Munnar is one of the most important tourist destination in South India and the hill stations of Munnar are popular all over the world. The amazing natural beauty and cool climatic conditions in Munnar has earned it the nickname “Kashmir of the South”. The misty mountains of Munnar is one of the best place to enjoy your vacation with family or friends.
The green and beautiful hill stations of Munnar are surrounded by tea plantations and they are considered to be the highest tea gardens in India. The layered tea gardens, mist in the mountains, waterfalls, wildlife sanctuaries and forests makes munnar a perfect holiday destination for nature lovers. The serene climate and calm nature of Munnar hills station makes it more appealing and popular among the various tourist destinations in south India.
The hills of Munnar is well known for its amazing resource of a wild orchid species known as the Neelakurinji which blooms once in every 12 years and during the full bloom of Neelakurinji, the hill stations of Munnar become violet in color. During this time the flow of tourists reaches a peak as people from different parts of the world visit Munnar to view the amazing and rare Neelakurinji flowers.
Attractions of Munnar
Munnar is one such place where there are various attractions and travel spots for tourists with different tastes. Munnar Town, Mattupetty Dam, top station, Kannan Devan Tea Museum, photo point, Rajamalai (Eravikulam) National Park, Muniyara Dolmens, Chinnar Wildlife Sanctuary, Thoovanam Falls, Echo Point, Lakkam Waterfalls, Attukal Waterfall, CSI Christ Church, Kolukkumalai Tea Estate etc are some of the major attractions and travel spots in Munnar. All these places are situated some distance away from Munnar town and if you are serious at visiting atleast 50 percent of these attractions, you need to stay for 4-6 days in Munnar.
Things to Do in Munnar
Due to its amazing and varied landscape Munnar hills are considered to be best for various travel activities for people in different age group. The forests, hills, waterfalls, major travel spots etc all provide opportunity to exciting travel activities such as trekking, hiking, camping, boating, sightseeing, bird watching, animal watching, Rock Climbing, cycling and walking. All these activities are sure to rejuvenate your mind and provide an extra energy and zest for your body.
Munnar is connected to the other major cities only by road and do not have any railway station of airport nearby. The nearby airport is in Kochi (Nedumbaserry Airport) which is around 130 kms away and the nearest railway station is at Aluva which is also around 110 km away. So if you are coming by flight or train, you have board at Aluva or Nedumbaserry airport from where you have to pick a taxi or any other public transport system to reach Munnar.
Accommodation in Munnar
Munnar is one such hill station which is home to a large number of high quality hotels, resorts and inns which provides top quality accommodation facilities to the tourists. There are also budget hotels and lodges which are very much useful for budget travelers. If you are visiting Munnar during the peak tourist season, then it is better to book your accommodation in advance as you might not be able to get an easy accommodation during peak season.