13 Must Visit Places in Munnar

Update: New Interactive Google Maps added to this blog post with the below listed places plus some more! I hope it will make it easy for you to locate places when you travel to Munnar! Click here..

Munnar is one of the most popular hill stations in South India.  It is nestled in Western Ghats at an altitude of 6000 ft and is located in Idukki district of Kerala.  This picturesque hill station beckons nature lovers from far and near.

Munnar, Hill Station in Kerala Taken from Wikipedia By kcbimal. Originally from flickr

Large tea plantations, forests, hill ranges, valleys and wildlife makes anyone fall in love with this place. I am going to share 13 places that you should visit (or try to) when you are in Munnar. And if you already visited Munnar recently, then I hope these will make you want to do another trip very soon!

1. Mattupetty Dam

Mattupetty Dam, MunnarMattupetty dam : Aruna at ml.wikipedia

Mattupetty dam and its reservoir  is  located 13 km away from Munnar.  This concrete gravity dam is built between the hill ranges and it is used mainly for water storage for hydroelectric projects. Its reservoir is an idyllic place to enjoy the serene nature. It is also said to be one of the waterholes where the elephants in the region often visit..

2. Mattupedi Dairy Farm

Mattupetty dairy farmMattuppetty Dairy Farm photo By Balu malayali from flickr

Mattupetty is also famous for the Indo-Swiss Farm. This is a highly specialized dairy farm  which comes under Indo-Swiss Livestock Project. Hundreds of high quality cattle are reared here and new varieties are scientifically developed.

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3. Kundala Lake

Kundala Lake, MunnarKundala Lake : by Anoop Joy from flickr

Kundala Lake is an artificial reservoir of a minor arch shaped dam huddled between the mountain ranges. It is about a 20 km drive from Munnar. There is boating facility there..and  don’t forget to go for a Shikara boat ride while you are there!

4. Top Station

Top Station,  Munnar

It is about 40 km from Munnar and it is 1,880 meters above sea level. The panoramic view of the Western Ghats and the valley of Theni from Top station is simply breathtaking. Top station got this name from it’s being the uppermost located railway station on the Kundala Valley Railway.

5. Echo Point

Echo Point, Munnar, KeralaEcho point image: Ruben Joseph

Echo Point  is about 15 km from Munnar. Go there and scream as loud as you can..and wait for a minute. You can hear your echo back! Its quite interesting. If you have kids with you..they will love it. They can experience this natural phenomenon firsthand.

6. Rajamalai (Part of Eravikulam National Park)

Nilgiri Tahr at Rajamala MunnarNilgiri Tahr : by Arun Suresh

Rajamala, part of Eravikulam national park, is located at about 15 kms from Munnar.  This region is the natural habitat of the Nilgiri Tahr (Hemitragas hylocres). It was converted to a national park to provide a safe sanctuary  for the already endangered species of Nilgiri Tahr.

7. Tea Museum

Photos of Kannan Devan Tea Museum, MunnarThis photo of Kannan Devan Tea Museum is courtesy of TripAdvisor

This tea museum is first of its kind in India. It is located at KDHP’s Nullatanni estate in Munnar. The aim of this museum according to its founders is to showcase the growth of more-than-a-century-old tea plantations in this region. Anyone visiting this museum will get a clear  picture of how laborious this tea processing really is.

8. Marayoor Sandalwood Forests Sandalwood forest Marayur

This is located at around 42 kms north of Munnar through the Udumalppetta route. Marayoor is famous of the natural sandalwood forest. Not only that, this place is said to be part of the ancient stone age civilization dated back to 10,000 B.C. Stone age paintings, rock edicts and dolmens found there vouch for this rich heritage.

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9. Attukad Waterfalls

Photos of Attukal Waterfalls, Munnar
This photo of Attukal Waterfalls is courtesy of TripAdvisor

Now this is a scenic waterfalls located between Munnar and Pallivasal. It is just 9 km away from Munnar. But this waterfalls will be in its full glory only after the monsoon (Rainy season). During other seasons, it is just a trickling mountain stream.

10. Blossom Park

pink dahlias at blossom park, munnar
Image by pranav  via flickr

Blossom International Park is about 3 km away from Munnar town and it spreads over 16 acres. It is a peaceful location to enjoy a calm and relaxing nature walk admiring flowers and surrounding green hillside. The park offer many activities for tourists like boating, cycling, roller skating etc.

