It is again that time of the year when you are planning your holiday. But this time make it special and gift yourself and your family a holiday in God’s own country, Kerala. If you are dreaming of a getaway in the realms of the clouds, flower strewn valleys, lush green hills and an unending expanse of coffee, tea and cardamom plantations, then Munnar is just the right place for you.
A picture perfect holiday destination, this peaceful paradise has been a favorite of British rulers during the days of colonial rule. Munnar is located in the Idukki district of Kerala. With its prime position on the Western Ghats and an altitude of 6000 feet, Munnar is home to a wide species of colorful flora and fauna. Among the flower species, Neelakurinji, the popular name for Strobilanthes Kunthiana, crowns the hill sides with its bloom once every 12 years. In addition, tourists can find a number of wildlife sanctuaries and dense forests to visit.
In the southern part of the country, Munnar happens to be one of the most renowned hill stations. The confluence of three streams namely the Kundala, Nallathanni and Mudrapuzha gives rise to this picturesque and serene holiday destination in Kerala. Easy to reach from any point across Kerala and blessed by Nature in all its facets Munnar is another great option for spending some leisure days apart from the Kerala backwaters. As far as accommodation options are concerned, plenty of resorts, hotels, budget home stays are available in Munnar. With one of the highest peaks of South India, Anamudi, located here, Munnar is a welcome treat to the enthusiast trekkers.
With plenty to see and explore, Munnar will definitely top the holidaymakers list. So while you are in Munnar, just sit back and enjoy the mountain breeze. There is plenty to do and then absolutely nothing to do – the choice is ultimately yours.
Hotels In Munnar
You may be a wanderlust at heart but at the end of every journey, all of us want to retire to the comforts of and coziness of the hotel rooms. The innumerable resorts, luxurious five star hotels, low budgeted hotels answer all your queries. If some have marks of opulence strewn all over them, others are simple and satisfying in their own little ways. The ultimate word is comfort and satisfaction which is guaranteed by almost all the big and small names.
Resorts with their sprawling swimming rooms, well manicured lawns and first class hospitality are the clear winners and one can find quite a handful of them in this beautiful hill station. Some of the celebrated ones are the Lakeview Resort belonging to the Club Mahindra Group, Chancellor Resorts, Tea County, Cloud 9 Resorts, Paradisa Plantation Retreat, Sterling Munnar Resort, The Siena Village, Blackberry Hills, Oak Fields, Forest Haven Resort, and Green Earth Resorts.
With superb locations and all the urban comforts, the luxury hotels in Munnar are really luxurious in their own right. World class services, comfortable rooms, suites, restaurants and health clubs all contribute in making this your dream holiday abode. Visitors can pick from Best Western Fort Munnar, Westwood Hotels, Hotel Igloo, Hotel T and U.
For the budget travelers, Munnar has a good directory of economy and budget class hotels. Offering all the comforts of your home, the economy and budget class hotels rank high on the travelers list and are easy on their pocket. Among the economy hotels the well known ones are the Chandana Residency, Hotel Sree Narayana Annex, Elenjikal Tourist Home and Sun Mount View Resorts.
Munnar Inn, Royal Retreat Munnar, La Palmas, Autumn Trees, Hotel Hillview and Munnar Tourist Home are the reputed budget hotels.
What To See In Munnar
A perfect hill station in every sense of the term, the soothing surroundings of Munnar definitely gives you respite from the claustrophobic city life. So once you reach the place put your valuable time to good use. There is plenty to explore in Munnar- mountain streams running down the hills, dense green forests with cloud covered canopies, valleys with seasonal flowers in their full bloom, vast stretches of tea plantations, lakes and wonderful waterfalls.
Tourists visiting the place will have a wonderful time visiting all these exotic places full of Nature’s beauty. While some are located in close proximity to Munnar, tourists might need to travel a little further to visit some, but the journeys definitely pays off.
Known to be primarily a tea town, the Sandalwood forests and Thoovanam waterfalls in Marayoor and Echo Point.
However, there are two more attractions that you cannot afford to miss while you are visiting Munnar. The first one is the dreamy town of Chithirapuram with its lovely wooden cottages and old bungalows. A visit to the site of the Pallivasal Hydel Power project here is an added bonus of the trip. Further, a visit to the Chinnar Wildlife Sanctuary on SH 17(Udumalpet road) completes your trip to Munnar.