Munnar-A Hill Station of South India

Munnar, a breathtakingly beautiful hill station in Kerala, is a place to visit to enjoy peace and tranquility. The name of this place literally means three rivers in Tamil, and this name has been derived from the fact that it is located at the confluence of three mountain streams – Mudrapuzha, Kundala and Nallathanni. Located at an elevation 1600 metres above sea level, this destination was a summer resort of the British in the colonial days. The pristine valleys, rolling hills, expansive tea plantations, captivating waterfalls and aroma of spices, make it an idyllic tourist destination. People on a Munnar tour, not only love sightseeing but also indulge in a number of adventure activities like trekking, paragliding and rafting. It has a lot more to offer in terms of exotic flora and fauna, found in its wildlife sanctuaries and national parks. Devikulam, Eravikulam National Park, Attukal Waterfalls, Nyayamakad, Anamudi Peak, Tea Museum and Echo Point are just few of the many popular attractions in and around the main hill station. All these attractions beckon nature and adventure lovers from far and wide to come here regularly. The best time to visit this spellbinding destination is from August to March as the weather remains quite pleasant. People planning a visit to this spectacular place are suggested to carry along enough warm clothes with them as on some days temperatures drop considerably. Things to Do From strolling past the sprawling tea estates to admiring the cascading waterfalls, this small paradise in South India has a lot to offer for leisure travelers. Marvelling at the pristine beauty of the town from the Top Station viewpoint and capturing beautiful sights in the camera are experience to remember forever. Adventure enthusiasts can undertake a trek to Anamudi, the highest peak in South India. Together with Eravikulam National Park, it is the abode to the Neelakurinji flower that blossoms once in 12 years. Tourists can also indulge in some enthralling activities like trout fishing, rock climbing, mountain biking, forest camping, paragliding, white-water rafting, rappelling and cycling during a sojourn here. How to Reach The majestic hill station of Munnar is accessible from different parts of the country courtesy air, rail and road transportation. The closest airport to this location is the Cochin International Airport, which is about 107 km away and is well-connected to all major Indian cities. To reach this place by rail is also a convenient option as tourists can get down at Aluva – the nearest railway junction. People who are on Karnataka tours can also plan a short trip to this mesmerizing hill station. This state is also home to some of the popular attractions of southern India and is flocked by tourists all round-the year. From natural beauty, majestic palaces, ancient temples to bustling marketplaces, this region attracts a lot of globetrotters. The National Highway 49 connects Munnar to other important towns in and around the state, especially Karnataka.

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