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.
It 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).
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.
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.
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 I will cover in our next post.
Cheers and Happy Travels ! 🙂
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