6 Must-visit Waterfalls during Munnar Tour

Munnar is a hill station, located in the Idukki district of Kerala. The literal meaning of the word Munnar is three rivers that refer to its location at the confluence of Nallathanni, Muthirapuzha and Kundala. It is known for the wild orchids – Neelakurinji, which bloom only once in every 12 years. This beautiful hill station is bounded by the tea gardens and travellers can enjoy amazing views of haze peaks and moving clouds from terraces of their hotels during the Munnar tour. The pleasant weather and peaceful ambience make the travel trip even more enjoyable. This stunning hill station has many attractions like vast tea plantation, hills, mountains, wildlife sanctuaries and amazing waterfalls that can be explored by tourists by booking Munnar tour packages.

Plantation and tea factory visits, paragliding, boating, cycling, tour to the wildlife sanctuaries and many other activities can be enjoyed by tourists during their visit to this beautiful place. In addition to these, Munnar also houses a number mesmerising waterfalls that can be visited by tourists during their Munnar tour.

Attukal

Attukal Waterfalls Munnar

Attukal Waterfalls Munnar

This destination, located about 9 km from the town, is an idyllic tourist attraction surrounded by hills. This cascade usually presents a panoramic view of hazy mountains. In addition to this, mesmerising valleys of this place provide many trekking routes, which make this location famous among trekkers. The real beauty of this place can be seen after the monsoon, when everything looks greener and fresher. Tourists usually visit this place for its charming sceneries, rolling hills and glittering waterfalls.

Kuthumkal

This charming cascade is located near Rajakkad in Idukki district, at a distance of 24 km from the town. Its picturesque views attract thousands of travellers every year. The water falling on rocks creates a water mist, making it a beautiful backdrop for family and group pictures. This is a perfect picnic spot to spend some quality time amidst nature.

Valara

Valara Waterfalls Munnar

Valara Waterfalls Munnar

It is located in between Adimali and Neriamangalam, at a distance of around 42 km from the town. The sound of the chilled water falling from a height of approximately 1000 metres appeals to visitors. In addition to this, they can get a chance to see rare species of birds and animals in the dense forest, surrounding this place. Its scenic beauty, misty landscape and pleasant climate attract nature lovers from all across the country.

Nyayamakad

This destination is located at a distance of 10 km from the town, on the way to Rajamala hills. It is an idyllic place for both nature and adventure lovers. Travellers can enjoy the beautiful surroundings, take a peaceful mountain walk or opt for trekking in the lush green valleys of this place. It also attracts photography lovers, who come here to capture the beauty of water falling from a height of around 1600 metres and its lush green surroundings.

Power House

It is located at a distance of around 18 km from the town. The perfect landscape, featuring the mesmerising western mountain ranges and water falling on the rocks at the height of about 2000 metres, make it an ideal destination for picnic and group outings. It is believed that the water of this waterfall has curative powers.

Cheeyappara

Located at the distance of 38 km from the town, Cheeyappara is situated at an elevation of around 1000 feet above sea level. It is one of the most beautiful cascades of Kerala, and is an important part of Munnar tour packages. The beauty of this place is at its zenith during and after monsoons. Nestled between Neriamangalam and Adimali towns, it is one of the most visited tourist spots in Kerala.

All these beautiful cascades with their picturesque surroundings are worth a visit during a Munnar tour.

The Significance of Gateway of India

Mumbai, the commercial hub of India, is located on the western coast in the state of Maharashtra. It is one of the largest and most populated cities in the nation. The Nhava Sheva Port, the largest container port in India handles almost 70% of the maritime trade. The city perhaps is best known for its entertainment industry. The search for stardom and wealth brings people here from all over the country in huge numbers. The city houses many government agencies like the Reserve Bank and the National Stock Exchange. Many big industries also have their headquarters here. The region is quite famous for its beaches like the Marina Beach and Juhu Beach. The Marine Drive, which runs along the Arabian Sea coast, is probably the most iconic road in the country, being featured in a multitude of films. Many historical monuments also adorn the city like jewels, many of which have architecture reflective of the European conquest. The CST, Churchgate Station and Mumbai Police headquarters are all built in the Gothic Revival style, which was prevalent in the Victorian era from 1837 to 1901. Besides these attractions, another such structure that is worth visiting during Mumbai tours is Gateway of India.

Gateway of India

Gateway of India

Gateway of India

This stone and marble structure is the biggest tourist attraction of the state. The monument, designed by George Wittet and made with a combination of Hindu and Muslim architectural styles, was commissioned in 1911 in the honour of the visit of King George V of England and his consort, Mary. Built on land reclaimed from the sea, the gateway was opened to public on December 4th, 1924 by the then viceroy. The whole construction expense was borne by the then colonial government. In the past, it actually served as an entrance to the country as the viceroys and governors used to land here. After strolling through ebony archways of this 85-metre high tourist attraction, travelers reach a stone and brick platform, overlooking the mammoth Arabian Sea. It is also popular as it is just opposite to the Taj Mahal Hotel, one of the most famous hotels in the world. The place has five jetties from where ferries are available for the nearby Elephanta Caves. Like Marine Drive, this iconic Indian attraction too has been featured in many songs and motion pictures. Travellers should check that their holiday package in India is inclusive of this stark reminder of the colonial era.

The November 26th, 2008 terrorist attacks have also led to a surge in its popularity as it was the point where the terrorists docked and entered India. This incident serves as a depressing reminder of all the bloodshed initiated by conquerors and traders who came from overseas and went about massacring Indians and plundering their wealth.

Travel Guidance

 

Gateway of India is situated in Colaba and is 2.5 km away from the Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus or the erstwhile Victoria Terminus and 2.4 km away from the Churchgate railway station. Taxi services are available at both stations and at Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport. The best time to visit Mumbai is in the post-monsoon season from November to March as the city experiences pleasant weather and low probability of rainfall during this time.

