One of the most popular attractions of Kerala is the trip to Munnar and Thekkady. The hill station of Munnar provides the perfect contrast to the wilderness of Thekkady, and the trip to these twin cities amounts to the entire extraction of all the nectar from God’s own country. There are not a lot of places in this country that can boast of a scenic majesty of the lush tea gardens. Munnar is one such place, which houses the said green beauty. Located in the Idukki district, Munnar is a hill station situated 1600 meters above sea level. But in order to have the perfect bliss amongst mother nature’s own lap, a well organized and thoroughly formulated plan is a must. Given the numerous beautiful places to visit in Munnar as well as Thekkady, the hotel booking seems to be the most complex of all the steps involved in planning a perfect vacation, considering the numerous hotels and resorts spread across the two destinations. In Munnar, resort packages are plenty and therefore it often creates a dilemma for tourists. But fret not, as we are here to take you through the Munnar itinerary 3 days of efficient Hotel booking and tour planning guide for your perfect family vacation in Munnar – Thekkady.
Itinerary for Day1: Cochin to Munnar ( 127139 km or 3.30 hrs )
Your tour starts with your arrival in the city of Kochi. You can arrive in Kochi through various means, including flight, train or bus. From there on you can either hire a taxi or a bus to reach Munnar, though it is advised that you take a taxi as it gives you more opportunity to witness the beauty of Munnar along the way on your own whims and fancies. The route to Munnar is filled with beautiful scenery, completely dotted by numerous waterfalls. The most famous of the waterfalls en route Munnar is Cheeyappara waterfalls. The sheer majesty of this waterfall will make you desperately anticipate what next is going to follow. The route also comprises of various spots that take the tourists on elephant rides amongst the wilderness. The passage to Munnar is so scenic that you will hardly notice when it ends and the day is followed by a relaxing evening in a resort you plan to stay in Munnar. Resorts in Munnar have both indoor and outdoor activities for children as well as adults. Amongst the resorts in Munnar at an excellent location is, the Abad Copper Castle. This picturesque resort offers a breathtaking view of the valley. The resort also offers an exclusive campfire area so that the guests may indulge in some leisure activities outside their rooms too. Along with the campfire area, the resort also has the feature of an Ayurveda centre. This helps the guests release their tensions and indulge in some ayurvedic healing experience, which Kerala is inherently known for.
Itinerary for Day 2: Explore the magic of Munnar!
The next day of the trip is where the magic really happens, as the tourists go for a tour of the hill station of Munnar. As it is quite famously known, Munnar houses country’s most splendid of the tea estates. The second day includes a tour of these marvellous tea gardens including the spots perfect for a perfect Instagram post. There is also a tour of the Tea Museum, which would engulf the tourists in the world of tea making and its history. There are various flower gardens that simply look like a page taken out of a travel book and is the perfect place for you to impress your Instagram followers. The hill station has a vast flora and fauna, which can be witnessed by the tourists in all its capacity in Eravikulam National Park, which also is the home to the rare Nilgiri Tahr. This National Park is especially famous amongst the juniors as they get to experience the rare species first hand. There also amongst the tea valleys of Munnar is the famous echo point. All these sightseeing will take up the entire day and therefore another night is advised to be spent in Munnar. Since tourists are supposed to spend two nights in a row in Munnar, resorts packages play a vital role in the planning of the trip. With Abad Copper Castle, the tourists won’t feel bored as they can indulge in the Ayurveda Center’s services and can take the benefits of the healing spa, which Kerala is known for. The guests can also go on and light up a campfire and have the time of their lives under the starry Munnar sky.
Itinerary for Day 3: Roam in the Wilderness of Thekkady
The third day, tourists bid goodbye to the lavish green valleys of Munnar, as they get set to enter the lush green wilderness of Thekkady. Tourists enjoy their breakfast at their resort and then go on with their journey. The journey from Munnar to Thekkady is extremely gorgeous as the road is covered with tall and thick trees. The beautiful olden houses on the way also give people a sense of calm and peace. The trip to Thekkady is merely 85 Kms and is covered in a matter of two and a half hours. Once you reach Thekkady you automatically realize that you have arrived in mother nature’s lap, as the exuberant forest is bound to take your breath away. Once in Thekkady, you can enjoy the famous Periyar riverboat ride. This ride takes you right between the wilderness and gives your friends major travel goals to accomplish. The major factor why this boat ride is so famous is that it takes you through the middle of the Tiger reserve and lets you witness the mystery of the jungle first hand. Thekkady is also very famous for its elephant rides as people indulge in the majestic ride and explore the green landscape of the place. There are also various wildlife safaris to be enjoyed as the tourists are taken away through the forest in a safari jeep. This safari interests the kids and adults alike. Abad Green Forest is amongst the best resorts in Thekkady as it increases the wild vibes of the city. It blends both, the rawness as well as luxury, in form 30 ‘Jungle Rooms’ as well as 20 ‘Jungle Cottages’. The resort also boasts of an Ayurveda Center with exotic spa, as well as a soothing swimming pool that will make sure your tiredness, after an adventurous day in the wilderness, completely disappears.