The name Munnar, which translates to ‘Three Rivers’, refers to the spot where the three mountain streams Muthirapuzha, Nallathanni and Kundala meet. At 1,600m above sea level, Munnar is one of the most sought-after destinations in the world. Known for its long stretches of tea estate and dense forest, the hill station served as a summer retreat for the British government during the colonial era.
Attractions that are native to Munnar such as the elusive Nilgiri Tahr and the rare Neelakurinji flower, which blooms only once every 12 years, make Munnar all the more enticing. The Salim Ali Bird Sanctuary is a treat for bird watchers. The colonial bungalows perched beside the hills are a reminder of the magic of Munnar that has always drawn people to it. The forests are pristine, the deep valleys unspoilt and the waterfalls icy. Trekking and camping should top your to-do list for Munnar. Top it up with a stay at a treehouse. A safari tour of Eravikulam National Park and a shikara ride along Kundala Lake will make for priceless experiences. The ideal time to visit Munnar is from March to September.