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  • Waterfalls in munnar are famous among tourists and locals alike for their virgin environs and lush greenery. If you are looking for a vacation spot in God’s own state that will help you rejuvenate and revamp, the waterfalls in and around Munnar are perfect for you. Enjoy a quiet day relaxing and indulging in a picnic with your family. Or go trekking along the serpentine paths and rocky terrain around the falls. 

    The thrill seekers among you can also experience mountain climbing. Or simply dip your toes into the pristine waters and feel yourself healing. Watching the water crash against rocks with full force will make you realize the immense power nature holds and tea plantations around you will make you feel as if heaven is right here in Munnar.


    Here are some of the best waterfalls in Munnar:

  • 01Valara Waterfalls

    Valara Waterfalls

    Located on the Cochin-Munnar Highway, the Valara waterfalls are easy to miss as you drive along the road, as they are not visible from the highway. But if you stop your car as you hear the sound of water and walk a few meters into the woods, you will be greeted by a spectacular sight that will leave you gasping for breath – the Valara waterfalls. 

    The falls are surrounded by trees all around and the contrast of greenery against pristine white waters is wonderful to witness.

    Attractions: Famous picnic spot with lush green hills surrounding the waterfall.

    Distance from Munnar Bus Stand: 38 km

    How to reach: Ernakulam Railway Station is at 97 km, Aluva Railway Station is at 76 km.Cochin International Airport (COK) is at 74 km. Following which, a bus or cab can be hired.

  • 02Cheeyapara Waterfalls

    Cheeyapara Waterfalls

    Tucked on Kochi - Madurai Highway, between Neriamangalam and Adimali, is one of the most beautiful waterfalls near Munnar, the Cheeyapara waterfalls. The waterfall is famous for its seven-tiered cascading structure and is truly a sight to behold. 

    The water gushes down over seven different rocks and the sound of water falling force down cannot be described in words. For those of you looking for an adrenaline rush, the waterfalls are also famous for trekking along the rocky terrain and difficult to navigate pathways in the 2 acres of forests surrounding the area.

    Attractions: Trekking, mountaineering and rock climbing among the green hills encircling the waterfall.

    Distance from Munnar Bus Stand: 38 km

    How to reach: Nearest railway station, Aluva is about 112 km. The nearest airport is Cochin International Airport, via Aluva - Munnar Rd, about 108 km from Munnar.
  • 03Thoovanam Waterfalls

    Thoovanam Waterfalls

    One of the most gorgeous Munnar waterfalls includes the Thoovanam waterfalls, the heart, and soul of the quaint little town Chinnar. The waterfalls offer a striking view of natural splendor around – water gushing down and striking the rocks with full force, lovely green hills singing with the water, and turquoise waters of the River Chinnar buzzing next to you.

    The trek to the waterfalls is calming in its own right – moderately difficult yet calming, and the sight of the falls at the end of the trek is enough to take away all your fatigue.

    Attractions: Trekking to the falls from Alampetty Check post. It is a guided programme which usually takes 3 hours from the check post and offers stunning views of natural beauty sprinkled all around.

    Distance from Munnar Bus Stand: 60 km

    How to reach: Cochin Airport is about 150 km from Chinnar and the railway station is 130 km.
  • 04Attukal Waterfalls

    Attukal Waterfalls

    Described as one of the most mystical waterfalls near Munnar, the Attukal falls are famous among both locals and tourists. The path to the falls is abundant with awe-inspiring dense jungles and winding paths that will leave you dizzy and exhausted. 

    But the payoff is worth it – the falls appear as if they are made of silver as you catch a glimpse from far away, but as you inch closer and closer, it is difficult to look away from the mesmerizing sight of water falling from a towering height. The pool at the bottom is deep enough for swimming and dipping – so be sure to carry appropriate clothing with you.

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

    Distance from Munnar Bus Stand: Approximately 10 km.

    How to reach: The nearest railway station is at Aluva which is at a distance of 108 kms.

  • 05Lakkam Waterfalls

    Lakkam Waterfalls

    Lakkam waterfalls are one of the most captivating Munnar waterfalls that offer the perfect spot for spending a fun-filled picnic day with your family. The falls also features a freshwater pond beneath them where you can dip your feet into the icy cold water and go swimming if you are the adventurous kind. 

    The lush green hills lend a segregated feeling to the whole place and it is easy to lose oneself in the serenity and tranquility offered by the place.

    Attractions: Plan your trip to Lakkam along with a visit to the nearby Eravikulam National Park. Distance from Munnar Bus Stand: 25 km

    Distance from Munnar Bus Stand: 27 km

    How to reach: Nearest railway stations to Munnar are Aluva (110km), Ernakulam Jn (130km), and Madurai (135km). By road, you can reach here easily from Munnar town. You can also take a cab from Munnar town to Lakkam.

