With beautiful landscapes and extensive tea plantations of this travel destination, Munnar is tucked in the lap of God’s Own Country. The various species of flora and fauna and the rich British heritage make Munnar a one-of-a-kind hill station in the Idukki district.
Tea plantations, Idukki, Munnar, Kerala by Jakub Michankow
These are Munnar’s greatest asset. Dozens and dozens of tea estates spread across the length and breadth give Munnar its undying aroma and lush greenery to gaze over. Munnar proudly stands to be India’s biggest tea trade centre. Brooke Bond, AVT Tea, and Harrison Malayalam are just a few of the mesmerising tea estates to visit in Munnar. The TATA group has taken over most of the estates. One can also indulge in tea picking and tea tasting in the estates along with witnessing the tea processing.
Eravikulam National Park
Eravikulam National Park, Nilgiri Tahr, Munnar by Go Dakshin
Second to the tea plantations, Munnar’s biggest attraction is the Eravikulam National Park. Diverse species of animals, flora and fauna can be spotted in the National Park, the most interesting and sought-after one being the Nilgiri Tahr. An endangered species, the Nilgiri Tahr is protected among the landscapes of Eravikulam. The terrains, the plateaus, the magnificent tea plantations in the distance, and also the Neelakurinji, which blossoms once in twelve years, cover the entire stretch of hills in a blue blanket, making it a phenomenon to witness at least once in your lifetime. The wait and the showdown are entirely worth it. The National Park is a great place for treks and day outs.
Anamudi, Munnar, Kerala by Wikipedia
The highest peak in the Western Ghats and South India, Ananmudi is also situated amidst the terrains of Eravikulam National Park. Anamudi literally means Elephant’s forehead, owing to its resemblance to an Elephant’s head. We won’t explain further, because you have to witness the views around this breath-taking place to believe.
Mattupetty Dam, Munnar, Kerala by Raj
This is one another famous tourist attraction in Munnar. Mattupetty is the dam built in the hills to conserve water for hydroelectricity. It is also a great place for animals and birds, plenty of which are seen here, growing and nurturing. Two other Munnar places to visit and explore are Devikulam and Attukal Waterfalls.
The whole of Munnar’s hill station oozes so much serenity, that the journey is an experience in itself. Munnar is a perfect place to cut off from the hustle-bustle of the city life and spend some quality time with nature. The tea estate, the tea estate resorts, the magnificent hills, the streams flowing by – every single feature of Munnar comes together to form a great paradise of natural beauty tucked away in the Western Ghats.
The best way to get to Munnar is by road. The drive by the Western Ghats is a sight second to none. There are plenty cars from Coimbatore to Munnar that run on daily basis for the ease of travellers. Hotels in Munnar are spread over a huge bracket right from budget hotels to luxury hotels, most of them looking over the amazing hills.