Top 10 Places to visit in Munnar

Munnar, a cozy hill town tucked away in the Western Ghats, where three streams come together – Mudrapuzha, Nallathanni, and Kundala. Back in the day, the Brits fancied it as their summer getaway spot. Nowadays, it’s a hotspot,You’ve got all sorts of places to crash, no matter what your wallet’s saying. Think sprawling tea gardens, cute little villages, and winding paths that scream vacation vibes. And hey, every twelve years, these hills turn blue with the Neelakurinji flowers – it’s like a natural painting show! Plus, there’s this big ol’ mountain called Anamudi standing tall at 2,695 meters. What’s cool about Munnar is, no matter when you show up, the weather’s always on point, unlike some other hot spots. Its story goes way back to when some dude named John Daniel Munro stumbled upon it in 1870 and thought, “Hey, let’s grow stuff here!” And thus began the era of plantations, especially in the Kannan Devan Hills.

Here is the list of  top 10 places to Visit in Munnar

  1. Echo point Munnar
  2. TATA Tea Museum
  3. Attukad Waterfalls
  4. Mattupetty Dam
  5. Devikulam
  6. Kundala Lake
  7. Blossom Park
  8. Pothamedu View Point
  9. Eravikulam National Park
  10. Lakkam Waterfalls

1. Echo point Munnar:

Echo Point, a must-visit destination just 15 km from Munnar, offers a unique experience with its natural echo phenomenon and stunning views of the Nilgiri Hills and serene lake. Situated at an altitude of approximately 600 ft, it’s a haven for nature lovers and adventure enthusiasts alike. With three mountain ranges converging here – Mudrapuzha, Nallathanni, and Kundala – there’s plenty to explore, from leisurely walks amidst lush greenery to boat rides on the lake. Ideal for family picnics, Echo Point provides a peaceful setting to enjoy the surroundings. Don’t miss the chance to witness the echoing effect against the misty morning backdrop, making it an essential stop on any Munnar itinerary.

Entry Fee and Timings:

At Echo Point in Munnar, the entry fee is ₹30 for grown-ups and ₹15 for kids. If you want to go boating, you’ll need to pay extra, depending on the type of boat. But don’t worry, there’s no charge for taking pictures or shooting videos. You can visit Echo Point any day, all year round, from 6 AM to 7.30 PM, even on weekends. So, whenever you’re up for it, Echo Point is ready for you!


2. TATA Tea Museum 

TATA Tea Museum in Munnar is a tribute to the rich history of tea in the region. Established by Tata Tea in 2005 at the Nallathanni Estate, this museum showcases the journey of tea through photographs and machinery. It’s a nod to the hard work of those who contributed to the longevity of tea plantations. Here, you can delve into the vibrant history of tea estates and understand the evolution of tea processing in Munnar. The museum also offers a chance to indulge in various flavors of tea, immersing visitors in the delightful aroma of freshly prepared brews. Whether you’re a tea enthusiast or simply curious about the origins of your favorite beverage, the TATA Tea Museum promises an enlightening and aromatic experience.

Entry Fee and Timings:

To visit the Tata Tea Museum in Munnar, the entry fee is INR 75 for adults and INR 35 for kids aged 6 to 12 years. The museum welcomes visitors from 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM every day except Mondays. Keep in mind that it’s closed on public holidays, including Good Fridays. Additionally, if you’re bringing a camera, there’s an extra charge of INR 20. So, plan your visit accordingly and get ready to explore the fascinating world of tea


3. Attukad Waterfalls:

Attukad Waterfall is one of the major tourist spots in Munnar. Nestled between Munnar and Pallivasal, it’s a total feast for the eyes. People from all over the globe flock here just to soak in its beauty. Surrounded by thick jungle and lush greenery, you can only reach it via a cool wooden bridge. The waterfall itself is pretty epic, gushing down the rocks with so much force that it looks all frothy and white. And guess what? You can see the whole show from different angles because the falls are at different levels. It’s like nature’s own masterpiece, especially during the monsoon and winter when everything’s green and vibrant. Plus, if you’re into trekking, there are awesome trails around here. And let’s not forget the aroma of those medicinal plants – it’s like a bonus sensory experience! Perfect spot for a family picnic or trip with friends.

Entry Fee and Timings:

Checking out Munnar’s famous Attukad Waterfalls won’t cost you a rupee, but if you’re up for a guided tour, it might set you back about INR 100 per person. These falls are pure nature and they keep flowing 24/7, but most folks swing by between 10 AM and 6 PM for the best view. For the ultimate experience, hit up these falls during the monsoon when the rain amps up the water flow. Summers, on the other hand, see the falls slowing down, making it a quieter time to visit this hotspot.


 4. Mattupetty Dam:

 Mattupetty Dam  isn’t just a big water holder. The water that collects here makes a place called Mattupetty Lake. It can hold back a lot of water – like, millions of cubic meters! The lake it makes covers a big area, about 323.75 hectares, and it gathers water from an even bigger area of land, around 105 square kilometers. People also call it Madupetty Dam, and there are some cool facts about it: Elephants sometimes come by the lake to drink water, and it’s a big help for watering fields around here. You can walk or drive on the dam, and there are spots to stop and take awesome pictures of the hills and trees around the lake.

Entry Fee and Timings:

To enjoy water activities on Mattupetty Lake or walk on the dam, stick to 9:30 AM to 5 PM. Entry is INR 10/person. For a 15-minute ordinary boat ride, it’s INR 300 for 1-5 people or INR 500 for a speedboat. Groups can opt for a 30-minute boat ride at INR 700 for up to 20 people. Plus, horse rides are available for INR 50/person.


