Munnar is a hill station and one of the most beautiful places in Kerala to be visited. If you have plans to visit Munnar stay at least for 2 days, you can enjoy Waterfalls, rolling hill and more than a dozen of places near Munnar. Most of the hotels provide no AC rooms in Munnar because nature herself gives yu coolest atmosphere. So if your trip is in summer (March – May) and requires A/C Accommodation it is better to inform your travel agent in advance. Driving in hill stations requires some special skills so never hire a taxi from Airport or Railway stations to Munnar as they will not be experienced in hill station driving. If your travel itinerary is short and first tourist place in Kerala is Munnar then it is better to move straight to Munnar.
Try to reach Munnar as early as possible. The following trip plan may help you in enjoy maximum places in and around Munnar.
Mattupetty is at a distance of 13km from Munnar. First, you can head to Mattupetty dam site. Entertainment facilities like boating, horse riding, elephant riding are all available there. You can spend around 2 hrs. The dam site also gives you wonderful photo spots as well. There are professional and local photographers who give your photos taken in cheap rate. Boating in the lake gives you chance to enjoy the green expanse of nature and its serenity. And sometimes you can see wild elephants also on the lake side.
From Mattupetty you can go to the Echo point. Echo point got its name from the phenomenon of echo which you can get if you make any loud sound from the bank which will be returned from the hills. It is at a distance of 15KM from Munnar and is a popular tourist spot. You can buy the fresh carrot, raw mango slices etc.
The hill surrounded lake is sure to provide a peaceful time. Away from the rushes of the city life, you can feel the calm ambience nature. Lake providing the beautiful view of the hilly landscape is one good place to do a boating with all your companions. The lake situated between Munnar and Mattupetty is one awesome experience to have in Munnar.
Top Station is the highest point in Munnar which is easily accessible to the tourists. The viewpoint here offers the best of the scenic beauty of the Western Ghats. The fog covered view of the surrounding hills is a visual treat to every peaceful soul. Top Station located at a distance of 41km from Munnar, is a place no one wants to miss in their visit to Munnar.
Pothamedu view point
Pothanmedu is a photographic viewpoint where you get to walk through the plantations to reach the top. The view here is so energising that we could blend our soul to the fresh fragrance of the tea plantation. The viewpoint is just 3km away from Munnar on NH47 and is sure to impress any truckers with the calm and serene ambience of the Western Ghats.
Blossom Hydel Park
Blossom Hydel Park is one the main attraction in Munnar and its the best place to spend your evening when you are at Munnar. The park contains a wide variety of plants which gives us a wonderful experience. Munnar is well known for its biodiversity and the cool climate makes every flowering plant bloom well. There are a variety of Roses, Dahlias and many other high altitude plants which take your mind.
Even though the misty Munnar takes out the lazy man of you who wishes to sleep with a warm blanket you must wake up early and start your day early in the morning. Being at Munnar more than the coffee you can have a bed tea to start your day warm and fresh. You can head directly to Eravikulam National Park. Reaching there early ensures you in getting a ticket also earlier.
Rajamala (Eravikulam National Park)
The place is situated at a distance of 15 km’s from Munnar at a height of 2695 m above sea level. Half of the world population of the rare mountain goat, Nilgiri Tahr (hermitrages hylocres) which is becoming extinct, is now found here. The species is now reduced to small herds found only in the Rajamal-Eravikulam region and is approximately 1000 in number.
Eravikulam National Park which runs into a length of 97 sq.km is situated in the Devikulam Taluk and is home to the Nilgiri Tahr.The park is divided into three regions – the core area, the buffer area and the tourism area. Visitors are allowed only to the tourism area which is in the Rajamala region. The Nilgiri Tahr can be observed at close quarters here.This is also a place for adventure tourism and it provides the tourists with facilities for trekking.Twenty-six species of mammals have been recorded in the park. Most of the area are consistent hill plateaus. The park is open to the tourists from 7.30 am to 4.00 pm and will be provided with minibuses to travel deep into the forests. To protect the park from pollution, private vehicles are not permitted.
India’s highest peak of Western Ghats and South India and the second highest in the whole nation, Anamudi is just 50 km’s away from Munnar. The height of the peak is 2695 m (8842 ft) and is the highest point of Periyar River basin. ‘Elephant’s Peak’,t he translation of the name Anamudi suggests the shape of the mountain which resembles the forehead of an elephant. It is located in the south of Eravikulam National Park. The north and south steeps of Anamudi are very gentle, but the east and west slopes have sharp inclinations with difficult rocks. Anamudi and Eravikulam National Park together forms the habitat of various species of animals like Bengal Tiger, Asian Elephant, Gaur and a unique kind of frog.
Tata Tea Museum
The Tata Tea Museum in the Nallathanni Estate tells the eventful story of Munnar; its transformation from an uninhabited stretch of forest land to a plantation town. The highlights of the museum include old machinery used for tea processing, photographs and some other curious displays that throw light on the efforts of some adventurous planters who dared to conquer the wild with minimal equipment and little resource. The museum is open from 10.00 a.m. to 5.00 p.m. on all days. Travellers are advised to contact the museum authorities prior to the visit.
Apart from this there are options to Visit the Kulukumalai Tea Factory (the highest tea plantation and factory in the world producing orthodox tea) – Kulukumalai – The highest Orthodox tea factory in Munnar other activities include Meeshapulimalai trek and Letchmi EstateTrek
In fact, two days is just for the normal sightseeing tour of Munnar, you would require more than 2 days to celebrating Munnar!