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Munnar - South India's Own Heaven
A Great Honeymoon Spot Down South Asia!
Munnar is underhyped. You have to be there to understand and appreciate the beauty of it all. Greenery all around, the cold weather -- makes Munnar the most apt Honeymoon spot in Southern India! It's also very affordable, so if you're tight on cash you might as well decide to travel Munnar as opposed to other hill stations.
I was there recently and I was blown over by the climate, tea plantations and lifestyle. This page is all about Munnar and anything and everything you need to know about Munnar. You will also be redirected to some useful links so that you can get more info on how to get there, and how much you will have to spend if you are planning on a holiday.
One thing I would like to say is that Munnar is definitely a romantic place! Maybe it's the cold weather and all the greenery around -- but I simply loved the atmoshphere. You have to take care not to visit Munnar (which is in Southern India -- Kerala) during the months of July - September because it gets really rainy and you won't be able to explore the outside as much as you would like.
P.S : All pictures on this page are taken from my camera. Please do not use them without my permission.
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Try The Elephant Rides!
One thing you should not miss out on when you are at Munnar is taking an elephant ride! Trust me, it's superb!
You are taken on an elevated platform which is on level with the elephant, and you can seat yourself on top of the elephant.
You will have to hold the handle which is present on the seat fastened onto the elephant's back.
The elephants seem to understand every order of its caretaker and it moves accordingly.
The rides usually last between 25 minutes to an hour. We went inside a forest and were able to see flora and fauna unique to Munnar.
I was happy to see that these elephants were not mistreated in any way during our journey.
Greenery All Around !
If you are from a highly polluted city (which is where I am from), then you will truly appreciate the beauty and pure air of Munnar. The trip was rejuvenating in itself. Breathing the fresh air made me feel like I was truly in heaven! When you think it can't get any greener than this, you find another spot that's just more beautiful!
The climate is cold but not uncomfortable enough to make you lazy and sit inside your apartment! So I guess it's suitable for those couples who want to get to a romantic spot that isn't too chilly!
Eat Spicy, Fresh and Yummylicious Corn on The Cob!
I find pleasure in doing simple things in life.
One of the things I enjoyed the most was walking on the roads of Munnar eating a spicy corn on the cob! Yum! You wouldn't want to miss out on that either. If you ever get hungry on the way, try these crunchy snacks instead!
You can find people selling carrots and corn cobs everywhere.
Waterfalls, Waterfalls, Everywhere!
You will see little streams of water flowing through the rocks at frequent points in Munnar. I went totally crazy seeing them! They looked heavenly and the whole backdrop was serene. Some of these waterfalls at Munnar were heavy, whereas most of them were little slow streams of water. If you are interested in photography, you will be glad with the scenery Munnar provides!
You might see some flower shows depending on the time of the year. Usually, you will also see some photographers with a digicam lurking around willing to take a couple of photos for you for a price. You can let them handle your photo sessions while you enjoy the scenery!
There are wide range of flowers and plants which you will be able to see at Munnar. Different colored varieties which look totally stunning. I took these photos of some gorgeous hydrangia. I am not totally into plants, but I did really enjoy the view!
The Echo Point at Munnar is interesting - mainly because it lives up to its name. You say anything loud and you hear your voice echo right back at you ! It is a visally appealing place too.
You can go on a speed boat ride near to the Echo Point. The speed boat ride was a most enjoyable experience. These guys ride the boat really fast and you wonder if you will end up drowning (it's safe! not to worry!). Lifejackets are given beforehand and you get an adrenaline rush when the experts drive you through the munnar rivers in a totally crazy ride! Recommended if you like excitement!
Massages, Home Made Chocolates and Beverages
I ended up having an ayurvedic massage. It was totally relaxing. Came around 900 Indian rupees (you will have to do the conversion yourselves ;))!
Home made chocolates were purchased too. They are available all around Munnar. Munnar isn't really famous for eatables. If you are planning on taking something back home - different types of tea, and chocolates - are available. You can walk around to see some handicrafts at selected places but these items are not available in plenty so you will have to search a lot for them!
Last But Not The Least - Tea Plantations!
What is Munnar without tea plantations? They are everywhere! Munnar is famous for its great quality tea and you get different varieties. There's even a tea museum you can visit. The museum shows old as well as new machiney which is used for making tea powder from leaves.
A Useful Travel Guide
What You Have To Keep In Mind
- Do not visit Munnar during the months July - September. It gets really rainy plus you cannot enter tea plantations because of blood sucking leeches.
- Carry enough woollen clothes with you. It's not as chilly as some hill stations, but never take the climate for granted.
- It gets really foggy by evening so you will have to finish all sight seeing by 6 PM.
- Drink water even if you are not thirsty. You skin tends to get dry faster because of the cool climate.