A mesmerising hill station located in the Idukki district of Kerala, Munnar derives its name from the 3 rivers that merge here. Adorned with lofty mountains amidst swirls of pale mists and low flying clouds; rich green slopes and velvety carpets of tea and spice plantations; hints of pinks, yellows, and sparkling blues dotting the landscapes; pine and oak trees lightly swaying to the cool mountain breeze filled with the refreshing aroma of tea – Munnar may just be the reason Kerala is often referred to as ‘God’s own Country’.
Get ready to be swept off your feet with utter delight with this myriad list of places to visit in Munnar:
Best time to visit Munnar
The Winter Chill: December to February (ideal for honeymooners and adventure enthusiasts)
The Summer Breeze & Lush Tea Gardens: March to May
How to reach Munnar
By Air: Take a flight to Cochin International Airport, and get to Munnar by cab services available at the airport that usually cost INR 3,000 per person. Munnar is 125 km away from the airport.
By Train: The nearest railway station from Munnar is Kochi or Ernakulum. The stations are well connected to major cities like Delhi, Mumbai, Trivandrum, Chennai, & Bangalore.
By Road: Munnar is well connected to cities of Kerala and Tamil Nadu with Government run public transport buses plying from both places to Munnar.
There is an enthralling assortment of things to do in Munnar for visitors like plantation visits, trekking, camping, boating, parasailing, bird watching, wildlife spotting, rock climbing, fishing, & photography, which is why visiting all tourist places in Munnar makes up for an awesome getaway.
1. Echo Point: Hear the hills call out your name
Scream your name out loud at this point and it will reverberate back within 3 seconds! Echo Point is a beautiful combination of cool, sweet breeze, green slopes, and a rejuvenating environment altogether.
Distance from Munnar: 15 km
Perfect for: Nature walks, trekking, camping, picnic with family, & boating in the lake
Highlight: The rare Neelakurinji flower (strobilanthes) blooms here
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2. Kundala Lake: The blue stretch of magnificence
Kundala Dam and lake is among the top tourist places in Munnar. It offers splendid natural beauty and serenity, with magnificent views of the hills on either sides of the crystal clear water of the lake.
Distance from Munnar: 20 km (on the way to Top Hill)
Perfect for: Boating and Shikara ride
Highlight: The artificial Kundala dam is India’s first arch dam
3. Atukkad Waterfalls: The furiously gushing ecstasy
Located between Munnar and Pallivasal in the Idukki district and accessible only via a wooden bridge, the Attakud waterfall is among the prominent places to visit in Munnar, especially in the rainy season.
Timings: 10 am – 6 pm
Distance from Munnar: 9 km
Perfect for: Jungle Trekking, picnic with friends and family, photography
Highlight: The water is cascading at full force from a height of over 1,500 meters
4. Elephant Lake: A delight for kids
The Elephant Lake is a serene lake surrounded by lush green carpets of tea plantations in every direction the eye can see. Elephants come down to the lake in order to drink water and take a bath, which is a fascination to watch for the tourists visiting the lake.
Distance from Munnar: 22 km
Perfect for: Picnic with family and kids, trekking (in nearby tea plantations)
Tip: Spot a herd of two of elephants with their little ones who come here to drink water
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5. Anamudi Peak: The highest peak in South India
If one wishes to witness the beauty of the rolling hills and valleys with shimmering blue rivers weaving through them, the expanse of tea and spice plantations, and the wildlife dotted about here and there in the Eravikulam National Park, they should trek to the Anamudi Peak. Located inside the park itself, the peak is among Munnar’s best tourist attractions.
Elevation/height: 2,700 m
Perfect for: Trekking (with permission from forest authorities)
Highlight: Highest peak in the Western Ghats and South India and highest outside the Himalayan mountain range!
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6. Top Station: The best of both worlds…
Top Station, named after the railway station located on a massive height at Kundala Valley, this place offers mesmerising vistas of the town below. The cotton clouds enveloping the hills and valleys, the soft, bluish look of the destination owing to the presence of the rare Neelakurinji flowers, & the panoramic views of the Western Ghats, together make it a must on the list of Munnar’s tourist places one needs to explore.
Distance from Munnar: 32 km
Elevation/Height: 1,700 m
Perfect for: Trekking, camping, photography, visiting the Neelakurinji Sanctuary
Highlight: Located on the Tamil Nadu-Kerala border, it provides one stunning views of the Western Ghats in Kerala on one side as well as the valley of Theni district of Tamil Nadu on the other.
Don’t Miss: Visit Top Station in 2018 when the Neelakurinji flowers, the rare flowers that blossom once every 12 years, will be in full bloom.
7. Tata Tea Museum: The temple for all tea lovers
Established by Tata Tea many years ago, the museum exclusively showcases the origin and evolution a century old tea plantations in Munnar. The museum essentially pays homage to the fact that Munnar houses some of the best tea estates in the world, and is thus among the most significant places to visit in Munnar.
Perfect for: Trying a hand at tea plucking and tasting different exquisite varieties of tea
Timings: 9 am – 4 pm
Admission fee: INR 75/- per person (adults) & INR 35/- per person (children)
Camera fee: INR 20/-
8. Chithirapuram: The plush carpets of lush green tea plantations
Distinguished by its old bungalows, cottages, playgrounds, & and lush green dunes of tea and spice plantations spread up till the horizon, Chithirapuram is listed among the must-visit tourist places in Munnar owing to its old-worldly charm.
