Munnar the beautiful hill station of South India rises where three mountain streams merge – Mudrapuzha, Nallathanni and Kundala. Located at 1,600 m above sea level, this hill station was once the summer resort of the erstwhile British Government in South India. Sprawling tea plantations, picturesque towns, winding lanes and holiday facilities make this place a popular resort-town. Among the exotic flora found in the forests and plush green, blooms the Neelakurinji. This flower which bathes the hills in blue once in every twelve years, has bloomed in 2018. Munnar also has the highest peak in South India, Anamudi, which towers over a 2,695 metres. Anamudi is an ideal spot for trekking. Let’s check out the best attractions among all to visit in Munnar.
1. Attukal Waterfalls: It is one of the four main waterfalls of Munnar and is very popular among adventure seekers as the dirt mountain path through the forest give chills on every steps taken towards Attukal Waterfalls. It is highly recommended that you visit Munnar during the Monsoon season if waterfalls top in your list of the ‘places to visit in Munnar’. Attukal waterfall is situated between Munnar and Pallivasal and can be reached by crossing a wooden bridge.
2. Pothamedu Viewpoint: Drenched in the mist and green foliage, Pothamedu viewpoint is a spot worth trekking to. This viewpoint enables a panoramic vista of the valley and if the day is clear enough, you can also get an amazing view of the Muthirapuzha River and Idukki Arch Dam from quite a height.
The exciting view is made of series of emerald hill slopes where tea, coffee, cardamom, and pepper make a blanket of green all over the hills. While you are enjoying the mesmerizing view of the valley, simply take a sip of ginger tea from the only tea shop nearby which would make you love spending your evening at Pothamedu.
3. Chokramudi Peak: This isolated-elevated piece of hill is a site that hooks you for hours because of the splendid view. Chokramudi is situated at 7,200 ft above sea level and happens to be in the Eravikulam National Park. It is a short and easy trek to look for which can be done in almost a day and since it comes under the national forest it is masked by lush green of the Shola forest.
4. TATA Tea Museum: If you are lucky enough to make it during the show timings, you will learn a lot that very day. From the early history of Tea Plantation to how the British brought Tea culture and cultivation in the region, the toil and hard work of the workers who endured during those days, the machineries and tools, the entire process of cultivating, plucking, drying and final packaging of Tea; almost everything you will learn in just a half an hour- documentary that is played here.
5. Eravikulam National Park: This national park is home to the endangered species called Nilgiris Tahr, which is located in Devikulam Taluk of Idukki district and covers a total area of 97 square kilometres. After the Nilgiri Tahr, Neelakurinji flowers are the second major attraction of this park as because this flower blooms once in every 12 years. Anamudi (2695 m), the highest peak of south India also takes abode in Eravikulam National Park.