Most people go on a one-day trip to Munnar. However, few know that Munnar deserves more time to be seen and enjoyed. Other than the familiar Mattupetty Dam and the Kundala lake, many offbeat places will give you the thrill of the mystical mountain sides of Munnar. Here we attempt to give you an introduction to a few such offbeat places in Munnar. To visit and enjoy all of these places you would need to keep at least four or five days apart.
Munnar and its Offbeat Attractions
Munnar, the charming hill station in Kerala, was once called the Switzerland of India. The pristine hills swathed by the undulating tea gardens were rightly named so. The serenity and the quietness were captivating. Just book your stay with one of the best nature resorts in Munnar and make your holidays memorable visiting the hotspots of the misty Munnar. In addition to the popular tourist spots, there are many offbeat places in Munnar that any tourist can drink in and feel satiated. Listed below are a few of them.
Megalithic Dolmens of Marayoor
Famous for its jaggery-making units as much as its sandalwood trees, the Dolmens of Marayoor is a must-visit for every tourist. These are megalithic prehistoric structures believed to be burial chambers. Such dolmens are found in many places all over the world but the purpose of these structures is not clear as yet.
The dolmens are built characteristically with four stones and a fifth one as the cap for the structure. In the local parlance, these are called muniyaras. In Marayoor, these dolmens are located on a stone hill on the left side of the Pambar River.
Chinnar Wildlife Sanctuary
The Chinnar Wildlife Sanctuary is counted among the best such ones in the whole of the country. The sanctuary is so big that it houses over 245 species of birds, thousands of plant varieties, and 34 species of mammals.
It is home to the famous Giant Grizzled Squirrel. The sanctuary has an extent of about 90.44 sq. km. One can enjoy the Thoovanam waterfalls inside the sanctuary and also has a watchtower where one can enjoy spectacular views of the surrounding hills and valleys.
Located at 8000 feet above sea level, and at a distance of 32 km from Munnar, Kolukkumalai is the world’s highest organic tea estate. Only a 4WD jeep can take you up the hill to reach this place. The last 10 km is particularly bumpy. Once there, you have to climb a mountain and get to the other side to reach Kolukkumalai. From here one can get to see some small villages that lie in the neighbouring state of Tamil Nadu. It would be better to fix a camping and sunrise trek, you can get there by the evening on a jeep and camp for the night.
You can then enjoy yourself by going to the local hilltops and the sunrise point for enjoying the breathtaking views. There is a tea factory here that still manufactures tea, right from the 1930s. All of the tea made here is exported. However, if you get to taste a hot cuppa with black tea from here, you will agree that it is divine. You can reach Munnar at about 1.30 pm. Jeeps are available to take you up the hills at 5 am for mesmerizing views of the sunrise from Kolukkumalai.
This is an exciting trip that you can have to Kallippara to see the sunset in the orange-red sky. You can also drink in the view of the serene Anayirangal dam from here. You can reach Kallippara on a 4WD jeep through the lush cardamom forests. The ride takes about 20 minutes and this is followed by a 30-minute trek uphill to the sunset point. You cannot ask for more thrill than this. The Shola Sunset is the perfect way to end your day.
Sita Devi Lake
Also known as Devikulam Lake, this pristine lake is one in which Sita Devi purportedly had a bath. The locals consider these pristine waters to be sacred. During British times, this was a fishing spot. Even now it is quiet and untouched and therefore enjoyed by every tourist that visits this spot.
This lake is at a distance of about 22 km from Munnar and anyone requires permission from the Tata Tea regional officer Munnar to visit this lake. You can even hike to this lake from Chinnakanal in about an hour.
Famous for its serenity, the Anayirangal valley lies at a distance of 22 km from Munnar. This valley also houses the Anayirangal Dam. Located close to the Suryanelli estate in Munnar, Anayirangal valley is famous for its sunrise and sunset viewpoints and other spectacular views of the valley.
The drive to Anayirangal dam from Munnar is a scenic one. The tea estates at different levels on either side of the road make a beautiful sight. The valley has got its name from the numerous elephants that walked down to the water to quench their thirst. If you are lucky you can get to see the monkeys and elephants in the forests nearby. Visiting Anayirangal Dam is a great way to spend a day in Munnar.
Plan your vacation over the offbeat places in Munnar and it will be surely a wonderful and memorable experience and more fun. It makes for a great satisfying vacation. Abad Copper Castle resort Munnar is an ideal option for stay and dining for those planning to enjoy Munnar and its offbeat attractions.