Think endless expanse of lush greenery..think rolling hills..think exotic flora and fauna..think rich culture..Think Munnar.
Munnar has plenty to offer in terms of beautiful views and scenic drives around the hills. But if you’re looking to do all the ‘touristy’ things in the city, then head to the Lockhart Tea Valley, where you can spend half a day clicking yourself against the ‘green carpet’ that envelops you! Another peaceful location close by is the Mattupetty dam reservoir. An ideal picnic spot, it also provides speedboats and motorboats on hire. The forest rose garden is another treasure, housing a variety of flowers ranging from jasmine to orchid and fuchsia.
The Ernavikulam national park, located 15 kms away from the city, is another site worth a visit. It displays the Anaimudi peak, which is the highest peak in south India situated 8,842 feet above sea level. The park is also known to hold the largest viable population of the endangered Nilgiri Tahr, as well as other fauna such as mongoose, otter, and squirrel.
A visit to Munnar is incomplete without doing a spice plantation tour. There are several tea, coffee, cardamom, pepper, and orange plantations to choose from. Don’t miss out on a guided tour of the Kolukkumalai tea factory, complete with its old world charm. An absolute treat for tea lovers, where one can taste different varieties of tea – and even take back their favorite ones home!
Another unique local experience is watching a classical Kathakali dance drama at the Thirumeny Cultural Centre. The daily shows that are held every evening in the heart of the city, showcase the rich cultural heritage of this classical art form. The recital, which is spectacularly entertaining and interactive, begins with acquainting the audience with nuances of the detailed gestures and body movements. Before the performance starts, the audience can also watch the dancers wear elaborate costumes and apply attractive makeup!
Needless to say, a trip to Munnar is incomplete without treating oneself to a traditional Ayurvedic Kerala massage. The 5,000 year old body and mind relaxation and rejuvenation technique is sure to soothe your frayed nerves.
So if you’re looking for an ideal getaway and haven’t explored Munnar yet, look no further!