3 DAY TRIP IN MUNNAR | PRIME & MOST SCENIC PLACES OF MUNNAR WITH IDUKKI (FROM MUNNAR)

Nature & Scenic | Lake & Backwaters | Adventure / Trekking | Waterfall

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ITINERARY SUMMARY

Trip Starting Point: Munnar Bus Station

Mode of Travel: Car (or Cab)

Trip Duration: 3 Days

Ideal Start Time: 10 AM (Day 1), 8 AM (Day 2) & 9 AM (Day 3)

Total Places Visited: 13

Day 1 | Day 2 | Day 3

DAY 1 : MATTUPETTY - TOP STATION

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Nature & Scenic

Duration of visit: 30 Mins
Timings: 6 AM to 6 PM
Entry Fee: FREE

At a distance of 4 km from Munnar Bus Station, Photo Point is a beautiful spot on Mattupetty road lined up with tea gardens on both sides. As the name suggests, this place is a famous photography point in Munnar due to its breathtaking background of mountains surrounded by lush green tea gardens. Photo Point is one of the best tourist places to visit in Munnar.

The tea gardens are owned by Kannan Devan Hills Plantations Limited owned by Tata Group and it is a private property. Visitors can take photographs at the entrance of garden without disturbing the plantations.

This place is situated on the main road with running traffic and tourists are advised to be careful while taking pictures standing close to the road.

Lake & Backwaters | Nature & Scenic

Duration of visit: 1-2 Hours
Timings: Boating Timings: 9 AM to 5:30 PM
Entry Fee: Boating Fee: Speed boat - Rs.600 for 15 min (max. 5 persons)

At a distance of 10 Kms from Munnar Bus Station, Mattupetty Dam is one of the most scenic places in Munnar situated on Top Station Road. This is one of the best places to visit in Munnar and also a great place to experience the beauty of Munnar along with boating. It is one of the top attractions you must include in Munnar packages.

Constructed in 1953, the lake and dam surrounded by wooden hills and tea plantations, makes a great view. Boating in the Mattupetty Lake is a memorable experience. If possible, hire an exclusive speed boat. Often, elephants from surrounded forest take bath in the waters of the lake and watching them (while boating) is a pleasant experience. This place is also famous for Eucalyptus Oil, which is sold near the dam. The tea plantations enroute the Dam might be crowded with visitors rushing .....

Nature & Scenic

Duration of visit: 30 Mins - 1 Hr
Timings: 6 AM to 6 PM
Entry Fee: Free Entry. Boating fee varies.

At a distance of 15 kms from Munnar, Echo Point is a beautiful place situated on the way to Top Station between Mattupetty Dam and Kundala Lake. This is one of the major tourist places to visit in Munnar. Echo point is situate on the main road towards Kundala Lake on the backwaters of Mattupetty Dam amidst rolling hills.

This scenic place gets its name from the natural echo phenomenon here. Every loud call made from a spot on the lake embankment is returned manifold by the echo from the surrounding hills. Trekking and nature walks are popular activities in this scenic destination with beautiful views of the green hills. The fresh mountain air, the mist-clad hills and panoramic view make it worthy of a visit.

This is a wonderful place for photography. Boating is also available at Echo Point.

Lake & Backwaters

Duration of visit: 1 Hour
Timings: Boating Timings: 9 AM to 5:30 PM
Entry Fee: Boating Fee: Shikara Boat - Rs 200, Row Boats - Rs 150, Pedal Boat - Rs 100

At a distance of 20 Kms from Munnar, Kundala Lake is a picturesque lake situated on the way to Top Station from Munnar. The tea estates spread across Kundala are a real feast to the eyes.

The lake is formed by Kundala artificial dam, which is a small dam in cured shape. The lake offer boating facility. The unique experience of boating in Kashmiri boats in this lake is a special attraction. These boats are also known as Shikara Boats. Kundala Lake is one of the best places for sightseeing in Munnar.

There is also a golf course which belongs to Tata Tea Ltd in Kundala village.

Boating Timings: 9 AM to 5:30 PM

Boating Fee (30 minutes): Shikara Boat - Rs 200 for 2 persons, Row Boats - Rs 150 for 4 persons, Pedal Boat - Rs 100 for 2 persons

Adventure / Trekking | Nature & Scenic

Duration of visit: 1-2 Hours
Timings: 6 AM to 6 PM
Entry Fee: FREE

At a distance of 32 Kms from Munnar, Top Station is a breathtakingly beautiful place on Kerala - Tamilnadu boarder. From here, one can get 360 degrees view of the Western Ghats. This is one of the best Munnar tourist places and among the prime place to visit on a Munnar tour.

