A cup of refreshing and fragrant tea is all it takes to make friends of strangers and Munnar hill station is one of those places known for excellent produce of this agri-food. Dews on tea-leaves resulting from the hanging misty cover over the tea garden make the appearance of this aspect of human indulgence even more beautiful. This is the first image of Munnar when its name is uttered which is later plied with the other reasons of its fame which is why it is so much loved by the routine travelers along with those who have heard it enough times to have strong desire to see it at least for once.
At around 1600 m above the sea level in Kannan Devan Hills where the mountain streams by the names- Muthirapuzha, Nallathanni and Kundala confluence, one can confidently talk about the location of Munnar as the name of the place rightfully tells, the way it is pronounced. If actual point of confluence is to be seen on Munnar tour, it is at some distance from the town though the rivers flow through it. The area surrounding the place is all hills of Western Ghats, lakes, greenery, wildlife, falls, etc allowing gaps in the consciousness to be filled by the silence of exhilaration. Such musings are impossible when mind is troubled by worries and infested with load of work, which is why Munnar in beautiful Idukki district offers much-looked-for respite.
The place divided in Old Munnar and Munnar is almost self containing when one plans vacation in south- there is past to learn from, present to ponder and enjoy and future that could be visualized from what present stands for and ready to extend. And there is much over and above in the nearby villages and town included in Munnar travel package to make the experience of Munnar as complete as it can be.
A hill destination worth setting of eyes upon!
Caught in the mesmerizing haunt of dewy-misty night slowly taking shroud of darkness only to transform into sky of orange-yellow hue on grey turning to white, tourists can never escape the memories crafted by such visually gratifying sceneries. All the aspects of Munnar tourism could be glimpsed in following attractions-
Sree Murugan Koil - This temple is dedicated to Lord Subrahmanya, also known as Sree Muruga son of Lord Siva. The one day festival is known as 'Thrikkarthika Utsvam'.
Sree Ayappa Temple - Sree Ayyapa Temple is situated at Anachal, 15 km from Munnar. This temple is dedicated to Lord Ayyappa. The six day annual festival commences with the ceremonial hoisting of the temple flag (Kodiyettam).
The Christ Church - Old Munnar is known for housing some of the old structures relished by visitors and this church is among them only.
Protected Areas for the interest of flora and fauna-
Rose Garden - Some 13 Km away from Munnar, it is a destination of popularity due to the different varieties and colors of roses being planted here. The rot of colors not only attracts humans but birds as well.
Blossom Hydel Park - From Munnar, the park is only 3 Km away but its exquisiteness on River Muthirappuzha's bank surrounded by the kannan Devan Hill Tea estates. There is much to explore once here.
Floriculture Centre - Step 2 Km outside of Munnar and get the refreshing sight of a garden full of exotic and rare flowers, an excellent site for clicking flowers as much as one wants.
Mattupetti Dam - A project focusing on generation of hydroelectricity has resulted in a tourist destination where presence for even once ensures the sweet memories of Munnar tourism
Tata tea Museum - Going through the steps of tea processing could be a great learning to share with friends back home. Get it here.
Kolukkumalai Tea Estate - Tea gardens with dewed leaves waiting to be plucked for processing and reaching to those who know how to appreciate a nice cup of tea.
Calvary Mount - A beautiful uphill trekking would take visitors-turned-trekkers to this site which is also considered holy by Hindus.
Places around Munnar
Munnar travel package generally encompass nearby villages and town as per the number of days available with the visitor. After covering a particular distance to reach Munnar, it becomes imperative to see as much as one can and hence here are few of the places that can be included in itinerary-
Chithirapuram - Whatever has famed the hill towns of Kerala are found here at a 10 Km distance as well; the tea gardens making the slopes of the hills appear green, the fragrant spice groves and serenity which is so much 'Kerala' in essence only with one more significant addition- Pallivasal Hydro Electric Project.
Mayaroor - Sandalwood trees growing without human intervention, caves with murals, and few relics reminiscent of late Stone Age civilization together are symbolic of this place around 40 km from Munnar while on Kerala tour.
Mattupetti - Known especially for the lake and the dam by the same name, it is just 13 Km from Munnar. Picnic in this place is remembered long after the vacations.
Top Station - Known for the transshipment of tea from one place to the other through railways and then ropeway, the place is often among the few where tourists can feel that they can touch the clouds, so near these appear.
Things to do
Legendary natural beauties of Kerala in the lakes and reservoirs can be enjoyed by the way of boating. The quaint waterbody seems to be making acquaintance with every stranger testing the waters. What else on Munnar holidays in addition to that; on hills the options of trekking is always available and one can make the best use of them especially when the trip is being accompanied by friends or family for an escape from the routine of life. Other activities are riding rough on rough terrain over horse. Adventurers can try rappelling and rock climbing. Jeep safari while visiting popular wildlife is another experience waiting. Those interested in educational inputs, a trip through tea museum can be something of difference.
Accommodation has to be ensured before trip is finalized by pre-booking a room or suite in resorts or hotels in Munnar. Everything could be enjoyed the best way possible on any trip when staying is not a continuous issue to bother minds. In Munnar, boarding and lodging could be done at Tea Meadows, Tall Trees, Club Mahindra Holidays resorts, Forest Haven, Le Celestium, Las Palmas, Kashmeeram, Tree Hut, Tea County, Ayur County, Whispering Meadows, S N Annexe, and many others.
Climate remains pleasant for most part of the year, summers being the idol receiver of the gifts of Nature in geography that facilitates the climate. Temperature rarely goes above 20°C in summers and nights can be cooler than expectation so bringing few warm clothes always works. In winters, the temperature often drops to 0°C, so being prepared for that make it comfortable to enjoy touring Munnar and immersing in the cool of its days and nights. Monsoons are often heavy and thus people avoid coming here during June to September.
Best Time to visit
Summers are considered best for sightseeing without thinking twice of any kind of inconvenience as of monsoons and winters, still people can chose a time of year as per their individual inclination.
How to reach
Air - Cochin Airport is the nearest one to the hill station at 110 Km distance. Another one which is Madurai Airport is 140 Km away.
Rail - Aluva, Eravikulam and Madurai at 110 Km, 130 Km, and 135 Km distance respectively are opted when traveling in trains.
Road 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.
Take a break, it is time!