Munnar

Munnar is a magnificent hill station located on the Western Ghats in the Idukki district of the Kerala and one of the most alluring leisure destinations in India perched beautifully with rolling tea gardens and spice plantations. This place is known as a home to an array of mountains. Beautifully cuddled on the lap of Western Ghats, Munnar is one of the easy escapes for weekenders as well as nature lovers anytime round the year. Many travelers want to explore its cloud- kissed hilly tea gardens, while some wish to fall in love with the cool breeze and sight of gushing waterfalls and crisscrossing rivulets. However, many are aptly right in experiencing both and even a lot more, because Munnar in Kerala is embedded with ethereal beauty of nature that leaves every traveler awestruck.

Munnar tourism is blessed with lofty mountain ranges with hazy peaks, extensive tea estates. Amazing views of low flying clouds and mist filled valleys make it a little heaven with a cool, revitalizing climate. Cloudy mountain peaks blend pleasantly in Munnar to form a delightful atmosphere. Munnar is also known for the wild orchids locally called Neelakurinchi that usually blooms once in 12 years. Symmetric layers of tea estates, mountain mist, waterfalls and wildlife sanctuaries and many other tourist places in Munnar make this hill station stunning.

Munnar has a variety of attractions including placid lakes, twisty streams, cloudy mountain peaks, sylvan valleys, rare orchids and wildlife. Plantation visits, treks, tea factory visits, cycling, boating, paragliding, day tours to the Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary and many other activities can also be done by the tourists.

Weather

The temperature in October is mild and pleasing. It bears in the range of 15°C and 20°C whereas it drops to 12°C in the month of November. The temperature in December and January nestles at a range of 10°C and 15°C. Munnar weather during the spring hops up around 19°C.

The weather in Munnar from April to June cuddles to be cordial. The temperature in April braces at a maximum of 25°C and in May it slightly rises to a maximum of 35°C and the minimum being at 22°C.

During the monsoon, Munnar receives moderate to heavy rainfall, and the temperature drops to a minimum of 20°C and bears at a maximum of 25°C.

It dwells a mild and pleasing climate throughout the year and even during the monsoon it partakes a tantalizing ambiance. The best time to visit Munnar is the season of autumn when it is azure, winter when it is quixotic, spring when it is blossoming and summers when it is cuddling.

How to Reach

Nearest airport from Munnar is Cochin International airport which is just 125 km away from this beautiful place. It connects Munnar by air to all other parts of the world.

The nearest railway station from Munnar is Kochi or Ernakulum. It is a major junction in the south from where one can get trains for the major cities of the country including Delhi, Chennai, Thiruvananthapuram, Mumbai, Mangalore, Bangalore and many others.

Munnar is connected to all other major cities in South India by well-knit state highways and national highways. The distance from Cochin to Munnar is approximately 126 km whereas from Kozhikode to Munnar is 270 km. Drive from Coimbatore to Munnar covers a distance of 160 km. The approximate distance from Wayanad to Munnar is 340 km whereas from Alleppeye it is only 170 km and from Mysore the distance is 340 km en route Coimbatore whereas Madurai is 155 km away. Thus Munnar by road can be easily accessed from these cities and destinations.

Key attractions/Sightseeing

With plenty of natural and man-made attractions in Munnar, some find the place a secret hideaway for a romantic stay, some term it as nature’s paradise while for other it is an adventure gateway.
Tourist places to visit in Munnar bear a perfect harmony between nature and mankind. While some leaves speechless with their earthy gorgeousness, others bring to light the brilliance of mankind. Some of those sites that create unforgettable memories are Tata Tea Museum, Idduki Arch Dam, Anamudi Peak, Eravikulam National Park and Hill View Park. The aroma of tea in the air and the splash of gushing waterfalls like Atukkad Waterfalls Cheeyappara Waterfalls and Lakkom Waterfalls bring with them utter solace and rejuvenation. Munnar is an all- time destination when the mild rains, gentle winter breeze and pleasant summer give every opportunity to explore hook and nook.

Tea Museum: The Tea Museum was inaugurated by Tata Tea which is a major producer of packaged tea so as to keep the history of tea plantation in India intact. The museum showcases production of tea and some of its finest methods of production. The Munnar Tea Museum outlines the development of tea estates which has been displayed by the elementary tea roller to the modern fully automated tea factory. These machineries display various stages of tea processing and the variable contrast in them. One can also learn the production of black tea from the exhibits displayed within the Tea Museum. At the entrance of the museum, witness a sundial placed on a granite block. This artefact has a historical relevance attached to it. The sundial placed at the entrance was built by Art Industrial School at Nazareth in the year 1913 and marks the development in tea production in Munnar over time.
Munnar Tea Museum is home to some of the exotic artifacts like the ‘Pelton Wheel’ used in the power generation plant in the 1920s, the original tea roller (used in 1905), and a rail engine wheel of the Kundale Valley Light Railway that shuttled men and material between Munnar. The Munnar Tea Museum has a demonstration room wherein all the tea is tested. Exotic flavors from all across the world can be tasted here. Anyone who wants to get into the depth of Tea production can learn a lot at the CTC and orthodox tea manufacturing unit at the museum.

