If you have seen the movie ‘Lord of the rings’, you must have been mesmerized by the picture- perfect stretches of greenery in the hypothetical town of Hobbiton. Why go abroad to visit such incredible vast lands of lush green that give you a glimpse of paradise when there is one right here in the southernmost part of India.
So let’s begin with listing out the top 5 things you must indulge in when visiting Munnar.

#1. The tea estates of Kolukkumalai

This is the signature place to visit in Munnar and cannot be missed. Imbibe the naturally refreshing aroma of this golden beverage and flavored tea leaves at Kolukkumalai Tea Estate. Situated at an elevation of 7900 ft and open for visitors on all days except Sunday, it is one of the highest tea plantations in the world.
Be ready to have a jaw dropping experience while traversing through the zigzag road along Kolukkumalai Hills that lead to its tea estate. Not many truly understand the original process of tea making and the century-old ancient tea factory in this estate will make sure you witness the most traditional methods of tea production.

#2. Spot rare bird and animal species at Munnar’s famous Wildlife Sanctuaries

Call out to all the bravehearts! Go explore the sanctuaries, dark and thick forests, biosphere reserves and national park of Munnar. The surprise element could be if you happen to be the lucky one to spot an endangered or nearly extinct animal and bird. The most  visited wildlife areas of Munnar popular among tourists are Eravikulam National Park, Salim Ali Bird Sanctuary and Chinnar Wildlife Sanctuary.

#3. Enjoy a picnic near fascinating Waterfalls and go Rock Climbing.

Beautifully nestled on the Munnar-Marayoor route, Lakkam waterfalls is enveloped by vaga trees and surging cascades. Another ideal waterfall picnic spots in Munnar are Thoovanam falls near Chinnar wildlife  sanctuary and the Attukal waterfalls. Also, the wonderful hilly landscape of Munnar makes it popular among adventure seekers. Rock climbing and rappelling are great thrilling activities and professional guidance is available for everyone.

#4. Elephant Safari at Carmelagiri Elephant Park in Munnar

Elephant safari in the rocky landscape of Munnar is fun for all generations alike. Both kids and adults can enjoy this fun ride in the enchanting greenery of Munnar. Carmelagiri Elephant Park is located on Mattupetty Road and offers short elephant rides of 10-15 minutes. It is one of the most amazing tourist attractions in Munnar.

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#5. Experience a Tree House stay

Known as ‘Erumadam’, in the local dialect, tree house is an eco-friendly accommodation in Munnar made of natural materials such as bamboo, hay, straw and coir. It is an innovative concept coming up in several regions of Kerala like Munnar, Wayanad and Thekkady. Dream Catcher Plantation Resort in Munnar is one such resort which will give you a great tree house stay experience.

So, what are you waiting for? The lush green tea plantations of Munnar in Kerala and its streams by the hillside is the best way to rejuvenate yourself and forget the hustle bustle back in the city.

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