Munnar- The Heaven in the Western Ghats

Munnar – breathtakingly stunning – a haven of peace and tranquility – the idyllic traveler destination in God’s own country.

Munnar is simply, one of the must-visit places in Kerala. It is a small town, in the Western Ghats, in the Idukki district of Kerala, which is above 6000 feet from sea level.  Munnar is visited by thousands of tourists every year, and the number keeps on growing. Munnar is famous for its breathtaking natural beauty. The rolling hills, the greenery, the tea plantations that seem to stretch as far as the eye can see, all add to its unparalleled beauty.

Munnar Hill Station

The three rivers that flow through the place, namely, Mattupetti, Periavaru, Nallathanni makes the name ‘Munnar’ which means three rivers. The rivers and their luscious green valleys have created many viewpoints to savour the beauty of mother nature throughout the town.

Munnar is covered by both botanists and nature lovers alike. Munnar is most famous for the wonderful miracle “Neelakurinji”, a flower that blooms once in 12 years. But, when it does, whole hills are covered with the flower-like pink blanket and is a sight to savour. Speaking of rare, Nilgiri Tahr, an endemic species is native to this region. The Salim Ali Bird Sanctuary is also home to various rare species of birds.

Neelakurinji

Munnar can be visited all around the year and will give you different experiences each time.  Although, winter is the time which is most preferred by tourists, summer and monsoon in Munnar has their advantages. Each season provides a new setting for the greenery to be enjoyed. Various resorts blend in perfectly with the natural setting of the region with its ambience and elegance. These are perfect places to just relax far from all the tensions and workload of your day-to-day life. The prices of such lodgings vary from deluxe to budget rooms.

Munnar Best Places to Visit

Mattupetty Dam (13 km from Munnar)

Mattupetty Dam is a must-visit place in Munnar, for enjoying the breathtaking sceneries of the flora and fauna of Munnar. The same is true with the Echo Point. The name derives from its unique properties owing to the structural landscape where you can hear your voice back while shouting. Boating services are ranging from speedboating to paddle boating according to your tastes and budgets.

Mattupetty Dam Visit Time: 0900 – 1100 hrs and 1400 – 1530 hrs.
Rate: Rs. 5/- Per Person. ( liable to change)

Devikulam (7 km from Munnar)

This idyllic hill station with its velvet lawns, exotic flora and fauna, and therefore the cool mountain air could be a rare expertise.

The mythical being Devi Lake with its mineral waters and picturesque surroundings could be a sensible tourist spot. The lake is additionally ideal for trout fishing.

The mythical being Devi Lake at Devikulam includes a legend that a mythical being, an adult female of Lord avatar, took a shower during this thermal water spring, creating it a holy pilgrim’s journey place to visit.

The Sita Devi Lake at Devikulam has a legend that Sita, wife of Lord Rama, took a bath in this thermal water spring, making it a holy pilgrimage place to visit.

Eravikulam National Park (15 km from Munnar)

If you want to experience the wildlife of Munnar, the Eravikulam National Park is the best option. Kundala lake offers a treasure cove of serenity and natural beauty for all wanderlust travelers.

The park contains a rare assortment of sorts of trees and shrubs. you’ll realize here climax grasslands. The sight of kind of orchids is one in every of the specialties of this park. excluding Nilgiri Tahr, one will realize around twenty six totally different species of mammals at this park. variety of elephants, catarrhine and mustelid is found here. concerning a hundred and twenty species of birds like black and ornage flycatcher, Nilgiri oscine, Nilgiri Columba palumbus, white bellied shortwing and Kerala riant thrush is noticed at Eravikulam park.

Park Entry fee for Indians: Rs. 15/ Person
Park Entry fee for Foreigners: Rs. 200/Person
Park Entry fee for children below 12 years and for Bonafied students: Rs. 5/Person

Kannan Devan Tea Museum

The unique tea museum run by the Kanan Devan Hills Plantations Company Private Limited,

This place is extremely nice to understand concerning the TEA history of MUNNAR. The nice video shown here tells concerning the history of Munnar and its development done over the years. Tea plantations and their relation with TATA tea and KDHP (The Kanan Devan Hills Plantations Company non-public Limited) is well shown within the video. The repository conjointly demonstrates the procedure of making ready tea from the tea plantation.

Source:KDHP Tea

The tea culture is an integral part of the history of Munnar. The tea cultivation can be traced back to the times of the East India Company and the plantations continue to work to this day. Learn more about the tea culture in Munnar by visiting the Tata Tea Museum in Nallathanni Estate

Kannan Devan Tea Museum Entry Fee

  •  75 per person for Adults
  •  35 per person for Children
  • Museum Opening Time:09:00 AM to 5:00 PM (Monday Closed/Holiday)

Munnar is one of the best places to chill out, be it may, a trip with friends, or honeymoon,or a trip with your family. A trip to Munnar offers you peace of mind, and trekking and camping opportunities for nature enthusiasts, and a wholesome experience for every visitor setting foot on the “heaven” in the Western Ghats.

How to Reach Munnar by Air,Rail ,Bus

The nearest airport is the Cochin International Airport, which is 110 kilometres away by road. From Cochin, you can hire a cab to get to Munnar. The Madurai International Airport is 140 kilometres away from Munnar.

Which railway station is near to Munnar?

Ernakulam Railway Station -125 KM

Aluwa Railway station-77 KM

Munnar Altitude : 1600 Mts to 1800 Mts above sea level

Best season to visit Munnar

 August to May

Clothing: Warm Clothes and Rain Gear

Temperature : Min. 0°C – Max. 25 °C

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