Weekend Holiday Trip to Munnar

Munnar is so idyllic that just a few days of holidaying is enough to make you rejuvenated! The bucolic beauty of the region is truly ineffable; you have to experience it for comprehending the real essence. The divine pastoral excellence will make your mind and body extremely cool! The region is a well-accepted shooting location in Kerala. Even though the local languages are Malayalam and Tamil, you can manage your Munnar holiday trip with decelerated English.

The Best Time to Visit
The most favorable time to have your Munnar holiday trip is between the months of November and May, when the overall climate is pleasant; you will be able to participate in all possible holiday activities actively. It is better to avoid the monsoon season, which usually gets started from June, and will last until the end of August. If you are planning to have the Munnar holiday trip during the months of December or January, you must not forget to pack your flannels!

Arriving at Munnar
Cochin airport is the proximate airport; Munnar is situated just 110 km away from the airport! You can catch either government sponsored buses, or private vehicles to reach the location. If you prefer train journey, you have to reach Ernakulam junction first, and from there, you can avail bus or car services.

Many categories of accommodation units are available in Munnar including big hotels, medium sized hotels, and top-class resorts. You can also opt for homestays, which will be comparatively cheap. Staying at Ernakulam is yet another option, as the city is very close to Munnar; you can reach the place by taking a car drive of roughly one hour.

Principal Places
The main places that you must visit are Mattupetty, Marayoor, Chinnar wildlife Sanctuary, Periyar Tiger Reserve, Neelakurinji National Park, Peerumedu, Eravikulam National Park, and Pambadum Shola National Park. You depend on local buses and auto rickshaws for shuttling from one place to another.

The Must-See Places
There are several mesmerizing places in and around Munnar, and you must make it a point to visit some of these marvelous areas while having your Munnar holiday trip. Attukal Waterfalls, Anamudi Peak, Blossom Hydel Park, Blossom International Park, CSI Christ Church, Cheeyappara Waterfalls Echo Point, Fun Forest Adventure Park, Keezharkuthu Falls, Lakkam Waterfalls, Mattupatty Dam, Mount Carmel Church, Thoovanam Falls, Salim Ali Bird Sanctuary, Pothamedu Viewpoint and Pallivasal Falls are a few of such places.

Possible Activities in Munnar
Apart from the usual sightseeing tours that are par for the course of all holiday tours, you can take part in various lively holiday activities during your Munnar holiday trip. The possible activities include rock climbing, rappelling, walking, plantation tours, para-gliding, boating, cycling, and trekking. The best spot for trekking is 'Anamudi Peak'; the elevation is approximately 2,695 meters! 'Salim Ali Bird Sanctuary' that can be located near Kothamangalam will not only attract all ornithologists, but also even casual bird lovers!

The best buys of Munnar include various spices, handmade chocolates, cashew-nuts, tea, and coffee. The last two are special buys, and so do not forget to load your bag with some of these! You will also get the usual holiday souvenir stuffs that you can take your home as mementos of your Munnar holiday trip.

Attractions of Tata Tea Museum Munnar

Tata Tea Museum Munnar is the first of its kind in the country. It is located at Nallathanni Estate of Tata Tea group in Munnar.

The museum is a fitting-tribute to the hard toils and life-endangering determination of those pioneers who transformed Munnar into a dominant tea plantation centre of Kerala through their hard work done with unfailing and utmost determination. All the tourists who visit Munnar now can carry home valuable impressions of the distant past of tea planting in Munnar, a small town in Idukki district.

The Tea Museum is established with an aim to depict the birth and growth of Munnar’s tea plantation industry; which is as old as a century or more, from the hand-operational tea roller to the present-day fully automated tea factory. In addition, it provides first-hand knowledge about tea processing and the other operations involved in this process.

At the entrance of the museum, tourists are greeted by a 1913-make granite sun dial made by the Art Industrial School at Nazareth, Tamil Nadu. Inside the museum, tourists can see the original tea roller of 1905, the rotor vane (the older times CTC-model-type tea processing machine), the Pelton wheel that was used in the power generation plant existed in Kanniamally Estate in the 1920's, a rail engine wheel of the Kundale Valley Light Railway, which transported men and material between Munnar and Top Station during the early part of the last century.

The museum also houses an Iron Age burial urn from the 2nd century BC that was exhumed near Periakanal Estate in the 1970's. One of the museum's rooms features old-fashioned bungalow furniture, wooden bathtub, magneto phone, cash safe, firewood-used iron oven, and others. Still there is another room where you will find the collection of old-fashioned office equipment such as EPABS of the 1909 telephone system and typewriters which were in use in the then High Ranges.

What about tasting varieties of teas! You will love tasting some of these tea varieties exhibited in the demonstration room. Twice in a day (at 10.30 am and 2.30 pm), this demonstration is done. You need to pay just Rs.100 for tasting tea varieties. To show the tourists the different aspects of tea processing, the museum also has a mini CTC and orthodox tea manufacturing unit.

Every day - 09.00 to 16.00 hrs
The museum is closed on all Mondays and Good Fridays.

Entry fee: Adults Rs. 75.
Children (6 to 12): Rs. 35.
Camera charges: Rs. 20

Rajamala Wildlife Sanctuary and Rajmala Hills Munnar

Eravikulam Wildlife Sanctuary is located in Idukki district of Kerala about 15 km away from the popular hill station, Munnar.

Rajamala is the natural habitat of the Nilgiri tahr. Nearly half of the world population of this rare mountain goat (Hemitragas hylocres), which is an endangered species is now found here. Visitors are able to watch the Nilgiri Tahr very close in this park.

The sanctuary is a good place to soak in the scenic views of the Rajmala Hills and unwind. If you seek adventure, you can undertake mountain trekking, rock climbing and rappelling on the outskirts of the sanctuary.

A visit to the Pothundy Dam is a must when visiting Rajmala Wildlife Sanctuary. Boating is popular with tourists and the area near the boating place is a good place to have a picnic too.

The sanctuary is home to a wide variety of flora and fauna. The region of the Rajmala Wildlife Sanctuary has a rich vegetation of shrubs, herbs, climbers and trees making it a haven for nature lovers and photographers.

Besides, the Nilgiri Tahr population, there are many other animals and reptiles that can be spotted in the region like tigers, panthers, elephants, deers and gaurs.The region experiences moderate climate throughout the year.

Weekend Holiday Trip to Munnar

Munnar is so idyllic that just a few days of holidaying is enough to make you rejuvenated! The bucolic beauty of the region is truly ine...