Things to do in Munnar

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Top things to do in Munnar

The gorgeous hill town of Munnar is a treat for the vacationers, be it the romantic couples, friends or families. Owing to the myriad activities and plethora of things to do in Munnar, the place is on the hit list of holiday destinations goers around the world. From browsing the local markets, to walking through the tea estates and visiting the several charming vantage points, there are an array of things to do in Munnar. You can also rent a mountain bike and ride through the hills and valleys and you can try your hand at the several adventure sports like rock climbing, rappelling, trekking, hiking etc. Check out our elaborate list of things to do in Munnar given below!

1. Shout Out at the Echo Point

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Located at an altitude of 600 ft. and at a distance of about 15 kilometres from Munnar, the scenic beauty of Echo Point is quite captivating. This picturesque destination is situated right in the lap of a quaint lake and lush green mountains, which makes it a visual treat for one and all. As the name suggests, this place is well known for its enthralling illustration of the phenomenon of echoing. As you scream, it is fun to hear your voice reverberate around the attraction again and again. This is also one of the fun-nest things to do in Munnar.

2. Enjoy a Shikhara Ride at Kundala Dam & Lake

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Situated in the laps of lush jungle is Kundala Dam & Lake laying 23 km off Munnar. This arch dam is famous for its Kashmiri-Shikara boat rides and pedal boat rides. Also, pretty cherry blossom flowers bloom here twice a year, and there are also Neela Kurunji which bloom once in every twelve years. All in all, the place is perfect place to rejuvenate in the surreal beauty of nature and this is one of the topmost things to do in Munnar.

3. Ride the Elephants at Elephant Arrival Spot

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One of the top things to do in Munnar, Elephant Arrival Spot is the place where you can board an Elephant ride here to explore the wilderness of the region. The grassland has lengthy trails where the ride takes place and the elephants are very trained and comfortable to ride. It is one of the most fun activities and is equally enjoyable by adults and kids.

4. Explore the Tata Tea or KDHP Museum

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Located in the Nallathanni Estate of Tata Tea around 2 km from Munnar, the KDHP Museum showcases a variety of antiquities, the most famous being the burial urn excavated from the vicinity of Periakanal Estate, dating back to 2nd century AD. It also has several other exhibits including tea roller called "Rotorvane", Power generating device "Pelton Wheel" and Kundale Valley Light Railway Engine etc. However, picking and trying different types of tea leaves here continues to remain one of the topmost things to do in Munnar.

5. Revel in the Beauty of Top Station

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Deemed as one of the most beautiful destinations in Munnar by many, the Top Station is located about 32 kilometres away from the city centre. This is the highest point in Munnar, and you can enjoy the panoramic view of the majestic Western Ghats from here. This is one of the best things to do in Munnar and you should definitely visit here. With its low-lying clouds and abundant foliage, Top Station is an excellent example of natural beauty. The lush valleys and cascading waterfalls of this destination make it a mesmerizing sight to behold.

6. Visit the Beautiful Blossoming Rose Garden

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The Rose Garden, spread over 2 acres of land, is an excellent stretch that is brimming with a variety of plants, including spices, crops like cardamom and vanilla, and a variety of other fruit trees. These agricultural plantations exude mesmerising and wonderful aromas, which make your stay at the gardens a rewarding experience. The heart-warming blossoms and colourful flowers make the place a mini-heaven on earth and visiting the heavenly place is one of the best things to do in Munnar.

7. Motor Boating at Mattupetti Dam

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Mattupetty Dam is a strong gravity dam which was constructed for power generation and water conservation. Located in the Munar hills near the Anamudi peak, the dam is situated 1700 meters high. The green valleys and pleasant ambience surrounding make up for a captivating site. The reflection of the tea gardens into the water is the most beautiful part of the dam. Speed boating too is organized here by the Tourism Promotion Council of the district of Idukki. Other water sports organized include motor boats, paddle boats, and rowboats. Riding the boats here is one of the most thrilling things to do in Munnar.

8. Pose at the Photo Point

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Tucked away from the hustle and bustle of the main cities, Photo Point is this picturesque site perched atop the low rolling slopes and undulating plains of Nilgiris. In the backdrop of the stretches of tea gardens typical to this region of the country, this point serves as an excellent photographic opportunity; as it is clear from the name itself. Many people choose not to stop in this location because there is not much to see here, but once you get off the car and take a look around, the gorgeous surroundings will take you in like their own. Be sure to stop here and to include this in your top things to do in Munnar.

