15 Places Near Munnar For A Weekend Trip In 2020
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Last Updated: 29 Nov 2020
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Kerala reopens its places of worship, malls, restaurants from June 8 under strict conditions Updated: 29 Nov 2020

Kerala has reopened religious institutions, hotels, dine-in restaurants and shopping malls that stayed shut for more than two months due to the lockdown in India. Read more.

Tourism in Munnar To Resume By October Updated: 23 Sep 2020

The Kerala government is planning to reopen tourism in the entire state by October. This includes the reopeneing of hotels, resorts, home stays and all wellness centers across Kerala.

Entry to Munnar no longer requires an e-pass Updated: 23 Sep 2020

Entry to Munnar and other cities & towns of Kerala no more requires an e-pass. Although, travellers will need to register on the Jagratha app or register at the checkpoint when entering the state borders.

Travel restrictions & curfews lifted in Munnar Updated: 23 Sep 2020

As per the Unlock 4.0 guidelines, most travel restrictions and all curfews have been lifted from Munnar.

Places to Visit Near Munnar

Thekkady, Sabarimala, Devikulam, Vagamon, Nelliyampathy.

Places near Munnar are an amalgamation of lush green plantations and charming hills wooing you to experience riveting beauty. Visiting the most popular as well as unexplored places in Munnar enhances your vacation and makes it worth remembering.

Some of the most beautiful tourist places near Munnar to be visited are the hill stations Devikulam, Vagamon, Nelliyampathy and many more. Exuding beauty and tranquility, visiting the places in Munnar is a sweet escape from the hustle and bustle of city life.

If you are curious to gain knowledge and insights about the places you visit, The Tea Museum and Wildlife Sanctuaries are a perfect fit. If you just want to appreciate the natural beauty, well then visit the destinations like Kodaikanal, Ooty or Alleppey. However places to visit near Munnar cater to all kinds of travellers. So if you have the heart of an adventurer, visit the Wonder Valley Adventure and amusement Park or just head to the Attukad waterfalls for trekking. Enjoy your escapades while you are in Munnar because it will never fail to stand true to your expectations.

Here is a list of places near Munnar:

01

Thekkady

Thekkady

This largest wildlife sanctuary in the country manifests an abundance of natural beauty. Rich in flora and fauna, Thekkady embraces a rich tribal culture and is a home to innumerable endangered species. Surround yourself with a blend of wildlife, nature, adventure and lots of fun.

Witness the Asian elephants, boars, tigers, sambar deers, wild squirrels etc.  The gorgeousness of the greenery and the tranquil atmosphere will charm you. Thekkady is a must visit for its major attractions that sure can’t be missed and your soul will find repose here.

Best time to visit:
September to April.

Attractions:

- Periyar National Park
- Thekkady Lake
- Bamboo Rafting
- Border Hiking
-  Periyar Tiger Trail.

02

Idukki

Idukki
A beautiful land-locked district of Kerala, Idukki is truly nature’s abode. The entire area is covered with lush green forests and wildlife sanctuaries. The old-styled bungalows and rubber plantations add to its existing charm.

Covered with the blanket of lush green hills,  Idukki is tucked between two rocky mountains, namely, Kurathy and Kurava. One thing that sets it apart from other hill stations in South India is its 650 feet long dam which is sprawled across Kurathi-Kuravan mountain. Anamudi, the highest peak of India, is also situated in Idukki district.

Best time to visit: October to May

Highlights:
Mattupetty Dam
Anamudi
Eravikulam National Park
Cheeyappara
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03

Alleppey

Alleppey

A hub of Kerala's backwaters, Alleppey is the center of an immense net of waterways and coir industry. Officially called Alappuzha, this beautiful city borders the Laccadive Sea and revivified Ayurvedic resorts. Arrive in Alleppey to experience its houseboat cruises passing through its calm backwaters and explore green paddy fields, gorgeous avifauna, and the local life of Kerala.

Alleppey beach rests in the Arabian Sea, and the beauty of this beach is only enhanced by the history connected to it. Houseboats, Kumarakom Bird Sanctuary, Vembanad Lake, Pallippuram, and Bay Island Drift Museum are some of the top-most attractions to visit in Alleppey. The snake boat race festival is a must-visit if you are in Alleppey during August. The race takes place on the second Saturday of every August.

Best time to visit- November to February.