At an altitude of 2200 meters, this place is also known for the Neelakurunji Plant, which flowers only once every 12 years (next flowering year is 2018). The view point is at a distance of 2 kms from the road point and has to be trekked down. The trek path is very steep with deep valleys one side. One should be very careful while trekking to the view point, which offers lifetime memories. Top Station is the highest approachable road in South India.

The viewpoint at Top Station offers breathtakingly beautiful views of Kannan Devan Hills. The valleys all around, the misty mountains and distant waterfalls all .....

Overnight Stay in Munnar

DAY 2 : POTHAMEDU - DEVIKULAM

Resume Munnar Sightseeing

Adventure / Trekking | Wildlife

Duration of visit: 3 Hours
Timings: 8 AM - 4.30 PM. Closed from 1st Feb to 31st March.
Entry Fee: Entry Fee: Indian Rs. 120 for Adults and Rs. 90 for Children, Rs. 400 for Foreigners.

At a distance of 16 Kms from Munnar, Rajamalai is a tiny hill station located inside Eravikulam National Park on Munnar - Udumalpet Road. The Eravikulam National Park was established to protect the Nilgiri Tahr. The park is extended into Tamil Nadu and known as Annamalai Wildlife Sanctuary. Trip to Rajamalai is one of the top things to do as part of Munnar tour packages and among the beautiful places to see Neelkurnji flowers in South India as part of your wildlife tour in India.

This region is famous as the natural habitat of the endangered Nilgiri Tahr. Nearly half the world's population of this rare species is found in area. Other faunal species found in the park are elephant Gaur, Giant Squirrel, Leopard, Lion-Tailed Macaque, Tiger, and Sambar.

The national park is spread across an area of 97sq km and is a protected area. The park is divided into 3 regions - the core .....

Museum & Gallery

Duration of visit: 1 Hour
Timings: 10 AM to 4 PM. Monday Holiday.
Entry Fee: Entry Fee: Rs. 75 for Adults, Rs. 35 for Children below 12 years, Rs. 20 for Camera

At a distance of 3.5 km from Munnar Bus Station, Tea Museum is a wonderful place to visit in Munnar town. The museum is owned by Kannan Devan Hills Plantations Limited owned by Tata Group. Visit to Tea Museum is one of the top things to do in Munnar.

The museum exhibits different equipment used in tea manufacturing from early 20th century to late 20th century. Some of the items exhibited in the museum include the tea leave cutting machines, power making equipment, etc. The process of tea manufacturing is also explained in the museum.

The museum is situated in a scenic location on Pooyankuty Road on the outskirts of Munnar town.

Timings: 10 AM to 4 PM. Monday Holiday.

Entry Fee: Rs. 75 for Adults, Rs. 35 for Children below 12 years, Rs. 20 for Camera

Park

Duration of visit: 30 Mins - 1 Hr
Timings: 10 AM - 5 PM
Entry Fee: Rs. 30 for Person

At a distance of 4 km from Munnar Bus Stand and 2.5 km from Top Station, Rose Garden is a well maintained flower garden situated on Munnar - Top Station Highway in Munnar, Kerala. It is one of the top places to visit in Munnar.

Munnar Rose Garden is a beautiful garden with hundreds of rare varieties of flowers and herbal plants. With large tea plantations in the background, this place can be visited during a trip to Munnar. The garden is operated by Kerala Forest Development Centre (KFDC), a Govt. of Kerala undertaking. Spread across a few acres of land, this place has an amenity center for tourists and a sales outlet, in addition to hundreds of rare varieties of flowers, cactus, shrubs, creepers and herbal plants. The amenity center inside the garden has toilets, shop, snacks, coffee etc.

Timings: 10 AM - 5 PM

Entry Fee: Rs. 30 for Person

Nature & Scenic

Duration of visit: 30 Mins
Timings: 6 AM to 6 PM
Entry Fee: FREE

At a distance of 3 km from Munnar Bus Station, Pothamedu Viewpoint situated on Bisonvalley road is one of the most beautiful viewpoints in Munnar.