11. Chinnar Wildlife Sanctuary

Chinnar Wildlife Sanctuary Image by Kerala Tourism via flickr

 Chinnar wildlife sanctuary is about 60 kms from Munnar. It is situated on SH 17 in the Marayoor and Kanthalloor Panchayats of Idukki district. It is an ideal spot for trekking and enjoying wildlife closely. It is the habitat for endangered Grizzled giant squirrel in India. Almost 34 species of mammals including panthers, spotted deers, elephants, tigers can be found here. It is also a bird watchers paradise. 245 species of birds live here!

12. Tea Plantations

Munnar Tea PlantationsImage by Kerala Tourism via flickr

 How can one resist a tea garden tour when you are in Munnar? Rolling hillsides covered with tea plantations is a sight to behold. The lush greenery and the soothing cold wind with a mild aroma of tea leaves totally rejuvenates you.

13. Lakkom Water Falls

Lakkom Waterfalls, Munnar

 This waterfalls is about 25 kms from Munnar on the way to Udumalaipettai. Lakkom waterfalls is part of Eravikulam National Park. The cascading waterfalls and the scenic surroundings makes it tourists favorite hideout in Munnar.

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Have you been to Munnar?  Do you know some other hideouts in Munnar? Do share your experience.

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I am the Inbound Marketing and Creative Head for Paradise Holidays, Cochin a Kerala based tour operator. I love reading, exploring places and trying out new dishes!

88 Responses

  1. avatar
    http://techreo.blogspot.in/ at | | Reply

    wow mam you done such a great job.I have travel many cities across India but found munnar, kerala is fantastic

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      Rahul at | | Reply

      Thanx for sharing such nice places

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    nishii at | | Reply

    Great Post.Thanks for sharing the post.

  3. avatar
    Vishal Chavan at | | Reply

    This is good information to make your plan on spots we would like to visit.

    1. avatar
      Ratheesh R.Nath at | | Reply

      thank you sir

  4. avatar
    Chinmaya Suresh at | | Reply

    super ! i got so many information from this article for planning our summer trip . So THANKS
    by , chinmaya achu suresh

  5. avatar
    Jose Prakash. M at | | Reply

    I am a Keralite, this post is very helpful to everyone.

    Thanks.

    1. avatar
      Ratheesh R.Nath at | | Reply

      thank you sir

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    ali at | | Reply

    Hello, unfortunately, there is no publicity for this beautiful places for tourism and for example, I’m from Kuwait, I do not know about these beautiful places, but when I decided to visit India for tourism and searched on the Internet and found Kerala. I wish to India and the people of India all the best . thank you .

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      Ratheesh R.Nath at | | Reply

      thank you sir

  7. avatar
    ajay at | | Reply

    Can you tell me from where we will start our journey to keral. within 6days we will finish and come back to bbsr.journey date in october2013

    1. avatar
      Ratheesh R.Nath at | | Reply

      you can come upto cochin

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    R. Jagannathan at | | Reply

    Just visited you Thekady blog post and commented therein. This is another nice post tempting a traveller to make a trip to Munnar and not miss places of interest. Thank you, – R. J.

    1. avatar
      Ratheesh R.Nath at | | Reply

      thanks sir

  9. avatar
    Navish Dogra at | | Reply

    Great Blog..

    Well written and has all the vital information that will be a boon to a first time traveler to Kerala.

    Thanks to Sunu and Paradise Kerala team !!

  10. avatar
    AJAY MONDAL at | | Reply

    Hello Mam, I have never seen such a beautiful detailed work done from any tourism dept. This page has helped me alot to find details about kerela….I just need your help in planning my trip as we have tight schedule.

    Our journey is from 13 to 19 oct 2013…. 15th we are reaching cochin and going to munnar on 16th. Now please help me that how much time will it take us to reach munnar , caz we have to leave munnar on 18th at any cost, and if we go to allepy from munnar, wats the distance and time taken to reach allepy? Will it be good for us to go to allepy caz 19th we have flight back from cochin.

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      Ratheesh R.Nath at | | Reply

      thank you sir
      we shall be contacting you with all required detials.

  11. avatar
    tajeswita gupta at | | Reply

    me and my husband planning our honeymoon in kerala.. this is such a fruitful info to get abt whr to go… thanks… loved it

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    Neha Sharma at | | Reply

    Hi, I am planning to visit cochin for 2 days. can you please plan our visit?
    I will be landing in Cochin on 30th Nov at night, so i have 1st and 2nd Dec full day and night. i have to catch flight on 3rd dec around 6pm.
    Please arrange some fruitful trip so that i can cover most of the things around Kochi, munnar, allepy, thekkdy. I like to visit backwaters, national park, some beautiful sceneic beauty or waterfalls.. if needed i can also change my flight and make it 4th Dec early morning(if at all required).
    Please let me know asap so that i can book my flight tickets.

