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Title: Top 10 Weekend Trips Near Munnar – That Are Guaranteed To Relieve You Of Work Stress!


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YOU CANT AFFORD TO MISS THESE PLACES IN YOUR
VISIT TO MUNNAR
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  • Lined by aromatic tea, cardamom coffee, and a
    variety of spice plantations, one of Keralas
    most popular hill stations Munnar is a beauty,
    which just cant be ignored. Extremely rich flora
    and fauna occupying the exotic sanctuaries of the
    region have always ensured Munnars place in the
    list of Top must visit attractions in Kerala.
    Located on the magnificent Western Ghats in the
    Idukki District, Munnar can be easily reached
    from any prominent city of Kerala. A frequented
    summer resort of the British elite during the
    colonial times, Munnar still receives plenty or
    tourists throughout the year and has successfully
    adapted to the needs of its visitors. Situated at
    an altitude of 6,000 feet above sea level, Munnar
    is surrounded by plenty of scenic hills, silent
    valleys, majestic waterfalls, and thick jungles
    that flourishes with rich varieties of wildlife
    species, picturesque dams, pristine backwaters,
    and so many other attractions that can bring
    peace to any restless soul.
  • Even though the charming elegance of this lush
    hill station is enough to help anyone sit by and
    relax, for curious explorers, the surroundings of
    the town offers many picturesque picnic spots
    near Munnar that are perfect to indulge in
    adventurous activities as well as experience some
    rejuvenating spa treatments.

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  • Top 10 weekend trips near Munnar
  • Alappuzha / Alleppey
  • Marayoor
  • Ponmudi Dam
  • Idukki
  • Thekkady
  • Anamudi Peak
  • Kumarakom
  • Devikulam
  • Vagamon
  • Kuthumkal Waterfalls

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1. Alappuzha / Alleppey
  • From cruising on houseboats on the tranquil
    backwaters to the festive snake boat races,
    Alappuzha / Alleppey has plenty to offer to those
    that come looking for a sanctuary away from the
    hustle and bustle of everyday life. An old
    19-century light house that stands on the calm
    Alappuzha Beach, dotted with tall coconut trees
    and the rustic lifestyle of villagers that dwell
    on the banks of the backwater unveil the cultural
    and historical beauty of the region. The
    mouthwatering sea food and the vibrant
    traditional style that resonates in every street
    of the city adds on to the experience of this
    greenery-fringed paradise. As one of the most
    popular places to visit near Munnar, Alleppey
    receives travellers from all walks of life
    throughout the year.
  • Best time to visit November to February
  • Distance from Munnar 178 km
  • Accommodation There are plenty of cheap and
    luxury accommodation options in Alleppey.
    However, it is best suggested to stay in one of
    the houseboats as it is an experience like no
    other!

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2. Marayoor
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  • The only place with natural sandalwood forest in
    Kerala, Marayoor or Marayur is a rain shadowed
    village that has not yet been explored by too
    many tourists. The lesser known paradise is a
    treasure trove for adventure seekers. As you
    drive to this village where tribals rely mainly
    on agricultural for their livelihood, youll come
    across a series of lush tea plantations,
    rejuvenating waterfalls, and green hills to take
    short and long treks on. The specialty of this
    region is the muniyaras, manmade cave-like
    stone structures that are believed to date back
    to Neolithic era. Marayoor is perfect for all
    those who wish to romance the scenic beauty of
    Munnar but hope for a less crowded alternative.
  • Best time to visit Throughout the year
  • Distance from Munnar 39 km
  • Accommodation Affordable homestays, farm stays,
    resorts, cottages, and hotels can be found in
    Marayoor or near Munnar.

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3. Ponmudi Dam
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  • Constructed on the River Panniar in the Periyar
    Valley of Idukki District, this fog filled,
    picturesque dam is definitely worth a visit.
    Along with a pleasant short trek that gives you
    the best view of the reserve forest, the lush
    hills and the pristine water, the dam also offers
    boating facilities. Rated as one of the best
    picnic spots near Munnar, the dam is perfect for
    a fun-filled getaway with friends and family.
  • Best time to visit Monsoon
  • Distance from Munnar 29.5 km
  • Accommodation There plenty of affordable
    accommodation options in Munnar and around
    Ponmudi Dam.

