Kerala has been rightly named ‘God’s Own Country’ as it boasts of mesmerising places where you can explore the true colours and beauty of nature. One such place, which is nothing less than paradise, is Munnar. This hill station rewards tourists with spectacular revelations in the form of large stretches of silent mountains, lush green tea plantations and dense forests. Munnar is known to be one of the most popular tourist destinations in India. If you are a first timer, you should definitely go through this list of best places to visit in Munnar:
1. Mattupetty Dam
This place is a must visit for all the scenic lovers. The still waters of the dam reflect a beautiful image of the tea garden, which surrounds the dam. A beautiful lake is present in the vicinity of the dam, where you can enjoy boating. Adventure lovers are also sure to have a great time here with activities, such as, speed boating, organised by the Tourism Promotion Council of Idukki (Munnar) and trekking in the nearby Shola forest.
2. Kolukkumalai Tea Estate
The Kolukkumalai tea estate, situated at a height of 7,900 feet above sea level, is considered to be the highest tea plantations in the world. This tea estate is an epitome of beauty. Due to the high altitude, the tea that is grown here has a special flavour and freshness.
3. Echo Point
The Echo Point is another amazing place which you should definitely not miss out if you are visiting Munnar. The Echo Point has got its name due to the natural echo that one can hear resonating in the hills. Visitors get to witness a beautiful scenery from this point, which includes, hills covered with mist and the lush green surroundings.
4. Attukal Waterfalls
Situated 9 kms. away from the Munnar town, the beauty of this waterfall lies in the fact that it is situated in the midst of beautiful terrains and dense forests. Visitors can get to the waterfall by a wooden bridge. Besides its splendid beauty, this spot is also great for trekking and hiking.
5. Top Station
This is considered to be the highest point in Munnar situated at a height of 1700 metres above sea level. The Top Station can also be called a photographer’s delight due to its picturesque views. The rare, Neelakurinji plants, which bloom only once in 12 years, is found at this spot. It rewards a panoramic view of the splendid Western Ghats and the valley of Theni district in the state of Tamil Nadu.
This small hill station, which provides a breathtaking scenic view, is situated at a height of 8,983 feet above sea level. The rare species of Nilgiri goat is found in this area. The mesmerising beauty of the mountains will make you fall in love with this place.
This hill station, situated 8 kms away from Munnar, promises to provide a perfect scenic view of the lush lawns, the beautiful flora and fauna and cool breeze from the mountains. This proves to be a good picnic spot with the Sitadevi Lake situated nearby.
8. Eravikulam National Park
This is considered to be the most popular destinations in Munnar Kerala, which is home to the rare Nilgiri Tahr and various rare species of plants and flowers. Spread over an area of 97sq. km., this park is situated in the Kannan Devan hills.
‘Beauty at its best’ – this is the phrase which best describes this hill station in Kerala. The above mentioned places are some of the best places to visit in Munnar, but, these places are just a preview of the real charm of this place. Munnar has reached a long way from being one of the leaders in the tea production sector to becoming one of the most popular tourist attractions. Munnar is, undoubtedly, the best place to visit if you wish to celebrate the spirit of a holiday or if you wish to make your honeymoon a memorable experience.