Walking with the clouds
I remember as a kid watching Kannan Devan TV commercial and wondering exactly where these lovely lush green tea estates were. Even though I had no idea where it was, every time I watched this TV commercial I would daydream of going there. And after few years, this desire of mine got fulfilled. I finally had the chance to visit these gorgeous hills.
In the Idukki district of Kerala, a state in southern India, is Munnar, a picturesque hill town. The town is known for its mist covered hills, lush green tea plantations, stunning waterfalls and serene surroundings. Its is Kerala’s most popular tourist destination and a ideal location for a peaceful vacation.
There are plenty of cozy mountain lodges and resorts where you can relax and enjoy the stunning views from the comfort of a warm and comfortable room.
We stayed at a resort (Club Mahindra, Munnar) which overlooked this lush green tea plantation. Walking around the misty mountains, as a little drizzle touched our skin while the cool breeze blew all around us, made it even more magical.
The velvety green tea plants are spread out across the rolling hills that extend as far as the eye can see. I was mesmerised looking at such gorgeous scenery in front of me and I couldn’t help but take a deep breathe in and just soak it all in. It was a moment of pure bliss.
Here are some things you can do
Tea Plantation: You can start by visiting the tea plantation which are spread over vast acres of land, also take a guided tour of the tea gardens & learn about the process of tea production, from plucking the leaves to processing and packaging.
Explore the Wildlife Sanctuaries: Munnar has several wildlife sanctuaries, including the Eravikulam National Park and the Chinnar Wildlife Sanctuary.
Trekking and Hiking: Munnar has many trekking and hiking trails that offer breathtaking views of the surrounding mountains, valleys, and waterfalls. Some popular trails include the Anamudi Peak trek and the Chokramudi Peak trek.
Visit the Waterfalls: Munnar has several beautiful waterfalls, Chinnakanel waterfalls, Attukad Waterfall and many others.
Jeep Safari: You could also opt for a Jeep safari to explore the rugged terrains of the western Ghats.
Local Cuisine: Kerala is famous for its delicious cuisine, and Munnar is no exception. Try local dishes such as appam, puttu, and meen curry, which are sure to tantalize your taste buds. Or you could try the Sadya (meal consisting of a variety of traditional vegetarian dishes, typically served during the festival of Onam)
Visit the Mattupetty Dam: The Mattupetty Dam is a popular tourist spot in Munnar, known for its scenic beauty and boating opportunities.
Local Markets: Explore the local markets , where you can find spices, handicrafts and souvenirs.
Or You could just relax while taking in Munnar’s natural beauty.
Remember to pack warm clothing, as Munnar can get quite chilly, especially in the evenings.
In conclusion, Munnar is the ideal vacation spot for anyone who enjoys the outdoors, excitement, and relaxation. Munnar has something to offer for everyone with its lovely tea gardens, national parks, and adventure activities.