For those looking to escape city life and enjoy a few blissful days in the heart of nature should plan a trip to South India’s largest tea-growing area – Munnar. There are a number of rolling hills surrounding Munnar, which adds to the beauty of the place. The landscape is dotted with emerald-green tea plantations that have been clipped and contoured. The mountain scenery is quite breathtaking.
Munnar - Places to Visit
In Munnar, one is most often than not above the clouds as veils of mist pass by and cling to the mountaintops. Munnar town may not be as appealing as the outskirts, but it is still quaint. However, a few kilometres out of town, and one can expect to be engulfed in different shades of green. The town was once referred to as the High Range of Travancore. Today, however, Munnar is the commercial hub of a few of the world’s highest tea-growing estates. A large chunk of the plantations are operated and managed by corporate giant Tata, with local cooperative Kannan Devan Hills Plantation Company (KDHP) managing the rest. For tourists looking to take in the sights of a beautiful waterfall should definitely visit Atukkad Waterfalls. The falls are located on the way to Pallivasal amid thick. The water is cold, while the area is among the best trekking spots in Munnar. The secluded cascades of Atukkad are a sight to behold. Echo Point is home to the rare Kurunji flower. For those wanting to know what they sound like, the echo generated will give you the exact replica. There is a picturesque lake located near a hillock. Young travellers usually frequent this tourist spot. It is also a good picnic spot for camping. Shutterbugs will be able to take out a few stunning photographs here. Ever wanted to stay in the lap of nature, Chithirapuram is famous for its green tea plantations, old bungalows, playgrounds and cottages. It is located about 10 kilometres from Munnar.
Munnar - Best time to Visit
The site is visited by a number of tourists who enjoy the old worldly charm. The best time to visit Munnar is between the winter months – from December to February. The weather is pleasant for sightseeing and other adventure activities like trekking. It is also a good vacation spot for honeymooners.
Accommodation in Munnar
One can find a slew of branded and affordable hotels in and around Eravikulam National Park, Mattupetty, Devikulam and other locations. The OYO premium and budget hotels are well equipped with essential amenities. One can even choose to stay proximate to the Rose Garden or Tea Museum.
Events in Munnar
Nehru Trophy Boat Race: August
Held in the month of August, the Nehru Trophy Boat Race is one of the most popular events of Munnar. Men and women use innovative designs to decorate their boats and deck them in adornments. The banks of the Punnamada Lake are flooded by people as they seat themselves in the temporary spectator pavilions. The day starts with vibrant traditional performances after which the races begin. There are separate races for men and women. They compete fiercely as the crowd cheers on amidst music echoing through the shore. The festivities last through the night when people gather together for a grand feast to celebrate their wins and efforts. It is an extremely delightful event that you must witness at least once in your lifetime. Book your OYO at Munnar and immerse yourself in this celebration.
Onam is the biggest festival of Munnar celebrated in the honor of King Mahabali. Thousands of tourists visit the town for the celebration.The people make elaborate arrangements and preparations for this grand carnival. The ten day festivity features an array of religious ceremonies and cultural programs. The rich cultural heritage of the state comes out in its best form as the folk dancers enthrall the audiences with their splendid performance while musicians play the melodious folk music of the state. Many sport events are also held and a major highlight is the snake boat race held on the palm fringed lagoons. Hundreds of boatsmen decorate their boats and compete as the crowd cheers on. A grand feast called Onasadya is also held featuring a nine-course scrumptious meal. If you seek a quiet getaway to a picturesque town with a rich culture, visit Munnar during Onam. Book an OYO to make the experience truly unforgettable.