What are the places to visit in Munnar in 1 day? In fact, is it possible to visit Munnar in a day? And, why Munnar is so popular in Kerala? There are a lot of questions about Munnar among the travelers and here’s a quick guide that answers a few of them, especially for a day trip to Munnar.
This video is the part of my bike ride from Kochi to Kochi via Malakkapari, Valparai and Munnar. Here in this part, I am traveling from Marayoor to Munnar along the magnificent tea plantations of Western Ghats.
Munnar, the sleepy hill town nestled amidst Western Ghats mountain ranges, is a paradise for tourists. All tourists who set out for Kerala will have Munnar on top of their wish list. A trip to Munnar is heavenly with lush greenery and misty mountains to welcome you. So when you are in Munnar, isn’t it imperative that you should not miss out on any of the major attractions that the place offers? Here’s the list of most amazing places to visit in Munnar in 1 day.
Places to visit in Munnar in 1 day
1. Tea estates in Munnar
Verdant green valleys with tea plantations- this is the picture that comes to one’s mind with the mention of Munnar. It can be said that Munnar tourism thrives on its tea estates. Tata tea, does the name ring a bell? Yes, the world famous tea brand has its origins in the hills of Munnar. Emerald green colour of the tea bushes impart a divine aura to the entire area. Who wouldn’t love to stroll along these thick bushes? Pleasant climate of Munnar is an added invitation. Among the places to visit in Munnar in 1 day, tea plantations are the must-visit ones.
2. Eravikulam National Park
Eravikulam National Park is another destination to make your Munnar holidays memorable. Located at around 30 kms from Munnar town, it can be easily covered in a day. The first national park of Kerala is home to the endangered mountain goat, the Nilgiri Tahr. Anamudi, the highest peak of Western Ghats, stands towering inside the park. Though tourists can watch the majestic beauty from the foothills, a prior permission from the forest department is needed to scale the heights. Another magical attraction of the area is the ‘neelakurinji’ flowers that blossom once in every twelve years. During the flowering season, entire valley gets covered in blue. Pretty blue adjacent to majestic green, it is a once-in-lifetime experience for travellers. A trip to Eravikulam is one of the best things to do in Munnar.
If you are interested to visit Eravikulam National Park, visit the park’s official website and buy your tickets at least 48 hours before your day of visit.
3. Munnar top station
Top station is another prominent one among places to visit in Munnar in 1 day. It is located at a distance of 35 kms from Munnar town and is the highest point in Munnar. Situated in Kerala Tamil Nadu border, this scenic mountain overlooks valleys in Tamil Nadu. The place got its name as it was the top most station for the aerial ropeway of the area. A trek to top station is one of the best things to do in Munnar. No better place than this to soak in the serene beauty of misty mountains. Imagine having your feet firmly planted on ground and still being able to view the clouds from above!
4. Mattupetty dam
Mattupetty dam is another highlight of Munnar tourism. This dam was constructed for storing water as part of Pallivasal hydroelectric power project. The still waters of the lake surrounded by green mountains on all sides exudes other worldly charm. As it is located close to Munnar town at a distance of 11 kms, it is one of the best places to visit in Munnar in 1 day. Water sports activities are available in plenty, be it speed boat, pedal boat or the like. If you are happy with watching the waters from far, just sit back and relax.
5. Kundala Lake
Kundala Lake, located 25kms away from Munnar town, is one place which provides ample opportunities for making sweet additions to your memories. The artificial dam of the place is Asia’s first arch dam. Boating in the lake is a favourite pastime for travellers. Kundala is also famous for the cherry blossoms which make their presence felt twice every year. Ever thought you could find the world famous Kashmiri shikara boats in the farthest corner in Kerala? In Kundala you can. Shikara boat rides attract visitors due to their unique charm. Pack a handful of memories of your Munnar holidays with a trip to Kundala Lake.
6. Tea Museum
Tea museum is a recent addition to Munnar tourism attractions. Whether you are a tea addict or a history addict, this place is sure to catch your fancy. Located close to Munnar town, this is one of the places to visit in Munnar in 1 day. Visit the museum to learn how your favourite drink is churned out to its present form. The original tea roller of the bygone era speaks volumes about the origin of tea. Apart from this, there are several others exhibits reminding us of our glorious past like the old furniture, typewriters and telephones.
7. Lakkam waterfalls
Lakkam waterfall is another visual treat for tourists visiting Munnar. Located at around 25 kms from Munnar town, this is one of the best places to visit in Munnar in 1 day. The waterfall originates from Eravikulam plateau. Though not enormous in terms of volume, it is the beauty of cascading waters that invites tourists to its lap. But the waters and slippery rocks beneath can be tricky, so be on your guard if you dare to take a plunge. During monsoons the falls swell up creating an awe-inspiring sight for guests.
8. Blossom Hydel Park
Hydel Park is another popular attraction in Munnar tourism. The park is spread over sixteen acres of land and is located near Munnar town. This is the ideal place to hang out on a lazy holiday. With adventure trails, nature walks, cycling tracks, roller skating, landscaped gardens and artificial waterfalls, it has everything needed to charm visitors. Truly a one stop destination for enjoyment as the entire family from young to old will find the place suited to them.
9. Echo point
Echo point, a major attraction among the places to visit in Munnar in 1 day, meets you on the way to top station. The name suggests what you can expect in the place. Call out from the high altitude mountains and hear your voice being thrown back by nature. If this is not interesting enough for you, there are options for trekking and nature walks. The ideal place to leave your footprints in the heart of nature, it is a sought after destination due to its captivating beauty.
There are several other small but beautiful spots in Munnar. Though it is difficult to catch up with everything in one go, one thing is guaranteed – no tourist who sets foot in the picturesque Munnar will leave dissatisfied. While you can tour Munnar in 1 day and take pleasure from the sights, Munnar is better explored in 2 to 3 days.
A little more about Munnar
How to reach Munnar?
Munnar is easily accessed by road from the major cities of Kerala. The nearest airport is Cochin International Airport at a distance of 108 km. Nearest rail head to Munnar is Aluva, which is approximately 110 km away.
The roads are winding and the road journey is unavoidable to access this hillstation. If you have motion sickness, I recommend you to take necessary precautions before you travel to Munnar.
Where to stay in Munnar?
One can find a profusion of luxurious, mid range and budget hotels in and around Munnar and its favored tourist spots. Love staying in a homestay facility that blends well with the lush green tea plantations? Munnar has some homestays and exotic resorts that are places deep inside the exotic tea gardens.
When to visit Munnar?
Mild weather and enjoyable climate of Munnar makes it an ideal destination throughout the year. However, when planning a trip to Munnar in 1 day, I would suggest to avoid the monsoon months.
Monsoon: Kerala receives heavy rainfall during monsoon months, especially between June and September. While the sight is unique and experience can be thrilling during these months in Munnar with the sudden changes of weather that alters between down pour and fog, traveling and covering a lot many places in just 1 day can be slightly difficult.
Winter: Most probably the best time to visit this hillstation is between November and February, the winter season. Munnar has a mild winter where the temperature drops not below 10 degree Celsius. This is the best time for adventure activities including rock climbing and trekking.
Summer: March until May is considered summer in Munnar with temperature rising to a maximum of 35 degree Celsius. This is a good time to take pleasure from various sightseeing trips. Visiting tea plantations and enjoying the view of valleys from some of the best view points of Munnar can be done during these months.
Having queries and suggestions about Munnar? Please do mention it in the comments below. Happy traveling!
Author: E Jey
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