Every journey to Munnar is an experience in its own way. A drive through the deep woods and never-ending tea plantations will be evergreen moments in your life. Watching the sun at dawn and dusk, the pleasant weather in the backdrop of colonial charm gives a unique position for Munnar in Kerala’s tourist map.
The misty hill town located in the Western Ghats will make you fall in love with nature yet again. There are a number of popular tourist spots in Munnar for every visitor here. Kurinjamala Sanctuary, Chinnar Wildlife Sanctuary, Eravikulam National Park etc. are some of them. You can see a number of animals like Nilgiri Tahr, Sambar, Grizzled giant squirrel etc. Kashmir is believed to be one of the most beautiful places in India. Munnar is called as South India’s Kashmir for its endless beauty.
Ride on the back of the biggest mammal on Earth - the pure thrill of such an activity is beyond words! At the Carmelagiri Elephant Park in Munnar, you can enjoy an elephant safari that will take you through rugged terrains and deep valleys of the misty Munnar forests.
(12.5 km from Munnar) Situated at a height of 1700 m above sea level, Mattupetty is known for its storage masonry dam and the beautiful lake, which offers pleasurable boat rides, enabling one to enjoy the surrounding hills and landscape. Mattupetty's fame is also attributed to the dairy farm run by the Indo-Swiss Livestock Project, where one would come across different high yielding breeds of cows.
(15 km from Munnar) This scenic place gets its name from the natural echo phenomenon here. Echo Point is on the way to Top Station from Munnar. We can hear interesting reverberations of sound here.
(28 km from Munnar) Kundala a tranquil, serene place with alluring, ravishing beauty, offers incomparable experience to travellers. In the heart of hearts a visitor can keep never fading memories of moments spent in the bosom of nature. The construction of Sethuparvathy Dam at Kundala was completed in the year 1946, as a part of Pallivasal Hydro Electric Project, when it was found that the reservoir at Munnar was not getting adequate water. Hydel tourism promoted by KSEB is an attraction to tourists. Pedal boats and Kashmiri Shikaras are available for tourists. Cherry blossoms, which bloom only twice a year, make Kundala a paradise on earth. Kurinji flowers, though seasonal, also provide ecstatic delight to visitors.
(35 km from Munnar) It is the highest point on the Munnar-Kodaikanal road. Travellers to Munnar make it a point to visit Top Station to enjoy the panoramic view it offers of the neighbouring state of Tamil Nadu. It is one of the spots in Munnar to enjoy the Neelakurinji flowers blooming over a vast area.
(17 km from Munnar) Eravikulam National Park, a sanctuary for the Nigiri Tahr, the endangered mountain goat of South India. The park spread over 97sq Kms of the Kannan Devan Hills besides being a sanctuary for the mountain goat, is noted for the stark beauty of its rolling grasslands and sholas.
(24 km from Munnar) Of all the waterfalls near Munnar, the Lakkam waterfalls are one of the closest. These are located at just about a 5-minute drive from the city. The surrounding panorama is rich in "Vaga trees" which turn the scape painted red during the flowering season. The falls are not easily accessible for the elderly , but the little pool with the fall water collecting in it, more than makes up for it. Children love a splash in the pool.
(7 km from Munnar) This idyllic hill station with its velvet lawns, exotic flora and fauna and the cool mountain air is a rare experience. The Sita Devi Lake with its mineral waters and picturesque surroundings is a good picnic spot. The lake is also ideal for trout fishing.
(40 km from Munnar) Marayoor has a natural sandalwood forest with around 65,000 trees. The sandalwood of Marayoor is said to be of high quality. There is a 'Sandalwood Regeneration Experimental Plot' here from where one can learn more on the fragrant tree. The State Forest Department runs a sandalwood depot here where travellers can see the processing of sandalwood. Those who still haven't got enough to satisfy their curiosity can take a refreshing stroll in the forest, but only after taking permission from the Forest Department.
