Munnar is a town and hill station located in the Idukki district of the southwestern Indian state of Kerala. It rises as three mountain streams merge – Mudrapuzha, Nallathanni and Kundala and its located 1,600 m above sea level. The main attractions near Munnar are,
Eravikulam National Park
The most sought after destination in Munnar is the Eravikulam National Park, the first of its kind in Kerala, where the endangered Nilgiri Thar.
This park is a home to several species of rare butterflies, animals and birds. A great place for trekking, the park offers a magnificent view of the tea plantations caressed by blankets of mists. The park becomes a hot destination when the hill slopes here get covered in a carpet of blue, resulting from the flowering of the Neelakurinji. It is a plant endemic to this part of the Western Ghats which blooms once in twelve years.
Anamudi is the highest peak in the Western Ghats and South India and also one of the most enchanting sights in Munnar and is situated 2695 meters above the sea level. The place is ideal for trekking and offers many activities if you love to explore something adventurous as it is the highest point in India outside Himalayas.
Meesapulimala is the second highest peak in Munnar. Meesapulimala trekking will be a good activity to do in Munnar. The trek starts from a place called silent vally and goes in between the tea gardens and forests . Get on top of Meesapulimala and if it is a cloudless day, you can see the the beauty of Munnar Tea Gardens far and wide.
Top Station is a view point at the highest altitude in Munnar and is located at a distance of almost 40+ KM’s from Munnar. If you are visiting Munnar, you need to be very lucky to reach top station when the sky is clear – without fog.
The popular picnic spot activities like boating and horse riding and is a great place to spend the day especially if visiting with children. You could take the speed boat ride which is fantastic. The ride is for 15 min.
Pothamedu View Point
You can watch the beauty of the Munnar mist that is engulfing the green hills from Pothanmedu View point.The drive to the Pothamedu ViewPoint takes you over an old bridge and narrow roads and the views during the drive is also very scenic.
It’s a must go tourist spot in Munnar where you can view a waterfall amidst hills and jungles. The Attukal waterfalls are located between Munnar and pallivasal and the road to reach itself is so beautiful.There is a narrow bridge through which you can drive your car and watch the falls but this is slightly risky as there are potholes in the bridge.
Indo Swiss diary farm project
Indo Swiss diary farm project or Livestock project is located near Mattupetty Dam and is among the best Places to Visit in Munnar. This project was created to produce high yielding cattle and was launched in the year 1963 as part of the bilateral agreement between India and the Swiss government. The sight of the cattle grazing freely on the hills of the wide farm is a unique experience which any tourist can have ever in his life.This project is currently operated by the Kerala Livestock Development and Milk Marketing Board.
Go there and scream as loud as you can..and wait for a minute. You can hear your echo back! Its quite interesting. Echo Point is about 15 km from Munnar. If you have kids with you..they will love it. They can experience this natural phenomenon firsthand.
This tea museum is first of its kind in India. It introduces tourists to the history of planting in the high ranges. It is located at KDHP’s Nullatanni estate in Munnar. The aim of the museum according to its founders is to showcase the growth of more-than-a-century-old tea plantations in this region. Anyone visiting this museum will get a clear picture of how laborious this tea processing really is.
Mountain Trail Resort is built with a unique ethnic design that blends beautifully with the scenic surrounding of Munnar.