  • 06Kuthumkal Waterfalls

    Kuthumkal Waterfalls

    Located in the Idukki district is one of the most dazzling waterfalls near Munnar, the Kuthumkal falls. The awe-inspiring fall of pristine white waters over a rock, after winding and slithering along the rough landscape is truly mesmerizing. The natural brilliance sprinkled around paired with the pollution free environs and serene ambience make it a hotbed for tourists every year. 

    Whether you are visiting for the sheer rush of trekking through the difficult terrain to reach the falls or looking to get away from city life and all that is entails – you will be pleasantly surprised at Kuthumkal.

    Attractions: Picnic spot, trekking, an ideal spot for nature lovers and photography enthusiasts.

    Distance from Munnar Bus Stand: 24 km

    How to reach: Nearest Airport is Kochi, 130 km from Munnar. The nearest major railhead to Munnar is Kochi, around 120 km from the city.
  • 07Chinnakanal Waterfalls

    Chinnakanal Waterfalls

    The Chinnakanal falls are one of the most scenic Munnar waterfalls, located near Chinnakanal village after Devikulam. The falls are considered sacred by the locals, as the water is said to originate from the sacred Devikulam hills. Experience calmness and serenity like never before as you take a walk along the green forests around the fall. 

    Or get an adrenaline rush trekking along the steep slopes of the hill. The gorgeous pool at the bottom is ideal for a day of splashing around in the water with your partner or enjoying a fun-filled day with your family.

    Attractions: Devikulam Lake is 2 km from Chinnakanal Waterfalls / Power House Falls and can be visited together.

    Distance from Munnar Bus Stand: 16 km

    How to reach: The nearest railway station is located in Angamaly, located 120 km away from Munnar. The nearest airport to the city is Cochin International airport, located 125 km away from Munnar.
  • 08Nyayamakad Waterfalls

    Nyayamakad Waterfalls

    One of the most exotic Munnar waterfalls, the Nyayamakad falls are extremely popular among tourists for their lush surroundings. Encircled by tea plantations and sandalwood trees, the falls provide an otherworldly feeling as the fragrance fills the air and transports you to a different place altogether. 

    The falls are perfect for those looking for tranquility due to the disconnect they offer from the outside world. However, thrill seekers can indulge in trekking in the dense forests too. If you go for a walk among the woods, you may even encounter tea pickers.

    Attractions: Picnic spot, trekking, Eravikulam National Park.

    Distance from Munnar Bus Stand: 10 km

    How to reach: The nearest railway station is 90 km away from Munnar. The nearest airport to the city is Cochin International airport, located 92 km away from Munnar.
  • 09Keezharkuthu Falls

    Keezharkuthu Falls

    One of the most breathtaking and charming Munnar waterfalls, the Keezharkuthu falls in Idukki are located at a staggering height of 1500 meters. When the water cascades down from such a towering height, the result is truly surreal. 

    The lush green settings attract tourists every year but the falls are most famous from adrenaline releasing activities like trekking along the rocky paths, mountain climbing and camping in the dense forests.

    Attractions: Trekking, camping, and rock climbing. Around Keezharkuthu Waterfalls, one can find plenty of sightseeing places like Thommankuthu waterfall, Kalvari Mount, and Ramakkalmedu Peak.

    Distance from Munnar Bus Stand: 52 km

    How to reach: The nearest airport is Cochin International Airport, 70 km. Ernakulam Railway Station is the nearest railway station which is about 58 km away.
  • 10Pallivasal Falls

    Pallivasal Falls

    Pallivasal falls in Devikulam may be the smallest falls near Munnar but they are extremely popular among weary travelers looking to spend an evening in nature’s laps strolling through the dense forests and relishing in the tranquility and serenity offered by the spot. 

    The luxuriant flora and open spaces around the falls offer virgin environs and a calming atmosphere which is exactly what is needed in today’s high-speed lifestyle.

    Attractions: The falls are in close proximity to Sita Devi Lake, which is yet another attraction in Devikulam.  It is an also ideal location for a nature walk, sightseeing, and trekking.

    Distance from Munnar Bus Stand: 8 km

    How to reach: The nearest railway station is in Kottayam tucked 149 km away from the district. The closest airport is in Cochin which is about 150 km away. Taxis and Buses are easily available from Cochin to Devikulam.


Sightseeing in Munnar

Adventure in Munnar

Attractions in Munnar

Trekking in Munnar

Nature and wildlife in Munnar

Camping in Munnar

Attractions

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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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