Jessie Liu (Malaysia) – I am deciding to visit Munnar in Kerala by end of this year, please suggest me some suitable trekking routes in Munnar not exceeding 3-4 days.
Shobhit Khurana – Munnar is an excellent place surrounded by lush green tea estates on all four sides with mesmerizing breath taking views. Though there are good numbers of trekking routes of said time limit or days in and around Munnar. Though you have to take the assistance of your travel coordination company in this regard, as some of the tracks around the forest area requires permissions with the related government department or prior bookings due to heavy tourist movements every year to this place. My suggestions are to opt for the trekking on the Meesapulimala (Tiger Moustache Mountain) or Kolukkumalai Trek. Meesapulimala is a 2 day trek with night stay base camp in Rodo Valley and Kolukkumalai Trek can be done into a 3 day Trek depending upon how you coordinate the same. The treks commence from Silent Valley in Munnar which is approximately 1.5 hours away from Munnar town both are bit difficult treks with difficulty at a moderate level. Meesapulimala peak resembles tiger’s face and is the second tallest peak in Western Ghats at an elevation of around 2640 metres from sea levels. On the other hand Kollukkumalai is the World’s Tallest Organic Tea Garden. Further if you wish you may send a detailed query through our contact form on our website www.kerala-tours-online.com or on my email ID – firstname.lastname@example.org or get in touch with us directly on our telephone numbers (+91) 9899095777, (+91) 9810483201, we at Kerala Tours Online shall be happy to assist you with the most appropriate Trekking Trip itinerary for Munnar.
Totte Rodriguez (Hawai) – Aloha..!! We are planning to visit Munnar this year on 2nd, 3rd and 4th August, as it is monsoon season there in India, please suggest us weather it’s safe to visit.
Shobhit Khurana – Yes it is absolutely safe, need not worry at all. In fact Munnar is a place that can be visited any time of the year it has that unique beauty which transforms according to the weather or climate. The only partial drawback that you could face, during the rains you wouldn’t be able to roam around much (go on a regular sightseeing trip etc.) but surely you can enjoy lush greenery and rainy season from the window or balcony of your hotel or resort and enjoy the local cuisines. Factually so far this year there has been weak monsoon in the country.
Evelyn Rose (Wales, UK) – We are planning our visit to Munnar Kerala in November for 4 days. Please suggest me which places can we visit during our stay and make our vacation memorable.
Shobhit Khurana – Munnar is a beautiful place full of scenic landscapes and lush green tea estates all around. Here is a suggested itinerary of four days as asked by you for Munnar.
Day 01 – Nyamakad waterfalls, Anaimudi view, (Rajamala) “South India highest peak at around 2695 metres” Eravikulam National park, Luckkam water fall, marayoor sandal wood forest and chinnar wild life forest
Day 02 – Lockhart Gap view, Rock cave, power house waterfalls, Resort village view, Anaiyirangal Dam orange plantations, Spice garden, Blossom park, Bothamedu view point and Atthukadu water fall
Day 03 – Visit Kolukkumalai, one of the highest tea plantations in the world, is famous for its oldest tea factory and here tea is processed in the traditional method.
Day 04 – Photo point, Jungle honey bee nest, Mattupetti Dam and boating, Elephant arrival spot, Echo point, Kundala Lake, Top station and Tea museum.
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JD Walker (UK) – I am visiting India for the first time, we are a group of total 6 persons. We are heading to Munnar and wish to spend around 7 days there. I have studied a lot about Kerala especially Munnar I hope it would not disappoint me. Please suggest what all places we can visit during our trip of Munnar. Our arrival is at Cochin so what would be the best way to commute from there? Thanks in advance.
Shobhit Khurana – Though you haven’t mentioned the dates or month when you are visiting, anyhow the best time to visit Munnar is around September end to February. Further I can assure you that Munnar won’t disappoint you at all, in fact you can surely mark my words that once you visit Munnar you will definitely feel strong urge to return to this place as soon as possible. The place is full of natural beauty and peaceful environment which becomes addictive after first visit only. It is an absolute vacation getaway after hectic work schedule round the year. As you said your arrival would be at Cochin International Airport so Munnar is around 130 KMs that will take around 3-4 hours to reach. Getting a cab isn’t much of problem form airport still would be better if you ask your hotel or resort to send a car for Airport pick up. Seven days are good to explore Munnar, on the Day One you can visit Eravikulam national park, in the afternoon you can visit Tata tea museum and spend evening watching martial arts (Kalyari Pattu) & Kathakali dance show at the theatre nearby. Day Two you can visit Flower Garden, Photo Point, Honey Tree, Mattupetty dam-boating, Shooting point, Echo point, Kundala lake and Top Station etc. Day Three, Full day trekking to Meesapulimala & Kolukumalai. Day Four Pothenmedu area Viewpoint, Blossom Park, Old Munnar, Chinnakanal area Devikulam, Lock heart view point, Elephant arrival point and Anayirankal Dam. Day Five you can visit Chinnar wild life, Lakkam & thoovanam Falls, and sandal wood forest. Day Six you can spend your whole day at Indo Swiss Project. Day Seven at Pallivasal tea estate and Attukad falls and head back to Cochin to catch the return flight.