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04

Sabarimala

Sabarimala

A beautiful mountain at an altitude of 1535 ft above the sea level, Sabarimala temple is dedicated to Lord Ayyappa. During the peak months, it witnesses around 50 million devotees every year and is open for all religions. It is a pious place of worship that people visit to seek peace. The attractions here embosom an interesting tale and hold historical significance.

Best time to visit:
November to January.

Attractions:

- Erumeli
- Vavar Shrine
- Ayyappa Temple
- Makaravilakku
- Pampa Ganapathi Temple
- Pamba River
- Malikappuram Devi Temple.

05

Coimbatore (85 km from Ooty)

Coimbatore (85 km from Ooty)
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Extending a melange of textiles, industries, and manufacturing hubs, Coimbatore is one of the largest cities in Tamil Nadu. Apart from this, here you can also tour the ancient temples, classic buildings, and numerous other breathtakingly beautiful waterfalls.

The geography of the locale is dotted with a number of intricately built temples where you can gape at the elegant architectural styles and take a deep insight into the native culture. The most remarkable temples of the region are the Eachanari Vinayagar Temple, the Maruthamalai Murugan Temple, the Sree Ayyappan Temple, and the Thirumoorthy Malai Temple where you can seek blessings and witness their serenity. 

Best time to visit: October to March

Distance from Ooty: Approximately 85 km away.
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06

Kochi (275 km from Ooty)

Kochi (275 km from Ooty)
Famed as the “Queen of the Arabian Sea”,  Kochi is the commercial and trading center of India. The city is highly influenced by the Arabs, Dutch, Chinese, and Portuguese as it was ruled by all of them. 
This city is a cluster of islands and features a number of art galleries, heritage stays, classic pubs, and striking beaches, that will make you fall in love with it.

Apart from this, its geography is marked with Jew Town and Fort Kochi that are the major attractions of the region.

Best time to visit:
October to March

Distance from Ooty:
Approximately 275 km away.
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07

Coonoor (20 km from Ooty)

Coonoor (20 km from Ooty)
One of the most stellar places to visit near Ooty is Coonoor that is snuggled in the southern Indian state of Tamil Nadu. This destination is famed for its elegantly arched trails of tea and is surrounded by the Nilgiri hills. It features a number of beautiful hangout spots namely Dolphin’s Nose, Catherine Falls, Nilgiri Hills, and various other scenic wonders.

If you are a nature enthusiast then this piece of land is a retreat for you. Apart from the natural beauty of Western Ghats, here you can also witness the reflections of the colonial period on the mighty structures.

Best time to visit: October to March

Distance from Ooty: Approximately 20 km away
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08

Coorg (246 km from Ooty)

Coorg (246 km from Ooty)
The list of adjectives falls short to define the serenity that Coorg offers. Famed as the land of coffee, Coorg is one of the most scenic places to visit near Ooty. The city extends a blend of mystical landscapes and is a popular coffee producing hillock.

Previously, it was called Kodagu but later its name changed to Coorg. The Kodavas that are a local tribe are specialists in martial arts and are known for their keen hospitality. In this region, you can stroll over the stellar tea estates or can just tour the spice plantations that the town is famed for. Apart from this, you can also stay along with the coffee estates that are dotted with scenic cottages!

Best time to visit:
October to April

Distance from Ooty:
Approximately 246 km away.
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09

Devikulam

Devikulam

With exquisite lush green lawns and a wide range of flora and fauna, Devikulam is a hill station no one should miss out on. Witnessing tourists throughout the year, this hill station is a nature’s abode and a perfect location to unwind.

A popular destination among travellers, Devikulam will steal your heart with its beauty. It is an absolute delight to visit Devikulam where the tea plantations are a home to unique and rarely found plants and flowers.

Best time to visit:
October to February.

Attractions:
- Devi Lake
- Pallivasal Falls
- Tea and Spice Plantations
- Thoovanam Falls
- Mattupetty Dam
- Idukki National Park
- Kundala Lake.

10

Vagamon

Vagamon

Situated 11 metres above the sea level, these magical, misty hills are a visual treat to your eyes. Visiting Vagamon is like stepping into nature's lap that embraces the pine forests, orchids and waterfalls. Vagamon, a popular attraction amongst other places near Munnar inebriates the nature lovers and leave them in awe of its bewitching beauty.

