The Best Places You Can See and Things You Can Do At Magical Munnar (Top 30 Places to visit in Munnar)
Munnar represents the pinnacle of nature’s beauty in God’s Own Country, Kerala. Boasting a rich heritage and spell binding natural beauty, Munnar has something for everyone. From old colonial buildings and the historic Munnar Mono Rail to the mesmerizing spectacle of the Neelakurinji flower amidst the beautiful valleys, Munnar offers every traveler something special. We at Blanket Hotel and Spa provide our guests with the best possible experience in Munnar by indulging them in a host of different activities and engaging them at various locations across Munnar. In this context we have compiled a list of some of the finest places you can checkout and things you can do in Munnar.
1. Morning walk through tea plantations
To enjoy the view of the magnificent mountain ranges of Munnar that spread across the horizon and take in the scenic beauty of the tea plantations, one can enjoy the pristine beauty of Munnar and its vast tea plantations.
2. Boating at Mattupetty Dam
Mattupetty Dam is located near Munnar in Idukki District, it is a storage Concrete Gravity dam built in the mountains of Munnar to conserve water for hydroelectricity. The dam operated by the state owned KSEB provides visitors the opportunity to indulge in boating activities in the lake. One can take in the immense beauty of the surrounding hills and the pristine lake itself.
3. Echo Point
This scenic place gets its name from the natural echo phenomenon here. Echo Point, situated on the way to Top Station from Munnar is a stopover for tourists visiting Top Station – the highest point in Munnar and the rare Neelakurinji (Strobilanthus) is found here when it blooms.
4. Kundala Dam
Kundala Dam is a picturesque place to visit in Munnar> Situated about 20 km from Munnar on the way to Top Station. It stands at a height of 1700 meters above sea level. The region is famous for the cherry blossoms that appear twice a year.
5. Photo Point
Photo Point is situated at a distance of 3 kms from Munnar on the way to Mattupetty. Dense tea plantations, woods and small rivulets and rolling hills make this spot ideal for leisure travelers and nature lovers. The place gets its name from the picture postcard views that it offers to shutterbugs.
6. Tea Museum
Munnar is home to some of the finest tea varieties in the world. It has a special place in the origins and history of tea cultivation in India. In order to serve as a testament to this heritage and for tea enthusiasts and tourists, The Tata Tea Company recently opened a Tea Museum which houses curios, photographs and machineries, each depicting a turning point that contributed to a flourishing tea industry, as seen today in the region.
7. Iravikulam National park ( Rajamalai)
Iravikulam National Park is 97 sq kilometres wide and consists mostly of high altitude Grasslands that are interspersed with Sholas. The main body of the National Park comprises of a high rolling plateau with a base elevation of about 2000 meters from mean sea level. The park is of undulating terrain and the highest peak is Anamudi (2695 m). The park offers visitors a chance to see some of the unique flora and fauna like the Lion Tailed Macaque and the Nilgiri Tahr.
8. Kolukkumalai Tea Factory
Kolukkumalai Tea Estate is one of the premier south Indian Tea Plantation in India. It is located at Kottagudi Village, Bodinayakkanur Taluk, Theni District, and TamilNadu State, India. The total extent of the Estate is 220 hectares out of which 81 hectares is registered for Tea Plantation and the remaining is un planted and rocky lands. It’s a small fairy tale like village/hamlet in Bodinayakanur Taluk in the Theni district of the Indian state of Tamil Nadu bordering Idukki district of Kerala. It is home to the highest tea plantations in the world with the tea grown here possessing a special flavour and freshness because of the high altitude. Kolukkumalai is about 7,130 feet (2,170 m) above sea level and lies some 37 kilometers from Munnar. The hill top village is accessible only by jeep due to rugged terrain and rain drenched roads leading to this village..
