Famous For: Munnar is famous for its lush green hills and tea plantations. It is also home to several protected areas which house some of the most rare and endangered species of flora and fauna. Here are some interesting places of Munnar to visit –Photo Point, Echo Point, Top Station, Atukkad Waterfalls, Tata Tea Museum (KDHP Museum), Eravikulam National Park, Pothamedu View Point, Wonder Valley Adventure and Amusement Park, Marayoor, Chinnar Wildlife Sanctuary, Kundala Dam & Lake, Elephant Arrival Spot, Lock Heart Gap, Chokramudi Peak, Chinnakanal Waterfalls, Chokramudi Peak, Rose Garden, Rock Climbing and Rappelling, Mattupetty Dam, Blossom Park, Indo Swiss Dairy Farm, Lakkom Water Falls, High Range Club, Mattupetti Indo-Swiss Farm, Floriculture Centre, Chithirapuram, Anamudi Peak, Salim Ali Bird Sanctuary, Valara Falls, Cheeyappara Waterfalls, Tree Houses in Munnar, Spa & Massages in Munnar, Sevenmallay Tea Estate etc.Major Attractions: Top Station, Photo Point, Pothamedu View Point, Atukkad Waterfalls, Tata Tea or KDHP Museum, Eravikulam National Park, Kundala Dam & Lake, Chinnar Wildlife Sanctuary, Marayoor.Ideal Visit Time: September to March is the best & ideal time to visit Munnar because of pleasant weather. Summers (April – June) are a little warm but still pleasant. Monsoon season (July and August) experiences heavy rainfall which could hamper your travel plans and hence this period should be avoided.
Munnar is a town in the Western Ghats mountain range in India’s Kerala state. A hill station and former resort for the British Raj elite, it’s surrounded by rolling hills dotted with tea plantations established in the late 19th century. Munnar is bookmarked by all travellers as a favorite holiday destination to visit. Due to many popular attractions and tourism sightseeing places in Munnar, this place is always on top of tourist choice to visit in Kerala. Perched at an elevation of 1600 m above the sea level, Munnar holds the secret of producing India’s best tea and spices. Enchanting hills of Munnar holds the spellbinding effect of a lush and peaceful environment around. This must visit place Munnar was once the tiny retreat of the English people who ruled in South India. And also this hill station has a legacy of its own when it comes to the origin of tea.
Now, let’s talk about some interesting places of Munnar below –
Top Station is historically known as a transhipment point for the delivery of tea that Munnar produced to Tamil Nadu and got its name as it was the uppermost railway station in Kundala Valley. You can still find the ruins of ropeway lines here. It is located about 32 km from Munnar on the border of Kerala and Tamil Nadu. It is the highest point of Munnar, located at an altitude of about 1700 m, to enjoy the coastal western ghats and valleys of Theni district in Tamil Nadu. The top with a play of floating clouds at the bottom and countless waterfalls is a great example of natural beauty.
Every 12 years, Top Station provides the view to one of the most exotic sightings and beautiful miracles of nature – Neelarkunji. The surrounding hills are covered with shrubs “Neelarkunji” and once in 12 years these shrubs bloom with blue flowers. As a result, the mountains are covered with a blue cover. The top station is also famous for its tea gardens. If you want to get acquainted with the local culture and way of life, you can chat with the tea pickers and get a taste of the local culture and way of life.
The Photo Point area is well known for its natural beauty and bluish green tea gardens as well as fragrant spices. The route up to the spot on the way is quite spectacular and makes the whole journey enjoyable and valuable. Also it is a famous sight. It has gained a reputation as a picnic spot and filming destination. As the name suggests, this is a great place for photography. And this enchanting place is located at the top of the low rolling slopes and undulating plains of Nilgiris in Munnar. In the backdrop of the stretches of tea gardens typical to this region of the country, this point serves as an excellent photographic opportunity; as it is clear from the name itself. When in Munnar, make sure that you do not miss this stunning beauty!
Pothamedu View Point
This Pothamedu View point is located just 5 km away from Munnar. It is mainly adorned with expansive hills and lush green hills. The area has a spectacular view of tea, coffee and cardamom gardens. The place is one of the ideal places to watch beautiful sunrises and sunsets. If the weather is good, the Idukki Arch Dam, about 60 km from here, is clearly visible on a clear day. There are some places that cannot be described in writing. That’s why you have to go there and observe it. This is just such a place.
