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Best Places to Visit in Munnar in 2018

  • Munnar is a paragon of beauty in the Western Ghats of India and there are myriads of places to visit in Munnar, a pretty quaint town in the South Indian subcontinent. Nestled amid the Annamalai hills, also known as the Elephant Hills, Munnar is nicknamed as the Kashmir of South India, which spans across an area of   557 square kilometres in the Idukki district of Kerala. Munnar is located at the confluence of three rivers namely Mudhirapuzha, Nallathanni and Kundaly rivers. It is not only famous for the layers of hill ranges that you get to witness at a height of 5200 ft in Munnar but the layers of verdant tea and coffee plantation which shapes the awe-inspiring landscapes.

    No matter which of the tourist places in Munnar you visit, the tea-scented undulating plantation will hold you tight and will stay with for long. The temperature in Munnar can also drop down to 0 degree Celsius and goes up to 20 degrees, the terrain is dotted with an abundance of wildlife, gorgeous waterfalls such as  Atukkad Waterfalls, splendid tea gardens like Nullatanni estate and Kolukkumalai Tea Estate etc. The nearby places like Mattupetty, Pallivasal, Anayirangal, Top Station, Chinnakanal etc are some of the nearby hamlets which have something to offer. From a number of famous waterfalls to wildlife Sanctuaries and National parks, from intricately designed ancient temples to the grand forts; Munnar is a town in Kerala which hits first when you think about a holiday in Kerala.

    Eravikulam National Park is one of the main attractions in Munnar and people from all over the country visit this park to witness its endangered inhabitant- the Nilgiri Tahr. Mattupetti boasts of jaw-dropping Lake and an eye-catchy Dam that works to fulfil the constant need of water. Top station is high vantage point that bestows you with a mindblowing vies of the town and there are several tea estates which are highly refreshing with their aromatic scent. Some of the other sightseeing places in Munnar includes the four major waterfalls Cheeryapa waterfalls, Attukal waterfalls, Lakkom waterfalls and Chinnakanal waterfalls. Munnar is a treasure trove of the God’s own country and once visited will always command a detour.

  • 01 Attukal Waterfalls

    Image Credit : 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, India

    Best Time to Visit: During monsoon season.

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

    Timings: 9 AM to 7:30 PM

    Average time required to visit the place: 2 to 3 hours.

    Activities: Swimming in the pool, trekking, dirt biking, photography etc.

    Distance from KSRTC Depot Munnar: Approximately 10 KM.

  • 02 Pothamedu View Point

    Image Credit : 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 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: Kerala 685565

    Best Time to Visit: Early in the morning or evening.

    Price: No entry charge.

    Timings: opens 24 Hours.

    Activities: Hiking, trekking, and long mountain nature walk.

    Distance from KSRTC Depot Munnar: Approximately 3 KM

  • 03 TATA Tea Museum

    Image Credit : 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.

    Location: Nullatanni, Munnar, Kerala 685612

    Average time required for visiting: Around 1.5 to 2 hours.

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

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

    Distance from KSRTC Depot Munnar: It is situated at a distance of 4 KM from KSRTC Depot.

  • 04 Chokramudi Peak

    Image Credit : 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.

    Pthamedu 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

    Best Time to Visit: Winter season (December to February)

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

    Average time required to visit the place: If you are planning to trek Chokramudi Peak then the sport will take the entire day.

    Distance from KSRTC Depot Munnar: Approximately;y 16 KM towards Madurai SH gap road.

  • 05 Eravikulam National Park

    Image Credit : 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 kilometres. After the Nilgiri Tahr, Neelakurinji flowers are the second major attraction of this park as 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

    Best Time to Visit: Winter season is the best time to visit this National Park.

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

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

    Distance from KSRTC Depot Munnar: Take down the Munnar - Udumalpet Rd for around 12 to 13 KM and you will find your destination.

  • 06 Kundala Lake

    Image Credit : 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 attractions in Munnar. 

