Munnar is a famous hill station in Kerala located at an elevation of 1700 meters above sea level. It is famous for its lush green landscapes and tea plantations and has pleasant climate all year round. Located in the Western Ghats, it also has numerous protected areas which houses many rare species of flora and fauna. Tourists can do some absolutely thrilling activities to absorb the overwhelming beauty of the Munnar region.
Visit the Kolukkumalai Tea Estate:
Located at an elevation of 7900 ft, it is one of the highest tea estates in the world. Traveling on the curvy road leading to the tea estate itself is a thrilling experience. Once you reach, you will feel the refreshing aroma of the flavored tea leaves which are world renowned. The tea factory at the premises is more than 100 years old and is a great place to learn about the old methods of tea production.
Go for Trekking:
Munnar is an ideal place for trekking enthusiasts. Trekking to popular sightseeing points like Echo Point and Top Station is preferred activity for many travellers. Echo point is located 15 km from Munnar and is a mesmerizing destination where the resonance of sound occurs naturally. Top Station is the highest point in Munnar located at a distance of 32 kms. Trekking to Top point requires a lot of stamina and could be exhaustive but it is rewarding at the same time as you will get stunning views of hills and valleys. It is recommended to do Trekking with proper gear.
Explore the Wildlife:
Munnar is a heaven for nature and wildlife enthusiasts as there are plenty of thick forests, national parks, biosphere reserves and sanctuaries in its vicinity. The most visited wildlife areas of Munnar are Chinnar Wildlife Sanctuary, Eravikulam National Park, and Salim Ali Bird Sanctuary.
With its hilly and picturesque terrain, Munnar gives a good opportunity to cycling enthusiasts to rejoice. Areas like Suryanelli, Kundala, Anamudi Shola, Marayoor and Vandanmedu are great for mountain biking. It is thrilling to ride your bike along the rolling roads and sharp bends of the hills and meadows while testing your stamina. There are many hotels and resorts that arrange biking trips for their guests. You can also rent a cycle from the local cycle rental services in Munnar.
Stay in Tree houses: They are locally called Erumadam and is an eco accommodation facility provided by many players. The house is made of natural materials like bamboo, coir, straw and hay. It is a new and unique concept getting popularized in Munnar.
Picnic at Waterfalls:
Munnar has several hilly waterfalls like Attukal, Chinnakanal, Lakkam and Thoovanam, which form a plunge pool and serve as ideal picnic spots. Lakkam waterfalls is located on the Munnar-Marayoor route and is lovely place surrounded by vaga trees. Attukalwaterall is located on the outskirts of Munnar and when you are here for picnic you can plan a small trek to the surrounding hills. Thoovanam falls is located near the Chinnar wildlife sanctuary, you can visit both places on the same day.