Hey, this is Vijilesh, a travel lover and a culture explorer. This is my weekend experience at Munnar Hill Station during the summer of 2017.
Summer of 2017 was something unique and extremely hot. Sun baked our lives and the land below. Yet the busy work schedule and stressful days caught me on the bed even after later morning on that Sunday. I was shook by the phone call that disturbed my slumber.
“Viji, let’s go to Munnar. At least we will have a few days in fog and leisure,” the guy on the phone asked me. The temperature, the work pressure, and my desire for travels; I readily agreed to his idea. E Jey of Jaunt Monkey was happy to know my mind and we hurriedly planned a weekend getaway to the renowned hill-station. One of my cousins and his family was on their vacation and they too joined our Munnar plans. I read about Munnar Hill Station and its awesome destinations from Internet, wrote a blog or two about our plans on travbuddy.com, and discussed with my friends about the trip. We booked a home stay facility over phone and started off to the tallest mountains of India after the great Himalayas.
We, my cousin’s family and mine, started our journey on a Swift from Thiruvananthapuram. We traveled a long way of 250 kilometers to reach Adimali after paying a visit to the renowned pilgrim center at Bharananganam. At Bharananganam we experienced the sanctity at the Tomb of St. Alphonsa. Adimali was a small town almost 30 kilometers before Munnar. While we crossed Adimali, the climate changed and the clouds turned darker. We were welcomed by the drizzling valley and then the foggy mountains. The fog was so thick and suddenly a car stopped in front of us to warn the presence of elephants on the road. We were thrilled but as we reached the spot only a few tourists stood still on the road with their cameras. Elephants did not wait for us… we were a bit disappointed but the climate and the ambiance cheered us.
What if we did not see an elephant or two on that trip, the way ahead towards the homestay was adventurous and undoubtedly unique. The roadsides were fenced with flowering jungle plants that spread the fragrance of nature. We took a turn from the Munnar road and followed a narrow curvy road with extreme steeps and slopes. Our moble phone showed the direction so close to us on the google maps. Finally we spotted the home stay a few meters away after a steep rough road with an almost impossible turn on the top. Thanks to the “Swift Desire” our little”Hummer”.
We were welcomed by a couple at their middle age with pleasant smiles and some steaming coffee. Coffee soothed us and energized our nerves. Jey and family was not yet there. We tried calling them but the mobile networks were so feeble that we couldn’t reach the family that started off from Kochi. Meanwhile, we decided to explore the home stay facility and its surroundings. The place wa sneat and well-kept with just needed furniture in all the four bedrooms and the drawing room. We stepped out to see the fog encircling the home stay and soon we were swallowed by the gloom. Suddenly the phone rang inside and we rushed towards the land phone which was kept on one corner of the drawing room.
As anticipated, it was Jey. His call was to make sure about the location and he was waiting at the foothill. Girish, my cousin rushed through the rough road and warned Jey abut the steepness and the sudden turn. Girish’s expert advice helped Jey to drive and reach atop with almost no strain. Without wasting time we freshen up ourselves and enjoyed a wonderful dinner that was prepared by the couple who run the home stay. The middle-aged couple joined us after the dinner and discussed about the possible places that we could explore in and around Munnar. We spent an whole evening and a complete night talking this and that.
The next day we trekked and hiked the hills around to enjoy the tea gardens and cardamom plantations. The experience that we had so close to the nature was extraordinary. After the morning walks, we had our Kerala special breakfast and set off for exploring Munnar. As we completed a day in Munnar, we had already seen Madupetty dam, Echo Point, Eravikulam National Park and Top Station. That day we had also experienced a short boat ride at Mattupetty Dam and a short trek at the Top Station.
Recomended Places to see in Munnar:
1. Eravikulam National Park
2. Madupetty Dam
4. Devikulam Palace
6. Maraiyoor Dolmens
8. Attukal Waterfalls
9. Photo Point
10. Echo Point
Read more about the finest places to visit in Munnar when you are on a day trip to this hillstation.
How to reach?
Nearest Airports: Cochin International Airport (107 kilometers), Trivandrum International Airport Airport (284 kilometers)
Nearest Railway Station: Aluva (110 kilometers)
While I completed my trip to Munnar Hill Station, I was left with desires to visit this beautiful tourist attraction another time.