Munnar Travelogue by Roopsen C V: After enjoying our stay in Kochi, we were truly looking forward to our next destination – Munnar. We had some idea about Munnar after reading Munnar Travelogue at munnar.org.
Munnar sits above 1800 metres from sea level and is one of the most popular hill stations in South India. From munnar.org, I came to know how beautiful it was, but we were truly amazed as the car approached this majestic region as the morning clouds dusted the mountain tops. The kids in their woolen jacket observed the hills, greenary and water falls through the window, which forced them to shout “wow” many times.
Upon arrival, we were warmly greeted as we checked into the hotel. Grabbed quickly the complimentary breakfast from the hotel itself. We really wanted to get a feel for Munnar, so we travelled in a rickshaw and had the driver took us around, especially off the beaten path, where the locals shop, eat and relax. To me, this is the way to see a new location – through the eyes of the local community.
We headed to our first destination – the Eravikulam National Park. The park is located about 12 km from Munnar. This park is home to endangered Nilgiri Thars, butterflies and birds. In my opinion, it is a great place for trekking and relax. I just couldn’t stop taking pictures of the Nilgiri Thars and the tea plantations from above the hills.
Our driver told us about Neelakurinji, a plant flowered only once in twelve years. Munnar was over crowded in 2006 when it bloomed last time. On the way back to Munnar town, where our resort was located, we had seen several water falls.
We were then taken to the Tata Tea Museum located at Nallathanni Estate. This museum is worth to visit. It is exclusively on tea with curios, photographs and machineries. The process of tea production was narrated by the friendly guide over there. Then we visited the CSI Church, constructed on rock without any plaster during the British rule. We walked to the Munnar vegetables and fruits market from the church. Purchased some fresh strawberries and other fruits with unfamiliar names.
We had spent some time at the garden nearby the town. The children were anxious to see the picturesque floral scenery and do everything!
Day 2 at Munnar
Next day we had visited Devikulam Lake, Mattupetty Dam, Top Station and Kundalai Dam. We returned back the resort after having the food from a restaurant in Munnar town.
Day 3 at Munnar
On the third day, every one got ready for Marayoor trip. It is located about 40 Km away from munnar. I remember, we had seen sandalwood forest and Muniyaras at Marayur. After a hurry shopping, we returned back to the hotel early as we had to leave Munnar next day morning.
We will come back again. May be when Neelakurunji blooms next time.
We are all greatful to “munnar.org” for introducing a wonderful place. Google lead us to “munnar.org” and it lead us to real Munnar!! And now our Munnar travelogue is published here. Thanks again.