10 best places to see in Munnar

Munnar

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.

Exotic view from Top station - Munnar
Exotic view from Top station – Munnar
Top Station view point - Munnar
Top Station view point – Munnar

 

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.

Tea Garden - Munnar
Tea Garden – Munnar
Tea Gardens on the way to tea museum - Munnar
Tea Gardens on the way to tea museum – Munnar
Perfect drive way to tea gardens - Munnar
Perfect drive way to tea gardens – Munnar

 

3. Kannan Devan Tea Museum

Kanan Devan Tea Museum - Munnar
Kanan Devan Tea Museum – Munnar

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.

Way to the tea museum-Kanan Devan Tea Museum, Munnar
Way to the tea museum-Kanan Devan Tea Museum, Munnar
Exotic view of the tea plantations - Munnar
Exotic view of the tea plantations – Munnar
View from Kanan Devan Tea Museum-Spice Garden, Munnar
View from Kanan Devan Tea Museum-Spice Garden, Munnar

 

 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.

Rose Garden - Munnar
Rose Garden – Munnar
Hundreds of distinct flower plants at Rose Garden - Munnar
Hundreds of distinct flower plants at Rose Garden – Munnar
Beautifully maintained with vivid color plants - Rose Garden, Munnar
Beautifully maintained with vivid color plants – Rose Garden, Munnar

               

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!

Scenic view
Scenic view
Lush greens - Photo point - Munnar
Lush greens – Photo point – Munnar

 

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 Dam - Munnar
Mattupetty Dam – Munnar

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.

Mattupetty lake - Munnar
Mattupetty lake – Munnar
Panoramic View - Mattupetty Lake, Munnar
Panoramic View – Mattupetty Lake, Munnar
Lake side view - Mattupetty, Munnar
Lake side view – Mattupetty, Munnar

 

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.

Cheeyappara Waterfalls - Munnar
Cheeyappara Waterfalls – Munnar
The seven tiered Cheeyappara waterfall - Munnar
The seven tiered Cheeyappara waterfall – Munnar

 

8. Echo Point

Echo Point - Munnar
Echo Point – Munnar

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.

Lake at Echo Point- Munnar
Lake at Echo Point- Munnar
Lake at Echo Point - Munnar
Lake at Echo Point – Munnar

 

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.

Kathakali performance at Punarjali Village - Munnar
Kathakali performance at Punarjani Village – Munnar
Theatre group enacting a scene from famous dance form kathakali - Punarjani Village, Munnar
Theatre group enacting a scene from famous dance form kathakali – Punarjani Village, Munnar
Kalariyapattu show - Punarjani Village, Munnar
Kalarippayattu show – Punarjani Village, Munnar

 

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.

Black pepper plant - Spice Garden, Munnar
Black pepper plant – Spice Garden, Munnar
Fine quality black pepper
Fine quality black pepper
Lady Finger Banana Tree - Spice Garden, Munnar
Lady Finger Banana Tree – Spice Garden, Munnar
Brahmi plantation-Spice Garden, Munnar
Brahmi plantation-Spice Garden, Munnar
Insulin plant - Spice Garden, Munnar
Insulin plant – Spice Garden, Munnar
Pumpkin trees - Spice Garden, Munnar
Pumpkin trees – Spice Garden, Munnar

 

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Oscars 2016 Highlights

2016-oscar-Highlights

Oscars are the most coveted and celebrated film awards worldwide. The 88th Academy Awards night came to a glittering end with the celebrities making head turns at the red carpet and some talented work being honored at the event. This year, our Indian beauty Priyanka Chopra made her debut at the Oscars and looked like a million dollars in her Zuhair Murad outfit as she walked the red carpet. Although, it was Leonardo Di Caprio who stole the show as he bagged the much deserved Oscar for the best actor category. Undoubtedly, Leonardo’s win took the whole internet down with celebs all over took to social networking sites to congratulate the actor.

