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Munnar

TraveLibro India Munnar Featured City
Cascading waterfalls, gurgling streams, pristine valleys, untarnished hills, mystical mists, unending expanse of tree plantations, an abundance of rare flora and fauna, is what defines the quaint hill station, Munnar. Perfectly located in God’s own Country, Kerala, at an elevation of 6,000 ft, it was also favoured by the British for its cool and tranquil atmosphere. Explore this picture-perfect town by meandering through its winding lanes, marvelling at the fascinating Attukal Waterfalls and Kuthumal Waterfalls, visiting the Kuntala and Sita Devi Lakes, the Eravikulam National Park, and more. Experience the traditional martial art form of Kalaripapayattu and immerse yourself in the age-old therapies of Ayurveda, or indulge in the holistic ritual of yoga at the Kaivalyam Retreat. Also, a visit to the Top Station is not to be missed. Sitting on the confluence of three mountain streams, this spot boasts panoramic views and the delightful sight of Neelakurinji (a purple flower), which blooms once in 12 years. A trek to the heavenly Anamudi, the aromas of exotic spices, the rich vegetation, all make Munnar a blissful destination for a laid-back holiday.
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TraveLibro India Munnar Featured City Tea Estates

Tea Estates

One of the leading tea estate destinations of India, Munnar houses over 50 tea estates of the likes of Brooke Bond, the Tata Group, Harrison Layalam, and more. In the 18th century, tea became the ideal crop of this region and caught the interest of many who realised the potential of this fertile land. The most notable ones are John Daniel Munro, A H Sharp and James Finlay of the Finlay Muir & Company who bought 33 independent estates. In 1897, the KDHP Company was formed to manage these estates. Explore the well-laid out tea plantations and enjoy a nice cup of tea as you soak in this aromatic ambiance.

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TraveLibro India Munnar Featured City Eravikulam National Park

Eravikulam National Park

Experience the biodiversity of high elevation shola-grassland ecosystem on your visit to the Eravikulam National Park, which is located 15 km from Munnar. This park sprawls across an area of 97 sq km along the Western Ghats of the Idukki district. The park is divided into three zones—the core, buffer and tourism area, which is the Rajamalai zone. The forest department vehicle takes visitors to the Rajamalai zone to spot the Nilgiri Tahr, an endangered mountain goat of South India. The park is also home to 26 diverse species of mammals, 120 species of birds and boasts of a range of varieties of trees and shrubs.

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TraveLibro India Munnar Featured City Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary

Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary

The Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary lies in the high ranges of the Western Ghats in the Periyar National Park and Tiger Reserve. This sanctuary is bestowed with thick sheets of green vegetation along with moist deciduous forests and savannah grasslands. This natural abode boasts of wildlife such as elephants, tigers, gaurs, lion tailed macaques, Sambars and Nilgiri langurs. Also spot some interesting birdlife such as Darters, Kingfishers, Malabar Hornbill, and more. Enjoy a leisurely boat ride to enjoy close encounters with the wildlife while cruising along the placid Periyar Lake. Or, indulge in trekking and an elephant ride into the jungle. We say, the three-hour drive from Munnar is worth it!

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TraveLibro India Munnar Featured City Mattupetty Dam

Mattupetty Dam

The Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary lies in the high ranges of the Western Ghats in the Periyar National Park and Tiger Reserve. This sanctuary is bestowed with thick sheets of green vegetation along with moist deciduous forests and savannah grasslands. This natural abode boasts of wildlife such as elephants, tigers, gaurs, lion tailed macaques, Sambars and Nilgiri langurs. Also spot some interesting birdlife such as Darters, Kingfishers, Malabar Hornbill, and more. Enjoy a leisurely boat ride to enjoy close encounters with the wildlife while cruising along the placid Periyar Lake. Or, indulge in trekking and an elephant ride into the jungle. We say, the three-hour drive from Munnar is worth it!

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TraveLibro India Munnar Featured City Top Station

Top Station

Enjoy panoramic views of the magnificent Western Ghats from the Top Station, which is situated 32 km away from Munnar and is the highest point (1700 m) in Munnar. This vantage point sits on the confluence of three mountain streams—Mudrapuzha, Nallathanni and Kundala and is frequented by tourists throughout the year. Atop you feel you are just a stone’s throw away from the visible floating clouds. The spot is also known for the Neelakurinji (type of flower), which blooms once in 12 years. It is a delightful sight to see a spread of purple bluish flowers sprawling around. We recommend visiting this spot from April to May.

