Nature's serene beauty at Echo Point

Nature's serene beauty at Echo Point

The enchanting tea plantations of Munnar

The enchanting tea plantations of Munnar

Placid lakes and breathtaking views

Placid lakes and breathtaking views | Photo credit: Pranav Bhasin

The road to heaven on earth

The road to heaven on earth | Photo credit: Pranav Bhasin

Destination Snapshot

  • Travel Style

  • First Timers
  • Adventure Buffs
  • Lovebirds
  • Family Fun
  • Relaxation Bliss
    • Language

      Malayalam, Tamil, English
    • Altitude

      1,700 metres (5,600 feet) above sea level
    • Time zone

      IST (UTC+5.5 hours)
    • Theme

      Mountains

Where the sounds echo, the mountains play with the clouds, the rivers caress the land, and the tea plantations kiss the earth - Munnar is that piece of God’s Own Country!

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  • Tea Plantations

    There are quite a few varieties of tea that adorn the tea plantations of Munnar. These vast stretches of green give you the opportunity to observe different varieties of the tea plants in their formative stages.

  • Climate

    Munnar’s climate is mild and remains cool throughout the year. Even during the summers, the maximum temperature does not exceed 25 degree Celsius. The cool climate provides you with the ideal opportunity to indulge in activities such as mountain biking and trekking.

  • Rare Flora and Fauna Species

    Munnar is home to a wide variety of flora and fauna; carefully preserved and nurtured at the various national parks and sanctuaries in Munnar.

    Some of the endemic and threatened species to be seen in Munnar are - Nilgiri tahar, the grizzled giant squirrel, Nilgiri wood-pigeon, elephant, gaur, Nilgiri langur and sambar deer.

    The rarest of the rare species of Neelakurinji flower, which blossoms every twelve years, is also found here. It’s a long but worthwhile wait.

  • Spices

    Munnar is well known for the wide variety of spices it has to offer. Tourists from all over the world carry back bags full of exotic spices from Munnar and you would definitely want to be one of them.

    The varieties of spices cultivated in Munnar include ginger, garlic, cardamom, vanilla, pepper, cinnamon, coffee, tea, clove and nutmeg.

  • Lush Greenery

    Although Munnar is a bustling tourist destination, one of the heartening things about this destination is that you’re unlikely to encounter too many vehicles on the road. Vast stretches of tea plantations and forests dot the landscape on both sides of the road.

Be prepared

  • Two Parts of the City

    Munnar is divided into two parts - Old Munnar and Munnar. While Old Munnar is home to the Tourist Information Office, Munnar is where the bus station and most guest houses are located.

    This can cause some inconvenience if you have booked your accommodation in one part of the city and have to travel to the other part of the city to get relevant information. Although, it would be a good experience to explore both parts of the city, constant to and fro could be a bother.

  • 12 Year Gap in Blooming of the Neelakurinji Flower

    The Neelakurinji flower of Munnar is one of the rarest varieties of flower and blooms only every 12 years. The last time it adorned the hills of Munnar was in 2006; so, you need to wait patiently to see this beautiful flower.

Describing It

How do you paint a picture of paradise and hope to do justice? One stroke of the brush and everything may be undone. That is exactly how it is when it comes to describing the beauty of Munnar with mere words. This hill station in God’s Own Country is a spectacular stretch of silent mountains interspersed with lush green tea plantations and swaying swathe of thick forests.

One of the best places to celebrate the spirit of a holiday, Munnar has grown from being a giant in the tea production sector to becoming a major tourist attraction. Designated as the summer resort of the British during the colonial period, Munnar’s refreshing beauty and innervating climate keeps any visitor in the best of moods and spirits – however long or short the stay might be.

There are many places in Munnar that find a top spot on any tourist’s list. Starting with the scenic Mattupetty Lake and Dam, you can endlessly explore the majestic beauty of Munnar, situated at an altitude of 6,000 feet.

For generations, tea plantations have been one of the chief sources of income in Munnar. So it does not come as a surprise that Munnar boasts of a special tea museum - the Tata Tea Museum. This one-of-a-kind museum hosts collections of odd bits from the colonial era and plays a rather interesting 30-minute video on tea plantations for the benefit of visitors.

There is a promise of heavenly pleasures that greets you the moment you set foot in Munnar. If there is vigour in your blood and adventure on your mind, go trekking around the majestic mountains of Munnar. On your trail, brace your heart for startling scenes of glorious valleys illuminated by the playful rays of the sun.