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    Kerala, “God’s Own Country” is among the most scenic and relaxing places to visit if you are looking for a break from the dreariness and monotony of everyday life. The beautiful backwaters, the stunning beaches and the thrilling adventure sports make for a heady mix of fun, excitement and thrills. The best way to explore the land is to opt for one of the many Kerala holiday packages that takes you to most of the tourist attraction places and offers you captivating experiences of India’s backwater capital.

    Listed below are some of the best Kerala packages and tours available:

    1. Alleppey backwater tour

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    If you truly want to escape from the noise and commotion of city life, undertake a backwater tour of Alleppey. The houseboats are available to take you down the river while offering you some spectacular views of the lush greenery that surrounds the region. Relax and rejuvenate in some of the best houseboat accommodations with luxurious bedrooms and other amenities along with delectable cuisine and services. Get the chance to pass some of the villages, experience peace and calm that abounds in this region. The network of canals and waterways make it an interesting journey. Also, prepare to catch a glimpse of some rare bird species and wild animals.

     [Enjoy yourself with our Alleppey Backwater Tour]

    2. Beach tour of Kerala

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    Kerala holiday packages that include a beach tour is a fantastic way of experiencing the true beauty of the place. Spend your time touring these scenic beaches on a houseboat while also visiting places of cultural interest. As part of the tour, you will get to visit Kovalam, Varkala, Cherai, Fort Kochi, Alleppey, Marari, Calicut, Arthunkal and Muzhappilangad beaches. All these beaches has their own splendours and ways of enticing the visitors. Amongst all these Muzhappilangad Beach is the destination where you can enjoy a blissful drive and cater some of the everlasting memory of your Kerala package.\

    [Enjoy serene beach walks, houseboat cruising and much more with our Beach tour]

    3. Kerala Honeymoon Tour

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    Embark on a loving journey of togetherness with your better half, step into a world of romance with the Kerala honeymoon tour. These tours offers the couples, the opportunity to enjoy the most romantic journey of their lives amidst the serene and appealing settings of God’s Own Country. Be it a sunset cruise down the backwaters of the region, candlelit dinner beside the beaches, relishing scrumptious delicacies, spending engrossing time with each other or making it to the most pleasant and romantic stay in a houseboat, Kerala has them all. Most of these tours extend for 4-5 days and also include stays in 3 or 5-star rated hotels.

    4. Kerala backwaters Tour

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    Some of the most beautiful backwaters in the world can be found in Kerala; Tour of backwater is an integral part of the Kerala holiday packages. Among them, Periyar, Munnar, Alleppey and Kumarakaom rank as the best. Journey on a houseboat down to one of these backwaters and enjoy a peaceful and salubrious day while taking in the sights and sounds of the area. The surrounding forested area is home to some beautiful flora and fauna which makes for an eyeful journey. Sightseeing from the houseboat includes visit to some of the nearby villages in the area that represents the culture and heritage of the region. Enjoy good accommodation depending on the type of houseboat you decide to opt for as well as a range of delicious cuisine.

    5. Cycling Tour in Munnar

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    Take a trip down the roads that lead to a scenic and ecstatic world!  Ride through the picturesque terrains of Munnar and explore the less travelled locales. While cycling through the wide expanse of vibrant and flourishing land, you will pass the famous Flourishing Madupatty tea estate. A visit to Kundala is also a great way for anyone to experience the beauty of nature. Ride down through the other tea estates in the region and head into Marayoor, which is famous for its sandalwood forests. The Devikulam Lake and Annamalai National Park are just some of the other pit stops on the cycling trails before navigating through some dense forests and pastures.

    [Enjoy the wild expeditions, misty villages and much more in Munnar with us]

    6. Kerala Cultural Holiday

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    Rich in culture, Kerala offers the tourists, a chance to discover its heritage through tours that are destined to captivate its guests. Visit the oldest European church in India or enjoy a Kathakali performance by the local dancers. Also, enjoy visiting the Dutch Palace Museum that represents Hindu temple art form of ancient India. A walk down the Jewish Street, famous for its antique shops, is also a must for the visitors.

    [ Learn more about the vibrant and rich culture of the state with our Cultural Holiday Tour

    7. Kerala Wildlife Holiday

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    tryst with the wildlife is one of the ways of enjoying an exotic vacation in God’s Own Country. A typical wildlife tour in Kerala offers individual, the opportunity of visiting some of the best wildlife sanctuaries in the region including the Parambikulam Sanctuary, Annamalai Tiger Reserve which a part of Indira Gandhi Wildlife Sanctuary. The wildlife is varied with the Giant Squirrel among the best in the area.  Elephants, leopards and tigers can also be found roaming in the wilderness.