Pothamedu Viewpoint offers panoramic view of Kannan Devan Hills of Munnar region and it also offers a great view of the surrounding tea gardens. Pothamedu Viewpoint is one of the most popular tourist places in Munnar and a wonderful place to spend sometime in the lap of the nature with great views.

Pothamedu Viewpoint is easily accessible from Munnar by road.

Overnight Stay in Munnar

DAY 3 : IDUKKI DAM - CALVARY MOUNT - ILAVEEZHA POONCHIRA

Resume Munnar Sightseeing

Lake & Backwaters

Duration of visit: 1 Hour
Timings: 8 AM to 5 PM
Entry Fee: FREE

At a distance of around 2 Kms from Idukki Bus Station, Idukki Arch Dam is the world's second and Asia's first arch dam, constructed on Periyar river across the Kuravan and Kurathi hills.

The 550 feet high and 650 feet wide dam lies close to the Cheruthoni Barrage. According to the legend, two natives were cursed by Lord Rama when he caught them staring at bathing Sita. The two natives, Koravan and Kurathi who were converted into stones (on opposite banks of Periyar river) begged Lord Rama for mercy since they had never stayed separate. Lord Rama blessed them that they will stay together for years to come. And, today, the Idukki Arch Dam links the two hillocks, Koravan Mala and Kurathi Mala. The Underground Power House is located at Moolamattom, 43 Kms from Idukki Dam.

The Reservoir is formed by three dams, namely, Idukki, Cheruthoni and Kulamavu. Boating facility is available in the reservoir.

Idukki is connected by frequent bus service from Munnar.

Nature & Scenic

Duration of visit: 1 Hour
Timings: 6 AM to 6 PM
Entry Fee: FREE

At a distance of 10 Kms from Idukki & 55 Kms from Munnar, Kalvari Mount, also known as Calvary Mount is an important tourist place in Idukki District.

The Kalvari Mount Viewpoint offers a charming view of Idukki Reservoir from Idukki to Ayyappancovil on one side and panoramic view of Kamakshy and Mariyapuram villages on the other side. It is one of the most scenic places in Idukki and a must visit place in the district.

The view point is situated near Thankamani Junction on Thodupuzha - Puliyanmala highway.

Lake & Backwaters

Duration of visit: 1-2 Hours
Timings: 6 AM to 6 PM
Entry Fee: Free Entry. Boating fee varies.

At a distance of 43 Kms from Idukki, 65 Kms from Kumarakom, 58 kms from Kottayam and 80 Kms from Munnar, Malankara Dam & Lake (in Idukki district) is a lovely place located at a distance of 7 Kms from Thodupuzha on Thodupuzha-Erattupetta route.

Malankara Lake, spread over 11 Kms is an artificial lake formed as part of Muvattupuzha Valley Irrigation Project. The Dam is constructed across Thodupuzha River for irrigation purpose. This place is a very good picnic spot with boating facilities in the lake.

It is located on SH8 and easily accessible from Thodupuzha by Bus, Auto & Cab. Thodupuzha is accessible by Bus from all parts of Kerala.

Thommankuthu Waterfalls is about 27 Kms from this place which is connected by Bus from Thodupuzha.

Hill Station | Nature & Scenic

Duration of visit: 1 Hour
Timings: 6 AM to 6 PM
Entry Fee: FREE

At a distance of 36 Kms from Idukki, 72 kms from Kumarakom, 48 kms from kottayam, 20 Kms from Thodupuzha, Ilaveezha Poonchira is a beautiful valley spread across thousands of acres at the foot of three hillocks - Mankunnu, Kudayathur Hill and Thonippara near Kanjar. Ilaveezha Poonchira (meaning - the valley where leaves don't fall) has no trees, and is literally a place where leaves do not fall. It is one of the best places to visit in Idukki, among the popular Kerala tourist places.

Surrounded by hillocks raised above 3000 feet from sea level, Ilaveezha Poonchira is an ideal place for trekking. This is one of the best places to watch Sunrise and Sunset. The wonderful views of Malankara Dam can be viewed from this place. Malankara Dam (7 Kms), Thommankuthu Waterfalls (30 Kms) & Vagamon (35 Kms) are near by places of interest.

Buses are available from Palai (25 Kms) and Erattupetta (30 Kms) .....

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