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Raja Vasudeva built Kollengode Palace in 1904 and gifted it to his daughter. It was built using both European and Kerala style of architecture. The statue at Ramakalmedu is also a sightseeing tourist attraction in Munnar.
CSI Christ Church is about 100 years old. It is typically an English church built of stone. The stained glass windows inside the church are beautiful. Mount Carmel Church is a Catholic church that is located at the Munnar Market area. It had been built on a mountaintop. So, to visit it, tourists have to climb up all the way. Shree Murugan Temple (dedicated to Lord Shiva’s son, known as Lord Subrahmanya) is a famous religious place to visit in Munnar. Temple of Sree Ayyapa is in Anachal, which is about 15 km away from Munnar.
By visiting Kannan Devan Tea Museum one can know about the tea making process and also find out about the machinery being used in the earlier times. It also houses a small shop that is worth visiting. The Kollengode Palace, which was initially built as a residential home for Raja Vasudeva’s daughter, was turned into a museum in 1975. The Department of Archaeology looks after this museum of Munnar. Most of the exhibits in the museum consist of different belongings from the King along with manuscripts, sculptures and murals. Many of the artifacts now displayed at this palace-museum had been found in Thrissur forest areas as well as in different parts of the state. Kannan Devan Hills Plantations Tea Museum displays an antique collection of artifacts. Visitors will also get to know about the tea estate from audio-visual shows arranged in this museum. This museum is a great place to find out about a very old industry (tea processing) of this part of the Indian state.
Blossom International Park (situated only 3 km away from the town of Munnar) is spread over more than 16 acres of land. It is home to different varieties of trees and flowering plants. Rose Gardens is located on the Kochi-Madurai Highway. It is a 2-acres land of not only blooming roses and other flowers, but it also has a fruit orchard and plantations like Cardamom, Tea and Vanilla. The Eravikulam or Rajmalai National Park is a wonderful place full of different varieties of flora and fauna. A rare species of Nilgiri Tahr are found in this park. The Anamudi peak (South India’s highest mountain peak) is situated in this national park. Above all, the sprawling green tea gardens of Munnar are not to be missed
While planning to book Munnar tour packages, there are a few points of interest near Munnar that can be included in it. The tea gardens of Munnar are a ‘must see’. Visitors can take a walk along the tracks and see the workers collecting raw leaves and putting them in a basket. The lush green acres of land make a lovely and fascinating sight. Pothamedu Viewpoint (at a distance of only 5 km off Munnar) is a lookout point from where the valleys look amazing. Muniyara Dolmens is located at Idukki. It has historical significance and its worth seeing. Distant caves can also be spotted from here.
Thommankuthu Falls offer a pleasant sight, and this region is guarded by thick forest cover. Tourists may also like to trek through the forest paths to have a better view of the falls. Generally, it can be seen on the way while driving to Munnar from Cochin. Anamudi Peak is the highest peak of this region. It is very scenic but mostly remains foggy. To see this peak, tourists have to visit Eravikulam National Park.
Munnar is itself very scenic and full of natural beauty all around it. Attukal Waterfalls is located about 9 kilometers off the town of Munnar. The sight of the roaring water falling from the mountain is a majestic sight. Lock Heart Gap is a river gorge between two mountains. A mountainous river flows through it. Lakkam Waterfall is another beauty of Munnar. Kundala Dam Lake is also a nice scenic place to visit while in Munnar.
Tourists can visit the Punarjani traditional village in Munnar. They can see local performers perform Kathakali dance (traditional dance form of this state) and martial arts programmes. Tourists may enjoy watching the performers dance and sing in the local language
There are quite a few landmark tourist attractions in Munnar, Kerala, that tourists may not want to miss during their visit. The highest point of Munnar is one such place, known as the Top Station. If one is lucky, he or she will be able to see a very rare flower, called Neelakurinji, at this beautiful spot. It blooms only once in twelve years. The Pothamedu Viewpoint is located about 6 kilometers from Munnar and this spot offers a magnificent view of the surrounding tea estates and the distant valleys.
Echo Point is another landmark vista point in Munnar. It is about 18 kilometers away from Munnar, but from here the picturesque view of the surrounding region can be seen. The tea gardens of Munnar are also point of great interest to tourists.
Kids will enjoy the Elephant Arrival Spot in Munnar. Entry is free and the entire family may love to take a ride on elephant back, as the keeper of the animal or ‘mahout’ will take tourists around. Adults, as well as children, love these rides.
Adventure-loving tourists can take a safari in the Chinnar Wildlife Sanctuary during their visit to Munnar. They may also love to visit the Fun Forest Adventure Park. This forest area is located on the Cochin Road and 7 kilometers away from Munnar. Interested people can take part in the rock climbing and rope courses at this adventure park. Tourists can also go for hard or soft trekking, jeep safaris and night safaris with local tour operators.
A tour to Munnar can be very relaxing as one can just sit back and enjoy the beauty of nature. There are many viewpoints in this hill station, from where a magnificent view of the valleys can be enjoyed. Fresh air and natural views are very soothing to body and mind. Apart from relaxing amidst nature, tourists can also spend few hours at the Ayurvedic Spa and at the Mayura Ayurvedic Center, where ayurvedic soothing massages and therapies are offered. Treatments for different ailments are also available at these centres.
Munnar is like a paradise to nature lovers. There is innumerable natural scenic beauty to absorb in this beautiful hill station of India. Tourists can visit a number of waterfalls like Thoovanam Fall, Attukal Waterfall, Thommankuthu Fall and Power House Fall to enjoy their natural beauty. They can also trek through forest trails of Eravikulam National Park. Different flora and fauna’s variety and small forest animals can be spotted.
Some of the popular restaurants in Munnar are Rapsy Restaurant (Indian cuisine), The Deli (Bakery), Copper Castle Restaurant (Indian, Chinese and Continental cuisine), Hot Chicken (Indian cuisine), Sree Mahaveer Bhojanlaya Restaurant, (Indian), Saravana Bhavan (South Indian) and Fire-Grille Riverside Barbeque Restaurant (grille and barbeque food) are to name a few.
Tourists can taste the local food platter of South Indian cuisine at restaurants in Munnar. Besides, the local Kerala cuisine, Italian, Chinese and Continental food are also available in Munnar eateries
There are bar and pub facilities at The High Range Club and Tea County in Munnar. But entry is restricted only to members of the clubs.
Supplyco Maveli Store and Munnar Supply Association Department Store are two of the departmental stores in Munnar area. Here groceries and provisions are available. Coffee, different spices and especially tea samples can be purchased as a souvenir of this place.
Tourists may come across local vendors selling woolen clothes for cheap prices. Occasionally aromatic oil, spices, handmade chocolates and fruits are also found selling by vendors.