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Munnar: A picture perfect holiday destination for tourists in search of peace
Holiday in Kerala is incomplete without a visit to Munnar which is indeed an awe inspiring place with breathtaking natural splendor. A visit to Munnar will refresh your mind and soul. For a splash of tranquil and heavenly peace, Munnar is an ideal place. Munnar is located at a height of 6000 feet in the Idukki district of Kerala. It was popular as the summer resort during the British Ruler in India. The pristine valleys, beautiful tea gardens, exotic spices, flora and fauna of Munnar make it a hot destination for travelers all across the world. 

History and culture of Munnar:
Munnar is indeed a breathtaking place which has an interesting blend of history and culture. Munnar was first discovered as a tourist destination by the Duke of Wellington. Munnar is a place where the three mountain streams meet and merge. Munnar in Tamil as well as Malayalam means three rivers. During the British rule in India, Munnar was once the summer capital. It is the British influence, which gave Munnar the tea plantation. Today, the tea estates of Munnar are among the most popular attractions in Munnar.

Special attractions and things to do in Munnar:
Here are the famous attractions in the majestically beautiful place, Munnar:

Mattupetty Lake and Dam: Embraced by lush green meadows, this lake looks like a painting. Here you can watch the best of flora and fauna. Mist, chirpings of exotic birds, boating, refreshing air, adds that extra charm to the Mattupetty Lake. There is a dam close to the lake and it is indeed a must not miss attraction.

Anayirangal Lake: Located at a distance of 18 kilometers from Munnar is this amazingly beautiful lake, Anayirangal.  Here you can experience an eye to eye encounter with the mighty tuskers. Enjoy elephant ride here or watch them having a bath.

Rajmalai National Park: In Malayalam, the meaning of Rajamala is 'King of Hills'. The name of this place truly justifies with its name. This exotic tourist destination is a home to Nilgiri Thars which are the endangered mountain goat species. Here you can watch the rare Neelakurinji Flowers and the lion-tailed macaque.

Pothamedu: For a complete rustic and local experience do make a visit to the small village, Pothamedu. Here you can rejuvenate your mind and soul. The natural splendor of the hills, coffee and tea estates, cardamom plantation are the attractions here. This small hilly paradise is located at a distance of around 6 kilometers from Munnar.  From this awesomely beautiful destination you can enjoy the breathtaking view of Muthirapuzha River and the green valleys blended with the mists is extremely charming. If you like hiking and trekking, do not miss a visit to Pothamedu.

Tea Estates in Munnar: There are many tea estates in Munnar and you can make a visit there for tea tasting tours. It is one of its kind experiences which you should not miss once in Munnar.

Shopping in Munnar is indeed an interesting experience:
For an interesting and memorable experience, you must head on towards the market area of Munnar city. Here you can enjoy your stroll, or sit and enjoy sipping coffee at a local coffee house. The market showcases an assortment of handicrafts and artifacts piled up. In Munnar market you can also purchase authentic and fresh spices. Traditional products like Nilavilakku, which is a lamp and lighting it is considered as auspicious. There are shops from where you can buy copper and bronze items. Handicrafts, especially hand crafted snake boats and sandalwood gift items are famous souvenirs which you can take for your friends and family.  Shopping is an interesting thing to do in Munnar.


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