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  • If you are around the area for a short time and looking for places to visit in Munnar in 1 day, there is no need to go anywhere else. Whether you a thrill seeking adrenaline junkie looking for some adventure, or travelling with family and hoping to enjoy a quiet afternoon by a lake – there is a destination suitable for your needs.

    Wildlife sanctuaries featuring endangered species of beautiful animals like grizzled squirrels and nilgiri tahrs, waterfalls running down the mountains with full force, tea and coffee plantations spread over acres of land, dams, and lakes set against lush green rolling hills – nature is truly wild and wonderful in Munnar.

    Wildlife lovers can enjoy various national parks and sanctuaries, weary travelers can relax among the virgin environs, and the curious cats among you will love echo point – a place where you can hear whatever you yell into the void.

    Here are some of the best places to visit in Munnar in one day:

  • 01Munnar Top Station

    Munnar Top Station

    Perched at a height of 1700 m and overlooking the beautiful panoramic views of Western Ghats is the top station in Munnar – one of the most attractive places to visit in Munnar in 1 day. Feel the murmur of cool breeze in your face and watch the Theni valley stretched out in front of you.

    An ideal vantage point to view little human settlements peppered near the Kerala-Tamil Nadu border, the top station will make you feel like you are on top of the world, literally.

    Attractions & Activities: The rare Neelakunji flowers that bloom once every twelve years and give the destination its distinct, vibrant blue colour are a major attraction at Munnar top station.

    How to reach: frequent bus service is provided to reach the top station. You can also book a cab or take a government or private bus.

  • 02Lakkam Waterfalls

    Lakkam Waterfalls

    One of the most interesting places to visit in Munnar in 1 day is Lakkam waterfalls – one of the closest waterfalls in the region. Originating from Eravikulam Plateau and tucked away on the Munnar-Marayoor route, visiting this waterfall will be a memory you will cherish your entire life.

    Watch the stream create inaccessible cascades of water as it flows down from the plateau. Popular amongst families and honeymooners, the sight at Lakkam will be a visual treat for all those who embark on the journey to visit it.

    Attractions & Activities: enjoy the scenic views of the waterfall, bask in the natural beauty around and click instagram worthy photos.

    How to reach: Just 25 km from Munnar while going to Marayoor, Lakkam waterfalls are easily accessible by buses and taxis.

  • 03Echo Point

    Echo Point

    Situated 600 feet above sea level in Munnar is the famous tourist place, Echo Point. As the name suggests, the place is known for the unique echoing phenomenon – that is, if you scream anything into the valley at this point, you will hear it back.

    Thronged by tourists for this fascinating characteristic, you can see people screaming at the top of their lungs with childlike abandon. As if that is not enough to attract people from all over the world, you will also get a taste of the brilliant natural splendor here – picturesque vistas, beautiful landscapes, and lush green hills.

    Attractions & Activities: Natural echo phenomenon along with lush green hills that offer an ideal picnic spot. A chance to view the Neelakurinji flowers is also a major attraction.

    How to reach: Nearest railway station is 93 km and airport is 103 km, post which you can catch a bus or hire a cab to reach Echo Point.

  • 04Tea Estates

    Tea Estates

    If you go back home from Munnar without visiting one of the gorgeous tea plantations, your trip will forever be incomplete. As soon you walk in the estates, you will be filled with the fragrance of tea plants, fresh tea leaves being picked, and tea being processed.

    Housing more than 50 tea estates, going to one of these properties is must when in Munnar. Lush green tea plants are spread over as far as the eye can see and provide you a sense of calmness and serenity that only comes with spending time around nature.

    Attractions & Activities: learn about exquisite tea types and interesting facts about tea genesis.

    How to reach: via buses and taxis from the city.

  • 05Tea Museum

    Tea Museum

    Tea being an important part of Munnar history, Tea Museum was established by Tata Tea in 2005. Tea lovers and history buffs will enjoy their time here exploring various stages of manufacturing tea – from old fashioned tea rollers to ultramodern fully automated tea factories.

    You can also watch the journey of tea in and around Munnar area through various photographs and machineries.

    Attractions & Activities: watch various stages of tea production, including black tea. The sundial placed on a granite block in the center is also an attraction, along with Pelton Wheel, a tea roller and tea railway engine.

    How to reach: nearest railway station is 112 km and airport is 72 km. after that, the museum is accessible via bus and cab.

