Although Kerala itself is renowned for its mystical beauty, Munnar is acclaimed as one of the most coveted hill stations of God’s Own Country in the Idukki district. Located at a magnificent height of 6,000 ft in the Western Ghats, this stunning hill station is a true paradise for travelers from all walks of life.
Captivating mountains and valleys, evergreen plantation areas, lush greenery, several things to do, and places to visit in Munnar, make this hill resort a great holiday destination. Whatever the season, or with whom you intend to visit Munnar, surely its fascinating beauty will keep you enchanted! And to make your vacation more enjoyable and memorable.
# Mattupetty Dam
One of the main tourist attractions in Munnar, this water reservoir in the Idukki district is located about 13 km from the heart of the hill station. Tucked away between majestic mountains and valleys, it acts as the region’s primary source of hydroelectric power.
Since water is accessible around this concrete gravity dam, there is an exotic variety of flora and fauna flourishing around it. If luck favors you can also find Asian Elephants looking to visit this dam site for water and food. The Mattupetty Dam also acts as an ideal spot for sightseeing and a perfect place for birdwatching.
# Echo point
The Echo Point’s distinctive beauty marks the confluence of three mountain ranges – Mudrapuzha, Nallathanni, and Kundala. Situated on the shores of a lake, this place’s peace and serenity are enchanting. Here, you can enjoy a quiet walk around the gentle slopes of the hills, or go to the serene waters of the lake for boating.
The echo point is a birdwatchers ‘ paradise because here you can see many native birds. You can also see a couple of shops on the outskirts of the attraction selling hill station local products. You’ll find the rare flowers of Neelakurinji or Strobilanthes which bloom and enhance their beauty. Echo Point is on your do-list when you visit Munnar.
# Atukkad waterfalls
Nestled 2 km from Munnar and surrounded by stunning hills and lush green jungles, this pristine waterfall allows for romantic getaways and picnics. The path to Atukkad, however, is very narrow and needs a lot of driving experience.
# Top station
Top Station is about 32 kilometers away from Munnar, at the Kerala and Tamil Nadu border. It’s the highest point in Munnar (1700 meters) to enjoy the panoramic view of Tamil Nadu’s magnificent Western Ghats and Theni District Valley.
Top Station is a prime example of natural beauty with its low-lying clouds and lush foliage. Historically, Top Station is known as a transshipment point for the delivery of tea provided by Munnar to Tamil Nadu and was named as the Kundala Valley’s top railway station. Ruins of ropeway lines are yet to be identified.
# Pothamedu viewpoint
Situated 5 km away from Munnar, Pothamedu View Point is adorned with sprawling hills and lush green mountains. One can witness the spectacular broad view of the area’s tea, coffee, and cardamom plantations. If you love sunset and sunrise then this is the perfect place for you. From this point of view on a clear day, Idukki Arch Dam which is about 60 km away is visible.
Located on the top of the undulating peaks, it is also declared as a UNESCO heritage site. The hill station in Munnar offers a mesmerizing wealth of trekking trails for trekkers to explore. The entire range is filled with greenery carpets, low slopes lined with some of the world’s highest tea plantations and rainforests rich in biodiversity, exotic and spice plantations, and Hills with their crests concealed under the curtain of fog, and stretches of rugged terrain.