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  • Kerala’s Munnar is an ideal travel destination in the country’s premier places to visit because of the vast range of things to do in Munnar. The tea gardens and winding roads of the hills show you another face of southern India, the quiet bliss of foggy paths and cold starry nights take you to a world of their own here.

    Munnar is 132 kilometres away from Kerala’s capital Cochin, well-connected through road and rail. The nearest airport to catch a flight to get to Munnar is the Cochin International Airport. You can then make your way to Munnar via public transport or by hiring a car.

    Kerala is incomplete without Munnar, the beauty of which surpasses all bounds. The green hills of Munnar are perfect for a stroll or a drive, feeling the fresh air of the hills on your face. There are valleys of tea estates that you will come across on your way to Munnar, most of which are owned by corporate giants. Most of the tea estates on the hills around Munnar belong to the corporate giant Tata, while some belong to the KDHP; Kannan Devan Hills Plantation Company.

    While you can explore the entirety of the town of Munnar in one day, it’s the places around it and the activities to do here that will take up your time and make you want to stay longer here. The countryside reminds you of Scotland, and you will find stone walls and tea gardens having a wonderful effect on you.

    Here are some of the best things to do in Munnar:

    Mountain Biking
    Wildlife Safari
    Rock Climbing
    Shikara Ride
    Elephant Safari
    Tea Plantation Visit
  • 01Camping

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    The tea plantations and high mountains of Munnar are a treat and an irresistible camping destination for the traveller who loves camps and bonfires. The experience of trekking during the day and camping at night in the forest is something one should definitely partake in one’s lifetime.

    The best time to go camping near Munnar is in the winter, so visit Munnar for a camping expedition anytime from September to February for a memorable trip.

    Locations: Mattupetty dam, Anamudi Peak etc.

    Distance: Mattupetty dam is 11.3 km from Munnar, Anamudi Peak is 10.8 km from Munnar.

    Best time to visit: September to May

    Price: Not applicable
    Forest Camping In Munnar

    Forest Camping In Munnar

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  • 02Trekking

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    Trekking in the Western Ghats can be fun and an adventurous experience with an expert guide and the never-ending beauty of the hills. There are many famous trails you can take from Munnar, all close enough for a hearty trek into the forests and hills of the Western Ghats.

    The treks are easy to moderate, and something anyone with basic fitness levels can go on. Trekking in Munnar involves grass stroll, steep climbs, shola walks, dangerous terrains. All of these are ideal for you with the right gear, basic fitness and an excellent guide.

    Location: Chokramudi, Idukki, Chummar, Kannan Devan Hills etc.

    Distance: Chokramudi (16 kms from Munnar), Idukki (36.1 kms from Munnar), Kannan Devan Hills (20.1 kms from Munnar).

    Best time to visit: September to May

    Price: Not applicable

    Trek to Top Station Munnar in Kurangani Hills

    Trek to Top Station Munnar in Kurangani Hills

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  • 03Mountain Biking

    Mountain Biking
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    One of the best things to do in Munnar is to go for mountain biking. The Western Ghats give you amazing trails to bike on from Munnar, ideal for an expert cyclist as well as an amateur. The roads will take you around tea gardens, cardamom estates, and shola forests, so you can get a stunning view of the Kerala countryside.

    Mountain biking is a casual way to discover your surroundings while in Munnar. You can also go on the Cardamom trail, which starts from Munnar and ends in the Periyar Tiger Reserve and takes up to four days.

    Location: In and around Munnar

    Distance: Cardamom trail (94.3 kilometres)

    Best time to visit: September to May

    Price: INR 5217 onwards (one day), INR 22173 onwards (4 days)
  • 04Eravikulam National Park Safari

    Eravikulam National Park Safari

    Spread over an area of 97 square kilometres, the Eravikulam National Park is a popular destination for tourists because it hosts the endangered Nilgiri Thar. There are also several species of rare birds and animals in this sanctuary in Kerala, namely elephants, Nilgiri langurs, Nilgiri martens,small-clawed otters, leopards etc.

    The major attraction for the Eravikulam National Park is the Anamudi Peak, which offers excellent trekking and lodging.

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

    Distance: 10.6 kilometres

    Best time to visit: September to May

    Price: INR 65 (for Indians), INR 245 (for foreign nationals)

  • 05Lakkam Waterfalls

    Lakkam Waterfalls

    Situated about 40 kilometres from Munnar and 1.5 kilometres from Marayur, the Lakkam Waterfalls are a sight to marvel at in the wilderness of the Western Ghats. It takes you about an hour to get here from Munnar. Falling from a height of fifty feet, the waterfalls are a majestic view.

    You can visit the Lakkam Waterfalls right after the monsoons, so you can enjoy a gushing waterfall as the flow of water is very strong after monsoons until March.

    Location: Udumalpet Road, Marayur.

