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Which Are The Best Places To Visit In Munnar?

Nelliyampathy, Chinnar Wildlife Sanctuary, Tea Gardens, Top Station, Eravikulam National Park, Muttupetty Dam, Kolukkumalai, Pothamedu Viewpoint, Attukal Waterfalls, Anayirankal Dam, Tea Estates, Chillithodu, Kannan Devan Hill, Vagamon, Idukki, Silent valley, and Eco Point. There are many top hotels and resorts in Munnar. The weather in Munnar is pleasant from September to March.

Best Places To Visit In Munnar

Nelliyampathy Hills

Nelliampathy is a hill station located 172 km from Munnar. It is one of the most popular hill stations in Kerala. It is in the Palakkad district of Kerala state of India. It is famous for several peaks, cliffs, trekking trails, amazing climates, and nature’s magic which enhances the whole experience. It is one of the best destinations for the tourist who enjoys the low crowd level. Nelliyampathy hills are decorated with wonderful sights of tea, coffee, and cardamom. There are many hotels and resorts for your stay. The climate of Nelliyampathy is pleasant throughout the year.

Chinnar Wildlife Sanctuary

Chinnar Wildlife Sanctuary is situated in Munnar, Idukki. it has a picturesque landscape, a cool climate, the tranquility of nature, and a strategic location. While driving from Munnar to Chinnar Wildlife Sanctuary on the way you will witness a green tea plantation, waterfalls, and sandalwood plantation. it is spread over 90.44 km square km in the western ghat. The distance between Chinnar Wildlife Sanctuary to Munnar is 58 km by road. It provides the home to Panthers, Indian elephants, common languors, monkeys, and Garra Mullaya Minnows.

Tea Gardens

Munnar is famous for its tea plantations. It is a place for tea estate and tea cultivation. There are more than 50 tea gardens in Munnar. The trip to Munnar is incomplete without visiting the tea gardens in Munnar. Some of the famous tea gardens in Munnar are Harrison Malayalam, Michel’s Tea Garden, Brook Bond, and ATV. Pallivasal Tea Garden is located on the outskirts of Munnar in the village of Pallivasal. These tea gardens give you a serene and peaceful atmosphere in Munnar.

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Top Station

The top station is located around 32 km away from Munnar on the Munnar-Kodaikkanal Road. It is situated at a height of 1700 meters above sea level. It is the highest viewpoint in Munnar. From this viewpoint, you can enjoy the panoramic view of the Western Ghat and the valley of the Theni district of Tamil Nadu. On the way, you will see dams, lakes, and tea plantations which make the best journey of Munnar. It is also called the “Kashmir of South India”. The visiting time of Top Station is from 6.00 am to 6.00 pm on all days.

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Eravavikulam National Park

Eravavikulam National Park is a 97-square-kilometer national park located along the Western Ghats in the Idukki district of Kerala, India. It is the most beautiful forest patch in Kerala near Munnar. It is rich in forests and grasses. It is famous for the Nilgiri Tahr animal. Other wonders of the national park are Neelkurinji and Atlas moths. The entry time for the national park is from 7.00 a.m. to 4.00 p.m. To visit the park entry fee is required which can be purchased from the get of the park or booked online.

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Muttupetty Dam

Muttupetty Dam is located near Munnar in the Idukki district of Kerala, India. It is a concrete gravity dam that was constructed for power generation and water conservation in the mountains of Kerala. The dam was built on the confluence of mountain streams of the Muthirappuzha Rivers, Chanduvarai River, and Kudale River. Now it is heaven for many wild animals and birds thanks to the constant supply of water.  Boating on the still water of the lake is an ideal way to enjoy the surrounding tea gardens and wilderness.

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Kolukkumalai is a helmet in Bodynayakunur taluk of Theni district of Tamil Nadu. But it is near Munnar at a distance of 35 km. It is the world’s highest-elevation tea plantation. Kolukkumalai is one of the premium tea in South India. It is situated at 7000 feet from sea level.  Without argument, it is one of the world’s most beautiful scenic spots. The tea grown here possesses special freshness and flavor because of its high altitude. It is also the gate to trekkers’ paradise. It is worth visiting the place.

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Pothamedu Viewpoint

Pothamedu Viewpoint is located on Cochin to Munnar Road. It is the best viewpoint for views of the surroundings and photography. From the top of the scenic spot, one can enjoy a lofty overlook of a tea plantation, lush green forest, river Muthirapuzha, and evergreen meadows offering panoramas of the valley landscape below. This spectacular spot is visited by a large number of visitors every year. It is the best place for trekking also. The distance of Pothamedu is just 5 km away from Munnar. It is an ideal place for photographers and leisure travelers.

