Munnar: A Piece of Heaven on Earth, in God’s Own Country
With the summer approaching, most of us must have begun the process of running away to the mountains, experience the blissful chills, winds of the hills and find an escape from the scorching sun. The obvious choice that comes to mind would be to run up to the north of the country. But ever thought of being surrounded by captivating mountains bathed in mist, gushing waterfalls, mystic valleys and admiring them amidst lush green plantations in the South? We’re talking about Munnar, a dazzling jewel shimmering in the crown of God’s own country – Kerala, a vast expanse carpeted with shades of green as far as your eyes can see. To make your holiday planning easier, here’s a quick Munnar Travel Guide comprising of a list of places you must visit:
Life of Pi Church
Tata Tea Museum
Eravakulam National Park
Blossom National Park
Mattupetty Dam, Munnar:
Situated at a height of 1,700 metres, this dam and lake strike a fine balance between being a tourist spot in Munnar and playing a role in ecological conservation. You’ll find the rich flora and fauna of Munnar, scenic grasslands and tea plantations only to be astounded by the beauty and calmness of nature. Boating is an added attraction here.
One of the most popular spots which is a part of itineraries of sightseeing tours in Munnar, you can go pedal boating on this lake which is also the blooming spot of rare and precious Neela Kurunji flowers which blooms once in twelve years. The pure, unadulterated breeze and panoramic views are to die for.
Top Station, Munnar:
Ever wondered what it feels like to be engulfed in clouds? You can have this dreamlike experience at the Top station, the highest altitude viewpoint in Munnar. And if you are a lover of road trips and long drives, the journey to reach this point will be no less than a piece of heaven on earth for you as the road has mind-numbing views, tea gardens and two dams.
Echo Point, Munnar:
As the name suggests, when you make a sound here, it reverberates back, touching and awakening every corner of this otherwise silent hill station. It is one of the popular and common tourist attractions in Munnar. For adventure lovers, there are several activities to choose from like boating, nature walk, trekking etc. If you are looking for some solitude, the picturesque views of lush green landscapes, of hills and tea plantations will make you choose your solitude often.
Driving through a narrow bridge and reaching a spot where you will witness towering and thunderous waterfalls while sipping on a refreshing cardamom tea is what Attukad Waterfalls is all about. The scenic drive to reach here effortlessly complements the destination.
The award-winning movie ‘Life of Pi’ was shot in Munnar. One scene has been shot at a church in Munnar which, after the success of the movie started to be recognized by its name. The author of the book had drawn inspiration for the story from a tiger he saw in Trivandrum Zoo in Kerala. Thus, this church became a significant part of Munnar tourism attractions.
Since Kerala itself floods our minds with the thought of huge tea estates, Tata Tea Museum is definitely one of the places to visit in Munnar. It is located at the Nallathanni estate. If there is a bug of curiosity in you, this museum provides deep insights and learnings through photographs about the evolution of tea plantations in Munnar. The tea lover in you will definitely be intrigued by the conception of tea here.
To have a view of the enchanting valleys and hills engulfed in mist, drive to the Pothamedu Viewpoint. The green scenery will just keep you yearning for more and more and provide the perfect escapade and fresh air from the daily hustle and bustle of polluted city life.
A mountain lover will always keep looking around for a quick hike, no matter which corner of the world he is in. So, if you have taken a break from Himalayas and ventured to the Southern lands but are missing the adventure, Anamudi Peak is meant just for you. Situated at 2695 metres above the sea level, it offers many activities and thrilling things to do in Munnar.
Talking about the beauty of nature’s wonders in Munnar, it is home to plenty of wildlife. A park that protects the endangered species thus preserving our wildlife, Eravlikulam National Park is the place to be if you are interested in spotting rare and endangered animals like Rare Mountain Goat, rare tiger, leopard or Nilgiri wood pigeon. Do note that this park closes during February-March.
Blossom National Park:
Being an ideal spot for family picnics, an anomalous mix of activities like cycling, boating and hammock & meditation caves will keep each of you occupied while all you can choose to do is immerse yourself in nature. It is situated near the Pallivasal hydro-electric project. With fresh flowers around, landscaped mounts, lush green meadows and waterfalls, you will feel the peace on the outside and within.
Munnar is easily accessible due to its excellent connectivity via road, train as well as air. Even though Munnar is a blissful place to visit round the year, if you wish to revel in the real essence of the place and keep gazing at the enticing green, the ideal time to visit is in the winter months that is December to February. Whether it is a honeymoon, family trip or a trip with your buddies, Munnar is an ideal place for all with the chilly breeze soothing your tender skin and calming your mind while you explore through nature trails and the invigorating activities bring out the adventure junkie in you. The lap of mother nature calls you with open arms to bring out the best in you.
To book your Munnar trip, visit the Thomas Cook website for a hassle-free booking and vacation.