Mussoorie, Nainital, Manali etc are usually the first names that come up in our mind when we plan for a vacation in hill station. I discovered one lesser known hill station – Munnar, which rests in the laps of the god’s own country – Kerala. It lies in the Western Ghats of India. I have been to various hill stations in north India before but Munnar’s beauty is altogether different from what I have seen before. It’s enormously rich in greenery. No wonder why Kerala is known as God’s own country. Here are the list of top 10 places to see in Munnar.
1. Top Station
It’s the highest point in Munnar situated at an altitude of about 6200 feet. It offers a panoramic view of Munnar’s beauty and an exquisite view of the Western ghats. For the adventure sport lovers, it is the right place as mountaineering facilities are also available here. An early morning visit is preferable as you can see some clouds laying beneath you and the climate will be pleasant.
2. Tea Gardens
Munnar has abundant tea plantations all around it. You can visit the tea gardens and can enjoy a walk into these gardens.
3. Kannan Devan Tea Museum
Kanan Devan Tea Museum is the country’s first tea museum ever. It has always been a major tourist attraction and is located in Nullatanni estate of Munnar. Here, a documentary film is shown to the tourists which is based on the history, evolution and development of tea plantation and tea industry in Munnar. Some of the factory machines are also placed for display in their functioning form to give the people a real peek into the manufacturing process of tea. You can also chose and buy from a wide variety of tea and other classic tea utensils which are available there for sale.
4. Rose Garden
It is a wide and well maintained garden with a large variety of flowers and some medically useful plants. As I mentioned before, Munnar is famous for its greenery so this rose garden is going to be another treat for your eyes.
5. Photo point
There comes the photo point as you drive by the scenic view of the mountains. Its just a road-side place characterised by a well arranged rows of trees which makes for a perfect background just like a scenery being kept behind the photos. Don’t miss out on clicking some amazing pictures here!
6. Mattupetty Dam
Mattupetty is yet another small hill station located at about 1700 feet and its main tourist attractions are the famous Mattupetty Dam and lake.
Mattupetty lake is surrounded by huge mountains. You can enjoy a walk on the bridge besides the dam and go for boating in the lake.
7. Cheeyappara Falls
Munnar is famous for a number of waterfalls like – Cheeyappara falls, Valara falls, Attukal falls, Lakkam waterfalls, Chinnakanal waterfalls etc. Each one of them has remarkable -enchanting, spellbinding and gripping beauty. The Cheeyappara waterfalls is known for its seven tiered fall and is located in the Idukki district of Munnar.
8. Echo Point
Well as the name suggests, this place has a natural echo phenomena. It lies on the way to the top station view point. The lake has its boundary covered with mountains with very tall plants.
9. Punarjani Traditional Village
This place is famous for its theatre, dance and martial arts performances and preserves the cultural heritage of Kerala.The young and talented groups put up a great show for spectators. These theatre groups showcase their talent as they perform these two major Indian art forms i.e. Kathakali – the classical dance form of Kerala and Kalarippayattu – the martial arts of Kerala.
10. Spice Gardens
There are a variety of spice gardens in Munnar. Basically, Kerala is famous for for its Ayurvedic medicines and treatments. A number of herbs, spices and other medically helpful plants are grown here which reflects the greatness of our Indian soil. All these spice gardens also sell their pure ayurvedic products to cure various health problems like – diabetes, skin ailments, blood pressure, joint pains etc and also some exotic herbs and spices used in cooking. There are guides at each of the spice garden and they take you through a walk inside it while telling about the importance of each plant.
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