    One day tour packages of Kerala:

    There are a range of Kerala holiday packages which are geared for tourists who have maybe just a day to spare.

    8. Kerala Spice Plantation Tour

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    A Kerala spice plantation tour is definitely one of the best ways of exploring the spice culture of the area. Munnar, Wayanad and Thekkady are some of the areas that are covered in this tour. There are a variety of spices which are grown here including ginger, cardamom, basil, vanilla and nutmeg. In addition to this, you can also indulge in other activities like bird watching or nature walking within these tours. Tourists even have the advantage of purchasing spices directly from the plantations itself.

    9. Boating at Payyambalam beach

    Boating at this Payyambalam Beach is a sure-shot way of enjoying some leisure time. Take the time to appreciate the beautiful surroundings and open vistas. Known for its azure water and beautiful shores, the beach is also home to some of the beautiful resorts. Taking a boat ride just before sunset is a perfect way to the end the day. Including para sailing and water surfing, there are several other water sports in the Kerala packages.

    10.  Banasura Hill Trek

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    A trek to the Banasura Hills is a great way of appreciating and admiring the beauty of the vicintiy. The trek leads through some scenic places as well as offering great view of the Banasura Lake. This is a trek geared for experienced trekkers as the terrain can be quite difficult to navigate. The trekking trail also offers nature photography lovers to click some amazing shots of the area surrounding the hills. If you decide to start trekking just at the burst of dawn, you will be welcomed by a spectacular sight which will make the journey worthwhile.

    11. Ruined Jain temple, Wayanad

     

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    Located at a distance from Kalpetta, the Jain temple served as Tipu’s Fort. The temple was used as a storehouse for arms and ammunition for the king’s armies and cavalries. There is an inner sanctum which has the statue of Lord Mahavira. The majority of the temple is in ruins and efforts are being made to preserve its architectural brilliance and religious importance. A tour of this temple offers the tourists, the time to admire and contemplate on the level of craftsmanship dedicated to building such an edifice. The designs on the temple’s pillars as well as other architectural details make this monument a hit among local and international tourists – a great addition to Kerala packages.

    12. Tea Plantation Tour, Wayanad

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    Kerala is known for producing some of the best quality tea varieties in India. Tour to some of these tea estates is definitely a great way to make the best of Kerala tours. Wayanad is home to some of India’s highest tea estates (around 30 of them in total).

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    There will never be a dull moment when you decide to opt for one of the many multiple-day or one-day tour packages available in Kerala. Each of them has been planned with a particular demographic in mind. Although some may be more popular than the others, each holiday package will allow tourists to understand and appreciate the pristine beauty of Kerala. Above all, with the quality and expert service of Thrillophilia, be prepared to explore the best of Kerala holiday packages. Thrillophilia’s dedicated and myriad list of offerings in Kerala adds more fun and excitement to Kerala holiday experience.

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Attractions

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Chembra Peak

A trekking paradise, Chembra is the highest peak in the Wayanad Hill Range that will take your breath away. Encompassed by verdant greenery of the Western Ghats, Chembra Peak is one of those attractions in Wayanad that one just cannot ignore for its mesmerising views. 

It is where the clouds brush your cheeks and your eyes are greeted with solace of calm and quietness in the midst of nature.

It is known for offering an enchanting vista of the heart-shaped lake also known as the Cupid Lake. It also offers an unparalleled view of Banasura Sagar Dam surrounded by the majestic tea plantations located along the foothills of Chembra Peak.

Height: It is 2,100 metres (6,890 ft) above sea level

Location: Kalpetta, Wayanad

Best Time to visit: The best time to visit is between the months of September and March.

Entry fee: The entry charge for the peak is INR 50/USD 0.77

Timings: Chembra Peak is open to tourists during the day time.

Distance from Wayanad: It is about 40 kilometres away from the bus station in Wayanad.

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Banasura Sagar Dam

One of the most spellbinding places to visit in Wayanad, Banasura Sagar Dam is a picturesque tourist hotspot. Known for being India’s largest earthen dam, it boasts of extensive natural beauty with beautiful flora and fauna, majestic hills and mesmerising waterfalls. The Banasura Sagar is a photographer’s delight and offers the most beautiful views from the top of the hill.

