Best Places to Visit in Munnar 2019 (7400 Reviews)
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With mountains & valleys covered with greenery, waterfalls, and wildlife, Munnar is ranked amongst the top hill stations of India. Famous for its tea and spice plantations, Munnar attracts thousands of tourists every year. 

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Whether you are a nature lover, adventure seeker or a photography enthusiast, there are several places to visit in Munnar
 that are awe-inspiring for every type of traveller.When in Munnar, visit the famous TATA Tea Museum to get to know about tea, the staple drink of India or for an enthralling experience, take a trip to one of the famous waterfalls here- the Attukal waterfalls. 

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You can even take a jungle safari at Eravikulam National Park to witness the diversified wildlife here. There are several other tourist places in Munnar like the mirror-like Kundala Lake, the scenic Top Station, and Blossom Park with a maze full of colourful flowers. With a visit to these many places, savour the breathtaking sights of Munnar. 

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.

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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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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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.

Tree House Stay
Munnar, the perfect getaway for people in Kerala during summers, has some of the most unparalleled experiences to offer. And one of these experiences is staying in a treehouse. This must have been everyone’s childhood dream at one point of time and now it has come true as the Seven Springs Plantation Resort. 

This resort offers a stay in the fully wooden treehouse that is 30 feet above the ground and offers impeccable amenities like a luxurious mattress, attached toilets, A/C, LED TV, intercom, minifridge, and a lot more. The resort is just a 15 minutes’ drive away from Munnar main bus station. Tucked away in between the cardamom plantations and the dense forests, this tranquil place is the perfect getaway for peace-seekers.    

Location: Mankulam -Nirar Dam Trail, Kallar - Mankulam Rd, Letchmi Estate, Munnar, Kerala 685561

Timings: Open 24 hrs

Price: Starting from Rs 1534 per adult

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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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

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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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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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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Echo Point

Trek, walk, stroll or indulge in boating because Echo point in Munnar is a place where you see the creamy clouds floating and rolling down the hilltops, the lush vegetation creates a sight which is often captured in cameras to boost the beauty of Munnar. At 600 ft. above the sea level, people scream with utter enthusiasm to hear it resound and then laugh out of pure amazement. 

Listening to your voice reverberate in the valley is thrilling which makes it one of the best places to visit in Munnar. The Echo point mostly displays the confluence of three mountains - Mudrapuzha, Nallathanni, and Kundala and a picturesque lake which makes the view highly captivating.

Location:
Munnar, Top Station Highway, Idukki District, Kannan Devan Hills, Kerala 685616

Timings: 
6 AM - 7:30 PM

Entry fee: 
None.

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Anamudi

Anamudi

The most sought-after destination in Munnar is Anamudi peak (8842 ft), the highest peak of South India. Trekking in Munnar on the misty path Rajamalai (Eravikulam) National Park and then following a view of what we know as “the Himalayas of South India” can leave you in a state of ecstasy. The place is a delight for nature lovers, wildlife enthusiasts, mountaineers, trekkers, and photographers. 

The hill is covered by variety of floras such as trees of sp.Bamboos, black wood, and teak trees and the famous Neelakurinji flowers which bloom once every 12 years, the wet grass on the slopes of the hill make trekking a difficult sport and that is you need to take special permission from Eravikulam National Park authorities to trek to the peak top.

Location: 
Idukki District, Munnar 685602

Timings: All day.

Entry fee: None.

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Devikulam

Devikulam is a quaint little hill-station tucked between lush greenery and beauty. Located very close to Munnar, this is an ideal destination to visit as a day trip. Home to make scenic attractions and sites, Devikulam, which literally translates to ‘pond or lake of the Devi’, is a great alternative to other Munnar tourist places.

The exotic flora and fauna have made the village is a must-stop place for those in the vicinity. Sita Devi Lake, the closest site to the village, is a top attraction in Kerala. You can also find many tea and spice plantations in this area. Alternatively, you can also visit the nearby Chinnar Wildlife Sanctuary. If you are looking for some spiritual or physical rejuvenation, positively stop by this hill-station during your trip.