Attukad Waterfalls

Attukad Waterfalls is located between Munnar and Pallivasal, Kerala. It is situated just 9 km away from Munnar. It usually presents a panoramic view of milk flowing uninterruptedly from the green mountain.  It is beautiful to watch milky white water cascading from the top of the mountain. It is surrounded by hiking trails and a panoramic view. It gives true pleasure to the eyes. It is best to visit the waterfall immediately after the monsoon season. The time of the waterfall is 24 hours.

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Tea Plantation And Tea Estate

Munnar has the largest area under a tea plantation in the country. There are many large tea Estates in Kerala. Kolukkumalai is the largest tea estate 35 km away from Munnar. Other famous tea plantations in Munnar are Tea Museum, Kannan Hill Plantation, Pallivasan Tea Garden, Nallatani Estate, and Sevenmally Tea Estate. The black and green tea produced in Munnar adds natural flavors to suit your every mood and taste. Every traveler visiting Kerala must visit tea plantations and stunning tea estates.

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Anayirankal Dam

Anayirankal Dam is an earthen dam built on the Panniyar River in Chinnakanal and Santhanpara panchayat in the Idukki district of Kerala. It is 22 km away from Munnar. The dam is surrounded by forest on one side and a tea plantation on the other side. The boat ride on the splendid reservoir is an amazing experience. The time of the boating is 9.00 am to 4.00 pm. It is an ideal picnic spot near Munnar. It is a worthwhile place to visit.

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Chillithodu is a small village/ hamlet in Adimaly block in the Idukki district of Kerala. This place is famous for its waterfalls. The things to do in Chillithodu are to visit Cheeyappara waterfalls, Valara waterfalls, Munnar Spices, Green Field Spices, Vrindavan Spices & Ayurveda garden, and Kattadikadavu viewpoint. There are many best hotels and places to stay in Chillithodu.

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Kannan Devan Hill

Kannan Devan Hill is a large village in Devikulam taluk of the Idukki district of Kerala. It is a famous hill station in the Indian state of Kerala. It is must visit place for nature lovers, adventure enthusiasts, and trekkers. The famous Kannan Devan Hill Plantation Ltd a tea producing company is located in this village. The company constructed its first Hydro-Electric powerhouse in Pallivasan. There are many hotels and places to stay.

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Vagamon is a hill station in Idukki district of Kerala, India. Vagamon is famous for its paragliding as there are many slopes to glide over the beautiful meadows and hills to make your trip memorable. Kolahalamedu Hill is the perfect place for paragliding. Vagamon Lake formed between the three green hills is a slice of heaven tucked in the valley of Vagamon. It has a pleasant climate with temperatures ranging between 10 to 23 degree Celsius during the summer season. Adventure activities like paragliding and trekking are performed here.

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Idukki is the second largest district of Kerala state, India. The specialty of Idukki is that it has gorgeous beaches, meandering rivers, beautiful waterfalls, and exotic flora & fauna. It is a landlocked hill district in the Western Ghats that is blessed with beauty and tranquility.  Idukki is one of the most naturally rich areas in Kerala with more than half of the area covered with rugged mountains and dense forest. There are many hotels, resorts, tea factories, wildlife sanctuaries, beautiful bungalows, rubber plantations, and dense forests.

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Silent Valley National Park

Silent Valley National Park is a national park in Kerala. It is located in the Kundali Hills and is spread over 89.52 kilometers square. It is probably one of the most magnificent gifts of nature to mankind. The park has a valuable reserve of rare plants and herbs. The British coined the name “Silent Valley” in 1847 because of the perceived absence of many Lion Tailed Macaques, Macaca Silenus. Silent Valley is 18 km away from Munnar on Mattupetty Road. 

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Eco Point

Eco Point in Munnar is a popular tourist spot among the picturesque Nilgiri Hills. It is a natural phenomenon of eco. It is situated 15 km away from Munnar on the way to Top Station, the highest point in Munnar. It is a top tourist attraction and draws a huge crowd.  It is also the perfect point to see the glory of the valley that lies beneath it. To visit the eco point an entry fee is required.  A woody island is formed between the hills.  You can enjoy the paddle boat ride and enjoy the full scenic beauty of the surroundings. Eco is even audible even if you are boating.

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Munnar experiences three seasons namely winter summer and monsoon. The winter season is from November to February. The winter season is cool and the temperature comes down to 10 degrees Celsius during this period. March to May is the summer season in Munnar and id very hot. The temperature during the summer season ranges between 25 to 35 degree Celsius.  The peak monsoon season at the end of June and July should be avoided. The best time to visit Munnar is from September to March as the weather is pleasant and cool.

Hotels And Resorts

Munnar has many luxurious hotels and resorts to stay in at various rates. Some of the famous hotels and resorts in Munnar are Fog, Tree House, Luxe Glamping, Violet Wood, Hotel Karma, Parakkat Resort, Spring Munnar, Spice Tree, and Tall Tree. There are many resorts situated in tea gardens and tea estates. No worries about cost, low-budget hotels are also available in all parts of Munnar.

I hope this information will be useful to you for planning a trip to Munnar. Please leave your reply.

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