Looking for a relaxing luxury vacation destination, Munnar is the place for you. Tea plantations till the end of your sight, peaceful atmosphere and pleasant weather, Munnar has it all for you. Situated in Kerala in the western ghats, Munnar is a popular hill station in the south of India. People visit here throughout the year but a surge is seen during the winter months. Tourists usually come here to celebrate the Christmas and the new year. If you are also looking for a peaceful and scenic destination, then Munnar is the place for you.
The history of Munnar dates back to the British era. In the year 1870s John Daniel Munro visited the area for settling a border dispute between Travancore and Madras. He loved the place when he saw it for the first time. The area was then owned by the royal family of the region. He then formed a plantation society in Munnar and plantation began there. Present-day Munnar is popular for its tea plantation and its tourism.
Things to do (Activities)
Take the tea estate tours
The major thing to do in Munnar is visiting the tea estates and seeing the tea plantation and harvest up close. One of the must visits in Munnar is the Kolukkumalai Tea Estate. It is amongst one of the highest tea plantations in the world. Once you visit the Kolukkumalai estate, you can also visit the tea factory to understand the traditional methods of tea plantation.
Trekking and camping
Munnar is a heaven not only for tea enthusiasts but also for trekking lovers. After seeing the tea plantations and enjoying at the waterfalls, you would love to see Munnar from the top. You can go for trekking and camping at the Echo point. As the name says echo phenomenon is clearly witnessed from the Echo point. It is located 15 kilometres away from Munnar and you will have to trek to reach the top. But the journey will be worth the effort.
Visit the natural waterfalls in Munnar
The entire region is full of natural beauty, you will find gorgeous waterfalls in Munnar. You can take a day or two out to visit the waterfalls in Munnar and enjoy the freshwater. The most popular and gorgeous waterfalls in Munnar are Attukal, Lakkam, Chinnakanal, and Thoovanam. All the falls create a plunge pool which provides visitors with an opportunity to indulge and play with the waters. You can also visit the National Parks and Wildlife sanctuaries to amplify your love for nature.
Indulge in different activities
Munnar has a lot to offer a traveller, even after enjoying the scenic beauty you can do a lot in Munnar. You can choose to indulge in cultural activities like watching Kathakali performances at Punarjani Traditional Village or watching Kalaripayattu performances. Munnar is known for its ayurvedic spas too, you can get spas done at various centres present there. You can try the local cuisine at the restaurants and enjoy a relaxing vacation.
List of the Accommodations available at the Destination
Elixir Hills is an excellent choice for travellers visiting Munnar, offering a family-friendly environment alongside many helpful amenities designed to enhance your stay.
Parakkat Nature Hotels & Resorts
Parakkat Nature Hotels & Resorts
The resort boasts 50 luxuriously appointed rooms ranging from classic(no tea valley view), superior(few rooms are offering tea valley view),
Nestled among the most pristine mountain ranges of Kanan Devan and Bison Valley Hills, Munnar, the charming chalets of Spice Tree offer the perfect tranquility for a genuine ‘mountain retreat’ with incredible views of the verdant valleys below.
Cochin airport is the closest airport to Munnar. It is situated at a distance of 110 km, you can hire a cab to reach your destination from there. The other airport is Madurai International airport which is 140 km away from the Munnar town.
There are three railway stations from where you can reach Munnar easily. The closest railway station from Munnar is at Aluva, which is at a distance of 110 kilometres. The Ernakulam Railway Station in Kochi is 130 kilometres away and the Madurai Railway Station is at a distance of 135 kilometres.
The roads till Munnar are very well connected. After reaching your destined airport or railway station, you can book a pre-paid taxi to reach Munnar. Or you can hire a vehicle and drive on your own, the roads are motorable and the views are very scenic.