    Neha

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      Ratheesh R.Nath at | | Reply

      shall be contacting you

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        k c dave at | | Reply

        dear
        i read abt munnar i highly impress by u bcz by ur help i got knowledge for munnar.i m also talk with ur compnay s executive vandana abt my tour package for kerala i m from Gujarat n i promise u i will forward ur mail to my friends i m retd. senior police office n i have large group entire gujarat

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    Aneesh at | | Reply

    Dear Mr.Ratheesh,
    Hope u r doing well.We ,a group of 15 are planning to visit munnar on the 14th of dec 2013.Please do let me know the timings of the park,boating,safari if any..As of now we r planning to stay there 2 nights ,14th and 15th and shall leave on the 16th morning to either aleppey or kumarakom.appreciate ur valuable comments by giving me the details of a nice homestay in munnar,kumarakom or aleppey ,houseboat trip .

    Many Thanks in advance.
    Aneesh

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    AKC at | | Reply

    Hi,

    We are planning to visit 2 Days in Munnar and 2 Days in Thekkady . Our travel arrangements have been made already. This blog is really informative. Can you please contact me for arranging local transfers and sightseeings if you provide such service?

    Awaiting your reply.

    Regards

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    sunil jain at | | Reply

    Reilly nice place..

  16. avatar
    ANJAN DAS at | | Reply

    It is a splendid job done. The photography is excellent and tempting to anybody who is interested in a trip to Munnar, Kerala. It would have been even better if a approx. time span is assigned to cover these particular places .

    A map of Munnar is very essential depicting the aforesaid places to make your post perfect in all respect.

    For my personal interest I would like to know that if it is feasible to cover all these places in Two days and Two Night time .

    Cochin – Munnar-Cochin.

    Waiting eagerly for some more interesting posts .

  17. avatar
    Tousif at | | Reply

    Hello,

    I am glad I came across such a wonderful blog, crisp and very well written. I am planning for a trip to Kerala and would like to have a fun filled adventure trip. I would appreciate if you would help me plan it.

    Thanks,
    Tousif

  18. avatar
    Parinita Puri at | | Reply

    Can you please let us know how many days are required to cover all places and what will be best way to cover these places

  19. avatar
    S. Mitra at | | Reply

    Hello,

    I am planning my honeymoon to Munnar 3 night 4 days with 1 night at boathouse. Can you please help me to plan the itenary so as to cover most of the exotic places around Munnar.

    Thanks,
    S. Mitra

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    Amulya at | | Reply

    Thanks for such a nice article :) Around 10-15 of my friends are planning a trip to Munnar next month. Please let me know if you can conduct a package trip for us or if you can provide us accommodation and local transport.

    Thanks

  21. avatar
    amod at | | Reply

    Thankx for the information

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    Ronald at | | Reply

    I believe Chinnar and Lakkom are quite farther from Munnar, which is not good to be told. Coz 60 and 25 Kms are not in radius of Munnar…

    Regards,
    Ronald

  23. avatar
    Subrata Mukherjee at | | Reply

    Thankx for your valued information. Will anyone help me to provide some cheap hotels in munnar & periyar for accomodation and restaurant for fooding .

  24. avatar
    Suhas Poojary at | | Reply

    Thanks for such a nice article :) Around 35 of my friends are planning a trip to Munnar next month. Please let me know if you can conduct a package trip for us or if you can provide us accommodation and local transport.

  25. avatar
    sharad at | | Reply

    Hi sunu, we have planned to to holiday in kerala . Please help us and you arrange my package and accommodation with transport facility

    1. avatar
      Ratheesh R.Nath at | | Reply

      Dear sir,
      Kindly forward your requirements to info@paradise-kerala.com

  26. avatar
    Sijo at | | Reply

    Hai its very good informatiön.i am a pg student.our colg frnds plan a tour 2 days at munar.can u help me? Kollam to munar..

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    George at | | Reply

    Please any one answer why Mattupedi instead of mattupetty ?

  28. avatar
    mohan classic at | | Reply

    It is better, if u should take a print out of all the 14-15 places which is near to munnar while on journey. I spent more that 5 days there and it is really fentastic.

