Places to Visit in Munnar
Munnar, a town and hill station located in the Idukki district in the southwestern region of Kerala. The name Munnar is said to mean “Three rivers,” referring to its location at the confluence of the Mudhirapuzha, Nallathanni and Kundaly rivers. It is located at around 5200 ft. (1600m) Over a sea level in the Western Ghats range of the mountains. With the enchanting beauty, here are the most famous attractions that one can visit here.
These waterfalls are Located on the way to Pallivasal amidst dense vegetation and counted as one of the major tourist’s destinations in Munnar. The water is cold here and is also known as a great trekking hotspot. Several tourists throughout the year visit the romantic and secluded cascades of Atukkad.
Constructed to generate hydroelectricity by conserving water, the Mattupetty Dam is one of the famous picnic spots in Munnar. Built on the Mattupetty Lake, it is home to several species of birds and animals due to the continuous supply of water through the reservoir. One can enjoy a nice stroll by the lake or can try boating here.
Kundala Lake is an artificial reservoir with a minor arch shaped dam huddled between the mountain ranges. It is about a 20 km drive away from Munnar.
Located at a distance of approximately 40 Kilometres from Munnar, Top Station is one of the well-frequented tourist hotspots in Kerala. It is situated at an average elevation of 1800m above sea levels in the Western Ghats. The visitors can experience breathtaking views of the mountains and walk among the clouds for an out-worldly experience.
Famous for its extensive and lush green tea plantations, Chithirapuram is recognised by old bungalows and cottages and playgrounds. Located within a short distance of 10 kilometres from Munnar, the town is visited by several tourists who visit to experience the old worldly charm of the place.
Eravikulam (Rajamalai National Park)
The protected forest is located at an average elevation of 2000 meters above sea level and is home to several endemic and rare species of flora, fauna, reptiles and avifauna totalling at a whopping 750 species. The Eravikulam National Park consists animals like Tiger, Leopard, Nilgiri Tahr, Gaur, Sambar Deer, Golden Jackal, Jungle Cat, Wild dog and Dhole. Also, it has Lakkom waterfalls as its part that is a favourite hideout in Munnar.
Home to the rare Kurunji flower, the Echo point is named after the enchanting echo phenomenon that occurs at the spot. A picturesque lake situated beside a hillock represents the place. The Echo Point is a famous destination for the young tourists and a great picnic spot for camping and photography.
The Neolithic dolmens of Muniyara are located in a village called Marayur and can easily be reached by taxi or a car. The Neolithic burial chambers are a famous archaeological site in Kerala and are frequented by several tourists. One can also experience some great views of the mountains covered in lush green vegetation.
Also mentioned in the Hindu epic Mahabharatha, Marayur is said to have been visited by the Pandavas during their exile and is famous for its Neolithic era rock paintings and dolmens. Marayur is also home to the only natural sandalwood forests in Kerala. The place is also famous for its medicinal plants and herbs.
Blossom International Park is about 3 km drive from Munnar town, and it spreads over an area of 16 acres. A peaceful location to enjoy a serene and relaxing nature walk while admiring flowers and surrounding green hillside. The park offers many other activities for visitors like boating, cycling, roller skating, etc.
This tea museum is first of its kind in India. Located at KDHP’s Nullatanni estate in Munnar. The major objective of this museum is to showcase the growth of more-than-a-century-old tea plantations in this region. Anyone visiting this museum can get a clear picture of how laborious this tea processing is.
Chinnar Wildlife Sanctuary
Chinnar wildlife sanctuary is about 60 km drive from Munnar. It is situated on SH 17 in the Marayoor and Kanthalloor Panchayats of Idukki district. A beautiful spot for trekking and enjoying wildlife, it is the habitat for endangered grizzled giant squirrel in India. Almost 34 species of mammals including panthers, spotted deer, elephants, tigers one can find here. It is also a bird watchers paradise. 245 species of birds live here!