Munnar Sightseeing – Details of all spots to be visited

My Travel to Munnar and Munnar Sightseeing after the Flood (On August 31, 2018)

Even though this post has been written to show the actual scenario of Munnar after flood, reading through this blog would give you an exact picture of what Munnar has to offer. For this post I have travelled through all the major sightseeing spots of Munnar and has been mentioned here.

A lot of apprehensions have been doing the rounds about the current situation in Munnar and its accessibility for tourists to have good time. Many guests asked about the same but I could not give them a proper reply. This finally led us to travel to Munnar after the flood and understand its current situation. 

Today, on 31st August my wife Sreedevi and I traveled to Munnar from Cochin and visited all the sightseeing places that a guest is normally taken to.

A read through of the details below will give you an actual picture of this beauty queen.

In short:

We started at 7 am from Aluva to Munnar through Adimaly, and visited all the major sightseeing spots. The road to Munnar is good for travel with few repairs being done here and there. There are places where landslides happened and the mud is partially removed for vehicles to travel. All the waterfalls still retain their original beauty. Once we reach Munnar, all sightseeing spots are accessible, except Rajamala which is expected to open shortly as the bridge towards this spot is under repair.

The Tea Museum, Mattuppetty Dam, Kundale Dam, etc. are open and we travelled up to Top Station and then to Vattavada which is 8km from Top Station. We could witness few Neelakurinji blooms on the way. It is heard from reliable sources that Neelakurinji started blooming at Rajamala. Roads to most of the hotels are accessible, but few are under repair and expected to be ready by September 10th, according to the locals. Munnar is still in its beauty with tea plantations welcoming us in all its glory.

Below is what we did today along with the pictures taken on 31st August 2018.

The flood that happened in Kerala is a reality. But it cannot take away the beauty of our land, it cannot take our spirit and enthusiasm. The people of Kerala are back with their energy and hospitality to welcome our guests who are waiting to visit this land. There had been a mass cleaning at Munnar for 3 days, coordinated by 1000 volunteers from across the state to bring back our queen’s beauty. 

The trip for Munnar Sightseeing

My wife Sreedevi and I started from Aluva towards Munnar.My wife Sreedevi and I started from Aluva towards Munnar.

While leaving Aluva towards Munnar, the road till Perumbavoor is good with few potholes.Leaving Aluva towards Munnar

We crossed Perumbavoor towards Kothamangalam; the condition of the road here is good too. Greenery is back all along the sides of road.

Crossed Perumbavoor towards Kothamangalam

Driving towards Neriyamangalam from Kothamangalam, the road is extremely good without any potholes.

Driving towards Neriyamangalam from Kothamangalam

The drive from Neriyamangalam to Adimaly is easy as usual with greenery on both sides.

The drive from Neriyamangalam to Adimaly

A stop in between at Cheyyappara. She is more romantic than before, so cool and calm. Shops are open nearby.

Cheyyappara

Shops near Cheyyappara

Valara waterfalls is also in its majestic height. We took our time to enjoy its beauty.

Valara waterfalls

We saw two spots just after this waterfalls where there was a landslide, but the road has been cleared now for vehicles to move.

Cleared roads

We reached Adimaly and found the town as usual busy with the market, and the roads are good. The road to Munnar is the same as earlier and buses are plying as usual.

Adimaly

A landslide occurred here, but the road is clear now to travel.

Road is clear to travel

From Iruttukanam, we can go straight via Kallar or through Anachal. We took the Kallar route (straight). It’s heard that the Anachal route is also clear to travel.

Kallar route

The road is good towards Munnar. We reached Munnar town and found Munnar back in action.

Munnar town

Munnar after the floodMunnar town

On arrival, we had a coffee at Green Ridge and met MD Mr. Saju. We chatted for a few minutes before proceeding to the sightseeing spots.

We then moved to the Mattuppetty route to cover: Munnar Sightseeing spots

  • Flower Garden
  • Photo Point
  • Honey Bee Tree
  • Mattuppetty Dam
  • Hydel Park
  • Boating Center
  • Echo Point
  • Kundale Dam
  • Top Station

The road was good enough to drive.

