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. Munnar in surrounded by the sprawling vegetation of tropical and semi tropical trees in all the direction. The entire town of Munnar is surrounded by waterfalls and various beautiful mountains.
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 or airport nearby. The nearby airport is in Kochi (Nedumbaserry Airport) which is around 130 km 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 boarded 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. Some of the major accommodation facilities in Munnar can be availed at Tea Meadows, Tall Trees, Forest Haven, Le Celestium, Club Mahindra Holidays resorts, Kashmeeram, Tree Hut, Las Palmas, Tea County, Whispering Meadows, S N Annexe, Ayur County, etc.
Best Time to Visit Munnar Hill Station
The Best Time to Visit Munnar Hill Station is during the summer season, as this time is considered to be best for sightseeing. During the summer season you would not be facing any issues or inconvenience when compared with the monsoon and winter season. But that doesn’t degrade the possibility of visiting Munnar hill station during the monsoon or winter. During the monsoon, the hill station of Munnar will look too beautiful but there are risks of natural calamities. Same is the case with Winter season, when the hill stations of Munnar attains the peak of its beauty with the snow covering half of the hill. But some people might find the climate of the winter season difficuly to adjust. The climate of Munnar hill station in Kerala is mild and pleasant and people usually visit this hill station between the months of October and March. The summer months are pleasant while the winter months are cool.
There are a lot of travel and tour operators in India who can help you in planning and arranging a trip to Munnar at the best time. The travel operators will help you decide the best places to visit in Munnar Hills in the most optimized time. They will also help you in saving your money while visiting the Munnar hills in Kerala.