Situated in God’s Own Country, and the most beautiful setting one can imagine is Munnar. It is South India’s largest tea-growing area and has an elevation of over 1,500 meters. The low mountain view and a misty veil of clouds create a sublime view for visitors. It is all the more a wondrous place because even though it is situated in the humid land of Kerala, Munnar has a pleasant climate throughout the year. With temperatures ranging from 0°C to 20°C, lush greenery, abundant wildlife, and awe-inspiring waterfalls, Munnar is a top destination for travel lovers.
Its pleasant season means one can visit Munnar year-round. The clear skies and warm sunshine of summer attract many tourists to Munnar. However, chill in the evening airs is very common. For people who likes the monsoon, Munnar can be ethereal with verdant greens and mist cloaks hanging in the air. The winters, however, is the best time to visit Munnar. The months from November to February is just the perfect time to be warm and cosy with your loved ones. This is the perfect time to make a trip to Munnar for many! How to reach Munnar? Munnar is well accessible by roads, railway and air. The town is about 130 km. away from Cochin and lies in the Kochi-Dhanushkodi National Highway (N.H.49). It is connected by national highways, state highways, and rural roads. The closest major railway stations are in Kochi. The Cochin International Airport is 110 km. Away and is the closest one to Munnar.
The beauty of Munnar is unparalleled, and it is tough to select one spot over another. This list is a humble attempt to help tourists plan their trip to Munnar and contains some top places to visit in Munnar. Additionally, it can also be read as a guide, showing you things to do in Munnar.
1.Eravikulam National Park, Munnar
A top destination, this park covers an area of 97 square km. and is home to the NilgiriTahr, a native of the Western Ghats. Sitting atop the 2,700-meter high Anamudi peak, it has another marvel; the Neelakurinji flowers bloom once in 12 years!
2. Kundala Lake, Munnar
For all those who love water bodies, this lake is one of the top places to visit in Munnar. It is 20km away from the city center and is so clear that a mesmerizing image reflection is guaranteed. Lush green slopes coupled with cherry blossoms make for a magical atmosphere. Boating in traditional rowboats, modern pedal boats and even shikaras are available.
3. Lakkom Water Falls, Munnar
About 30 km away from Munnar, this waterfall has its source in the Eravikulam stream. The white, silky look of the falls is absolutely stunning. One can also have a taste of the local cuisine of Munnar in a small eatery that is located right beside.
4. Top Station, Munnar
It is the highest point in Munnar. The highest railway station in the area is also located here. With sweeping views of the locality and the wonders of the Kurinjimala sanctuary, this definitely is a top place to visit in Munnar.
5. Chinnar Wildlife Sanctuary, Munnar
This is heaven for all those who love wildlife. Right from Tigers to Hanuman monkeys and Spotted Deer, this sanctuary is home to many varieties of wildlife. It is widely known for eco-tourism and is skirted by the Eravikulam National Park.
6. Tata Tea Museum, Munnar
When in Munnar, Tata Tea Museum is a MUST. A special show screening about India’s beloved beverage takes place at 10am and 2pm. Moreover, this museum also houses some amazing antique pieces like manual calculators and hand tea rollers. Munnar is ideal for family vacations, and Club Mahindra Munnar resort is the cherry on the top. The old-world cottages are spacious and have soft beds and modern amenities for a relaxed vacation. A visit to Munnar while staying at Club Mahindra resort for at least a week is enough for rejuvenating and rediscovering the beauty of nature.