It is also famous among adventure enthusiasts who look forward to thrilling activities like boating, trekking, horse racing and camel rides. For the avid trekkers, Banasura hill peak is hailed as one of the most challenging treks. Along with that Banasura Hill Resort adds to the charm of this place that is known as the only ‘earthen’ resort in the country.

Location: Banasura Sagar Dam, Padinjarathara, Kerala

Best Time to visit: November to May offers the most ideal time to visit Banasura Sagar Dam

Entry fee: INR 10/ USD 0.15 per person

Timings: The opening timings are from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm

Distance from Wayanad: It is just 2.3 kilometres away from the bus station.

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Kuruva Island

Located in the middle of Kabini river, Kuruva Island is a natural paradise that is replete with diverse flora and fauna in the most beautiful surroundings. It is blessed with evergreen forests all around that makes it a mesmerising picnic spot away from all pollution and noise of the city.

One of the most exciting things about Kuruva Island for tourists is their famous boat rides on bamboo rafts. Trekkers also visit Kuruva Island to explore the pristine environment and witness the most exotic species of plants, animals and birds here.  

The enthralling beauty of this island attracts many people who wish to escape the hustle and bustle of their lives and surround themselves in the serenity of nature.

Location: Kuruvadweep, Kerala

Best Time to visit: Kuruva Island could be visited from October to May

Entry fee: INR 80/ USD 1.23 for Indians and INR 150/USD 2.3 for foreigners

Timings: The visiting hours are from 9:30 am to 3:30 pm. Mondays are holiday

Distance from Wayanad: It is located 36 kilometres away.

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The Bamboo Factory

If you wish to know how bamboo constitutes an important factor in both the lifestyle and livelihood for the people in Wayanad, then a visit to The Bamboo Factory comes highly recommended. 

This educating and inspiring experience gives a sneak peek into the lives of the locals in Uravu. This place is a great stop to witness the wonder of sustainable tourism and explore the ancient traditions that are still preserved in Wayanad.

The Bamboo Factory stands for uplifting the lives of many rural craftsmen along with offering tourists a unique experience by getting to know how bamboo is converted into your favourite items. Tourists at Bamboo Factory also get a chance to talk to these talented craftsmen and know more from their experiences.

Location: 100 Acres Road Thrikkaipatta, Kerala

Best Time to visit: October to February is the best time to visit here.

Entry fee: The cost to visit here is approximately INR 500/ USD 7.7 per person

Timings: One can visit here between 10 am and 4 pm.

Distance from Wayanad: The distance between the two places is around kilometres.

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Jain Temple, Sulthan Battery

One of the most beautiful heritage sightseeing places in Wayanad, Jain Temple is known for its interesting history. It was built in 13th century A.D. and largely came to prominence when this ancient temple was used by Tipu Sultan to store ammunition. 

The ruins of Jain Temple in Sulthan Battery resonate the vital presence and influence of Jain community in the state of Kerala.

Maintained by the Archaeological Survey of India, the Jain Temple boasts of Vijayanagara style of architecture and has preserved beautiful and intricate carvings on its granite pillars. It is revered as one of the holiest places for the Jains and a festival is celebrated during Mahavir Jayanthi. 

This historically important temple in Kerala is a great visit to appreciate the art and culture of this place.

Location: Jain Temple Rd, Sultan Bathery, Kerala

Best Time to visit: September to March is the best time to visit the temple.

Entry fee: None

Timings: The temple is open for visitors during the day.

Distance from Wayanad: It is around 50 kilometres away from the bus station in Wayanad.

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Pookode Lake

If you’re browsing for the most serene Wayanad tourist places, Pookode Lake should incite your curiosity. Surrounded by the evergreen beauty of Western Ghats and verdant forests, Pookode Lake is a gorgeous freshwater lake. 

One of the most interesting features of this lake is that it virtually appears to be in the shape of India’s physical map. Boasting of picturesque excellence and a mesmerising ambience, this freshwater lake is the initiating point of Panamaram stream in Kerala.

Pookode Lake offers many activities like boating and boasts of a freshwater aquarium, a children’s park and a shopping centre where tourists can empty their pockets on excellent spices and handicrafts. 

Another big attraction of Pookode Lake is the widespread presence of wild animals and birds who can be spotted around the lake.

