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  • The best time to visit Munnar can be said to be the throughout the year, but to mark it down in terms of seasons, it can be said that you can have a hassle-free holiday here between the months of September to November, and from January to March. With luscious greenery and breathtaking beauty covering every inch of this hill station of southern India, tourists and adventurers from all over the country come to witness the marvels of Munnar.

    Winters and the months of milder summers mark the perfect time to visit Munnar. The temperatures are pleasant, the views are clear and fogless, and the revelers are overwhelmingly welcomed. Famed as the Kashmir of the South, Munnar is lined up with amazing valleys, rolling green hills, waterfalls, tea plantations and much more. The realm of the hill station is always appealing and is brimming with a remarkable count of tourists, coming here to enjoy nature in the best time to visit Munnar.

    Here are the best seasons to visit Munnar:

  • 01Munnar in Summer

    Munnar in Summer
    Months: March to May is the season when the summers reign over Munnar.

    Munnar is always a pleasant sight to witness in the months of summer. The temperature ranges somewhere between 20 and 35-degree Celsius, marking some of the best months in the year to visit Munnar. You can expect the place to be filled with a number of different colors of greens, blues, whites, and browns during this season, making the place not only a great spot for photography but for also a great retreat from the busy city life.

    A perfect hill station in the Western Ghats, Munnar makes for a great place to plan your vacations, getaways, or even trips of adventure. A number of tourists from all over the world flock here in the months of summer to enjoy the cool and calm weather in the hills. The deep valleys, the undulating hills, and the green valleys seem to cast a kind of spell on everyone who arrives here in what is the best time to visit Munnar.

    And since Munnar is easily accessible from many nearby major cities like Kochi, Trivandrum, Bangalore, etc, there are also a lot of people arriving here to celebrate a quick and quiet getaway into the hills. For people living in these regions, there is always ease of access. With the road conditions being amazing and maintained, one can easily travel to Munnar, enjoy a great stay and leave within a weekend, or an extended one at that.

    Another great reason why this is the best time to visit Munnar are the adventure activities that are organized in the hills here. You can go trekking and offroad jeep riding in the hills of Munnar and get some of the most exquisite views of the enticing valleys, tea plantations and the forests nearby. Summer not only ensures safety but also longer daylight presence, so you can enjoy for longer durations.

    And lastly, you would love to visit Munnar in summers because of the always pleasant streak of temperature that you can expect in this exotic location. But, it is always advised that you carry an umbrella with you, as there always chances of a little bit of thunder and downpour.

    Places to visit and activities to during Summer:

    You can visit places like the many tea estates of Munnar, which also includes tea factories. You can see the process with which tea is prepared. There is also a great tea museum curated by the Tata group in Munnar. Apart from this, there are also a great many treks, jeep rides, and campsites scattered all across the city so you can enjoy.

    Average temperature of night and day:

    The temperature range during these months is somewhere between 19 degrees and 35 degrees on the Celsius scale, with the lows hitting 19 degrees in the nights, and the hottest period being the days of April at 35 degrees.
  • 02Munnar in Winter

    Munnar in Winter
    Months: October to February are the months of winter in Munnar.

    Undoubtedly the most suitable and the best time to visit Munnar in the entire year, winters brings their own charm to the hills and lands of Munnar. Marked by the months of October to February, you will find a certain drop of the temperature scale to as low as single digits some times. During this time, you will get to see an altogether different side of Munnar.

    There are many ways that one can explore Munnar in the winter season. You can either be a tourist, a backpacker, a honeymooner, or an adventurer, Munnar will have something for everyone always. You can bring your own color to this city in the way you travel and explore the beauty of Munnar.

    Tourists arrive here throughout the season as there are a lot of attractions that bloom to beauty during the winter season, especially in the initial days. The monsoons have just gone by, the valleys are greener, the days are brighter, the waterfalls are laden with streams of water, and the weather is at its best as compared to the rest of the year. The hotels, homestays, resorts, viewpoints, and many of the city’s attractions carry this special feature with them in the winters where the cool breeze just brushes past your face and makes you realize that you made the best vacation choice.

    Even for backpackers, Munnar is a great choice owing to the amazing options in stays, transport, and food that you can avail here at low costs. There are many great homestays in Munnar that you can enjoy living in, and get homely food to fill you up, all the while not pinching your pocket on the penny much.