9. Tea factory visit ( Kolukkumalai , Lockhart , peraivarai)
The tea factory gives one rare insight into their methods of tea production that have not changed for decades. Housed in a two-storied building with wooden interiors, tea is processed in the traditional method, which is different from the more popular CTC method (crush-tear-curl method). One can enjoy a variety of flavours here and buy fresh packets from the attached shop.
The Lockhart tea factory is the oldest British tea factory which operates in this region and still produces high quality tea suitable for export. Mostly tea is cultivated here on undulating terrains and in some regions it is grown on low lying plains. The tea cultivated from these estates is processed in factories and is transported to various parts of the world.
Periyavarai factory was established on 1937 and is located 4927 feet above sea level.CTC (crush-tear-curl method) is used.
10. Chinnar wildlife sanctuary
A unique thorny scrub forest with xerophytes species, Chinnar is the habitat for the endangered Giant Grizzled Squirrel of India. Their total number here would be less than 200. Located in the rain shadow area of the Western Ghats, unlike other sanctuaries in Kerala, Chinnar gets only less than two months of rain every year
11. Pambadum shola national Park
The vegetation consists mostly of southern subtropical hill forests with shola-grassland system at the higher altitudes. Two roads pass through the Park, the Munnar – Koviloor road and the Munnar – Kodaikanal road, now closed at the State boarder. Including many rare and endangered wild animals, a species Parantica nilgiriensis (Nymphalidae) which is restricted to some of the hills of south India and listed as threatened species by IUCN, is abundant.
12. Marayoor (jagerry & sandalwood)
Marayoor is situated in the outskirts of Munnar at a distance of 42 Km on the way to Chinnar. Marayoor is known for its tribal community and visitors can visit the local cardamom and coffee plantations and orange and apple orchards. It is also home to a natural sandalwood forest Marayoor is also famous the world over for its jaggery, (popularly known as Marayoor Jaggery) which is a term used for the dark brown sugar balls made of condensed sugar cane juice.
The salubrious climate and the picturesque landscapes and wide variety of tropical crops coupled with the close proximity of Munnar (a major hill station), has transformed this village into a tourist destination. Kanthaloor is famous for its wide variety of crops which is not seen on the other parts of kerala, which includes varieties of Apple, Orange, and Strawberry, Blackberry, Plums, Gooseberry, Egg fruits, peach & passion fruits.
14. Vattavada veg Farm
Vattavada is a virtually rain shadow village, lying in the eastern side of the Western Ghats near to Marayur and north side of Munnar. Vattavada is known as the vegetable market of Kerala, because they are in front of vegetable producing. Vattavada is famous for its wide variety of crops which is not seen on the other parts of Kerala, which includes varieties of apple, orange, strawberry, blackberry, plums, gooseberry, egg fruits, peach and passion fruits, etc.
15. Elephant safari & boating
Tourist can indulge in an elephant safari and boating at many of Munnar’s locations like the Mattupetty and Kundala Dams. Guests can also indulge in a short elephant ride along the path surrounded by trees.
16. Attukad village visit
Attukad village is located about 4.5km from Pallivasal. It’s surrounded by vast tea plantation and waterfalls (Attukad waterfalls). At the junction in front of the Pallivasal tea factory, a narrow routed road slopes down between tea bushes into a little valley. Drive a little distance down this road and the water falls are visible down below snaking through the rocks. To see the Attukad in its true mystical glory, one would have to visit the region during the monsoons (rainy season).
Build up your team, and get ready to test your wits with this striking adventure activity of Zip Lining in Munnar. Brace up, to get harnessed by a pulley suspended via a cable that is made of stainless steel and is fountained on an inclination.
18. Hydel park
Immerse yourself in the gift of nature at the Blossom Hydel Park, located around 6 km away from Pallivasal. This exotic piece of land has fresh flowers, Muthirapuzha river, lush green landscape, embracing migratory water birds, and mountain butterflies, that attracts tourists from distant cities and abroad.
19. Honeybee nest
Honey Bee Nest is located at 10 Km away from Pallivasal on the way to Mattupetty. Around 25 honeybee nest occupied in a single tree is an unforgettable scene. If you are planning a vacation in Munnar, then you must go visit Jungle Honey bee nest.
