Kerala, God’s Own Country, is blessed with historic and serene attractions. Yes, Munnar is in Kashmir, South India, an alluring destination on the tourist map – a paradise on earth.
The verdant greeneries, breath-taking sceneries, scent of spice gardens, unending tea estates, misty climate, picturesque landscapes, rich flora and fauna, wildlife reserves and cool weather makes anyone add this haven to their bucket list. The idyllic destination is located in Idukki district, cuddles at Western Ghats, at an altitude of 6000ft. If you are looking for your next trip to Munnar, here are some of the spots you should visit.
Mattupetty Dairy Farm
Curled up in the vast plantations, Mattupetty is a refreshing sight for anyone. Mattupetty is located 13km from the hill town Munnar, at an altitude of 1700m above sea level. The Indo Swiss Farm at Mattupetty (also called the castle village) is a famous sightseeing spot at Munnar. The spot, best known as Indo Swiss Farm attracts worldwide tourists and people across the country every time, playing a pivotal role in today’s Kerala tourism. The Indo Swiss Farm Project is Kerala’s well reputable research established in 1963, a highly specialised cattle study centre and dairy farm, rearing 100 plus varieties of cattle breeds (high yielding) to withstand local environmental conditions. Apart from the dairy farm, Mattupetty dam and lake are popular excursion spots to have fun trekking and adventure.
Eravikulam National Park
The world famous sanctuary along the Western Ghats is the pride of Munnar. The sanctuary preserves biodiversity and specially provides a safe zone for the endangered NilgiriTahr (Hemitragushylocrious), mountain goats of South India. The terrain is conspicuous for the shola grass-land. Adding to its beauty, many small streams flow criss-cross the park. The national park is part of Rajamala, which comes under Kerala Forest Department. Tourists are taken to Rajamala by Department transportation, an opportunity to enjoy all these thrilling sights.
The enchanting lake is located 20km from Munnar and at an altitude of 1700m above sea level. The lake converges between mountains and hills. Kundala Lake invites nature lovers from far and wide. One of the most fascinating scenes is the blooming of cherry blossom (twice a year) and the spectacular blossoming of NeelaKurinji (a flower which blooms once in 12 years) along the valleys and hills of Kundala. This season beckons masses of tourists to get a glimpse of the blessed canvas on earth. Don’t miss the ethereal experience of being amidst the bloomed NeelaKurinji. There are other spectacles around the lake, the Arch dam. Here you get a thrilling boating trip across the pristine lake. Kashmiri shikkara boats, pedal boats, row boats are available on rent to make your tour the best ever.
Top station is part of Theni district and 40km from Munnar. This lies in the Kannan Devan Hills and point of transhipment of tea from Munnar to Bodinayakkanur. The site seeing from Top Station is amazing beyond words; it’s the spot where you can see the rare view of NeelaKurinji. It will surely be a fabulous treat for your eyes, exploring the magnificent landscape and serene beauty. A must see place to add to your Munnar voyage list.
The panoramic waterfall is located between Munnar and Pallivasal, about 9km away from Munnar. Cradled by the greenery and rolling hills, the waterfalls is a striking beauty of the hill town. Surrounded by misty hills, the place is best for trekking and to have a soothing-soul experience. The ideal time to visit the falls is during the peak of monsoon, as it adds more charm to the landscape.