Hills covered with tea plantations, forests, mountain ranges, lakes, valleys and wildlife makes everyone who fall in love with Munnar, one of the best and the most picturesque hill stations in whole of India. Its an ideal destination for a peaceful and rejuvenating retreat in the hills. There are many tourist attractions in and around Munnar and all of them are equally attractive. Let’s find out about the top 10 fun things in Munnar that will turn your days spent here into a memorable vacation.
1. Enjoy picnic in Attukal Waterfalls
Set amidst thick forests and lush surroundings, this is an ideal spot for having a picnic along with family and friends. This waterfall is at its full glory after the rains and looks really mesmerizing.
2. Watch Wild Elephants Near Mattupetty Dam
A beautiful dam set amidst hill ranges at a distance of 13km from Munnar . There ae facilities for speed boat rides here. Enjoy watching wild elephants in the lake side while taking a boat ride.
3. Visit Eravikulam National Park
A beautiful park is known for its unparalleled beauty. While you are at Munnar, you must take out 1 day for exploring the colors of nature, admire its varied flora and fauna and spotting wildlife in this national park. Good place for photographers as rare species such as endangered Nilgiri Thar, mongoose, Indian bison, Indian civet and barking deer can be easily spotted here.
4. Take a Walk Through Famed Tea Gardens of Munnar
A visit to Munnar is not complete without exploring the beautifuland aromatic tea gardens of Munnar. Enjoy a cup of aromatic tea at Kolukkumalai Tea Estate –the highest tea plantations of the world. Or take a walk along the Kannan Devi Tea plantation , a key tourist attraction in Munnar, the plantation is renowned worldwide for its flavoured tea leaves.
5. Enjoy a Boat Ride In Kundala Lake
Set amidst mountain ranges, at a distance of 20kms from Munnar this is artificial dam cum lake . Its Asia’s first arch dam. Enjoy pedal boats, shikara rides or row boating boating in the serene environs here.
6. Trek To Top Station
Located at a distance of 40 kms from Munnar this point offers panaromic view of valley of Theni and Western Ghats. Top Station has got this name because it is the topmost railway station in Kundala Valley. Do visit here as the views are just breathtaking.
7. Scream Your Heart Out At Echo Point
Located at a distance of 15 kms from Munnar this is a serene and lovely place. Go scream your voice out and wait for the echo. Visit here with kids or you yorself scream like a kid, its fun! A natural phenomenon worth experiencing.
8. Visit the The Tea Museum
This is a very unique Tea Museum in Nullatanni estate of KDHP. The main aim of this museum is showcasing growth of tea plantations in Munnar. One can visit the museum for getting clear idea of how tea processing is done.
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9. Go Trekking and Hiking
Munnar is a fun place for people who love outdoors, try trekking to Top Point and Echo point, the trek is picturesque and easy. One can also go trekking inside the wildlife sanctuaries in and around Munnar like at the Eravikulam National Park .
10. Visit the Blossom Park and Floriculture Center
Blossom International parkis a place to enjoy a relaxing and calm nature walk amidst green hillside and flowers. Try out roller skating, cycling, and hiking here. The Floriculture Center Munnar is a picturesque garden with thousands of varieties of flowers.
Munnar is one of the finest hill stations in whole of South India that offers serenity with sprawling tea plantations, picturesque towns and book-like winding lanes. This place is also known for its exotic flora and fauna and the most famed among them is the Neelakurinji. A flower which turns the whole hillside into blue blooms , once in 12 years and the next bloom is due in 2018.
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