While embellishing Munnar it seems God hasn’t shown a hue of scantiness, the vivacity of this place lies in its picturesque landscapes. The verdant surrounding with its unique flora and fauna commands praise from avid environmentalists as well as travel enthusiasts. This southern part of India manages to draw thousands of tourists every year from different parts of the globe as it instills the soul with a sense of purity that helps in detangling from the weariness of mundane life and relinquishing the accumulated stress that pile up in the body.
Similar to other popular travel destinations of India, Kerala welcomes a major number of its tourist movements during winter, however, monsoon is deemed to be the best time to perceive the unexplored sights of Kerala. Torrential rain seems to cast a magic spell in Kerala transmutes it to become more beautiful.
How to Reach?
According to the official site of Indian Railway, presently 13 trains run between Howrah to Ernakulam Junction. However, if you are planning to commence your Kerala trip from Alleppey then visit https://indiarailinfo.com to find connecting train from Ernakulam Junction to Alleppey Railway Station.
A number of flights fly from Kolkata to Kochi every day, depending on your convenience and budget select one. However many travellers choose to visit Munnar via Trivandrum airport.
During British reign, Munnar was the summer resort of the elites; the lush pastoral land enshrined in the winding mountain range of Western Ghat can bring out the piousness of your soul. Life appears in its stately guise from the very moment you enter Munnar; God seems to sculpture it taking copious greenish tints in his brush. The pictorial view of the endlessly stretching terrace-like tea gardens seems to take you to the land of God. You will not find an escape but being deluged by the alluring aroma of the tea leaves.
Munnar houses a number of famous tourist places that feature serene atmosphere and unperturbed ambience. You can hire a private taxi to visit the noteworthy places like Eravikulam National Park, Mattupetty Dam, Echo point and Kundala Lake. Nyayamakad Waterfalls, Marayoor, Lakkam waterfall, Idukki dam, Calvary Mount, Malankara dam and Ilaveezha Poonchira are the popular tourist spots of Munnar. In order to cut through the noise and get an efficient Munnar tour package at discounted rate contact with a tour operator.
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- Eravikulam National Park
An endless gamut of medicinal herb and plants, a wide variety of birds and rich plethora of awe-inspiring scenic beauty, make the park a true sanctuary for green panthers. The place advocates the conservation of large numbers of wild animals while supporting the rehabilitation of the natural habitats of this place. The park remains open from 8 am to 4.30 PM and divided into three distinctive regions – the core area, the tourism area and buffer area. The private vehicles aren’t permitted inside the park area; visitors need to roam around the forest via forest department bus. The bus stops at the foot of the Eravikulam peak, from where a 2 km walk will usher you to the mountain peak. Nature here appears with its full glory and the amazing views of Anamudi Peak will instantaneously still your breath.
- Anamudi Peak
The journey from Munnar to Anamudi Peak lasts only 20 minutes, located within the premise of the mesmerizing Eravikulam National Park the lush valleys and scenic route lay shrouded in mist, it is one of the most sought after trails of South India that resides in-between the tranquil forests and appears like a part of an adept painter’s creation.
Even in the month of July the weather will prompt you to draw a blanket up to your chin. For an overnight stay at Munnar you will find innumerable hotels scattered at the suburb and luxury resorts residing on the lap of the mountain range.
- Trekking in Munnar
Nosh your wanderlust soul by trekking through the tangled path that runs through grasslands, rushing waterfalls, tranquil forest and backcountry routes, with every turn ahead you will be offered with completely scenic beauty. The green valley and dramatic gorges all contribute in making Chokramudi, Chummar and Lakshmi Hill spectacular and bewildering the travel enthusiasts from time immemorial. The trek to Chokramudi consists of Shola walk, grass stroll, steep ascent and risky terrain, the diversity of the interminable network of trails will not let you succumb to monotony. Idukki presents the scope to sate the adventurous soul while relishing the spectacular view of the region and step out of your comfort zone.
How to Arrive at Munnar
You need to start your journey from Ernakulam junction and it will take nearly 4 hours to reach Munnar via private car or bus. If you are blessed with a longer jaunt this time then you may choose to visit Fort Kochi, Cherai beach, Paradesi Synagogue and Mattancherry situated in Ernakulam District.
After savouring the beauty of Munnar tourist places, Alleppey is the next popular destination of Kerala that entices the tourists. The city nestles in the embracement of nature and famous for its backwaters. The winding waterways and shaded streets are scenes to behold, hiring a boathouse experience how ‘enfolding sunny spots of greenery’ the lands shimmer in the distance, the coconut trees in the backdrop makes it look like the poetic landscape.
When you desire to dive into the rustic charisma and pastoral beauty of India, Kerala is certainly the cream of the crop.