What is it that first comes to your mind when you hear Munnar? Tea gardens, estates and greenery till your eyes can see. Well, that too. But there is another side of Munnar as well.
From June to September, it is monsoon in Kerala. So, by August the rains would have gone down a little, making it convenient for the travellers. And this is the time when Kerala looks the most green, and Munnar, already a green enough place, will be covered in lush greenery. But when you are visiting Munnar at this time of the year, make sure your plans are flexible because you don’t want to end up disappointed with the weather. So, this August and September, make the most of Munnar, but be ready to discover the other side of it.
1. Waterfalls, waterfalls all around
Munnar is home to a number of waterfalls. The most famous ones are the Chinnakanal and the Cheeyappara waterfalls. The Chinnakanal waterfalls is just 18 kms away from the town. Originating from the Devikulam river, the water falls amidst lush greenery of the mountains. The Cheeyappara waterfalls is located 40 kms away from munnar. This cascade flows over 7 rocky steps and is indeed a sight to see. Close to Cheeyappara waterfalls is the beautiful Valara waterfalls. There are also other waterfalls like the Kuthumkal, Attukal, Lakkam and Nyayamakkal waterfalls nearby.
2. Tea Museum
It is hard to miss a tea estate in Munnar. So, when else will it be best to know a little about the history of Munnar? The Tata Tea company recently opened a Tea Museum in Munnar. Located in the Nallathanni Estate of Tata Tea, it is a storehouse of a collection of the history of tea making over the years. The photographs, machineries etc. exhibited in the museum gives you a glimpse of the past. It neatly shows us the evolution of tea making – the tea roller to the automated machines in an elaborate way. Open on all days except Mondays and Good Friday, the visitors are allowed from 9.00 am to 4.00 p.m.
3. Eravikulam National Park
This 97 km2 national park is under consideration by the UNESCO to make it a World Heritage Site. There are many rare species thriving in this area. The most important ones include the Nilgiri Tahr, Indian muntjac, golden jackal, gaur etc. There are also many types of birds and butterflies like the Nilgiri pipit, Nilgiri wood pigeon, red disk bushbrown etc. in this area. Flora wise this park consists mainly of grasslands, shrublands and forests. The park ride is on a bus you can board at around 8.30 am. After the half an journey on the bus which takes you to see the photo gallery, store, and other places, there is also facility for a short trek which covers a distance of about 1.5 kms.
4. Mattupetty Dam
If you are anywhere in Idukki and have not visited a dam, you are missing a lovely opportunity. Mattupetty dam is a concrete gravity dam which is used to conserve water for hydroelectricity. The view from the dam is mind blowing and the replenishing source of water makes it home to a wide variety of flora and fauna.
These are only some of the places you can visit in Munnar. All of those places welcomes you with lush greenery perfect for you to relax or go on an adventure according to your mood. Whatever be the case, SpiceTree Munnar will be extremely pleased to host you. We also offer you a reduced tariff system during these months. But, there is absolutely no compromise on the quality of the services. We take personal interest in each one of you and work towards making your visit here one that you will cherish for the longest time. See you here!