Visit Munnar in a day and enjoy the lush green mountains
Munnar, the paradise on earth is a must visit tourist place in South India, famed for its lush greenery and misty mountain ranges of Western Ghats. Emerald green tea bushes against the blue sky backdrop is a scenic view that gives the tourists a moment of bliss. With a number of spots that give you the views from mountain tops, Munnar ranks the highest among the hotspots of tourism.Here we have included the most popular places to visit in Munnar in 1 day. If you decide to spend more than one day at Munnar, it will never be too much as there are lots of trekking trails and boating sites for the tourist to spend their time. Ideally a three day trip will get you all the beautiful moments to cherish while on a south bound travel. Most of the tourists like to spend at least two days to enjoy all the spots in Munnar. The tourist places to visit in Munnar are wide variety of green mountains decked with tea gardens and mysterious mountains with hidden trekking trails. A local guide can help you enjoy the interiors of the dense forests.
1. Eravikulam National Park
This is the most visited place in Munnar. It is home to the endangered species of mountain goat called the Nilgiri Tahr as well as the famous Neelakurinji flowers which bloom once in every twelve years. To trek to the top, you need prior permission and have to start quite early in the morning. The highest peak of Western Ghats, the Anamudi towers high in this park. You have to arrange prior to the trekking. Tickets can be bought at the website of the park. It is situated around 30 kms from Munnar town. The valley wears a carpet of blue when the flowers bloom and is a cool sight to the eyes. Tourists flock in huge numbers to the park so that they can catch a view of this wonderful painting by nature that gives you a feast of colours for your eyes. Everyone, no matter how long they stay in Munnar, love to trek up these hills to get a view of the valley along with other scenic sights.
2. Tea gardens
From the moment you have reached Munnar, the sight that has amused you must be the tea gardens decked on the mountain sides. The cool climate along with the lush greenery helps you catch a glimpse of the magical mountains. Wander in the wilderness as you start off your day. The famous tea brands are native to these mountain sides. So you can taste some of the best tea made fresh from these tea gardens. You can surely get time to spend when you are on a trip to Munnar for a day. Strolling through these tea gardens give you a refreshed mind.
3. Top station
As the name suggests, it is one of the highest spot in Munnar from where you get a classic view of the valley below. The place is on the Kerala-Tamil Nadu border so that you can watch the sleepy town of Ooty from the topmost point in Munnar. Climbing down the steps is a strenuous activity, but the view awaiting you is more than what you imagine. The mist covered top gives you a bird’s eye view of the valley below. Located 35 kms from Munnar town, it is the ideal spot to be included among the places to be visited in Munnar in one day.
4. Mattuppetty dam
Located 11 kms from the town, this dam is the most sought after site for water sports like boating, pedal boats, speed boats and the like. Constructed as part of Pallivasal hydroelectric plant, the still waters of the lake is an ideal spot for a picnic of one day. The boating is loved by adults and children alike. A quiet spot to sit back and relax, this is where most of the tourists gather in Munnar.
5. Kundala lake
This place with a dam, the first arch dam in Kerala is a very busy tourist place in Munnar to be visited in one day. You can enjoy the serene beauty of the place and go for a boating. Shikharas, renowned for their presence in Daal Lake in Kashmir, is another attraction of the place. Located 25 kms from the town, you can visit the place when you return to your resort. You can spend an hour or two at the place and feel rejuvenated.
6. Echo point
Echo point is one spot unique to Munnar. You can visit this spot on your way to top station. The specialty is the echo that resonates back when you call out from the high altitude mountains. You can have a boating experience in the lake or trek into the wilderness of the forests that line the shores of the lake. You may also find a horse or two to give you a snap with them. Spend a few minutes and return to your journey to visit the places in Munnar in one day.
7. Lakkam waterfalls
How can you return without experiencing the waterfalls that you have been seeing ever since you started your visit to Munnar in one day? Among the many waterfalls on the road side like Vaalara, Cheeyappara there are many others in the interiors of the hills of Munnar of which Lakkam falls rank high. Originating from Eravikulam plateau, it is 25kms from the town. This might be your last stop before climbing down the mountains of Munnar with cherished memories. Watch out for the slippery rocks so that you can return safely.
When you are time bound and have very few time left, you have to be choosy of the spots to visit. But if you have three days to spend, you can enjoy the beauty of the interiors of Munnar. It is up to you to decide on the days you want to spend. But we suggest you get a holiday full of freshness by spending more time in these misty hills.