Here is the list of 20 Things to do in Munnar
The Rose Gardens of Munnar is a unique and eco-friendly home stay experience, that attracts visitors, especially nature enthusiasts, from all over the world. 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. Located in Munnar in Kerala, on the National Highway 49, just two kilometres away from the city centre; the place is set 3,500 feet above the sea level and is a breathtaking sight to behold. The heart-warming blossoms and colourful flowers make the place a mini-heaven on earth.
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.
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.
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.
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. 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.
Blossom Park is a splendid park located about three kilometres from the beautiful town of Munnar, in the South-Indian state of Kerala. It is located near the Pallivasal Hydro-electric project, near River Muthirappuzha and amidst the mesmerizing Kanan Devan Hill Tea estates. 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.
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 its animal population includes species such as grizzled giant squirrel, star tortoise, gaur, spotted deer, tufted grey langur, slender loris, crocodile, wild elephant, tiger, leopard and many birds. If animals and plants fascinate you, then there is no better way to get acquainted with them than to visit the Chinnar Wildlife Sanctuary. Since it is a government protected enclosure, you can experience flora and fauna in its natural habitat, uninterrupted by the hullabaloo of the city. 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.
Perched atop the undulating peaks of the great range of Sahyadri, a World Heritage Site declared by UNESCO, Munnar is as picturesque and breathtaking as it comes. Often covered with a veil of cold misty cloud, giving the place an ethereal feel, Munnar is one of the most beautiful and captivating destinations of South India. The town itself witnesses the cacophony of everyday urban life. However, if you drive a few kilometres towards the outskirts, it will dissolve into an ocean of serenity complete with greenery and the fresh hilly breeze. Munnar is famous for its many trekking options.
Pothamedu View Point, situated 6 km off Munnar, is adorned with stretching hills and lush green mountains. One can witness the spectacular wide views of tea, coffee and cardamom plantations of the area. Trekkers and hikers would love the adrenaline rush of this place.
High Range Club is a recreational club which is located on the outskirts of the town of Munnar in the south Indian state of Kerala. It is located in the mountain ranges of the Western Ghats amidst rolling hills with lush green tea plantations. Launched in the early 20th century, the club still has an aura of the bygone British era. It is open for bookings throughout the year for tourists with many activities and amenities to ensure the visitors have a memorable stay. One must explore the club area to know more about its history and the experience of staying here for a few days will only take you closer to feeling regal with their top class hospitality and service.
Anamudi, the highest peak (2,695 m) of Western Ghats and South India lies south of the Himalayas and towers over the sanctuary. The slope of the hills is home to the Atlas moth, Nilgiri Langur, the lion-tailed macaque, leopards, and tigers.
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. Here you can find Crimson-Throated Barbet, Sunbird, Bee-eater, Night Heron, Black-winged Kite, etc.
Located on the Kochi-Madurai Highway (National Highway 49), the Cheeyarappa Falls is an on-the-way tourist attraction. It falls between Munnar and Kochi, in the district of Idukki, Kerala. 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.
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.
Named so because it looks like a locked heart, Lock Heart Gap is a viewpoint in Munnar famous for a breathtaking view of the surrounding valleys, mountains, the tea plantations and its thrilling trekking trails through the densely covered, cloudy, misty terrain. The view from the top during sunsets are a must-see.
Kalari Kshethra is the centre of the oldest form of martial arts, Kalarippayattu and the traditional form of Indian Classical Dance, Kathakali. Kalarippayattu is often called the mother of martial arts, the source from which the modern hand combat techniques like Kung-Fu and Karate have been evolved over the years. The centre conducts performances, workshops and classes that one can opt for to get an essence of the ancient art forms.