Munnar near ThiruvananthapuramThiruvananthapuram is one of the finest tourist destinations in Kerala, which itself is known worldwide to be one of the most beautiful regions of India. Apart from offering an extensive number of thrilling activities to the visitors here, which range from sightseeing to shopping and from sun bathing to ayurvedic healing, Thiruvananthapuram happens to be a perfect getaway to numerous regional attractions. These popular venues in the region intrinsically include the beautiful hill stations near Thiruvananthapuram, the magnificent destination of Munnar being one of these.
Charms of MunnarLocated within a short driving distance of about 6 hours from Thiruvananthpuram, the charming hill station of Munnar is snuggled into the thriving greeneries of the Western Ghats embodying an opulence of nature’s abundant charisma. Distance on road from Thiruvananthapuram to Munnar is just 265 kilometres and thus an exciting road trip is the ideal means of travelling to Munnar from Thiruvananthapuram.
The place where the three meandering rivers Madhurapuzha, Kundaly and Nallathanni unite, the spectacular charms of Munnar flourish to awe every visitor here. As the holidaymakers draw nearer to the town of Munnar approaching it gradually along a winding road, breathtaking views of the plush green setting amidst which Munnar is nestled, begin to enthrall them. The abundance of exquisite flora and fauna captivate all visiting Munnar, these species being found profusely across all the major wildlife sanctuaries and national parks in and around. The Chinnar Wildlife Sanctuary, Kurinjimala Sanctuary, Amaravati Reserve Forest, Pampadum Shola National Park, Eravikulam National Park, Palani Hills National Park and the Anamudi Shola National Park are the most popular of these nature reserves situated in propinquity to Munnar. Many unique forms of wildlife, which include a number of endangered species, dwell in the area in and around these nature reserves.
The exotic species here comprise the elephant, the Sambar, the Nilgiri langur, the Nilgiri Wood-pigeon, the Nilgiri Thar and the Gaur, the Grizzled Giant Squirrel. The fascinating sight of the Neelakurinji shrub, which gets flowers just once in every 12 years, endows the Nilgiri Hills with its name. It is a visual treat for all the beholders to watch the landscaped hills in Munnar swathed with the gorgeous Neelakurinji flowers. Strolling down the beautiful winding lanes across the green plantations that are seen adorning the entire setting is the most ideal means of exploring the profusion of interesting flora and fauna in this region.
Activities in MunnarFamily one-day tours, adventurous jeep safaris across the green woods, trekking along the unnamed trails, exploration of the diverse wildlife forms at the nature reserves and a relaxing ayurvedic spa massage – are some of the innumerable exciting activities to be enjoyed in this magnificent paradise for the nature lovers. Visiting the tea estates and some other interesting destinations that leave memories for a lifetime include a trip inside the premises of Aranya Naturals, which is also known widely as the Shrishti Welfare Centre. Aranya Naturals is an endeavour from Tata in the paper making industry especially with the involvement of the differently able persons.
These people with a lasting smile on their face greet guests and show them the entire procedure of making paper naturally and dyeing them without the use of artificial colours. A visit to the green thickening tea gardens in Munnar such as the Kolukkumalai Tea Estate, on either side of the hilly paths is also one of the most unique experiences to be cherished for a long time. As the sightseers approach towards Munnar they can also stop for a visit to the Kerala Farm, a spectacular destination where exotic spices are seen thriving in and around. Vanilla, cinnamon, cardamom, cloves, pepper, hing, sambhar and cocoa are grown as well as sold at the Kerala Farm.
The Echo Point, the Mattupetty Dam and the cascading seasonal waterfalls found at the turns of the twisting roads are some of the most popular sites in Munnar that are undoubtedly worth visiting. Joining a cookery class in Munnar for unveiling the secrets of the exotic Kerala cuisine that features a tempting array of regional dishes is also a perfect means to indulge in leisure and fun.
Accommodation in MunnarElevation of Munnar ranges from about 4,760 feet to 8,842 feet and it is an expansive vibrant sheet of greenery that drapes the entire background. Climate in Munnar remains charming all round the year, which makes a trip to Munnar enjoyable during any season of the year. Luxurious resorts featuring a comprehensive array of updated conveniences amidst the most fascinating beauties of nature are found at various parts of the town set up on sprawling green hills and meadows.
Aranyaka Resort, Blackberry Hills Retreat & Spa, KTDC Tea County, Camp Noel, Misty Mountain Resort, Devonshire Greens, Deshadan Mountain Resorts, Emmel Dwellings, Tea Valley Resort, The Tall Trees, Bella Vista Resort, Westwood Riverside Garden Resorts, The Silver Tips Munnar, Clouds Valley Leisure Hotel and Grand Plaza Munnar are some of the finest options for accommodation in Munnar. These popular resorts in Munnar allows a sightseer to explore the natural resources abundant in the region as well as appreciate the highest level of hospitality provided to the guests at these pleasant homestays.
How to Reach Munnar from ThiruvananthapuramSince there is no direct train from Thiruvananthapuram to Munnar, one has to take a train till Mulanthuruthy; from there one can hire cab or taxi to reach Munnar. It takes around 5-7 hours to reach Munnar from Thiruvananthapuram.
Only one State Transport Bus runs between Thiruvananthapuram and Munnar, which takes around 9 hours to reach the hill station form Thiruvananthapuram.