Munnar and places to visit near Munnar

Munnar is a city in God’s own country, Kerala. The place is tucked away in the Western Ghats mountain range and is a hill station, famous for being the ultimate panoramic town with tea plantations and lakes that offer boating experiences for travellers who visit the place in search of peace and calm. With our busy lives, we usually don’t have too much time to take long vacations but here is your guide to holidaying in Munar in just 2 days! If you’ve got some more time at hand, I am also suggesting few places that aren’t too far from Munnar and definitely need to be on your list!

1) Kundala Lake-

The Kundala Lake is an artificial reservoir that is tucked between mountain ranges. Head to the lake for some much-needed time off by the lake. The Kundala lake also offers boat rides for visitors, so get on your Shikara and row away in the midst of Munnar’s beauty.
Where? Kundala Lake is located about 27 kilometres away from Munnar.

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2) Echo Point-

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This one’s a little Bollywood! Head to echo point, scream as loud as you can and then hear your voice echo back. If you are travelling with young children or if the child in you has never died, it’ll be a wonderful time at Echo Point. If not for the echoing, you can still head to Echo Point as it is surrounded by very picturesque views of Munnar. Another plus is that Echo Point is only about 15 kilometres away from Munnar. 
Where? Kulukkumalai, Munnar, Kerala-685612.


3) Rajamalai-

Rajamalai is home to the majestic Nilgiri Tahr. Part of Eravikulam National Park, Rajamalai was declared a national park to protect and to act as a permanent home for the endangered Nilgiri Tahr species. Again, Rajamalai is located only 15 kilometres away from Munnar. Timings of the park are from 7:30am to 4pm, it remains open to visitors on all days of the week.
Where? The Wildlife Warden Munnar PO, Idukki, Kerala-685612.

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4) Tea Museum-

The tea museum at Munnar is a one of its kind, a must visit for tea enthusiasts, the museum was first built as a tribute to the century-old tea business in Munnar. It displays how the tea plantations have grown over the years, years that culminated into centuries. Once you visit the museum, you will come out appreciating all the hard work that goes behind your morning tea as it also explains how tea processing works. The Museum remains open from 9am to 5pm on all days of the week except Mondays.
Where? KDHP House, NH 49, Nullatanni, Munnar, Kerala-685612.

If you are looking for places to visit near Munnar, here are three places you just cannot miss:

1) Alleppey- 

Alappuzha or Alleppey is also popularly known as the ‘Venice of the East’. The city is home to a network of lagoons and canals where you can take leisurely Kettuvallam (houseboat)  rides. Alleppey is also the place where you can take a boat ride in the famous Kerala waters as you enter a rich verdant area that lines the backwaters. If you are lucky, you might also get to watch some snake-boat races taking place in Alleppey (There’s one on 10th August, 2019. You could plan your trip accordingly). If you are interested in agriculture and in rice cultivation, you can also head to Kuttanad in Alleppey, a place known for its lush paddy fields which are beautifully intruded by inland water bodies that flow in and out from parts of the field. You can also visit the Ambalapuzha temple, known as the ‘Dwarka of the South’ which is well-known for the artistic mural paintings that make up the interiors of the temple, make sure to taste the Ambalapuzha Palpayasam when you visit the temple. For a chilled out romantic stroll by the beach, head to Marari Beach and watch the fiery red sun embracing the Marari waters as you walk across the beach with your loved one.
Where? Alleppey is about 75 kilometres from Cochin and it can be accessed by road, rail and air, very conveniently. From Munnar, Alleppey is about five hours (171.6 kilometres) away so try and leave early in the morning so you have the entire day at Alleppey.

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2) Thekkady-

Thekkady is India’s largest wildlife sanctuary and a major tourist hub that is a part of Idukki District(read: Idukki Gold). Thekkady is known for giving visitors a sneak into the tribal culture while the place also nurtures jewels of valuable flora and fauna, making it a worthwhile place to visit. The forest areas of Thekkady are uninhabited to prevent any unwanted invasions into these lush areas. When you are in Thekkady, you can also visit the nearest town to it called Kumily which is only about 4 kilometres away from Thekkady. Also located in Thekkady is the Periyar National Park. The national park is a must visit for all wildlife and nature lovers as it comprises of a network of hills where you will see elephant herds walking around as you smell the aroma from the spice plantations that surround the park. For wildlife lovers, there is the Asian Elephant, Indian Bison, Bengal Tiger, Sambar Deer, Leopard, Wild Dog, Barking Deer and the Nilgiri Tahr which stays only in the upper rocky regions of the park. Among reptiles, the national park houses the cobra, viper, a host of non-venomous snakes, the Indian Monitor Lizard and krait while bird species at the part include the Indian Pied, Hornbill, White-bellied Treepie, woodpeckers and flycatchers among 256 other migrants. Other things to do in Thekkady are visits to the spice plantations, bamboo rafting, trekking, boating at Periyar Lake and visiting the Mangala Devi Temple.

Where? Thekkady is about three hours (91.5 kilometres) away from Munnar via road. Make sure you leave early in the morning to avoid traffic jams.

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3) Kovalam-

Kovalam must be on your list when you are visiting Munar. The scenic beauty of the town has made it into a paradise of South India. Kovalam is primarily a beach town that is fenced with coconut trees, making it the ideal vacation spot to visit with family, friends or even your significant other. The main beach, Lighthouse Beach has lots of hotels and some very popular restaurants around it. Next, the Hawa Beach on the Northern side of the town is also crowded with locals and tourists who are out there to have a gala time. You can go surfing and even learn a little yoga when you visit these two beaches in Kovalam. If you are looking for a relaxing experience while you are on vacation, go to Santhigiri and treat yourself to the most relaxing massages along with some Ayurvedic treatments.
Where? Kovalam is only about 15 kilometres from Trivandrum International Airport in Thiruvananthapuram. Kovalam is also easily accessible by rail (only 12 kilometres from Trivandrum Central Railway) and by road. From Munnar, Kovalam is about 7 hours 45 minutes away (298.8 kilometres) so you either take a night bus or start your trip from Kovalam itself if you are pressed for time.



Hotels in Munnar:
When you are travelling for only 2 days, your place of accommodation should also be as relaxing as your trip itself, shouldn’t it? Here are two luxury Munnar Hotels that will make you feel refreshed even in the short span of two days that you have in hand:

1) Parakkat Nature Hotels and Resort-The perfect hotel for leisure travellers, the Parakkat Nature Hotels and Resort is located in the centre of Munnar City and is about 109 kilometres away from Cochin International Airport. The Hotel is also close to Munnar’s sightseeing places and some local jewellery shops.
Where? 2nd Mile, Pallivasal Road, Munnar.

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2) SpiceTree Munnar-SpiceTree is only about 24 kilometres away from the Munnar Bus Station where you can take buses that ply to almost every tourist attraction. SpiceTree is one of the best Munnar Hotels that is nestled in the Kanan Devan mountains and the valley of Bison Hills. A stay at this luxury hotel guarantees tranquil vibes and a peaceful time, away from the hustle and bustle of urban life. When you are staying at SpiceTree, make sure you go to 300 BC- A Karma Coffee Shop for some steaming hot coffee while you douse yourself in the scenic views of Munnar.
Where? Muttukad-Periakanal Road, Nadukkurissu, Idukki, Munnar.

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Best time to visit Munnar: The Munnar weather in the months from June to September makes it the best time to visit the place as the town becomes even more beautiful with myriad shades of green that entice the entire city.

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