Tour Munnar, a world famous hill station
The British used to spend their summer vacations in Munnar during colonial times. Munnar today has become a world-famous hill station and attracts numerous tourists from all over the world. In Munnar, you will be amazed by both the sights and the sounds of nature. The name Munnar (Moonnu = Three; Aar = River) originates from a confluence of three rivers known as Muthirapuzha, Nallathanni, and Kundala. Several factors make Munnar one of the most desired tourist places in the world. The mist-clad tea estates, snow-covered landscapes that stretch beyond our sight, silvery streams flowing down rocky hillsides, green slopes, waterfalls surrounded by scenic sights, the smell of tea and espresso, boating facilities, exciting tourism-related programs, and more make Munnar a popular sightseers' hill station. The beauty of Munnar is indescribable. Lots of views, programs, and activities await you here.
Munnar tourist attractions
Cheeyapara waterfall:This waterfall is located between Neryamangalam and Adimali on the highway from Kochi to Munnar. It cascades down seven steps. It is also an excellent place for trekking.
Valera waterfall: It is located about 2 km from Cheeappara Falls, between Neryamangalam and Adimali, on the highway from Kochi to Munnar. The distance from here to Munnar is 45 km. Valera features a chain of waterfalls surrounded by thick green forests. Here the water cascades from 1000 meters high, which may be a treat for your eyes.
Kallar waterfall: This waterfall locates between Adimali and Munnar, on Kochi to Munnar route. It is a beautiful waterfall that flows between rocks and greenery. Of course, this may be a feast for your eyes.
Floriculture Centre: Kerala Forest Development (KFDC) runs this Floriculture Centre. It spread across a few acres of land along the Mattupetty route. You must see it and enjoy the yard of many beautiful flowers and plants.
Photopoint: As the name suggests, this is a place where you can take your photo with a beautiful background. The hills, the green tea plants, the trees, and the misty atmosphere make this place a beautiful landscape for pictures.
Elephant ride point / Elephant park: The elephant ride through the jungle is an unforgettable experience. It also gives us a great fun. If you are riding an elephant through the jungle, you will probably feel like a king surveying his hunting grounds.
Honeybee tree: The Honey Bee Tree is along the Munnar–Mattupetty road, and it is worth spending a few minutes there. It's a pretty gigantic tree with several beehives hanging on the branches. Since this is along the main road, most visitors will stop by to watch the honeybees and hives.
Mattupetty Dam: The most beautiful part of Mattupetty Dam is its still water, reflecting the tea garden around it. You can engage yourself in water sports activities like speedboating and motorboating organized by the District Tourism Promotion Council and enjoy these pretty natural surroundings. Adventure lovers also have options here, like trekking in the Shola forest.
Sun Moon Valley (boating services conducted by DTPC): The District Promotion Council of Idukki controls this nature-surrounded lake and its boating services. It offers Motorboat and speedboat cruises. It is one of the must-visits on a Munnar Trip.
Echo Point:- It is famous for its natural 'echo' event and stunning views. On the shores of the lake, you can see the true color-green of nature everywhere. It has always been a favorite destination for nature lovers and adventurous trekkers. Padel boat services are available on the lake of Eco Point.
Kundala Dam: Boating on this lake is an enjoyable experience beyond words. Pedal boats, Kashmiri Shikhara boats and rowboats are available for rent to make your visit more enjoyable.
Top Station: Top Station is located at a distance of 32 km from Munnar and is the highest point in Munnar (1700 m). This place is on the Kerala-Tamil Nadu border. It offers a beautiful view of the Western Ghats and the valley of the Theni district in Tamil Nadu. On snowy days, the area looks even more attractive.
Blossom Park: Also Hydel park: It is a beautiful park in Munnar. Boating, roller skating and cycling are some of the activities offered here. You can enjoy the greenery and various beautiful flowers in the park.
Pothumedu viewpoint: The beauties of the rolling hills, the lush mountain, the breathtaking greenery, and the mist-clad atmosphere will amaze any tourists. Also, tourists can engage in long mountain walks here. On the way to Pothamedu, two hotels offer beautiful views of different buds of tea, coffee and cardamom growing on the mountain slopes. Pothamedu offers unforgettable experiences.
Attukal, also Attukad waterfall: Attukal Falls, located at a distance of 9 km from Munnar, is worth visiting for its scenic beauty, sparkling waterfalls and rolling rocks. You can't help admiring this site for its extraordinary beauty.
Tata–Munnar tea museum: The museum quenches your curiosity about the tea garden, the tea industry and its history. It describes the birth and growth of the tea industry in Munnar, for over a century, from the hand-operated tea roller to the fully automated tea factory of today. It also provides insight into the different types of tea and the techniques involved in the process.
