Munnar is a hill station located in Kerala. It is a famous destination right from the British period itself. Munnar is apt for all kind of tours be it a romantic drive, family trip or a short break.
Munnar is situated 5,000+ ft above the sea level. Munnar attracts tourists with its breathtaking scenery ie mountains touching the clouds, tea plantations, landscape views laid out as far as the eye can see, coffee estates and waterfalls.
There is so much to discover in Munnar like relaxing water streams, mountain peaks suitable for trekking, rustic valleys where your voice echoes, rare orchids and day tours to Wildlife Sanctuary.
You can also try plantation visits, tea factory visits cum tea tasting, trekking, cycling, boating, and paragliding.
The best time to visit Munnar is between June to August when it is winter. The temperature is very cool. Make sure you carry an umbrella because light rain showers are expected all year round. July to September is off-season due to Monsoon. It is a bit hot in summer March to May.
The best way to reach Munnar is through rail/road/air from Kochin. Kochi is the nearest railway station/airport. From Kochi, it takes 4 hours to reach Munnar by road.
Alternatively, you can book private cabs/taxis. Kerala State Transport KSRTC operates bus services to Munnar from most of the cities like Chennai, Bangalore, etc. The journey through road is very scenic.
We traveled in a group of 5 from Coimbatore. The route that we took is Coimbatore- Pollachi – Udumalapet – Chinnar – Munnar. It took approximately 4-5 hours to reach Munnar with frequent halts in between. The roads are narrow. Once you reach Munnar, you will have to take curves/bends. On the way from Coimbatore to Pollachi, we spot many Windmills on the way which was interesting.
Here are some of the famous attractions near Munnar:
- Chinnar Wildlife Sanctuary
- Thoovanam Waterfalls
- Eravikulam National Park famous for the Nilgiri Tahr
- Mattupetty Dam
- Top Station
- Pothamedu View Point
- Tea Museum
- Lakkam Falls
- Attukkad Falls
- Echo Point
- Photo Point
- Neelakurunji Blooms
- Amusement Parks – Wonder Valley/Dream Land
- Kundala Dam Lake
Out of this, we saw Lakkam Falls, Thoovanam Falls, Chinnar, Echo Point and View Point on the way. We saw these from a distance and didn’t go nearby as we were short of time.
We stayed in Camelot Munnar.
We went to Wonder Valley Amusement Park but charges were 1000 per head and we could spend only 1-2 hours inside because we reached late. We had to change our plans because it won’t be worth. There is a chocolate shop outside this park and that owner was very rude and shouted at people who passed by unnecessarily for petty reasons.
Just before this park, there is a jeep trekking booking place. They tricked us into taking their ride upon inquiry by showing beautiful photos and videos. The charge was 4k to 5k per jeep.
They drove us through a place called Narayanapuram.
First, they took us to Ripple Falls.
Upon arriving at the place, there was nothing – no scenery, no water absolutely nothing. We had an ugly fight with them and returned back. After a huge argument, they took 1500 Rs and returned the balance amount. Please don’t get trapped by such scammers.
If you want to shop in Munnar, visit street shops or the local markets. You will find wooden handicrafts, tea, coffee, spices, homemade chocolates, dry fruits, essential oils, curry powders, eucalyptus balm, hand-woven garments, natural beauty products, and fresh vegetables/fruits.
I bought Eucalyptus Oil, Tea Tree Essential Oil, Home Made Milk, and Cocoa Chocolate.
I will write a separate post on the resort. Hope I shared all the useful information about visiting Munnar in this post.