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TraveLibro India Munnar Featured City KDHP’s Nullatanni Estate

KDHP’s Nullatanni Estate

The Kanan Devan Hills Plantations Company has several estates under their umbrella and the Nullatanni Estate is one of them. It itself is a combination of three estates—Periavurrai, Kalaar and Nullatanni. Apart from being a combination of various erstwhile estates, it is also one of the most stunning tea gardens in Munnar located on the western side of the High Ranges. The KDHP’s Nullatanni Estate is home to the country’s first ever Tea Museum. It is an interesting place to visit, which documents the growth of the tea plantation district and also provides knowledge about the tea making process and highlights other operational methods.

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TraveLibro India Munnar Featured City Kolukkumalai Tea Plantations

Kolukkumalai Tea Plantations

Head to Kolukkumalai Tea Estate, which is located at an altitude of about 7,900 ft above sea level and believed to be the highest plantations in the world. This old tea factory still uses traditional methods of processing tea here. Amidst the sprawling plantations stands a two-storey edifice, constructed in the 1930’s and boasts of wooden interiors with traces of the delightful aroma wafting in the air. Enjoy a tasting session and get introduced to a variety of flavours; shop for your favourite tea from the retail outlet at the factory. Enjoy the far stretching views and the spectacular sunrise here.

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TraveLibro India Munnar Featured City Attukal Waterfalls

Attukal Waterfalls

The Attukal Waterfalls are situated at a distance of about 9 km from the charming town of Munnar, a breathtakingly beautiful picnic spot. The falls are located en route to Pallivasal and the journey itself offers ample of scenery along the way. Witness the roaring milky white waters roll downstream from the hills around from the perfect viewing point of the narrow wooden bridge. When the water level is low one can also walk to the bottom of the falls and indulge in getting wet in the cool water. The best time to visit the falls is just after the monsoons. This spot is also popularly known for hiking and trekking.

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TraveLibro India Munnar Featured City  Marayoor

Marayoor

Located at a distance of nearly 40 km from Munnar, this picturesque rain shadow village lies on the eastern side of the Western Ghats. Marayoor is famously known for its two pre-historic sites—Muniyara (dolmenoid) and Ezhuthupara. Muniyara are basically burial chambers that date back to the megalithic age and are almost 2,000 years old. Inside the Marayoor Forest Range is Ezhuthupura, which is known for cave paintings drawn with brown soil and white clay soil. Apart from this, Marayoor is known for its fragrant Sandalwood Forest and also for good quality molasses—a special variety here also known as ‘Marayoor Sarkara’.

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TraveLibro India Munnar Featured City Kundala Lake

Kundala Lake

Visit the lovely town of Kundala, which is located about 20 km from Munnar on the way to Top Station. This picturesque town is popularly known for the Kundala Tea Plantations and the alluring Lake Kundala. It is also has an artificial dam, which is said to be Asia’s first arch dam and is known as Sethuparvathipuram Dam, making it another major attraction here. Golf enthusiasts can enjoy teeing a ball at the golf course that belongs to Tata Tea Ltd. Indulge in some romantic moments while enjoying a slow Kashmiri ‘shikara’ ride on the placid lake amidst the blissful environment. Another nearby spot worth visiting is the Aruvikkad Waterfalls.

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TraveLibro India Munnar Featured City Sita Devi Lake

Sita Devi Lake

Located in the small hill town of Devikulam at a distance of about half an hour from Munnar, the beautiful Sita Devi Lake is also known as Devikulam Lake. According to legends, it is believed that Goddess Sita bathed in the pristine waters of Devikulam Lake. Apart from being sacred, the lake is also known to be rich in minerals and is said to have healing properties. Lose yourself to the natural beauty that surrounds the lake, and enjoying a nice picnic amidst towering trees, flowering shrubs and to nature’s music.

Image Courtesy: Amrita Bhattacharyya via Flickr
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TraveLibro India Munnar Featured City Nimi's Lip Smacking Classes

Nimi's Lip Smacking Classes

If you relish the mouth-watering Kerala delicacies, then take up a fun cooking session and learn to cook an authentic Kerala meal at Nimi's Lip Smacking Classes. Nimi hails from Munnar and is an excellent cook, writer, photographer, and food blogger. Enjoy a culinary experience in an open kitchen by the river and get introduced to the amazing world of aromatic spices and delectable recipes. From breakfast to lunch to desserts you can learn it all here the traditional way.

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TraveLibro India Munnar Featured City Pothamedu Viewpoint

Pothamedu Viewpoint

Adorned with winding misty trails, beguiling large plantations of tea, coffee and cardamom, Pothamedu Viewpoint is a perfect spot to enjoy peace and tranquillity along with the pristine environment it offers.. Situated at a distance of about 6 km from Munnar, this vantage point sits on a high cliff. Favoured by a pleasant climate and verdant greenery all around, it truly is a place for nature lovers. Go on a trek, explore the hills, and enjoy the mesmerising sunset here.

