Fresh air, tranquillity and lush greenery, are the top three things that attract city-worn souls from around the country to Munnar. Munnar is a tiny hill station located at the confluence of three rivers; Mudhirapuzha, Nallathanni and Kundaly, in the Idduki district of Kerala. Whether you are planning a Kerala tour with your family or your friends, there are plenty of amazing places to visit in Munnar.
Blessed with amazing hiking trails, sprawling spice and tea plantations and numerous tourist attractions, Munnar is one of the best holiday destinations in India.
Did you know: Munnar derives its name from the combination of two Malayalam words “Moonnu” and “Ara” which translates to three rivers. The town gets this name as it is situated at the confluence of three rivers.
When looking for top tourist places to see in Munnar you will be confronted by an overwhelming list of tourist attractions that includes places ranging from stunning viewpoints and mesmerizing waterfalls to majestic dams. The list of top tourist attractions in Munnar also includes wildlife sanctuaries, tea plantations, museums and historical sites. But throughout your holiday in Munnar, you will find yourself close to nature. After all, Munnar isn’t simply nicknamed “Kashmir of South India”.
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Best time to visit
Munnar is blessed with pleasant weather through most of the year, making anytime a good time to visit Munnar. The best time to visit Munnar is considered to start from August and goes on till March. April and May also experience a torrent of tourists who come seeking relief from the scorching heat everywhere else in the country. June and July bring fewer crowds and heavy rain.
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How to Reach Munnar
Nestled in the lap of Western Ghats, Munnar is one of the easily accessible destinations in Kerala. Whether for a weekend getaway or for a full-fledged Kerala tour, reaching Munnar isn’t too difficult. Here’s a breakdown of various means you can use to reach Munnar.
- By Air: The nearest Airport to Munnar is situated 115 Km away in the Cochin. From Cochin International Airport one can hire a cab and reach Munnar in about three and a half hours.
- By Road: If you are travelling to Munnar from Kochi, you will have to take NH 85 and travel for about 4 hours. You could travel via Aluva-Munnar Road to reach NH 85 to reach Munnar.
- By Rail: The nearest Railway station located 110 KM from Munnar in the city of Aluva. The other Railway stations are Ernakulam Railway Station which is 130 KM away and the Madurai Railway Station is 135 KM away.
Distance between Major Indian cities and Munnar:
- Delhi to Munnar: 2653 KM
- Kolkata to Munnar: 2247 KM
- Mumbai to Munnar: 1367 KM
- Bangalore to Munnar: 476 KM
- Kochi to Munnar: 133 KM
Top 10 places to visit in Munnar
Eravikulam national park
Eravikulam National park is a UNESCO world heritage site situated in Munnar’s Western Ghats region. The National park is spread across an area of 97 square kilometres and boasts a rich ecosystem. Also known as Rajmalai wildlife sanctuary, this park shelters over 300 species of endemic flora and fauna some of which are very rare.
Eravikulam national park is also home to the famous Anamudi Peak. Known for being the highest peak of South India, Anamudi peak is a popular destination among trekkers, wildlife enthusiasts, and nature lovers.
A major attraction of Eravikulam national park is the endangered mountain goat species ‘Nilgiri Tahr’. Apart from housing the highest peak and a rare animal species, The Eravikulam national park is the sight for another rare phenomenon. It is here that Neelakurinji, a flower that blooms once in 12 years takes over the rolling hills and create a sight that is absolutely breathtaking. The most recent blooming of Neelakurinji took place in 2018.
- Location: The Wildlife Warden Munnar PO, Idukki, Kerala, 685612
- Timings: 7:30 AM to 4 PM on all the seven days of the week.
- Price: Indian citizens: Rs 65/-; Foreign nationals: Rs 245/-
- Activities: Trekking, Hiking, Boating, Safaris, Photography, Bird watching
Tip: The Eravikulam national park remains shut for 2 months between January and March, due to it being the rearing season for the Nilgiri Tahr. Plan your visit to Eravikulam National Park accordingly.
Situated amidst the lush green Kanan Devan Hills, Blossom Park promises to be one of the most refreshing part of your Kerala tour package. Known for being a famous picnic spot among the locals, Blossom park has something for everyone in the family. While kids can enjoy the swings and play around a maze of vibrant flowers, the adults can choose from spending time at meditation caves, relaxing on a hammock by artificial waterfalls or taking up activities like boating, cycling, trekking and photography.
Blossom Park is regarded as one of the best places to visit in Munnar. It offers a perfect ambience for those on holidays to sit back for a while. As most of the Kerala tour packages include a number of activities, taking a break from hectic itineraries to relax in places like Blossom Park is ideal.