    Preferred by many as a beautiful escape from the city life, a good portion of travelers here are couples and honeymooners who just wish to have a good time with each other in the beautiful environs. If you are someone with the backing of a great budget with you, there are many luxury stay options like resorts and bungalows that are ready to make your honeymoon or a couple’s escapade the best memory that you two share.

    Adventure is at its peak in the winter as well and that is why this is the best time to visit Munnar. You can enjoy activities like rock climbing, trekking and rappelling in Munnar to add a rather adventurous touch to your trip here. But do remember that Munnar does get a little cold in the months of winters so make sure that you carry proper woolens so your vacation is not spoilt by the biting cold.

    Places to visit and activities to during Winter:

    There are a good number of places that you can and must visit in Munnar during the months of winter. This includes Blossom International Park, Pothamedu viewpoint, Tata Tea Museum and a whole lot more. Also, great activities like rock climbing, trekking, and rappelling are a must experience for a dose of adventure.

    Average temperature of night and day:

    The average temperature in Munnar in winters hovers around the mark of 20 degrees, with the afternoon highs averaging at around 29 degrees, and the winter lows take you to a chilling 10 degree Celsius.
  • 03Munnar in Monsoon

    Munnar in Monsoon
    Months: June to September are the months that mark the season of monsoons in Munnar.

    When it comes to some place that is known for its immense greenery, the rainy season is something everyone loves because of the increased amount of greenery all around you. And with the location being in the hills, there are also the chances that you may be always shrouded in the mists of clouds coming towards you. This is exactly what you can experience in Munnar when you come here in the monsoons. Monsoons are another extension of the best time to visit Munnar as you get the best of almost everything here.

    With the monsoons approaching, the tide of travelers arriving into Munnar changes. You can see a lot of tourists coming here to experience the beauty of it, while others arriving here to only enjoy the serenity of the hills. For the months of June to September, Munnar sees two factors coming into play with tourists. Many think that it is unsafe to come to Munnar in monsoons, while others think that it is the best time to go.

    As a result, Munnar in monsoon is one of the least crowded places to visit in Kerala. One can enjoy solitude in a number of places in Munnar and expect really amazing deals. With the lush greenery covering almost everything, tourists love arriving here. The viewpoints have much more greenery to reveal to the eyes of the visitors. You will find a scuffle always going on between the gray clouds and the bright sunlight, all of which casts an amazing shadow on the ground below.

    Also, because of the place being less crowded, the travelers, especially the backpackers find some really great and affordable deals on the hotels, food, and adventure activities. This not only makes it a great way to explore and save money but also provides you great solitude with the raindrops appearing as music on the roof of your accommodation.

    Adventures do not know how to slow down, even in the face of rains. You can take a boating ride at the Kundala Lake, or take an Elephant Ride in the Carmelagiri Park. There are also the chances of getting to see the rare Neelakurunji Flower and the Neelgiri Tahr. There are also a number of treks leading through the western ghats that you can taste adventure on, like the famous Lockhart Gap trek, which falls midway to Mattupetty. Speaking of which, the Mattupetty Dam is another great place to visit in Munnar during the monsoon season.

    And lastly, the elements of swelling pride for Munnar are the waterfalls like Attukal, Lakkom, and Chinnakanal falls. All this combined, make Munnar beautiful and present the monsoons as one of the best time to visit Munnar.

    Places to visit and activities to during Monsoon:

    In monsoons, the best choice for places to visit in Munnar are the Photo Point, Pothamedu View Point, Kundala Lake, Eravikulam National Park, Mattupetty Dam, Attukal Waterfalls, Lakkom Waterfalls, and Chinnakanal Waterfalls. As far as things to do in Munnar are concerned, you can enjoy photography, boating, trekking, and elephant ride.

    Average temperature of night and day:

    The average temperature during this time remains somewhere around 26 degrees. The hottest days can be experienced in the month of September with up to 32 degrees, and the lows hitting in the nights of August, with the temperature staying at 23 degrees.

Sightseeing in Munnar

Adventure in Munnar

Attractions in Munnar

Trekking in Munnar

Day outs in Munnar

Nature and wildlife in Munnar

Attractions

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Attukal Waterfalls

It is one of the four main waterfalls of Munnar and is very popular among adventure seekers, as the dirt mountain path through the forest gives chills on every step towards Attukal Waterfalls. Take your swimwear as the pool at the bottom of the fall has enough water to dip and bath. 

