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The Best 3 Day Itinerary For Munnar

The Best 3 Day Itinerary For Munnar
ADVENTURE
TRAVEL TIPS
SOUTH INDIA

By Ruchi Joshi

20 Mar, 2023

The bountiful greenery stretched to hundreds of acres and the pristine white puffy clouds hanging lower than usual. The absence of jarring sounds of traffic and the music of nature gently tugging the strings of your heart. That’s our Munnar. Located at the height of 1,600 m above sea level, Munnar is the much-loved and quiet hill station of Kerala. It is popularly described as the “Kashmir of South India”. Whether you are a solo backpacker or a group of college friends, visit it for the much-needed peace and calm. Here is a 3 day Munnar itinerary to help you plan your trip better.

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How To Reach Munnar

By air: 

Munnar neith er has an international airport nor a domestic one. If you are planning to fly to Munnar, the nearest airports are Cochin International Airport (at a distance of approximately 110 km) and Madurai International Airport (at a distance of approximately 140 km). Hire a cab or the state transport buses for your journey further.

By train:

Munnar, a green heaven, does not have a railway station. If you are planning to arrive by train then you can choose to get down at either Aluva Railway Station (at a distance of approximately 110 km) or Ernakulam Railway Station (at a distance of approximately 130 km) or Madurai Railway Station (at a distance of approximately 135 km). Rent a car or travel through state transport buses to reach Munnar. Just a couple of hours and you will be right at your desired destination.

By bus: 

The best and cheapest way to reach Munnar is by bus. Whether you take a state transport bus or a private one, your journey will be smooth and one with great views. Munnar is well connected to all the major places through roads.

By car:   

If you have your own car or choose to rent it, the journey will be much easier and more comfortable. Considering Munnar does not have an airport or railway station, a journey by road is inevitable. If you are getting off at the nearest airports or railway stations, it will take you 3-4 hours by road to reach Munnar.

DAY 1

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Eravikulam National Park

Spread across a 97 sq. km. area, the animals that you can see here are Nilgiri Marten, Ruddy Mongoose, Small Clawed Otter, Dusky Striped Squirrel, etc and approximately 48 species of mammals. Not just animals but it is also home to some of the rarest plants like - Neelakurunji which blooms only once every 12 years (they will next bloom in 2030). It is also a treasure trove of over 700 medicinal plants. On the first day of your 3 day Munnar itinerary, visit one of the most beautiful spots of South India located inside the national park - Lakkam Waterfalls.

Entry: The entry fee for Indian nationals is a little over ₹100 and for foreign nationals is a little over ₹400. You will have to pay extra fees to carry in cameras and other filming equipment. The timings for visiting the park are 7:00 am to 4:00 pm.

Tata Tea Museum

Munnar is famous across the country for being home to the best tea plantations and tea estates. Do learn about the rich history of the region and its ‘thick as thieves’ friendship with tea and tea plantations. Tata tea museum was established in 2005 which shows you the pictures and process of tea production through the years. It is quite interesting and worth it. You can be a part of a special show which happens twice a day at 10 am and 2 pm where they demonstrate different kinds of tea and taste them.

Entry: The museum is open on all days except Mondays and Good Friday. It is open for visiting between 9 am to 4 pm. The entry is nominal at ₹75 per person and extra for cameras.

Tea Tales Cafe

Visit one of the best café in Munnar – Tea Tales café. It offers a wide variety of tea and coffee and the ambience is so comfortable and cosy that you will definitely end up spending more time here. Oh hey, our vegan friends, you will not be disappointed here because they also have some amazing vegan food and beverage options. You should try their Hot Chocolate and Grilled Sandwich during your 3 day Munnar itinerary.

C.S.I Christ Church

This British-era church is one of the oldest churches in the region. It was built in 1910 by the British. You will be left mesmerized by the architecture and beauty of this place. Get some amazing pictures clicked for your Instagram at this rustic church.

Entry: You can visit the church on all days of the week between 9 am to 5 pm. The best part is NO ENTRY FEES!

DAY 2

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Lockhart Gap Viewpoint

Lockhart Gap viewpoint is a vantage point named after the gap between the two mountains forming the shape of a heart. You will find yourself amongst the bandwagon of clouds at this point and the panoramic view leaves your senses numb from its beauty. Spend some time here to take in the vibes and feel as your 3-day Munnar itinerary is incomplete without this.

Entry: There is no entry point or fee to visit this place. You can go at any time of the day as per your liking and have fun.

Echo Point

The most famous spot near Munnar is Echo point. It is situated at a height of 600 feet above sea level. The view offered is picturesque and enthralling. You can indulge in more self-talk and bird-watching at this location. Trekking up to Echo Point is easy and worth all the hard work.

Entry: Entry is quite nominal at ₹30 per person. If you want to try boating, it'll cost extra depending on the boat you choose. It can be visited between 6 am to 7:30 pm.

Mattupetty Dam 

The next destination in our 3-day Munnar itinerary was established in the 1940s for the purposes of hydropower generation and water conservation and now it is also a popular tourist spot. Observe the nature surrounding this dam and try the adventurous speed boating ride. Maybe try an old-school picnic set up here.

Entry: The entry here is ₹10 per person. For a 15-minute boat ride around the lake, it costs anywhere between ₹300 - ₹700 depending on the boat. You visit it from 9:30 am to 5 pm.

Pothamedu Viewpoint 

One of the best vantage points in Munnar, Pothamedu is a must-visit. You will get to enjoy the Muthirapuzha River and Idukki Arch Dam from that height. The mountains overlapping each other covered in a layer of green plantations, it is definitely a view to behold.

Entry: There is no entry point or fee to visit this place. You can go at any time of the day as per your liking and have fun.

DAY 3

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Idukki Dam

The view that you saw on the previous day from Pothamedu gets even more beautiful up close. Located between two mountains – Kuravan Mala and Kurathi Mala, Idukki Arch Dam is built upon the Periyar River. It is one of the highest arch dams in Asia and the double arcs and curvature make the view even more enchanting. Definitely, you should keep this in mind and witness a marvel.

Entry: With ₹10 as the entry fee per person, you can visit this beautiful place without spending much. Although a 15-minute boat ride can cost around ₹600 per person. Visit the dam between 10 am to 5 pm.

2nd Mile Viewpoint

Explore the 2nd Mile viewpoint for some spectacular views of the mountains, valleys and the sky merging with the greens. Just imagine having a piping hot bowl of Maggi at such a magical view. Nothing can be better than this.

Entry: There is no entry fee and you can visit it any time of the day.

Attukad Waterfalls

A white strong stream of water falling from a height with plants and trees surrounding the fall, that’s the image you will carry back home about Munnar and that image you will find at Attukad Waterfalls. You can swim and relax by the natural pool of the waterfall. This place becomes especially more beautiful during the monsoons.

Entry: It is free for everyone to visit but a guided tour might cost up to ₹100 per person. It is open for visiting during the hours from 10 am to 6 pm.

Where To Stay?

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