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TraveLibro India Munnar Featured City Punarjani Traditional Village

Punarjani Traditional Village

The name of the village ‘Punarjani’ means birth; true to its name the village aims and strives hard to retain the rich and varied traditions of Kerala. The finest example of this effort is the two theatres dedicated to present famous art forms—Kalarippayattu and Kathakali. The former is a traditional martial art of Kerala and also known as the ‘mother of all martial arts’. The latter is an Indian Classical Dance Drama, also known as ‘king of performing arts’. You can also catch the artists donning their make-up an hour before the show. Experience the cultural marvels of Kathakali and Kalaripayattu conducted daily here at 5 pm and 6 pm respectively.

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TraveLibro India Munnar Featured City Aranya Naturals

Aranya Naturals

A unique branch of the Srishti Welfare Centre, Aranya Naturals aims to reinvigorate the art of creating non-toxic, azo-free dyes and fabrics and to employ differently-abled youngsters from DARE School (Development Activities in Rehabilitative Education). The products here are eco-friendly and made using organic colouring elements such as catechu, lac, manjista, turmeric, and eucalyptus. Here, fabrics are created using different techniques such as Batik, Tie & Dye, Block Printing, Shibori and Mordant Printing. Take a tour of the paper and linen workshops to watch the workers engrossed in this amazing heritage craft. Buy sarees, stoles, shawls and other fabrics here.

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TraveLibro India Munnar Featured City Yoga at Kaivalyam Retreat

Yoga at Kaivalyam Retreat

Take a holistic approach towards life by visiting the Kaivalyam Retreat and regain your body balance. The retreat sits amidst the verdant beauty of tea valleys, rolling hills and enjoys cool climatic conditions. The retreat promotes traditional form of Yoga and offers many beginners to advanced level programmes. Experience the simple way of living and develop a taste for organic vegetarian food. Try various Yoga postures to de-stress your system, practice Pranayam, the popular yogic breathing exercises and learn to master the technique of meditation. This eco-retreat boasts of spacious and luxurious cottages offering great views.

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TraveLibro India Munnar Featured City KFDC Floriculture Centre

KFDC Floriculture Centre

Take a less-travelled road to witness the rare variety of flowers and herbal plants at the Floriculture Centre. The Floriculture Centre is operated by the Kerala Forest Development Corporation. Admire the manicured garden that is home to a diverse variety of flowers, cacti, shrubs, and several herbal plants. It is located on the way to Mattupetty from Munnar and is nestled amidst serene nature with tea plantations at the backdrop. Make a quick stop to see numerous bee hives on a single tree located not far from the centre.

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TraveLibro India Munnar Featured City CSI Christ Church

CSI Christ Church

Visit the humble CSI Christ Church known for its unique history. H M Knight, the General Manager of the plantation donated the area for burial after his wife and some other British were buried here in 1894. The cemetery was attached to the church. On March 1910, the foundation stone of the church was laid by Sir A K Muir In 1981, the British handed over the church to CSI Kerala Diocese. Today, it is the headquarters of CSI Munnar Pastorate and has almost 1,000 families and 18 outstation churches associated with it.

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TraveLibro India Munnar Featured City Ayurvedic Massage

Ayurvedic Massage

Kerala is world-renowned for its rich heritage of Ayurvedic treatments and massages. Most of the authentic massage centres practice the age- old techniques of holistic healing and rejuvenation. Use of natural ingredients such as herbs, medicinal plants and oils are used to treat ailments. Try various treatments and massages such as Shirodhara or Sirovasthi, Kizhi, Udvartham, Abhyangam, and Kativashthi to name a few. Experience the magic of ancient science, which works wonders on your senses; book a traditional Ayurvedic Massage and feel rejuvenated. You will find many KTDC accredited massage centres; also most of the luxury hotels have spas in-house.

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TraveLibro India Munnar Featured City Green Land Spice Supermarket

Green Land Spice Supermarket

The Green Land Spice Supermarket has a broad range of products on offer under one roof. The core products here are red chillies (Red Peppers), black and white pepper, garlic, ginger, turmeric, and cardamom. Also available here are seed spices like nutmeg and mace, fenugreek, fennel, cumin, celery, cassia, coriander, etc. You will also find a variety of dry fruits, good quality almonds and several tea products. Shop for some local spices, seasonings and curry powders and taste some delicious home-made chocolates here.

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TraveLibro India Munnar Featured City Kuthumkal Waterfalls

Kuthumkal Waterfalls

Visit yet another amazing spot, which is less known to tourists and is hidden away in the interiors. Located about 6 km from the small town of Rajakkad and about 24 km from Munnar are the striking Kuthumkal Waterfalls. This is a lovely spot, which is ideal for picnicking in the lap of nature with the remarkable waterfall lending a dramatic character to the serene ambiance. It is truly a mesmerising sight to watch the falls storming down over the rocks and creating a mist over the lush surroundings.

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