Location: Sita devi lake, Munnar.

Timings: All day.

Entry fee: None.

Mattupetti Indo-Swiss Farm

Mattupetti Dairy farm, also known as Indo-Swiss farm is a dairy farm started under the Indo-Swiss project in Kerala. Dedicated to cattle development and research, the Indo-Swiss project started in 1963 to improve livestock farming in the state. Also known as ‘cattle village’ Mattupetty is a tiny, charming village famous for its green lands and forests.

Home to several varieties of high-quality cattle, one should visit Mattupetti Indo-Swiss farm for its beautiful gardens, picturesque views and for a chance to meet the many cattle breeds. 3km away from Mattupetty Dam, the dairy farm is one of the offbeat Munnar tourist places you should visit.  

Location: 3 km from Mattupetty Dam, Mattupetty, Idukki, Munnar, 685612.

Timings: 9 AM – 11 AM | 2 PM – 3:30 PM

Entry fee: INR 5

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Blossom Park

From several swings to a small canal, from a maze of colorful flower on the banks to the soft grasses; The Park is an ideal location to unwind and relax in Munnar. Embrace the lush green vegetation around and relax listening to the chirps of migratory water birds. 

This refreshing piece of land is surrounded by hill slopes and is a place where serenity has its own voice.

Location:
Aluva - Munnar Highway, Moolakadai, Munnar, Kerala 685612

Timings:
 9 AM to 7 PM

Entry fee:
The entry fee for children is INR 2 and for adults, it is INR 10 per head.

Kolukkumalai Tea Estate

The emerald tea garden and the bright blue sky make the best backdrops for postcard-perfect pictures. Hidden in a mist of clouds are these emerald tea grounds, the rippling sound of serenity in the wind and vast land of greenery; Munnar is definitely more than just a tourist spot, it is more like an abode of Gods.

It would be unfair if you visit Munnar and do not travel a little further to see Kolukkumalai, a lesser known tea estate which is close to the border of Tamilnadu and claims to be the highest tea plantation in Munnar at a height of 8,100ft above sea level.

Location: 
Kolukkumalai Tea Estate, Munnar.

Timings: 
7 AM - 6 PM

Entry fee:
INR 75

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.

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

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.

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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Nyayamakad Waterfall

Nestled amid Munnar and Rajamala, this is one spectacular waterfall in the valley which is loved and adored by the tourists. Embark on a journey to the largest waterfall in Munnar and witness the rustic local lifestyle of women picking tea leaves in the long stretches of the estates, the 10 KM long winding route from Munnar and small rivulets chiseling down the green hilly slopes; Nature has its own way of giving brief ecstatic moments. 

You may also come across tea pickers and encounter Nilgiri Tahr from a distance. The place is masked under mist as the water falls from a great and it proves as a paradise to every visitor who hails here seeking adventure or peace.

Location: 
Near Rajmalai, Idukki district, Kerala.

Timings: It is always recommended to visit during the daylight.

Entry fee: 
The transportation charges are the only money you pay to witness this cascading beauty.

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Chinnakanal Waterfalls

Drive 20 KM on the NH leading to Thekkady and you will spot this tempting waterfall right on the side of the road. The source being River Devikulam and the waterfall is surrounded by lush greenery. One can take snaps, bath, enjoy the fall and sit there for hours; you just can laze around the fall as much as you want.

During the monsoon season, it appears like gallons of milk are being thrown from a height and it becomes a little tricky to bath under it, however, it still can be done. Chinnakanal is one of the impeccable places to visit in Munnar for a memorable experience.

Location:
Main Road | Opposite Chinnakkanal Health Hospital, Chinnakanal 685618

Timings: From 6 AM onwards.

Entry fee
: None.