  • 06Eravikulam National Park

    Eravikulam National Park

    One of the first national parks to be opened in Kerala, the Eravikulam National Park is truly one its kind. Animal lovers and nature enthusiasts will find it impossible to leave the park as it hosts the largest collection of the endangered species, Nilgiri tahrs.

    The park offers a host of geographical terrains – ranging from plateaus, grasslands, majestic mountains and gorgeous streams from Pamba River. The park is a true delight for anyone who loves natural beauty.

    Attractions & Activities: Besides Nilgiri tahrs, rare and endangered varieties of butterflies can also be witnessed along with a host of flora and fauna.

    How to reach: Nearest railway station is 15 km and private buses, government buses and cabs can be used to reach the national park from there.

  • 07Attukad Waterfalls

    Attukad Waterfalls

    One of most attractive places to visit in Munnar in 1 day is Attukad Waterfalls. Located among lush green jungles and hills covered with vegetation, the waterfall can be seen in its full glory during monsoon season when water falls down from the mountains with full force.

    If you are craving an adrenaline rush, go hiking among the rough terrains of the waterfall. Or enjoy a quiet picnic with your family at the vantage point. either way, the waterfalls will truly liven up your senses.

    Attractions & Activities: picnic with family, trekking among the rocky terrains and thick jungles, witnessing the panoramic beauty of the waterfall

    How to reach: Nearest airport is 101 km, after which you can travel via bus or cab.

  • 08Blossom Park

    Blossom Park

    Embark on a journey that will fulfill your soul and freshen up your mind – just 3 km from Munnar, the gorgeous Blossom Hyde Park. Encircled by inescapable natural beauty at the banks of river Muthirappuzha, the park houses migratory waterbirds, mountain butterflies with a variety of lush green flora.

    The vast stretches of the park cover gardens, fountains, artificial waterfalls and lawns – all that makes tourists feel right at home amongst exotic birds and animals. A true delight for nature and wildlife lovers, the park is a must visit tourist destination.

    Attractions & Activities: adventure trails, boating, nature walks, bird watching, roller skating, badminton, camp fires.

    How to reach: nearest bus station is about 100 km from the park.

  • 09Mattupetty Dam

    Mattupetty Dam

    One of the simplest ways to spend a day in Munnar is to visit the Mattupetty dam. Take a relaxing walk while enjoying the breathtaking views of the valley around you. Or come along with your family and enjoy a quiet afternoon around the dam.

    The captivating tea plantations in and around the area offer a salve to the weary soul, and the drive itself to the dam can be rejuvenating in its own right.

    Attractions & Activities: enjoy trekking along the forests around the dam and witness a large number of unique bird species. The District Tourism Promotion Council (DTPC), Idukki also  provides boating facilities at Mattupetty Dam.

    How to reach: Nearest airport and railway station are 109 km from Munnar, after which you can travel via bus or cab.

  • 10Kundala Lake

    Kundala Lake
    Soak in the most delicious visuals of the area at Kundala Lake, one of the most stunning places to visit in Munnar in 1 day. Located on winding uphill road to Top Station, the gorgeous landscape around this lake is refreshing for mind, body and soul.

    Virgin environs, turquoise blue waters and disconnection from the hustle and bustle of city life – there is nothing not to be loved at Kundala. For those of you seeking to escape the hectic modern lifestyle, it is a perfect place to enjoy a tension free day.

    Attractions & Activities: nearby attractions include Kundala Tea Plantations, Kundala Lake, a golf course run by Tata Tea Ltd. and the Kundala Artificial Dam.

    How to reach: nearest railway station and airport are 130 km. the rest of the journey can be covered by bus or cabs.
  • 11Pothamedu View Point

    Pothamedu View Point

    One of the most beautiful places to visit in Munnar in 1 day is Pothamedu viewpoint – located just 3 km away. Rolling green hills, dense tropical forests, clear atmosphere and valleys soaked in vegetation – nature can be found at its finest at Pothamedu.

    Trekking aficionados can enjoy adrenaline releasing trails that wind through dark forests and steep hills. Plantations of coffee and tea offer a sense of serenity and tranquility that is perfect for weary travelers. The natural splendor scattered around allows photography lovers to capture stunning views through their cameras.

    Attractions & Activities: picnics, trekking, photography

    How to reach: nearest railway station and airport are 170 km. the rest of the journey can be covered by bus or cabs.

