Holiday destination Munnar

Munnar has long been a much-favoured tourist destination for people all over the world. The lush greenery, tea plantations, forests, valleys, wild life, waterfalls, and more, are sure to beckon the traveller in you.

Stretching along the Western Ghats, this hill station is ideal for a family vacation as well as a romantic jaunt. Plan your trip in advance because there is so much to see in Munnar (which means three rivers in Malayalam) that unless you have an itinerary, you are likely to hop from one spot to the other in a rush.

Best time to visit

Munnar is an all-season destination. But the rush season starts from August and runs up to March. The hill station is less crowded from June to July owing to the monsoon season.

Places to see

Well, there are so many, it is difficult to pin-point just some. But here is a look at the most popular five destinations.

Pothamedu ViewPoint

This is an enchanting spot from where you can see Munnar in all its splendour. The mist engulfing the green hills makes the trip to Pothamedu ViewPoint magical. To reach the spot, you will have to drive over an old bridge and narrow roads. Keep your cameras ready as you will want to capture the beauty of nature even if you are not the clicking kind!

 

Attukal Waterfalls 

This is a must-visit tourist spot in Munnar; waterfalls amidst hills and jungles greet you once you reach here. The road that leads to Attukal itself is divinely beautiful. You can drive through a narrow bridge to take a closer look at the falls if you are the brave kind. You can also stop at the small tea shop-cum-view point near the falls. A cup of hot cardamom tea and the gushing waterfall – you won’t forget it in a hurry.

Top Station

This is a view point located at the highest altitude in Munnar. You will have to drive about 40 km from the city centre to reach Top Station. You will cross two dams on the way. If you are lucky, the sky will be clear and you can have a breathtaking view of the surroundings. Do remember that it rains frequently in Munnar and the fog covers the beautiful views.

Kundala Lake

This is a very popular destination for honeymooning couples. You can go pedal-boating, which will cost you Rs 150 per couple for an hour. Incidentally, Kundala is Asia’s first arch dam. You can go to Echo Point and shout out your name, or that of your loved one, and hear the echo almost talking back to you. The air is fresh, the hills are mist-clad and the views are panoramic.

Meesapulimala

This is a hiking and trekking spot. The trek starts from Silent Valley and goes in between the tea gardens and forests. When you get to the top of Meesapulimala, you can see endless tea gardens if it is a cloudless day.

Reaching Munnar

Munnar does not have a railway station or airport. The nearest major city is Alwaye. From Alwaye, you will have to drive 90 km to reach Munnar. The nearest airport is Cochin International Airport. Buses are available from all major towns of Kerala and Tamil Nadu.

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