Kashmir of South India - Munnar
The stunning Munnar is a hill station that is located in the Idukki district of the southwestern Indian state of Kerala. The Munnar is situated on the banks of three pristine rivers- Madupetti, Nallathanni, and Periavaru.
This beautiful hill station enjoys several festivals with great enthusiasm. Attukal Pongala is one such festival. It is a female festival. Women bake a pudding that is offered to the goddess of the temple, Attukal. The priest later comes to bless the temple by sprinkling holy water. It is celebrated in February. Another famous festival is the Thrissur Pooram festival that is celebrated in May. The local mahouts and their elephants walk through the streets carrying object symbolic of revered royalty. In August Nehru Trophy Boat race is celebrated every year in Punnamada lake. The opening ceremony is the colourful spectacle of decorated boats and traditional performance. Onam is yet another famous festival that is celebrated with great pomp and show. It is a 10-day celebration and is celebrated in August and ends into early September. Religious ceremonies, feasting, dancing singing are major parts of this festival. The other festivals include- Navarathri, Deepawali, and Christmas.
Munnar is surely a heaven for non-vegetarian food lovers. Fish has mostly eaten her. Some famous cuisines that are worth trying are - Idiyappam, Puttu and Kadala curry, Appam with Stew, Kerala Prawn curry, Spicy chicken fry, Kairali Thali and many more other delicacies too.
What is Munnar famous for
Being one of the spectacular hill stations in Kerala Munnar is home to several hills, tea plantations, national parks, pristine rivers and lakes, waterfalls. It is also renowned for the famous sanctuary- Salim Ali Bird Sanctuary. It is known for its natural beauty. One can find the most exotic resorts and wildlife experiences too.
Major Markets in Munnar
Shopping in the fantabulous hill station as Munnar is in itself a soothing experience. There are several markets where one can find local produce, handicrafts, tea, coffee, spices and hand-woven garments.
Here is a list of some famous markets and places- Kanan Devan hills plantation- buy some factory fresh tea, flavoured tea, spices, dry fruits, coffee, and home-made chocolates, Abbas & Co. Tea Merchants- sells massage oil, aromatic oils, factory fresh tea, coffee, spices, home-made chocolates, dry fruits, Afranya Naturals- Saris, Shawls, ethnically designed garments, apparels, gift bags, Munnar Market- fruits vegetables, rice, cooking pots, utensils, and wooden souvenirs, Mattupetty dam Market- Wooden artefacts, souvenirs, wooden utensils, handicraft items. There are other markets too from where you can purchase items according to your choice and desire.
Where to Stay in Munnar
The beautiful Munnar is the perfect destination to escape for a rejuvenating vacation from luxury to budget hotels, resorts, and homestays. Munnar has it all that is perfectly wrapped with modern-day luxury and home-like comfort. There are several well-furnished resorts, hotels, homestays, where you can make your stay comfortable. The exciting Munnar tour will be a comfortable experience for the travellers as there are several cheap and luxury hotels, resorts, and homestays available for them amidst nature.
One visiting can book hotels, resorts, and homestays on reaching the site of their visits. On other occasions, one can book online in advance which will make one escape from the anxiety of the travel tour.
Where to eat in Munnar
Several food corners offer delicious cuisines. Here is a list of famous restaurants in Munnar- Hotel Gurubhavan, Saravana Bhavan, Hotel Sri Nivas Restaurant, Hotel Hill view Munnar restaurant. There are other popular restaurants that are worth trying.