Synonymous with bliss, Munnar is one of the most popular holiday destinations in Kerala. Clouds settling on hilltops, green meadows, tea gardens, bubbling waterfalls, calls of nature, thrill of adventure, and amazing things to do in Munnar, makes it an unmissable holiday destination in South India.
Named among the most romantic places in the world, the charming hill town is blessed beyond words. Think of the ultimate destination for relaxing in the Western Ghats or a memorable honeymoon, adventure expeditions or just a family getaway, holidays in Munnar offers cherished memories for a lifetime.
11 Top things to do in Munnar and top places to visit in Munnar that you must include in your trip:
- Walk amid the tea estates – Romance with green landscapes and aromas
- Adventure expeditions
- Stay in a Tree House- Your ultimate natural therapy
- Explore the famous Wildlife Sanctuaries
- Outing at Kundala Lake
- Indulge in waters activities at Mattupetty Dam
- Elephant Safari at Carmelagiri Elephant Park
- Rejuvenate with an Ayurvedic Spa
- Explore the old world charm of Munnar
- Attend a Cultural performance
- Go street shopping for some Retail Therapy
1. Walk amid the tea estates – Romance with green landscapes and aromas
Tea plantations contribute to the incredible beauty of Munnar. There are more than 50 charming tea estates in and around the hill town. The salubrious weather, the slope gradient, and high altitude contribute to the healthy growth of tea since its first planting in 1800s. Paying a visit to the tea estates is one of the unmissable things to do in Munnar.
When you are in Munnar, you cannot stay away from the tea gardens. Covering hills, as far as the eye can see, the green landscapes spread over the beautiful Kanan Devan hills are nothing less than magical. Walk amid the gardens, breathe in the aromas, watch the diligent workers, pose for pics and feel the environs freshen your senses. Do not just stop at admiring the beauty, have a taste of the various varieties of delicious brews and learn everything about tea making. Pay a visit to century old tea factory to understand the traditional methods of tea production.
Continue your love tryst with tea at Tata Tea Museum. One of the most popular places to visit in Munnar. Explore the exclusive exhibits like- traditional tea roller ‘Rotorvane’, power generating ‘Pelton Wheel’, EPABX of the 1909 telephone system, Kundale Valley Light Railway Engine, model bungalow furniture, old typewriters, wooden bathtub, magneto phone, iron oven, manual calculators, etc.
2. Adventure expeditions
When planning a holiday in Munnar gear up for an exhilarating adventure. Snuggled in the lap of the scenic Western Ghats, there are a number of amazing trekking trails, which makes trekking one of the most preferred things to do in Munnar. Camping in Munnar is equally blissful and often a part of trekking expeditions. Staying in tents, campfires
Trek to Echo Point is not just thrilling but blessed with scenic views of the panorama. Located 15 km from Munnar, this point is a spellbinding destination known for natural voice resonance. Couples on honeymoon especially love the trek. The Top Station is another charming trekking trail to explore. The highest point in Munnar offers stunning views. The 32 km trek up to Top Station is only for the true adventure enthusiasts.
Few interesting treks to undertake from Munnar also include – the Mathikettan Shola Rain Forest Trek and Meesapulimala Trek. Both these treks are for experienced trekkers. While Mathikettan trek traces a path through the Cardamom forests of Santhanpara surrounded by clouds; Meesapulimala trek takes you to one of the highest peaks in South India.
Rock climbing, rappelling, wildlife exploration are other thrilling adventures to embark upon.
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3. Stay in a Tree House- Your ultimate natural therapy
Called ‘Erumadam’ in local language, tree houses are eco-friendly accommodations that offer the ultimate natural therapy. Built of natural materials and also equipped with modern amenities, treehouse are located in the ancient limbs of trees in the very heart of nature. Staying at these charming treehouses tops the list of things to do in Munnar, as one can relive the fantasy.
A number of beautiful treehouses are available for visitors in Munnar. Inspired from the tribal way of life, overlooking lush tea gardens or forests, the treehouses offers comfortable accommodation with a memorable experience. Be it families, honeymoon couples or nature lovers, stay at treehouses are truly exciting. Connect with nature, listen to calls of animals, hear the birds chirp, indulge in trekking, adventures and more. The ultimate natural therapy awaits!
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4. Explore the famous Wildlife Sanctuaries
Nature has blessed Munnar abundantly giving the name of ‘God’s Own Country’ to Kerala. Wildlife sanctuaries are one of the blessings of nature that visitors enjoy exploring. From evergreen forests, biosphere reserves, national parks and sanctuaries, Munnar has charming natural locales, which are habitats of indigenous species of Western Ghats.
Eravikulam National Park is the prized attraction of Munnar. Located in the Kannan Devan hills, Eravikulam boasts of being home to Anamudi Peak, the highest point in South India. The wildlife sanctuary is famous for the endangered Nilgiri Tahr that calls it home including various species of flora, animals, birds, butterflies, etc. The national park is also known for a unique occurrence, the bloom of Neelakurinji flowers once in every 12 years. The event is upcoming in 2018, after the rains between the months of August to October. The beauty of the flowers and the very special occasion gives you enough reasons to not miss out on the experience.
