What comes to your mind when we say ‘rolling pastures’, ‘tea gardens’, and ‘winding roads’? Well, for us, this beautiful combination can only point to one location in the lush Western Ghats of India – Munnar! Blessed with postcard-perfect landscapes that can put anyone in a trance, Munnar is a charming hill town located at an elevation of 1,532 meters above sea level in the Indian state of Kerala. Along with many popular tourist attractions, there are also various blissful parks in Munnar that deserve just as much attention of travelers visiting this hill town. Not sure whether you should be checking them out? Scroll down for a visual treat, and you will be!
8 Scenic Parks In Munnar
Here are some lesser known, yet absolutely stunning green-scapes in Munnar that are a treat to the eyes and soul. They are a must-visit for every nature lover, peace seeker, couple, and photographer who sets foot in Munnar:
1. The Blossom International Park
Located about 3 km from Munnar city center, the Blossom International Hydel Park in Munnar sits close to the Pallivasal Hydro Electric Project over an area of around 16 acres. The park is home to various rare species of flowering plants, herbs, flower beds, small ponds, as well as tall canopies of trees, making it a favorite of all nature fanatics and botany enthusiasts. Other than nature’s bounty, this park also offers many fun and adventure activities to its visitors like boating, cycling, roller-skating, and more. While kids can play around in the tree houses, ropeways, and swings in the park, families can relax and have a picnic in the green environs of Blossom Park in Munnar!
Location: Aluva – Munnar Highway, Near KSRTC Bus Stand, Moolakadai, Munnar, Kerala 685612
Timings: 9 AM – 7 PM
Entry fee: INR 10 (adults) | INR 2 (kids)
2. Eravikulam National Park
The home and sanctuary of the exotic Nilgiri Tahr, Eravikulam National Park is among the best national parks in Munnar that lets you bask in its unparalleled beauty and see the myriad colors of nature in the Western Ghats. Spread over an area of 97 square kilometers, the park is home to a huge range of flora and fauna. Other than the Tahr, you can also spot animals like Nilgiri Langur, leopards, Indian Bison, barking deer, small Indian civet, and mongoose. Eravikulam is also home to the famous Anamudi Peak, the highest peak in South India located at an elevation of 2695 meters. What’s more, this park turns into a striking shade of blue and purple once every 12 years when the special Neelakurinji flowers are in full bloom here.
Location: The Wildlife Warden Munnar PO, Idukki, Kerala, 685612
Timings: 7 AM – 6 PM
Entry fee: INR 15 (Indian nationals) | INR 200 (Foreign nationals) | INR 5 (kids above 12)
3. Carmelagiri Elephant Park
Established by Kerala Tourism to protect and preserve the elephant population in Kerala, the Carmelagiri Elephant Park is a private park that offers short elephant safaris in the hilly forested routes of Munnar. Other than riding, this park also offers visitors the delightful experience of washing up and feeding these elephants under careful supervision (so that the animals do not fall sick). It’s the best place to interact with Kerala’s wildlife in their natural habitat. One must note that since this park has been built to care for these majestic beings and believes that elephant riding is more or less an act of cruelty towards animals, they offer this ride only over healthy and willing elephants. So, don’t be disappointed if you turn up for a ride and they say no!
Location: Mattupetty Road, Munnar, Kannan Devan Hills, Kerala 685612
Timings: 9 AM – 5 PM
Safari charges: INR 400
Safari charges with pictures: INR 400 + INR 250
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4. Dreamland Spice Park
Located in a picturesque spice garden, Dreamland is amongst the most fun amusement parks in Munnar. It offers exciting activities like ziplining, camel rides, cable car rides, mountain biking, haunted house experience, off-roading, and various other special attractions that make it the perfect getaway for you and your family and friends. Located in Anachal, this open-air adventure park is an ecstasy for families with kids and for thrill seekers vacationing in Munnar. It’s the best assortment of nature and adventure to provide you the ultimate holiday experience in this hill town of Kerala.