Leonardo DiCaprio Oscars 2016 - Best Actor 88th academy awards aswesay.com
Leonardo DiCaprio Oscars 2016 – Best Actor

Have a look at some of the recipients of the Oscars 2016 and also catch the stylish ensemble and red carpet look of the celebs. Highlights of some of the main awards

Best Picture – Spotlight

Best Director – Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu

Best Actor – Leonardo Di Caprio for The Revenent

Best Actress – Brie Larson for Room

Best Supporting Actor and Actress – Mark Rylance for Bridge of Spies and Alicia Vikander for The Danish Girl. This was Alicia’s very first nomination for Oscars and she won it. 

Apart from Priyanka Chopra, another Indian made us proud as Asif Kapadia, the director of AMY, won the Oscar for best documentary feature for AMY. Priyanka Chopra presented the Oscar for the Best Film Editing to Margeret Sixel for Mad Max Fury.

Now take a look at the best dressed celebs on the red carpet.

Cate Blanchett Oscars 2016 aswesay.com
Cate Blanchett wore a floral Armani Prive gown embellished with Swarovski crystals with jewellery from Tiffany & Co.
Jennifer Lawrence Oscars 2016 aswesay.com
Jennifer Lawrence in a sheer black lace Dior outfit

Kate Winslet chose Raulph and Lauren for the Oscars and Leonardo Di Caprio wore an Armani suit. They posed together for the cameras and made for a perfect click!

The Titanic Reunion: Leonardo Di Caprio with Kate Winslet Oscars 2016 aswesay.com
The Titanic Reunion: Leonardo Di Caprio with Kate Winslet
Charlize Theron Oscars 2016 aswesay.com
Charlize Theron in a red Plunging neckline gown by Dior
Oscar winner for Best Actress - Brie Larson Oscars 2016 aswesay.com
Oscar winner for Best Actress – Brie Larson looked elegant in a custom made Gucci gown
Best Supporting Actress - Alicia Vikander Oscars 2016 aswesay.com
Best Supporting Actress – Alicia Vikander posing for the cameras looked vibrant in a yellow Louis Vuitton dress
Gorgeous Rachel Mc Adams Oscars 2016 aswesay.com
Gorgeous leggy lass – Rachel Mc Adams donned a blackless jade-coloured August Getty Atelier halterneck dress with heels from Stuart Weitzman
Priyanka Chopra looked stunning at the red carpet Oscars 2016 aswesay.com
Priyanka Chopra looked stunning at the red carpet. she wore a white sheer Zuhair Murad strapeless gown paired with big chunky diamond earrings. She matched her outfit with a Rouwolf clutch.
On-stage: Priyanka Chopra Oscars 2016 aswesay.com
On-stage: Priyanka Chopra; She wore diamond rings and earrings worth millions.
Priyanks Chopra presenting the Oscar to Margaret Sixel for Mad Max Fury in the best film editing category Oscars 2016 aswesay.com
Priyanka Chopra presenting the Oscar to Margaret Sixel for Mad Max Fury in the best film editing category
Jennifer Garner Oscars 2016 aswesay.com
Jennifer Garner in a one shoulder Ateiler Versace gown
Lady Gaga Oscars 2016 aswesay.com
Lady Gaga wearing a white jumpsuit by Brandon Maxwell

Lady Gaga brought tears in the eyes of the audience with her power packed and emotional performance “Till it happens to you”.

Tom Hardy Oscars 2016 aswesay.com
Charlotte Riley and Tom Hardy
Steven Speilberg Oscars 2016 aswesay.com
The legend – Steven Speilberg and Kate Capshaw
Julianne Moore Oscars 2016 aswesay.com
Julianne Moore in Chanel gown
Matt Damon arrived with his wife Oscars 2016 aswesay.com
The Martian Actor – Matt Damon arrived with his wife Luciana Barroso; He got nominated in Best Actor category

 

At last, the most memorable moment of 88th Academy Awards 2016.

” Let us not take this planet for granted. I do not take tonight for granted.”