    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

    Best Time to Visit: Morning is the best time to visit this place to witness the cotton balls of clouds bid goodbye to the lake in slow motion.

    Price: No entry fee.

    Average time required for visiting: 1 to 2 hours.

    Distance from KSRTC Depot Munnar: It is situated at a distance of around 26 KM from KSRTC Depot.

  • 07 Carmelagiri Elephant Park

    Image Credit : 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

    Best Time to Visit: Any time of the day.

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

    Timings: 9 AM to 5 PM on all the seven days of the week.

    Distance from KSRTC Depot Munnar: Approximately 7 KM

  • 08 Lockhart Gap

    Image Credit : 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 tourist places in Munnar.

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

    Best Time to Visit: Early morning or evening.

    Activities: Trekking and Nature walks.

    Average time required to visit the place: 1 to 2 hours.

    Distance from KSRTC Depot Munnar: Approximately 13 KM

  • 09 Mattupetty Dam

    Image Credit : 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 kilometres 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.

    Best Time to Visit: August to May

    Attractions: Mattupetty Dam and Mattupetty lake.

    Things to Do: Speed launch, pedal boat, row boat, motorboats, slow speedboat, and horse riding.

    Average time required for visiting: It is an ideal one-day destination.

    Distance from KSRTC Depot Munnar: It is around 12 to 13 Km from KSRTC depot.



  • 10 Photo Point

    Image Credit : 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.

    Location: SH18, Kannan Devan Hills, Kerala 685612

    Best Time to Visit: Monsoon and winter season.

    Price: No entry fee.

    Timings: 10:00 AM - 8:00 PM

    Average time to visit the place: As long as you want to click and to be clicked. Good for a quick halt.

    Distance from KSRTC Depot Munnar: Approximately around 3 to 4 KM.



  • 11 Top Station

    Image Credit : Top Station

    The Top station is situated 32 KM off Munnar and it is the topmost point of Munnar. It is suggested that you hire a cab and take this journey through the forest to reach the highest point in Munnar. Top station (1700m) falls on the Munnar-Kodaikanal road and is the highest point in Munnar.

    As it is located on the Kerala-Tamilnadu border, you get to witness the majestic vistas of the valley of Theni district of Tamil Nadu. It was coined as “Top Station” after the highest railway station located in Kundala Valley.

    2018 marks another flowering season of Neelakurinji flowers which bloom once in twelve years and it drowns the valley in a beautiful shade of light blue colour. Kurinjimala sanctuary is very near to Top station and is best visited from April to May.

    Location: Munnar-Kodaikkanal Road, Theni District, Kerala.

    Best Time to Visit: Morning or evening.

    Price: No entry fee required.

    Average time required for visiting: 1 to 2 hours as per your desire.

    Timings: 7:00 AM - 7:00 PM

    Distance from KSRTC Depot Munnar: It is at a distance of 32 KM from KSRTC Depot.

  • 12 Wonder Valley Adventure and Amusement Park

    Image Credit : Wonder Valley Adventure and 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 is 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

    Best Time to Visit: Avoid going during Monsoon season.

    Price: INR 800 per person

    Average time to visit the place: One and half hours.

    Timings: 8:30 AM - 5:30 PM

    Distance from KSRTC Depot Munnar: It is situated at a distance of 13 Km from Munnar.

  • 13 Chinnar Wildlife Sanctuary

    Image Credit : 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

    Best Time to Visit: Winter season is the best time to visit the sanctuary.

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

    Activities: Treehouse stay, river trek, jungle trek, camping and hiking to the cultural site and the watchtower

    Timings: 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM

    Average time required to visit the place: A minimum of 5 to 6 hours.

    Distance from KSRTC Depot Munnar: It is a 50 KM drive away from KSRTC depot in Munnar.