Location: Pookode Lake, Kunnathidavaka, Kerala

Best Time to visit: August to May are the best months to visit here

Entry fee: INR 10/ USD 0.15 for one person

Timings: The opening hours are from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm

Distance from Wayanad: Pookode Lake is located 27.3 kilometres from the Bus station in Wayanad

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Tholpetty Wildlife Sanctuary

Offering an unforgettable experience for wildlife lovers, Tholpetty Wildlife Sanctuary is one of the must-visit places to visit in Wayanad. 

It is famous for harbouring a diverse number of flora and fauna. Taking a wildlife safari is the most thrilling activity that one should undertake at Tholpetty Wildlife Sanctuary to make their Wayanad vacation memorable.

This natural habitat is a great sightseeing place to spot elephant herds, deer, langurs, panthers, tigers, Indian bison and the rare Slender Loris. Moreover, this wildlife sanctuary offers a wonderful experience for tourists with their tree huts which are open for stay. 

This beautiful attraction allows the tourists to seek some natural solace and take delight in the company of the wonderful wildlife roaming freely in their natural surroundings.

Location: It is located 20 km east of Mananthavady on the Kodagu Road.

Best Time to visit: Winters are the best time to visit Tholpetty Wildlife Sanctuary

Entry fee: The entry fees is INR 115/ USD 1.77 for Indians. For foreigners, the entry fees is INR 300/ USD 4.62

Timings: The timings are 7:00 am to 10:00 am in the mornings. For the evenings, the timings are from 3:00 pm to 5:00 pm

Distance from Wayanad: The distance between the two places is 45 kilometres.

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Edakkal Caves

Travel back in time to the Stone Age with a visit to Edakkal Caves that are located on the Ambukuthi Hills. Edakkal literally translates to ‘a stone in between’ and this cave and showcases a natural masterpiece. 

It is associated with many myths and considered as one of the most sacred places to visit in Wayanad. Edakkal caves are not actually considered to be caves in a scientific sense yet remain a great piece of archaeological curiosity for tourists. 

These caves are identified as a Neolithic settlement and present the evidence of a pre-historic society of highly civilised people. These caves draw in a number of history buffs and students of archaeology who wish to explore these mysterious caves.

Height: It is located at a height of 1200 metres above sea level on the Ambukuthi Hills.

Location: Wayanad, Nenmeni, Kerala

Entry Fee: INR 15/USD 0.23 per person

Best Time to visit: The most preferred time to visit Edakkal Caves is during the months of December to May.

Timings: The visiting time to Edakkal caves is from morning 9:30 to evening 4:30.

Distance from Wayanad: It is located 48 kilometres from here.

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Lakkidi View Point

Famous for its mesmerising scenery, Lakkidi View Point is known for its nine hairpin caves and offers a resplendent view of the mountains in Wayanad. The whole trip of Lakkidi View Point promises an unforgettable charm of natural beauty that should add to their bucket list of attractions in Wayanad. 

Offering a bird’s eye view of the magnificent surroundings, this place leaves you in search of words to describe the panoramic vista that your eyes behold. It is also a famous picnic spot and often known as the ‘Gateway of Wayanad’. 

Lakkidi is also known for receiving the second highest rainfall in the world and its misty environment makes it an unforgettable tourist place in Wayanad.

Height: It is located at an elevation of 700 metres above sea level.

Location:  Kozhikode-Mysore-Kollegal Highway, Lakkidi, Kerala

Best Time to visit: One should visit Lakkidi View Point at the time of early morning or early evening to get the best views.

Timings: The visiting hours are from 12:00 am to 11:59 pm

Distance from Wayanad: The distance to reach here is approximately 32 kilometres.

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Meenmutty Waterfalls

One of the delightful of Wayanad tourist places, Meenmutty Waterfalls is a three-tiered waterfall that will take your breath away. A scenic trek through the lush green forest from the Wayanad-Ooty Road leads up to this picturesque natural wonder. 

There are separate decks which can be accessed in different ways to view the different tiers of this spectacular waterfall. The roaring waters of Meenmutty Falls are situated in the lush forests that makes it a delight for photographers. 

Tourists can exalt in a magnificent view of Banasura Sagar Dam from the peak of the third tier of this waterfall. With thundering visuals of the scenery, Meenmutty Waterfalls is hailed as one of the most thrilling places for adventure lovers in Wayanad.

Location: Kallar Meenmutty Falls Road, Kallar, Kerala

Best Time to visit: The best time to visit here is from October to May.

