Large tea plantations, forests, hill ranges, valleys, and wildlife makes anyone fall in love with this place. I am going to share 13 places that you should visit (or try to) when you are in Munnar. And if you already visited Munnar recently, then I hope these will make you want to do another trip very soon!
Mattupetty dam and its reservoir are located 13 km away from Munnar. This concrete gravity dam is built between the hill ranges and it is used mainly for water storage for hydroelectric projects. Its reservoir is an idyllic place to enjoy the serene nature. It is also said to be one of the waterholes where the elephants in the region often visit.
Mattupetty is also famous for the Indo-Swiss Farm. This is a highly specialized dairy farm which comes under Indo-Swiss Livestock Project. Hundreds of high-quality cattle are reared here and new varieties are scientifically developed.
Kundala Lake is an artificial reservoir of a minor arch-shaped dam huddled between the mountain ranges. It is about a 20 km drive from Munnar. There is boating facility there..and don’t forget to go for a Shikara boat ride while you are there!
It is about 40 km from Munnar and it is 1,880 meters above sea level. The panoramic view of the Western Ghats and the valley of Theni from the Top station is simply breathtaking. The top station got this name from its being the uppermost located railway station on the Kundala Valley Railway.
Echo Point is about 15 km from Munnar. Go there and scream as loud as you can..and wait for a minute. You can hear your echo back! It’s quite interesting. If you have kids with you..they will love it. They can experience this natural phenomenon firsthand.
6. Rajamalai (Part of Eravikulam National Park)
Rajamala, part of Eravikulam national park, is located at about 15 km from Munnar. This region is the natural habitat of the Nilgiri Tahr (Hemitragas hylocres). It was converted to a national park to provide a safe sanctuary for the already endangered species of Nilgiri Tahr.
This tea museum is first of its kind in India. It is located at KDHP’s Nullatanni estate in Munnar. The aim of this museum according to its founders is to showcase the growth of more-than-a-century-old tea plantations in this region. Anyone visiting this museum will get a clear picture of how laborious this tea processing really is.
This is located at around 42 km north of Munnar through the Udumalppetta route. Marayoor is famous for the natural sandalwood forest. Not only that, this place is said to be part of the ancient stone age civilization dated back to 10,000 B.C. Stone age paintings, rock edicts and dolmens found there to vouch for this rich heritage.
Now, this is a scenic waterfall located between Munnar and Pallivasal. It is just 9 km away from Munnar. But this waterfalls will be in its full glory only after the monsoon (Rainy season). During other seasons, it is just a trickling mountain stream.
Blossom International Park is about 3 km away from Munnar town and it spreads over 16 acres. It is a peaceful location to enjoy a calm and relaxing nature walk admiring flowers and surrounding green hillside. The park offers many activities for tourists like boating, cycling, roller skating etc.
Chinnar wildlife sanctuary is about 60 km from Munnar. It is situated on SH 17 in the Marayoor and Kanthalloor Panchayats of Idukki district. It is an ideal spot for trekking and enjoying wildlife closely. It is the habitat for endangered Grizzled giant squirrel in India. Almost 34 species of mammals including panthers, spotted deer, elephants, tigers can be found here. It is also a bird watchers paradise. 245 species of birds live here!
How can one resist a tea garden tour when you are in Munnar? Rolling hillsides covered with tea plantations is a sight to behold. The lush greenery and the soothing cold wind with a mild aroma of tea leave totally rejuvenates you.
This waterfall is about 25 km from Munnar on the way to Udumalaipettai. Lakkom waterfalls are part of Eravikulam National Park. The cascading waterfalls and the scenic surroundings make it tourists favorite hideout in Munnar.
14. Atthirapally Waterfall
At a distance of 73 Km from Kochi, Athirapally Waterfalls are one of the best waterfalls in India and one of the most famous tourist places in Kerala
This waterfall drops from a height of 80 feet through several parallel streams offering a great scenic beauty. In monsoon season, the water gets strength and all the streams join together and appear like Niagara Falls.
One can reach the top of Athirapally falls with about 15 minutes walk from the falls entrance. It offers spectacular views of the Sholayar hills and a unique view of the waterfalls from this spot. About 10-15 minutes trek down from top of the falls will take you to bottom of the falls where the greatest beauty of the waterfalls can be experienced. Swimming is possible in the stream at bottom of the Athirapally falls.
15. Poovar Beach
Poovar Beach offers one a wonderful view of the formation of the backwaters and a large amount of exotic wildlife.The golden sands are home to some of best picnic spots in the area. This area is located at the juncture of the Neyyar River joining with the Arabian Sea. Boating trips in the area are exquisite and can be arranged at nominal rates. Located 12 km from Kovalam in Thiruvananthapuram, here one gets to see a slice of life in a coastal village.It is a beautiful location that is garnering more attention with each passing year.
Trust you have enough places for sightseeing in your bucket? we will soon come back with other beautiful location till then keep traveling with iTvara.
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