MUST VISIT PLACES IN MUNNAR

MUNNAR

Munnar, as the name suggests, is a tranquil town at the confluence of three streams Mudrapuzha, Nallathanni and Kundala. Sitting high in glory at 1600 meters above the sea level, and often referred to as the “Kashmir of Kerala”, this immaculately beautiful hill station is located in the Idukki district of Kerala. Though it was first discovered by the Scottish planters, Munnar rose into spotlight with the British rulers who made it their summer resort in south India. Rolling hills, green carpets of tea plantations, picture perfect towns, winding roads with views that amaze and the many resorts and recreational facilities welcome the tourists who visit the place, making Munnar a popular tourist destination.

The captivating splendor of the peaks, forests, and grasslands of Nilgiris, which literally means ‘the blue mountains’, is accentuated by the exotic flora found here - the Neelakurinji. This purple-blue blossoms bloom once in 12 years, painting the land in a magical shade of blue. Neelakurinji, in its turn, is now set to bloom in the year 2018.

Munnar is also a trekker’s delight, sporting a number of stimulating trekking trails including one that leads you to Anamudi, the highest peak in South India that towers 2,695 meters above the sea level.  

Kerala Munnar Packages

PLACES TO SEE IN MUNNAR:

Mattupetty Dam 

1700 meters above the sea level, Mattupetty dam is a concrete gravity dam nestled between the scenic mountains, 13 kilometers from the hill station of Munnar. A tranquil getaway from the hustle bustle of the towns, tourists may also have a chance to spot the herds of elephants that frequent the waters of the reservoir.

Mattupetty Diary Farm

Another attraction of the area is the Indo-Swiss farm of Mattupetty - a highly specialized dairy farm coming under the Indo-Swiss livestock project. Here the experts focus on developing high yielding breeds of cattle that are adapted to the local environment.

Kundala Lake

About 20 kilometers from Munnar is the Kundala Lake, another minor reservoir adjoining a beautiful arch dam. The scenic lake, which in fact is the artificial reservoir, also offers some boating facilities to the tourists who visit the place.

Top Station

The top most railway station in the Kundala Valley Railway route, popularly known as the top station, is special for more reasons than just one. The stunning view of the Western Ghats, the awe inspiring valley of Theni, and the seasonal blue carpet of Neelakurinji, the tiny blue seasonal blossoms that paint the valley in enticing blue, are just a few of those. The Top station is at about 40 kilometers from Munnar and is cool at an altitude of 1880 meters above the sea level.

Echo Point

Listen to your voice reverberating from the beautiful hillocks at the Echo point, a fascinating picnic spot which is about 15 kilometers away from Munnar. The experience of this natural phenomenon, the feeling of nature talking back to you about a minute after you do, is something that you wouldn’t want to miss.

Eravikulam National Park (Rajamalai)

Drive for about 15 kilometers from Munnar, and you will reach the Eravikulam National Park – the famous abode of the endangered Nilgiri Tahr. The park that is spread over an area of 90 square kilometers is also home to a plethora of rare butterflies, animals and birds. The misty hills, the trekking trails, the magnificent tea plantations and a dense expanse of Neelakurinji, the beautiful blossoms in blue, all makes Eravikulam a preferred destination at Munnar.  

Anamudi Peak

The highest peak of south India, Anamudi, stands tall at 2700 meters within the thick greens of Eravikulam. Tourists can trek to the hilltop here after obtaining the necessary consent from the forest and wildlife authorities at Eravikulam.

Pallivasal

The first ever hydro-electric project in Kerala, Pallivasal, is located at about three kilometers from Munnar. The sheer beauty of the place, along with the historical importance of the project, attracts tourists to this tiny, idyllic village of Idukki.

Chinnakkanal & Anayirangal

An imposing 2000 meter fall of the Power House Waterfalls at Chinnakkal holds such allure that nobody would want to miss it. About seven kilometers from Chinnakkal is the Anayirangal, a lush green spread of the famous tea plantations of Munnar. The splendid reservoir of Anayirangal dam welcomes you from under the canopies of the evergreen forest, offering a soothing break from the stress of today’s fast paced life

Tea Museum

The Munnar tea museum is located at the Nallathanni Estates owned by the Tata tea group. Here, you can get some insight into the legacy of the tea plantations in Munnar. The curios, photographs and machineries that are on display here will tell you stories of the origins and growth of these tea plantations.