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4. Idukki
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  • A prominent hill district of Kerala Idukki is
    jeweled by thick forest, strong mountain ranges,
    lush flora and exotic fauna that enhances the
    beauty of the Western Ghats. Home to the
    Eravikulam National Park, this region witnesses
    the miraculous blooming of a rare, blue colored
    flower called Neelakurinji that only blossoms
    once in every 12 years! Popularly crowned as the
    spice garden of Kerala, even though the
    district stands second largest in the state in
    terms of size, in terms of population, Idukki has
    the lowest density. Most of the region is
    occupied by thick forests, which are still very
    carefully maintained and the dams that flow
    through this place provide 66 of Keralas
    hydro-electric power. As a well-known tourist
    destination in Kerala, Idukki receives more than
    its share of tourists but always seems to have a
    place for everyone. No doubt it is one of the
    best weekend trips from Munnar.
  • Best time to visit March to May
  • Distance from Munnar 35.7 km
  • Accommodation Hundreds of accommodation options
    are available all around the district. If you
    want a quiet getaway, choose the affordable home
    stays in one of the villages.

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5. Thekkady
  • Located on the Kerala Tamil Nadu border,
    Thekkady is one of the most popular tourist
    places near Munnar and in Kerala. Widely-known
    and visited for its famous Periyar Wildlife
    Sanctuary, the land is home to some exotic and
    rare wildlife species and is also home to the
    largest tiger reserve in the country. This place
    is a complete package of extreme wildlife
    experiences, travelers can either trek or take a
    boat ride or jeep safaris to the sanctuary and
    visit the charming artificial lake thats formed
    at the sanctuary by the Mullaperiyar Dam built
    across Periyar River and watch wild animals such
    as Elephants and Bisons come in peace and drink
    the lake water. Along with the picturesque
    sanctuary, Thekkady is also home to several
    exotic and aromatic spices such as cardamom,
    nutmeg, clove, cinnamon, black pepper, and so in.
  • Best time to visit October to February
  • Distance from Munnar 91.5 km
  • Accommodation There are many government and
    private resorts in the vicinity of the sanctuary.
    Along with them, there are budget and luxury
    hotels in Thekkady too.

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6. Anamudi Peak
  • With an elevation of 2695 meters, Anamudi Peak is
    the highest peak in not only the Western Ghats
    but also in South India. The popular peak
    receives its name from the mountain that
    resembles the head of an elephant. Anamudi
    literally translates to Elephants forehead.
    Famously praised as the Everest of South India,
    Anamudi is one of the most travelled trekking
    paths near Munnar. The beautiful landscapes with
    misty clouds and lush greenery are bound to give
    any nature lover an adrenaline rush that will
    last even after they reach back home from the
    vacation. The rare Neela Kurinji flower that
    blooms once in 12 years on the peak and various
    other exotic trees beautify the trekking
    experience. The popular picnic spot near Munnar
    gives the best view of the regions valleys,
    hills, rivers, forest, and everything that
    encompasses its beauty from the top of the hill.
  • Best time to visit November to February
  • Distance from Munnar 10 km
  • Accommodation There are plenty of affordable
    accommodation options in Munnar. With an
    elevation of 2695 meters, Anamudi Peak is the
    highest peak in not only the Western Ghats but
    also in South India. The popular peak receives
    its name from the mountain that resembles the
    head of an elephant. Anamudi literally translates
    to Elephants forehead. Famously praised as the
    Everest of South India, Anamudi is one of the
    most travelled trekking paths near Munnar. The
    beautiful landscapes with misty clouds and lush
    greenery are bound to give any nature lover an
    adrenaline rush that will last even after they
    reach back home from the vacation. The rare Neela
    Kurinji flower that blooms once in 12 years on
    the peak and various other exotic trees beautify
    the trekking experience. The popular picnic spot
    near Munnar gives the best view of the regions
    valleys, hills, rivers, forest, and everything
    that encompasses its beauty from the top of the
    hill.
  • Best time to visit November to February
  • Distance from Munnar 10 km
  • Accommodation There are plenty of affordable
    accommodation options in Munnar.

