boat, modern pedal boat, and even Kashmiri Shikharas are available which take you around the lake for an incredibly beautiful experience.
This clear, sparkling waterfall is about 40km away from Munnar and emerges from the Eravikulam River. With a height of over 50 feet, Lakkom is located in a forest surrounded with dense greenery and is a tributary to Pambar River which merges in the River Cauvery. The breathtaking white silk exterior of the waterfall that cascades down the hillside makes for an extremely picturesque sight. Next to this waterfall is a small shop serving delicious food from the Malabar Kitchen.
This place is popularly known as Lock Heart Top because of the gap naturally formed between the two neighbouring mountains in the shape of the locked heart. The presence of clouds in this valley is magnetic together with the aloofness and faint aroma of the tea that lingers in the valley. This place is appropriate for adventure for tourism and trekking and offers some captivating sights of valleys and plant estates.
Near the summit of Mt. Anamdi, about 13 km from Munnar, is this dam having a pretty looking deep green lake in the middle. The lake is perfect for speed boating, and you will enjoy this thoroughly. Whether it is the tranquil waters or the lush green surroundings, the entire scenario of Mattupetty Dam is unforgettable.
This is the highest point in Munnar and also happens to have the highest railway station because of which the place got its moniker as Top Station. It is famous as one of the prettiest spots in Munnar as the region is carpeted with an array of colourful wildflowers for as far as the sight goes. The beauty of the place doubles when the season of the stunning blue-coloured Neelakurinji flowers arrives. Besides the expansiveness of the station you can also visit the Kurinjimala Sanctuary which is in close proximity.
Famous for its ecotourism, this sanctuary is adjacent to Eravikulam National Park. It is one of 18 wildlife sanctuaries among the protected areas of Kerala. A piece of heaven for wildlife enthusiasts, this place is the abode of the endangered Great Grizzled Squirrel of India which is less than 200 in number. You should also visit the Sandalwood forest which is close to the area. Herds of gaur and elephants keep sauntering in this place. The sanctuary's richness is enhanced by dry deciduous forests, mountainous peaks, and a few grasslands. Animals like Hanuman Monkeys, Spotted Deer, Tigers, Slender Loris, and so many others make the trip to Chinnar worthwhile.
At a height of 1,000 meters above sea level is this exotic garden, houses some of the most spectacular flowers that you may have ever seen together and the enchanting fragrance in the fresh air ever felt. Flooded with the most attractive blossoms like Dahlias, Rose, and Chrysanthemums, this garden covers a ground of complete 2-acre of land. The detailed silhouettes and beautiful slants and inclines add to the charm of the place.
Falling from a height of 1600 meters, Nyayamakad happens to be the largest waterfall in Munnar. It’s refreshing to spend time in the frothy pool that forms at the base and it is special not only for the appealing beauty but also because while travelling en route you get to see the local women picking tea leaves.
In Munnar, you will get to enjoy foggy hills, waterfalls, beautiful green pastures, tea farms, a variety of flora and animals, and unique landscapes as you take in the beauty of nature.