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Nazish Khan Nov 21 2014

Which are the top 10 reasons why we love Munnar?

Jigyasha Prasad Nov 21 2014
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Here is a list of top 10 reasons why we love Munnar. The hill station is not just Kerala’s most sought-after hill resort, it is also the centre of the state’s tea growing district, aptly known as the High Range.

1. Tea Museum and Tea Processing

A visit to the Tea Museum is an insightful experience. Run by Kanan Devan Hills Plantations now, the Tea Museum traces the evolution of the tea industry in Munnar from the 1880s. At the adjacent tea-processing unit, one is introduced to the stages of tea manufacture and the intricacies of tea tasting.

Tea Museum at Kanan Devan Hills Plantation (from official Facebook page of KDHP)

Tea Shop at Kanan Devan Hills Plantation (from official Facebook page of KDHP)

2. Church of South India

Typifying Munnar’s secular culture, a church, a temple and a mosque are located on three hillocks overlooking the town. A kilometre outside town, the church rises, tall and stately, its fortress like exterior camouflaged by eucalyptus trees. This repository of Munnar’s colonial past has a cemetery as well.

Mount Carmel Church (by കാക്കര (Own work))

CSI Church (by Original uploaded by നിരക്ഷരൻ)

3. Majestic Waterfalls in Munnar

Munnar is home to spectacular waterfalls like Athukad Falls, Cheeyapara Falls and Valara Falls, which are hot favourite among the locals and tourists alike. These waterfalls, some of which are the most beautiful waterfalls in India, assume awesome proportions during the monsoon and look all the more alluring. These waterfalls are surely one of the top 10 reasons why we love Munnar!

Waterfall in Munnar (by kabils)

Waterfall in Munnar

4. Impressive Dams

If you want to have a fun-filled picnic outing with your loved ones, we suggest you to try either Mattupetty Dam or Sethu Parvathi Puram Dam. Both these dams offer scenic views of the lush surroundings and you can take an exhilarating cruise on the Mattupetty Dam as well.

Speed boat at Mattupetty Dam (by flickrPrince)

Mattupetty Dam (by കാക്കര)

5. Shopping in Munnar

You can hardly find fresher and better quality tea anywhere else—it’s after all grown and produced locally, to standards perfected over the last 125 years. Next to tea, strawberries and spices are two of Munnar’s better-known specialities. KDHP Tea Sales Outlet would be your safest best to get a packet of your favourite beverage.

KDHP Tea Outlet (from official Facebook page of KDHP)

KDHP Tea Outlet (from official Facebook page of KDHP)

6. Plantation Stays

In this tea country, perched on a vantage point, you will find the planter’s bungalow. There are a lot of plantation stays which promise a delightful stay experience for its guests. These bungalows, wrapped in mist and clouds, take you back to the colonial era. You can opt for Woodbriar Group’s Tallayar Valley Bungalow, Kanan Devan Hills Plantations Stays and High Range Club, some of the most famous plantation stays in India.

Tea Bungalow (from official Facebook page of Tallayar Valley Bungalow)

Plantation Stay (from official Facebook page of KDHP)

7. Eating Out
A host of small eateries dot the town dishing out wholesome and cheap vadas, bondas and bhajis. There are a number of good restaurants in Munnar that offer a range of cuisines, from authentic Kerala food to north Indian dishes and more. A minimum notice of 4 hours is required for typical English food at the High Range Club but it’s worth it.

Restaurant at High Range Club (from official website of High Range Club)

A meal (by peterwurst44)

8. Eravikulam National Park (15 km)

A former hunting preserve of British planters, Eravikulam National Park today exemplifies wildlife conservation at its best. The main draw is the Nilgiri tahr, a highly endangered species of wild goat. The view from Eravikulam NP is breathtaking in its extent and diversity, especially from the popular Director’s Leap Viewpoint.

Nilgiri tahr (by Arunguy2002)

A trekking route to Eravikulam (by Arunguy2002)

9. A Trip to Top Station (34 km)

An isolated outpost, Top Station perches on a precipitous ridge in Tamil Nadu, 3 km from the interstate border. An interesting site here is the ruins of the old ropeway station that linked the foothills to the tea estates. From Top Station, one gets a stupendous view of the surrounding mountainous landscape.

View from Top Station (by Sudheesh S)

Top Station (by fraboof)

10. Chinnar Wildlife Sanctuary (60 km)

A haven straddling the Kerala-Tamil Nadu border in the foothills, Chinnar Wildlife Sanctuary has the Rajamala-Udumalpet Road (SH17) cutting right through it, enabling you to view elephants, spotted deer, sambar, gaur and peacocks, and, if you’re lucky, the legendary “white bison of Manjampatti”. And if are wondering about night stay at this place, don’t worry as there are a lot of accommodation options here.

Chinnar Wildlife Sanctuary (by Ras67)

Chinnar Wildlife Sanctuary (by File Upload Bot (Magnus Manske))

The picturesque hill station is worth visiting due to its scenic beauty and lush plantations. Take your pick from any of the top 10 reasons why we love Munnar and head here for a complete vacation experience. Also, Munnar tour packages can help you to plan a comfortable trip.

Mukti Gautam Bhardwaj Dec 03 2014
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