Thirumeni Cultural Centre

Thirumeni Cultural Centre bestows you the chance of spending an evening in the beautiful set up of green hills, aromatic tea plains, misty skyline accompanied with goose bumping performances of Kalarippayattu and Kathakali, the two very famous and respected art forms of Kerala. 

You can also head to the make-up room to see the artists getting ready and ask questions if you have any of the Kathakali artists. In the one hour duration, the performance gives an overview of Kathakali art form. Enjoy the spellbound performance of Kathakali art piece which tells stories in a form of dancing movements, gestures, and expressions.

Kalarippayattu at the same time is a form of Martial art and includes agile gymnastic movements, the hard work, practice, and training is highly visible in this one-hour performance of Kalarippayattu. You would not stop clapping once the artists duel with knives, swords, and spears and somersault flawlessly.

Location:
Silent Valley, Munnar, Kerala 685612

Timings: 
5 - 6 PM & 7 - 8 PM(Kathakali shows), 6 - 7 PM & 8 - 9 PM(Kalarippayat) on all seven days of the week.

Entry fee:
INR 300 per person.

High Range Club

Nestled amidst the greens of Munnar, High Range Club is a quaint mansion bursting with British culture and heritage. You can choose to spend time with your family, unwinding from the hustle bustle of the city. Originally an elite tea planter’s club, this place has retained its century-old charm and ambience.

Choose to indulge in one of the activities High Range has to offer to all its guests. The 6-acre property has a 9-hole golf course along with other facilities like Tennis, Squash and Billiards. There is also a children’s park for the younger ones to play in. You can also indulge in a unique, classic dining experience in their dining room.

Location:
High Range Club, Munnar 685612.

Timings:
All day.

Entry fee:
INR 100

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C.S.I Christ Church

This clean, well maintained and highly quiet British era church utters history in every brick of its wall. This old church is loved by the visitors for the tranquillity which they find while visiting C.S.I Christ church on a small hillock in Munnar.

The stained glass windows, the gothic style architecture, the granite floors, and the brass plaques; all of these make the church look like a link that connects the past to the present. It was built in the year 1910 by British missionaries and since then it is worship house for the believers. This is one of the best Munnar tourist places that is well maintained, clean and very charming.

Location: Kochi - Dhanushkodi Road, Moolakadai, Munnar, Kerala 685612

Timings: 9 AM to 5 PM

Entry fee: None.

Hydel Park
Sprawled across a land of 16 acres in Parkland, this park lets you enjoy every moment of your vacation in a free and full of life aura. The park can be utilized by indulging in a number of activities like boating, walking, cycling the path and roller skating. Bird watching and photography is also appreciated in the vicinity of the Park.

Hydel Park is famous for giving a fun time to its visitors with facilities like Music and campfires etc. The fresh aromatic mountain air and the wild gushing of Muthirappuzha River is a unique experience in Hyde Park. Visiting this park is one of the best things to do in Munnar.

Location:
Aluva - Munnar Highway, Moolakadai, Munnar, Kerala 685612

Timings: 9 AM to 7 PM on all days of the week.

Price: The entry fee for children is INR 2 and for adults, it is INR 10 per head.

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Kuthumkal Waterfalls

Ranked amongst the top Munnar tourist places, Kuthumkal waterfall is an ideal place to spend some quality time with your family or friends. Located 28 km from Munnar go for a quick getaway to the waterfalls for some peacetime and serenity.

What stands out about the attraction is the constant mist emerging effect created by the high-velocity water flow from the waterfalls. Popular as a picnic spot, Kuthumkal Waterfalls and its ambiance is perfect for nature lovers. Those seeking an offbeat activity to do during your trip to Munnar, pack a picnic basket. drive outside the main city and spend an afternoon amidst the greenery near the waterfalls.

Location: Kuthumkal, Near Rajakkad, Kerala 685566.

Timings: 9 AM - 5 PM

Entry fee: None.
 

