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Summary

This lush road trip through Kerala, India, offers an immersive experience into the state's stunning landscapes, from the tea plantations of Munnar to the tranquil backwaters of Kumarakom. Highlights include exploring the scenic beauty of Thekkady, experiencing a traditional houseboat stay, and indulging in local delicacies. The journey is filled with picturesque stops, cultural insights, and the warmth of local hospitality, making it a rejuvenating escape into nature.

🌿 Day 1: Arrival in Munnar

Begin your lush road trip by arriving in Munnar, a haven of tea plantations and rolling hills. The journey from Coimbatore to Munnar sets the tone with scenic views and a stop at Thoovanam Falls.

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🏞️ Thoovanam Falls

A picturesque waterfall worth visiting during the monsoon months for its gurgling beauty. The falls cascade down the rocks, creating a mesmerizing sight amidst the lush greenery.

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Tips

Best visited during July & August for the full monsoon effect. The surrounding landscape is at its most vibrant during this time, offering a truly enchanting experience.

Travel Information
📞   Phone: +91 4865 231 587
🕒   Hours: See hours
📍   Address: Chinnar Wildlife Sanctuary, Marayoor, Keezhanthoor, Kerala 685620, India

🌄 Munnar

A stunning hill station known for its tea plantations and cool climate. The town is nestled in the Western Ghats and offers breathtaking views of the surrounding valleys and mountains.

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Tips

Stock up on snacks and fruits for your road trip as hot food is readily available. Additionally, don't miss the opportunity to savor the local tea, which is renowned for its refreshing taste and aroma.

🌿 Day 1-4: Explore Munnar

  • Spend your days in Munnar and Chinnakanal exploring tea estates, dams, and enjoying the scenic beauty of the Western Ghats.

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🌊 Anayirankal Dam and Lake

Anayirankal Dam and Lake is a picturesque boating and picnic spot that offers endless photo opportunities amidst its serene surroundings. The tranquil waters and lush greenery make it a perfect place to unwind and capture stunning moments.

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Tips

Combine your visit to Anayirankal Dam and Lake with a scenic drive to Echo Point and Top Station for an unforgettable experience of the natural beauty that Kerala has to offer.

🍃 Kolukkumalai tea estate

The Kolukkumalai tea estate stands as the world’s highest tea plantation, boasting breathtaking views and a traditional tea production experience. The estate's idyllic setting and the traditional methods of tea picking and processing offer a unique insight into the region's rich tea culture.

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Tips

Despite the bumpy ride to the estate, the traditional tea picking and processing experience at Kolukkumalai is an absolute must-visit, providing a glimpse into the authentic and time-honored practices of tea production.

Travel Information
📍   Address: 33Q5+HRC, Kolukkumalai, Suryanelli, Munnar, Kerala 685612, India

🌿 Day 5-8: Thekkady & Periyar

Journey from Munnar to Thekkady, exploring spice plantations, Periyar National Park, and the rustic charm of Thekkady.

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🐘 Periyar National Park

A renowned wildlife sanctuary offering boat and jeep safaris to see elephants and other wildlife. The park is also home to a variety of flora and fauna, making it a paradise for nature enthusiasts.

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Tips

Boat tours are coveted; plan on getting up early to secure a spot. Additionally, opt for a Jeep Safari at Gavi for a more immersive wildlife experience.

Travel Information
📞   Phone: +91 85476 03066
🌐   Website: https://www.periyartigerreserve.org/
📍   Address: Kerala, India

🌄 Chellarkovil

Offers sweeping views of Tamil Nadu and great picnic spots. The area boasts of waterfalls and cascades during the monsoon season, providing a picturesque setting for a leisurely day out.

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Tips

Great for a drive and picnic, especially during the monsoon season. Don't miss the guided treks in the Kurushmala Hills for a closer encounter with nature.

🌊 Day 8-12: Kumarakom Backwaters

Drive from Thekkady to Kumarakom to experience the tranquil backwaters, stay in a traditional houseboat, and enjoy Ayurvedic treatments.

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🏨 CGH Earth Coconut Lagoon Resort

Nestled along the backwaters of Kerala, CGH Earth Coconut Lagoon Resort is a picturesque haven resembling a traditional village. The luxurious pool villas offer a serene retreat with modern amenities, providing an unparalleled experience of the region's natural beauty.

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Tips

Opt for a room overlooking the backwaters to immerse yourself in the breathtaking scenery and ambiance of Kerala's backwaters.

Travel Information
📞   Phone: +917594012555
🌐   Website: https://www.cghearth.com/coconut-lagoon
🕒   Hours: See hours
📍   Address: Kottayam - Kumarakom Rd, Kavanattinkara, Kumarakom, Kerala 686563, India
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🚤 Spice Coast Cruises

Spice Coast Cruises offers an enchanting experience aboard a traditional houseboat, allowing guests to spend a night floating on the serene backwaters of Kumarakom. The reed, cork, and bamboo-crafted houseboats provide a unique opportunity to witness the local way of life while indulging in the tranquility of the surroundings.

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Tips

Embrace the mesmerizing sunset over the backwaters from the comfort of the houseboat, and savor a delectable three-course meal while being surrounded by the enchanting beauty of Kerala's backwaters.

Travel Information
📞   Phone: +917594012555
🌐   Website: https://www.cghearth.com/spice-coast-cruises
🕒   Hours: See hours
⏳   Typical duration: 15 min to 1.5 hr
📍   Address: P.O, Puthenangady, Muhamma, Kerala 688525, India
🔗   Profiles: Facebook