Some of these sites would be more popular to Indian tourists than to Western tourists.
Near Munnar Town
Atukkad Waterfalls, a scenic waterfall amidst hills and jungles. You can find a road leading to Atukkad Waterfalls on Kochi road (just about 5 km from Munnar). This road is very narrow and needs a lot of experience to drive on.
Chithirapuram is located at a distance of around 10 km from Munnar. Chithirapuram has old playgrounds and courts, bungalows and sleepy little cottages which lend this place an old world charm. This town is also famous for its tea plantations.
You can also visit Blossom Park, also known as Hydel Park, (1 km from Munnar).
Pothamedu View Point
Towards Mattuppetty Floriculture Centre, run by the Kerala Forest Development Corporation. An extremely well-kept garden with a large variety of flowers and some herbal/foliage plants, all against the backdrop of the tea plantations. Definitely worth a visit.
Photo Point, (2 km from Munnar). It is a small place filled with woods and a small stream. Good location to take photos.
Mattupetti Dam, (10 km from Munnar), this popular picnic spot has activities like boating and horse riding and is a great place to spend the day especially if visiting with children. You could take the speed boat ride which is fantastic. It costs Rs 300 if you have to hire a boat for yourself alone. The ride is for 15 min. The maximum capacity is 5 persons and you could save some money if you are a group of 4-5.
Swiss Farm, better known as Mattupetti (cattle village), Tamil migrant labourers had once upon a time reared cattle here. The cool climate and abundance of fodder make it an ideal location for the Indo-Swiss dairy farm. Established in 1961, the Kerala Livestock Development Board (KLDB) manages this highly specialised dairy farm. The dairy farm is a unique, one-of-its kind with more than 100 varieties of high-yielding cattle being reared. Tourists are not allowed to enter the farm.
Echo Point, (15 km from Munnar), on the way to top station from Munnar is a small lake set amidst rolling hills. Every loud call made from a spot on the lake embankment is returned manifold by the echo from the surrounding hills. Young tourists throng to this place to listen to the echoes of their friendship calls.
Elephant Arrival Spot is located 18 km from Munnar. Here you can board an elephant for a ride. It costs approximately Rs 350 per person.
Kundala Lake, (23 km from Munnar)
This lake is very beautiful amidst lush jungles. Hiring a pedal boat and exploring the lake and its surroundings is an awesome experience. Except at the place you hired the boat, don’t expect to find humans around the lake as it is surrounded by scenic jungles and hills. Unless you know how to row a boat, prefer a pedal boat, each trip lasts around 30 min and will be closed at 4:30PM
Top Station is located 37 km fr
om Munnar on the Kerala and Tamil Nadu border. It offers great views of the Western Ghats. Top station is the “top”-tourist attraction. This place gives a real ‘above the clouds’ experience. Regular buses go to Top Station (1 hr) from Munnar. A jeep costs Rs 400. The area is known for the Neelakurunji plant, which flowers only once every 12 years. The flower is violet.
Tata Tea Museum, also known as the KDHP Tea Museum, (Around 2 km on the Nallathany road, from Munnar). Interesting enough if you have not visited a tea plantation before. Tourists can see a collection of odd bits from the colonial era. Photography is allowed on payment of Rs. 20; videography is strictly prohibited here. A 30-minute film is screened (mainly propaganda around how well Tata takes care of its workers, and visitors are then taken around the factory to understand how tea is processed. This museum remains open from 10AM-4PM every day, closed on Mon. There is a Rs. 75 ticket fee for adults; lower for children.
Eravikulam (Rajamalai) National Park, (45 min from Munnar). See Nilgiri Thar (Hemitragas hylocres) – an endangered species of mountain goats, rolling grasslands and sholas, spread over 97² km in the Rajamalai hills, rare flora and fauna, Atlas moth (largest in the world), lion-tailed macaque, leopards, tigers, The Kurichi or Neelakurinji Flowers turn the hills of Rajamalai blue every 12 years. The next bloom will be in 2018. One can actually debate if going to the high peak just to see some goats is worth all the effort or not. However, the walk along the park is very romantic and has some breath taking view. Please be aware that this park remains closed every year around February-March due to the breeding program of the Nilgiri Thar. Before visiting Munnar please check if the park is open or not. Tickets can be bought from the counter for INR 55 per adult. Please be warned that if you do not reach the counter before 8:30 AM, the queue can get so long that it may take a couple of hours to get the tickets. The visit to the park is arranged by buses. While coming back after the visit, you’d again have to wait in queue. The entire process of buying tickets, visiting park and coming back may take 4-5 hours.
Anamudi Peak inside Eravikulam National Park, The highest peak (2,695 m) south of the Himalayas, towers over the sanctuary in majestic pride. The slopes of the hills abound in all kinds of rare flora and fauna. The Atlas moth, the largest of its kind in the world, is a unique inhabitant of the park. Other rare species of fauna found here are the Nilgiri Langur, the lion-tailed macaque, leopards, tigers. An ideal place for trekking, facilities are provided here and tourists are allowed to go on foot up to 2 kms from Anamudi. Going up to the peak is no longer permissible unless you have special permissions from forest department.
Lakkam Water Falls. (24 km from Munnar). A small waterfall.
(Around 40 km from Munnar). It is the only place in Kerala with natural growth of sandalwood trees, natural caves with murals, and relics from late Stone Age civilisation. There is a sandalwood factory of the Forestry department of Kerala and a children’s park extending across one hectare of land under the canopy of a single Banyan tree, all of which attract tourists in large numbers.
Chinnar Wildlife Sanctuary
Chinnar wildlife sanctuary is in the Wester Ghats of Kerala. This wildlife sanctuary has a large number of plants and animals. This wildlife sanctuary is spread in around 90² km of area. This sanctuary is one of the protected areas in the western ghats because of the significance of its flora, geomorphologic features, ecology and local cultural.
Other places to visit:
Salim Ali (Thattekkad) Bird Sanctuary
There are woodpeckers, Malabar gray hornbills, Ceylon frogmouths, parakeets, and rose-billed rollers. This sanctuary is located 20 km from Kothamangalam on the road between Ernakulam and Munnar. There are basic and mid-range hotels in Kothamangalam and an Inspection Bungalow in Boothathankettu. You can take a boat cruise from Boothathankettu to Thattekkad. Admission foreigners: Rs 40, Indian Rs 10.
Kolukkumalai Tea Estate
At a height of about 2,175 m (7,130 ft), this orthodox tea factory lays claim to being one of the highest in the world. The view of the Western Ghats is absolutely enchanting.
Waterfalls, Check out several natural waterfalls on the way to Munnar. They provide an excellent place for photography.
Mathikettan national park (POOPARA), POOPARA (34 km from Munnar on Munnar Thekkadi route.).
Munnar Holidays, Post Office Junction,Munnar (Topstation Road), ? 09447220025. 08Hrs. For all your travel need in Munnar.Sightseeing tours,Flight & Bus tickets,Tourist Information services,Cab services