    Distance: 40 kilometres from Munnar

    Best time to visit: October to January

  • 06Rock Climbing

    Rock Climbing

    Adding to the list of best things to do in Munnar, rock climbing is a sport that is widely enjoyed by the tourists here. This sport offers you a thrill, adventure, and adrenaline rushing bodywork. You will be trained by experts who will make sure you are well acquainted with the safety gears and measures.

    You will learn about the different principles and techniques of rock climbing and how to climb steep surfaces with precision and safety. Enjoy this rare sport in the green hills of Munnar, and add it to your string of memorable events in Kerala.

    Location: Gap Road

    Distance: 15 kilometres away from Munnar

    Best time to visit: September to May

    Price: INR 500 onwards
  • 07Go for Cycling

    Go for Cycling
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    Cycling around the tea estates of Munnar can be one of the most relaxing things you get to do, away from the crowd and mundane lifestyle that you have back home. So embark on this journey and make sure you see the most of the countryside and the dense jungles around Munnar as you paddle past the fields, pools, grasslands, and hills of Munnar.

    You make your way through some of the best trails and camps in Munnar.

    Location: Silent Valley Tea Estates

    Distance: 25 kilometers from Munnar

    Best time to visit: September to May

    Price: INR 3000 onwards
  • 08Attukal Waterfalls

    Attukal Waterfalls

    Ideal for trekking, the Attukal Waterfalls is a beauty. The water falls from a great height, making the surroundings foggy and misty. Come here to walk up to the ice cold waters of the waterfalls through a wooden bridge that reaches down to the water.

    If the water levels are low, you can actually get down in the water as the water is usually shallow in any other season apart from the monsoon. See the hills of Munnar all around you as you walk up to the waterfall. The short walk to the waterfall is a treat than the waterfall itself.

    Location: Udumalpet Road, Marayur, Kerala.

    Distance: 9 kilometres from Munnar

    Best time to visit: September to May

  • 09Spend an Evening at Mattupetty Dam

    Spend an Evening at Mattupetty Dam
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    This beautiful picnic spot is perfect for a casual evening or a romantic stroll with your loved one. Spending an evening at the Mattupetty Dam is blissful. At a height of 1700 meters, the dam gives you a breathtaking view of the green hills surrounding it.

    You have an option to go boating here as well, taking in nature around you while seated on a boat. If you are a bird watcher, the place is great with a pair of binoculars as there are many species of rare birds living in the dense forests around.

    Location: Munnar-top station highway, Mattupetty.

    Distance: 11.3 kilometres from Munnar

    Best time to visit: September to May

  • 10Thoovanam Falls

    Thoovanam Falls
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    Located inside the Chinnar Wildlife Sanctuary close to the Kerala - Tamil Nadu border, the Thoovanam Falls are a popular destination among trekkers as the place offers beautiful trekking trails for the nature lover. The falls are a great place to take a dip in and swim in the blue waters of the Pambar river.

    The waterfall is 4 kilometres away from the Alampetty Checkpost. The trek takes about two-three hours from here, with an expert guide. Only guided tours are available for trekkers and tourists alike.

    Location: Chinnar Wildlife Sanctuary, Idukki District, Marayur.

    Distance: 50 kilometres from Munnar

    Best time to visit: September to May

  • 11Shikara Ride in Kundala Lake

    Shikara Ride in Kundala Lake

    The Kundala Lake, located in the midst of beautiful green hills and stunning dense forests offers you a glimpse into its serene world through a Shikara ride on its depths. The hour-long ride on the calm waters of the Kundala Lake offers you some of the best views you will come across Munnar, the waters reflect the mountains and hills around them, the winding hill paths etc are picturesque.

    Location: Kundala Lake, Kannan Devan Hills, Munnar.

    Distance: 25.7 kilometres

    Best time to visit: September to May

    Price: INR 150 per person for an hour
  • 12Watersports at Mattupetty Dam

    Watersports at Mattupetty Dam
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    Located close to the Anamudi Peak, at a height of 1700 meters, the Mattupetty Dam is a very popular masonry dam and is known for its beautiful lake. You can actually see the reflection of the surrounding hills in the waters of the dam, as the clear waters of the dam reflect them.

    You can participate in boating here, namely, boating on a paddle boat, motor boat, row boat, paddle boat etc. a boat ride can be quite rejuvenating and thrilling in the deep and clear waters of the lake.

    Location: Munnar-top station highway, Mattupetty.

    Distance: 11.3 kilometres from Munnar

    Best time to visit: September to May

    Price: Depends on activity
  • 13Elephant Safari at the Carmelagiri Elephant Park

    Elephant Safari at the Carmelagiri Elephant Park

    This private elephant park in Munnar is a treat for nature enthusiasts as well as people who love to ride elephants. This is an activity you may not come across in many places across the country and abroad, hence make sure you have it on your bucket list.

    The rides are about thirty minutes long and take you through the dense forests and winding hill roads of the elephant park. This is a great place to watch the lives of elephants closely, how they are bathed, what they eat, where they live.

