Munnar, Idukki, Kerala

Also known as the “Kashmir of South India”, found on the Western Ghats is Munnar, a breathtaking beauty at 1600 metres above sea level. The confluence of three rivers namely Kundala, Mudrapuzha, and Nallathani has given this beauty the name “Munnar”. Munnar is very famous for its tea and spice plantations. It is also famous for the Neelakurinji flower that only blooms once in twelve years. The sight of these blue flowers covering the hills is a sight to behold and must definitely not be missed.

Every year, scores of travelers visit this hill station to enjoy all that it has to offer. Munnar is also a very popular spot for honeymooners due to its cool climate and lush greenery.

A Tea museum was started by the Tata industry. Here, one can get to know everything about tea, its origin, and other information.  Munnar used to be one of the summer resort for the British in the South. Tea plantations were begin here by the British many years ago and are now a thriving industry in this region. Many medicinal herbs and plants used in Ayurveda are also grown here. Tea plantations and the Tata tea museum are two of the must visit places in Munnar.

Munnar has something to offer all through the year. December to February is winter in Munnar and the temperature is as low as ten degrees. It is a great season to be in Munnar and is much preferred by honeymooners.  Summer begins from March to May. Even during this season, many tourists throng this place as the climate is pleasant and cool. June to September marks the beginning of monsoon in Munnar. Rains in Munnar are a treat to the eyes as the entire place comes alive with rains bathing the greenery in varied hues of green.

One of the unique experiences in Kerala is the visit to the traditional Punaranjini village. Meaning Rebirth, this village is an effort by the youngsters in Munnar to introduce the art of Kalaripayattu and Kathakali to the visitors. This tour is available all days of the week at a cost of rupees two hundred per adult between five and seven in the evening.

The visit to the Mattupetty dam in Munnar is another must see place. This dam acts as an important source of power for the localities nearby.  A thrilling speedboat cruise is available for fifteen minutes at a cost of rupees five hundred. Entry ticket to Mattupetty dam is priced at rupees ten per adult.

The Fun forest adventure park in Munnar offers low climbing and high climbing adventure rope activities.  In addition to this, paragliding is also available to the tourists. Being among the sea of mist amidst the breathtaking beauty makes this a truly must do activity in Munnar.

The Spice market in Munnar has plenty to offer to a spice lover. Various spices and condiments are available in powdered and natural form in this market.

The Echo point in Kerala gets its name due to the natural echoes that one can make in these lush mountains. This is one of the most beautiful spots on earth and acts as a muse to a painter or photographer.

Rock climbing and rappelling is available in Munnar for a cost of rupees five hundred onwards. Some rocks are as high and steep as one hundred feet. There is also low rope rappelling available for beginners and they are constantly watched over by the experts. This is an awesome experience for any adventure seeker. Different packages are available for children and adults.

The nearest railway station to Munnar is in Aluva or Angamaly which are one hundred and eight and one hundred and nine kilometeres respectively. The nearest airport is the Cochin International Airport.  The KSRTC and private bus services are also available in Munnar.