Munnar offers a haven of peace and tranquility within the verdant hills of Kerala. The town lies at the confluence of the Muthirapuzha, Nallathanni and Kundaly mountain streams, about 5200 ft above sea level. The picturesque potential of the lofty Western Ghats first came into prominence as one of the favored summer resorts of British colonialists. Verdant tea plantations, rolling valleys and the veil of mist that hangs about the area, offer a mystical experience far from the maddening crowds. Enjoy trekking through the nature trails or just laze about at a picturesque spot under the wispy clouds.

Interests

  • Landscape
  • Wildlife
  • Wine & Food

Highlights

  • Matupetty Dam
  • Tea Plantations
  • Soft Trekking
  • Kannan Devan Tea Museum

Places to Stay

Spice Tree Munnar

Style: Resort

Located in Chinnakanal, just 30kms from the plantation town of Munnar, the Spice Tree nestles amid the mountain ranges of Kanan Devan and Bison Valley Hills.

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Exterior of Windermere Estate in Munnar, South India
The Windermere Estate

Style: Resort

Hallmarked for its exclusiveness and hygiene, the Windermere Estate welcomes you with a spray of bougainvillea and morning glory.

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Activities in Munnar

City Highlights of Munnar

Explore this beautiful panoramic town. Drive to Matupetty Dam and Kundala Dam; visit Echo Point via sprawling tea plantations; end at Top Station to view lush mountainsides. Dine in the city; stay overnight. Next day, enjoy a drive through winding lanes, a picture-perfect town and scenic plantations; see exotic forest and grassland flora. Do a 20min trek to the top on a paved path. Back in the city, visit the Kannan Devan Tea Museum..housing photographs and machineries depicting each turning point contributing to a flourishing tea industry; the Antiques museum exhibits antique furniture, Telephones, etc, and shows a 30min documentary on the history of Munnar along with a tea production demonstration; take a Tea Tour in the evening.

Tea Tasting and Tea Factory Visit at Kannan Devan Tea Factory

Aromatic tea estates and charming bungalows in south India’s popular hill station of Munnar, are a remarkable legacy of the colonial past. Formerly owned by Tata Tea, the factory is now run by Kannan Devan Hills Plantation (KDHP) Company, having 7 vast tea gardens sprawled over 24,000 hectares and producing 21 million kg annually. Enjoy the many flavors and heady aromas of different locally produced teas. Understand the nuances of tea processing..from its required environment to how it is grown; from plucking leaves to when it reaches your tea cup! Experience a tea tasting demonstration with several varieties on display; learn how certain variables make for each unique blend of tea..giving body, character, aroma and flavor, as well as some health benefits. KDT professional tea-tasters blend and craft your favourite cuppa’..having spent years building their tasting skills and sharing their passion.

Cycling Tour to Mattupetty Dam

Munnar offers several amazing and charming picnic spots. Mattupetty..with its dam and lake, is one of the foremost attractions and an ideal picnic spot. The regions aromatic, beautiful plantations make for ideal cycling tours via forests, tea gardens and spice plantations..an incredible way to see nature at its best, enjoy timeless culture, and admire the rich flora. Pedal a good 13kms from the city centre all the way up to Mattupetty dam. Pass via scenic, green, flourishing tea estates..undoubtedly some of the most breathtakingly beautiful tea growing regions in the world. One can either cycle back or choose to have a car fetch them for their return.

Cycling Tour through Plantations in Munnar

Munnar offers several amazing and charming picnic spots. A biking tour is an incredible way to see nature at its best, enjoy timeless culture, and admire the rich flora. Munnar’s aromatic and beautiful tea plantation expanses make for ideal cycling tours via forests, tea gardens and spice plantations; pass through the scenic, green, flourishing Mattupetty tea estate. Beginners can cycle towards Letchmi Estate..while advanced, seasoned bikers can pedal a good 13kms from the city centre all the way up to Mattupetty dam. Along the way, enjoy watching the process of manual tea plucking. One can either cycle back from Letchmi Estate/the Dam or choose to have a car fetch them for their return.

4h-Soft Trek in Munnar

Embark on a 4 hr Soft Trek on good paved paths, through the lush green mountainsides and be amazed at the freshness of the surrounding plantations. Take in the aromas and fragrances of the tea and spice plantations that waft through the air.

4h-Jeep Trails in Munnar

For the fit and adventurous, enjoy a 4-5hr Jeep Trail through green surrounds with hills and valleys. Visit and explore a Rock Cave, holy dwellings of ancient tribals; drive further up to the 2nd highest peak here – Meesapulimala, walk around and admire the views; relax or stroll by a nice nearby lake.

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