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Munnar is famous for its thriving green surroundings, lakes, reservoirs, forests and tea plantations. In other words, this place has everything, a honeymoon goer is longing for. One can relax in the lap of Nature with quiet and calm surroundings. Not only it is one of the highest tea estates in the world, it is also famous for the Neelakurinji, an exotic blue flowering plant which blossoms once in 12 years only. Tourists can not only have panoramic view of the luxuriant surroundings and hills from here but also enjoy enjoy walking amongst the numerous tea estates.
There are a number of tourist attractions in the hill station of Munnar. The Christ Church, built of stone is an important place to visit. Echo Pointcho Point has a natural echo phenomenon and offers panoramic views. Eravikulam National Park is a sanctuary stands out for the stark beauty of its rolling grasslands and shoals. Mattupetty Lake and Dam is a beautiful picnic spot with the panoramic view of the tea plantations and the lake. One can also enjoy boating here. Kodaikanal, is a fantastic high mountain vistas from where one can see the neighbouring state of Tamil Nadu.
Excursions from the Munnar:
The places one can visit around Munnar are plenty. Marayoor (40 km) is the only known place in Kerala with a natural forest of sandalwood trees. Pallivasal (8km), the venue of the first Hydro Electric project in Kerala, is place of enormous scenic beauty. Attukal (9km) offers a panorama of waterfalls and rolling hills, is also ideal for long treks. Nayamakad (10km) is a land of scintillating waterfalls. The enchanting surroundings makes an excellent picnic spot and ideal trekking point. Chithirapuram (10km) is a small village with little cottages, bungalows, old playgrounds and courts. This small hill town is also famous for its picturesque tea plantations. Lock Heart Gap (13km) is the place for people longing for trekking. One can enjoy fresh air flowing from the mist clad hills along with a panoramic view. Rajamala (15km) lures the travellers with its irresistible grace and beauty.
How to get there:
It is very well connected by all means of transport. One can reach here by air via a number of airports viz. Kochi (139km), Madurai(142km) Coimbatore(167km), Kozhikode(287km), Thiruvananthapuram(302km). The city is also well connected by trains with important cities like Kerala, Trivandrum, Chennai, Delhi. The journey by road is equally convenient for the people who enjoy driving. There is a well-developed network of road transport. Munnar can be accessed by road from Kottayam (147 km), Thekkady (110 km), Madurai (160 km) and Thrissur (158 km).
It is wonderland for coffee and spice lovers. Good quality coffee and spices like cinnamon, cloves, cardamom and pepper are avilable here.
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