  • 14 Rose Garden

    Image Credit : Rose Garden

    The aromatic floating fumes of a plethora of plant species, fruits, flowers and crops in a 2acre stretch, brimming with varied colours on a 360-degree pan is a place that only lies in Munnar. One of the perfect sightseeing places in Munnar 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
    Best Time to Visit: The winter season
    Price: INR 20 per person
    Camera charges INR 30.
    Timings: 10 AM to 5 PM on all days of the week.
    Distance from KSRTC Depot Munnar: Approximately 10 KM.
    Average time required for visiting: 1-2 hours.

  • 15 Lakkom Water Falls

    Image Credit : 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, India

    Best Time to Visit: Monsoon.

    Price:  INR 20 per person (adult)

    Timings:  from morning until 5 PM on all the days of the week.

    Distance from KSRTC Depot Munnar: It is situated at a distance of approximately 30 KM from Munnar.

  • 16 Meesapulimala

    Image Credit : 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.

    Location: Meesapulimalai, Idukki, India

    Best Time to Visit: Winter season (November to February)

    Timings: 24 Hours

    Average time required to visit the place: If you plan to trek, this is a day-long trek.

    Distance from KSRTC Depot Munnar: Approximately 15 KM.

  • 17 Nyayamakad Waterfal

    Image Credit : Nyayamakad Waterfal

    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 chiselling 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.

    Best Time to Visit: Winter season is the best time to visit this waterfall as in Monsoon, heavy rainfall can cause problems.

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

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

    Average time required to visit the place: 1 to 2 hours.

    Distance from KSRTC Depot Munnar:  Approximately 10 KM.

  • 18 C.S.I Christ Church

    Image Credit : 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 tourist places in Munnar that is well maintained, clean and very charming.

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

    Best Time to Visit: Any time of the day.

    Price: No entry fee.

    Timings: 9 AM to 5 PM on all the seven days of the week.

    Average time required to visit the place: 1 hour.

    Distance from KSRTC Depot Munnar: It is situated at about a Kilometer away from the KSRTC depot in Munnar.

  • 19 Hydel Park

    Image Credit : 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 Hydel Park. Visiting this park is one of the best things to do in Munnar.

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

    Activities: Boating, Trekking, Nature walk, Bird watching, and Photography.

    Best time to visit the place: Morning, Afternoon, Evening ( December to February)

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

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

    Average time to visit the place: 1 hour.

    Distance from KSRTC Depot Munnar: Around 2 to 3 Kilometer from KSRTC depot

  • 20 Echo Point

    Image Credit : 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

    Best Time to Visit: The best time to visit Munnar is summers when the temperature ranges between 15 to 25 degree Celsius and during winters when it ranges from 5 to 15 degree Celsius.

    Timings: 6:00 AM - 7:30 PM

    Activities: Trek, nature walks, photography etc.

    Average time required to visit the place: 1 to 2 hours.

    Distance from KSRTC depot Munnar: Approximately 15 KM.



  • 21 Chinnakanal Waterfalls

    Image Credit : 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, India

    Best Time to Visit: It is mostly dry from March until May, so Monsoon or winter season is the best time to witness this waterfall.

    Price: No entry fee.

    Timings: From 6 AM onwards.

    Average time required to visit the place: Less than an hour.

    Distance from KSRTC Depot Munnar: It is situated at a distance of approximately 21 KM from KSRTC Depot Munnar.



  • 22 Thirumeni Cultural Centre

    Image Credit : 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

    Best Time to Visit: Evening

    Price: INR 300 per person

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

    Distance from KSRTC Depot Munnar: It is situated 2 KM from the KSRTC Depot.



  • 23 Blossom Park

    Image Credit : 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

    Activities: Boating, Trekking, Nature walk, Bird watching, and Photography.

    Best time to visit the place: Morning, Afternoon, Evening.

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

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

    Average time to visit the place: 1 hour.

    Distance from KSRTC Depot Munnar: Around 2 to 3 Kilometer from KSRTC depot

  • 24 Anamudi

    Image Credit : 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, India

    Best Time to Visit: Winter or summers (November to May) is the best time to visit Anamudi.

