If you are a nature lover and a person who loves to spend time in solace amidst nature, then Munnar should be your next holiday destination. Munnar is a beautiful hill station and is a must-visit destination in many people’s travel buckets. Munnar is a surreal place to visit and is sure to engulf you with the amazing sites and views that it has to offer. The hills of Munnar are covered with dense forests and are a predominantly wet place. Munnar is located in Kerala state and is one of the most beautiful holiday destinations in South India. It is one of the best holiday destinations for many people who seek to explore nature’s beauty. While you might feel that you just have to sit back and relax, there are so many things to do in Munnar. Here’s a blog that will tell you the in and out of travelling to Munnar.
How to reach Munnar
Munnar is located in the Idukki district of Kerala that is on the south-west side of the state. It is known for its tea plantations and cold climate. Depending on where you want to travel from, you can choose to travel by train and get down at either of these stations – Coimbatore, Ernakulam, and Aluva. If you want to travel by air, Cochin International Airport is where you have to get down and Munnar is 125 km from the airport. But travelling by road is one of the best things you can do, you will come across some amazing and surreal views on your way. The road stretch is fully covered with greens on both sides. While talking about things to do in Munnar, this would be the best of all – a car drive to Munnar.
Best time to visit Munnar
The maximum temperature in Munnar is around 28 degrees and in winters it can go as low as 10 degrees. While between June and September it is around 18 degrees. This makes it an ideal place to visit all throughout the year. The peak season to visit Munnar is from November to February. The temperatures in summers are mild and can get warmer during the day. It is best for site-seeing and exploration.
Monsoon is another surreal time to visit Munnar. The temperatures are pleasant and the climate is mildly cool. Fresh air and lush greens are the attractions at this time. Beautiful valleys, lakes, exquisite hills, the smell of earth after rains are all that one can experience. On the other hand, winters are magical and short. Winters in Munnar are dreamlike and extremely pleasant. Plan well in advance if you are visiting in winters as many people prefer going at this time.
Peak Season – November to February Shoulder Season – March to June Low Season– July to September
Things to do in Munnar
Munnar is an apt place for a holiday as it is the best place to sit back and relax. While having a silent and undisturbed time is what you want while being here, there are also some amazing things to visit and experience in Munnar. Here’s a list of things that you can do in Munnar.
1. Biking and Hiking
Embrace the beauty of subtle dew drops as you go uphill especially during winters and monsoon. Biking and hiking in Munnar are the best activities to do to enjoy the timeless beauty that the place is. Stop, pause for a minute and see as nature unfolds its beauty. Lush green trees, the very first rays of the sun, and beautiful sunsets are all to enjoy.
2. Camping and picnicking
Imagine spending a beautiful afternoon or evening on a hilltop amidst beautiful trees and a cool breeze. Enjoy some amazing time with your loved ones while you enjoy nature’s beauty.
3. Tea Plantations
There’s a reason why Munnar is called the Tea Capital of Kerala. A trip to Munnar starts and ends with tea. While there are lengths and breaths of this place covered with the tea estates, many of them are owned by big tea players in the industry. You can see plantation workers dressed in beautiful colours picking the short tea leaves. While you cannot randomly enter any tea estate, you can always request and get permission to explore them.
If you want a place to relax, then Blossom International Park is your next destination. Green lawns, colorful flowers, and scenic views are sure to be a treat for your eyes. You can go boating, trekking, do some bird watching, or just relax in the park.
5. Echo Point
Echo Point is a scenic spot on a reservoir that has the echo phenomenon. There are picnic sites nearby and you can also go boating in the nearby water body. It is the second most popular place to visit in Munnar.
6. Mattupetty Dam
The Mattupetty dam offers one of the best scenic views and stands as the top places to visit in Munnar. The beautiful plantations are ideal for trekking and also is home to many exquisite birds.
This national park is located along the Western Ghats of the Idukki district in Kerala. It is worth visiting the national park when you are around this place.
The Lakkom waterfall trek is about 1 km from the road and it is a nice and easy trek to visit the spot. The spot is located amidst rich flora and fauna.
Where to stay in Munnar
There are some amazing places to stay in Munnar. Be it nature’s retreat or a stay near the most surreal spots that face beautiful plantations. Make the best from this trip of yours to Munnar.
There are some amazing places to stay in Munnar. You can decide what you want based on your budget and the number of days you are planning to stay. There are plenty of stay websites that you can check like MakeMyTrip, TripAdvisor, and many more. Below I have mentioned some of the best places to stay in Munnar.
Best place to stay in Munnar
1. SpiceTree Munnar –The Perfect place to stay 2. Hillview Munnar-Best Budget Hotel 3. The Fog Resort & Spa –Best Boutique 4. The Tall Trees – The Romantic place 5. Elixir Hills – Best for The Singles 6. Parakkat Nature Hotels & Resorts –The Luxury Resort 7. Chandys Windy Woods –Best for The Family Trip 8. Sterling Munnar –Best for Business People 9. Royal Mist –Best Homestay in Munnar
I loved every single experience I had in Munnar. Visiting the tea plantations was my favorite as I love the aroma in that place. You will really fall in love with all the beautiful scenery that the place has got to offer.
What are you waiting for? I loved my Munnar trip. Tell me about yours in the comments section below!
Gulshan Bafna is one of the luxury travelers in India. He, along with his wife, has traveled to many exotic places that one could dream. With their travel journey, they bring us the best face of those places. He compiles all of his travel journeys to give the taste of traveling to his readers. In his writing, he jots down the best things to do in all those places that he has visited. Reading these would help one know better about the place. He is also a seeker who loves exploring and discovering new places and share his experiences with everyone.