Unforgettable experience of Munnar and Thekkady
I had always dreams of spending my holidays at golden beaches lined with palm trees picturing a perfect scenic view of blue Arabian Sea. It came true when I visited Kovalam Beach of Kerala. However, it was far more to offer than just wonderful golden-beaches. It has tranquil and relaxing atmosphere, red-white color combination of lighthouse, best fishing area and modern infrastructure that attracts every tourists.
After spending 2 complete relaxing days at lighthouse beach I continued my trip towards green Munnar and Thekkady. These are definitely known for their green mountains and tea gardens. There are lots of spice gardens which are best known for spices – exports in the world. National parks, lakes and elephant rides makes the experience of Munnar and thekkady a magical one.
Walking through the Munnar:
Munnar – ‘The Kashmir of South India’!! Yes, my first impression to this hill station was very much cool and refreshing. Thumps up for its evergreen mountains which attracts tourists throughout the year. It’s Brumous mountains have tea estates across 80,000 miles, offering wonderful photographic opportunity of its natural beauty. Munnar is famous for its festivals – Onam, Vishu, Thrissur and boat festival which happens throughout the year.
Munnar is just 110 kms from Kochi. The history of Munnar tells us that in local language it is known as ‘Three rivers’. During British era, Munnar was the summer capital of British.
Things to do in Munnar:
Built on Mattupetty Lake, this dam offered me spell bounded scenery as this dam is covered with Eucalyptus trees. Paddle boating option is also available offering a picturesque view of the nature. But when I was there, heavy cool breeze was flowing and the manager of paddle boat refuses us to boat. Bad luck!!! Photographs will show you how magical experience you can have at the dam.
You will find abundance of coconut water at Mattupetty dam!!
TATA Tea museum:
Do you like to experience how tea is processes from the leaves? TATA Tea Museum will definitely give you a remarkable experience of how TATA process tea leaves and convert it into tea bags. Entry fees is Rs. 75/- per person.
Opened up in 2005, TATA Tea museum is one of the most visited attraction of Munnar. Guide is available (Hindi, English and Malayalam speaker) who will take you to the tour of museum and factory connected. You’ll explore the history of tea; you can touch, you can feel the aroma of tea at every stages.
From its tea store I bought the packets of lemon tea, black tea (really expensive one).
Roam around the Tea Estate and feel the tranquil aroma tea all around. I had also tasted the Local Black Tea available during my walk through these estates.
Cheeyappara waterfalls is situated at an altitude of 1000ft offeres an extraordinary attraction in rainy season. The Best thing of this waterfall is that it is in the middle of dense jungle and the water flows in seven steps. Furthermore trekking and picnicking are the favorite activities of tourists.
Take an Elephant ride:
Riding on an elephant – a huge 10 foot animal and 4-5 ton mammoth and sightseeing the surrounding is an incredible experience. Riding the elephants in Munnar includes a 30 min to 1:00 hours journey through hill or mountain plus photography, and providing fruits to them and enjoy with them. It will take around Rs.350/- per person.
Fun Forest adventure park:
Mostly this park is for kids but some of the activities will work for adults also. The main attractions are cycling, skating, bungee junping, rock climbing, shooting, arrow, commando net etc. If you are looking to spend fun time, then this place is best. It involves your 3-4 hours and will take less then Rs. 300/-
Have you ever thought of word “THEKKADY”? Since this place is full of lush forests, valleys and wildlife sanctuaries, I started relating the word ‘THEKKADY’ with these things. I wander around, talk with locals and finally got the answer. THEKKADY came from elephants, chain of valleys, spice gardens, Periyar Lake, Ayurvedic cures and the presence of finest picturesque wildlife sanctuaries.
Like Munnar, Thekkady is also famous throughout the year, its moderate climate is ideal for all seasons. Over the last few years Thekkady’s scenic beauty had attracted a lot of travelers. I would still prefer September.
Places to visit in Thekkady are:
Cruising through the Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary:
Cruising takes about 1:30 hours and the booking cost is Rs. 150/- per person. Come early in the morning because of cool misty climate, there is more probability of finding the wildlife. This sanctuary is preservation for elephants, tigers, sambas, lizards, birds etc. Sanctuary is controlled by the Kerala’s forest department so you will have to fill the form and show your ID proof before going for the cruise. So it is a complete entertainment for 3-4 hours.
Jeep safari and the sip of black tea:
I would say that jeep safari is must to have one of the best experience. It will took about 4-5 hours journey through the jungles, valleys steep curves and bumpy roads to reach at the top of the hills. If you are lucky then you will see the elephants and other animals in these valleys. But Bad Luck for me!!
An amazing black tea will definitely make your day, as the scenic view is perfect to enjoy the tea. The probability of rain is more there.
The most awaited part of this trip was spice garden. Spice walk through these gardens will show you the lush greenery through wide range of area. The manager of the spice garden had provided us with the professional guide who also worked in that garden. He had explained us about all the spices and their use with the full dedication.
Give your attendance to the performance of Martial Arts and Kathakali:
Are you paasionate about art? Are you a tradition lover? Kerala offers everything related to it. Your journey is incomplete if you haven’t attended Kalaripayattu (martial arts) and the Kathakali classical dance. I would say it was worth watching experience. The program of Kathakali was scheduled at 5:30 pm and then Martial art was scheduled at 7:00 pm. The entry ticket is Rs. 200/- to 300/- per person.
Kalaripayattu or martial art is a 2000 year old art and is one of the oldest of its kind in the world and an eternal experience of Indian art form. Kalaripayattu is an ultimate game of co-ordination of the mind and body.
I’ll acknowledge the heart-winning performance of Kathakali classical dance at Thekkady, Kerala. It was amazing to see that how the colorful costumes, facial expressions, hand gestures, make-up and the crown on the head contribute to this dance? Through Kathakali dance, the artists try to narrate ancient Hindu epics.
A complete “Unforgettable experience of Munnar and Thekkady”
So are you ready to experience Munnar and Thekkady this January? Visit my blog on Kovalam’s lighthouse beach and get travel tips and budget through My Ultimate Guide to Kerala and plan your itinerary soon to this blissful place.