The greenery, the mountains covered with tea plantations, the woods, the wildlife, the valleys, the hikes, and the mountains. Such are the images that come to your mind when you hear about the best places to visit in Munnar. A refreshing breeze, misty mountains, and acres of tea plantations, beautiful valleys. And, muddy paths through the tea gardens and an adventurous ride through the hairpin turn. That is why Munnar is one of the most hill stations popular in India. Hence, Munnar Tourism is so popular. Extended across the western Ghats, this “mountain range”, as it is widely known, offers many breathtaking panoramas and perfect landscapes for honeymooners and even family vacations
Munnar has become a destination for all seasons. However, the tourist season in Munnar, like all other popular tourist destinations in Kerala
, starts in August and ends in March. Nevertheless, unlike other destinations, Munnar has a summer season from April to May, when crowds arrive in this beautiful season to escape the heat. In the Munnar plains, it is less frequented from June to July during the monsoon.
Here is a list of places to visit near Munnar and things to see when visiting Munnar
1. TATA Tea Museum
The Tata Tea Museum is located on the Nallathanni estate. The museum has photographs and curiosities that trace the evolution and growth of the tea plantations in Munnar, from the tea tree to automated tea processing factories. The museum is an appropriate tribute to the efforts of the first planters to transform one of the most popular hill stations and the epicenter of the tea trade in Kerala. Entry ticket to the museum is Rs 75 per person and you can enjoy a Free cardamom tea with the Munnar tea history demo.
2. Cheeyapara Falls
The Cheeyappara waterfalls are en route to Munnar after Neriamangalam and before Adimali and flow in seven stages offering a magnificent view from the road near the second stage from below. Valara is another waterfall near Cheeyapara and dense natural tropical forests surrounds it. Indeed, it is also a good place to enjoy a break and hot tea before reaching Munnar.
3. Pothamedu View Point
Pothamedu ViewPoint – You can see the beauty of the Munnar fog that envelops the green hills from Pothanmedu’s perspective. The trip to Pothamedu ViewPoint takes you over an old bridge and narrow paths. The views during this trip are extremely beautiful. You should try drinking hot tea in the tea room near the gazebo to truly enjoy the charm of Munnar.
4. Attukad Waterfalls
Attukad waterfalls are a must-see tourist spot in Munnar, where you can see a waterfall in the hills and jungles. The falls are well-positioned between Munnar and Pallivasal and the path to join is very beautiful. There is a narrow bridge through which you can drive your car and see the falls, but it is a little risky as there are holes in the bridge. There is a small tea shop near the falls where you can watch the falls and drink a cup of hot cardamom tea.
5. Upper Station
Top Station is a scenic spot at the highest altitude of Munnar and is located at a distance of over 40 km from Munnar. If you are visiting Munnar, you must be very lucky to get to the highest station when the sky is clear and fog-free. It often rains in Munnar, after which the fog covers the beautiful views of Munnar. The journey to the mountain station is quite long but offers beautiful views, tea gardens, and two dams along the way. It is best to visit the upper station at the beginning and visit the dams, etc. on the way back if you plan to leave Munnar early.
6. Kundala Lake
The pedal boat on Lake Kundala costs Rs. 150 per couple per hour is a popular activity for Kerala honeymoon packages. Kundala is the first arch dam in Asia. The Neela Kurunji’s flowers, which bloom once every 12 years, bloom in the valleys and hills around Lake Kundala. Echo Point is named after the echo generated when you scream and shop in the shop windows and visiting toy stores in this tourist spot is a popular pastime for Munnar visitors. The fresh mountain air, the misty hills, and the panoramic view are worth a visit. Boating is a popular activity on Lake Kundala
7. Mattupetty Dam
Mattupetty is another pleasure for Munnar’s eyes. The dam and Lake Mattupetty are famous tourist sites with magnificent lake views and tea plantations span a wider area. Navigation facilities are available to offer visitors an incredible experience and you can see elephants here often in Munnar. The Mattupetti dam is a gravity storage dam built in the mountains of Kerala, India, to conserve water for hydroelectricity.
