Munnar is one of the most famous destination in South of India. Munnar – for the uninitiated is a hill station in Kerala and its quite a beauty. It has a lot of scenic view points and miles and miles of tea gardens all along the way. Munnar is an ideal weekend outing from Cochin. We took a flight to Cochin from Bangalore and then drove down to Munnar.
This time around it was about the drive to the destination than about the place itself. I think this is becoming a pattern for all my trips in India. I love Kerala food – especially the meals and the tender coconuts that you can find anywhere on the roadside. One of my favorite things about all the Kerala meals is the special kind of rice that is served. It is rounder than the normal cereal that is used in most Indian preparations. Another weird detail about the restaurants in Kerala is that the tap drinking water is served hot and is red in color. They add some herbs in the drinking water to purify the water.
We visited the Idukki Dam. The Idukki Dam is a double curvature arch dam constructed across the Periyar River in a narrow gorge between two granite hills Kuravan and Kuravathi in Kerala, India. The dam is a dual arch structure and it’s a very calm and unique place to visit. Tourists are allowed inside and it is a fun place to take a walk in the evening. You can take a boat ride across the artificial lake for INR 600 anytime of the day.
We were about to reach our homestay when we spotted a nice little tea garden with an open patch under some trees. We hopped over the boundary into the tea garden for some impromptu photos. After a while of gallivanting around the area and taking some pictures- we were shooed of the property by an elderly guard.
We went to Echo point and were astounded by hordes of tourists trying to soak up the view.
After breakfast the next day, we went to Mattupetty and had a gorgeous view of the lake before any other tourists arrived
The view from Top station Munnar were amazing despite the blistering heat.
Towards the end of the day we decided to visit the caves on our way back. We spent only fifteen minutes there as it was not a very developed tourist spot and the caves were very dark and unkempt.
We decided to finish off our tour of Munnar outskirts and went back to the homestay for some food and relaxation