Having been the British summer capital of India once, Munnar is also known as Kashmir of South India. This green serene town lies on the south of Indian Western Ghats and beautifully befalls in God’ own country, Kerala. A treasure trove for the visitors, Munnar is amongst the most spectacular mountain channels in the nation. Adorned by the beauty of the hills, tea plantations, evergreen spice gardens, winding paths and a lot more, Munnar bathes in absolute equanimity. It derives its nomenclature as ‘moon-aar’ which comprehends to ‘the land of three rivers. It was brought to the surface by the confluence of three streams namely Mudra puzha, Nallathanni and Kundala. The lush green symmetry of tea gardens has a distinct way of making way to your heart. It’s an offbeat destination serving equally to travellers of all kinds. It is an apt honeymoon spot, a trekkers’ paradise and an absolutely suitable family vacations.
There is always perfect season! Visit anytime
Even though Munnar brims with its mesmerizing landscapes in all seasons, it changes colours through the year. Summers in Munnar are marked with the rise in the mercury as well as a bulky inflow of tourists. The air remains calm, quiet and better as compared to other seasons. Monsoon makes its presence felt with those dewy evenings, as the summer begins fading. With its advent, the valley gets caressed with a more attractive and newer shade of green. This is also when the waterfalls can be seen at their prettiest. After the monsoons are over, comes winter and is just the optimum time to visit Munnar according to me. Pleasant weather accompanied by the tenderness of cold breeze makes the hill station a perfect place to plan for honeymoons, family trips and backpacking.
How to reach?
Well connected with the major cities and destinations for tourists, Munnar is probably the most well accessible tourist spots in Kerala. For the bus commuters, direct buses to Munnar are available from virtually all major cities in South India. Though Munnar doesn’t have any direct access to railroad tracks, one can take the train for Aluva, around 110km, Ernakulam, 130km, or Madurai that is around 135km from Munnar. Like every other tourist places in Kerala, Munnar may also be easily accessible from Cochin International Airport that is around 110 km from those hill station. Madurai International Airport at Tamil Nadu is also one of the nearest airports to Munnar, distance being 140km.
Famous spots and jaunts
Mattupetty dams – The edge of this dam is lined with an immaculate hue of green and is an eye soothing sight. A perfect panoramic view combining water streams, mountains and greenery. The speed boat is a major attraction here and should not be missed.
Kundala Dam Lake – Kundala Lake really is an artificial reservoir of an arch. It’s about 40 km from Munnar and it’s 1, 880 meters above sea level. It is comparatively less crowded and hence more neat and clean. One can indulge in activities like boating or a walk in the woods amid gigantic eucalyptus trees. If you’re lucky you might also spot an elephant and other fauna.
Tea Gardens – These are sprawled over almost all of Munnar so there wouldn’t be a specific place to find the splendour contained in the tea gardens. A pleasant long drive through the terrains of Munnar would be the best thing to do justice to the beauty that these perfectly trimmed tea gardens have to offer.
Top Station – Nature lovers already have this as their favourite spot when in Munnar. The scenic drive to the Top station is definitely the most beautiful one that extends a view of opulent foliage and is a bewitching sight.
Blossom International Park – This is approximately 3 km away from Munnar city and it spreads over 16 acres. The park provides many activities for vacationers like biking, boating, roller skating etc. The lush greenery along with the soothing cold breeze with a mild odour of tea completely rejuvenates you.
Munnar majorly is a destination dripping in hues of green and should be travelled to satiate the hunger as a nature lover. It engulfs you with its mystic colour and you swerve in its beauty. So when are you booking your tickets?