Distance from Munnar: 10 km
Perfect for: Trekking
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9. Devikulam: The sanctum of spirituality and divinity
The town of Devikulam, apart from offering a breathtaking view of the Pallivasal falls and the Sita Devi Lake, is a heaven for pilgrims and temple-goers. With an assortment of temples located at the town, like the Ganesh Temple, Mariamman Temple and Ayyanar Temple, Devikulam is among the important Munnar tourist places for worshippers.
Distance from Munnar: 9 km
Elevation/Height: 1,800 m above sea level
Perfect For: Rock climbing, fishing, trekking, hiking, picnic, & photography
Highlight: The water of the Sita Devi Lake is considered to be holy water, and is believed to cleanse and rejuvenate visitors!
Don’t Miss: ‘Kolam’, the practice of sand painting using rice powder, is carried out by women at Devikulam every morning, and is a treat for art lovers.
10. Chinnakanal: The untouched, well preserved part of Nature
A small village near the town of Munnar, Chinnakanal is unperturbed and rather well preserved, which has earned it a place among the must see Munnar tourist places. The Chinnakanal waterfalls in the region are an absolute enchantment. Pouring from a height of 800 meters, the water forms a pale, frothy stream below while the air around bears a lingering fragrance of the fresh water and tea leaves. And the best part- the beauty of these falls is still hidden and undiscovered.
Distance from Munnar town: 20 km
Perfect for: Trekking, taking a dip in the falls, nature photography
Highlight: The beautiful waterfalls in their pristine, untouched form that are bound to leave one speechless
11. Eravikulam National Park: Trekking through the wilderness
Eravikulam (Rajamalai) National Park has the largest population of the endangered Nilgiri Tahr and is home to 26 species of mammals. The park is also famous for providing magnificent views of the Western Ghats. The park’s continuous efforts towards protection and safety of endangered animals makes it one of the best wildlife sanctuaries in India.
Distance from Munnar: 15 km
Elevation/Height: 2,000 m above sea level
Perfect for: Nature trekking, wildlife spotting, wildlife photography
USP: The Nilgiri Tahr
Timings: 8 am – 4:30 pm
Admission fee: INR 15/- per person (adults) & INR 5/- per person (children below 12)
Camera charges: INR 2,000/- (video) & INR 25/- (still)
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12. Mattupetty Lake and Dam: Water conservation and water sports
Mattupetty has a few places of interest for tourists, out of which the lake and the dam built over it attract majority of them. The lake, surrounding hills, and nearby tea plantations offer a splendid view to visitors, and the presence of different bird species at the lake never fail to enchant bird watchers, owing which it is among the prominent places to visit in Munnar.
Distance from Munnar: 13 km
Perfect for: Boating (motorboats, speedboats, row boats, pedal boats), trekking, bird watching
Highlight: The storage masonry dam constructed to conserve water and generate hydroelectricity.
Timings: 9 am – 3:30 pm
Admission fee (for lake): INR 10/- (per person)
Boating charges: INR 500/- for 1 boat shared by 1-5 people
13. CSI Church: A regal blend of history and architecture
An important landmark and one of the eminent places to see in Munnar, the CSI Church was built in 1910 as a protestant church by the Scottish tea estate workers and managers. The key feature of this church are it’s awesome interiors which include stained glass windows, brass plaques, rows of rosewood benches and a grand chandelier.
Perfect for: History lovers
Highlight: The rich, lavish interiors
Timings: 8 am – 5 pm
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14. Pallivasal: A heaven for peace seekers
Famous for the picturesque Pallivasal falls and the state’s first Hydro Electricity Project that was set up here, Pallivasal is another untouched, pristine, & peaceful location in Munnar. Rich in natural beauty, the town takes pride in being one of the best Munnar tourist places.
Distance from Munnar: 8 km
Perfect for: Peace and relaxation, photography, picnic
Highlight: Kerala’s first Hydro Electricity Project
15. Rose Garden: Chirps and colours
A famous spot among nature lovers and couples, the Rose Garden near Mattupetty Lake is a sight for sore eyes. Home to a sea of almost every colour of rose known on the planet and a vast variety of bird species, this gorgeous garden is frequented by nature aficionados, rose lovers, and bird watchers.
Distance from Munnar: 13 km
Perfect for: Trekking, bird watching, nature photography
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Frequently Asked Questions About Munnar tourist places
A. Yes, Munnar is open for tourists all year round. As it is a hill station, during the rainy season, the place can be marked as a red alert area, but otherwise it is good to visit all year round. It is also one of the top honeymoon destinations in India.
A. Munnar is a beautiful hill station in Kerala and anywhere here is good to stay. There are a lot of hotels in Munnar to choose from for a stay here. The best location would be from where one can enjoy the views of the tea estates. Two great areas to stay in Munnar are Chithirapuram and Tea County.
A. Munnar and Bangalore are not directly connected via railways or airways. One can take a flight to Cochin from Bangalore which is the nearest airport and at a distance of around 127 km from Munnar. The nearest railhead is at Aluva which is again at a distance of around 108 from Munnar and takes 11 hours to reach from Bangalore. One can travel via road and take the state run buses which run between the two cities and take around 9 hours to cover the distance of around 476 km or hire a taxi.
A. Once the rainy season gets over, it is quite pleasant and one can plan a trip to Munnar in between October to March.
A. Spices, tea and aromatic oils are some of the best items for shopping in Munnar.
A. Munnar is a scenic hill station where one can spend as many days as they’d like but a minimum of 3 days should be kept to enjoy the beauty and ambiance of this city.
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