While the hill station itself is a relatively typical urban centre (if a little downtrodden), just a few kilometres out is where the magic truly happens. From Top Station to Eravikulam National Park, Anamundi Peak and Mattupetty lake, there is no end to the natural beauty of Munnar. Myriad homestays and nature resorts open the doors of Munnar's treasure troves to you, making this one of the top honeymoon destinations in India.


Munnar is most famous for Eravikulam National Park, home to the endangered Nilgiri Tahr species of mountain goat, and the highest peak in South India. Anamudi Peak towers up at 2695m, and you'll need to obtain special permission to hike up it. There are plenty of other treks through Eravikulam Park though, and the Lakkam Waterfalls are well worth your time.


Mattupetty Dam is another popular spot in Munnar, be it for picnics, watersports or nature walks. Boat rides along the lake are the best way to admire the stonework of the Dam and get a fuller picture of exactly how many cows the Indo-Swiss Livestock Project nurtures on these lush grasslands. Also popular with picnic-goers is Pallivasal, site of the first hydro-electric project in Kerala and a place of stunning and dramatic natural beauty.


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