Often called as one of the best hill stations of the country, Munnar has huge tea plantations, hilly terrains and fascinating flora and fauna which can make anyone fall in love with this hill station. There are so many things to do in Munnar that a week’s holiday will also be insufficient. The best time to visit Munnar is from June to September and for monsoon lovers, Munnar is the best place to go for your monsoon vacation. Munnar has always been the cherry on the cake for Kerala tourism. Hence, here is the list of the best places to visit in Munnar.
Places to visit in Munnar
1. Make your own tea – Tata Tea Museum
Located at distance of about 12 km from Munnar at Nallathanni Estate, Tata Tea Museum is a popular tourist spot in Munnar. Munnar is home to the World’s Best Tea Estates and Tata Tea is among one of them. Tata Tea is also the world’s second largest manufacturer and distributor of tea. It is also known as Kannan Devan Tea Museum. A visit to this museum will make you familiar with details about the production of tea. And yes, tea-lovers can also taste the different varieties of tea.
- Adults: Rs.75 and Children: Rs. 35
- Camera: Rs.20
- Tea Tasting: Rs.100
2. Cycling at Blossom Park
Covering around 16 acres, Blossom Park is located at a short distance of 3 km from Munnar. The park is situated close to Pallivasal Hydro Electric Project. The rare species of flowers make this place worth visiting. One can also do cycling, roller-skating and boating in the park. Visitors can also enjoy the camp fire along with the music playing in the background. The best time to visit this park is from December to February to enjoy the mesmerizing beauty of the natural scenic beauty. The beautiful flowers and lush-green grass is the perfect place to hone your photography skills and all these factors make Blossom Park one of the best places to visit in Munnar.
3. Kolukkumalai Tea Estate – One of the recommended places to visit in Munnar for tea-lovers
So, you cannot live without tea? Munnar is your place. It is a home for tea-lovers. Known as the highest tea plantations in the world, Kolukkumalai Tea Estate is renowned for its different flavours of tea. Tourists can taste the different flavours of tea and can also buy the fresh tea from the factory outlets. One can also see the splendid view of Kodaikanal and sunset from Kolukkumalai Tea Estate.
4. Take a stroll at Pothamedu view point
Located at a distance of 6 km from Munnar, Pothamedu View Point is full of tea, coffee and cardamom plantations. Pothamedu is covered with hills and green mountains. For trekkers and hikers, this is the perfect place for pumping up your adrenaline rush. One of the best places to visit in Munnar, Pothamedu View Point is an excellent place to relax or for going on a stroll.
5. Attukal Waterfalls
Nestled between Munnar and Pallivasal, Attukal Waterfalls is famous for its scenic beauty and it attracts the tourists from all over the world. It is just at a distance of 2 km from Munnar. Surrounded by the beautiful hills and lush green mountains, Attukal Waterfalls is one of the best places to visit in Munnar. Tourists have to cross the narrow wooden bridge to reach the waterfall.
6. Sit around and enjoy the beauty of Top Station
Located at a height of 1700 m above the sea level, Top Station is the highest point in Munnar. Located on Kannan Devan Hills, one can view the tea valleys, rare species of Neelakurinji plants from Top Station. One cannot miss the breathtaking view of the Western Ghats and the valley of Theni from the Top station.
7. Go for Shikara Boat Ride at Kundala Lake
Situated at a distance of around 25 km from Munnar, Kundala Lake is one of the best sightseeing places in Munnar. Kundala Lake was constructed for Pallivasal Hydro Electric Project and is considered to be Asia’s first arch dam. Visitors should not forget to take a Kashmiri-Shikara boat ride at Kundala Lake. Photographers, visit this lake early morning to click the awesome pictures when sun rays falls on the lake.
8. Have fun at Mattupetty Dam and Indo Swiss Dairy Farm
Located at a distance of 12 km from Munnar, Mattupetty Dam is known for its beauty and weather. Visitors can enjoy a boat ride in the lake of dam and also indulge in various activities. . Visiting an Indo Swiss Dairy Farm should be on your itinerary. It is a farm where the new varieties of high yielding cattle are developed scientifically. You will require prior permission to enter the premises and only three out of eleven cattle sheds are open for the visitors. So, make sure you have all the required permits before you reach the farm.
9. Click a picture at Photo Point – One of the best places to visit in Munnar for photographers
Giving justice to the name, Photo Point is known for its scenic beauty and is the most photogenic place in Munnar. Photo point is located at a distance of 3 km from Munnar and is filled with tea plantations, woods and hills. So if photography is your love then Photo point should be on your list to explore. It is also famous for tea, coffee and spices like cloves, cardamom and pepper. Photo point is considered as one of the best places to visit in Munnar for its marvellous beauty.
10. Catch a glimpse of Nilgiri Tahr in Eravikulam National Park
Known as a home of rare species of Nilgiri Tahr, Eravikulam National Park is located at a distance of 15 km from Munnar. Spreading over the area of 97 sq.km, Eravikulam National Park has number of species of sambar deer, jackals, Indian bisons and a variety of mongoose. It is also declared as the UNESCO World Heritage Site. Nilgiri Tahr is one of the most rarest and endangered species and Eravikulam has 750 of it. The uniqueness of this national park is that you can explore it on your foot and not by jeep safari. September to November and from April to June is the best time to visit Eravikulam National Park.
11. Take a trek at Lockhart Gap – One of the best places to visit in Munnar for trekkers
Situated at a distance of 13 km from Munnar, Lockhart Gap is one of the major tourist attractions in Munnar. Lockhart Gap is the perfect place for those who love the lush-green valleys and calm breeze. As Lockhart Gap is a part of Munnar, this place also has expansive tea estates. Lockhart Gap is also an ideal place for trekking and mountaineering. One can explore the rare species of flora and fauna while trekking.
12. Explore the Anamudi Peak inside Eravikulam National Park
Located at a height of 2695 m, Anamudi peak is the tallest peak in South India. Anamudi Peak is situated inside the Eravikulam National Park. It is popularly known as the ‘Himalaya of the South’. Trekkers can find the trekking facilities available here. Special permission is required from the Forest Department to walk above 2 km from the foothills. So, if you are planning trekking here, make sure you have the required permissions. Anamudi Peak is one of the best places to visit in Munnar.
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