Want to plan an exciting winter vacation, but don’t want to visit the typical North Indian hill stations? Want to visit some beautiful winter wonderland that offers fantastic tourist activities without having to endure a long and tiring journey?
If your answer is yes, plan your winter vacation in Munnar and enjoy your time surrounded by the stunning vistas, misty hills, amazing scenery and lots of places to explore. Munnar is located in the Idukki district in the Western Ghats and is fondly called as the ‘Kashmir of South India’. Perched upon the Kannan Devan Hills, Munnar is visit-worthy all around the year and is explored by people with all kinds of tourist interests from all over the world. However, very few people know that this hill-station becomes even more beautiful in the winter season; especially from December to February.
Let us go on a verbal tour of the winter brilliance of Munnar and the must-visit places here that you can explore on your visit.
Let’s start by learning a bit more about the weather in Munnar.
Weather in Munnar:
Munnar is a hill station that has a mean temperature ranging in between 15 degree Celsius to 19 degree Celsius. However, the hill station becomes really cold in the winters with temperature ranging from 5 degree Celsius to 12 degree Celsius. The rainfall in winters can bring the temperature down and make Munnar a lovely winter vacation spot.
Though Munnar becomes cold in winters and experiences cold temperatures, it still never gets snowfall like the Northern hill stations because of its location. However, the frosty deposits on trees and upper areas of the hills etc have been reported many times.
So, we recommend checking the weather information before planning your visit and packing adequate winter clothing as required.
Now that we have covered a general introduction to the weather in Munnar, let us move on to find more about a winter vacation in Munnar.
Munnar, Winters and Vacations – The Basics:
Surrounded by lush green mountains and splendid woods on all sides, Munnar can make your heart beat faster and eyes widened with amazement with its scenic splendour. The best way to make the most of your Munnar visit is to plan a stay at some nature resort. There are many resorts in Munnar that offer excellent in-house services that reflect the ethos of the place.
Abad Copper Castle is one such impressive resort here that makes your stay a memorable experience with its exceptionally well-crafted service portfolio and overall hospitality experience. The resort is located in Pothamedu with and ample parking space and faces a waterfall crashing on the rocks engulfed with green cover everywhere. There is an in-house spa and Ayurveda Centre as well where you can enjoy traditional Kerala Ayurvedic Massages and therapies. So, it is worthwhile accommodation.
Now, let us check out the best and the must-visit places in Munnar during winters.
Munnar Winter Tourist Attractions:
Famous as the hub of sandalwood trees, Marayoor town is also home to the tribals that rely on agriculture primarily. Marayoor is the only place in Kerala with natural sandalwood forests. The place is a heaven for nature lovers and adventure enthusiasts. It is not heavily visited by tourists and is perfect for the people seeking solitude and peace while travelling. Marayoor has Waterfalls, sandalwood forests fragrant with incense, carpeting of lush green tea estates and opens towards the sea. There are intriguing stone coffins with underground tunnels that date back to the Neolithic period. Rajiv Gandhi National Park is yet another amazing place to explore.
Adventure activities: Hiking, Trekking, Camping, forest walks and nature walks
Chinnakanal Waterfalls is also called Power House Waterfall and is situated at a distance of 18 KM from Munnar city centre. There are scenic green mountains surrounding it while the waterfall itself originates from River Devikulam. There are many scenic plantations nearby to explore.
The Echo Point:
The place is famous for the echo phenomenon and is visited by visitors as well as honeymooners alike. The location itself is located at a height of 600 ft and can be reached on foot. It is an ideal picnic spot for families and friends as well. Many adventure enthusiasts also arrive here after a trip to the Top Station which is the highest point of Munnar. They can enjoy hiking, mountain climbing, trekking, forest walks and camping etc.
Anamudi Peak is the highest peak in the Western Ghats and is a complex ecosystem of various exotic flora and fauna species. It resembles the shape of an elephant’s forehead and is a perfect place for chasing the adrenaline rush and admiring the surreal beauty of Munnar. It lies in the southern region of Eravikulam National Park and can be explored with the permission from the Forest Information Centre. Offering a unique climate zone, the peak is home to many rare species such as Gaur, Nilgiri Tahr and Asiatic Elephant.
Kundala Dam & Lake:
Kundala Dam & Lake and located in Kundala town which lies en route to Top Station and is blessed incredible beauty. The town is home to tea plantations, golf course, Kundala Lake and Kundala Artificial Dam. This is also a mandatory pit stop while travelling towards Top Station. You can also join the Tea Valley Tour conducted by DTPC and explore the other gems of this place such as:
- Rajamala or Eravikulam National Park
- Echo Point
- Mattupetty Dam
- Chinnar Wildlife Sanctuary:
Chinnar Wildlife Sanctuary is yet another mesmerizing and luxuriously green tourist attraction offered by Munnar. The place is home to the Great Grizzled Squirrel of India that is the most endangered species in the world and are less than 200 in number. The wildlife and deciduous forests attract nature lovers and adventure enthusiasts equally and treat them with wonderful surprises.
Also read, Bangalore to Munnar- Travel Plan Guide
Trekking, mountain climbing, forest walks and wildlife spotting are the must-do things here.
Some other must-visit places in Munnar are:
- Pothamedu View Point
- Attukad Waterfalls
- Kolukkumalai Tea Estate
- Tata Tea Museum
- Photo Point etc
So, you have all the information right before you.
What are you waiting for? The hills of Munnar are calling; listen to them; pack your bags and Go!