  29. avatar
    DR.P.DHARMALINGAM at | | Reply

    dear madam,

    last year we visited thekkady and munnar.
    this april end we are planning to visit munnar again.
    your info is very useful. the places we missed will be done this time. thanks.

  30. avatar
    suresh gopi at | | Reply

    this article is very useful sunu philip mam…@

  31. avatar
    Vikas Nehra at | | Reply

    Thank’s for sharing great post….

  32. avatar
    Harsh at | | Reply

    We will reach trivandrum at 5 pm on 26 may. We have to leave for banglore at night of 1 june.
    We have planned to spend 2 nights in kovalam. Next one night in alleppey.
    And other 2 nights in munnar.
    We have one night extra.
    Where it would be better to spend that.
    Whether in Kovalam or munnar or somewhere else

  33. avatar
    Sandeep Singh at | | Reply

    We are 2 guys, currently in coimbatore want to visit Munnar and Wildlife activities.
    Could you please calll us on +91 9987939300 for further details…

    Thanks and Regards,
    Sandeep Singh

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    Christopher Varughese at | | Reply

    I had been wanting to go to Munnar for quiet a while. Now that I have seen this page, I have made a decision to go at the earliest.
    I don’t know any of the following places personally, but I found it in my search.
    In case they are worth going to, do add it to your list of places.

    1. Ponthamedu View Point
    2. Devikulam Tea Plantation
    3. Anayirankal Dam
    4. Santhappara

  35. avatar
    Christopher Varughese at | | Reply

    By the way, does any one know the exact location of the 1st photography on this page taken from wikipedia

  36. avatar
    laxman at | | Reply

    useful information

  37. avatar
    Anil Kumar at | | Reply

    Please plan a 3 Days Munnar – Valparai trip incl. 4 star hotel accommodation for 3 families of 9 Adults + 4 Kids.

    We plan to start the trip from Kollam by 18-Jul-14 to 3 days.

    Thanks in advance.

    Regards,
    Anil Kumar

  38. avatar
    Vivek at | | Reply

    Hi

    I’m planning to visit munnar and would like to buy a birthday cake for family when we are there. Any recommendations for a super tasty cake in munnar?

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    rinju k reji at | | Reply

    Very useful information thank

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    sam at | | Reply

    mam me and my girl friend palaning to vist moonar ,4 days so whhic is best and safety hotel tell us help

  41. avatar
    sam at | | Reply

    which is best and safety hotel fors unmarried couples in moonar

  42. avatar
    sandys at | | Reply

    Really this blog is very informative.very useful information.

  43. avatar
    Pravir Karna at | | Reply

    Awesome work Done
    Thanx for gr8 Help

  44. avatar
    Abhijeet Jaiswal at | | Reply

    Mam how many days would be required to visit all the above mentioned sites in and around munnar?

  45. avatar
    Nirali Vadodaria at | | Reply

    in mentioned places we need 7 days 6 nights package.can you please guide us for estimated expenditures and hotels.we want to cover all the beautiful places(dont want to leave any good places).we are planning in december mid.

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    vetri at | | Reply

    very nice n useful

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    Ragesh.H at | | Reply

    Thank you for sharing the information as we are visiting next week will update you

  48. avatar
    Girish at | | Reply

    Hi sir/mam
    it was really nice visiting ur site. Your feedback is really helpful. I am planning for a visit to Munnar and a halt of 4 days. Will u Plz guide where to land first and further tour accordingly. Is it feasible in the same trip to visit alleppy. If so how long will it take to reach alleppy. just guide me.
    With regards
    Girish
    07621859559
    IAF

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    Sriram Eranki at | | Reply

    Hello I was exploring some options for a 5 days honeymoon trip, found this blog informative & interesting, Can anyone help me in covering as many places as possible in and around Munnar/Cochin in the order of priority?

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    akhil jain at | | Reply

    truelly a great blog for munnar visitors . would surely like to visit there. keep up the good work

  51. avatar
    Belinda Sibu at | | Reply

    Hi I’m from chennai and coming for a family trip to munnar on Nov 28 to 30. I want to know the places I can visit in this period and want to be a memorable one. Please advise. Thanks

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    srinivasan at | | Reply

    Very informative site… Am planning to visit Munnar from 22nd to 25th Oct… Pls get in touch so that you can plan some sight seeing for us… I will be with my wife and an adult daughter… Staying at Tall Trees…Thanks

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