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Munnar is an enchanting hill station town in Kerala, i.e., is located on the foothills of Kannan Devan Hills. Like the rest of Kerala, Munnar, is blessed with abundant natural beauty, picturesque locales, and pleasant weather, making it one of the most-visited tourist places in God’s Own Country.  

Apart from its mist-clad mountains, serene lakes, and  cascading waterfalls, Munnar is also known for its vast acres of rolling slopes that are home to tea plantations or tea gardens. There are many private tea estates in Munnar that are open for the tourists; you can take a tour around these plantations to know about how the tea is cultivated, and the different stages of tea production.  

So, if you are planning to visit Munnar, you must surely include a visit to these beautiful tea gardens in your itinerary.

 

Kolukkumalai Tea Estate 

Located about 35 kms from Munnar, this stunning tea garden is one of the most beautiful tea estates in India, and is rated among the top places for tea production. The estate is at an altitude of 7900 feet above sea level, making it the world’s highest plantation.  

Another notable thing about this tea estate is that the owners of the estate still use traditional methods for tea cultivation. Spread over 81 acres of land, the owners cultivate different varieties of tea.  

When you visit the estate, you can also take a tour around the tea production factory, where you can sip tea of different flavours and buy some freshly produced tea leaves as a gift to your tea-loving friends and family members.  

Apart from producing the best quality tea in the region, this tea estate is also known for offering tourists the most spectacular panoramic views of the hills. A visit to this lush green paradise is an experience in itself, and as you stroll through the plantations, the fresh air mixed in the aroma of tea only adds to the experience.  

Pallivasal Tea Garden 

While there are lakes, and waterfalls in Munnar, visiting the tea estate has its own unique charm. The vast rolling hills brimmed with greenery and the mellow aroma of the tea fills your heart with unimaginable joy. One such mystic tea garden located on the outskirts of Munnar, is the Pallivasal Tea Garden. 

Besides, the estate has the beautiful Pallivasal waterfalls, and the plantation is surrounded by lush green forest, making it one of the best places to visit in Munnar for a picnic. People from all parts of India just to spend a day away from the city chaos and relax in the serene and calm environment amidst nature. From these gardens, you can enjoy the view of the Sahya mountain ranges. The unspoilt beauty of this place is a haven for photography lovers, and nature enthusiasts.  

Lockhart Tea Estate 

Lockhart Estate is one of the oldest tea gardens in Munnar. It was established by John Von Rosenberg, and his son. Today, the estate is also home to the Lockhart Tea Museum, which was built in 1936. Whether you are a tea connoisseur or not, you must visit this place to know about the modern and orthodox tea plantation, and processing processes.  

After an insightful visit to the museum, you can take a leisurely stroll around the plantation whilst enjoying the beautiful view of the scenery around and breathing the fresh, cool air; it is one of the greatest experiences you will get here. 

Other places to see in Munnar 

Apart from the gorgeous tea gardens, Munnar is home to many other tourist attractions that are worth visiting. Let us look at some of the best spots that you must not miss.  

Echo Point 

Located at about 600 ft above sea level, it is one of the most beautiful points in Munnar that captivates your senses. In its breathtaking surrounding, if you scream anything, you will heart it back. It is a favourite spot among couples. So, if you are visiting with your special someone, you can spend some peaceful and romantic time together.  

Eravikulam Rajamalai National Park 

Eravikulam Rajamalai National Park is a protected forest and is home to many endemic and rare species of flora and fauna, and avifauna. More than 750 species of animals, birds and reptiles are spotted here. Animals like Golden Jackal, Leopards, Tigers, Sambar Deers, Dhole are a part of this national park. It is a great place to see wildlife in their natural habitat.  

Kundala Lake 

When you visit Munnar, Kundala Lake must be at the top of your must-visit places. The water in the lake is so clean and clear that you can see your image in the water, like you are standing in front of a mirror. The lake is surrounded by lush green slopes and if you are lucky you can see the highly sought-after Neelakurinji flower. 

Where to stay in Munnar? 

Munnar is a majestic place, and you need at least 3-4 days to explore all the nearby tourist spots. Also, the more time you spend here, the more you want to extend your stay here. Such is the beauty and the charm of this place. The cool air, the scenic locations, are incomparable.  

While there are many hotels, homestays, and resorts in Munnar, it is best to stay at Club Mahindra Mount Serene or Club Mahindra Munnar. Both the resorts by Club Mahindra are located in the most scenic place in Munnar, and offer an unmatched scenic view around.  

Also, the top-notch amenities, coupled with the warm services of the staff, are incomparable to any other resorts in Kerala.

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