Nature’s bounty, traveler’s favorite, wander lust what not the city of Munnar deserves every bit of them, located in the Sahyadri ranges widely known as Western ghats that runs across the western coast of the Indian peninsula. Tea and spice plantations are spread all over these place as a green lush mat over the hills offering a breathtaking view of the hill station and ravishing landscapes. It is also the former resort spot for British Raj. As it is located in Kerala, God’s own country, it justifies this phrase likewise the same is applicable for Munnar for it’s exquisite, heart captivating, cool and beautiful weather all round the year. It is the best choice for nature’s lover where one can find themselves and also a major destination among the couples. No article or any write is not enough to summon the beauty of Munnar, but here we are giving the best 10 among them one should not miss out the opportunity of visiting them.
Eravikulam National Park
Eravikulam National Park is located along Western Ghats in the district of Idukki, Kerala. Spread out over an area of 97 square kilometers is a home for wide variety of Flora and Fauna, it is also the 1at established National Park in Kerala maintained by Kerala department of forests and wildlife. The main body of the park is consisting of rolling hill plateau and the highest peak in South India Anamudi ( 2,695 meters ). Many streams originate in this park and merge to form the tributaries of Periyar river in the east and
Cauvery on the west
Fauna : 26 species of mammals along with the endangered Nilgiri tahr’s , which are estimated about 750 individuals in the park along with many other variety animal species.
132 species of birds have been boardcasted which includes many
101 species of butterflies and 19 species of amphibians have been recorded.
A new bright reddish-orange-colored frog named Raorchestes resplendens which is having multiple glands and extremely minute limbs have been discovered in Eravikulam National Park.
Trekking and view points are added attractions of this park.
Entry time: 7:30 am – 4.00 pm
Indian – 90/- (Children – 65/-)
Foreign Nationals – 360/-
The park remains closed during the months of February to March.
Kumily is widely known as gateway state border to Tamil Nadu and Kerala. It is located in the Cardamom hills near Thekkady and Periyar tiger reserve. Kumily is photographers paradise and is also the largest gram panchayat in Kerala. Place is popular for it’s plantations of tea and spices. Thekkady lake, Abraham spice garden, trekking and walk in the nature are activities for tourists.
Peermade is also a hill station located at 100 km from Munnar. It looks like the place is painted by the own hands of god with blue grey green. The very rich green cover of tea, rubber plantations coffee and Cardamom a offers magical views of the hills as it is situated at an altitude of 915 meters. A perfect spot for the admirers of nature and it’s pleasing climate is definitely a heavenly sight.
Parunthumpara refers to “ Eagle Rock “ in local language. Located between Thekkady and Peermade at a distance of 107 km from Munnar. The place is associated with greenery all round the hills and this is place is an eye candy for nature’s lovers as it has the most picturesque views. Long walks in the nature here leaves you spell bound.
Periyar National Park
Situated in mountainous Western Ghats nearby Cardamom hills and Pandalam is a home for tigers hence also called as Periyar Tiger Reserve. It also holds the significant population of elephants and rare lion-tailed macaques and many more. Spread out at an area of 350 square kilometers is having a lake with in it where tourists can enjoy boating in it. With many more attractions like mangala devi temple around park made this compulsory into one’s bucket list.
Park entry fee :- 25INR for adults and 5INR for students and children.
Timings :- 6.00 AM to 5.00 PM
Chalakudy is located at about 125 km from Munnar is a municipal town located on the banks of Chalakudy river is the base camp for travelers as it consists of waterfalls like Athirappily and Vazhachal falls. The place is associated with many theme parks, charming villages gives enough reasons to have a look at this beautiful placen St. Mary’s Church.
Not only these but also places like Thumboormuzhy suspension dam gives us spectacular views of mother nature here. Silver Storm and Dream World are the theme parks and heritage gardens are anothet attractions.It’s a place when once visited never leaves our heart.
Athirappily falls Nick named as India’s Niagara falls located in the Thrissur district. This 80 feet and 330 wide waterfalls is the highest in Kerala along with her Vazhachal falls near to it forms the home for many endemic and endangered species. Comparing it with Niagara makes much sense as the water falling from this gives you a glimpse of the same. It is located in the Sholayar ranges of Western Ghats. Discover exact chalakudy river offers the beguiling sight to the eyes and jungle safari at Athirappily sprawling out an area of ninety kilo meters from chalakudy to Malakkappara, the tour was organized by tourism department gives you a sigh of the great bio diversity it posses.
Guruvayur is a pilgrimage town located at a distance of 182 km from Munnar and is the 3rd largest temple in India dedicated to Lord Sri Krishna. The centuries old red-roofed temple where devotees offer fruits, coins or spices to god which is equivalent to their weight. This spiritual center is often compared to shrines like Tirupathi and Sabarimala. During the months of February to March Guruvayur period of celebrations are being held here which is popular and is the perfect time to visit this shrine.
Along with this temple Chavakkad beach and Guruvayur Devaswom elephant Sanctuary sets the tone for visitors to tour this place.
Timings :- 3.00 AM to 1.30 PM and 4.30 PM to 9.15 PM
Located at a distance of 131 km from the Munnar is a major tourist destination with many exciting beach activities in the stretched beach of 15 km along the Arabian Sea. Here you can hang out and rejuvenate yourselves in the pleasant beach environment. Vypeen island is a widespread attraction that acts as separator between the back waters of Kerala and Lakshwadep sea. Munambam Break water point and beach at the northern end of the beach offers breathtaking views of the meeting point of Arabian Sea and river Periyar. Many recreational activities like speed boats, Surfing, snorkeling, water scooters and canoe rides will give you immense pleasure and thrilling experience.
Present at a distance of 183 km from Munnar it is a world painted with greenish Meadows, padey plantations and sprawling tea estates. The floating clouds here like as if they were kissing the top of the hills. It’s a must and should visit around Munnar, the view from the Palakkad gap would forget you stunned and mesmerized. Privately managed bio farms and orange plantations can be observed here. Places like Pothundy dam, Parambikulam Wildlife Sanctuary and waterfalls scene in Seetharkundu gives this place an unique awesomeness within and around it.
The beauty of Munnar is beyond words, one can only experience it only, one can say it as a signature made by the god by his own hands on this mother earth. So, if you are looking for a perfect tourist destination that you’ll be hoping to cherish forever then definitely tour to Munnar is one among them.