Nestled 2 km away from Munnar amidst beautiful hills and lush green jungles, this pristine waterfall makes for romantic escapades and picnics site. Who doesn’t like to get lost in the natural environment for a moment? You can come to this place to spend some beautiful moments with your loved ones or to take a break from busy life for a while. Undoubtedly the place is capable of feeding your mind. However, the road to Atukkad is very narrow and needs a lot of experience to drive on.
Tata Tea or KDHP Museum
The Tata Tea or KDHP Museum is one of the famous museums at Munnar in Kerala. It is located in the Nallathanni Estate of Tata Tea around 2 km from Munnar. It showcases a variety of antiquities, the most famous being the burial urn excavated from the vicinity of Periakanal Estate, dating back to 2nd century AD. A 30 minute documentary feature by the museum will take you through a historical sojourn of the place. Visitors then proceed to the factory to understand how tea is processed. So, you can take a visit to this museum with your friends and family.
Eravikulam National Park
The Eravikulam National Park houses a rich and diverse variety of flora and fauna and is a UNESCO world heritage site. Also known as Rajamalai Wildlife Sanctuary, this place was managed as a game reserve by the Kanan Devan Hills Produce Company before 1971. It is located about 45 minutes drive away from Munnar. The park was taken over by the Karnataka government in 1971 and was declared a national park in 1998. In addition to a variety of rare species of animals, the existence of elephants, nilgiri langurs, nilgiri marten, atlas moth (the largest in the world), lion-tailed macaque, small-toothed and a variety of rare tigers and leopards. So, if you want to see this kinds of animals with own eyes, then make a trip here and enjoy.
Kundala Dam & Lake
Situated in the laps of lush jungle is Kundala Dam & Lake laying 23 km off Munnar. This arch dam is famous for its Kashmiri-Shikara boat rides and pedal boat rides. Enjoy the scenery as well as take an extreme experience of boat riding. It’s a place to hang out with family. Walking along the banks of the dam, chatting with the clear air of nature or floating in the lap of nature in a boat creates a unique moment.
Chinnar Wildlife Sanctuary
Chinnar Wildlife Sanctuary is located on the Western Ghats and is a part of Idukki District. It covers an area of about 90.44 sq km. The region is rich in native flora and fauna, which has made it a popular tourist destination. The Chinnar Wildlife Sanctuary attracts a large number of tourists. Among the various species of flora and fauna, there are many medicinal plants and it is considered to be the habitat of turtles. Its animal population includes species such as grizzled giant squirrel, gaur, spotted deer, tufted grey langur, slender loris, crocodile, wild elephant, tiger, leopard and many birds.
Since it is a government-protected enclosure, you can experience flora and fauna in its natural habitat, uninterrupted by the clamour of the city. The mixed deciduous forests found here are ideal for some rudimentary trekking as well.
Marayoor, which is famous for its naturally growing sandalwood forest and dolmens from the Stone Age Civilisation. It’s a local name and it’s located just 40 km away from Munnar. It’s wrapped in a wispy blanket of glorious clouds. Marayoor has hamlets, sugarcane fields, waterfalls and bamboo forests making it an enchanting landscape of exquisite green beauty. Add to it, the natural blessing of a sea of fragrant sandalwood trees; This place is a sensory experience like no other. In the throng of thousands of tourists, you too can be a lander in the bosom of this unique place of nature. So why the delay? Create your trip plan now.
It would be a mistake to analyze Wayanad with these few places mentioned above, as there are many more interesting places to visit besides these. For this you have to travel to Wayanad.
How To Reach
By Road: Munnar is well-connected with many other major cities of India. Also the state bus are available from any major cities. State-run or private buses, plying from various towns in Kerala and Tamil Nadu, are the best way to get to Munnar by road. Kerala State Road Transport Corporation (KSRTC) provides bus services to Munnar from all major cities in Kerala.
By Train: Munnar has no any railway stations of its own. The nearest railway station is at Aluva, which is at a distance of 110 km from Munnar. The another railway station, “Ernakulam Railway Station” is 130 km away while the “Madurai Railway Station” is at a distance of 135 km. From these points, you can either hire a cab or board the state transport or private buses wherever available.
By Air: Munnar does not have an airport of its own. The nearest airport is the Cochin International Airport, which is 110 km away by road. From Cochin, you can hire a cab to get to Munnar. The another airport, which is called Madurai International Airport, is 140 km away from Munnar. In case you de-board at the Madurai International Airport, you can hire a cab or board the state transport or private buses to get to Munnar.