Munnar Travel Guide
It is an ideal hill station famous for its tea estates, exotic scenery, abundance of flora and fauna and craggy peaks. Its natural beauty makes it a Kashmir of South India which houses the biggest tea plantation of India. Many tourists prefer to visit this hill station because it is blessed with several natural and mesmerising view points of waterfalls, tea gardens and mist clad hills. It is very difficult to explain its beauty in words so it advisable to visit this place and experience its beauty yourself.
The meaning of the word Munnar is believed to be ‘three rivers’ as it is located on the banks of three rivers- Madupetti, Nallathanni and Periavaru. The city has two partitions, namely as Old Munnar, it is the place where tourist information office is situated and second one is Munnar where the bus stop and most of the guest houses are located.
Every place of this city cum hill station make visitors exited. Some of them are TATA Tea Museum, it is situated at the Nallathanni estate. It houses various pictures that display evolution of tea plantations in Munnar just from tea seedling to the automated tea factory. It is a perfect tribute to the initial planters of Munnar; Blossom Park, it is located on the outskirts of Pallivasal hydro-electric project. It is an ideal place for picnic where one can activities like Cycling, boating and roller skating as well as Hammocks& meditation caves; Pothamedu View Points, the journey to this view point takes you through the old bridges and narrow roads and also offers scenic views during the drive; Attukal Waterfalls, it is a place where waterfalls are set amidst hills and jungles. Here one can drive through a narrow bridge to watch falls; Top Station, it is the most mesmerising place of Munnar, covered with fog which makes you feel like standing on the clouds. One can also visit two dams and tea gardens on its way. But it is advised to go top station first and then dams and tea gardens Kundala Lake, it is one of the most popular places among honeymoon couples. It is the first arch dam of Asia. The hills and valleys that surround the lake are the house of Neela Kurunji flowers which bloom once in twelve years. The lake has various things to do like speed boating, pedal boating, visiting Echo Point, sightseeing, window shopping and many more; Madupetty Dam, it is yet another attraction of Munnar popular for its excellent view of the lake and tea plantations. Basically the dam is a storage Concrete Gravity dam, constructed to conserve water for hydroelectricity. Except beautiful views the lake also offers boating facilities and if you are lucky then you may be able to see elephants; Eravikulam National Park, this sanctuary was established to preserve the endangered Nilgiri Tahr. It is a rare mountain goat which is facing extinction. The park has two zones in the one is Rajamala where tourists are allowed. No one is allowed to go beyond this because of security reasons; Marayoor Dolmens, the place is sprinkled with waterfalls, rivers, rocky hills, bamboo forests, sandalwood trees, cave temples and paintings which clearly show that the place has many things to visit. Other than this, one can also go for Anamudi, Indo Swiss Dairy Farm, Lock Hart Gap, Cheeyapara Waterfalls, Life of Pie Church and so on.
One can visit this place anytime in the year. It is advisable to carry light and heavy and; light woollen clothes.
Aluva houses nearest railway station from Munnar and nearest airport situated in Kochi, Coimbatore, Madurai and Calicut. Munnar is also well connected via road as well.
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