  • 12Chinnar Wildlife Sanctuary

    Chinnar Wildlife Sanctuary

    Tucked against the sides of the Western Ghats is the gorgeous and captivating Chinnar Wildlife Sanctuary. Wildlife enthusiasts find the sanctuary truly heavenly as it features a wide range of exotic and endangered flora and fauna, including the Great Grizzled Squirrel of India.

    The dry deciduous forests offer spectacular yet calming, pollution free environs to the sanctuary. The terrain ranges from grasslands to high ranges keeping things interesting while in the park.

    Attractions & Activities: trekking along the rough terrain of the sanctuary, while catching glimpses of herd of elephants and gaurs strolling casually through the forests.

    How to reach: nearest railway station and airport are 200 km. the rest of the journey can be covered by bus or cabs.

  • 13Cheeyapara Waterfalls

    Cheeyapara Waterfalls

    Known as one of the hottest trekking location around Munnar, the Cheeyapara waterfalls are slowly turning into one of the most desirable places to visit in Munnar in 1 day. Adrenaline junkies love exploring the rocky terrain and dense forests of the area while enjoying the panoramic views and abundant flora and fauna.

    If you are traveling with family, you can find a peaceful picnic spot to kick back and relax with your loved ones. Nature loves and photography enthusiasts will find a haven at Cheeyapara.

    Attractions & Activities: rare species of plants and animals can be seen around the area. The seven tiers of the waterfalls offer a surreal yet beautiful sight to behold.

    How to reach: nearest railway station and airport are about 108 km.

  • 14Mattupetty Dairy Farm

    The Swiss Livestock Project is one of the most interesting places to visit in Munnar in 1 day. Exhibiting a huge variety of cattle reared for dairy production, the farm is a source of extreme fascination among tourists who visit the first time.

    The estate is located among lush green forests that are ideal for taking a solitary stroll among the trees and admiring the pollution free environs of the property. Spread over a staggering 191 hectares, the farm is an extremely attractive tourist destination all through the year.

    Attractions & Activities: witness the various techniques used to manufacture world’s finest dairy products.  Courses are also provided for veterinarians and para- veterinarians.

    How to reach: The estate is accessible via taxi and buses from the city.

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Attukal Waterfalls

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

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

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

Timings: 9 AM to 7:30 PM

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

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Pothamedu View Point

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

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

Location: 
Pothamedu, Munnar.

Timings: 9 AM to 7:30 PM

Entry fee: 
None.

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TATA Tea Museum

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

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

Location:
Nullatanni, Munnar, Kerala 685612

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

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

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Chokramudi Peak

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

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

Location: 
Idukki, Kerala 685565

Timings: All day.

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

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Eravikulam National Park

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

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

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

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

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

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Kundala Lake

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

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

Location:
Kundale Lake, Kannan Devan Hills, Kerala 685615

Timings: All day.

Price: None.

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Mattupetty Dam

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

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

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

Location:
Mattupetty, Munnar, Kerala 685616.

Timings: 
All day.

Entry fee: 
INR 10

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Photo Point

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

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

Location:
SH18, Kannan Devan Hills, Kerala 685612

Timings:
 10 AM - 8 PM

Entry fee:
 None.

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Top Station

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

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

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

Location: Top Station Hwy, Munnar.

Timings: 6 AM to 6 PM

Entry fee: None.

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Meesapulimala

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

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

Location:
Meesapulimalai, Idukki.

Timings
: All day.

Entry fee: None.

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Chinnar Wildlife Sanctuary

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

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

Location: 
Munnar - Udumalpet Road, Munnar, Kerala 685612

Timings: 8 AM - 5 PM

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

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Lockhart Gap

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

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

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

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

Timings: All day.

Entry fee: None.

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Lakkom Water Falls

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

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

Location:
Munnar - Udumalpet Rd, Marayur.

Timings:
9 AM to 4 PM

Entry fee:
INR 20 

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Rose Garden

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

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

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

Location:
Karadippara, Kerala 685561

Price: 
INR 20 per person

Timings:
10 AM to 5 PM

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Wonder Valley Adventure & Amusement Park

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

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

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

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

Entry fee:
INR 800 per person

Timings:
8:30 AM - 5:30 PM

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Carmelagiri Elephant Park

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

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

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

Timings: 9 AM to 5 PM

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

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