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Travel Guide for Munnar Hill Station in Kerala

Updated on September 8, 2017
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Radhika is highly passionate of traveling and keen in observing things for penning them into a travel article.

Munnar | Source

The car slowly mounted the hills as we were on our trip to Munnar. The air was becoming cooler and cooler and chill breeze also conquered the atmosphere. Terrace slopes of tea plantations and misty verdant hills covered the backdrop throughout the rest of the journey.

I had not imagined that Munnar would be so beautiful really as was heard in stories and lectures. It seemed that Munnar was an oil painting of God using bright blue green hues. It is also the casa of ‘Neelakurinji’ flowers of purplish blue color blossoming once in 12 years to embellish the resplendence of the hills.

Munnar is a hill station on the Western Ghats, situated in the Idukki district of the Indian state of Kerala. As it’s situated geographically on the confluence of the three rivers Muthirapuzha, Nallathanni and Kundaly, it came to be known as ‘Munnar’. Munnar town is in Kannan Devan Hills Village in Devikulam Taluk. Its delightful peaks and dams shower the nature lovers with a bounty of colorful paintings of misty mountains, clouds, streams and green woods.

Neelakurinji or bluebell flowers

1. Rajamala

Rajamala means royal mountains. The richness of nature experienced here awarded it this name. Rajamala at a distance of 15km from Munnar, located in Eravikulam National Park is a high rolling plateau of hills in the higher ranges of Munnar. Also, the wild endangered species of goat ‘Nilgiri Tahr’ (Varaiaadu in Tamil language) is found in abundance here because of the favorable living conditions. About half of the world’s population of this species of goat is concentrated here. Its special ability to jump up the hills within a moment adds glow to Rajamala where visitors flock to behold this rare sight.

There is ample scope for trekking up this green mountain along-with fogs crisscrossing us. As we go higher and higher, slender white lines of small streams become visible that fall down. At some rocky bases, we can tinker the toes in these waters that surge from some points. This panorama of fog covered mountains at a higher altitude is the acme of nature which makes Munnar the epitome of beauty.

Rajamala | Source
Nilgiri Tahr or Varaiaadu
Nilgiri Tahr or Varaiaadu | Source

2. Anamudi peak

Anamudi peak is the highest peak in the Western Ghats and South India, at an elevation of 2,695m (8,842 ft) from the sea level. As it resembles an elephant’s head, it came to be called as ‘Anamudi’ in its regional language Malayalam. A trekking from the basement of Rajamala in Eravikulam National Park may take you to reach the summit ‘Anamudi’. It’s a fault-block mountain of small local relief and not steeply tall. This rocky terrain is clothed with heavy evergreen forests of bamboos, black wood and teak growing lavishly. Also Anamudi hill is the source of many rivers that traverse the landscape before merging with major rivers. Stunning views of clouds in the sky and fogs moving around the hills can be enjoyed from this high peak point.

Anamudi peak
Anamudi peak | Source

3. Echo Point

This cool point about 16km on the way to Top Station is dressed with almost all hues of nature. Mist clad mountains merging with blue sky, green landscape and the cool lake flowing amidst together grab all the five senses of the visitor for a moment. A sketch of Echo point can be said as an exact trace of nature’s drawing. The natural echo phenomenon found here gave this place the name ‘Echo Point’.

Echo Point
Echo Point | Source

4. Photo Point

This photogenic point is on the way to Mattupetti dam. The green thick set tea garden sloping down from the green mountains arrange a stunning backdrop for those who crave for superb snapshots. This point is a true reflection of the tea country, Munnar.

Photo Point
Photo Point | Source

5. Sitadevi lake, Devikulam

Distant about 7km from Munnar is the spectacular hill station Devikulam. It is believed that the lake flowing here is sacred because Goddess Sita, wife of Lord Rama took bath in it during her stay in the nearby forests. Thus it got the name Sitadevi Lake. People come here to drink this crystal clear water rich in minerals with curative powers. The lake amidst verdant forests and hills teemed with songbirds is a majestic scenic spot in Munnar. The outpouring Pallivasal waterfall lies in the vicinity of this divine lake.

6. Pallivasal

Pallivasal is a village located at about 8km from Munnar, near to Chithirapuram. It is the venue of the first hydro-electric project in Kerala. The dam and waterfalls are the main attractions here.

Pallivasal dam and falls
Pallivasal dam and falls | Source

7. Chithirapuram

It is a beautiful hill station at a distance of 10km from Munnar. This quaint countryside still hosts several ancient old cottages and mansions built during colonial rule. Chithirapuram is another paradise of manicured tea gardens, verdant hills and evergreen forests laced with mountain streams.

