A must-see on for anybody who loves hills, Munnar is one of the most popular Indian tourist destinations. Situated at an altitude of 1520 meters at the confluence of the rivers, Muthirappuzha, Nallathanni, and Kundaly, Munnar literally means “three rivers.” The highest peak in the Western Ghats, Anamudi lies close to Munnar . It took some time for this sleepy plantation town to wake up to tourism, but today it is rated stunning by those who have seen it and a must see for those who have not.
Best time to visit : September to June.
Places to visit/Recreation: The main tourist attractions in Munnar are the tea gardens. Walking through the plantations, one can watch the entire process from picking tea leaves to packing which is quite enthralling. Tea lovers can also sample and select their favourite flavour. Lined with extensive plantations, Munnar has lost a lot of its flora and fauna. Endangered species like the Nilgiri thar, grizzled giant squirrel, Nilgiri wood-pigeon, elephant, gaur, and sambar are guarded in the surrounding protected areas including Kurinjimala Sanctuary, Chinnar Wildlife Sanctuary, Manjampatti Valley, Amaravati Reserve Forest, Indira Gandhi Wildlife Sanctuary, Eravikulam National Park and Anaimudi Shola National Park, Pampadum Shola National Park, and Palani Hills National Park. Attukal is ideal for trekking and is picturesque with waterfalls and hills. Devikulam is another beautiful hill station with exotic flora and fauna. The Sita Devi Lake here, with its mineral water bodies and fishing activities, is an ideal picnic spot. Nyayamakad, another trekking and picnic spot, is also famous for its waterfalls. The Chirst Church of Munnar is a predominant landmark. Pallivasal, 8 kms away from Munnar, is another picturesque location housing the first hydropower project in Kerala. Munnar also has an option of parasailing, gliding over the sprawling tea plantations.
Places to stay: Being one of the most popular tourist spots, Munnar has a wide range of options to stay, from home-stays to posh resorts.
Nearest airport: Cochin (135 km), Madurai (170 km),(Coimbatore 160 kms)
Near railway station: Aluva (128 km), Cochin (130 km)
Road accessibility: Easily accessible by road.