Location: PO, Anachal, Chithirapuram, Kerala 685565
Timings: 9 AM – 6 PM
Starting price: INR 800
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5. KFDC Floriculture Centre
Hidden from the eyes of the world, the Floriculture Centre is an ocean of knowledge and splendid opportunities for spending time amidst untouched nature. Though it’s among the most offbeat and unknown parks in Munnar, it is a must visit for all since it provides deep insight into the natural wealth of Kerala. Developed and maintained by the Kerala Forest Development Corporation, this beautiful botanical garden is teeming with unique and rare varieties of flowers, herbs, and plants. The park also has a sprawling tea plantation in the backdrop, making this place all the more scenic and irresistible.
Location: 526, Ward No. 10, Mattupetty Road, Munnar, Kerala 685612
Timings: 10 AM – 5 PM
Entry fee: INR 10 | INR 20 for still camera | INR 50 for video camera
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6. Munnar Rose Garden
While this too is a rather unknown park in Munnar, it won’t be difficult to find if you happen to be roaming around it. The strong aroma of a variety of fresh fruits, spices, herbs, and vegetables that grow here tend to lure people in! Spread over an area of 2 acres, this enormous stretch is brimming with healthy vegetation of spices like cardamom and vanilla, fruits like lychee, bananas, strawberries, rumbuta, and amla, and vegetables like cabbage, potato, cauliflowers, and beans. But then why is it called a “Rose Garden”? Well, it obviously also has vast expanses of colorful flower beds and meadows! This breathtaking park is located just 2 km from the city center on NH 49.
Location: Aluva – Munnar Road, Rose Nagar, Mattupetty, Munnar, Kerala 685612
Timings: 10 AM – 5 PM
Entry fee: INR 20 | INR 30 for camera | INR 500 for videography
7. Chinnar Wildlife Sanctuary
Nestled in the rain shadow region in the eastern slopes of the scenic Western Ghats, Chinnar Wildlife Sanctuary is a protected forest reserve. The park has a diverse ecosystem and is brimming with ethnic cultural heritage. It’s home to a variety of common as well as rare animal bird and animal species like the grizzled giant squirrel, star tortoise, tufted grey langur, gaur, spotted deer, slender loris, wild elephant, crocodile, tiger, and leopard. Regarded as one of the best nature parks in Munnar, it owes its fame to the repository of medicinal plants that grow in abundance in this region. The park also has an Interpretation Centre, two eco shops, an amenity center, a resting dormitory, and a cafeteria for the convenience of visitors.
Location: Munnar – Udumalpet Road, Munnar, Kerala 685612
Timings: 8 AM – 5 PM
Indian nationals – INR 10
Foreign nationals – INR 100
Still camera – INR 25
Video camera – INR 150
Heavy vehicle – INR 150
Light vehicle – INR 50
8. Kanan Devan Tea Museum And Garden
Wrapped up in undulating carpets of bright green, Munnar undoubtedly has some of the most beautiful tea gardens across the planet. It also is a prominent player in the tea industry and trade owing to more than 50 expansive stretches of tea gardens, terraced plantations, and estates that it takes pride in. Tea has now turned into the most beloved beverage in the world, and the reason for Munnar’s rising fame in the past few years. So, in order to provide travelers an insight into the complex process of producing tea, Tata Tea established the Kanan Devan Tea Museum in Munnar. Apart from an informational tour, the museum also offers visitors the chance to roam around and get clicked in these beautiful gardens.
Location: Kanan Devan Tea Museum, Munnar, Idukki, 685612, Kerala
Timings: 9 AM – 5 PM (closed on Mondays)
Entry fee: INR 75 (adults) | INR 35 (kids)
So, which of these soothing and surreal parks in Munnar will you visit first? Do make sure you put down all of these in your itinerary so that you can have the best of experiences that this mini paradise has to offer. These gardens and meadows will surely provide for an absolutely thrilling holiday in Kerala that you and your loved ones will never forget!
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