(40 km from Munnar) A fascinating destination for anthropologists and archaeologists from all over the world, Muniyara has remnants of Dolmenoid cists belonging to the Megalithic age. Dolmenoids were burial chambers made of four stones placed on edges and covered by a fifth one called the cap stone. Some of these Dolmenoids contain several burial chambers, others have a quadrangle scooped out in laterite and lined on the sides with granite slabs. These are also covered with cap stones. Muniyara is part of Marayoor. Marayoor occupies a vast area on the slopes of the Western Ghats in Idukki district and is an important pre-historic site in Kerala. Apart from the Dolmenoid cists in Muniyara, Marayoor is famous for its natural sandalwood forests and pre-historic rock paintings.
(60 km from Munnar) A unique thorny scrub forest with xerophyte species, Chinnar is the habitat for the endangered Giant Grizzled Squirrel of India. Their total number here would be less than 200. Located in the rain shadow area of the Western Ghats, unlike other sanctuaries in Kerala, Chinnar gets only less than two months of rain every year. Rich in wildlife, the mixed deciduous forests here are ideal for trekking.
(1.5 km from Munnar) This tea museum is first of its kind in India. It is located at KDHP's Nullatanni estate in Munnar. The aim of this museum according to its founders is to showcase the growth of more-than-a-century-old tea plantations in this region. Anyone visiting this museum will get a clear picture of how laborious this tea processing really is
(3 km from Munnar) The park has an extension of about 18 acres and is one among the must see spots in Munnar. The spot comprises of beautiful gardens with rare species of plants and flowers as well as shady tress. It also offers various amusing activities like water cycling, boating, cycling for kids and roller skating. Additionally, certain tree houses, ropeways and swings are also arranged within the park. Blossom International Park is the perfect place for anyone looking to spend leisure time in the lap of serene natural beauty.
(6 km from Munnar) You can watch the beauty of the Munnar mist that is engulfing the green hills from Pothanmedu View point.The drive to the Pothamedu ViewPoint takes you over an old bridge and narrow roads and the views during the drive is also very scenic. You should try to sip the hot tea from the tea shop near the view point to enjoy the feel of Munnar to the full.
(9 km from Munnar) A panorama of waterfalls and rolling hills, Attukad, located between Munnar and Pallivasal, is a feast for the eyes. The place is also ideal for long treks. These water falls cool down one's mind and provide a soothing experience even to disturbed minds. The misty hills give freshness even to puzzled or bewildered minds.
(7 km from Munnar) The name of this place is derived from Devi and Kulam. 'Devi' refers to Sita Devi of the Hindu mythology. 'Kulam' means a pond. This place got its name from a pond where Sita Devi is supposed to have taken bath. This idyllic hill station with its velvet lawns, exotic flora and fauna and the cool mountain air is a rare experience. The Sita Devi Lake with its mineral waters and picturesque surroundings is a good picnic spot. The lake is also ideal for trout fishing.
(13 km from Munnar) This is an ideal place for adventure tourism and trekking. The fresh mountain air, the mist-clad hills and panoramic view make it worth a visit.
(16 km from Munnar) The beautiful Chinnakanal Waterfalls is situated at a distance of 16 km from Munnar. Flowing from a height of 800 mts the waterfall is a popular picnic spot. Encircled by the Western mountain ranges the view of the crystal clean water falling down is a sight to behold.
(22 km from Munnar) Anayirankal dam & lake located 22kms away from central Munnar is a major tourist spot. Herds of elephants visit the lake to quench their thirst and it is a sight of amazing wildlife richness for the tourists. The dam is surrounded by Tata tea plantations and evergreen forests. It is every nature traveler's ideal location.
(35 km from Munnar) This adventurous full day tour takes you to the Kolukkamalai Tea Estate, which is accessible only by 4-wheel drive. Kolukkumalai is situated in the mountains at a height of approximately 8000ft, set amidst magnificent scenery with views to the mountains and over the vast plains of Tamil Nadu.
(26 km from Munnar) Very few have heard of this mountain peak even though it is the second highest peak in Kerala. Meesapulimala is 25km from Munnar. It stands within the Silent Valley National Park. The 8,661 feet-odd-metre-tall peak gives you a grand view of Tamil Nadu on one side. Even the Mattuppetty and Anayirankal reservoirs can be seen from this spot on clear days.