- Destination: Munnar, Kerala, India
- Visited on: December 24th 2015 – December 28th 2015
- Peak Season: November to February
- How To Reach:
- By Train – The nearest railway station from Munnar is at Aluva, which is at a distance of 110 kilometers from Munnar. The Ernakulam Railway Station is 130 kilometers away while the Madurai Railway Station is at a distance of 135 kilometers. From these points, you can either hire a cab or board the state transport or private buses wherever available.
- By Bus- State-run or private buses, plying from various towns in Kerala and Tamil Nadu, are the best way to get to Munnar by road. Kerala State Road Transport Corporation provides bus services to Munnar from all major cities in Kerala.
- By Flight – The nearest airport is the Cochin International Airport, which is 110 kilometers away by road. From Cochin, one can hire a cab to get to Munnar.
About: Munnar is a town and hill station located in the Idukki district of the southwestern Indian state of Kerala. Munnar is situated at around 1,600 metres (5,200 ft) above sea level, in the Western Ghats range of mountains.
Our Journey Starts:
I and Anindita planned our Kerala trip well in advance through Makemytrip.com. Almost everything was organized by Makemytrip except the last day hotel stay in Allepey and the return flight. By referring this post, one can plan their trip of their own. When it comes to package tour, our experience with Makemytrip.com was not good.
We boarded Air-Asia flight from Bangalore airport at 08:55 AM and reached Cochin at 09:55AM. The driver from Makemytrip.com (Actually from a third party) was waiting for us. We boarded the cab and started towards Athirapally waterfall. We planned to visit Munnar after visiting this waterfall. It took 2 hours to reach the water-fall. Shooting for a movie “Bahubali” was done. It was a gusty waterfall. We had to climb down few stairs to reach the top of the waterfall. The view was nice from there. One can also take a view from the bottom, i.e., where the waterfall is actually hitting the surface after a huge fall. Had to go down through a curvy un-paved road. Once reached there, the view was majestic. Water splashes with the help of wind is all around us. Going down was easy. While coming up, it took quite an energy. Anindita got bit sick due to warm weather and lot of exertion. We took few breaks for rest, on the way up.
We boarded the cab and on our way to Munnar. It took more than 5 hours to reach our hotel “Wild elephant-Eco friendly resort”. It was already dark and our hotel was located in an off-beat location of Munnar where Google map stopped working. Reached hotel, with the help of a local person in a bike, who showed us the way. It was around 8PM. The driver was quite agitated with hotel location and denied next day’s sight-seeing tour to the tea factory.
Took rest that evening, we woke up early next morning. The hotel is located in a serene location. The hotel is surrounded by hills. Only sound that we were getting are birds chirping all around. On asking the hotel manager, we figured out, there is a timid water-fall near the hotel. We started walking towards that. Birds chirping all around and we are walking through tea-gardens. It was a pleasing experience. After 15 minutes, we reached the water-fall. We took photos from all possible angle. Spent quite a bit of time there. Found, few tourists from nearby hotels taking bath there. We were not prepared to take bath, so played with water splashes. While returning, Anindita slipped and fell on the slippery rocks without hurting herself. On the way back, we have done some macro photography of many beautiful flowers. Spent the whole day relaxing. Later, took bath in the hotel swimming-pool.
Again woke up early next day, and it’s Christmas. We again walked around the tea-gardens. Spent most of the time relaxing in the hammock and watching birds. In the evening, the hotel arranged a special Christmas buffet with a bon-fire. Met new people there. We spent a long time discussing our journey with a Swiss person and a sweet Indian honeymoon couple.
Next day, we left hotel early and started our journey towards Thekkady. Munnar was heavenly for us and it is rightly called as “God’s own country”
- Visit tea-gardens
- Try to stay in a off-beat location in Munnar to enjoy the nature at it’s best
- Kindly follow no trace policy and save mother earth.