Devikulam: The town of Devikulam is situated 1800 meters above sea level and located approximately 9 km from Munnar. It offers a picturesque view of Pallivasal waterfalls surrounded by the Sita Devi Lake. Legend has it that Goddess Sita bathed in the lake of Devikulam and hence the place was named after her. Devikulam is derived from the two words, devi that means ‘goddess’ and kulam that refers to ‘lake’ or ‘pond’. This ‘Lake of Goddess’ is frequented by devotees and is considered to have holy water. Devikulam is a definite place for spiritual and physical rejuvenation. The hill station of Devikulam is surrounded by flora and fauna. Wildlife like elephants, sambars, leopards, and gaurs can be viewed at the Chinnar Wildlife Sanctuary located near Devikulam. Ganesh Temple, Mariamman Temple and Ayyanar Temple located in Devikulam serve as a retreat to all worshippers. The Marayoor sandal forest adds a scenic beauty to the hill station and gives a mesmerizing experience to all nature lovers. Rock climbing, fishing, trekking and hiking are some adventure activities that can be experienced at this exotic location. The excitement to the excursion is added by the Mattupetty Lake which is nestled in the tea estates situated near Devikulam. Art lovers can witness “Kolam” which is the practice of sand painting using rice powder. This practice is done by women every morning at Devikulam.

Photo Point: Photo point is situated at a distance of 3 km from Munnar on the way to Mattupetty. Dense tea plantations, woods and small rivulets and rolling hills make this spot ideal for nature lovers. Photo point as the name states is the most photogenic place situated near Munnar. Photo point is also known as “Shooting Point” because of its ideal scenic beauty created by silver oak trees and green tea plantations. Photo point is an ideal spot for amateur as well as professional photographers. Surrounded by gardens, tea plantations and streams Photo point in itself appeals to be heavenly. Being located in a heavy rainfall area the Photo point also has an atmospheric charm to it.

Blossom Park: Blossom Park is situated near the Pallivasal hydro-electric project and here one can enjoy activities like cycling, boating and roller skating as well as hammocks & meditation caves. This is an ideal picnic spot for families.

Eravikulam National Park: The Eravikulam National Park is a sanctuary located in Munnar to protect the endangered Nilgiri Tahr. The place is the natural habitat of this rare mountain goat which is facing extinction. Rajamala region is the tourism zone of the Eravikulam National Park.

Marayoor Dolmens: Pristine, exotic, adventurous, diverse and beautiful – Marayoor is a land of waterfalls, rivers, rocky hills, bamboo forests, sandalwood trees, cave temples and paintings. Dolmens in Marayoor dates back to the Stone Age and in Malayalam the dolmens are called as Muniyaras or dwelling places of the Sadhus. Dolmens were created using slabs of rock, three for the sides and the fourth slab placed on top of these three as a roof. There are dolmens with 5 rock slabs as well where the 5th stone slab acts as front wall with an opening as entrance. Neelakurinji flowers that blossom only once in every twelve years is yet another spectacular native of Marayoor as well. Marayoor Dolmens are accessible from road only at Kovilkadavu which is in the Marayoor Kanthalloor route at a distance of 48 km from Munnar and at Pius Nagar which is at a distance of 50 km from Munnar.

Cheeyapara Waterfalls: On the way to Munnar between Neriamangalam and Adimali lies the Cheeyappara Falls. It flows down in seven steps making a great view from the road. Valara is another waterfall near Cheeyapara that is enclosed by dense natural jungles. Indeed, it is also a good spot to enjoy a break and have a hot tea before reaching Munnar.

Meesapulimala: Meesapulimala trekking is a good activity to do in Munnar. The trek starts from a place called silent valley and goes in between the tea gardens and forests. On a cloudless day one can see the beauty of Munnar Tea Gardens far and wide from the top of Meesapulimala.

Kundala Lake: Pedal Boating and Speed Boating at Kundala Lake is a popular activity among tourists visiting Munnar. Kundala is Asia’s first arch dam and Neela Kurunji flowers which bloom once in twelve years, in the hills and valleys around Kundala Lake. The fresh mountain air, the mist-clad hills and panoramic view make it worth a visit.

Attukal Waterfalls: The waterfalls are at a nice location between Munnar and pallivasal and the road to reach itself is so beautiful. There is a narrow bridge through which one can drive and watch the falls.

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