Munnar Tour Packages are popular among the tourists, especially honeymooners. Munnar was a sleepy little hamlet, until it discovered by Scottish planters. They came here, set up their shops and developed it into one of India's most important centre for the cultivation of tea.
Today, Munnar's tea gardens are its most famous attraction. They stretch in vast verdant carpets of green across the hillsides.
But Munnar is not about tea only. The old colonial charm, bracing climate and wonderfully laidback atmosphere have made it one of Kerala's most sought-after destinations.
I think the best way to enjoy "Munnar" is just lay-back and relax. Enjoy the climate, enjoy the atmosphere. Munnar itself has few important 'sights-to-see'. There is plenty to discover in the surroundings.
The town is an excellent base for trekking through the surrounding hills, picnicking to mountain streams and wildlife watching. A typical Munnar tour package includes the following attractions.
Munnar town is a typical hill bazaar in India. Unplanned buildings and congested streets, which you will probably want to escape at the first chance.
Tea Museum, 2km North West of the town, is a place worth visiting. The museum houses various pieces of old machinery and photos of the area's tea industry, from 1880s Scottish planters to the Tata Tea.
The famous High Range Club is on the south-eastern edge of town, which overlooks the river.
Getting Around Munnar
Munnar is a valley surrounded by hills. Many of its attractions are to be found on its outskirts, within a radius of 10 to 30 km from the town. All these places considered part of Munnar experience. They are linked to Munnar by local buses, taxis, jeeps and auto-rickshaws along the network of good roads.
The town's main market has a few bike rentals. You can hire bikes and taxis from the tour operators to wander around town or head out into the hills around.
These operators can also arrange for excursions to more outlying places such as Eravikulam National Park.
The area surrounding Munnar can also be accessed using the regular local buses that leave town for Theni, Top Station, Marayoor and Chinnar. Some Munnar tour packages includes these locations also.
Things to See and Do
Most of the Munnar tour packages are for three days or more. Head for the Eravikulam National Park on the first day. In the afternoon, visit the Tea Museum and the tea factory attached to it.
On the second morning, drive to the Top Station for a picturesque view of the plains of Tamil Nadu. Then go for a cruise at either Mattupetty dam or Kundala dam. Spend the evening shopping for tea, spices and locally made handicrafts.
On the third day you can drive down to the state-owned sandal forests at Marayoor. Another option is jeep up the heights of Kolukkumala. It has the highest tea garden in the country.
A delightfully pretty reminder of Munnar's days as a colonial town. It is a stone building with square tower and beautiful stained glass windows.
Tea Museum traces the evolution of the tea industry in Munnar from the 1880s.
A scenic location at the entrance of Munnar.
Eravikulam National Park
The park is spread across the Rajamala Hills. It is a combination of grassland and shola forests. Anamudi, the highest peak in peninsular India is in this park.
Eravikulam is best known for the endangered Nilgiri tahr. The view from the park is breathtaking in its extent and diversity.
At an altitude of 1,700m, Mattupetty Lake and Dam lie 13km from Munnar. It is a popular picnic spot.
Boating is allowed on Mattupetty Lake, and combined with picnic, makes for a great outing from Munnar.
This 70-foot-high arch dam entices visitors with its scenic ambience.
Tea plantation visit
Tallayar Valley Estate, 20km out of Munnar on the road to Chinnar, is open to visitors. Their "Make Your Own Tea" programme is a great and affordable way to experience life on a working plantation.
Walks and Treks
Other than the Nilgiris, Munnar is the only hill resort in the South to offer the delights of trout fishing sites.
Graval Banks and Devikulam Lake- both are off the beaten track in picturesquely pristine surroundings. Places are just 25km from Munnar
Hire a local jeep to get there as the terrain is pretty rough. Anglers must get a permit and are expected to bring their own equipment.
For permits contact
Golfers will be elated here. There is a nine hole course maintained by the High Range Club. Visitors are welcome to play at the beautiful High Range Course. Prior permission of the Club Secretary is required to avail of the facilities here, which include equipment. Some Munnar tour packages have pre-arranged permissions for this.
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