Architectural Marvel That Is Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus at Mumbai

Mumbai is an ideal destination for spending a holiday in Maharashtra. It is the capital city of the state and there are a number of popular tourist attractions here. CST or Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus, which was previously named Victoria Terminus, is the railway station of this place and headquarters of Indian Central Railways. It is a World Heritage Site declared by UNESCO and a prominent place of historical interest. The structure, located in the Bori Bunder locality of the city, was constructed in the year 1887 for the commemoration of the Golden Jubilee of Queen Victoria. The name of the station was changed to the present one in the month of March in the year 1996. People from different parts of the world come to this city to behold and discover the quaint beauty of this ancient railway station. It serves as a terminal for trains of Mumbai Suburban Railway, both for commuters as well as long-distance travellers. There are 18 platforms in the station, 11 for long routes and 7 for local ones.

 

Exquisite Architecture of CST

 

Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus

Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus

The edifice features an exquisite blend of Victorian Italianate Gothic Revival design and Mughal architecture, and it was designed by famous architect Frederick William Stevens.

Frederick William Stevens

Frederick William Stevens

The eccentric ground plan, pointed arches, turrets and skyline in the structure hint towards the influence of traditional Indian architectural design. Students of the famous art school – Sir Jamsetjee Jeejebhoy School of Art designed the intricate wooden carvings, brass and ornamental railings, tiles, grills, and balustrades for the staircase. The construction of CST was done by applying high level of civil as well as railway engineering. It is a unique and possibly the finest implementation of Gothic Revival Style and the technology of the industrial revolution. One of the main architectural highlights of this building is the central dome, which features a platform over 320 feet long. This platform is connected to a train shed, which is more than 1200 feet long. The dome of the station has dovetailed ribs and has been built without centering.

 

The interiors feature a series of large halls, which have high ceilings. The building has a C-shaped symmetrical plan and features a utilitarian design. The focal point of the building is the high central dome, which has an octagonal shape and ribbed structure. This dome has a colossal female sculpture holding a spoke wheel in her left hand and a torch in her right hand pointing it upwards.

Female sculpture atop CST

Female sculpture atop CST

This sculpture symbolizes progress and is one of the most popular architectural highlights of the CST. Wings on the side are anchored by turrets and enclose the courtyard opening to the street. The building has a façade, which appears like rows of arches and windows aligned in proportion. The statuary, friezes and bas-relief ornaments render exuberance in the appearance of the structure. The entrance gates have columns, which are crowned by symbolic structures, such as a sculpture of lion represents Great Britain and that of a tiger represents India. The main building as been constructed using a blend of Indian limestone and sandstone, while rich in quality Italian marble has been used for decorative elements. Maharashtra holidays are incomplete without a visit to this mesmeric historical site.

Relics of Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Vastu Sangrahalaya

Chattrapati Shivaji

Chattrapati Shivaji

Maharashtra is the state where once some of the most crucial combats in Indian history were fought. Origin of the land dates back to the 3rd century BC, but the most significant chapters that defined the legacy of this state, occurred during the 16th to 18th centuries. The phase of socio-political uplifting of this land came under the rule of Shivaji Bhosale (Chattrapati Shivaji) – the great  warrior. He established the Maratha kingdom at this place during the 16th century and helped in promoting ancient Hindu traditions in different parts of the state. After the demise of the legend, his empire was carried further by Peshwas and other rulers of the region, who took part in several revolutions against British empire during the 17th and 18th centuries. After the third Anglo-Maratha war, the Maratha empire was disintegrated and British East India company rose to power in almost all regions of the nation. The kingdom was lost, but the state still pays homage to their gallant combatant, Shivaji, along with his entire realm. Several structures have been created in recent times that pay tribute to the bravery of these warriors. Tourists on Maharashtra holidays can explore these sites, which are located in several cities of the region.

Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Vastu Sangrahalaya

Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Vastu Sangrahalaya

Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Vastu Sangrahalaya

Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Vastu Sangrahalaya (website: http://csmvs.in/)is among the chief museums of the country that exhibit a large assortment of ancient antiquities and conventional art forms from all over the world. It is located at Mahatma Gandhi Road of Fort district in the city of Mumbai. The building was formerly known as Prince of Wales Museum for it was erected in the early 19th century to respect the prince during his visit to the area. It was later renamed to commemorate the heroic legend of Maharashtra. This complex has been accorded the prestigious 2010 UNESCO Asia-Pacific Award for preserving cultural heritage.

The relics inside are categorised into three sections – Natural History, Arts and Archaeology. Artefacts from Indus Valley Civilisation to the dynasties of Mauryas, Chalukyas, Guptas and Rashtrakutas are on display. Visitors can see an assemblage of paintings, murals, ornaments, statues, utensils, coins and weaponry belonging to the erstwhile period. Several foreign dignitaries have also gifted souvenirs of their countries to this museum. In recent times, a few rooms have been established inside the complex to host seminars and conferences, which attract researchers from all over the globe. Institutional trips are also held on a regular basis to create awareness among scholars about the rich heritage of the state and country.

Opening Timings

The museum remains open on all days and timings of visit vary as on Mondays, it is open from 10:15 am – 05:30 pm and from Tuesdays to Sundays, timings are 10:15 am – 06:00 pm.

A trip to this place provides a deep insight about the age-old traditions and culture of the world. After exploring the place, tourists can also visit the shop inside the complex that houses various arts and crafts along with products of home decor and a good selection of miscellaneous books. Travelers on Mumbai vacation will find this place worth visiting as the exclusive artefacts displayed inside are quite rare.