Sitting in nature’s lap, if you look up you see white fluffy clouds that resemble cotton candy and if you peek past them you see the majestic hills protecting the beautiful landscape of tea gardens and the aromatic smell of spices that fill up your nostrils – and that, my friends, is Munnar for you. Munnar, the land of the three rivers, Muthirapuzha, Nallathanni and Kundaly.
Travelling to Munnar is easier with a steady access to cars, trains and air flights depending on one’s budget. However, travelling locally within Munnar maybe a little troublesome due to the low frequency of public transport. Thus, hiring a car for the period of your stay is beneficial.
Munnar encourages you to be disconnected from the outside world by giving you low network connectivity and offers a wide variety of activities to satiate your appetite for adventure, knowledge and scenic beauty. From rock climbing and rappelling to paragliding, the adventurer in you has a wide array of activities to choose from. A visit to TATA Tea Museum to witness the processing of tea is a must. If you want to catch a glimpse of the rare Nilgiri Tahr in its natural habitat, the Eravikulam National Park is just the place for you. And for those with a passion for photography, the Mattupetty Dam and the Echo point make wonderful spots apart from the ever present scenic beauty and gorgeous waterfalls. After a tiring day of sightseeing, you can indulge in a relaxing session offered by the ayurvedic spas. While you’re engaged in these activities, do ensure that your umbrella is close by as Munnar is prone to surprise showers.
Munnar is a food lover’s paradise and one must definitely sample the traditional South Indian meal on a banana leaf amidst the locals consisting of vegetable pachadi – a salad, elaneer payasam which is a coconut kheer, mixed vegetable thoran and rice and sambhar, while the non-vegetarians can go for rice with prawns. However, if you’re someone who misses your cheese pizza, you can give your taste buds a relief by devouring one at Club Mahindra’s property which is on the outskirts of Munnar.
On your way back don’t forget to take home the mouthwatering homemade chocolates or the wide variety of spices to enhance your culinary skills. And if you love interacting with people belonging to different cultures I’m sure you’ll be going back with many new friends as Munnar is no stranger to foreigners and even the local people are extremely helpful.
Make sure that you book your hotels well in advance for your holiday in 2018 because that’s the year when Neelakurinji, the flower that blooms once in every twelve years , will be showing its pretty face again in Munnar.
Words by Khyati
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