A great way to explore Kerala is to visit a mountain town, take a backwater cruise, and relax at the beach.
Munnar, a mountain town in Kerala, is a destination for those that wish to unwind within a small-town setting. The primary attractions of Munnar are its forested mountains dotted with tea estates, hiking, a bird sanctuary and national park.
Lakes, canals, and lagoons form more than 600 miles of the backwaters of Kerala, India. One way to experience the backwaters is by ferry services. The other is to rent a houseboat [kettuvallam] for a day or an overnight trip.
Kerala has over 370 miles of shoreline. While some of the beaches can be crowded, others are relatively quiet. It’s not a bad idea to travel during the monsoon months, June through August, when there are fewer tourists and off-season discounts at beach resorts are common.
At an elevation of 5,026 feet above sea level, Munnar is a mountain town on the Western Ghats of India. Located in the southern state of Kerala, Munnar is a destination for those that wish to unwind within a small-town setting.
The primary attractions of Munnar are its forested mountains dotted with tea estates, hiking, a bird sanctuary and national park. If you love to trek, bring your trekking poles or hiking staff.
It’s a relaxing three-hour drive to Munnar from the nearest airport, Kochi. Temperatures will vary between Kochi, a port city, and Munnar, a mountain town. Check for these changes before you embark upon your trip. There are several places to stay in Munnar, both within the town and its outskirts. High-end accommodations costs between $200-$500 per night. I recommend that you confirm your lodging ahead of time. This will also allow you to book a car through the hotel or resort and have it waiting for you when you arrive at the airport.