    Location: Mattupetty Road, Munnar, Kannan Devan Hills.

    Distance: 6.5 kilometers

    Best time to visit: September to May

    Price: INR 500 onwards

  • 14Rejuvenate with an Ayurvedic Spa

    Rejuvenate with an Ayurvedic Spa
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    Munnar, with its comfortably cool weather and greenery, is a hotspot of spas that not only relax your body but also your mind. So if you are spending a few days relaxing in Munnar, going for an ayurvedic spa should be in your lost of things to do in Munnar.

    Ayurvedic spa treatments are typically good for people with health conditions, as an entire day at the spa takes care of your routine, diet, relaxation and the kind of spa treatment required for you. Nothing heals you better than a good ayurvedic spa and the fresh air of the hills at Munnar.

    Location: At Various Places

    Distance: In the town of Munnar

    Price: Depends on Spa Centre
  • 15Visit the Tea Museum

    Visit the Tea Museum

    The Tea Museum was established by Tata Tea in 2005, which was set up keeping in mind the curious tourists have in mind when it comes to processing tea. Therefore, if you are a tea enthusiast, one of the best things to do in Munnar would be to visit the Tea Museum.

    You can not only taste the many exotic varieties of tea at the museum but also get to see how they process each type with such finesse. The Tea Museum has become the essence of Munnar itself, and is a must visit place when you visit Munnar.

    Location: Tata Tea Museum, Nalluthanni Estate, Munnar.

    Distance: 1.3 kilometres

    Price: INR 75
  • 16Enjoy Kathakali

    Enjoy Kathakali
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    Performed by skilled artists in the Punarjani Traditional Village, the ancient dance form of Kathakali is a treat for the tourist. You get to enjoy the traditional essence of southern India through this dance. The music usually consists of traditional Carnatic music and traditional musical instruments.

    A typical Kathakali performance can last up to an hour and has the ability to take you to a world of its own; definitely something you do not wish to miss while in Munnar.

    Location: Punarjani Traditional Village, 2nd Mile, Kochi - Madurai - Dhanushkodi Road, Pallivasal, Munnar.

    Distance: 8.7 kilometers

    Price: INR 200 per person

  • 17Visit to Kolukkumalai Tea Plantation

    Visit to Kolukkumalai Tea Plantation

    At 7900 feet, Kolukkumalai is the world’s highest elevation tea plantation. The tea here is processed old style to retain its high quality, making the tea taste amazing. The Kolukkumalai Tea Plantation produces one of the best and finest teas in South India.

    Come here for a nice hot cup of tea and the stunning view from the mountains of the tea gardens below. The Kolukkumalai Tea Plantation offers you cold early morning walks, fresh air and the greenery and bliss of living in the tea gardens.

    Location: Meesapulimala, Idukki.

    Distance: 35 kilometres from Munnar.

    Best time to visit: September to May

    Price: Not applicable
  • 18Visit Meesapulimala

    Visit Meesapulimala
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    Situated at a height of 2640 meters, Meesapulimala is the second highest peak of Kerala, located in the region of Munnar. There are eight hills that are spread around the peak, thus giving Meesapulimala its name.

    The place is ideal for trekking and camping and is a major tourist destination, extremely popular among trekkers and campers because of the options it provides in things to do in Munnar. Come here for an amazing trip in the wild, among the mountains of the Western Ghats.

    Location: Meesapulimala, Idukki.

    Distance: 24 kilometres from Munnar.

    Best time to visit: September to May

    Price: Not applicable
  • 19CSI Christ Church

    CSI Christ Church
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    Founded in 1910, the CSO Christ Church is the headquarters of the CSI Munnar Pastorate with eighteen churches located outside Munnar and more than a thousand families. The foundation stone of this holy site was laid by Noel Hodges in 1900, after which construction began in 1910, and the church was inaugurated in 1911.

    The church has exquisitely beautiful glass windows that are its main attraction. This quiet church among the mountains and forests is a perfect place to spend a morning in, as you take in the British architecture and stained glass windows.

    Location: Dhanushkodi Road, Moolakadai, Munnar.

    Distance: 1.1 kilometres from Munnar.

    Price: No entry fee
  • 20Powerhouse Falls

    Powerhouse Falls
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    There are as many things to see as there are so many things to do in Munnar. Located in the Idukki district of Kerala, Powerhouse Falls gets its name from an old powerhouse near it. The falls are a short drive away from Munnar, and best enjoyed during the Monsoon season, which is from June to September.

    Although June to September isn’t an ideal time to visit a hill station, if you wish to see a fuller waterfall with water crashing down the mountain, monsoon would be an ideal time to visit.

    Location: Periyar wildlife Sanctuary Road, Thekkady, Munnar.

    Distance: 18 kilometres away from Munnar on the way to Thekkady.

    Best time to visit: September to May

    Price: No entry fee

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