Tea at its Tastiest Form
Geometrically contorted beautiful landscapes of India is not just its tombs, statues, and architecture marvels but bits and pieces of the Scandinavian fragrance which is spread across the country. Vasco Da Gama is a pioneering reason the land of the coconuts is loved by all for its spices, tea plantations, and hospitality. The resplendent honeymoon corridors of Munnar in Kerala are one among the beautiful places in India. Campfire tents and hard tours (trekking full-day) for adventure enthusiasts or Tea Tasting and soft tours (trekking half-day) for families and connoisseurs, everything sweet and heartful is there in Munnar. Snogging dark clouds come down for its guests standing 1500 meters above sea level to offer goosebumps as a cool gift for the tropical summer.
Kolukkumalai has the tastiest tea in this region at a height of 2160 meters above sea level. The higher a tea plantation, the tastiest its leaves are while the buds used in tea making gives the best tea. The White Tea.
The High Range of Travancore is the old name of Munnar which is also famous for its Flower Gardens, Echo Point, and Herbal Garden. Lakshmi Estate for your soft trekking trails in the southwest part of the miraculous Kanna Devan Hills Plantation (KDHP). Most of the tea plantations belong to Tata Tea Ltd., while some of them are with the local KDHP group.
“Tea is the Elixir of Life.”
The Kolukkumalai Tea Factory signboard will mention Tipada Malai (2130 meters above sea level), Bodinayakanur Town, Korangani Village, Korangani Valley, Echo Spot, Topstation Valley, Meesapulimala (2637 meters above sea level), and Orthodox Tea Factory. These places add an endemic feel to the beauty of the confluence of three rivers – Munnar.
The Rarest of Birdies
Eravikulam National Park in Rajamalai for sighting the endangered Nilgiri Tahrs, Sambars, Langurs, and deers in the Western Ghats of Munnar in Idukki district. Spot Grizzled Giant Squirrels, Bengal Tigers, and Indian Leopards in Chinnar Wildlife Sanctuary. Likewise, exotic birds like Orange-headed Thrush, Large-billed Leaf Warbler, Oriental Darter, Cormorants, Whiskered Terns, Ceylon Frogmouth, and Yellow-browed Bulbuls flutter, squelch, and chirp inside the Thattekkad Bird Sanctuary lying on the Ernakulam-Munnar Road.
Visit the Birder’s Paradise, the Hornbill Camp which has the Brown Wood Owl, Mottled Wood Owl, Spot-bellied Eagle Owl, Rusty-tailed Flycatcher, Nilgiri Wood Pigeon, Malayan Night Heron, and Grey-headed Bulbul for your endless binocular-time. You can take notes and one doesn’t have to be an ornithologist for celebrating the feathery flights of Nature.
A Kingdom of Mist and Palette
The green paradise of Kerala, Munnar has the Pothamedu View Point, a suitable place for hikers. Nature lovers could sight the snaky roads, Idukki Arch Dam, Muthirapuzha River from the mist ruling hilltop. The water conserving and power generating Mattupetty Dam has the Sun moon Valley Boating Centre which is near the Anamudi Peak. Similarly, the picturesque Kundala Dam offers Kashmiri Shikari Boating. It beholds the spectacular Neelakurinji (12 years once) and Cherry blossoms (twice in a year) carpeting the whole of the hills in cerulean and scarlet shades. Nearby Tata Tea Estate and Arivikkad Waterfalls are must visit places near the Kundala Dam.
Holy Dip before Sighting Elephants
Uncontaminated water bodies in India have a bit of mythology mixed to it. That is why the Sita Devi Lake or Devikulam is a sacred waterbody. It is believed Sita Devi of Ramayana took bath in this lake and so travelers cleanse their mind and body in this lake taking the divine dip! Head to Aanyirankal and spot elephants in the luscious surroundings. One of the earliest concrete dams of India.
The Fruit Market of Kerala
Know about the lifestyle of the native tribes in Vattavada and on the adventure side, you have moderate trekking, mountain biking, jeep safari, and jungle camping. Rare crops which are not found in other areas of Kerala like apple, strawberry, plum, blackberry, peach, and gooseberry, and orange are available in abundance.
Often Missed in Munnar!
Occasionally the roadside Chinnkanal waterfalls fume strong water over but it is during the Monsoon the water gets heavy. Hence the moniker, Power House Waterfalls. Unlike other trekkable routes, the easiest or say a little easier mode of trekking is plausible in Chokramudi Trek. Travelers will be engulfed in the luxury of Nature throughout the trek and will admire the renowned Idukki Arch Dam and the highest peak in South India, Anamudi.
One must try the longest zip line in India in Eagle’s Flight, Munnar.
A Tranquil Soft Trek
Marayoor has Natural Sandalwood forests, ancient dolmens, and megalithic paintings on rocks dating back to the Stone Age. A place full of silent mysteries, deep water bodies for experienced swimmers, and Nature walking paths for soft trekkers. One can compose poetries and lifetime novels seeking the tranquility of this isolated but beautiful place 42 km North of Munnar.
What makes Munnar so beautiful? Is it the tasty tea, cloud’s drooling landscapes, forested resorts, rare birds or wildlife. Everything! Munnar has everything a human needs to make him naturally happy and travelers love. A heavenly climate makes the overall character of Munnar a lot more amusing.