Attukad Waterfalls

At just a nine kilometer drive from Munnar is the scenic waterfall of Attukad, a trickling stream of pristine fresh water that grows into its full glory right after the monsoons. Attukad is snuggled between Munnar and Pallivasal and is worth a quick stop over en route to Pallivasal.

Blossom Park

If you enjoy a calming nature walk amongst the pretty blooms and the tranquil hillsides, Blossom Park is the right place for you. Spreading over 16 acres of land, the park also offers a variety of activities including boating, cycling and roller skating. Blossom Park is located just about three kilometers from Munnar.

Chinnar Wildlife Sanctuary

At about 60 kilometers from Munnar is the famous Chinnar Wildlife Sanctuary with its impressive flora and fauna. Apart from the endangered grizzled giant squirrel, Chinnar sanctuary also hosts 34 species of mammals including panthers, spotted deer, elephants and tigers and is a birdwatchers’ paradise with 245 species of birds that have made Chinnar their home. It is situated off the SH 17 highway and falls within the limits of the Marayur and Kanthalloor panchayats of Idukki.

Messappulimala

Meesappulimala, the second highest peak in the Western Ghats, is a favored destination among adventure lovers. The drive to Meesappulimala is no less exciting than the trekking and accommodation atop the hills, thanks to the diverse views of the mountains, valleys, the Pandava caves and the signature Neelakurinji blooms en route to the peak. 

Lakshmi Hills

An ideal trekking destination, Lakshmi hills, has its starting point at about 3 kilometers from Munnar. A 30-40 minutes trek through the bracingly vibrant plantations of coffee, tea and cardamom and the rest of the trek through the charming grasslands is sure to leave you rejuvenated and refreshed. You can also catch a distant view of Anamudi and the spreading expanse of the Idukki reservoir from the Lakshmi hills. With an altitude climb of about 500 meters, this 2 hour trek is sure to be filled with the sights, sounds and scents of the abundant flora and fauna of Munnar.

Vattavada

Vattavada, a beautiful village near Munnar, is one of the major trekking start points. Treks from here leads you to Kodaikanal, Top station, Mattupetty, Kanthaloor and Meesappulimala. Vattavada is famous for its wide variety of fruits and vegetables. Apples, oranges, strawberries, blackberries, plums, gooseberries, eggfruits, peaches and passion fruits fill the air with their fruity scents, while the vegetable fields, forest patches and the eucalyptus trees energize you with their freshness and charm.

Marayoor Sandalwood Forests

The Marayoor sandalwood forest is located off the Munnar –Udumalppetta route at a distance of 42 kilometers from Munnar. It takes pride in being one of India’s very few natural sandalwood forests. Marayur is also home to a rich heritage that is preserved in the form of Stone Age paintings, rock edicts and dolmens that dates back to 100,000 BC.

Kanthalloor

Expansive tea estates, rolling hills, captivating waterfalls and picture postcard settlements welcome you at Kanthalloor, an unspoiled village in the Kerala – Tamilnadu border. Kanthalloor is located at 180 kilometers from Ernakulam, 60 kilometers from Udumalpettai, 14 kilometers from Marayoor and 57 kilometers from Munnar. At a height of 5000 feet above the sea level, Kanthalloor is blessed with a climate that favors the cultivation of many a tropical crop. Fruits like apples, oranges, strawberries, blackberries, plums, gooseberries, egg fruits, peaches, sugarcane and passion fruits, and vegetables and spices including cauliflower, cabbage, carrot, beans, potato, and garlic - all grow here in abundance.

Kanthalloor, on its part, is a relatively unexplored tourist spot and is virtually a rain shadow village. The dense fog (called koda manju in the vernacular tongue) and the spectacular village views make it an ideal destination for the photography enthusiasts and the nature lovers. In the must-visit list of places around Kanthalloor are Anamudi Shola National Park, View point, Watch towers, Chinnar Wildlife Sanctuary, Pattisseri Dam, Kulachivayal rocks, Keezhanthoor waterfalls and the cave temple of lord Rama.

Kanthalloor is best visited from August to December when one can relish the cottage stay amidst the full-fruited orange and apple farms. Kanthalloor is well connected to Munnar by road via the national highway 47.  

