Munnar -A Mystical Hill Station in God’s Own Country

Hey everyone, it’s almost summer time in India and many places around the world. Most of you want to spend a summer vacation with your loved ones somewhere where the weather it not too hot. Many tourists head to the mountains in North India. But not many are aware that South India too has some beautiful places where the weather is nice and cool.

Kerala, a state in South India is known as God’s own country because of its beautifully breath taking landscape. Anyone who has been to Kerala would agree with me. It is a perfect getaway whether you want to just relax with family or friends or go on a honeymoon. It’s known for the beautiful backwaters, nature, wildlife, festivals, spices, Ayurveda massages and of course the yummy food.

Munnar is a beautiful hill station which is situated in the state of Kerala. We visited the mystical hill station a few years back. It is an ideal place for families, honeymooners who want a place to relax among nature. It is known for tea plantations, waterfalls, wildlife and greenery.

 

This was a road trip of sorts where we visited three places – Munnar, Thekaddy and Alleppey. In this post I will be talking about our experience in Munnar. We took a flight from Mumbai to Kochi or Cochin which is the capital city of Kerala. From there we travelled by road to Munnar which takes approximately 3.5 hours by car.

The view of the tea plantations and greenery is mesmerizing. The weather was nice and cool, which was a relief from the Mumbai heat. The food is really yummy. You get dosas all over India, but if you want authentic South Indian food then Kerala is the place. We stopped for breakfast on our way and sampled some yummy uttapa, dosas and chai (tea).

Hot Tea (Chai)

Uttapam or ooththappam or Uthappa with sambar and chutney

Dosa with sambar and chutney

Our hotel had a nice view of the hills and tea plantations and we were lucky to view of mist on several occasions. I had only seen mist up close on our visit to Ooty.

View of the Misty hills from our hotel

Below is a review of few places we visited in Munnar.

Mattupetty/ Madupetty Dam and lake:

The dam was built for the purpose of water conservation and hydroelectricity. The view from the dam is really picturesque. It is also a famous picnic spot.There are also shops selling souvenirs and restaurants for food.

The lake is a little further up the road from the dam.The lake has an echo point.It also has a beautiful view of trees and mist.There are activities like boating and horse riding.

A vendor selling goodies including the famous Banana chips

 

Kannan Devan Tea Museum:

The Munnar Tea Museum is an industry and history museum situated in Munnar. It’s official name is Tata Tea Museum, but it’s also known as Kannan Devan Tea Museum.

Here we got to see the various stages of the tea processing and the different types of tea like green tea,black tea etc.We also got to sample some tea or chai and buy some to take home.This place was heaven for tea-addicts like us.We also clicked pics among the tea plantations.A section of the museum also houses classic bungalow furniture and office equipment of the Colonial area in Kerala.

Apt for tea lovers

We also did some shopping at the market and sight-seeing of the local restaurants where you get to sample the cuisine of Kerala like the famous Kerala parantha. There was an adventure carnival right next to our hotel which we visited.There were these tall trees , not sure if they were Nilgiri trees, but we posed among them. Don’t worry we didn’t run around the trees like they show in the Bollywood movies..Lol 😀

Yummy Kerala Parantha

We wish we could have visited more places in Munnar, but since we had to cover more places on our trip, our itinerary was short.There also many national parks and waterfalls that you can visit, if you have more days to spend here.

Thank you for reading. If you haven’t been to Munnar then you should definitely visit soon. We headed to Thekaddy next, which you can read here.Cheers and Happy Travels ! 🙂

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23 thoughts on “Munnar -A Mystical Hill Station in God’s Own Country

  1. Animesh Bordoloi

    I had been to Munnar last December and I loved it so much. The clouds, the hills, tea plantations, the greenery is just mesmerizing. Love the pictures in your post. Have a great day!

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  2. Sara @ Sara Sees

    This may be in India but it looks so similar to Ireland with it’s rolling hills and vast amounts of green! Crazy the way the world works 🙂 This looks stunning though. I want to make it to India one day and would love to visit Kerala!

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  3. Gareth

    This really does look like a wonderfully atmospheric part of the world. Certainly, the mist does give it a strange mysticism and I can totally see why you have given this article the title you have. Those shots of the flowers are particularly superb, incredibly colourful

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  4. The Global Bazaar

    I’ve never heard of Munnar before, but I’m thinking of taking a trip to India soon. Thanks for sharing!

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  5. Sophie

    OMG! I am so much in love with this place! I remember the time I spend there with my family. It was a great fun! Thanks for sharing this post! reminds me of good times! Cheers!

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  6. travellingslacker

    As a native of Assam I am not unfamiliar with tea gardens. But I think the hilly terrain of Munnar adds a separate texture to it. I planned it many times but somehow I could never make it to Munnar even when I lived in Bangalore. Hopefully some day soon…

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