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Munnar Sojourn


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For those who just love the scenic beauty and environs of the hilly areas, a visit to Munnar in Kerala, India is inevitable. Munnar is  Kerala’s premier hill station and is located in the Idukki district at an altitude of 5000 feet. From Kochi, it is just 135 km away in the north east direction and can be reached within four hours.

A minimum of three days is required to explore and enjoy Munnar. The attractions are primarily located on the outskirts. The must do  include a visit to the Tea gardens, Tea factory and Tea Museum. This is beacause much of Munnar’s beauty and claim to fame is due to these lush tea gardens. The greenery is refreshing and so is the air. Kollukkumallay, the highest tea garden of India, is definitely not to be missed out. At Tea Museum, run by Tata Tea, there is an opportunity to learn how the tea industry developed in Munnar while the nearby tea processing unit offers a closeup of the tea manufacturing and tea tasting method.

A rendezvous with ‘once on the verge of extinction’, Niligiri tahr in the Eravikulam National Park is also recommended. The wild goat is now far from extinction and is actually so large in number that visitors invariably spot them on the road itself. Moreover, the tahr is now also the mascot of Munnar.

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The Athukad waterfalls, Cheeyapara Falls and the Valara Falls, all along the same route from Munnar are breathtaking beauties that mesmerise visitors in seasons. For more visual treats, visitors can also pay a visit to Lockhart gap, Pothanmedu, Nyamakad Gap.

Apart from savouring the awesome beauty of Munnar, visitors can indulge in some trout fishing, golf and shopping. Shopping items list, needless to say, has tea at its top. Strawberries and spices are two other items that can be bought on a trip.

The best time to visit Munnar is after the monsoon, that is,from September to May. Actually, it is  best to visit Munnar when the neelakurunji fl;owers bloom. The whole of the hillside, carpeted with the mauve flowers, present a ravishing beauty. However, since these flowers bloom only once in twelve years (2006 being the last time), it is best to consider the first option.

Cochin International airport and Ernakulam Junction are the nearest airport and railhead respectively. A prepaid taxi from both these places run for Munnar. KSRTC buses also run from different cities of Kerala to Munnar.

                             

            

                                 

 

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9 thoughts on “Munnar Sojourn

  1. It’s a fact that nature is the great creator, amongst various creations of nature the hill station is a nice gift for human beings. As my hometown is close to world famous station of Darjeeling, so I am well aware about the environs of the hill stations. While I was going through your atricle I came to know that Munnar is also home to Nilgiri Tahr that has increased my curiosity to visit the beautiful hill resort on my own. Surely I will plan a visit to Munnar.

    Posted by md mudassir alam | July 18, 2007, 1:12 pm
  2. Munnar is my dream destinations and to be frank the your blog name greener pastrures is truly exemplefied in Munnar. One or the other day I would definitely visit Munnar..

    Posted by Manjari | July 30, 2007, 1:25 pm
  3. Munnar happens to be one of my favourite destinations as well. Even reading about Munnar’s beauty gives me tremendous pleasure. The tea gardens, specially are really attractive.

    Posted by harshitaindia | July 31, 2007, 4:39 am
  4. I have been to Kanha several times and have written about it too in various capacities. But the information about Munnar will come handy – i want to visit the place. The photographs are really marvellous. Thanks.

    Posted by Avinash Upadhyay | August 5, 2007, 8:30 am
  5. I am coming to India very soon on a wildlife tour. I am specially fascinated by the tigers…agile and ruthless!But please tell me how is Kanha different from other tiger reserves ?

    Posted by Pablo Vasconcelos | August 7, 2007, 9:59 am
  6. Hi Pablo,
    If you are interested in tiger, then Kanha has to be on your list because this is one place where chances of sighting the beast are higher than rest of the tiger reserveds in india.

    Posted by harshitaindia | August 8, 2007, 7:36 am
  7. Munnar has to be among the best scenic spots in India. The place has captured my imagination since long and ur wonderful blog has only increased my temptation to visit the place as soon as possible

    Posted by Srikant | August 10, 2007, 5:07 am
  8. Harshita, you have aliven the beauty of Munnar with your nice blog. The photograph provides a glimpse of lush greenery of the hill station, besides the Nilgiri Thar also depicts the speciality of its wildlife areas. My personal experience was very thrilling, your blog reminded me my tour to Munnar.

    Posted by Russel | September 3, 2007, 12:16 pm
  9. Yes Srikant, please book my ticket too whenever you make a plan of visiting Munnar. I too feel tempted to visit Munnar after reading this blog and your company would just be fantastic.

    Posted by Pankaj | September 4, 2007, 1:29 pm

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