Michael Clay (NZ) – We (group of four friends) will be visiting Kerala in September, the problem is we only have one day for Munnar. I am aware of the fact that this place is definitely worth a week or more to enjoy but we have some personal reasons behind not extending our vacations. Please suggest what all things we can do or places to visit in a day. Also would be great if you could mention entry fee (in NZD) of these places if applicable. Thanks
Shobhit Khurana – Though it is bit difficult but here are the list of few places that you can cover in a single day. You can visit to Blossom or Hydel Park, You can do cycling, roller skating and boating as per your choice here. It is located in the proximity of Pallivasal Hydro Electric Project and it is a famous or ideal picnic location for local people from all parts of Kerala also foreign tourists as well. The scenic beauty of the place is very good as you can spend the hours on Hammocks or in meditation caves the entry fee to this park is very nominal around NZD 00.20/- only per person. The Second place which you can visit is Pothanmedu View Point in Munnar, it is a very beautiful place with mesmerizing views from here you can experience mist in the air which surrounds the lush green hills. The overall drive to this place is also very scenic which includes narrow roads and an old bridge also you can enjoy sipping the local hot tea while capturing the moments in your camera with your friends. The Third place which you can visit is Attukal Waterfalls which is a very famous tourist spot for the tourists or travellers visiting Munnar. These waterfalls are surrounded by hills and forest on all corners making their natural beauty second to none. In fact the approach road which goes from Munnar to Pallivasal is very beautiful and picturesque making your overall visit worthwhile. You can enjoy the waterfalls while driving on a narrow bridge from your car itself or sit at the tea shop which is very much near to the waterfalls sipping the hot Munnar Tea which will add on to your experience. The Fourth place which you can visit is Tata Tea Museum which is situated on the Nallathanni estate and has an entry fee of around NZD 1.5/- only per person and also you get a free complimentary freshly blended tea to taste while strolling through the tea museum. The Museum has an excellent depiction of history of tea in the area through series of photographs, document and other artefacts. It not only describes the old ways but also will take you through the journey of tea processing from earlier hand machines to nowadays modern high tech facility where freshly plucked tea leaves are sorted out as per quality, processed and packed to transfer and sell them across the globe. The self explanatory tour of the Tata Tea museum is exceptionally good for a day to spend also it is surrounded by lush green tea plantations which enhances the beauty of the trip. The Fifth place which you can visit is Top Station in Munnar, it is the point which is situated at the highest altitude to serve the purpose of tourist spot. It is around 40 KMs from the main Munnar. The approach route to the Top station excellent in terms of views and scenic beauty but to enjoy the area it is necessary that you choose a fog free day (clear skies) otherwise its quite dense fog at the top and you wouldn’t be able to enjoy the surrounding views at all. There are two Dams which are situated on the route itself and which can also be enjoyed by clicking some memorable photos there and trekking around the area. The Sixth place which you can visit is Eravikulam National Park where the entry fee varies from around NZD 1.6 to 4/- only, per person depending upon the camera carriage fee etc. This park is famous for Nilgiri Tahr and other rare varieties of flora as well as fauna. It is one of the famous trekking spot of Kerala which attracts large number of domestic and foreign tourists every year. The scenic beauty and waterfalls across the trekking path are simply mesmerizing. The Seventh place that you can visit is Kundala Dam or Lake where you can enjoy pedal boating which will cost you around NZD 3/- only for an hour. Kundala is Asia’s first arch dam. There is a unique attraction of Neela Kurunji flowers which bloom once in twelve years are found on the hills around the Lake Kundala. It has the freshness in air, mist clad hills all around and mesmerizing panoramic view that will truly enchant you and friends. The eighth place that you can visit is Mattupetty Dam where you can enjoy the ride of speed boat which will cost you around NZD 10/- only per boat ride. Also the surrounding area of Shola forest is a habitat of some rare varieties of bird and a heaven for professional and amateur bird watchers. There is Indo Swiss Dairy project near Mattupetty dam which can be visited otherwise also this place is excellent for trekking and photography.
Kirk (South Africa) – We are travelling to Munnar for the first time. We shall be arriving at Kochi International Airport then from there travelling to Munnar. Any special tips or advisory from your side shall be appreciated.
Shobhit Khurana – You haven’t mentioned in your question that for how many days you would be spending in Munnar. As per my experience you should spare at least 2 nights for Munnar trip because anything less than that would be in a hurry or rush which could lead to unwanted exhaustion or missing out few important tourist attraction of Munnar. There are lush green tea gardens in Munnar which deserve at least a day or more of yours any sort of expedition would lead to an unmemorable sightseeing experience. From Kochi International Airport, Munnar is around 138 KMs which takes 3 hours to complete the journey one side. The whole road journey from Kochi to Munnar is picturesque but a hectic one especially for those who have motion or altitude sickness as there are lots of sharp turns and curve throughout the way. So it is strictly advisable to keep some medicine handy if you are suffering from motion sickness or otherwise for vomiting etc. Though some people start their respective journey early in the morning and travel back to Kochi on same day itself by late evening which is not at all advisable as you are visiting this place for vacation or relaxing and the place itself is so much beautiful that a few hours visit is way too less to explore. On the way itself there are some beautiful waterfalls where you can stop by and click some memorable pictures or otherwise enjoy the natural landscapes around you. Importantly book your flight tickets keeping in mind that you reach Kochi on or before 1-2 PM as arriving after that time slot would make your journey bit unpleasant as the sun sets early in the hilly regions. So by the time you will reach Munnar it will be already dark and you wouldn’t be able to enjoy the scenic beauty of the route as well as the waterfalls. Hope these tips would be helpful and best of luck for your upcoming trip. If you require any further assistance in hiring a cab, hotel or resort booking etc. or finalizing your Munnar Travel Itinerary, you may send a detailed query through our contact form on our website www.kerala-tours-online.com or on my email ID – firstname.lastname@example.org or get in touch with us directly on our telephone numbers (+91) 9899095777, (+91) 9810483201, we at Kerala Tours Online shall be happy to assist you.