Best sightseeing places in munnar
Munnar is a paragon of beauty in the Western Ghats of India and there are myriads of places to visit in Munnar, a pretty quaint town in the South Indian subcontinent. Nestled amid the Annamalai hills, also known as the Elephant Hills, Munnar is nicknamed as the Kashmir of South India, which spans across an area of 557 square kilometres in the Idukki district of Kerala. Munnar is located at the confluence of three rivers namely Mudhirapuzha, Nallathanni and Kundaly rivers. It is not only famous for the layers of hill ranges that you get to witness at a height of 5200 ft in Munnar but the layers of verdant tea and coffee plantation which shapes the awe-inspiring landscapes.
No matter which of the tourist places in Munnar you visit, the tea-scented undulating plantation will hold you tight and will stay with for long. The temperature in Munnar can also drop down to 0 degree Celsius and goes up to 20 degrees, the terrain is dotted with an abundance of wildlife, gorgeous waterfalls such as Atukkad Waterfalls, splendid tea gardens like Nullatanni estate and Kolukkumalai Tea Estate etc. The nearby places like Mattupetty, Pallivasal, Anayirangal, Top Station, Chinnakanal etc are some of the nearby hamlets which have something to offer. From a number of famous waterfalls to wildlife Sanctuaries and National parks, from intricately designed ancient temples to the grand forts; Munnar is a town in Kerala which hits first when you think about a holiday in Kerala.
Eravikulam National Park is one of the main attractions in Munnar and people from all over the country visit this park to witness its endangered inhabitant- the Nilgiri Tahr. Mattupetti boasts of jaw-dropping Lake and an eye-catchy Dam that works to fulfil the constant need of water. Top station is high vantage point that bestows you with a mindblowing vies of the town and there are several tea estates which are highly refreshing with their aromatic scent. Some of the other sightseeing places in Munnar includes the four major waterfalls Cheeryapa waterfalls, Attukal waterfalls, Lakkom waterfalls and Chinnakanal waterfalls.
It is one of the four main waterfalls of Munnar and is very popular among adventure seekers, as the dirt mountain path through the forest gives chills on every step towards Attukal Waterfalls. Take your swimwear as the pool at the bottom of the fall has enough water to dip and bath.It is highly recommended that you visit Munnar during Monsoon season if waterfalls top the list of ‘places to visit in Munnar.’ Attukal waterfall is located between Munnar and Pallivasal and can be reached by crossing a wooden bridge.The waterfalls in Munnar witness hordes of tourist every year and Attukal is one of those famous waterfalls which is mystically beautiful.
Drenched in the mist and greenery, Pothamedu viewpoint is a spot worth trekking to. This viewpoint enables a panoramic vista of the valley and if the day is clear, you can also see Muthirapuzha River and Idukki Arch Dam from quite a height. The view is made of series of emerald hill slopes where tea, coffee, cardamom, and pepper a blanket of green all over the hills.While you are enjoying the mesmerizing view of the valley, take a sip of ginger tea from the only tea shop nearby and you would love spending your evening at Pothamedu. Watching the sun slide down the horizon in the vast expanse of the Sahyadri ranges is one perfect way of spending your vacation in this quaint town.
Pothamedu is one of the many places to visit in Munnar which have a refreshing environ.This isolated elevated piece of a hill is a site that hooks you for hours. Chokramudi is situated at 7,200 ft above sea level in the Eravikulam National Park. It is short and easy trek which can be done in a day and since it comes under the national forest it is masked by lush green Shola forest.Pthamedu is the trek base which is situated an hour drive from Munnar and the trek can be of 4 to 5 hours covering a distance of 10 KM upwards. Soak in the fresh air when you reach the top of the peak, if you do an early morning trek, you can also witness the fiery sunrise and herds of Nilgiri Tahr departing for livestock.
Chokramudi is indeed a great experience and one of the incredible places to visit in Munnar.This national park is home to the endangered Nilgiris Tahr, which is located in Devikulam Taluk of Idukki district and covers a total area of 97 square kilometres. After the Nilgiri Tahr, Neelakurinji flowers are the second major attraction of this park as because this flower blooms once after every 12 years. Anamudi (2695 m), the highest peak of south India also takes abode in Eravikulam National Park.It is under the care of the Kerala Department of Forest and Wildlife, Munnar and is situated along the crest of Western Ghats. The subtropical moist broadleaf forest and evergreen tropical forest are commonly known as “Shoals” in the region which is layered on the high hill slopes. The tributaries of Periyar and Chalakudy rivers chisel down these slopes in the form of small rivulets and you can also see Lakhom waterfall within the Park.
Embark on a journey to Top Station and find this beautiful mirror-like lake after around 20 KM of a drive. The breath-taking backdrops of green hill slopes, the majestic sunrises, the unparalleled beauty of cherry blossoms and a blue blanket of the famous Neela Kurunji flowers which bloom only once every twelve year this place a dreamy location and is one of the main attractions in Munnar. This artificial lake has Asia’s first Arch dam and the water engages the tourists in different kinds of boating experience such as rowboats, Kashmiri shikara boats, and pedal boats. A vast golf course that belongs to Tata Tea Ltd and a nearby waterfall known as Aruvikkad Waterfall is also situated in proximity to the lake which can be visited in a single trip.