9. Wildlife Safari at Chinnar Wildlife Sanctuary

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The Chinnar Wildlife Sanctuary is located in the Western Ghats and is a part of the Idukki District. This region is richly populated with a wide array of indigenous flora and fauna which makes it a trendy tourist destination. Chinnar houses a myriad variety of medicinal plants, and if animals and plants fascinate you, then there is no better way to get acquainted with them than to visit the Chinnar Wildlife Sanctuary. The mixed deciduous forests found here are ideal for some rudimentary trekking as well. Rich in its diversity, this destination is a delightful learning experience for children and adults alike. This is definitely one of the best things to do in Munnar.

10. Walk through the Kolukkumalai Tea Estate

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Located 35 km off Munnar is the Kolukkumalai Tea Estate, perched at an altitude of 8000 ft. above sea levels. This orthodox tea factory lays claim to being one of the highest in the world and is famous for its flavorsome tea. The verdant green meadows and picturesque gorgeous scenery will keep you coming back for more. Make sure to put this in your bucket list of things to do in Munnar.

11. Mountain Biking in the Hills

Mountain Biking is undoubedtly one of the best things to do in Munnar. The thrilling activity is taken up by localites and tourists alike as the picturesque areas like Suryanelli, Vandanmedu, Anamudi Shola, Kundala, and Marayoor can be best explored on these bikes. Besides being a form of exercise, you can also wander about the beautiful tea estates without any fear of pollution or fuel availability.

12. Explore the Scenic Locale of Marayoor

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Located just 40 kilometres away from Munnar is a scenic locale by the name of Marayoor, which is famous not just for its beautiful views, but also for its unique attractions such as a sandalwood forest and vast sugarcane farms. In fact, this is the only place in Kerala that harbours a natural growth of sandalwood. Wrapped in a wispy blanket of glorious clouds, Marayoor is an altogether different and enchanting landscape of exquisite green beauty. Add to it, the natural blessing of a sea of fragrant sandalwood trees; this place is a sensory experience like no other. 

13. Tea and Spices Shopping

Besides tasting delicious steaming tea, you can also buy premium quality tea leaves from Munnar to take away with you as a souvenir. You can explore the local markets for dried tea leaves, aromatic oils, coffee variants, essential oils and other spices as well. The oils extracted from citriodora, eucalyptus and lemongrass are very useful to treat body and joint pains and are used in cooking and everyday products as well. Market Browsing is one of the top things to do in Munnar.

14. Relax and Unwind at the Blossom Park

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Blossom Park is a splendid park located about three kilometres from the beautiful town of Munnar, in the South-Indian state of Kerala. The park expands over an area of 16 acres and is home to a variety of flowering plants. The beautiful park attracts tourists from all over the world with natural and seasonal flora. One may explore amidst the lush greenery in and around the park, click loads of pictures or indulge in one or more of the recreational and adventure activities like bird-watching, cycling, boating, trekking etc. Be sure to try these activities as they are some of the best things to do in Munnar.

15. Taste the Delectable Cuisine

Munnar's cuisine is where you'll find all popular items off a conventional Keralan cuisine. From essentials like Idli, Vada, Sambhar to the widespread Banana chips, all is almost staple here. Other than that a number of places will have menus of various cuisines and a huge number of options. One might also want to visit the early morning food stalls in the bazaar which might offer you an enjoyable breakfast. While here, you might not want to miss the popular Cardamom tea, which is one of the best things to do in Munnar.

16. Appreciate the Lovely Chinnakanal Waterfalls

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Flowing from a height of 800 m, Chinnakanal Waterfalls is a sight of sheer beauty. These falls lays just 16 km away from Munnar and visiting here is one of the top things to do in Munnar. You can relax under the enchanting waterfalls or take a dip in the pool formed at the base. Any which way, this is going to be an experience that you will remember for a lifetime.

17. Stay-in at the Tree Houses

Staying in a Tree House is emerging to be the new vacation thing and it is definitely going to be one of the most exotic experiences of your life. Located amidst lush green spice plantations and tea estates, living here is one of the most unique things to do in Munnar.