Chinnar wildlife sanctuary close to Munnar is also an unmissable treasure. Many indigenous species of South India and especially the Western Ghats inhabit the area. Guided safaris are available for exploring the national parks and getting to spot wildlife in their natural habitats.
5. Outing at Kundala Lake
Moving on with the list of amazing things to do in Munnar, we have a relaxing outing at Kundala Lake. Named among Asia’s first arch dam, Kundala Lake is extremely picturesque. Surrounded by beautiful hills, it is more of an oasis of serenity and beauty. Cherry blossom trees growing here add to the beauty especially when in full bloom.
Escape for a day and enjoy the scenic environs. If luck favors spot the rare Neelakurinji flowers, which blossom once in 12 years. The lake offers options of pedal boating, row boating and shikara rides. Come with family and loved ones and have a great time.
6. Indulge in waters activities at Mattupetty Dam
Mattupetty Dam and the lake is named among the best places to visit in Munnar. Under the gaze of the mighty Anamudi Peak, the lake environs are surrounded by lush tea plantations, spice gardens and rolling hills. The beauty is more than enough reason to plan a visit on your holiday in Munnar, the real charm is the absolute range of water activities.
Choose to enjoy the thrilling waters by speedboats and motorboats. The District Tourism Promotion Council runs boating facilities at a nominal fee. The ideal picnic spot for families, here one can have an absolutely amazing time. Do not miss to explore the lovely trekking trails. Walk hand in hand with your partner or let the kids run freely, it’s a heaven unexplored.
7. Elephant Safari at Carmelagiri Elephant Park
Kerala is known for being the home of elephants. The beautiful state is blessed with a healthy population of these gentle beasts. To have a fun time with elephants, a visit to Carmelagiri Elephant Park is one of the unmissable things to do in Munnar.
Meet the majestic beings-one of the mightiest in the forests. At the Elephant Park you can get introduced to their daily lives, help them bathe, feed fruits, and pet them. You can ride them as they take you on an interesting safari through the charming forests Munnar. The short rides are truly exciting especially for kids.
8. Rejuvenate with an Ayurvedic Spa
When you are in the most beautiful, relaxing town of Kerala, how can you miss out on the natural therapy Kerala is so world-renowned for? Ayurveda, the ‘science of life’ is a holistic approach to health and wellness. With various rituals, massages, therapies and spa programs, Ayurveda helps remove ailments and promote wellness.
Munnar offers a number of spa centres and various resorts that have the small magical touch of Ayurveda. On your holiday in Munnar do not miss a pampering session. You can also make your honeymoon in Munnar, extra memorable indulging in a couple session. The beauty of the hills in addition to the therapies works like magic for the rejuvenation of body, mind and soul.
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9. Explore the old world charm of Munnar
Inspired by the beauty and bliss of Munnar, colonial during the British Raj settled in the hill town. As the salubrious weather gave them respite from the tropical weather of Kerala, they planned on settling down in the pictorial expanse. They experimented with growing of crops, spices, coffee and tea. Some relics of the day still exist in Munnar till date. Exploring the old world charm of Munnar is one of the best things to do in Munnar.
Pay a visit to CSI Christ Church. The charming architecture takes you back to the olden days. Though consecrated in 1910, the church dates long back. Constructed by Scottish tea estate managers and workers, it is the legacy of the British Raj. Adorned with stained-glass windows, brass plaques, rows of rosewood benches and a lavish chandelier, the church enamors all. The Mount Carmel Church & Mount Carmel Pilgrim Centre also deserve a mention of the quaint reminder of the bygone days.
10. Attend a Cultural performance
A glimpse of Kerala’s fascinating culture is one of the must do things on your holiday. When in Munnar, do spend an evening at the Punarjani Traditional Village. Skilled artists from all over Kerala come here and display the ancient dance form of Kathakali and Kalaripayattu, the ancient martial arts. Both of these performances are a treat for all.
Enjoy the traditional essence of the culture of southern India. The tunes of traditional Carnatic music and musical instruments accompanying the Kathakali dance performance creates magic. The classical dance form, majestic make up and attire is amazing. The prowess of the artisans of Kalaripayattu also keeps you spellbound.
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11. Go street shopping for some Retail Therapy
To complete your holiday in Munnar, you must not miss out on shopping. The hill town has a number of delights that you can use as well as take home as souvenirs. Shop for your favorite tea and coffee variants, spices, aromatic and natural oils, handicrafts, miniatures of Kathakali, etc.
Needless to say, the local products are grown naturally and have a number of benefits. The range of the flavored teas are amazing, you can choose your pick from black tea, spice-flavored ones or even freshly grounded coffee. Also the aromatic essential oils like eucalyptus oil, lemongrass, and citriodora are very good for treating body and joint pains. Spend a day collecting the fine memories of your Munnar holiday shopping!
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