Every year during the season of the bloom, travel agencies see a huge growth in the holiday bookings to the hill station Munnar, as travellers gather to witness the magnetism of the rare blooming of ‘Neelakurinji’ flowers. Starting late July, the Anamalai hills near Munnar in Kerala will be clad in purplish blue neelakurinji (Strobilanthes kunthiana) which bursts into flower once in 12 years. Thousands of visitors flock to Munnar to witness the spectacle that lasts till October.
MakeMyTrip lists 5 mesmerising places that need to be on any traveller’s checklist on a trip to Munnar:
Pothamedu: Pothamedu gives travellers an opportunity to enjoy aromatic spice plantations. The exotic tea and coffee plantation, aromatic cardamom fields, and the untouched beauty of this place is sure to rejuvenate. This tourist spot is at a distance of 6 kilometers from Munnar and is reachable by hired or shared taxi. This destination is also ideal for trekking and long mountain walks.
Attukal: A majestic waterfall located right outside the city, Attukal is a must-visit place in Munnar. Situated in the secluded corner of Pallivasal, Attukal is at its best during the monsoon. Travellers can enjoy the beauty of this place as well as enjoy refreshing bath in the waterfalls.
Rajamala: Rajamala will add an adventurous experience to your Munnar trip. A part of Anamudi, Kerala’s biggest hill, Rajamala boasts of amazing trekking trails. You can trek around the valley and the Anamudi range and then head to Eravikulam national park (located 3 kilometres away from Rajamala).
Eravikulam National Park: This is the most sought-after tourist destination in Munnar. The home of Nilgiri Tahr, Eravikulam National Park is also famous for its rich flora and fauna cover. A large number of rare birds, animals and butterflies can also be traced to this park. It offers a magnificent view of tea plantations and the surrounding hills caressed by a blanket of mists.
Devikulam: This is a small hill station that lies in Idukki district of Kerala with chilly air, green slopes, and low-hanging clouds over the hills. Devikulam has a large collection of waterfalls and lakes to look forward to. Another must-see place in Devikulam is the Sita Devi Lake, which is said to have medicinal benefits. For wildlife enthusiasts, this place provides a good opportunity to explore various sanctuaries for a breath-taking experience.
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