Kerala is blessed with a lot of scenic beauty and Munnar is on the top of the list. Hearing from friends & family, I was very keen and awaiting planning for Munnar. Finally, we made it and decided for a 3 days trip to Munnar. While going we took a night train from Bangalore and reached Kochi early morning where our driver was already been waiting for us. We quickly boarded the cab and started our road trip to Munnar.
The journey was adventures as the way was not straight, we revolved around the mountain ranges to reach Munnar. The roads were in a serpents shapes. On the way, we visited many exciting places. First of all, we halted for our breakfast in a street-side restaurant. We saw many beautiful bungalows and houses pass by which anybody could have dreamt of.
We visited Attukal Waterfalls on the way and our driver also took us to spice garden where we not only visited the garden but also learned about different spices and herbs and their medicinal value and also enjoyed the elephant ride and fish spa and this experience I will cherish all my life.
After some time, we headed towards Munnar for our Hotel – “Hotel Hill view”. As the name says, the hotel stood surrounded by small hills and had a little forest area near to it, giving it a very beautiful location setting, just the kind we see in movies….
The Hotel was very good, Its interiors were quite soothing to the external environment. The rooms were spacious, clean and comfortable more ever the staff was quite friendly and the best part was the view from our room’s window, it opened for the mini forest.
By the time we reached our hotel, it was 4:00 pm and the sightseeing closes by 6:00 pm thus was decided to quickly freshen up and visit the flower garden, Blossom Hydel park, which was 5-10 mins walking distance. The garden was full of flower and beautifully decorated with marigold flower plant on its pathways. It also had many statues to enhance and be part of your photos. There was also a mini lake having lotus plant floating on it. The garden is not a natural garden, but it is a Mudpot plantation and is decorated to give that look. We also visited some tea estate nearby and took few amazing snaps.
Next day, we started early and the first place was Rajamalai (Eravikulam) National Park, one tip I would like to give here is to always book your online tickets in advance as online booking closes one day prior to the day of the visit, else there is a long queue to book an offline ticket. It was not a great experience because it was the breeding season and not much animals were spotted during the visit. little disappointed we headed towards Mattupetty Dam, which was quite good. There was speed boating and normal boating both rides available in the dam and the view is just awesome. There were many snack counter along with various other sports available like Ziplining, Elephant ride, etc.
We also visited different places like the Kundala Dam Lake, Top station view, which was also thrilling experience as the view was just beyond I ever expected. In Kundala, cherry blossoms appear twice in a year. The famous Neela Kurunji flowers which bloom once in twelve years and the next bloom is expected in 2018, bloom in the hills and valleys around Kundala lake. There is an artificial dam in Kundala which is another major attraction here. It is Asia’s first Arch Dam. the place is extremely scenic and the walk across the dam is pleasant.
Coming downwards back to Munnar, we visited the Rose Garden, having different varieties of flowers, we wanted to look out for some beautiful flowers and this place didn’t disappoint me at all, I have never seen such big and beautiful flower anytime before, I will recommend to visit it once. There is also a place called photo point because of its scenic beauty and thus we also halted to take some beautiful picture.
With the setting Sun, we reached back to our hotel. Next day we visited few local market shops and left early as we wanted to reach down back from Munnar to visit Thattekad Bird Sanctuary.
This is one of the hotspots for a variety of birds….loved trekking in the sanctuary. The sanctuary is a habitat for different varieties of cuckoos and a region of the sanctuary popularly called “Cuckoo Paradise” is home to them. Not only birds but also they have butterfly garden and few other animals and a small garden by the side of lake, which is very Quite and adorable. We spent a quality time there.
Lastly, we drove to Kochi airport, and took our flight to Bangalore. It was definately a trip to remember.
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