Munnar, one of the most favourite hill stations in South India, needs no introduction. It comprises the best portions of the Western Ghats on the Kerala side. Munnar is known for its picture-perfect settings with thick forests, big silver oak trees, hill ranges, breath-taking valleys and sprawling green tea plantations.
Munnar is also home to some rare species of flora and fauna such as Neelakurinji plants, different varieties of exotic spices and the Grizzled gaint squirrels, Nilgiri wood pigeon, Nilgiri Tahr, the sambar and Nilgiri Langur.
Below are the four places in Munnar that would make you fall in love with it. Many hotels in Munnar provide day packages for visiting these places.
This is the highest point in Munnar, perched in the Kannan Devan hills at a height of 1,880 metres above sea level. This spot provides a panoramic view of the Western Ghats that is breath-taking. This spot is also popular for the rare Neelakurinji plants that blooms once in 12 years, which envelopes the hill in a bright blue colour. The next you will be able to see them bloom is in 2018.
The ideal time to visit Top station is between the month of November through May. The spot is open on all days from 6:00 AM to 6:00 PM.
This scenic waterfalls is at a distance of 9 km from Munnar. The waterfall set amidst hills and forests is spectacular, and is a perfect setting for a picnic. The site is also ideal for trekking and hiking.
The best time to visit is during the monsoon to witness the falls in all its glory.The spot is open on all days from 10:00 AM to 6:00 PM
The tea plantations in Munnar, forming a carpeted landscape is well known for its scenic beauty. Tea plantations are a perfect spot to click some great photographs that could be cherished for a long time. There are several tea factories in the vicinity that uses traditional technique of tea production. The tourist can get their hands on some of the most famous tea flavours from Munnar. This could be a great gift to carry home to your loved ones.
Devikulam is another beautiful hill with a view point near Munnar, known for its picturesque valleys that mesmerizes its visitors. This is situated at about 5 km from Munnar. The Pallivasal falls, Devi Lake, Thoovanam Falls, all make his place an ideal picnic spot.
There are several other places around Munnar that are worth a visit like the Chinnar Wildlife Sanctuary, Eravikulam National Park, Thattekad or the Salim Ali bird sanctuary, Rajamala wildlife sanctuary and Pampadam Shola National Park. Many hotels in Munnar provide facilities and packages for visiting these places.