Location: 5,000 ft above Sea Level in the Western Ghats of Idukki District
Known As: Tea Country
Best Time to Visit: Post-Monsoon, September to May.
To See : Church of South India, Eravikulam National Park, Tea Museum and Tea Processing, Athukad and other Falls, Madupatty Dam, Sethuparvathipuram Dam, Lockhart Gap, Pothanmedu, Nyamakad Gap, Trout-fishing.
Most Famous For: Church of South India, Eravikulam National Park, Tea Museum and Tea Processing.
Do Not Miss: Do not miss strolling in the Tea Gardens of Munnar.
Must Experience: Elephant Safari in the Wild Life Sanctuaries of Munnar.
Getting Around: Top Station – 34 km, Kollukkumallay Tea Estate – 38 km, Marayoor – 40 km, Chinnar Wildlife Sanctuary – 60 km.
To Shop: Tata Tea Sales Outlet – Tea, Shristhi Welfare Centre – Strawberry, Spices.
Air – Nearest Airport – Cochin International Airport.
Rail – Nearest Railhead – Ernakulum Junction.
Road – National Highway 49 links Kochi to Munnar and thence to Madurai. Either, you can also take the Golden Chariot train India which covers top destinations of South India.
Inside Tip: Don’t forget to include a shawl or light woollens in your kit. You will begin to feel the Chill as you start ascending the Hills.
Important Distances : 135 km from Kochi, 160 km from Periyar, 147 km Kottayam, 110 km Thekkady, 160 km Madurai, 158 km Thrissur.
Places to visit in Munnar
Pothamedu, one of the major spice and tea plantation hubs of Munnar. It is situated at a distance of 6 kilometres from Munnar. Views of coffee, tea, and cardamom plantations are excellent from this place. It is an ideal place for trekking and hiking amidst lush mountains, rolling hills, and breathtaking scenery. The zigzag mountainous roads make an excellent place for long walks in the lap of nature.
This beautiful hill station with its exotic flora and fauna and the cool mountain air is a rare experience. It is located at a distance of 7 kilometres from Munnar. The Sita Devi Lake with its mineral waters and picturesque surroundings is a good picnic spot.
Pallivasal is situated around 8 km from Munnar. It is a place of immense scenic beauty. It has the distinction of being home to the first hydropower project in Kerala.
Periyar National Park, Thekkady
Echo point is on the way to Top Station from Munnar. As its name suggests, the place has a natural echo phenomenon. It is 15 kms from Munnar. It is an excellent place, especially for young travellers to disembark for a while, yell out and we can listen our own voice coming back.
Rajamalai Eravikulam National Park
Rajamala is home to almost half the population of Nilgiri tahrs. It is situated at a distance of 15 km from Munnar. The Eravikulam-Rajamala region is the natural habitat of this almost extinct species with around 1,000 of them staying here.
Tea Plantation, Chithirapuram
This small hill station emanates an old-world magic with its old playgrounds and courts, bungalows, and sleepy little cottages that point to its colonial past. It is situated 10km from Munnar. This hill town is also famous to the tourists for its picturesque tea plantations.
Nyayamakad is a land of magnificent waterfalls of Kerala. It is situated between Munnar and Rajamala. The waters cascade down a hill from a height of about 1600 meters.
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