Good roads

Then we moved to the Flower Garden. On enquiring, we understood it is open for tourists.

Flower Garden

We stopped at a few photo points to capture the heartbeat of Munnar. The women of Munnar stood with us for a photo session.

With the locals at Munnar

Honey Bee Tree:

This tree used to have plenty of hives. During February – March, this tree is usually so full of hives (honey bees’ nests) that we won’t be able to see the branches of the tree.

Honey Bee Tree

We moved towards Mattupetty Dam and spent some time over it. The local vendors are waiting for tourists to come.

Mattupetty Dam

Echo Point:
Echo Point

Echo Point is accessible. We were told that the local shops are planning to re-open by 10th September.

The boating area of Mattupetty Dam allows guest only after Rajamala reopens, which is expected by September 10th, as per the people at that area.
Boating area of Mattupetty Dam

We then moved towards Kundale Dam. This place on the way to Kundale Dam is where the shooting of song “Kashmir to Kanyakumari” in the movie “Chennai Express” was done.

On the way to Kundale Dam

Kundale Dam is yet another place to visit in Munnar. The route is absolutely fine.

Kundale Dam

Kundale Dam

Moving to Top Station, we enjoyed the beauty of the tea plantations. The view from Top Station is amazing. You’ll never want to get back to the plains.

Top Station

Top Station - View Point

Top Station

On enquiring with the locals, we understood that the Neelakurinji appeared in few places at Vattavada. This place is in Tamilnadu, 8 kilometers from Top Station and it’s required to travel through a forest area. We suggest you visit this place only if you do not want to visit Rajamala. Rajamala has Neelakurinji in its full beauty.Vattavada

Neelakurinji at Vattavada (Recommended only if you do not travel to Rajamala).

Neelakurinji at Vattavada

With this, we finished one stretch of sightseeing and went back to Munnar town.

Rajamala (Eravikulam National park) is also open to tourists where Neelakurinji started to bloom. We then moved towards the Tea Museum. Though the road is under cleaning, we felt it is safe. On reaching the Tea Museum, we understood it is also open for tourists.

Tea Museum

With this, we covered all the major tourist spots that our guests who spend 2 nights at Munnar get to visit. We went back to Munnar for a cup of tea and then began our drive back to Cochin. We started from Munnar at 5:30 pm and reached Aluva at 9:15 pm, with a stop of 30 minutes in between for dinner. Even the drive at night was not difficult from Munnar.

My special thanks to Mr. Prasanth who took us around in the shortest time, though the drive was hectic to cover in a day.

Mr. Prasanth

Now, we wait to wholeheartedly welcome you to this land of greenery, the land of love and affection known for its hospitality and to showcase her beauty.

The days of the floods are gone, we are back with high energy and better enthusiasm. We wish you a happy and safe journey in advance.

To share the authenticity of the date, this screen shot would help.

Date of pictures taken

Ratheesh R. Nath & Sreedevi Ratheesh

Ratheesh R. Nath & Sreedevi Ratheesh

Managing Director

Paradise Holidays Cochin

director@paradise-kerala.com | 9947876214

www.paradise-kerala.com

By Ratheesh R.Nath

Managing director at Paradise Holidays Cochin

109 comments

  1. This is very a very good review for traveller , thank you for taking pain in putting in details about munnar , you are a very responsible travel agent ….. Once again thank you ..

    Tushar shah
    Kochi

  2. Dear Mr. Ratheesh / Mrs. Sridevi Ratheesh

    It is really very informative and have shown the way to travel to Munnar. You have set a benchmark by travelling and given the greatest of confidence to travel to Kerala which is restoring back to normal.

    All the best and good to see Munnar limping back to normacy.

  3. It’s really appreciate work n tourists are came without fear, Kerala and tourist places all to be set as soon as before, thank for information…

    Regards.
    Veeresh G

  4. I am pleased to see that Kerala people are trying their best to restore normalcy fast.
    My best wishes to you all.
    Deepak khilnani

  5. Hi,

    Very much thanks for great review, this shows the responsibility and care u take of your guests. We hope Kerala will back to its own highs shortly and we eger to visit Kerala soon…..

