7 Wonderful Places to Visit in Munnar- Kerala
Munnar is comprised of some beautiful hill stations in India which is known for its pretty tea plantation and charming landscapes. It attracts a huge number of tourists from all over the India, particularly in the summer season. Presently, Munnar has become a favorite hill station destination under kerala tourism for holiday seekers because of good climate and enchanting tourist spots. Natural and other artificial attractions in munnar takes you to the world of romance, perhaps you would have wished to sing a beautiful romantic song pehla nasha pehla khumar from the movie “Jo Jita wahi Sikandar”, suited here in eye-catching locations. In another side, Munnar also offers some of the best places for adventure lovers. Places to visit in Munnar abides a genuine relation between nature and human being. You must comprise following list of major sightseeing in Munnar whenever plan a trip to Munnar under Holiday Destinations in Kerala.
Eravikulam National Park
Just to reach the peak of Eravikulam National Park through the serpentine trek in itself a thrilling experience. Magnificent mountain view along with tea plantation of Rajamallay tea state and the rich meadows full of bush covers throughout the tourism zone of park present a magnetic beauty in front of travellers and thus, this is one of the must & first see attractions under the list of places to visit in Munnar. The park is located approx 8 km from Munnar at the altitude of 2000 meter above sea level whereas the highest peak of the entire region is located at an elevation of 2690 meters and known as Anamudi.
Eravikulam National Park is supposed to be habitat of Nilgiri Tahr which is one of the endangered species and major attraction among visitors. Apart from it, more than 26 species of rare mammals have been officially traced in the park such as sambar, Nilgiri Langur, Nilgiri Marten, Indian Porcupine, Muntjack, Elephants etc. Eravikulam National Park is completely maintained by Govt. of Kerala with forest department. Clicking some beautiful snaps with Nilgiri Tahr to keep a charming view of mountain peak in backdrop can be usually done by tourists at Eravikulam National Park.
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Mattupetty Dam & Lake
Matupetty Dam is built on the beautiful Lake located at tiny hill town of Matupetty, surrounded by lush green mountains. It is approx 12 km away from Munnar. Cool flow of wind at the bank of Matupetty Lake delight the visitors and force to relax and spend some peaceful time here. This place is also very popular for day picnic. Tourists can enjoy a motorboat ride in the beautiful lake. If you are lucky a bit, the troop of elephants can also be viewed while boating. You can also click some snaps to magnificent natural view of surrounding area from the dam whenever be here as to complete the list of places to visit in Munnar.
Echo point is next wonderful attraction under this list of places to visit in Munnar which is approx 13 km away from the main town. As the name specifically indicates the characteristic of this place. At echo point, your voice returns as resound to your ear naturally whenever you scream. The entire area is full of natural picturesque beauty due to arranged tea, coffee and spice gardens. This region is quite popular among hikers and trekkers. Refreshed Peaceful surrounding makes you energetic and provides some great moments to romance with loved ones.
Tourists can enjoy boating in the lake or take an elephant ride to nearby areas. You may find the rare flourish neelakurinji here and can clearly listen to the song of birds in the form of their tweets.
The famous Devikulam town is located about 9 km away from Munnar at the elevation of 5906 feet above sea level. The word ‘Devikulam’ is existed with conjunction Devi & Kulam, separately means Goddess and Pond. As per the Hindu mythology, Devi Sita used to take bath at the pond in Devikulam and therefore it is well known as Sita Devi Lake. The major tourist attraction of this area is charming Pallivasal waterfalls and the lake itself surrounded by lush green mountain peaks seems to kiss the floating clouds at the top. The water of the Sita Devi Lake is supposed to have holy in nature and it can be drunk directly to remove illness from the body so it is a good place associated with spirituality and therefore, you must access to Devikulam on priority basis under the row of places to visit in Munnar.
The beautiful stretch of sandal forest, named Marayoor throughout in Devikulam makes it a perfect destination to be explored by the leisure travellers and nature lovers. The valuable flora and fauna at Chinnar wildlife sanctuary support it as an incredible beauty to Devikulam. There are so many temples located very close to Devikulam such as Ayyanar, Mariamman, and Ganesha temple etc is perfect place for devotees and worshipers.
Visitors and adventure lovers can experience numerous of activities related to light adventure like nature walk, hiking, short trekking, rock climbing, rappelling angling & fishing at the nearby area of Devikulam.
Munnar Tea Museum
From the tea processing machines with methods of production to the snaps of tea plantation, all are showcased here at Tea museum of Munnar for the visitors. This famous tea museum was launched by Tata in April 2005, thus it is officially known as Tata Tea Museum.
This museum is dedicated to its initiators who completely changed Munnar into a key tea plantation area of Kerala, from the elementary tea roller from the beginning of 20th century to a fully automatic tea factory in present. Visitors can see several of classic items related to tea production at display galleries such as Pelton Wheel which had been used to generate power for the plant in the 1920s, a tea roller machine of 1905 and engine wheel of KVLR (Kundale Valley Light Railway) which had used to transport the work force and necessary raw materials to Munnar.
Apart from all above, Visitors can taste a different flavour of exotic tea at the demonstration room of tea museum. There are also very good collections of bungalow’s classic furniture, wooden bathtub, typewriters, classic calculators and phone etc at museum’s gallery.
Attukal waterfalls is one of the must-see waterfall among this region. It is approx 9 km from main Munnar town towards Pallivasal. This cascade offers a unique beauty to the visitors especially in monsoon when the roar of falling water can be heard from afar. The scenery of Attukal falls just mesmerized the tourists and force beholding completely for the time being.
Blossom International Park
Blossom International Park offers a good stay for few hours in the serene environment to the visitors, located just 3 km from Munnar. The park is close to Hydro electric project of Pallivasal spreading in the total area of approx 16 acres. A number of rare species of blossoming plants and a few stunning towering trees make this place a must visit point for the tourists. One can spend some leisure time in some beautiful tree houses and also enjoy a ropeway ride and activity like flying fox in the park. So don’t miss to see the charm of this park when you are on a vacation with the list of places to visit in Munnar
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Best Time to Visit Munnar
Munnar is all time visiting hill station, however; it depends on the individual’s choice. In Winter especially from December to February, Munnar looks in a different form where one can enjoy the extremely cool weather along with indulging in adventure activities such as trekking, rock climbing & rappelling. Winter is supposed to be the best season for the honeymooners. From March to May, Munnar becomes a hot spot for the tourists due to cool climate compare to plains. In peak Monsoon, generally people avoid visiting Munnar due to consistent rainfall but some visitor comes to relax in a much quite environment and to see an extra shade of greenery.
How to Reach Munnar
Munnar is very well connected hill station by road through all the key cities of Kerala and neighboring states of Karnataka and Tamilnadu. A good number of bus services available on daily basis from all the major points of Kerala offered by Kerala State Road Transport Corporation.
The nearest rail-head is located in Aluva that is approx 110 km away from Munnar. The distance of Ernakulam Railway Station is about 143 km from Munnar. One can hire a private cab from these railway stations to reach Munnar by road.
The nearest airport is located at Kochi (Kochin International Airport) which is approx 130 km far from Munnar while the Madurai International Airport is approx 140 km far away from Munnar. From both the places, you have to hire a cab or take a bus to get access to Munnar by Road. Generally, It takes 4 Hrs to reach Munnar.