As most of you may know, Munnar is a stunning hill station that is located on the Western Ghats of Kerala. Well known for its touristic spots, Munnar is home to mountains, high peaks, tea estates, and a tranquil climate that brings you peace and serenity. That being said there is plenty to do in terms of adventure, nature, photography, history, and wildlife.
Curious yet to know what we’re talking about? Look no further because we have the low down on what you should see while riding around Munnar.
The Attukal Waterfalls, a popular visiting spot, has a gushing stream of pearly white water. The water may be a little icy, which is why it’s usually surrounded by mist and may cause fog giving it a mystical vibe. Keep in mind though that getting to the waterfalls is done via narrow roads and a wooden bridge, so be extra aware.
Situated on towering hills, The Attukal Waterfalls are also surrounded by a lush forest, blooming seasonal flowers, and trails for hiking and trekking. There are also some adventure sports nearby, if your inner daredevil wants to come out to play. If you’re not looking for adventure, it’s also the perfect place for nature lovers and lovebirds that want to spend some leisurely time together.
The little town of Devikulum is a religious and scenic spot. You’ll have a picture perfect view of Pallivasal Waterfalls, which is surrounded by the Sita Devi Lake. Rumour has it that the Goddess Sita bathed in said lake, which is how it was named. In fact, the term “Devi” means Goddess and “kulum” means lake. This is why the lake supposedly has holy water, which results in devotees visiting for spiritual and physical purposes.
Apart from the above legend, Devikulum is surrounded with flora and fauna and plenty of wildlife thanks to the Chinnar Wildlife Sanctuary. Here you’ll find a range of animals from elephants to leopards to sambars. For adventure seekers there’s a lot to do: rock climbing, fishing, trekking and hiking.
Foe those of you who are interested in art can take notes on “Kolam” which is a method of sand painting using rice powder! This is a tradition that is carried on by the women of Devikulam.
The Eravikulam National Park
The Eravikulam National Park extends over a large piece of land that is home to the largest species of the Nilgiri Tahr, which are sadly, endangered. The park is also home to 26 species of mammals such as, Gaur, Indian Muntjac, Sambar Deer, Nilgiri langur, Indian Porcupine, Nilgiri Marten, small clawed otters, and elephants.
Another interesting bit about The Eravikulam National Park is that it’s on an elevated plateau, which is 2000 metres above sea level. This is where you’ll see the highest peak in Munnar called Anamudi at 2690 metres.
The Tea Museum
Munnar is famous for its tea plantations, estates, and its very own Tea Museum! Tata Tea -a major tea producer – established the Tea Museum in order to keep the history of tea plantation alive. The exhibits include:
- Tea production methods
- Photographs of tea plantations
- Machineries that are used in tea production
- Development of tea estates from tea rollers to modern automated tea factories
- Various stages of tea processing
- Learning about the production of black tea
- A sundial at the entrance that was built back in 1913, as it marks the development of tea production in Munnar
- Artefacts such as the “Pelton Wheel” which was used in the power generation plant in the 1920s, the original tea roller, which was used in 1905, and a rail engine wheel from the Kundale Valley Light Railway, which transported men and material between Munnar.
- A demonstration where the teas are tested
- Tea tasting with exotic flavours from all over the world
Photo Point of Munnar
No, you’re not reading it wrong because there is really is a place in Munnar called Photo Point. And as the name suggests, this spot is one of Munnar’s most photogenic locations – perfect for your selfies or nature shots.
Photo Point is picturesque because it’s filled with tea plantations, streams, and rolling hills that make it ideal for nature lovers. Or you could simply want to take in the view and have a picnic. It’s also known as “Shooting Point” because of the beautiful silver oak trees and green tea plantations. So if you’re a photographer out of passion or profession, you are in for a treat because you will be in heaven. Also nearby, you can buy coffee, spices, cloves, cardamom, pepper, homemade chocolates, and of course tea.
So there you have it – all the wonderful things you can see and do in Munnar. From stunning scenic views to wildlife and history, you won’t regret visiting.