- Location: Aluva – Munnar Highway, Moolakadai, Munnar, Kerala 685612
- Timings: 9 AM to 7 PM on all days of the week.
- Price: Children: Rs 2/-
- Activities: Boating, Trekking, Nature walk, Bird watching, and Photography
Over 100 years old, CSI Christ church is not only one of the top sightseeing places in Munnar, it is also the most revered sacred place in Munnar. A tiny building with rustic exteriors and beautiful stained glass work, Christ church emerges amidst lush green Kanan Devan Hills and creates a somewhat a magical sight.
Built in the Gothic architectural style in the year 1911, Christ church now functions as the headquarters of the CSI Munnar Pastorate with over a thousand Tamil families and 18 churches under it. It has become a must-visit tourist destination in Munnar, owing to it’s a blissful aura, photogenic quality and historical significance.
Fun Fact: CSI church was one of the shooting locations in the Oscar-winning movie “Life of Pi”
- Location: Kochi – Dhanushkodi Road, Moolakadai, Munnar, Kerala 685612
- Timings: 9 AM to 5 PM on all the seven days of the week.
- Price: No entry fee.
- Activities: Relaxation, Photography
Yet another amazing tourist place in Munnar, Echo Point brings out the child in anyone who visits the place. One of the best places to experience the Echo phenomenon, one will always find a bunch of tourists screaming something and hearing with awe as their voice reverberate. Situated by the Kundala Lake at the confluence of three mountain ranges; Muthirapuzha, Nallathanni, and Kundala, Echo Point makes for a great natural escape.
You can take up numerous fun activities starting from boating to trekking and nature walks at Echo point, making it an ideal holiday destination for families, couples and thrill-seekers alike. Also known to house numerous endemic bird species, Echo Point offers a dreamlike experience of mist-clad hills, a placid lake and the melodious cacophony of birds. All in all, whether for some adventure or for blissful immersion in natural beauty, Echo Point should definitely be a part of your Kerala Tour Package.
Did you know: Echo point is one of the few places in Munnar where the rare Neelakurinji Blooms once in 12 years.
- Location: Munnar, Top Station Highway, Idukki District, Kannan Devan Hills, Kerala 685616
- Timings: 6:00 AM – 7:30 PM
- Price: No Entry Fee
- Activities: Trek, nature walks, boating, photography
Nestled amidst rolling tea gardens and the shola forests, Mattupetty Dam is one of the most frequented tourist destinations in Munnar. A favourite spot among the local nature lovers, Mattupetty dam is the place where one can see elephants and other animals resting by the water. Tourists flock to Mattupetty dam to enjoy the scenic views of surrounding tea gardens, nearby lake and to take up relaxing activities like boating on the placid lake.
Built in the year 1940 as a part of the Pallivasal Hydro-electric project, Mattupetty dam rises up to 1700 meters in height. It also serves as an important source of energy as well as a significant water source for the animals and birds of the region. Furthermore, what makes it an indispensable tourist spot is its convenient location.
- Location: Mattupetty, Munnar, Kerala 685616.
- Timings: 9:30 am – 5:00 pm
- Price: 10 per person for Entry
- Activities: Speed launch, pedal boat, rowboat, motorboats, slow speedboat, and horse riding.
Attukal Waterfall is a stunning spectacle of shimmery water gushing from the undulating hills of Munnar. One of the 4 popular waterfalls in Munnar, Attukal Waterfalls is situated between Munnar town and the Pallivasal.To reach the waterfalls, one has to walk over a magical wooden bridge. Apart from jaw-dropping beauty, Attukal waterfalls attract tourists of all kinds be it thrill-seekers, nature lovers, photography enthusiasts and so on.
Unlike other destinations, Munnar is a good place to visit in Kerala even during the Monsoons. All the waterfalls including Attukal waterfalls are at their full force creating a magnificent sight. Make sure you stop at Attukal waterfalls during your Kerala Tour.
- Location: Munnar, Idukki, Kerala, 685612, India
- Timings:10:00 am – 6:00 pm
- Price: No entry fee
- Activities: Swimming, trekking, biking, photography.
Tip: The pool at the bottom of the waterfalls makes for a great place to take a dip. We recommend you to carry your swimming suit.
By now you would have realized that there is no dearth of amazing viewpoints in Munnar. Adding to that list is another marvellous tourist destination, Lockhart gap. Situated12 KM away from Munnar, Lockhart Gap is also known as Lock heart gap and is popular amongst people looking for both solitude and adventure.