    Basavaraj

  6. Very very big thanks you Mr.Ratheesh & Paradise Team, it’s look really adventurous and joyful and very bright greenery around in your road trip, our most fvrt place “Munmar”looks so beautiful like before…

  7. Thanks a lot Mr. Ratheesh for updating us about Kerala situation…

    With God’sgrace, Kerala shall bounce back to it’s glory..

  8. Very good effort by Mr. Ratheesh R. Nath & Ms. Sreedevi Ratheesh to get back the confidence in tourist to visit Munnar.

  9. Hello Mr. Ratheesh, You have done a good job by travelling yourself and creating a blog with real pics…it would definitely boost the confidence of travelers planning to visit Kerala after the calamities…Hope to get a travel package with paradise-kerala for my family soon…

  10. Thanks for your personal review and pains taken for first hand information by you yourself.This creates confidence in Kerala travelers from all over India.

  11. Hi hardik shah from gujarat, i visited through peresiae in june 12. It was good memory with tour and your team specially with mr babu. It is good business conduct to paln your tour firest you visited and after tell your visitors. Nice and good things.

  12. Dear sir
    I deeply appriciate u r efforts.this jesture of u certainly noteworthy and it reflects how dedicated u r in ur work.
    But unfortunately I not able to visit Kerla this year,next year I Will plan my tour with u only.
    Thanks
    Shekhar

  13. Dear Mr. Ratheesh / Mrs. Sridevi Ratheesh
    thanks for your information,now we can ahead with our tour without tension.
    regards
    Devendra

  14. Indeed it is good new to hear from you that Munnar is back to its original activities for the Tourists.. In fact me & my family enjoyed a lot your hospitality and the Tour package.. We may contact you some time next year for our next Trip. I wish all the best for your Tourism.
    Regards
    Dr.Francis Borgio
    Medical microbilogist
    Ministry of Health
    Dammam
    Saudi Arabia.

  15. I have booked last year to Kerala but could not make it. They were ready to refund the booking amount, but i told them that i will use it later.

    They are excellent – just see the way the owners took the risk to travel to places of site seeing to check the fitness of roads/places of visit etc., It shows their concern towards tourists. Very Good initiative to improve the confidence level.

  16. It is good to see Kerala is back to normal..what about Aathirapally route from Ernakullam? and backwaters…? This tour is helpful for us. thank u

  17. Dear Mr. Ratheesh / Mrs. Sridevi Ratheesh,
    Thank you so much for covering these areas live and provide us latest info. Good to know that this country of God is returning back to normalcy.

  18. Dear Ratheeshbhai,

    Nice to see the ground report. I appreciate the efforts to provide factual info to us and travelers.
    You see, in the aftermath of floods, there are quite a lot of apprehensions from tourists to us. I believe this article will clear the doubts in the minds.
    Besides, Munnar, hopefully, Alleppy and Thekkady will also come to life immediately.

    Once again, thanks a lot and wish wonderful time ahead!!

    Regards,

    Pravin U. Patil
    CEO, My Travel Junction, Pune.

  19. We heaved the sigh of relief, We are planning to visit Munnar, We were having lot of doubts about the normalcy of the place. Thank you very mcuh.

  20. Dear Ratheeshbhai,
    Your travel report helps me to make out the present situation of Kerala after massive flat. Munnar is hilly area , but what about other village area?
    Thanks a lot
    Bishnu Maity,
    Kolkata, W.B.

  21. Thanks to you for timely information which is a great relief for tourist like us. Kindly refer Kerala tour – Paradise Holidays Ref: jma75751 where we booked our tour from 8th Oct 2018 for 6 days. Please confirm whether we can carry on our fixed tour as seen in your blog

  22. i hv booked last year to kerala holiday, but could not make it, Paradise holidays informed me that i can use it later. very good agency.
    the Directors traveled gave factual status & confidence to tourists.I Compliment them for their concern towards tourists.

  23. Dear Mr Rathneesh

    We have booked Kerala tour from 9th Nov for 7 days our family consists of senior members & they are very feared about diseases after Kerala flood & as per information some places included in our packages like boat house stay at Alleppey is completely wasted out if you can share current photo of that place also need clarity as to what is the status of Kanyakumari , Kovalam,Thekkady to

    Regards,

    Arun Victor

    Ref: DYA63572

  24. Hi,
    Thanks for your efforts.
    Good to see that people are back in action.
    I am not discouraging any donations (already did my part) but best way to help people affected is by offering them direct business.
    Let the tourism flow icrease. Amen!