It is highly recommended that you visit Munnar during Monsoon season if waterfalls top the list of ‘places to visit in Munnar.’ Attukal waterfall is located between Munnar and Pallivasal and can be reached by crossing a wooden bridge. 
The waterfalls in Munnar witness hordes of tourist every year and Attukal is one of those famous waterfalls which is mystically beautiful.

Location:
2nd Floor, Mermaid Complex, Nadaiyar road, Munnar 685612

Timings: 9 AM to 7:30 PM

Price:
One can pay INR 100 per person to a guide who can lead the trek through the narrow mountain path.

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Pothamedu View Point

Drenched in the mist and greenery, Pothamedu viewpoint is a spot worth trekking to. This viewpoint enables a panoramic vista of the valley and if the day is clear, you can also see Muthirapuzha River and Idukki Arch Dam from quite a height. The view is made of a series of emerald hill slopes where tea, coffee, cardamom, and pepper make a blanket of green all over the hills.

While you are enjoying the mesmerizing view of the valley, take a sip of ginger tea from the only tea shop nearby and you would love spending your evening at Pothamedu. Watching the sun slide down the horizon in the vast expanse of the Sahyadri ranges is one perfect way of spending your vacation in this quaint town. 
Pothamedu is one of the many places to visit in Munnar which have a refreshing environ.

Location: 
Pothamedu, Munnar.

Timings: 9 AM to 7:30 PM

Entry fee: 
None.

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TATA Tea Museum

If you are lucky enough to make it during the show timings, you will learn a lot that day. From the early history of Tea Plantation to how British brought Tea culture and cultivation in the region, the toil and hard work of the people who endured during those days, the machineries and tools, the entire process of cultivating, plucking, drying and final packaging of Tea; almost everything you learn in just a half an hour documentary that is played here. 

You will also get to see the typewriters, magneto phone, the hand tea roller,
and manual calculators and iron oven which have been very useful tools during the earlier days. This is one of the best tourist places in Munnar.

Location:
Nullatanni, Munnar, Kerala 685612

Timings: It remains closed on Monday and opens from 9 AM till 5 PM on all the remaining days of the week.

Entry fee:
The entry fee for adults is INR 75 per head and for children of a particular age group is INR 35.

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Chokramudi Peak

This isolated elevated piece of a hill is a site that hooks you for hours. Chokramudi is situated at 7,200 ft above sea level in the Eravikulam National Park. It is short and easy trek which can be done in a day and since it comes under the national forest it is masked by lush green Shola forest. 

Pothamedu is the trek base which is situated an hour drive from Munnar and the trek can be of 4 to 5 hours covering a distance of 10 KM upwards. Soak in the fresh air when you reach the top of the peak, if you do an early morning trek, you can also witness the fiery sunrise and herds of Nilgiri Tahr departing for livestock. 
Chokramudi is indeed a great experience and one of the incredible places to visit in Munnar.

Location: 
Idukki, Kerala 685565

Timings: All day.

Price: Prices may vary depending on the trek group you chose.

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Eravikulam National Park

This national park is home to the endangered Nilgiris Tahr, which is located in Devikulam Taluk of Idukki district and covers a total area of 97 square kilometers. After the Nilgiri Tahr, Neelakurinji flowers are the second major attraction of this park because this flower blooms once after every 12 years. Anamudi (2695 m), the highest peak of south India also takes abode in Eravikulam National Park. 

It is under the care of the Kerala Department of Forest and Wildlife, Munnar and is situated along the crest of Western Ghats. The subtropical moist broadleaf forest and evergreen tropical forest are commonly known as “Shoals” in the region which is layered on the high hill slopes. The tributaries of Periyar and Chalakudy rivers chisel down these slopes in the form of small rivulets and you can also see Lakhom waterfall within the Park.

Location: The Wildlife Warden Munnar PO, Idukki, Kerala, 685612

Timings:
7:30 AM to 4 PM on all the seven days of the week.

Entry fee: An entry fee of INR 65 for Indian citizens and INR 245 for foreign nationals.

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Kundala Lake

Embark on a journey to Top Station and find this beautiful mirror-like lake after around 20 KM of a drive. The breath-taking backdrops of green hill slopes, the majestic sunrises, the unparalleled beauty of cherry blossoms and a blue blanket of the famous Neela Kurunji flowers which bloom only once every twelve year makes this place a dreamy location and is one of the main Munnar tourist places.