18. Trekking Trails at Eravikulam (Rajamalai) National Park

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The Eravikulam National park is famous for housing the endangered mountain goat of South India, the Nilgiri Tahr. The slopes of the hills are home to many kinds of rare plants and trees some of which are epiphytic orchids and beautiful wild balsams. In addition to this, you can also explore the Kurinji trail which is an expedition into Nilgiri Thar and Kurinji filled grass lands. Being a part of this activity is one of the fun things to do in Munnar.

19. Trekking through the Verdant Woods

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Munnar is famous for its many trekking options as this is one of the many exciting things to do in Munnar. Many people visit Munnar to have a go at a walking holiday through the wilderness that it offers. It has something for everyone. The mesmerising hill station offers a plethora of trekking trails for the trekkers to explore through its lush green rolling countryside, high grasslands, rainforests rich in biodiversity and endemics, tea, coffee and spice plantations and stretches of rugged terrains, which make up the entire expanse of the age-old lands of Western Ghats.

20. Spiritual Retreat at The Christ Church

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Established nearly 110 years ago by the British tea planters, the Christ Church draws visitors from far lands. With beautiful architecture and stained windows, the church is not only a beautiful praying spot but also a wonderful tourist attraction. This is one of the things to do in Munnar that you must definitely visit here.

21. Birdwatching at Salim Ali Bird Sanctuary

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Named after the 'BirdMan of India', Dr Salim Ali, a famous ornithologist, Dr Salim Ali Bird Sanctuary is one of the major attractions in Munnar. Finding itself at the foothills of the Western Ghats, it occupies an area of 25 km sq. Also known as Thattekad Bird Sanctuary, the place is even called as the richest bird habitat of Peninsular India. Bird watching is addictive. Once you encounter this beauty there is no turning back. You would wish to watch more and more. Be sure to put this under your top things to do in Munnar.

22. Rock Climbing and Rappelling

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Rock climbing and rappelling are some of the popular activities offered in and around town and some of the best things to do in Munnar. With a diverse hilly terrain and a rocky landscape, come numerous opportunities for thrilling adventure sports and the like. You can try these activities under strict professional guidance and have the time of your life.

23. Revitalize by the Cheeyappara Waterfalls

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One of the largest waterfalls in the state (which is also known as God's own country), the Cheyyappara Falls are a sight to behold. Cascading through seven tiers of stones, these falls are a force of nature that you can not only see and experience but dip your toes into and enjoy. The surroundings of the waterfall complement its opulent natural splendour. Evergreen forests stretch out for as much as two acres around the falls, making it an active adventure and trekking spot. Several species of exotic plants and animals can be found in the neighbouring area, enclosed in the casket of a dense forest.

24. Take a Tour of the Indo Swiss Dairy Farm

Indo Swiss Dairy Farm is a cattle development and research centre that spreads over an area of 469 acres of lush green grasslands and is home to a variety of high-quality cattle. The farm rears about 400 heads of cattle and is the headquarter of the Indo-Swiss Livestock Project that was launched in 1963 on mutual agreement between the Swiss and the Indian Government. You should definitely take a tour and absolutely put this under your unique things to do in Munnar.

25. Taste Delicious Tea at the Sevenmallay Tea Estate

Established in 1900, Sevenmallay Tea Estate is owned by the Tata Tea Company. The estate sprawling over hundreds of acres of land is a like a paradise on earth. A quaint charming bungalow located right in the heart of the estate adds to the charm of the place. You can also buy tea produced at the estate-outlet. Tasting some of the fresh made delicious tea here is one of the best things to do in Munnar.

26. Treat Yourself to Spa & Massages

Taking and Ayurvedic spa and/or a massage in the hills is the best form to rejuvenate and relax. The hill town is best known for its Ayurvedic massages and you can choose from shirodhara, deep tissue massage or a Balinese massage. Treating yourself to some of the best massages is one of the top things to do in Munnar.

27. Visit Wonder Valley Adventure and Amusement Park

Wonder Valley Adventure and Amusement Park is an eco-friendly park located in the midst of nature. The park retains the natural landscape of the region to take its guests closer to nature and offers a thrilling experience through its adventure trails and activities. It is a perfect attraction for adventure freaks and for those who want to face and get rid of their fears. There's no age bar and the activities are designed for children, as well as for adults. Hence, it is also one of the best things to do in Munnar.

This post was published by Aqsa Aleem

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