  25. Ratheesh,

    Excellent work for exploring and investigating sightseeing points. It does show your commitment and dedication towards your clients and what you do.

    Your blog gives me some relief seeing some normality back in Kerala – the place our whole family fell in love.

    We wish you the very best.

    Regards,
    Amit Mistry

  26. Excellent guidance.I was clicking google daily to find out latest situation of Munnar.I and my friend from Malaysia were planning to visit munnar in 1st week October through Madurai.
    I appreaciate your effort.You are a great travel agent.

  27. Sir/Madam

    Really appreciate your efforts to clear all the apprehensions around. Thank You again. Also, I wish Kerala recovers much faster than anticipated from the recent devastation. God bless the people over there.

    – Chandra

  28. Ratheesh,
    You are very good in managing all the stuff..you visited 31st August and published this articles on a same day..you guys are really awesome in manipulating.

    1. Please dont question my integrity. I have even posted the date of photos which you can get if you check the last picture.
      It is possible to travel to all the places in one day, reached back home at 9.30 and could complete the writing by 12.30 mid night. For me it was not hectic too. More proof, if required can be produced too.

  29. Thank you so much for the information. We’ll be visiting in December and the news of the floods made me feel really sorry for the people who faced such devastation. Delighted that the state is returning to normalcy. No doubt everyone worked hard to get the infrastructure in good order. It’s very kind of you to keep us informed. The photos are lovely. Looking forward to our trip in December.

  30. It is good to hear that the kerala will appear as before through your words and images. Thanks for sending the information.

  31. It is good to hear that the kerala is as before through your declaration and pictures.
    Thanks for the information.

  32. Great to share and providing current condition of munnar which is really paradise for tourist. It’ll help a lots for them who are planning to visit god’ place.

  33. Dear,
    Thanks for sending present situation about munnar. I would like to know about Thekkady and kumarakom house boat also. What is status and when they will re-open these..

  34. Hello Ratheesh,

    Thanks for sharing the current situation in Munnar. We travelled last October most of the places in Kerala and our family worried about the people and the nature’s beauty how much affected. Its really big relief by sharing situation with pics and that too explored by yourselves. Soon we do travel again and share our love towards ‘God’s own country’.

  35. Hi Ratheesh,

    I am planning to visit kerala on 16th September.
    we will visit Munnar thekkady and Alleppey House boat. Is it safe please confirm

    With Regards,
    Akash

  36. Kudos Ratheesh Ji, I appreciate your strategy and concern for your Guests. I have already booked packages from your concern and now can carry on fearlessly.

  37. I would like to say a big Thanks to you. This travel report is highly helpful for every one those who like to visit munnar. It helped me to remove all doubt about current situation in munnar. I have a plan to visit munnar on coming month.

  38. Dear Mr. Ratheesh / Mrs. Sridevi Ratheesh

    It is really very informative and have shown the way to travel to Munnar. You have done a good job and answered all doubts, set a benchmark by travelling and given the greatest of confidence to travel to Kerala which is restoring back to normal.

    All the best and good to see Munnar limping back to normacy.
    Photo graphs are giving confidence and attraction to travellers.
    Keep it up Ratheesh
    With warm regards
    M G R KUMAR

  39. really its a very useful and helpful blog ,
    till now we just heard that kerala people are very helpful and today you prove it with such an great example.
    it will help all tourist to visit there without any fear.

  40. Sir, what u have discussed in ur blog is completely contrary to the picture being presented by media.the large scale devastation n facts n figures we r going through has left us hopeless with regard to holiday trip we had planned in October end.we would like to have your say on this.it will greatly help us to take decision. THANKS.

  41. Amazing content,the blog includes a lot of information relating to Munnar and it describes everything about Munnar.

  42. Thanks for the informative post! Indeed, KeralaIsOpen after the floods and is now back in business for tourists again!

    Happy Travels Everyone!

    Tom and Kate,

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