Munnar in South India is quite famous for its otherworldly charm. While the whole of the backwater state is quite unique in its own right, Munnar is a destination that steals the limelight. The beauty is quite over overwhelming and can be quite a sight to behold. The peaceful environment makes for a perfect retreat in the mountainous region. There are many tourist attractions around the place. However, there are a lot of things to do in Munnar as well. Here are a few:
1. Treehouse Stay
Eco accommodation is quite in trend these days. It is a new concept that attracts a number of ecotourists from around the world. The houses are made of hay, straw, coir, and bamboo. If you want an offbeat activity to do around Munnar, this is it. Smoking inside the premises is prohibited. The price might be a bit heavy on the pocket if you are on a budget.
2. Camping And Trekking
Camping and trekking are heavens for adventure lovers around the world. There are many such points in Munnar as well. Echo Point, with its self-explanatory name, is only 15 km from the town. Also, if you wish to trek, Top Station is the best one here and requires quite some stamina, owing to its 32km long trail.
4. Mountain Biking
The scenic pathways along Munnar have invited mountain bikers as well. Places like Anamudi Shola, Suryanelli, Kundala and Vandanmedu are perfect for taking a pedalled stroll around the area. At times, your resorts or hotels may arrange the trips. If that does not happen, just rent a bike and get going. The rent is usually around INR 300/day.
5. Rock Climbing And Rappelling
With mountains, it is only natural to have rock climbing as an activity. Munnar has a number of dedicated places where rock climbing and rappelling activities are offered. Professionals are also present, giving much-needed advice to newbies and struggling adventurers. The activities are mostly organized by the National Adventure Foundation. The total duration is 2 hours and both the activities can be tried between 7 am and 7 pm. The price is usually around 600 bucks a person. If you want more activities, give Fun Forest Adventure Park a try.
6. Enjoy Shikara Ride On Kundala Lake
One of Asia’s first arch dams, Kundala dam comes on the way to Top Station from Munnar. The man-made dam stands on Kundala Lake which is perfect for a Shikara tour. You can also do a bit of pedal boating or row boating. The entry fee is INR 10 for every person, excluding the fee of boats, which can be around INR 350 for some 20 minutes. If you go there during the blossoming season of, Neelakurinji flowers, the rare flowers that bloom only once in twelve years, you will be greeted with a scintillating scenery.
7. Rejuvenate Yourself With An Ayurvedic Spa
If you leave Kerala without getting a massage, you will be left with a trunk full of regret. There is a choice of the spa as well. You can pick from Balinese-styled, Shirodhara or a deep-tissue massage. If needed, you can try the Ayurvedic wellness treatment as well. The spa’s duration ranges between 60 and 90 minutes. You should check the website of the facility before heading out there as the price of the session varies from one to the other. It can be anywhere between INR 1800 and 2500.
8. Elephant Safari At Carmelagiri Elephant Park
When everything is said and done, you will be asked a simple question – did you see the elephants? It is then that you can say that you even sat on one during the safari. This park is located on Mattupetty Road and is quite famous for short elephants rides that last between 10 and 15 minutes. The park is open from 9 am to 5 pm and is kid-friendly as well. The cost might sound a bit steep at INR 1150, but it includes photo sessions with and a fruit basket for the elephant.
If you visit during the best time to visit Munnar, which is between June and September, you will be greeted with an array of adventure activities, making it all the more important to make a proper list of things you can do and the places you can visit.