Mention Kerala and most people think of the tranquil charm of its backwaters and the secluded beaches along the Arabian Sea. True, but India’s southernmost state also has a lot more to enthrall you: the fabulous seafood, a rich cultural heritage, and not to mention, the stunning beautiful hill stations in the Western Ghats. One such hill station in Kerala is Munnar, which is truly the heart of God’s Own Country. In Munnar, a fascinating mix of nature, history and adventure allures holidaymakers from far and wide. Here is a look at some not-to-be-missed attractions in Munnar.
If you like tea, you will love Munnar. The rolling hills that surround the town are replete with tea plantations that make for a sight to behold. The lush greenery and the aromatic cool breeze rejuvenate one’s mind, body and soul. Besides, there is a tea museum in Munnar, which chronicles the growth of tea industry in the region. Visitors to the museum can also learn the process of tea making.
Located about 9kms from Munnar, this scenic waterfall is best explored during or after the monsoon season. It’s a nice place to spend some peaceful moments in the lap of nature. The lush forests that surround the waterfall boast an enchanting variety of flora & fauna.
Blossom International Park
This fantastically manicured park is spread over an area of 16 acres and is dotted with beautiful patches of flowers and plants, water bodies, tree houses, ropeways and playgrounds. It is about 3 km from Munnar and is a famous tourist attraction of the area. The park is home to many rare species of flowers and plants. Facilities for activities such as boating, cycling and roller-skating are also available at the venue.
Lofty hills and thick forests around Munnar make the destination a trekker’s paradise. Choose any of the trekking trails that lead to Kodaikanal. Top Station, about 35 km from Munnar, is an ideal point to start the excursion. Making their way through the hilly terrains and thick forests, trekkers come across spectacular sceneries of tea plantations, gushing waterfalls and tranquil lakes. Wildlife enthusiasts would be glad to know that the famous Chinar Wildlife Sanctuary is just about 50kms from Munnar.
As the name suggests, this is a place, where you can hear the echoes of your voice. Surrounded by lush green hills, very close to the Matupatty Dam and Kundala Lake, Echo Point is a photographer’s dream destination! Take a walk up the lush trails of the nearby hills, try boating in Kundala Lake, or just enjoy the scenery and serenity – Echo Point is definitely worth a visit during your holiday to Munnar.