Kerala (South India)
Languages: Malayalam, Tamil, English
Best Time to Visit: October to March
Time Zone: Indian Standard Time / IST (UTC+5:30)
Driving Side: Left Side
Main Attractions: Tea Gardens, Mattupetty Lake and Dam, Ervikulam National Park, Christ Church, Swiss Livestock Project Farm, Sita Devi Lake
Munnar is an idyllic hill station of Kerala cradled amidst the sylvan surrounds of the Kannan Devan Hills. At an altitude of 1524 m, this quintessential hill resort with its restful locales, cloud-kissed mountains, tempting valleys, carpeted tea plantations and colonial architectural range, earns credit as one of the most favored holidaying destinations in South India. In fact, hordes of tourists ascend to the dizzying heights of Munnar to see and appreciate the many enchantments that it holds. So if you are planning a trip to this charming hill resort in ‘God’s Own Country’, check out what tourist places to explore and also get an idea of what fun things to do at Munnar.
Explore Tea Gardens!
Get dumbfounded as you mount the inviting circuitous lanes leading towards Munnar. With streets enveloped in eucalyptus and other moss-covered vegetation, the air itself casts a hypnotic spell. However, the best revelations are the tea gardens of Munnar. Cloaking the valleys with their mottled beauty, they ramble and segregate into 30 estates. Therefore, a must-do that should not miss your travel itinerary is exploring such a tea garden. You can sample different flavors of local brews, and even check out how a handful of fresh tea leaves transform to cups of invigorating beverages.
Perched at an altitude of 1700 m, 13 km from Munnar, is the picturesque Mattupetty Lake and Dam. This serene lake and dam girdled by unbridled thickets, verdant tea plantations, and lattices of waterfalls commands unmatched views of Munnar. Owing to its beauty and tranquility, the place is a hot spot amongst tourists for picnicking, boating, and absorbing the natural beauty of the landscape. Besides, the Shola forests around Mattupetty shelters different varieties of birds, and thus provides excellent opportunities for bird watching as well as trekking.
Just 7 km from Munnar is Devikulam - ethereal, pastoral, and perfect. With its countrified beauty and virginal air, the place acts as a good breathing space to unwind and relax. The Sita Devi Lake is especially popular among tourists for its overpowering sense of calm. Due to its unruffled beauty, the place lures visitors who come here to enjoy picnics and honeymooners who come to steal moments of romantic glory. Moreover, trout-fishing facilities in this lake attract many anglers as well. However, they need to obtain a permit from the Honorable Secretary, High Range Angling Association before they go fishing with their rod and reel.
Stay In World-Class Resorts!
Munnar, as described, is a strikingly beautiful countryside area where lake meanders through resorts and homes. There is a plethora of hotels in Munnar that offer an absolutely cherishing stay. Be it the luxurious Club Mahindra Lakeview Resort or the modest Tea County, this beautiful town would provide you with ample of accommodations to experience its beauty from every angle. For plush yet affordable lodging, one can rely on the array of hotels and resorts such as Abad Copper Castle, T & U Leisure Hotel, Nature Zone Jungle Park, etc. People, who are on certain budget, can also be at ease as the town has many budget hotels like Hotel Hill View and Autumn Trees Resort that offer really comfortable stay.