Munnar, a breathtaking beauty in India, exudes calm and serenity, whenever it attracts a large number of tourists and travelers to its abode. Munnar happens to be that stunning place in Kerala that one simply cannot describe in a few lines. Everything in his store gives us a different energy. To write the beautiful experience of visiting this destination in your diary, keep reading for a detailed look at how to reach Munnar by air, train or even by road. By Shrestha Purkayastha
Here is all you need to know before planning your trip to Munnar
Known as ‘South Indian cashmere‘, this place is planted at an altitude of 6,000 feet in the region of Idukki, Munnar was the summer destination chosen by the former rulers of Britain during the colonial era. This breathtaking fun destination features pristine green mountains and valleys, the scent of aromatic spices in the air, boundless tea plantations and much more! With a total area of nearly 557 square kilometers, Munnar in Devikulam Taluk is the largest panchayat in Kerala and is easily accessible from Coimbatore and Kochi.
The nearest airport to Munnar is Cochin International Airport, just 125 kilometers from this dazzling destination. You can also find easily accessible taxi services from the airport to Munnar which usually charge INR 3,000. Cochin Airport is conveniently connected to all major cities in the country as well as a good number of foreign cities.
By the road
State government public transport is what mainly connects Munnar to cities in Tamil Nadu and Kerala. There are innumerable tour operators who run crowded bus services to Munnar from Cochin. Additionally, you can access buses to cities like Kochi. That is 124 kilometers, Madurai that is 152 kilometers, Thiruvananthapuram that is 281 kilometers, and Thrissur that is 148 kilometers.
The nearest railway station to Munnar is either Kochi or Ernakulam. It is a central hub in South India from where you can access trains to major cities in the country including Chennai, Mumbai, Delhi, Mangalore, Thiruvananthapuramand others.
Things to do in Munnar
Stop at a tea plantation in Munnar
Tea will follow you everywhere in the flourishing landscape of Munnar. It is Munnar’s special altitude and climate that has created the district’s valleys perfect for growing a plethora of spices. However, it was tea that was the main cash crop at the time. At present, many private tea plantations involving TATA own these plantations. It is the cover of these aromatic plantations that completely complement the hills. So any kind of trip to Munnar revolves around tea, and it would be really negligent of you not to explore a little more about that when you visit this place.
Take in views of a countryside dressed in Neelakurinji flowers
The breathtaking hills of Munnar magnetically attract tourists and travelers from all over the world to perceive an extraordinary event with their own eyes. This remarkable event is the blooming of Neelakurinji flowers, which only appears once, once every 12 years, and Munnar is the only port where you should be during the period of this bloom. Neelakurinji blooms in nearly 40 varieties and a maximum of them are blue in color. Seen for the last time this year, during the period from September to October, the time to contemplate them begins in the month of August and continues until the month of October. In Munnar, this fascinating spectacle can be admired from Eravikulam National Park, Kovilur, Rajamala and Kadavari. Above all nature lovers and botanists look forward to this time of year.
Spread the word at the Echo Point
Situated at an altitude of 600 feet and 15 kilometers from Munnar, the scenic landscape of Echo Point is very attractive. This beautiful destination is located directly in the lap of a serene lake and rich green hills and mountains, making it a real treat to see. This place is popularly known for its mind boggling displays of echo experience. When you raise your voice, it’s hair-raising to hear your own voice repeating itself in the midst of such a thrilling abode. This makes it one of the most drawing Things to do in Munnar.
Have fun riding an elephant at the Elephant End Point
Considered one of the most enjoyable things to do in Munnar, the Elephant Arrival Spot is where one can ride an elephant and freely explore the jungles and desert lands of the region. The grassland includes quite long paths where the ride begins and the elephants are extremely trained for this matter, and it is quite a comfortable ride that you can take without any additional fear of the creature. It is one of the friendliest and happy activities for travelers of all age groups.
Cruise the waters of Kundala Dam and Lake on a Shikhara
Residing in the lap of rich green forest is Kundala Dam and Lake placed 23 kilometers offshore from Munnar. This arch-shaped lake is famous for its Kashmiri-style Shikhara boat ride as well as pedal boat rides. Moreover, beautiful cherry blossoms bloom here twice a year, and you will also come across Neelakurunji flowers that bloom once every twelve years. All in all, this destination is absolutely ideal for recharging one’s batteries in the dreamlike setting charm of nature.
Visit the wildlife safari at Chinnar Wildlife Sanctuary
The Chinnar Wildlife Sanctuary is planted in the Western Ghats and is also part of the Idukki region. This district is opulent and abundant with a vast chain of local flora and fauna which together make up a posh destination for tourists. Chinnar is home to an endless collection of herbs and medicinal plants, and if plants and animals excite you, there is no better choice than taking the time to drop by this place. The mix of changing forests planted here is perfect for some primitive trekking as well.
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