 

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MUNNAR

Munnar, as the name suggests, is a tranquil town at the confluence of three streams Mudrapuzha, Nallathanni and Kundala. Sitting high in glory at 1600 meters above the sea level, and often referred to as the “Kashmir of Kerala”, this immaculately beautiful hill station is located in the Idukki district of Kerala. Though it was first discovered by the Scottish planters, Munnar rose into spotlight with the British rulers who made it their summer resort in south India. Rolling hills, green carpets of tea plantations, picture perfect towns, winding roads with views that amaze and the many resorts and recreational facilities welcome the tourists who visit the place, making Munnar a popular tourist destination.

The captivating splendor of the peaks, forests, and grasslands of Nilgiris, which literally means ‘the blue mountains’, is accentuated by the exotic flora found here - the Neelakurinji. This purple-blue blossoms bloom once in 12 years, painting the land in a magical shade of blue. Neelakurinji, in its turn, is now set to bloom in the year 2018.

Munnar is also a trekker’s delight, sporting a number of stimulating trekking trails including one that leads you to Anamudi, the highest peak in South India that towers 2,695 meters above the sea level.  

Kerala Munnar Packages

PLACES TO SEE IN MUNNAR:

Mattupetty Dam 

1700 meters above the sea level, Mattupetty dam is a concrete gravity dam nestled between the scenic mountains, 13 kilometers from the hill station of Munnar. A tranquil getaway from the hustle bustle of the towns, tourists may also have a chance to spot the herds of elephants that frequent the waters of the reservoir.

Mattupetty Diary Farm

Another attraction of the area is the Indo-Swiss farm of Mattupetty - a highly specialized dairy farm coming under the Indo-Swiss livestock project. Here the experts focus on developing high yielding breeds of cattle that are adapted to the local environment.

Kundala Lake

About 20 kilometers from Munnar is the Kundala Lake, another minor reservoir adjoining a beautiful arch dam. The scenic lake, which in fact is the artificial reservoir, also offers some boating facilities to the tourists who visit the place.

Top Station

The top most railway station in the Kundala Valley Railway route, popularly known as the top station, is special for more reasons than just one. The stunning view of the Western Ghats, the awe inspiring valley of Theni, and the seasonal blue carpet of Neelakurinji, the tiny blue seasonal blossoms that paint the valley in enticing blue, are just a few of those. The Top station is at about 40 kilometers from Munnar and is cool at an altitude of 1880 meters above the sea level.

Echo Point

Listen to your voice reverberating from the beautiful hillocks at the Echo point, a fascinating picnic spot which is about 15 kilometers away from Munnar. The experience of this natural phenomenon, the feeling of nature talking back to you about a minute after you do, is something that you wouldn’t want to miss.

Eravikulam National Park (Rajamalai)

Drive for about 15 kilometers from Munnar, and you will reach the Eravikulam National Park – the famous abode of the endangered Nilgiri Tahr. The park that is spread over an area of 90 square kilometers is also home to a plethora of rare butterflies, animals and birds. The misty hills, the trekking trails, the magnificent tea plantations and a dense expanse of Neelakurinji, the beautiful blossoms in blue, all makes Eravikulam a preferred destination at Munnar.  

Anamudi Peak

The highest peak of south India, Anamudi, stands tall at 2700 meters within the thick greens of Eravikulam. Tourists can trek to the hilltop here after obtaining the necessary consent from the forest and wildlife authorities at Eravikulam.

Pallivasal

The first ever hydro-electric project in Kerala, Pallivasal, is located at about three kilometers from Munnar. The sheer beauty of the place, along with the historical importance of the project, attracts tourists to this tiny, idyllic village of Idukki.

Chinnakkanal & Anayirangal

An imposing 2000 meter fall of the Power House Waterfalls at Chinnakkal holds such allure that nobody would want to miss it. About seven kilometers from Chinnakkal is the Anayirangal, a lush green spread of the famous tea plantations of Munnar. The splendid reservoir of Anayirangal dam welcomes you from under the canopies of the evergreen forest, offering a soothing break from the stress of today’s fast paced life

Tea Museum

The Munnar tea museum is located at the Nallathanni Estates owned by the Tata tea group. Here, you can get some insight into the legacy of the tea plantations in Munnar. The curios, photographs and machineries that are on display here will tell you stories of the origins and growth of these tea plantations.

