Activities, exploration and sights in and around Munnar, Kerala
Munnar is a quaint hill station set amidst India’s highest tea gardens . You are surrounded by seemingly endless stretches of lush tea gardens, placid lakes, mist pirouetting in the valleys and the soaring mountains peaks. Thick rain bearing clouds drift over meandering streams that give birth to waterfalls with sparkling mountains water and abundant wildlife sanctuaries. Most of the native flora and fauna of Munnar have disappeared due to severe habitat fragmentation. However, some species continue to survive and thrive in several protected areas nearby, including the new Kurinjimala Sanctuary, the Chinnar Wildlife Sanctuary, Manjampatti Valley and Amaravati reserve forest, the Eravikulam National Park and Anaimudi and Pampadum Shola National Parks.
Munnar is also famous for a rare species of wild orchid called ‘Nilakurinchi’ that grow in the area and bloom every 12 years. At this the hill slopes around Munnar turn violet. Munnar is also home to a reclusive breed of mountain goats called the Nilagiri Thar and small herds can be spotted foraging in stretches of grassland or climbing adroitly up steep rock inclines outside the town.
Guests could also opt to go on picnics at numerous scenic spots, visit a tea factory and view at close quarters how fine blends of tea are produced and taste them. You could also rent a bicycle and ride on paths that wind through some picturesque and challenging terrain. Other activity options include boating in the lakes around Munar and paragliding.