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7. Kumarakom
  • A haven for migratory birds and tourists,
    Kumarakom is a little cluster of islands that are
    spread on the banks of Vembanad Lake in the
    backwaters of Gods own country Kerala. The
    beauty of this region is beyond comparison. The
    village houses one of the most attractive bird
    sanctuaries in the country! As many exotic and
    domestic birds accessorize the colourful sky by
    flying in perfect patterns, many houseboats with
    happy tourists float by the houses of villagers
    who go about their simple, everyday routines. The
    rich vegetation and plenty of coconut trees on
    the islands look unreal as you relax on your boat
    journey across the lake. Even though Kumarakom is
    hands down one of the most beautiful places in
    Kerala, it is not as crowded as other popular
    tourist destinations such as Munnar and Varkala.
    While youre here, dont miss out on admiring the
    stunning wooden sculptures, exhibited in the Bay
    Island Driftwood Museum.
  • Best time to visit November to February
  • Distance from Munnar 153 km
  • Accommodation From cheap, budget hotels to
    luxury resorts and house boats, there are plenty
    of accommodation options in Kumarakom.

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8. Devikulam
  • One of the most popular places to visit in
    Munnar, Devikulams stunning beauty attracts many
    tourists throughout the year. With misty hills
    and picturesque valleys carpeted with thick tea
    plantations, the scenic hill station is a perfect
    picnic spot near Munnar. In these untouched
    lands, Sita Devi River flows gracefully nurturing
    the vegetation of the region and also
    rejuvenating the spirits of all the travelers
    that visit this place looking for solitude. Well
    known for trout fishing, Devikulam is an apt
    destination for adrenaline junkies who can
    indulge in activities such as hiking and
    mountaineering.
  • Best time to visit December to February
  • Distance from Munnar 11 km
  • Accommodation As a popular tourist destination,
    there are many luxurious, comfortable, and
    affordable accommodation options to choose from.

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9. Vagamon
  • Located in the Kottayam-Idukki border, Vagamon is
    a small hamlet with plenty of tea plantations.
    Situated at around 1200 meters above sea level,
    Vagamon is a perfect picnic spot near Munnar in
    Kerala. Surrounded by lush greenery, splendid
    meadows, dense pine free forests, stunning
    waterfalls, and gifted with the absolute beauty
    of nature, Vagamon is a perfect weekend getaway
    destination to spend time looking at the misty
    clouds, drinking fresh tea, enjoying relaxing spa
    treatments and forgetting all the stress of the
    busy everyday life. The chain of Thangal,
    Murugan, and Kurismala hills, and the series of
    picturesque hillocks and valleys make it a
    perfect outdoor destination to enjoy walking or
    trekking amidst the rejuvenating aroma of nature.
    Kurisumala Ashram here also provides a tranquil
    space to those looking to connect with their
    spiritual side.
  • Best time to visit March to June
  • Distance from Munnar 104 km
  • Accommodation A number of hotels, cottages, and
    homestays are available in the region. Located in
    the Kottayam-Idukki border, Vagamon is a small
    hamlet with plenty of tea plantations. Situated
    at around 1200 meters above sea level, Vagamon is
    a perfect picnic spot near Munnar in Kerala.
    Surrounded by lush greenery, splendid meadows,
    dense pine free forests, stunning waterfalls, and
    gifted with the absolute beauty of nature,
    Vagamon is a perfect weekend getaway destination
    to spend time looking at the misty clouds,
    drinking fresh tea, enjoying relaxing spa
    treatments and forgetting all the stress of the
    busy everyday life. The chain of Thangal,
    Murugan, and Kurismala hills, and the series of
    picturesque hillocks and valleys make it a
    perfect outdoor destination to enjoy walking or
    trekking amidst the rejuvenating aroma of nature.
    Kurisumala Ashram here also provides a tranquil
    space to those looking to connect with their
    spiritual side.
  • Best time to visit March to June
  • Distance from Munnar 104 km
  • Accommodation A number of hotels, cottages, and
    homestays are available in the region.

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10. Kuthumkal Waterfalls
  • Another popular place to visit in Munnar,
    Kuthunkal Waterfall is a top picnic spot and
    receives many tourists. The cascading waterfall,
    surrounded with lush greenery is best experienced
    with a walk down to the bottom of the falls.
    Drench in the relaxing waters and let nature give
    you a perfect, free massage. The picture perfect
    waterfalls are accessible through a short, easy
    trek, situated very close to the Main Road. The
    charming waterfalls give out a distinctive misty
    effect as it rushes down the dark rocks, if
    youre in or around Munnar, make sure to soak in
    the beautiful sight of this majestic waterfalls.
  • Best time to visit June to October
  • Distance from Munnar 29 km

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