Munnar, probably the most famous of Kerala Hill Stations, is an area of outstanding beauty with hills and valleys covered in tea and spice plantations with the Western Ghats mountain rising majestically behind. The climate is moderate, becoming cool in the evening time when you will need warmer clothing. There is plenty to visit around Munnar, and plentiful hotels and resorts to please every tourist whatever their needs or budget.
After the amazing sight of hill after rolling hill covered in emerald green tea bushes, the Tea Museum at Nullatanni estate in Munnar gives an interesting view into the past and an understanding of how tea is processed today. On display are many items relating to the 100 yr old history of tea and how it still prospers today.
Eravikulam National Park, now being considered by UNESCO for world heritage status, is high altitude grasslands, mountains and rivers, Anamudi, at 2695m is India’s highest peak outside the Himalayas. Among the 26 species of animals here, the largest surviving population Of Nilgiri Thar are carefully managed, They are so sensitive to disturbance that the Park is closed from early February to early April when the young are born. Tours of Eravikulam are taken by mini bus, driven by staff who know and understand the wildlife.
Anywhere you walk in Munnar and surrounding area will delight you the views and fresh air, there is plenty of opportunity for longer treks. Mattupetty Dam is a scenic lake with boating available in row or motor boats. You may see waterfalls while driving around, Attukal Waterfall is a favourite, at it’s most dramatic during monsoon seasons. Top Station is a special viewpoint, with good visibility there is a magnificent panorama of mountains and hills, but when the clouds come down the view is lost.