It has also lured the filmmakers and directors into shooting here. The quiet and tranquil atmosphere of this place offers you a gift of solitude. The charm of the attractions in Vagamon is incomparable and fills your heart with contentment.

Best time to visit:
March to May and December to February.

Attractions:
- Vagamon Pine Forests
- Marmala Waterfall
- Thangal Para
- Barren Hills
- Kurisumala
- Mundakayam Ghat
- Idukki Dam.

11

Nelliyampathy

Nelliyampathy

Encapsulated with the misty clouds, Nelliyampathy is an extremely pleasing sight to visit when witnessing places near Munnar. Not one amongst the explored hill stations, Nelliyampathy lures tourists from around the world. A perfect combination of beauty and serenity, this hill station offers sights of insects, landscapes, waterfalls, singing of the birds etc.

Covered in orange, coffee, tea and cardamom plantations, the beauty of Nelliyampathy is a sight to behold. Famous for its Vela Festival, Nelliyampathy gives you an all the more reason to visit this place and enjoy the one of a kind celebration. With its quaintness and breathtaking beauty, Nelliyampoathjy is sure to leave you in awe of its beauty.

Best time to visit:
September to February.

Attractions:
- Nelliyampathy Hills
- Nenmara
- Parambikulam Wildlife Sanctuary
- Meenampara View Point
- Poabs Organic Estates
- Pothundy Reservoir.

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11 July 2019
Excellent
It Was an Awesome Trip To Munnar , Pros: Traveling On Month Of July (monsoon Season) Make The Place More Special . The Place Where The Camping Held Has Given Stunning Panoramic View Of The Western Ghats and the Valley of Theni. On Way To Campsite You Can Also have A Chance To Encounter With Wild Animals Which is also an Thrilling Experince. The Dinner and Breakfast Which Provided By the Tour Company Was Quiet Decent. Memorable Moments And FunFilled Trip Is Guarantee . Cons : Food are Really Expensive on Outside Of The Campiste Residency If You Are Planning A Other Activities Than Camping Beware Of The Activities You Pick bcoz In Some Places( Example :Elephant Safari,Etc..) They Charge You More Than It Deserve Since I Had Private Tour I Did Not Have Problem With Restroom Facilities (because Campsite Was Near The Building Of The Tour Company ) I havn't Seen Any Restroom On The Places Of Group Tour Camp So Please Enquire Before The Begging Of Your Camping. --- At Last One Line Decrption --- " Nature Always Wears The Colors Of The Spirits " Live In The Moments In Munnar Have A Good Life :)
Excellent
"If you are new to munnar then it is the best package for you to explore munnar... In this package the guide will pick you at 9 and will take you to around 10 sight seeing places in munnar around 72 kms up and down ... "
Excellent
"Simply Amazing. If you love adventures , this is a must try. There's Jeep safari, off-roading through the tea estates, Fog covering the way when you reach the top, Mesmerizing view, Quechua Tents, Tasty food, Campfire, 2 km trek to the top of the mountain and last but definitely not the least breathtaking sunrise and feel of heaven on the top. The team organizing this is super helpful and super friendly. Had some difficulties contacting the vendor in the beginning but once we met things went super smooth and the team at the top (Oscar and team) definitely deserves an applause.\nP.S.: Don't miss the Sunrise from the top of the mountain for which one has to trek for 2KMS. "
11 February 2018
Excellent
For anyone who loves camping, this is the place to be. In the midst of mother nature - at Kerala's highest resort, what else can you ask for. A bunch of dedicated and professional tour guides who ensured that your stay is a memorable one. These guys are indeed the best :)
16 March 2015
Excellent
My three days trip to munnar hills is unforgettable....It was my first trekking expedition ever and i completed it with so ease and comfort ... And all thanks goes to our tour guide who were very experienced trainers... Apart from that camping moments were also very sweet for me.
The trip to Kerala was so good, I went to Kerala with my friends and we enjoyed a lot there. We explored 2 beautiful cities of Kerala- Kochi, and Munnar. We went to so many places and the waterfalls in Munnar was beautiful and mesmerizing. The stays were comfortable and the food was also tasty. The cab facility was also good.
The trip to Munnar was an amazing experience we had a lot of fun during the trip. The city is so beautiful and calm. The waterfalls and tea, coffee plantations make it more charming. It was fun bathing in waterfalls and visiting the Eravikulam National Park, We even enjoyed playing and feeding the elephants. It was a wonderful trip!!!
Excellent
Excellent budget stays, the manager and the whole staff were nice and helpful, my family and I were appreciated it.
The Munnar queen Resort was the resort where i stayed on my vacation. I was unaware of the location so i booked for my stays that were included in package which had all the activities i could enjoy. Thanks to Thrillophilia for their great deals and easy booking process that helped me explore the place to its roots and make most out of my trip.
Excellent
This camping in the forest was totally in the middle of the forest hill. Our experience was totally satisfying.