5. Devikulam:

Sita Devi Lake, which gives its name to Devikulam hill station, is linked to the Ramayana tale where Sita bathed in it. The lake’s mineral-rich waters are said to have healing properties, attracting visitors seeking natural remedies. Devikulam’s name translates to ‘lake of the goddess’ in Malayali, reflecting its connection to Sita Devi Lake. With pleasant weather year-round and diverse flora in its forests, Devikulam appeals to botanists and nature lovers. Additionally, the town is known for breeding over 100 cow varieties as part of the Indo-Swiss Livestock Project. Despite its small population of 350 locals, Devikulam draws many tourists, offering boating activities on its lakes. Covering an area of 215 square kilometers, Devikulam remains a charming destination for visitors.

Entry Fee and Timings:

There is no entry fee, and it is open all the time. However, it is good to return before it gets dark.


6. Kundala Lake :

Kundala Lake is another hotspot you don’t wanna miss in Munnar. Hop on a pedal boat or rowboat to cruise around and take in the gorgeous views. You can even rent out Kashmiri shikara boats at Kundala Dam Lake for a different vibe. There’s plenty to do around here: chill out and soak up the scenery, go boating with the lush green hills as your backdrop, take a horse ride by the lake, or grab some local snacks like masala tea and dosa from nearby stalls. And hey, don’t forget your camera – with the towering dam, colorful boats, and tea plantations in the background, you’re in for some epic shots. You might even catch a glimpse of those rare Neela Kurunji flowers blooming nearby!

Entry Fee and Timings:

Entry to Kundala Dam in Munnar won’t cost you a penny – it’s free for all! You can stroll by the lake, snap some pics, or have a chill picnic with your crew. But if you’re up for some boating fun, that’s gonna cost ya. It’s ₹100 for a 3-person pedal boat, ₹150 for a 4-person rowboat, or ₹200 for a shikara ride for 2. Each ride lasts about 30 minutes. You can swing by anytime between 9 AM to 5 PM for entry, but make sure to hit the water before 4.30 PM!


7. Blossom Park:

Blossom International Park in Munnar is the perfect spot to unwind with your buddies and family. Spread across 16 acres, it’s a sight to behold near the Pallivasal hydro-electric project, just 3 km from Munnar town. Surrounded by lush greenery, orchids, and the scenic River Muthirappuzha, it’s a paradise for nature lovers and kiddos alike. With boating, cycling, and roller-skating on offer, you’ll never run out of things to do. Plus, there’s a play area with swings and rides for the little ones. Don’t forget your camera – this place is picture-perfect for some candid shots!

Entry Fee and Timings:

The park’s open every day, even on holidays. You can start chillin’ there at 9 AM and hang out till 7 PM. Whether you’re into fun stuff, snapping pics with your crew, or just loungin’ around, the park’s got you covered. Oh, and entry’s a steal – just ₹10 for grown-ups and ₹2 for the little ones.


8. Pothamedu View Point

Pothamedu Viewpoint in Munnar offers breathtaking views of tea plantations and lush greenery. Trekking up, you’ll catch panoramic sights of Munnar and surrounding hills dotted with coffee, cardamom, and pepper plantations. Locals often picnic here, enjoying the serene atmosphere and perfect photo opportunities. It’s a must-visit spot for a refreshing holiday amidst nature’s beauty.

Entry Fee and Timings:

You can get into Pothamedu Viewpoint for free, and it’s open to anyone. You can pop by anytime, whether it’s during the day or on weekends and holidays. No need to worry about timing – it’s open all year round!


9. Eravikulam National Park:

Eravikulam National Park boasts diverse vegetation, including grasslands, shrublands, and Shola forests. Historically managed as a Game Reserve till 1971, the park attracted hunters and settlers like Colonel Douglas Hamilton and J.D. Munro. Today, it’s a protected sanctuary, housing the largest population of Nilgiri Tahr and blooming Neelakurunji flowers once every 12 years. Besides, it’s vital for regional fish and freshwater, houses India’s highest peak, Anamudi, and is renowned for its medicinal plants. The park’s rich fauna includes mammals, birds, butterflies, reptiles, amphibians, and fish, many of which are endemic or endangered. Its stunning flora comprises grasslands, Shola forests, and shrublands, hosting over 800 species of flowers, including rare endemics. 

Entry Fee and Timings:

At Eravikulam National Park, you can visit between 7:00 AM and 4:00 PM. If you’re from India, it costs Rs. 125 for adults and Rs. 95 for kids. For foreign visitors, it’s Rs. 420 per person. If you want to bring your video camera, it’s Rs. 335, and for a regular camera, it’s Rs. 45. Remember, the park is closed from January 29th to March 31st because it’s the calving season for Nilgiri Tahr.


10. Lakkam Waterfalls:

Lakkam Waterfalls, also known as Lakkom Falls, is a breathtaking 50-foot cascade nestled in Kerala’s Idukki district. Situated at an elevation of 7,300 feet on the Eravikulam Plateau, it’s unique as it originates from a plateau rather than a hill. The falls feed into the Pambar River, about 13 kilometers away. Surrounded by lush greenery, Vaga trees, and boulders, it’s a haven for nature lovers and photographers. You can spend around an hour here, exploring, hiking on boulders, or even taking a dip in the pool. Located near Eravikulam National Park, it’s a must-visit spot if you’re in Munnar.

Entry Fee and Timings:

Lakkam Falls welcomes visitors every day from 8 AM to 5 PM. The entry fee is just INR 20 for each person, no matter where they’re from. You can bring your camera or video gear without paying extra. If you’re into hiking, the Eravikulam National Park offers a guided trek to the falls for INR 100 per person. It’s a great deal considering you get to experience nature up close.

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