This artificial lake has Asia’s first Arch dam and the water engages the tourists in different kinds of boating experience such as rowboats, Kashmiri
shikara boats, and pedal boats. A vast golf course that belongs to Tata Tea Ltd and a nearby waterfall known as Aruvikkad Waterfall is also situated in proximity to the lake which can be visited in a single trip.

Location:
Kundale Lake, Kannan Devan Hills, Kerala 685615

Timings: All day.

Price: None.

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Mattupetty Dam

Almost 13 km off the Munnar town, Mattupetty Dam is a famous holiday spot for tourists. This beautiful hill station is hemmed in by Anamudi Peak covered with undulating slopes of tea gardens with an emerald lake in the middle of the place where people often indulge in speed boating. 

Carefully watch the stillness in water; you would notice the rippling reflection of the lush tea gardens on the sides. The height at which Mattupetty is located is around 1,700 m which makes the Dam to be one of the highest Dams in Munnar. 

This is one of the attractions in Munnar that goes on everyone’s to-do list because Mattupetty is dream destination Munnar and the Dam falls en route. Just a few kilometers away from the Dam lies the lake which is settled amid the tea gardens and Shola forest; one of the places to visit in Munnar that goes without saying.

Location:
Mattupetty, Munnar, Kerala 685616.

Timings: 
All day.

Entry fee: 
INR 10

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Photo Point

This is a picturesque curve on the Nilgiri slopes which is located at a distance of around 3 km from Munnar on the way to Top station and Mattupetti. Photo point truly justifies its name and if you do not think the location has nothing as such to offer while driving through the undulating plains, take a pause, come out of your car and get clicked here, you would notice how photogenic the place is. 

The flickering leaves of the tea garden and the twittering brooks, the scenic hills, and the floating clouds; everything in one picture, it is really an amazing location to take out your camera which makes it one of the best Munnar tourist places.

Location:
SH18, Kannan Devan Hills, Kerala 685612

Timings:
 10 AM - 8 PM

Entry fee:
 None.

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Top Station

Greeting visitors all around the year, Top Station Munnar lies amidst three mountain streams, at the confluence of Mudrapuzha, Kundala, and Nallathanni mountain ranges. Top Station is a part of reckoned Kannan Devan hill station encircled all around by magnificent views. Turn around your eyes and lose yourself in the sophistication of rich green valleys! 

Here, there are ample of Neelakurinji flowers blooming once after every 12 years. Tourists from far off places visit here for a picture-perfect shot of these rich and luxurious blue flowers. Once a while, this beautiful place was a well-known trans-shipment tea delivery point connecting Munnar with Bodinayakkanur. You can still find some remains of Top Station’s ropeway station there.

Never miss on to accompany yourself with your DSLR’s to snap down a panoramic view of the mighty Western Ghats. Standing at the top station, you can have a bird’s eye view of the township that lays all along the downfall.  All over the path that leads you towards Top Station Munnar, has a beautiful exhibit of blooming flowers. These belong to the rarest varieties and are endearing enough to leave you amazed with both their beauty and fragrance. 

Location: Top Station Hwy, Munnar.

Timings: 6 AM to 6 PM

Entry fee: None.

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Meesapulimala

Around 15 KM from Munnar lies Rhodovalley which is famous for the blooming Rhodendron trees and there sits the peak of Meesapulimala at an elevation of 8000 ft above sea level. This is the first highest peak in the Munnar region that can be trekked as Anamudi has restrictions.

The peak shares the border of Kerala and Tamilnadu and is a moderate trek of one day that goes through passing eight hills to reach the top. The place is idyllic and is enough to attain peace making it one of the best Munnar tourist places.

Location:
Meesapulimalai, Idukki.

Timings
: All day.

Entry fee: None.

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Chinnar Wildlife Sanctuary

Skirted by Eravikulam National Park in the south and by the Indira Gandhi Wildlife Sanctuary in the north, Chinnar wildlife sanctuary is home to the famous endangered India grizzled giant squirrel, and also a soothing habitat for Elephants, Hanuman Monkeys, tufted grey langur, Gaur, Spotted Deer, Crocodile, Tiger, slender Loris, Leopard along with a plethora of plant and bird species.

The Forest Department and the Eco-development Committees of the local tribal communities encourage eco-tourism in the sanctuary enabling a wild encounter in a friendlier manner.