Chithirapauram | Source

8. Chinnakanal

This village is at a distance of about 21km from Munnar. Travelling further 13 km from Devikulam, Chinnakanal is reached. Hotels and tea estates present in this village are very popular and commuters lure the grand visual feast of the cascading waterfalls here. Chinnakanal waterfalls or powerhouse waterfalls gush from a height of about 800ft amidst dense tea slopes.

Chinnakanal | Source

9. Mattupetti dam

This is a storage gravity dam to conserve water for hydroelectricity in Kerala, at a distance of about 13km from Munnar. The scenic beauty of the reservoir in the brilliant backdrop is what makes this place exemplary. This scenic spot is enjoyed best with a speed boat ride of about 10 minutes. The ride gives the feel of being in nature’s lap of brilliant colorful backdrop. Fresh air, cool breeze and the thrill of floating in a boat in green waters amidst lush green forests is an all time cherishing experience for a tourist traveler. It is the grounding place of wild elephants too.

Mattupetti reservoir
Mattupetti reservoir | Source

10. Rose garden

This garden housed in Mattupetti is a treasure of varieties of flowers. Flowers grown in small pots arranged in consecutive rows one above another gives a quick glimpse into the garden here. Besides, roses are also planted in hill slopes of grasslands. The ideal climate for growing all kinds of flowers gave way to the advent of rose garden. Water lilies grown in an artificial pond is another attraction here.

Rose garden
Rose garden | Source

11. Kundala dam and lake

Kundala dam and the nearby lake present another striking spot for the wayfarer to explore. It is situated at about 20km from Munnar. The lake stretching through green woodland provides many boating facilities. Kashmir style boat ‘Shikara’ gives a feel of taking a Kashmiri ride in Kundala Lake. Pedal boat rides are also available to cruise through this placid lake of Munnar. This is a popular buzz thronged with sightseers during peak season (Dec to Mar).

Kundala lake
Kundala lake | Source

12. Pothamedu View Point

About 3km from Munnar is Pothamedu view point which gives us a glance into the fog covered mountains. Tea and cardamom plantations look like a green carpet of Munnar from here. Fog can deter this view as it has to carpet the mountains every now and then. Sunset can be seen from here with the several transformations of hues sunrays pass through.

These are the major attractions of the magnificent tea country and Neelakurinji hill station, Munnar. If you’re not satiated with all these, then traverse through some of the landscapes that have historic prominence. Wild life sanctuaries and waterfalls are yet other splendid sites in Munnar to explore. This natural, unruffled, extravagant tourist site is a golden dot on the heart of God’s own country, Kerala.

Pothamedu view point
Pothamedu view point | Source

13. Tata tea museum

Housed in Nallathanni Estate of about 12km from Munnar, this museum showcases antiques related to tea processing that date back to more than a century. Tata tea museum is a tribute to the pioneers of tea production, whose sincere toils turned Munnar to a major tea plantation center of Kerala. The burial urn excavated from the vicinity of Periakanal Estate dating back to 2nd century BC, original tea roller Rotovane of 1905 used in CTC (crush, tear, cut) type tea processing, the Pelton Wheel used at Kanniamallay Estate in1920s, a rail engine wheel of the Kundale Valley Light Railway used in between 1900 – 1950 are some of the equipment displayed here.

A demonstration room for tea tasting is also included in Tata tea museum. Here one can taste the different varieties of tea and find out the nuances of tea processing in CTC and orthodox tea manufacturing units.

Tata Tea Museum
Tata Tea Museum | Source

14. Anayirangal dam

This dam, perched on the hilltop is 22km from Munnar. The reservoir bordered by dense green forests let you cruise through it enjoying the wilderness. ‘Anayirangal’ literally translates to ‘elephant alight’ as elephants alight here frequently from nearby forests.

Anayirangal dam
Anayirangal dam | Source

15. Kolukkumalai tea estate

Kolukkumalai tea estate is 35 km from Munnar. A ridge anchors Kolukkumalai tea estate and the factory where tea is processed. It is regarded as the world’s highest reputed tea estate at approximately 8000 feet above the sea level. With a bumpy ride for about 90min through the narrow rocky terrain, you can reach Kolukkumalai tea factory. The various stages of tea production can be studied in detail here.
Kolukkumalai hosts amazing vista of rugged mountains carpeted by tea plantations below. On clear nights Kodaikanal hills of Tamil Nadu state become visible from this point.

