Top 10 places to visit in Munnar

One of the most beautiful places in Kerala, Munnar is a delight to a tourist. Every bend and every turn opens up a wonderful view for the beholder. Here are just 10 places from many such lovely locations that are sure to make your vacation magical!

Cheeyapara and Valara Waterfalls

Between Neriyamanagalam and Adimali lies the amazing Cheeyapara waterfalls. Water gushing down through seven levels – it’s a sight you don’t see everyday. Amidst thick forests this is home to many wild animals and birds. One can indulge in trekking too if one fancies. There is one more beautiful water fall nearby named Valara waterfall. The sight of water falling down from a height of 1000 m into the deep ravines is mesmerizing.

Cheeyappara Waterfalls
Mattupetty Munnar

Mattupetty Dam

The village of Mattupetty is the house of a dairy farm, a dam and a beautiful lake. The dairy farm run by the Indo Swiss Livestock Project is an attraction due to the cattle that are being reared there. Many varieties of high milk yielding cattle are found here.
The dam was built to produce power by hydroelectricity and is now one of the major contributors to the state economy. The lake is an ideal location to relax and enjoy with speed boating and motorboat cruising. And if one is lucky one might see wild elephants coming down to share the sight!

Kundale Dam

About 20 km from Munnar one comes across the Kundala Dam, an artificial dam. At a height of 1700 meters above sea level it is Asia’s first Arch dam. The Kundala lake nearby is a beautiful picnic spot and one can enjoy row boats, pedal boats and also Kashmiri Shikara boats. For those who like Golf there’s golf course too.

Kundale
Top Station Munnar

Top Station

An amazing panoramic view of the grand Western Ghats and the valley of Theni is what awaits you at the Top Station. A notable historic transshipment location for tea distribution, Top station got its name for being the upper terminus of the aerial ropeway of the yester years. Those ropeways can still be seen if you choose to look.

Eravikulam National Park (Rajamalai)

One of the famous locale in Munnar, Eravikulam National Park is the sanctuary of the endangered Nilgiri Tahr and many other rare species of birds animals and butterflies. A view from the park encompasses the beauty of the mist covered mountains, tea plantations and the lush green slopes. And when once in 12 years Neelakurinji flowers bloom one can behold the blue carpet over the slopes. Due to its various attractions it is usually crowded which can be avoided with reservation from Munnar town before 9 am.

Rajamala

Tea Musuem

For the lover of the exquisite beverage – Tea, a museum showcasing the process and the life story of the tea; from the hills to the cup! Established by Tata Tea the museum depicts the journey of the tea industry along with some long forgotten memoirs of the past. One can learn the different nuances that contribute to the different tastes in the tea and also learn a bit of the history of Munnar.

CSI Church

A reminiscent of the glorious past of Munnar is the 100 year old CSI Christ Church. It was built in Gothic style by the Britishers in 1910 in the memory of Illianor Knight who died of malaria in 1899. Henry Knight her husband was supposedly a missionary and the church was built in front of the small his where she was buried. Many Britishers were laid to rest in the cemetery at the back of the church and now has visitors coming from Britain to find the resting place of their forefathers.

CSI Church Munnar
Lock heart Gap

Lockhart Gap (Misspelled as Lock Heart too

For the adventure loving an opportunity to enjoy the beautiful views of munnar. Lockhart is the point where in one can trek to one’s heart’s content. Surrounded by the scenic mist covered mountains, long winding roads, gurgling waterfalls at a distance it would be an experience of a lifetime. It is on the way to Thekkady, and one can have a nice view of Chinnakanal

Pothanmedu View Point

Around 6 km from Munnar is the lovely Pothamedu – a major tea plantation hub. It offers a wholesome view of the beauty of Munnar. The misty mountains, the humble valley, the narrow winding roads, the river, the town all in one sight. With a pleasant climate all year round it is a favourite sunset point of the tourists.

Pothamedu View Point
Hydel Park

Hydel Park

Called the Blossom Hydel Park, it is a nature park set in 16 acres surrounded by Muthirappuzha river on one side, by lush green tea estates and also by the R A Headworks. A garden of exotic flowers, adventure trails through the green hills, boating in the serene waters, enjoying the nature and the migratory birds or just loiter around the lake. Take your pick to have a wonderful time.