Sprawling hills, countless tea plantations, and exotic vegetation stretching far and wide…located in the interior of Kerala, Munnar is one of the richest and most beautiful places in South India. Of course, it doesn’t necessarily have to be for the cities themselves or the villages, but the nature here is stunning. Tea plantations, waterfalls, rainforests, herbs of all kinds, dams, and striking scenery are just a few of the natural beauties that abound. A few days in Munnar can easily be spent with various activities, and it is a nice break in nature after the hustle and bustle of other places you visit during your trip to India.
About Green Munnar in Kerala
The state of Kerala, where Munnar is located, is also known as the wealthiest region in India. This is because vegetables, white tea, black tea, pepper, cardamom, ginger, vanilla, and other essential spices and teas are grown here and exported worldwide. Most of the people who live in this area work in the tea plantations or grow herbs. Munnar is known for its tea plantations and the wild elephants that roam the area. It is home to several herds of elephants, and if you are lucky, you may spot them while hiking in the Green Zone.
What to do in Munnar?
While you can see the deep green tea plantations in most parts of the region, some areas offer more beautiful hikes. Be sure to coordinate with your local guide for the most amazing hikes. This is because you can enjoy the views of several waterfalls and lakes and the tea plantations.
Visit a Tea Factory or Spice Plantation
Are you a tea lover? Then, visit a tea factory in Munnar! Did you know that black tea, green tea, and white tea are all made from the same plant? Do you like spices? Then go to a spice plantation. Fun fact: The most expensive spices in the world are (in order) pepper, vanilla, and cardamom. Five to six kilograms of cardamom makes one kilogram of dried herb. So, there’s not much leftover.
If your time here is limited, it might be best to opt for a jeep safari as an everyday activity. It’s an adventurous drive that combines all the elements:
-Driving through rolling hills.
-Stopping at villages and tea plantations.
-Driving through nature reserves (where you can also take short walks).
-Enjoying the many beautiful sights.
You are sure to get some great photos for you social media feed!
This is probably the most touristy of all the activities, and if that’s not a problem for you, this is definitely an activity to add to your schedule. Take a relaxing boat ride through the calm waters of Munnar and enjoy the fresh air. You may even spot exotic birds, elephants, other wildlife, lakes, waterfalls, rivers, etc. You can also book tours to Anayirankal Dam, Mattupetty Dam, and Kundala.
The Best Travel Time
Generally, it is best to visit Munnar between March and November. Remember that Munnar is located in a mountainous area far from the humid and hot coastal regions. As a result, the temperature is shallow compared to other parts of South India. It may rain and get cold, so be sure to pack a rain jacket and long pants. Many also like to visit in early December. We don’t get a huge amount of rain during that time, and all areas are at their greenest thanks to the recent rains.
Have you ever been to Munnar? Share your experience with us in the comments below!