Travelers can land at Cochin International Airport (CIAL) or alight at Ernakulam Junction (Ernakulam South) railway station. Blue Bird Travels cab will be there you receive you on arrival. Straight away you will be taken to Munnar. Kochi to Munnar distance is 126.6 kilometers and it can take 4 hours 30 minutes for the journey via NH85.
Munnar is in Idukki district of Kerala. On the way at Neriyamangalam, you will cross the Periyar river and then starts the high range. Roads will start winding and climate gets cooler. There are many rare places on the way before reaching Munnar. Cheeyappara waterfalls is one of them.
Cheeyappara waterfalls is located between Adimali and Nariyamangalam. This waterfall is at a height of more than 1000 ft above the sea level. It has seven steps. Surrounding bushes adds on to the beauty of the waterfall. This waterfall has its largest water volume during the period June to August. The rocky terrain gives adventure-lovers an opportunity to do trekking.
Seven steps give it a cascading effect and it sounds like to music to the ears. The sight is a favorite for photographers. The engulfing effect of the bushy hills on the waterfalls presents a wonderful background for photographs.
Next stop will be Adimali, a major town in Idukki District. For last minute major shopping before reaching Munnar can be done at Adimali. First day’s trip ends with check-in at Hotel in Munnar.
Eravikulam National Park
Eravikulam National Park is a famous destination in Munnar. This National Park is the abode of an endangered deer species called Nilgiri Thar. This park is first of its kind in Kerala. The park is spread over 97 sq. km. The largest viable population of Nilgiri Tahr in India is seen in this park. Not just Nilgiri Tahr, Eravikulam National Park is home to several other species of rare animals, birds, and butterflies.
From the park, you can see layers and layers of tea plantations and hills caressed by mist. Once in 12 years, the hills slopes get covered by Neelakurinji which looks like a blue carpet covering the hills. It is an awesome sight for travelers and the park gets more visitors during that period.
Mattupetty Gravity Dam is a famous destination to visit in Munnar. Water is clean and deep blue in color. Dam is surrounded by lush green dense forest. Main activity you can indulge in is boating and sight-seeing.
This place is getting increasingly commercialized, but the infrastructure is still in its developing state. A visit to Mattupetty dam has to be well planned in advance owing to the usual traffic jam that one would face in the last 3 to 4 kilometers. Summer holidays see the heavy rush, otherwise, it is a very calm and peaceful place to enjoy some quality leisure time.
Anamudi at an elevation of 2695 meters above sea level is the highest peak in the Western Ghats and South India. The name Anamudi, when translated to local language Malayalam, means “elephant’s forehead”. The mountain itself resembles the shape of an elephant’s forehead.
The entry point is within the confinement of Eravikulam National Park from where you can climb toward the peak. But unfortunately, it is not allowed to climb until the highest point of the peak due to security reasons. Authorities offer transport in their vehicle to some distance where the drivable section of the road ends. From there it’s an absolute delight for people who enjoy trekking. Tickets can be booked online. It is strongly suggested to book it at least two days before to avoid waiting in the queue. There is no need to take any permission from Forest Department.
Munnar Tea Museum
Until you visit Museum in Munnar, you would never know Tea had such a long history. Staffs over there are very kind and will explain even the minutest detail of the tea making process. A documentary about Kannan Devan Tea plantations is also shown to the visitors.
Entry fee and Camera fee are applicable at this place. Inside the campus, there are shops which sell local specialties like spicy chocolate and different varieties of tea. The museum holds a fantastic collection of antiques.
Blossom Hydel park
The evening is the time you have to visit Blossom Hydel Park, especially during vacation. There is a lot of activities that kids will thoroughly enjoy. Activities start from the Park entrance itself.
You will find a great collection of flowers in this park. This place is also good for local shopping. Speed boat ride presents you with an awesome experience. Flower shows are also organized as part of special occasions.
This park may not be big and is definitely crowded, but it is a very good place for linger around with family and kids.
On Day – 3 we will return to Kochi enjoying the winding roads of high-range and watching the shades of nature changing. The trip ends with the drop at Railway station or Cochin International Airport (CIAL).