Floriculture Centre

Munnar Floriculture Centre, also known as Munnar Rose Garden is one of the top places to visit in Munnar. Floriculture Centre is home to hundreds of rare varieties of flowers and other plants including cacti, herbs, shrubs, and creepers. Operated by the Kerala Forest Development Centre, it is spread across acres of land in the city of Munnar.

Located close to other main attractions, you can visit the place in under 30 minutes. The amenities inside the garden include toilets, café and other shops. With many tea plantations in the background, this spot is the perfect place for a quick photo-op!

Location: 526, Ward No. 10, Mattupetty Road, Munnar 685612.

Timings:10 AM - 5 PM

Entry fee: INR 10 per person | INR 20 - camera | INR 50 - video camera.

Marayoor Dolmens

This interesting place has 15 different types of Dolmens belonging to Neolithic age and some of which belongs to the Iron age. These prehistoric dolmens are situated around 55 km from Munnar and are worth taking a long trip to reach and witness the remnants of Dolmenoid cists which date back to the Megalithic age.

One has to trek through Muniyara to see these magnificent burial chamber designed with four stones placed by the edges together and then covered by granite slabs which belong to different ages. Muniyara is also famous for prehistoric paintings, thick sandalwood forest, and these prehistoric structures. Marayoor Dolmens is a peek into our past heritage. This archaeological site is blessed with nature and rich history.

Location: Near old Siva Temple | Kovilkadavu, Marayur.

Timings:
All day.

Entry fee:
None.

Sevenmallay Tea Estate

During your trip to Munnar, do what Munnar is known for best - its tea plantations. Plan a visit to one of the largest tea plantations in Munnar, Sevenmallay Tea Estate. Owned by Tata Tea Company, the stunning tea estate is located very close to Kanan Devan hills. Started in 1900, the estate’s name is an ode to the Hindu god ‘Shiv’ and ‘Mallay’ representing a hill.

Over the years, the anglicization of the name gave the estate its current name, Sevenmallay. Boasting a paradise-like scenery, lush green tea gardens and a colonial bungalow in the centre, the tea estate has become one of the top places to visit in Munnar.   

Location: Sevenmallay Tea Estate, The Tea Sanctuary, KDHP House, Munnar 685612
.     

Timings: All day.

Entry fee: None.

Power House Waterfalls

Located 18km away from Munnar, Power House Waterfalls, also known as Chinnakanal waterfalls, is the perfect midway stop on your way to Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary in Thekkady. Boasting of splendid waterfalls, the area around Power House waterfalls is bursting with unseen lush greenery and beauty.

Located almost 2000m above sea level, the waterfalls is surrounded by the spell-binding charm of tea plantations, magnificent hills and trees. The scenic beauty of western ghats near the waterfalls is a sight for your eyes.  During your visit here, you can also choose to take a dip and relax in the natural pool at the bottom of the falls.

Location: Near Chinnakanal village, Munnar, Idukki, Kerala 685612.

Timings: All day.

Entry fee: None.

Rock Cave (Malayil Kallan Guha)

On the way to Thekaddy, after around 13 to 14 KM from Munnar you will spot a Board opposite to a cave entrance right on the NH and the board reads a very interesting story about the Rock cave, also known as Malayil Kallan Guha where Malayil is said to the one who leaves on the mountain or rock, Kallan is a thief  and Guha  means a cave in Malayalam; which together tells the story of the thief who lived in the cave and robbed people taking a journey on this road, in earlier days. 

It is just opposite to the Lockhart Gap which provides some breathtaking vistas of the entire town, soaked in fumes of clouds and mist. This is one of the Munnar 
tourist places which is a good spot to stop your car and take a short break.

Location: Munnar: Madurai National Highway, Mattupatty, Munnar 685613

Timings: 
Idukki, Kerala 685613

Entry fee: None.

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Cheeyappara Waterfalls
The Cheeyappara Waterfalls is situated on the Kochi-Madurai Highway in Idukki district. The avalanche of water flowing down the seven tiers of the rocky mountain presents a remarkable sight.