It gets its name ‘Lock heart’ the gap between the hills resembles two locked hearts. Considered to be a very romantic place, Lockhart Gap should definitely be a part of your itinerary if you are considering taking a Kerala honeymoon package. You can also take up other activities like trekking and hiking here. The panoramic views of undulating hills, valleys and tea plantations are absolutely worth taking a trip to this magical place in Munnar.
- Location: Munnar-Madurai National Highway, Mattupetty, Munnar, Kerala, 685612.
- Timings: 6:00 am – 6:00 pm
- Price: No entry fee
- Activities: Trekking and Nature Walks
A viewpoint located just 3 Kms away from Munnar, Pothamedu Viewpoint a must visit place in Munnar. Whether you are planning a holiday in Kerala with your family or friends, Pothamedu should definitely be a part Kerala tour package.
Misty hills adorned with tea, coffee and cardamom plantations, Pothamedu viewpoint offers ultimate blissful solitude. On a clear day, you would also be able to see Muthirapuzha River and Idukki Arch Dam at a distance.
Tip: Though The viewpoint is charming at any time of the day, One will experience a different kind of magic looking at sunsets from this viewpoint. We recommend that you do it while sipping on freshly brewed ginger tea from the one and only tea shop located in close vicinity.
- Location: Kerala 685565
- Timings: 6 AM – 6 PM
- Price: No Entry Fee
- Activities: Nature walks, Trekking, Hiking
Indo-swiss Dairy Farm
A visit to the Indo-Swiss Dairy farm is one of the most unique experiences in Munnar. Started in the year 1964, The Indo-Swiss Dairy farm aimed to rear an exclusive cattle breed that could adapt to the local environment. It now houses around 500 high-quality cattle in an area spread across 191 hectares.
The farm is divided into three sections: Animal husbandry, Semen Bank and fodder. It has made some significant leaps in the animal husbandry that has been heralded all over the world. When looking for unique tourist spots in Munnar, do consider visiting Indo-Swiss Farm.
- Location: Idukki hills, Munnar, India
- Timings: After 8 AM onwards
- Price: The entry fee is INR 5 per head
If you make your way to Top Station on a clear day, you will be greeted with one of the best views of your life. Situated 32 KM from Munnar, Top station is a popular tourist destination situated in the outskirts of the town. Top station lies at the confluence of Muthirapuzha, Kundala, and Nallathanni mountain range. This viewpoint gives a jaw-dropping view of the Western Ghats and the township that is spread across at the bottom of the valley.
A popular tourist destination among families and couples, Top station is another spot where one can witness blooming of the rare Neelakurinji once in every 12 years.
- Location: Munnar-Kodaikanal Road | around 32 km away from Munnar, Munnar, India
- Timings: 6 AM – 6 PM
- Price: No Entry Fee
- Activities: Nature, Photography
Marayoor is a tiny locale located with at around a distance of 40 Km Munnar. Known for its thick sandalwood forests, sugarcane farms, bamboo forests and cave temples, Marayoor is one of the best places to visit near Munnar. Apart from its stellar natural beauty, Marayoor attracts tourists because of its historical sites.
Marayoor Dolmens can be seen after a hike through Muniyara forest. The dolmens give a hike sneak peek into the prehistoric era of the stone age and bronze age. This archaeological site was once a burial site for the humans of the stone-age era. Marayoor Dolmens is a highly recommended places to visit in Munnar, especially for the history buffs.
- Location: Near old Siva Temple | Kovilkadavu, Marayur, India
- Timings: 24 hours.
- Price: No Entry Fee
- Activities: History, Nature Walks
Top places to eat in Munnar:
Munnar isn’t just about amazing natural beauty, it’s also a great place to get a taste of Kerala’s cuisine. Here is a list of must-have dishes in Kerala along with the name of places where you can get it.
- Appam and stew
Appam is paper thin on the outside and soft and fluffy at the centre. One of the best places to taste this delicacy in Munnar is at Saravana Bhavan.
- Puttu and Kadala Curry
This dish is essentially coarsely ground rice steamed and served with Chickpea curry. To taste this dish head to the Raspy Restaurant.
- Nadan Kozhi Varuthathu
Basically, chicken fry spiced up Kerala style, Nadan Kozhi is yet another must-have dish in Munnar. Try out this mouth-watering dish at Guru’s Restaurant.
This list of places to visit Munnar is quite long. Rest assured, when you plan your a trip to Munnar, you will find numerous fun activities to make your holiday special! Tell us your favourite place to visit in Munnar in the comments section below.
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