Munnar is a beautiful and mesmerizing hill station that every tourist travelling to Kerala will surely explore atleast once due to its lush green vegetation and cool climate. Located at an altitude of 1,200 meters above sea level. It is also known as “Scotland of South”. This town is famous for its tea plantations and attracts many tourists from different parts of India and abroad. There are about 4,000 hectares of tea gardens, unending mountains and a wide range of flora and fauna, all contributing to its beauty. This is all about Unexplored places in Munnar.
Best time to visit Munnar
Munnar can be visited throughout the year as it has something new to offer every season. But Munnar is most lively in the chilly winter months December to February. It is also recommended to visit in the summer months of March to May to experience the lush tea plantations and tea gardens.
Top 5 off beat places in Munnar
Munnar is visited by more than 6 lakh tourists every year with steady growth. As a result, the main tourist spots are packed with sightseers, especially during the open seasons.
We decided to create a list of our top 5 unexplored off beat places in Munnar for you to escape to, where you get to see some of the hidden, less talked about and amazing places.
1. Silent Valley
During your visit to Silent Valley, you will be surrounded by green landscape with mountains and eucalyptus forests. To the east is the second highest peak in South India – Meesapulimala. The picturesque beauty will leave you in awe as you explore and this is one of the unexplored places in Munnar which you must visit. The valley is a prime shooting location in Mollywood and has been featured in many movies.
Drive into Silent Valley and you’ll witness stunning views of tea plantations and rolling hills. Another attraction of this site is the wild elephants that roam freely and peacefully. If you are lucky, you can also spot them crossing the road.
To do: Snap some pictures, breathe in the fresh air and walk around the vast fields of the silent valley.
Entry fee: No fee. Although you may require a forest department permission to enter.
How to reach Silent Valley
By Air: The nearest airport to Silent Valley Park is Cochin International Airport, which is 109 km away. You can hail a cab to take you to the park.
By Train: The closest train station to Silent Valley is at Aluva, which is at a distance of 110 km from Munnar.
By Road: Silent Valley is 18 km by road from Munnar town through Mattupetty road.
2. Pothamedu Viewpoint
Pothamedu View Point is an undervalued beauty that is situated 5 km from Munnar. It is surrounded by high hills and lush green mountains with views of tea plantations and gardens that are sure to be a captivating sight.
The view from the top is a breathtaking sight for adventure seekers or you can set up a picnic space with family, have a cup of Munnar’s own tea and enjoy the cool breeze in the aromatic plantations of tea, coffee, and spices.
To do: Hiking, Picnic Spot, Sightseeing, Sunset and Sunrise view.
Entry fee: No fee.
How to reach Pothamedu Viewpoint
By Air: The nearest airport to Pothamedu View Point is Cochin International Airport, which is 106 km away. You can hail a cab to take you to the point.
By Train: The closest train station to Pothamedu View Point is at Aluva, which is at a distance of 105 km from Munnar.
By Road: Pothamedu View Point is 5 km from Munnar. You can avail public transport or can travel with your private vehicle
3. Viripara Waterfalls
Viripara Waterfalls is a gorgeous waterfall located 15 km away from Munnar town. The terrain here makes it suitable for travellers to bathe in its natural water gushing down on them. This family friendly spot with bathrooms and parking spot facilities is totally worth a visit if you want to have a refreshing day to cool off your mind and body. With no doubt, Viripara Waterfalls is one of the unexplored places in Munnar.
To do: Bathing, Photography, Picnic spot
Entry fee: Rs 20 per head for visit and Rs 50 for bathing
How to reach Viripara Waterfalls
By Air: The nearest airport to Viripara Waterfalls is Cochin International Airport, which is 91 km away. You can hail a cab to take you there.
By Train: The closest train station to Viripara Waterfalls is at Aluva, which is at a distance of 90 km from the point.
By Road: Viripara Waterfalls is 15 km from Munnar. You can avail public transport or can travel with your private vehicle
4. Lockhart Gap View Point
Lockhart Gap View Point is considered to have one of the best views in Munnar. With its fresh mountain air, mist covered hills and a birds eye view of the surrounding hill plantations and bison valley, Lockhart Gap View Point is a trekkers paradise.
It is located around 10 km from Munnar town, where the drive through Lock heart gap is beautiful with manicured tea gardens, valleys and panoramic views of mountains. The name is referred to a gap between two mountains that looks like the shape of a heart which can be witnessed from this vantage point.
To do: Sunrise and Sunset Trekking, Photography
Entry fee: No fee
How to reach Lockhart Gap View Point
By Air: The nearest airport to Lockhart Gap View Point is Cochin International Airport, which is 123 km away. You can hail a cab to take you there.
By Train: The closest train station to Lockhart Gap View Point is at Aluva, which is at a distance of 122 km from the point.
By Road: Lockhart Gap View Point is 10 km from Munnar Town. You can avail public transport or can travel with your private vehicle
5. Carmelagiri Elephant Park
Seeing an elephant in Kerala is not that common. But riding on an elephant is a very rare experience that shouldn’t be passed up on. Carmelagiri Elephant Park in Munnar offers one such experience where visitors get the chance to see, touch and even ride on an elephant safely under the care of professionals.
Located 7 km from Munnar town, Carmelagiri Elephant Park is sure to provide an unforgettable experience, especially when visiting with family and friends.
To do: Elephant Safari, Photography
Entry fee: RS 400 for entry + 15 minutes elephant safari
How to reach Carmelagiri Elephant Park
By Air: The nearest airport to Carmelagiri Elephant Park is Cochin International Airport, which is 109 km away. You can hail a cab to take you there.
By Train: The closest train station to Carmelagiri Elephant Park is at Aluva, which is at a distance of 108 km from the park.
By Road: Carmelagiri Elephant Park is 10 km from Munnar Town. You can avail public transport or can travel with your private vehicle
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