Attukad Waterfalls

At just a nine kilometer drive from Munnar is the scenic waterfall of Attukad, a trickling stream of pristine fresh water that grows into its full glory right after the monsoons. Attukad is snuggled between Munnar and Pallivasal and is worth a quick stop over en route to Pallivasal.

Blossom Park

If you enjoy a calming nature walk amongst the pretty blooms and the tranquil hillsides, Blossom Park is the right place for you. Spreading over 16 acres of land, the park also offers a variety of activities including boating, cycling and roller skating. Blossom Park is located just about three kilometers from Munnar.

Chinnar Wildlife Sanctuary

At about 60 kilometers from Munnar is the famous Chinnar Wildlife Sanctuary with its impressive flora and fauna. Apart from the endangered grizzled giant squirrel, Chinnar sanctuary also hosts 34 species of mammals including panthers, spotted deer, elephants and tigers and is a birdwatchers’ paradise with 245 species of birds that have made Chinnar their home. It is situated off the SH 17 highway and falls within the limits of the Marayur and Kanthalloor panchayats of Idukki.

Messappulimala

Meesappulimala, the second highest peak in the Western Ghats, is a favored destination among adventure lovers. The drive to Meesappulimala is no less exciting than the trekking and accommodation atop the hills, thanks to the diverse views of the mountains, valleys, the Pandava caves and the signature Neelakurinji blooms en route to the peak. 

Lakshmi Hills

An ideal trekking destination, Lakshmi hills, has its starting point at about 3 kilometers from Munnar. A 30-40 minutes trek through the bracingly vibrant plantations of coffee, tea and cardamom and the rest of the trek through the charming grasslands is sure to leave you rejuvenated and refreshed. You can also catch a distant view of Anamudi and the spreading expanse of the Idukki reservoir from the Lakshmi hills. With an altitude climb of about 500 meters, this 2 hour trek is sure to be filled with the sights, sounds and scents of the abundant flora and fauna of Munnar.

Vattavada

Vattavada, a beautiful village near Munnar, is one of the major trekking start points. Treks from here leads you to Kodaikanal, Top station, Mattupetty, Kanthaloor and Meesappulimala. Vattavada is famous for its wide variety of fruits and vegetables. Apples, oranges, strawberries, blackberries, plums, gooseberries, eggfruits, peaches and passion fruits fill the air with their fruity scents, while the vegetable fields, forest patches and the eucalyptus trees energize you with their freshness and charm.

Marayoor Sandalwood Forests

The Marayoor sandalwood forest is located off the Munnar –Udumalppetta route at a distance of 42 kilometers from Munnar. It takes pride in being one of India’s very few natural sandalwood forests. Marayur is also home to a rich heritage that is preserved in the form of Stone Age paintings, rock edicts and dolmens that dates back to 100,000 BC.

Kanthalloor

Expansive tea estates, rolling hills, captivating waterfalls and picture postcard settlements welcome you at Kanthalloor, an unspoiled village in the Kerala – Tamilnadu border. Kanthalloor is located at 180 kilometers from Ernakulam, 60 kilometers from Udumalpettai, 14 kilometers from Marayoor and 57 kilometers from Munnar. At a height of 5000 feet above the sea level, Kanthalloor is blessed with a climate that favors the cultivation of many a tropical crop. Fruits like apples, oranges, strawberries, blackberries, plums, gooseberries, egg fruits, peaches, sugarcane and passion fruits, and vegetables and spices including cauliflower, cabbage, carrot, beans, potato, and garlic - all grow here in abundance.

Kanthalloor, on its part, is a relatively unexplored tourist spot and is virtually a rain shadow village. The dense fog (called koda manju in the vernacular tongue) and the spectacular village views make it an ideal destination for the photography enthusiasts and the nature lovers. In the must-visit list of places around Kanthalloor are Anamudi Shola National Park, View point, Watch towers, Chinnar Wildlife Sanctuary, Pattisseri Dam, Kulachivayal rocks, Keezhanthoor waterfalls and the cave temple of lord Rama.

Kanthalloor is best visited from August to December when one can relish the cottage stay amidst the full-fruited orange and apple farms. Kanthalloor is well connected to Munnar by road via the national highway 47.  

 

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