Eravikulam National Park / Rajamala National Park: Eravikulam National Park, also known as Rajamala Wildlife Sanctuary, is a must-see spot in Munnar. It is home to 132 different birds, 19 amphibians, 26 mammals, 101 species of butterflies, and 20 species of orchids. Apart from varied wildlife, you can easily spot the Nilgiri Tahr, the endangered species of a mountain goat in South India. Eravikulam National Park is also famous for its meadows and Shola forests.
Anamudi Peak: At 8,842 feet, Anamudi is the tallest peak in South India. It is the joy of photographers and the paradise of trekkers. The area is rich in dense evergreen forests and surrounding rivers and is home to countless animals and birds. The stunning beauty of the peak with its wildlife attracts many photographers. There are camping sites to stay in tents near the summit and enjoy the surrounding beauty. It takes 2 hours to climb the peak from Eravikulam National Park. As the surroundings are gigantically beautiful, this trek provides an unforgettable experience for adventure seekers.
Lakkam waterfall: This beautiful waterfall lies between dense woods and rolling hills on the way to Marayoor from Munnar. Combined with serene settings and lush greenery, Lakkam Falls makes it one of the most beautiful attractions for lovers who want to make their trip unforgettable.
Muniyara (Dolmen): Muniyara/Dolmen is in Marayoor, 40 km from Munnar on the route to Udumelpetta in Tamilnadu. It is not clear when, why, or who made the dolmens. The oldest is in Western Europe, 7,000 years ago. Although there is no clear evidence of this, they are still considered tombs or burial chambers.
Thuvanam waterfall: Thoovanam Falls lies within the Chinnar Wildlife Sanctuary, 60 km from Munnar and 10 km from Marayoor, near the Kerala-Tamil Nadu border. The waterfall is a 3-hour guided trekking program conducted by the Kerala Forest Department. While trekking, you can discover wildlife, breathe the fresh air, and enjoy the beauty of the virgin forest. You can enjoy the spectacular scenery, immerse yourself in glass-clear water, and swim. You may wish you could stay overnight here. Kerala Forest Departments provide various accommodations within the forest.
Chinnar wildlife sanctuary: Chinnar Wildlife Sanctuary is one of the best places to enjoy natural beauty, flora, and fauna. The sanctuary is home to several mammals, including panthers, spotted deer, Indian elephants, gorillas, tigers, sambar deer, common langur, bonnet macaque, crocodile, minnows, butterflies, Hanuman monkey, and Nilgiri Tahr. Trekking to various spots, accompanied by the guides of the forest department, is available at the sanctuary. Also, the Forest Department offers several kinds of accommodation inside the forest, including treetop houses.
Malayil Kallan Guha (Rock-cut cave): Malayil = on the hill, Kallan = thief, Guha = cave: Once, a robber lived in this cave, which caused to remain "Malayil Kallan Guha". It is an engaging spot for tourists who wish to take photos. You can have light refreshments from the adjacent wayside shops selling tea, coffee, soda, juices, tender coconuts, omelettes, noodles, etc. There are chairs and benches in the shop, and travellers can sit and enjoy their coffee and snacks. You will also enjoy miraculous views of the hills, mountains, and valleys from here
Periyakanal, also called Chinnakanal waterfall: It is located on the way to Thekkady via Pooppara from Munnar. It cascades down a steep rock 2000 m above sea level. The spot is enriched with scenic western mountain ranges and is an ideal place for a break on the way to the Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary in Thekkady.
Anayirangal Dam: Anairangal Dam and Lake is another beautiful place near Munnar. A left turn-off from the main road to Thekkady leads to this place. The view of the tea gardens spread out on the hill slopes is splendid. This area is a special place for marvellous scenic sights. Resorts facing this lake and its phenomenal scenery make it an unforgettable holiday experience for tourists. Anairangal Dam lies 22 kilometers from Munnar.
Kulukkumalai and tea factory: The sprawling plantations and an old tea factory lend an old-world charm to this place. A two-story building, built in the 1930s, presents you with old tea processing methods that differ from the more popular today's CTC (crush-tear-roll method). The attached factory outlet sells various fresh tea flavors produced at this factory.
At an elevation of 7,900 ft above sea level, Kolukkumalai offers a breathtaking view of the distant plains. The sight is fascinating to see the distant hills falling in and out of the fog. The hilltop is accessible only by jeep. You can rent a jeep also from the base of Kulukkumalai.
Meesapulimala: Situated at an altitude of 2,640 m (8,661 ft), 24 km from Munnar, this is a very adventurous trekking destination. The Kerala-Tamil Nadu border shares the second highest peak in the Western Ghats. You can see hundreds of blooming rhododendrons, stunning tea estates, and roaring streams in this beautiful green valley. The Kerala Forest Development Corporation of Munnar conducts treks and accommodations, including tents and meals with optional campfire facilities. In this package, you will have a chance to see the wildlife, including Nilgiri Thar, Sambar Deer, Wild Guer, Wild Dogs, and Sloth Bears.