Entry fee: The entry fees is INR 30/ USD 0.46 per person

Timings: It is open from 9:00 am to 5:30 pm

Distance from Wayanad: The waterfall is located just 2 kilometres from the bus station.

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Neelimala View Point

Promising one of the most enthralling trekking experiences in Wayanad tourist places, Neelimala View Point is a must visit for adventure aficionados. 

It presents some amazing trails that cross the most picturesque landscape of Western Ghats. Tourists are in for a charming surprise as Neelimala View Point offers gushing streams and verdant valleys on the way up to the hill.

This place is a splendid tourist spot where you can appreciate the company of nature with the misty clouds and its pristine ambience. 

This beauty of this popular trekking and camping site is accentuated by the Meenmutti waterfall that brings out the most wonderful view of the place.

Location: Neelimala Viewpoint, Vaduvanchal, Kerala

Best Time to visit: January to May and September to December is the most preferred time to visit here.

Entry fee: The entry fees here is INR 500/ USD 7.7 for a jeep that could carry 6-7 people

Timings: Tourists could visit Neelimala Viewpoint any time between 9:00 am and 5:00 pm

Distance from Wayanad: It is about 50 kilometres away from the bus station in Wayanad.

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Mudumalai National Park

Mudumalai National Park and Bandipur National Park are like two sides of the same coin. Separated by the border, Bandipur Park lies in Karnataka while the neighbouring, Mudumalai lies in the Kongu Nadu region of Tamil Nadu. The area is rich with rare species that include 50 types of fish, 34 species of reptiles, 266 species of birds, and 55 types of mammals. 

Some of the rare wildlife you’ll find here are vultures, Bengal Tigers, Indian Leopards and golden jackals. The flora includes dense tropical forests, exotic climbers and creepers, bamboo trees, Indian rosewood and much more! If you’re a nature enthusiast, Mudumalai’s sense of serenity and extravagant beauty is sure to leave you spellbound!

Location: NH 67, Gudalur NH 67, Gudalur, Devarshola, Tamil Nadu

Best Time to visit: The most ideal time to visit this park is from February to June.

Entry fee: INR 15/ USD 0.23 per person

Timings: The opening hours for visitors is from 7:00 am to 9:00 am in the morning and from 3:00 pm to 6:00 pm in the evenings.

Distance from Wayanad: The distance between the two places is approximately 90 kilometres.

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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.

Suggested Read: Things to Do in Munnar for a lovely vacation!

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Irupu Falls

Escape into the allure of nature and its magnificence with a visit to Irupu Falls. One of the most enchanting places to visit in Wayanad, Irupu Falls is one of the most legendary sightseeing places in Wayanad. 

This spectacular waterfall derives its roots from the legends of Ramayana and also known as Lakshmana Tirtha Falls. This place is known for its serene ambience that showcases the captivating beauty of this glorious cascade from a height of 60 feet. 

Irupu Falls draws in a number of devotees who believe that a dip in its waters cleanses one’s sins and pay respect to the Shiva temple located along the banks of the river.

Location: Irupu Falls, Irupu Falls Rd, Karnataka

Best Time to visit: The months of monsoons are the best time to witness the Irupu Falls at its maximum beauty.

Entry fee: INR 50/ USD 0.77 per person

Timings: The timings at Irupu Falls is from 6:00 am to 6:00 pm.

Distance from Wayanad: It is about 56 kilometres away from the bus station in Wayanad.

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Idukki Wildlife Sanctuary

Away from the hustle and bustle of the cities, the Idukki Wildlife is located in the Thodupuzha and Udumpanchola taluks of Idukki at an altitude of 450 – 750 ft above the sea level.

The sanctuary, flanked on 3 sides by the tranquil waters of Idukki Lake, is housed amidst picturesque settings of tropical evergreen & semi-evergreen forests, meadows, and deciduous trees.
The Wildlife Sanctuary, one of the places to visit in Idukki, houses hordes of wild elephants.

The other species from the animal kingdom include bison, sambar, deer, wild dogs, jungle cats, Malabar Giant Squirrel, wild boars, and tigers. Reptilians such as Cobra, viper, krait, etc will bewilder the visitor, while avian species Malabar grey hornbill, Purple Sunbird, Golden Oriole, and Black bulbul enchant him.

Distance: 
40 km from Thodupuzha, Idukki.

Timings: All day.

Entry fee:
 None.

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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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