If Kerala is Gods own country then Munnar is its Celestial City
Loose yourself in the Serene surroundings
Kerala is a state known for its diverse beauty. The varied demographics, the serene backwaters, the lively coastline, the majestic western ghats with cascading waterfalls, the different places of worship, along with its culture and cuisine make Kerala one of the most sought after destinations for travel. And for me the most beautiful place in Kerala is Munnar.
Lush green tea gardens of Munnar
Munnar, a former resort for the British Elite, is a hill station at an altitude of 1600 meters above sea level in the Idukki District of Kerala. It’s easily accessible by road from Kochi and Coimbatore. Munnar is synonyms with tea estates and hence it looks like a painting with myriad shades of green. But its beauty cannot be described in a single canvas.The beautifully sculpted tea hedges on the delicately curving hills form an awe-inspiring emerald carpet. What makes it even more divine is that this view is often seen from mountains caressed by mist. You’ll be engulfed in the vastness of the ornate tea estates.
Eravikulam National Park:
Nilgiri Thar at Eravikulam National Park
Eravikulam National Park is of the main tourists attractions in Munnar. Its spread over 97 sq km and is home to a range of rare animals and birds. The most important of them is the endangered and protected Nilgiri Thar. This national park holds the largest population of the Nilgiri Thar. A small trek gives a breathtaking view of the tea plantations. The best time to visit is when the hills are covered in blue from the blooming of the Neelakurinji flowers.
Looks like a lush green blanket
Rajamala is the part of Eravikulam National Park which is especially for tourists to get a view of the Anamudi peak which is the highest peak in South India. The Nilgiri Thar can also be seen closely from here. There is an efficient bus service to ply tourists to Rajamala.
Kannan Devan Tea Museum:
On the way to Kannan Devi Tea Museum
This museum provides an insight into the origin, preservation and growth of the tea plantations in Munnar. Visitors can see the different stages of tea processing here. It also provides an array of different types of tea for tasting as well as for sale.
This picturesque place gets its name from the echo phenomenon present here. From this point you can get a breathtaking view of the Neelakurinji flower in its full glory. The view of the serene lake from there makes it even more scenic.
It’s around 32 km away from Munnar and at a height of about 1770 meters. The highest railway station in the Kundala Valley is here hence the name Top Station. It’s at the Kerala and Tamil Nadu border and be reached by a jeep. The ride gives a panoramic view of the emerald tea estates. It boasts of the most amazing views of the mighty western ghats in Kerala and the Theni valley in Tamil Nadu.
Right from sunrise to sunset every moment spent in Munnar is a refreshing experience in itself which stays with us for a lifetime.