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.
Even though the garden is known as the 'Rose Garden', a variety of other plants and trees can also be found here. The area is covered with crops such as vanilla and cardamom. It is also the dwelling spot of many spices and fruit trees such as Litchi, Strawberry, Rumbuta and Amla. An equally large variety of flowering plants can be located here. Seasonal tropical fruits grow here all year long, and fresh vegetables and fruits like cabbage, potato, cauliflowers, bananas and beans can be obtained from the plantations farm. You can also buy seeds of flowering plants from here to go back and grow as a memoir of this charming place.
The farmhouse that is located in the rose garden is a delightful place to stay at. The farmhouse is owned and managed by Tomy Joseph and Rajee Tomy, a couple who belong to a traditional agricultural family in Kerala and live in the farmhouse with their three children. The twin ensuite rooms in the farmhouse that are open to the general public for a home stay can accommodate two families. The rooms are airy and hygienic, complete with verandas built in the traditional style that overlook the lush native forest. Staying here is definitely suggested and is unquestionably the highlight of your trip here. You can enjoy the peace of nature and solitude here in this lovely cottage. The hosts are welcoming and kind. The meals that are served here are all from the family garden, including the honey and coffee. If you wish to interact with local Kerala people and have an authentic experience, this home stay is just the right option for you.
Munnar's Rose Garden is a mesmerising location to capture the beauty and elegance of nature's miracles and beautiful enchanting works. The wholesome beauty of this place can best be expressed through the attractive and richly-coloured flowers that dot the garden in huge numbers. In fact, the rose garden is apt for all photo fanatics and avid Instagrammers as it is abundant in luxuriant vegetation and scenic surroundings. The surrounding hills and waterfalls act as a perfect backdrop for the amazing photographs and make the entire location incredibly picturesque.
Munnar, being full of undulating mountains and tea gardens, makes for a perfect trekking spot, and is in fact highly regarded as a trekking destination in south India. It is then not unlikely to expect an ideal trekking spot in the Rose Garden itself. The grassland terrain of the garden might be ecologically fragile but makes for a perfect trekking trail. During these treks, you will come across the natural beauty of the wilderness. So, outdoor enthusiasts be prepared for some marvellous trekking and walking opportunities and give your adrenaline a boost. The Homestay makes arrangements for short and long trekking trips of different durations for the visitors. These include a 4-hour trek, a 6-hour trek and a day long trek at all of the trekking routes in Munnar.
The timings of the garden are 10:00 a.m. to 05:00 p.m. Visitors typically spend one to two hours here admiring the beauty and clicking photographs.
The entry fee to the garden is a nominal INR 20.
You will have to pay an extra INR 20 for carrying a camera or a mobile phone with a camera, while the charges for videography using a professional DSLR are INR 500.
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This garden lies on the Kochi-Madurai Highway, which is NH49 as well. You can easily reach this place via roadway buses and other local transportation.
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