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  1. What are the best places to visit near Munnar for a honeymoon?

    1. Attukad Waterfalls: A perfect spot for the love birds, Attukad waterfalls is one of the most captivating tourist places near Munnar to visit on your honeymoon. The eternal beauty of this place will leave you spellbound. You can also go trekking here with your partner if you are in the mood for adventure or just capture the moments and relish them for years to come.

    2. Top Station and Echo Point: Offering a panoramic view, Top Station gives you a feeling of being amidst the clouds. Top Station is renowned for the Neelakurinji flowers that surprisingly bloom only once in twelve years bestowing this place with a beautiful bluish appearance. Echo Point, however, is surrounded by lush green trees, hills and waterfalls. Shout out each other’s names, hear it echo and have fun with your partner.

    3. Rose Garden: Let your love bloom like the beautiful flowers in the rose garden. Spread the fragrance of love in the air on your honeymoon while you enjoy the vast variety of plants here including cardamom, vanilla, spices etc. The blossoming of the colourful flowers is a sight to behold.
  2. What are the best places to visit near Munnar within 300 km?

    1. Kodaikanal: A fusion of stunning scenic beauty, peaceful atmosphere and multiple things to do in Kodaikanal provides all the reasons to visit this hill station while you are in Munnar. Located approximately at a distance of 166 km from Munnar, it is an awe inspiring hill station that will dwell in your heart forever once you have been there.

    2. Varkala: What is more perfect than a combination of a beach and a hill station in one trip? Travel to Varkala, just 252 km away from Munnar to experience a treasure trove of delightful beaches, forts, lighthouses and delectable food. Either go shopping or take a spa, Varkala is nothing less than heaven on earth.

    3. Alleppey: There is no better getaway than a stay in a houseboat cruise surrounded by water and lush green palm trees of Kerala. The historical significance attached to Alleppey makes it one of the favourites among the tourists. Located at a distance of 171 km, Alleppey is a top choice among places to visit near Munnar if you are looking for a way to make your trip even better.
  3. What are the best places to visit near Munnar with family?

    1. Tea Museum: One of the most insightful and knowledgeable places to visit with your family is the Tea Museum. You can learn about the journey of tea, the history and growth of tea estates and making of a variety of teas. The museum is also famous because you can taste various kinds of tea here.

    2. Pothamedu View Point: Providing an enthralling experience in the arms of nature, Pothamedu view point offers beautiful lush green slopes covered with tea, coffee, pepper and cardamom. A small tea shop nearby offering ginger tea is there at your rescue from the chilly weather of Munnar. Take in the beauty and capture this sight to take back a bag full of memories with you.

    3. Wonder Valley Adventure & Amusement Park: This is one of the most visited and popular places to visit with your family in Munnar. It offers loads of crazy adventure activities, like ziplining, dashing cars and chaplin walk etc. Not only this, it also provides the experience of rain dancing, rock climbing, bungee jumping and much more. You are in for a fun filled day with your family here.
  4. Which are the best hill stations to visit near Munnar?

    1. Kalpetta: Offering a glimmer of paradise, Kalpetta offers dazzling views of the landscapes and lush green trees. The mild aroma of coffee here will intoxicate the coffee lovers and allure them into spending more time here. With beautiful sights and the charm of this hill station, you should definitely visit it while in Munnar.

    2. Peerumedu: Encircled by all things beauty including the lush green fields, pretty waterfalls and entrancing hills, Peerumedu is a treasure in itself. Tourists flock to this place because of its captivating beauty and a rustic feel. This should be on top of your bucket list if you are visiting Munnar.

    3. Ooty: Emanating awe inspiring sights, this serene hill station offers you the most amazing weather all year round. With its local culture being the highlight, Ooty is a package in itself waiting to be explored. Misty mountains and beautiful scenic views surround you in Ooty making it one of the most popular tourist destinations.

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