Location: 
Munnar - Udumalpet Road, Munnar, Kerala 685612

Timings: 8 AM - 5 PM

Entry fee: INR 10 for Indian adults, INR 5 for children and INR 100 for foreign nationals.

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Lockhart Gap

Refreshing, picturesque and serene; Lock hart Gap is the landscape where floating mist is found on the blue layers of hills which can be seen from this spot in Munnar. Lockhart Gap is located at around 12 to 13 km from Munnar on the way to Mattupetti. 

The expansive panorama of green tea slopes, the streaks of white cotton mist and the ultra blue skyline made of mist-clad hills and the sharp winding mountain roads; the place is remarkably special if you want to spend an hour of solitude in this cave quiet valley. 

The name is referred to a gap between two mountains which looks like the shape of a heart which can be witnessed from this vantage point. Breathe the fresh tea scent and watch the clouds settling on the hilltop while the Sun is ready to leave, you will realize that you are at one of the best Munnar tourist places.

Location: Munnar-Madurai National highway, Mattupetti, Kerala.

Timings: All day.

Entry fee: None.

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Lakkom Water Falls

This waterfall is part of the Eravikulam National Park and falls on the route to Udumalaipettai from Munnar. It originates from the Eravikulam stream at around 30 km off Munnar. Travel through the thick tea plantation on a narrow winding trail and witness this silky white magic of nature. In the clear water of the pool below, you can even see your toe twiddling on the rocks.

The water takes a plunge out of a thick green forest from afar and the sight of this small yet charming waterfall is spellbinding. There is a small shop situated a little away from the fall that serves mouth-watering Kerala food, like fish, rice, sambhar etc. It is one of the sightseeing places in Munnar which commands your attention.

Location:
Munnar - Udumalpet Rd, Marayur.

Timings:
9 AM to 4 PM

Entry fee:
INR 20 

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Rose Garden

The aromatic floating fumes of a plethora of plant species, fruits, flowers and crops in a 2acre stretch, brimming with varied colors on a 360-degree pan is a place that only lies in Munnar. One of the perfect Munnar tourist places which you just cannot afford to miss while you are in Munnar. 

This is actually a maze of a number of pretty flowers like Dahlias, Rose, Chrysanthemums, and plants like pepper, cardamom, vanilla etc at a height of 3500 feet above the sea level. The name sounds a little misleading in that way because there are a variety of flowers which are following the contours and slopes and beautifying the place and not just Roses. 
However, this is one of the attractions in Munnar that leaves a mark on the visitors. 

The spices and other fruits which are planted in this garden along with other flowers release unique fragrances in the air which makes you feel very refreshing while you are enjoying the sheer bliss of watching the beauty around.

Location:
Karadippara, Kerala 685561

Price: 
INR 20 per person

Timings:
10 AM to 5 PM

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Wonder Valley Adventure & Amusement Park

This amusement park in Munnar is one of the few places to visit in Munnar to enjoy myriads of fun activities such as Dashing Cars, 12D Rider, Zip Line, Charlie Chaplin Walk, and Natural Waterfall under one roof. This one and only amusement park are situated at Anachal in Munnar. 

From rain dancing to Lazy river and Wave pool; the water activities are as thrilling as the adventure activities like rock climbing, rainforest trek trails. From Bungee Jump to Play port to nature walks and Treehouses; this place is painstakingly made for the sheer pleasure of enjoying the adventures.

This is one of the tourist places in Munnar that is packed with oodles of fun and joy and has something for everyone.

Location: 
No. 89, Chithirapuram P.O, Anachal, Idukki District, Munnar, Kerala 685565

Entry fee:
INR 800 per person

Timings:
8:30 AM - 5:30 PM

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Carmelagiri Elephant Park

As the name suggests, at Carmelagiri Elephant Park, one gets to indulge in some exhilarating excursions which take around the park while you settle atop the back of an Elephant. Take a half- day or an hour-long tour of the rolling verdant slopes, sprawling tea plantation, and a vibrant park full of sky touching trees, you would love the wilderness of the place.

Keep your camera ready as you traverse around this scenic destination to click or to get yourself clicked. Hitching on the back of a Huge Elephant and traversing the park is a fun activity and can only be enjoyed at Camelahiri Elephant Park in Munnar.

Location:
 Mattuppetty Road, Munnar, Kannan Devan Hills, Kerala 685612

Timings: 9 AM to 5 PM

Entry fee:
INR 400 per head for a 15-minute ride.

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