20. Homemade chocolate
Homemade Chocolates are a popular produce of Munnar’s growing cottage industry. One can find some truly good varieties and flavors of homemade chocolate at Munnar’s shopping areas.
21. Rock climbing and rappelling
Visitors can partake in rock climbing activity which is an adrenaline pumping activity which requires full bodywork and involves a lot of fun. Guests can avail some basic and advanced rock climbing guidance by qualified national trainers with full gears. This activity is suitable for groups of adventure tourists.
22. Church , mosque & temple in Munnar
Mount Carmel Church is located in the heart of Munnar city. To reach the church one has to climb steep steps. You can have a good view of Munnar city from here.. and the view of Temple and Mosque on the other hills. Mother Mary's Grotto is located just at the end of the steps leading to the church.
There is a mosque in Munnar, where all the believers in Islam come and worship. The mosque in Munnar provides a meeting place for the Muslim brethren. The worship or 'Namas' is held five times a day. Religious lessons are given here to young believers
Sri Subramanya Temple is a Hindu temple located in Munnar . Lord Muruga is the principal deity. Three poojas are held every day including 'Usha pooja' in morning section, 'Ucha pooja' in noon section and 'Attazha pooja' in desk section.
Trekking in Munnar is ideal for nature enthusiasts. The forest walk amidst the mystical beauty of the cinnamon hills is mesmerizing. These long treks in Munnar let you explore the vast plantations of tea and cardamom in the misty mountain ranges. Guests can also interact with the workers of these plantations and learn more about their lives and culture.
24. Jeep safari
Drive through the KannanDevan Hills, the tea plantations, scenic valleys, spice plantations. The jeep safari activity will give one a chance to take a closer look at the spectacular countryside and also get a chance to interact with the local community and catch views of some rare species of animals and birds.
25. Top Station
Top Station is one of Munnar’s most popular tourist attractions. It is situated about 32 km from Munnar and 41 km from Pallivasal and stands at a height of 1700 m above sea level. It is the highest point on the Munnar-Kodaikanal road. Travelers to Munnar make it a point to visit Top Station to enjoy the panoramic view the location offers of the neighboring state of Tamil Nadu. During the Neelakurinji season one can watch the spectacle of this beautiful flower blooming in all its grandeur.
26. Muniyara Dolmens
A fascinating destination for anthropologists and archaeologists from all over the world, Muniyara has remnants of Dolmenoid cists belonging to the Megalithic age. Dolmenoids were burial chambers made of four stones placed on edges and covered by a fifth one called the cap stone.
27. Nayamakkad waterfalls
Located between Munnar and Rajamala, Nyayamakad is a breathtaking waterfall. It is placed around 10 km away from Munnar. The water cascade down from a height of about 1600m and the area is an ideal picnic and trekking spot
28. Pothamedu View point
Pothamedu is located around 6 kilometers away from Munnar on the NH 49. The Pothamedu Viewpoint is set amidst tea and coffee plantations and undulating hills. This vantage point offers visitors a panoramic view of Munnar and its magnificent valleys. If trekking and hiking activities get you going, then this is the place for you.
29. Lakkam waterfalls
Lakkam waterfall is one of the locations one can stop en route to the Chinnar Wildlife Sanctuary. Situated near the Udumalpett highway (NH 17), about 35 kilometres from Munnar, the Lakkam waterfalls is not a big waterfall but gives a beautiful sight with the surrounding hills and tea gardens.
30. Anayirankal Dam
Located at a distance of 35 kilometers from Munnar town, Anayirankal is a combination of two Malayalam words. "Aana" meaning elephant" and "irankal" means coming down. The word "Anayirankal dam" means, the dam where the elephants come down to drink water. The main attraction of this place is its natural beauty and the scenic drive along the route to this location. Tourist can catch sightings of the elephant herds that come down to the lake from the nearby forests.