The sound of gushing water, the mist, the white froth, and swirling waters at the bottom the waterfall add charm to the place.
The 2 acres stretch of evergreen forests on the huge mountain lends enchantment to the waterfalls. The rocky terrain allures mountaineers and trekkers to a testing battle.

Due to its proximity to the highway, the travelers and photographers take a sojourn to enjoy and click a few pictures on their way out.
During the monsoon, the waters gush out in large quantities and become inaccessible to reach the bottom of the falls.

Location: Idukki, Kerala.

Timings: All day.

Entry fee: None.

Pallivasal Falls

Pallivasal Falls is a famous waterfall in the village of Pallivasal, site of Kerala’s first hydro-electric project. Located 8km away from Munnar city, you should visit the waterfall during your trip to Munnar. Surrounded by lush green forests, Pallivasal Falls is a well-known spot for picnics and sightseeing.

Nature lovers and peace seekers, the waterfalls should definitely be on your “places to visit in Munnar” checklist. Rich in diverse flora, the area around the waterfalls provides the perfect setting for hikes and nature walks. With unspoilt scenic beauty in abundance, the waterfalls is a perfect attraction for photographers and lovers of nature.

Location: Pallivasal village, Devikulam, Idukki, Kerala, 685613

Timings: All day.

Entry fee: None.

Chokramudi Peak
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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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Anayirankal Dam

Ranked amongst the top scenic places to visit in Munnar, Anayirankal Dam is an ideal picnic spot for travellers and locals alike. Almost 22km away from Munnar, the dam is located amidst tea plantations and dense green forests. The word Anayirankal is a mix of two words, ‘Aana’ meaning ‘elephants’ and ‘irankal’ meaning ‘coming down’.

The name ‘Anayirankal Dam’ denotes the dam where elephants come down to drink water. If you’re lucky you might just spot herds of elephants from nearby forests coming down to the lake for some water. You can spend time boating or at the café/food court inside the park.   

Location: Anayirankal, Kerala 685613.

Timings: All day.

Entry free: Adult – INR 20 | Child – INR 10

Valara Falls

Wedged between Neriamangalam and Adimali, Valara falls is one of the gorgeous waterfalls in Munnar which is located at a distance of around 12 km from the city center on the Kochi-Munnar highway. For a wild encounter in the jungle trek to this stunning waterfall and get clicked against this cascading background. 

Deviyar River is the source of many waterfalls in the region some of which is Valara falls and Cheeyapara falls. However, you cannot access the waterfall; one has to view it from the roadside as it is even visible from the NH.

The thick forest cover and the slanting rocky slopes of the hills create a canvas of beauty together and are one of the few places to visit in Munnar which can add some awe-striking pictures to your Munnar diary. It is suggested that you take a tour of this waterfall on your return trip from Munnar as it will fall on the same side of the road.

Location: NH 49, Chillithodu, Kerala 685561

Timings: All day.

Price: None.

Chithirapuram

Located 10 km away from Munnar city, Chithirapuram is a charming hill-side village that is amongst the top Munnar tourist places. Home to many palaces, tea gardens and lush green valleys, witness picturesque colonial heritage and old town charm here. For those looking for peace and tranquillity, this place offers just that. Chithirapuram is a famous spot amongst tourists interested in outdoor activities such as paragliding, hiking, trekking, boating, parasailing, mountaineering, etc.

Many also visit Chithirapuram to access nearby attractions like Muthuapetty Reservoir, Eravikulam National Park, Elephant Dam & Lake, Mattupetty Dam, Marayoor forests, Thoovanam waterfalls and Echo Point. On a beautiful day, you can also choose to have a lovely picnic overlooking the beautiful green landscapes and lakes.    

Location: Chithirapuram, Munnar 685565.

Timings: 6 AM - 8 PM

Entry fee: None.

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