There are a lot of tourist places in Munnar and a lot to talk about God’s own country Kerala. So, sharing my experience of visiting this Heavenly Hillstation I ever visited which can easily win anyone’s heart.
I finally had an opportunity to visit God’s own country Kerala. It still feels like a dream as that’s how I had imagined this place to be like. Something about Kerala just makes you want to go back and relive those moments again.
Kerala is known for many things but mostly for its breathtakingly beautiful backwaters and houseboats and also its spices, beaches, beautiful architecture, and of course the famous dish Puttu Kadala Curry.
Munnar Kerala is a town in the western ghat mountains located in the Idukki district. Munnar is also known as the “Kashmir of South India” and everything about it makes sense the best time to visit Munnar is November to February.
So if you are ever planning to visit Munnar which you should here is a complete travel guide on what you should do and the places you must visit with what should be your ideal budget for the travel and stay. Continue reading to learn more about Munnar places to visit and plan your itinerary.
Munnar Travel itinerary
An ideal budget to visit Munnar should cover your Travel, so start your itinerary by deciding your budget, stay, and accommodations, and yes of course must have those extra bucks for those unplanned souvenirs to take back home.
Places to visit in Munnar must be decided ahead of your travel days as planning can save you a lot of time when you are at the destination.
- Solo travellers : 300-350$ (approx)
- Couples : 450-500$ (approx)
- Group of 4 : 150-200$ (per person approx)
- Group of 4 or more might cost you lesser.
If you are a traveler from different parts of the world then the flight fares might change according to the distance.
Note: The lesser the travelers are the more expenses you have to bear by yourself.
Travel and Transportation
There are different options for you to choose from. You can use both ground and air travel for your travel.
Air Travel: If you are planning to take a flight then the nearest airport is the Cochin Airport once you land there you can either rent a Taxi or car where you can self-drive. Otherwise, you can use the bike rental option.
From Cochin airport, Munnar Hillstation is 110kms approximately and the travel duration depends on what kind of transportation you use to travel.
Train: If you are choosing this option then the nearest railway station to Munnar is Aluva which is at a distance of 110kms from Munnar.
The Ernakulam Railway Station is 130 kilometers away while the Madurai Railway Station is at a distance of 135 kilometers.
Bus: If you are choosing this option there are a lot more options to choose from and different time slots too. Traveling by bus might just get tiring as the duration to reach Munnar is usually longer but you can plan that according to your preference.
Stays and Accommodations
I feel like this is the most important part of your trip and this is where it gets interesting there are a lot of options for you to choose from in Munnar and of course, that’s because Munnar is a tourist hub and every year almost 7lakh people visit Munnar from all over the world.
There are a lot of websites for you to choose your stay from I did all my booking through booking.com
Your accommodation can range from 2k per night to even lakhs per night well again that depends on your budget and the number of people.
My stay: I stayed at this beautiful property called Tea Harvester which is 12km away from Munnar and has a Tea plantation surrounding the property. I paid 12k for 2 nights and trust me it’s reasonable considering the view and cleanliness of the room.
For more details on this stay go check their website. http://www.teaharvestermunnar.com/
Top 10 Places to visit in Munnar
We travel to explore those new destinations. So, when you are in Munnar make sure you visit all those places that Munnar is famous for to have the fullest experience of being in Munnar.
- Attukkad waterfalls: Even though the roads are a little narrow and not in good condition I enjoyed this ride to the fullest and that’s only for the mesmerising panoramic view you get to see on the way to this waterfalls.
The waterfalls look breathtaking from a far distance. The thick greenery surrounding this place makes the waterfalls stand out.
It was disappointing when I was nearing the destination because you do not actually get to capture or see the waterfalls as you are supposed to near this viewpoint and the bridge has this huge barricade which is for safety but it Kinda blocks the entire view and is very disturbing to experience the falls.
So according to me, the amazing memories would be of the journey to these waterfalls as that view overtakes the actual viewpoint location.
2. 2nd-mile viewpoint: This place has a panoramic view of those beautiful hills and tea estate and this is on the way to Attukkad waterfalls. Make this viewpoint a pit stop in your itinerary to view that amazing sunrise and to have a cup of tea.
There is also a bus turned into a mini cafe and I got to eat the best and softest Puttu and Kadala Curry which is also a must-try when you are in Kerala.
3. Pipeline viewpoint: This is another viewpoint that can be found on the way to Attukkad waterfalls. These are the pipeline used for hydroelectricity cutting across the rural landscape.
If you are into photography you might just amazing shots of those long trails but you must be careful as it’s a narrow road and an accidental zone as there is no space to park your vehicles and the vehicles don’t usually slow down at this location.
4. Nayamakad Waterfall: Nayamakad also known as the land of mesmerizing and breathtaking waterfalls flows from a height of 1600 Meters. This can also be a perfect picnic spot where you make those memories with your family and friends.
5. Tea Museum: If you are a tea lover and love knowing more about history then this is a must-visit place. There is an entry fee that they charge you of 125 per head and you even get to experience a 30 min show on the benefits and history of different varieties and flavors of tea.
You only need an hour to cover and explore the entire museum.
6. Kolukumalai tea estate: This is the highest tea estate in India and is definitely a place worth visiting, This tea estate is located at the height of 7900 ft and is known for growing some of the flavorsome and unique tea flavors.
7. Rajmalai Eravikulam National Park: This national park is located along the western ghats in the Idukki district and is the first-ever national park in Kerala. There are several animal species living in this forest but mostly it’s known for the Nilgiri Tahr which is very often seen here and you can even spot elephants here but on a rare occasion.
There is one more thing this place is known for and that is Strobilanthes Kunthiana also known as Kurunji. It’s a rare blue purplish flower that only blossoms once in 12 years and when then happens it’s known as Blue mountains as the mountains look Blue from a far distance.
8. Mattupetty Dam: This Dam was built to conserve water for hydroelectricity. The surrounding view with the mountains is just beautiful and a lot of fun activities for you to do.
You must take a boat ride here amidst the mountains and waters to just soak in the views.
9. Kannan Devan tea estate: Kannan Devan Hills is a large village in Idukki District and as far as your eyes go you will see a tea plantation surrounding this place. If you ever visit Munnar you must explore this part to have a real Hillstation experience.
Rented a bike or a car no problem just get ready to experience the surreal and unreal views from the roads of Munnar when you are heading towards this tea estate.
This reminded me of Switzerland but without snow. The view is insane and breathtaking the air in here is so fresh that your nose might start to hurt a little bit. Those rolling hills and the perfect weather and greenery put all your stress behind you.
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“Some stories are good to hear and some places are good to see but Munnar is a place just to feel”— Sahera Banu