Tea Gardens and Misty Mountains
Munnar is a popular hill station in Kerala. It has been a popular destination for honeymooners for a long time. Munnar is known for its beautiful tea plantations. Most of the plantations were started by British. "Kannan Devan" brand tea is made in Munnar. Munnar can be visited throughout the year, the climate remains pleasant even during the summer. During winter the temperature can be as low as 5 degrees. The hill station is accessible from all sides via roads. Munnar is an unavoidable destination in Kerala Tourism. Top places to visit in Munnar includes lakes, dams, tea gardens, waterfalls, and forests.
Neelakurinji ( flower which blooms every 12 years )
It is a flower which blooms only once in 12 years. The flower is blue in color and the whole valley will be covered in blue when Neelakurinji blooms. The next bloom is expected to be in mid-2018. Nature lovers from across the planet visit Munnar during this event. It can be viewed from Eravikulam National Park. The national park is home to a variety of endangered species. There are many locations where you can view the Neelakurinji but most of them are restricted by the Kerala tourism department.
Best time to visit Munnar
The climate is pleasant throughout the year. The temperature in summer varies from 15 to 25 degrees in summer and 5 to 10 degrees in winter. It is best visited after the monsoon as the hills will be lush green ( after October). Summar starts by around March end. Visiting during the monsoon can be dangerous as the area is prone t landslides.
Boating is available at many tourist spots ( usually dams). There will be traditional boats as well as motorboats.
Cycles are available for hire at many shops in the town center. cycling through tea gardens can be a relaxing experience.
Head to Elephant Arrival spot ( around 28km from town center ) for a ride on an elephant. It will cost about Rs 400 per person.
There are many trekking spots. The trek to Chokramudi ( 7200 feet ) is a challenging trek, there can be snakes, elephants, and bears. The trek starts near Suryanelli. Chitrapuram and Chummar are the other two popular treks.
Ayurveda and Yoga
There are few resorts which offer Ayurvedic treatments and yoga lessons. Yoga lessons amidst misty tea gardens will be an enchanting experience.
Coffee and Tea can be bought from numerous shops and stalls on the roadside. Munnar is also famous for home-made chocolates.
Malayalam and Tamil are the languages spoken by people here. People are also comfortable with English.
Food and Drinks
There are many restaurants in the town and near tourist attractions. Most of the restaurants serve Kerala or Tamil Nadu cuisine but there are few North Indian restaurants.Food will not be a problem here. Street food is very popular, there are many stalls near the town center.
The Beverages Corporation (bevco) outlet is closed permanently. The nearest state-run liquor shop is in Devikulam ( 9km ). Few resorts and restaurants have the bar attached to them.
Top things do in Munnar
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How to travel within
Hilly regions and wet regions are prone to leeches, carry table salt to get rid of them.
Sunscreen should be used as it will be sunny during the daytime.
If you are driving to Munnar, most of the roads which lead here are dangerous with blind curves. There is also a possibility of landslides during monsoon. There will be fog at night, leave early in the evening.
You may spot wild animals like elephants on road, do not provoke them.
- Day1: Vist Eravikulam National Park
- Day2: Visit Top Station for a view of the enchanting hills.
- Day3: Visit the famous tea museum and surrounding lush green tea gardens.