8. Eravikulam National Park
Eravikulam National Park is a shrine located in Munnar to protect the endangered Nilgiri Tahr. The place is the natural habitat of this rare endangered mountain goat. The Rajamala region is the tourist area of the Eravikulam national park. Escape Rajamala if you want to see herds of Nilgiri Tahr roaming freely. No visitors are authorized beyond the tourist area for security reasons.
Note: the park closes from February to March for about 30 to 45 days and tourists are not allowed to enter. The park opens at 7:00 and closes at 18:00. There is no online ticketing service and long queues are expected on holidays and weekends.
Eravikulam National Park is a shrine located in Munnar to protect the endangered Nilgiri Tahr. The place is the natural habitat of this rare endangered mountain goat. The Rajamala region is the tourist area of the Eravikulam national park. Escape Rajamala if you want to see herds of Nilgiri Tahr roaming freely. The government authorizes no visitors beyond the tourist area for security reasons.
9. Dolmens de Marayoor
Virgin, exotic, adventurous, different, and beautiful: Marayoor is a land of waterfalls, rivers, rocky hills, bamboo forests, sandalwood, rock temples, and paintings. The Marayoor dolmens date back to the Stone Age and in Malayalam, the dolmens are called Muniyaras or Sadhus dwellings. The rock slabs were used to create the dolmens, three for the sides and the fourth slab placed above these three as a roof. There are dolmens with 5 beautiful stone slabs in which the fifth stone slab acts as a front wall with an opening as an entrance. Another spectacular native of Marayoor is the Neelakurinji flowers, which bloom only once every twelve years.
10. Anamudi Peak
Anamudi is the highest peak in the Western Ghats and southern India. It is located at 2,695 meters above sea level and is one of the most charming places in Munnar. The place is ideal for excursions and offers many activities if you like to explore something adventurous as it is the highest point in India outside the Himalayas. However, court orders prohibit trekking in Anamudi is currently
Note: Anaimudi is located in Eravikulam national park and the forest department of Kerala forbids tourists.
11. Indo Swiss Dairy Farm in Mattupetty
The Swiss Indo Dairy Farm or Livestock Project is located near the Mattupetty dam and is one of the best places to visit in Munnar. This project is created to produce high-performance cattle. It was a result of the bilateral agreement between India and the Swiss government in 1963. The sight of the cattle that graze freely among the hills of the large farm is a unique experience that every tourist can live in his life. The Kerala Livestock Development and Milk Marketing Committee manage the Swiss Indo Dairy Farm or Livestock Project.
Note: At the moment the project of the Indo Swiss newspaper farm is not open to tourists
12. Lock Hart Gap
Lockhart Gap is located near Mattupetty and is the ideal location for excursions and adventure activities. This tourist site of Munnar has fresh mountain air, misty hills covered with tea gardens, and panoramic views of the Munnar valleys.
13. Blossom Park
Hydel / Blossom park is located near the Pallivasal hydroelectric project and you can enjoy activities such as cycling, rowing, and roller skating, as well as hammocks and meditation caves. It is the ideal place for families looking for a holiday with children in Kerala and the admission price is only Rs.10. Blossom Park has beautiful gardens with rare varieties of plants, trees, and flowers, mountain bike facilities, children’s canoe, roller skating, etc.
Note: entrance tickets to the Blossom international park are: Rs.10.00 / for adults and Rs 2.00 / – For children and there are facilities for cycling, canoeing, etc.
14. The life of the Pi Church
In Pi’s cinematic life, there is a complete scene that captures Munnar’s beauty when the protagonist Pi visits a church in Munnar. Pi’s life story is based on the tigers that the author Yann Martel saw at the Trivandrum zoo in Kerala. You must visit these most popular and best places in Munnar.
If you like hiking, trekking in Meesapulimala will be a good activity to do in Munnar. The hike starts from a place called the Silent Valley and extends between tea gardens and forests. Go up to Meesapulimala and if it’s a cloudless day, you can see the beauty of Munnar tea gardens everywhere.
16. Chokramudi Peak
Chokramudi Peak is a beautiful and deep valley full of lush vegetation. Eravikulam National Park is located at 7,210 feet above sea level. The lush green masks the Shola Forest. It is a popular place for trekking among travelers when authorities allow it. When you hike early in the morning, you can not only watch the sunrise. But, also see herds of Nilgiri Tahr leaving for livestock. So, these are the list of the best places to visit in Munnar.