Have you ever wondered to scale on the top of the mountain and revel in the true spirit of adventure, to explore the beauty & the glorious views of Kerala? Well, then the next trip to Munnar will surely test your adrenaline and energy skills. The breathtaking trekking trails in Munnar, has something to offer for one and all.
All you adventure enthusiasts out there, have a close look at the best trails for trekking in Munnar:
1. Chokramudi – The Lonely Giant
While in Munnar, indulge yourselves in the venturesome activity of trekking to Chokramudi. The trek to the highest peak can be divided into four parts—Shola walk, the grass stroll, steep climb and the dangerous terrain. As soon as the Shola walk ends, you emerge into a grass land which turns into hardcore climbing. The beauty of the picturesque view after all these elevations leaves you thunderstruck.
Difficulty Level: Beginners can easily trek upto level 1. The trek gets challenging after that.
Highlights: Enjoy the misty clouds, lush greenery and cool breeze while trekking as you cover an altitude of 7200 feet.
Where to stay: TG Stay Surianalle (near the base camp)
Tip: Local guide, snacks, water bottle and hand gloves are must while climbing the highest peak of Munnar.
P.S: Expect disturbances from elephants, snakes & barking beers.
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2. Idukki – Nature’s Calling
Idukki trek is for perfect for nature lovers who admire serenity. The forest walk amidst the mystical beauty of the cinnamon hills is mesmerizing. This four to five hours long trek in Munnar lets you explore the vast plantation of tea and cardamom in the misty mountain ranges. You will be so busy drowning yourself in the tranquil beauty. Spend some blissful time at Pothamedu—a must visit with your special one.
Difficulty Level: Easy
Highlights: You will fall in love with the picturesque landscape and the scenic countryside while trekking in Munnar. Gain insights into the tea and cardamom plantation adorning the town.
Where to stay: Blackberry Hill Retreat and Spa, Windermere Estate and Royal Retreat (near the base camp
Tip: Visit with a local guide as this trip takes you through the forest.
3. Chummar – Through The Tea Plantations
The loveliest hill town of Kerala, Munnar was initially developed to cultivate tea, so strolling through the tea gardens is something you just can’t miss out on in your list of trekking trails in Munnar. Enjoy the magnificent views of the grasslands meadows and the Shola forest. You will see miles covered in lush green tea gardens and get a whiff of the peculiar fragrance of tea leaves.
Difficulty Level: Easy
Highlights: Interact with the locals, learn more about the tea plantations & immerse yourself in the beauty around.
Where to stay: Chummar Cottage (near the base camp)
Tip: Though it is a beginner’s level trek but do carry eatables and enough water.
4. Kannan Devan Hills – Difficult Drive Towards Bliss
This famous Munnar trek is set amidst the natural beauty & needs an expert guide to stroll down the passages. Walk through the tea plantation for about half an hour to reach the paramount of Lakshmi hills. Camp in Munnar along the ridge of the hill with slopes of the rocky mountain on one side and tea plants on the other. Once there, you can get a glimpse of the Idukki dam—the highest arch dam in Asia. Explore the exotic spice zone of Munnar.
Difficulty Level: High
Highlights: It is a difficult trek of 5 hours where you can find endemic species of birds and wildlife. Reach the highest point of about 1950 meters above sea level and enjoy the pristine beauty of Anaimudi and Idukki.
Where to stay: Royal Retreat, Poopada and Clouds Valley
Tip: you will need refreshments, water and an expert guide as it is not a simple trek
5. Chithirapuram – The Most Beautiful Hill
Walk to the Chithirapuram bridge through the tea estates and you will fall in love with the Ramaswamy Dam waterfall. Pepper, betel nut, Guava, Vanilla are some of the planting species that you will encounter while strolling through this beautiful trek. Capture pictures of hilly slopes, the mountains filled with greenery and the plantation areas as the topography of these landscapes will leave you awestruck.
Difficulty Level: Moderate
Highlights: Green beds all around as you trek to the top of the hill.
Where to stay: Bella Vista (at the base camp of the trek)
Tip: Guide is important as the ways are confusing and carry a camera for sure!
6. Lakshmi Hill Trek – The Most Popular Trek In Munnar
The Lakshmi Hill Trek offers a surreal experience that never fails to amaze the travelers and trekkers. You need to drive just 3 kilometers from Munnar towards Cochin and reach the starting point of the Lakshmi Hill Trek. Followed up by a ridge the further trek offers splendid beauty to the travelers. Ramble through the grasslands and witness the rocky slopes during your way.
Difficulty Level: Moderate
Highlights: You will see the highest peak of South India – Anamudi, while trekking through the rocky ways of the hills.
Where to stay: Lakshmi Cottage (near the base camp)
Tip: It is an easy trek so you just need is a stick and a small water bottle
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