Most people are unaware that Munnar is considered “the Kashmir of South India”. In the following article, we will answer your birthing curiosity, why.
As per etymology, the word Munnar the Kashmir of South India refers to the three rivers Mudhirapuzha, Nallathanni, and Kundaly that confluence at this location and hence, the name. In the past few years, it has become one of the prevailing spots for honeymoon and weekend getaways. The reason for the same lies in its natural, wild and organic beauty of the place.
The pristine lakes, whopping tea estates, rugged terrains, exotic greenery, upstream hills, overwhelming viewpoints, etc. are some of the natural beauties best epitomize Munnar.
Let’s find out some more about its traditional delicacies, culture & heritage, places to explore and when to visit this place.
Places to Explore in Munnar the Kashmir of South India
Though Munnar has unforeseen places, here are a few spectacular places that will make you feel ecstatic.
- Echo point: Be mesmerized by the echo phenomenon produced by the Munnar hill ranges
- Meesapulimala: Trek one of the highest peaks of Munnar and be dazzled by the blooming rhododendron trees
- Marayoor dolemons: Behold the debris of Dolmenoid cists, paintings and art from the Neolithic age
- Top station: Escape the habitual routine at top station in rich green valleys and its wilderness
- Kuthumkal waterfall: Experience this waterfall amidst greenery that creates a perfect ambiance for nature lovers
- Thirumuni culture center: Closely testify the culture of Munnar with heart-stopping performances of Kalarippayattu and Kathakali and other cultural art forms
- Eravikulam national park: Witness endemic species such as Nilgiri Thar, Nilgiri wood-pigeon, the gaur, the grizzled giant squirrel to name a few
Traditional delicacies you can’t miss!
The Malabar cuisines are well-known for their non-vegetarian cuisines. If you are a vegetarian, try Kairali thali comprised of payasam, vegetable salad, mix veg thoran, rice, sambhar, and rasam furbish with coconut. Non-vegetarians must try idiyappam with egg curry, appam with stew, puttu and kadal curry (the mascot of Kerala), Kerala prawn curry, spicy chicken fry, and Kerala style beef fry.
Culture & heritage
The traces of Munnar history can be followed back from the 10th century. They adhere to the age-old Hindu traditions that are still untouched by global modernization.
Two major festivals that are lively celebrated here are a 10-day carnival of Onam which includes feasting, music, dance, boat races, astounding performances, etc. and Thrissur Pooram where embellished elephants and fireworks acts as the crowd pullers.
Best time to visit
Although you can visit this place throughout the year, September to March is considered the best because of refreshing weather.
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