    Activities: trekking, camping, mountain biking etc.

    Timings:  Any time of the day, the ideal time is morning and evening.

    Distance from KSRTC Depot Munnar: Take down the Munnar - Udumalpet road for around 13 KM and you will find your destination.

  • 25 Kolukkumalai Tea Estate

    Image Credit : 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 a 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:  No.12, East Veli Street, Bodinayakannur., Theni District, Kottagudi, Tamil Nadu 625513

    Best Time to Visit: During sunset (Evening)

    Price: INR 75 per adult

    Timings: 07:00 am – 06:00 pm

    Distance from KSRTC Depot Munnar: It is located approximately at a distance of 15 to 16 KM from KSRTC Depot.

  • 26 Marayoor Dolmens

    Image Credit : 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, India

    Best Time to Visit: During the day.

    Price: No entry charge

    Timings: 24 hours.

    Average time required to visit the place: 1 to 2 hours.

    Distance from KSRTC Depot Munnar: Approximately 55 KM.

  • 27 Rock Cave (Malayil Kallan Guha)

    Image Credit : 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 tourist places in Munnar which is a good spot to stop your car and take a short break.

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

    Best Time to Visit: Daytime

    Price: Entry is free.

    Average time required to visit the place: 1 hour.

    Distance from KSRTC Depot Munnar: It is situated around 14 KM from the KSRTC Depot

  • 28 Indo Swiss Dairy Farm

    Image Credit : Indo Swiss Dairy Farm

    In this farm, the cattle are closed in about a total of 11 enclosures or cattle sheds and the 500 acres campus is indigenously green. Indo Swiss Dairy Farm was established in the year 1963 where Tamil migrants reared the cattle. The sprawling campus is visited maximum by four people at once and nowadays you may also require special permission to visit.

    You will witness the daily tasks of this project which includes collecting semen from high bred bulls, pruning, planting, cutting, cleaning, feeding etc. On the way to Mattupetti dam, this diary falls in the route is a very interesting tourist place to visit.

    This is a livestock project initiated by Kerala Livestock Development Board (KLDB) Ltd which includes hundreds of high yielding cattle, given a land of 191 hectares. It is situated in Anayirankal, a village which is 22KM off Munnar.

    Location: Idukki hills, Munnar, India

    Best Time to Visit: Morning, September to March.

    Timings: After 8 AM onwards.

    Price: The entry fee is INR 5 per head.

    Average time to visit the place: 2 to 3 hours.

    Distance from KSRTC Depot Munnar: Approximately 22 to 23 KM.

  • 29 Cheeyappara Waterfalls

    Image Credit : Cheeyappara Waterfalls

    The cascading beauty pounding the rocks in seven tiers and the surrounding flowers and greenery are nodding in tune with it is how the Cheeyappara waterfalls charm the visitors.  The water cascades from height and flows on to the abruptly formed seven steps of rock which make up for the beauty of this waterfall. 

    Around 45 Km before Munnar, while going from Cochin, Cheeyappara waterfalls mark a spectacular landmark which will give you an idea that you are near Munnar. It is always a good idea to travel the Western Ghats during monsoons as it helps in boosting the volume of the waterfalls and rivers.

    Tourists stop their vehicle and click pictures against the waterfall as it is located close to the road and there is a big signboard that reads its name.

    Location: Idukki district, Kerala, India

    Best Time to Visit: Monsoon is a little tricky for trekking, however, the water tumbling from the mountains swells in volume.

    Price: No entry fee.

    Activities: Trekking, forest hikes etc.

    Average time required to visit the place: 2 to 3 hours.

    Distance from KSRTC Depot Munnar: The driving distance is around 45 KM approximately.

  • 30 Valara Falls

    Image Credit : 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 centre 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

    Best Time to Visit: Evening.

    Price: No entry fee.

    Average time to visit the place: half an hour or one hour.

    Distance from KSRTC Depot Munnar: Approximately 10 to 12 KM on the Kochi-Munnar highway.