Kolukkumalai Tea Factory
Kolukkumalai Tea Factory | Source

16. Top Station

Top Station, about 41 km from Munnar is situated along the border of the state of Tamil Nadu. Top Station has historic significance as it was the transshipment location for tea delivered up here from Munnar by railway and then down by rope-way to Kottagudi. With the mesmeric view of the ethereal hills of Munnar, Top Station always charms its guests atop. During the ‘Neelakurinji’ season, this point becomes clustered with Neelakurinji(blue bells) flowers that tend it to be called ‘Neelakurinjimala’. The wildlife Kurinjimala sanctuary is also nearby.

Top Station, Munnar
Top Station, Munnar | Source

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    • radhikasree profile imageAUTHOR

      Radhika Sreekanth 

      6 years ago from Mumbai,India

      Thank you revelationholiday...Your insight about this hub is bragging me to write more travel hubs. I'm honored when you tagged this hub to your website.

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      6 years ago

      Hi radhikasree, Even though many of these destinations are well known to me, still i felt like reading most of the articles presented in a beautiful manner.I would tag your hub to my website as it is more informative.

    • radhikasree profile imageAUTHOR

      Radhika Sreekanth 

      7 years ago from Mumbai,India

      Thanks georgescifo for stopping by with the new information. Kundala dam was very beautiful at the time I visited it. Sad to hear that it's beauty is not maintained by the respective authorities.

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      7 years ago from India

      The list of travel spots in Munnar given along with this hubpage is amazing except for Kundala dam, which has become one of the most dirty travel spot in Munnar. Visited that place few months back and really felt like leaving that place at once.

    • radhikasree profile imageAUTHOR

      Radhika Sreekanth 

      8 years ago from Mumbai,India

      Hi srsddn sir,

      Thanks for taking a virtual tour over Munnar and hope your daughter had a wonderful time visiting it. Thanks for the votes and share.

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      Sukhdev Shukla 

      8 years ago from Dehra Dun, India

      Radhikasree, I love visiting hill stations but I missed Munnar last December. My daughter visited and she had many pictures with her to explain the beauty of Munnar. She brought local tea also for me. Your Hub is like visiting Munnar, it is nicely done. Thumbed up, useful info and shared.

    • radhikasree profile imageAUTHOR

      Radhika Sreekanth 

      8 years ago from Mumbai,India

      Hi ranjanrahul,

      No, this hub can't be more beautiful than Munnar because Munnar is God's creation. I'm only a small writer just trying to showcase its beauty. Western Ghats or Sahyadri mountains range in the Western side of India with several hill stations scattered from North to South. Kerala's hill stations are among these ones and they're more beautiful with the brilliant sketch of God. Hope you've cleared up your question.

    • radhikasree profile imageAUTHOR

      Radhika Sreekanth 

      8 years ago from Mumbai,India

      Hi torrilynn,

      Thanks for the nice comment. Glad to hear that you love to visit Munnar.

    • radhikasree profile imageAUTHOR

      Radhika Sreekanth 

      8 years ago from Mumbai,India

      Hi livingsta,

      Yes, Kerala is really God's own country. I think Munnar is where the most beautiful sights of Kerala is situated. Thank you for voting this up and share.

    • radhikasree profile imageAUTHOR

      Radhika Sreekanth 

      8 years ago from Mumbai,India

      Hello lammattdoran,

      Munnar is where the real beauty of Kerala lies. Kodaikanal is on the other side of Munnar and is visible from Top Station sometimes. Even if they both are in Western ghats, the natural vegetation of Kerala is verdant which can't be seen anywhere else. Munnar has several scenic spots to explore that look like painted with oils.

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      Rahul Ranjan 

      8 years ago from Delhi

      I never visited Moner, but can say that this hub is more beautiful then Monar. I have a question here please make it clear. The articles that I read so far about Kerala tourism all has special force for Western Ghats! Is Western Ghats most beautiful destination or what?

    • torrilynn profile image


      8 years ago


      thanks for the amazing photos

      along with the information, it makes me

      want to book a trip right away

      very well written work

      Voted up

    • livingsta profile image


      8 years ago from United Kingdom

      Beautiful hub with beautiful photos. Kerala itself is green and it's beautiful landscapes and backwaters are breathtaking. Thank you for this hub

      Votes up and sharing!

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      Robert Clarke 

      8 years ago from UK

      Hi radhikasree, I visited the state of Kerala last March. I didn't go to Munnar as we went to Kodaikanal hill station in Tamil Nadu so I thought maybe it would be similar? In Kerala we went to Allepey and Fort Kochi and had a good time. I like your hub.


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