Munnar is a popular hill station on Western Ghats in Kerala. As it’s located uphills it can’t be reached directly by Flight/Train, so if you want to reach directly then either Bus or Taxi is an option. We took an overnight bus from Banglore which ended up taking a few extra hours and thus we reached around 11 in morning. The journey from Banglore to Munnar is not exactly very smooth specially for people who are susceptible to motion sickness.
We stayed in hotel Saravana Inn and accommodation was not very expensive. A double room costed Rs. 800, however rates can shoot up in peak season. Hotel is located very near to market with lots of food options nearby specially for vegetarians. Also do carry some woolen or a light jacket even if you are going in early summer as it is very cold in morning and evenings.
View from Hotel
We had a met a very good person Mr. Kutti in the morning who first took us from Bus stand till hotel and later on arranged a cab for us for local sightseeing. The first place we visited was a Floriculture Center which hosts hundreds of types of flowers and some of them are very unique in terms of color pattern. We didn’t spend much time there and proceeded towards Elephant ride spot.
Scenery on the way
Elephant ride costs around Rs. 350 and it’s a bit scary as well as enjoyable. The track of the ride has a valley on one side and when elephant moves specially upwards on slope, you need to constantly hope that it stays on the track :). I found the ride overpriced but it’s popular among tourists coming here.
Elephant Ride Track
Our next stop was ‘Top Station’ which is very near to Tamilnadu Border. This is one of the best places in Munnar and is a must visit spot. You can view beautiful tea plantation from top arranged very artistically. The locals told us that there is a special plant in this area which flowers once in 12 years.
Next we moved towards Kundala Lake which can serve as a good picnic spot. Boating and horse riding are some of the activities available here but we decided to spend time near lake and relax for some time. On the way back we also visited echo point where surrounding hills echo the sound produced by shouting out. There is also a small lake there but you don’t need to spend much time here unless you are tired.
Our last spot of the day was Mattupetti Dam and by the time we reached there it was almost dark. So we just got some views of lake and relaxed on road side. The best way to see all these places is to hire a cab for whole day. You can also go by autos but then will need to change autos every time as there are lot of places to see in not so much distances. After returning to hotel we took our dinner in near by veg restaurant. The first day of the trip had started on a good note and we hoped the same for next three days.