Places to Visit in Munnar
Munnar is a town and hill-station blessed with lofty mountain ranges, mist filled valleys, low moving clouds and extensive tea plantations. It is located in the Idukki district of the southwestern Indian state of Kerala and situated at around 1,600 metres (5,200 ft) above mean sea level, in the Western Ghats range of mountains. The name Munnar is believed to mean “three rivers”, referring to its location at the confluence of the Mudhirapuzha, Nallathanni and Kundaly rivers.
This hill station was once the summer resort of the erstwhile British Government in South India. Ever since, its calm and peaceful environment, revitalizing climate, sprawling tea and spice plantations, picturesque towns, winding lanes, wildlife sanctuaries and holiday facilities make this a popular resort town.
Climate in Munnar
This destination remains pleasant for most part of the year with temperatures in summer rarely going beyond 20 degree celcius in the day while the nights get cooler and in winters the temperature sometimes also drops to an exciting 0 deg celcius. Monsoons are often heavy and thus quite a few people avoid coming here during June to September. However, this hill-station is one of the best monsoon destinations to visit as it transforms into a gorgeous, lush green landscape with magical atmosphere.
How to Reach Munnar
Munnar is well connected by both National highways, State highways and rural roads. The town lies in the Kochi – Dhanushkodi National highway (N.H 49), about 130 km from Cochin, 31 km from Adimali, 85 km from Udumalpettu in Tamil Nadu and 60 km from Neriyamangalam.
Various cities like Kochi, Aluva, Coimbatore, Kodaikanal etc are connected with Munnar making it easier for city dwellers to take a weekend break and relax in the cool of this very popular hill town.
One can travel to Munnar from Bangalore, Ernakulum and Chennai by bus, so book your bus tickets online at AbhiBus.com and enjoy the scenic drive.
Tourist Attractions in Munnar
Munnar has a variety of attractions including cloudy mountain peaks, sylvan valleys, tranquil lakes, twisty streams, rare orchids and wildlife. Plantation visits, treks, tea factory visits, cycling, boating, paragliding, day tours to various wildlife sanctuaries and many other activities can also be done by the tourists.
Listed below are some of the popular tourist spots :
1 – Eravikulam National Park
This park is famous for its endangered inhabitant – the Nilgiri Tahr. Spread over an area of 97 sq. km., this park is also home to several species of rare butterflies, animals and birds. The park is most frequented when the hill slopes here get covered in a carpet of blue, resulting from the flowering of the Neelakurinji. It is a plant common to this part of the Western Ghats which blooms once in twelve years.
2 – Tea Museum
In order to preserve and showcase some of the exquisite and interesting aspects of the origin and growth of tea plantations in Kerala’s high ranges, this Tea Museum, was opened some years ago by Tata Tea. It proudly displays artifacts, photographs and machineries; all of which have a story to tell about the start and growth of tea plantations here. The museum is located at the Nallathanni Estate of Tata Tea in Munnar and is worth a visit.
3 – Kundala Dam
Kundala is a picturesque place, about 20 km from Munnar on the way to Top Station. There is an artificial dam in Kundala which is a major attraction here. It is Asia’s first Arch dam. The boating experience at this dam is a wonderful experience beyond words. Boating facilities namely pedal boats, Kashmiri shikara boats and row boats are available on rent to make your trip more enjoyable. Cherry blossoms appear twice in a year at Kundala and the famous Neela Kurunji flowers which bloom once in twelve years, bloom in the hills and valleys around Kundala lake.
4 – Anamudi Peak
Located inside the Eravikulam National Park, the Anamudi Peak is the highest peak in South India and stands at a height of over 2700 m. Treks to the peak are allowed with permission from the Forest and Wildlife authorities at Eravikulam. It is the highest point in India outside the Himalayan Mountain Ranges. The mountain, covered with evergreen forests and inhabited by plenty of flora and fauna and a vibrant avian life, is a paradise in the wild.
5 – Top Station
Top Station, which is about 32 km from Munnar is at a height of 1700 m above sea level. It is the highest point on the Munnar-Kodaikanal road. Tourists in Munnar make it a point to visit Top Station to enjoy the panoramic view it offers of the neighbouring state of Tamil Nadu. It is one of the most famous spots in Munnar to enjoy the Neelakurinji flowers blooming over a vast area.
6 – Mattupetty Dam
This dam is located about 13 km from Munnar Town. Situated at a height of 1700 m above sea level, Mattupetty is known for its storage masonry dam and the beautiful lake, which offers pleasurable boat rides, allowing tourists to enjoy the surrounding hills and landscape. Mattupetty is also famous for the dairy farm run by the Indo-Swiss Livestock Project, where one can encounter different high yielding breeds of cows.
7 – Chinnakanal and Anayirangal
Near Munnar Town lie Chinnakanal and its waterfalls, popularly known as the Power House Waterfalls, which cascade down a steep rock 2000 m above sea level. The spot is enriched with a scenic view of the Western Ghat ranges. When you have traveled about seven kilometers from Chinnakanal, you reach Anayirangal. Anayirangal, 22 km from Munnar, is a lush green carpet of tea plants. A trip on the splendid reservoir is an unforgettable experience. The Anayirangal dam is surrounded by tea plantations and evergreen forests.
PICTURE CREDIT : keralatourism.org