An idyllic hill station located in the Western Ghats of Kerala, Munnar is South India’s paragon of beauty. Nestled amidst the Annamalai Hills, Munnar is a nature lover’s paradise. It is one of South India’s largest tea growing regions, and there are some magnificent places to visit in Munnar. From emerald green tea plantations to jaw-dropping lakes, sightseeing in Munnar is like watching nature in its element. So, if you are planning a family holiday to this quaint hill station, here are 10 places to visit in Munnar:
|Sr No||Places To Visit In Munnar||Fee||Timings|
|1||Kolukkumalai Tea Estate||INR 75 per person||7:00 AM to 6:00 PM|
|2||Eravikulam National Park||INR 65 per person||7:30 AM to 4 PM|
|3||Attukal Waterfalls||INR 100 per person for a guide to lead the trek (if you need one)||9:00 AM to 7:30 PM|
|4||Anamudi Peak||–||Always Open|
|5||Echo Point||–||6:00 AM to 7:30 PM|
|6||Thirumeni Cultural Centre||INR 300 per person||5:00 PM to 9:00 PM (there is a show every hour)|
|7||Rose Garden||INR 20 per person (INR 30 camera charges)||10:00 AM to 5:00 PM|
|8||Hydel Park||INR 10 per person||9:00 AM to 7:00 PM|
|9||Top Station||7:00 AM to 7:00 PM|
|10||Indo Dairy Swiss Farm||INR 5 per person||–|
- Kolukkumalai Tea Estate
A must visit spot in Munnar is the Kolukkumalai Tea Estate. Located just 38 km from the town, the estate is beautifully perched at an elevation of 8000 ft. One of the most beautiful sightseeing spots in Munnar, the tea estate is ideal for a stroll with your family. The sprawling green hills covered with cloud-mists, a strong aroma of fresh tea leaves and a swish of the cold breeze are perfect for calming your senses. If time permits, stay back in the estate and catch the sunset over the lush green hills to be spellbound by nature’s grandeur. As the sky turns golden, you will realise how this is indeed a rejuvenating place to visit in Munnar.
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Fee: INR 75 per person
Timing: 7:00 AM to 6:00 PM
- Eravikulam National Park
Another famous tourist attraction is the Eravikulam National Park. This popular sightseeing spot in Munnar is home to the Nilgiri Tahr, an endangered inhabitant. The park is also home to a number of other wild species like the Sambar Deer, Small-clawed Otter, Indian Bison, mongoose and several more. It offers a truly fascinating experience for you and your family, especially if you are travelling with kids and want them to learn more about nature. However, do note that during the months of February and March the park may remain closed for a specific period as it is breeding season.
Fee: INR 65 per person
Timing: 7:30 AM to 4 PM
- Attukal Waterfalls
Another favourite place to visit in Munnar, the Attukal Waterfalls are cradled between vast forests and mighty hills. You can make the most of these waterfalls with a trek to the top, and enjoy a fun-filled picnic amid the scenic beauty that this stunning attraction offers. If the trek up leaves you a little tired, try taking a refreshing dip in the pool or perch yourself on a rock and watch exotic winged species flit around the area. The cascading water and peaceful aura of the area make it a beautiful place to spend a few hours and can make your trip to Munnar a more memorable one.
Fee: INR 100 per person for a guide to lead the trek (if you need one)
Timing: 9:00 AM to 7:30 PM
- Anamudi Peak
Perched at an elevation of 9000 ft, the Anamudi Peak is a sought-after sightseeing spot in Munnar. An adventure aficionado’s paradise, it is also known as the ‘Himalaya of the South’. A trek to the Anamudi Peak is an experience in itself that will leave you in awe of the captivating green forests, vast tea plantations, exotic wildlife and a view of three rivers: Vaigai, Thamirabarani and Periyar. Take your children on a trek of their lifetime.
Timing: Any time of the day, although mornings are ideal
- Echo Point
Echo Point is a spot that you and your family are sure to love. Shout out messages and listen to your voice reverberate from the lush green valleys. Or indulge in a leisure walk or boating activity; it’s perfect for both families and couples alike. The point is also ideal for family photos since the idyllic slopes, beautiful rivers and verdant tea plantations make for a picturesque background.
Timing: 6:00 AM to 7:30 PM
- Thirumeni Cultural Centre
An enchanting treat for the eyes, the Thirumeni Cultural Centre is a small theatre in the heart of Munnar. Art and theatre enthusiasts should definitely put this on their list of places to visit in Munnar. Here you can enjoy enchanting Kathali and Kalarippayattu performances. While the former is an elegant and traditional dance form of Kerala, the latter is a form of martial arts that is equally spectacular to watch.
Fee: INR 300 per person
Timing: 5:00 PM to 9:00 PM (there is a show every hour)
- Rose Garden
When it comes down to doing sightseeing in Munnar, the Rose Garden is a favourite amongst tourists. A spot that will leave you spellbound, the garden is a maze filled with aromatic plants, fruits and flowers spread across a majestic two-acre plot. A popular attraction, a trip here can also be educational for children as it will teach them about new plant species right in the heart of nature itself.
Fee: INR 20 per person (INR 30 camera charges)
Timing: 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM
- Hydel Park
Hydel Park is famous among tourists who are looking to spend time with their family while taking part in fun activities that everyone can enjoy. Sprawled luxuriously over 16 acres of land, this park is an excellent place for strolling around or cycling, camping and bird watching. Pack a quick lunch and you can even make a picnic out of your trip to this beautiful park.
Fee: INR 10 per person
Timing: 9:00 AM to 7:00 PM
- Top Station
Perched at the height of about 1800 meters, Top Station is the highest point in Munnar. A car journey through the forest will take you to Top Point, which is located about 32 km off Munnar. Despite being off route, the spot offers a scintillating view of the quaint hill station and the magnificent Western Ghats. However, the main attraction is the Neela Kurinji flowers that bloom only once in 12 years (the last bloom was in 2018). You can enjoy the view and then head to the Kurinjimala Sanctuary that is very close to Top Station. Timing: 7:00 AM to 7:00 PM
- Indo Dairy Swiss Farm
Established back in 1963, the Indo Dairy Swiss Farm is a popular tourist spot, especially for those with children. Here you can witness the daily routine of cattle being cleaned, fed and milked on their sprawling, lush green 500-acre campus. The Kerala Livestock Development Board kick-started this project in Anayirankal, a village that is situated 22 km off Munnar.
Fee: INR 5 per person
Munnar is the epitome of beauty with its awe-inspiring landscapes, parks, gardens and vast tea gardens. While these 10 spots can ensure you have a great time in Munnar, Club Mahindra’s Munnar Resort in Kerala – RCI Gold Crown Resort – will make sure you also have a relaxing vacation with your family. Unwind at the resort and enjoy scrumptious Keralite cuisine at their in-house restaurant. You can also check out Club Mahindra reviews by happy members who have stayed at the resort.
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