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Munnar Trekking-Top 10 Experiences to Unleash your adventurous spirit in Munnar

Explore Munnar Trekking for an exhilarating journey to unleash your adventurous spirit. Do a Trekking picturesque hill station of Munnar in Kerala, India, to explore the grand vistas, rich foliage, and spectacular views. These guided treks have something to offer everyone, no matter how skilled or novice you are. Prepare yourself to be engrossed in the splendor of nature and make lifelong memories.

Munnar offers a plethora of opportunities for Trekking enthusiasts. Trekking in Munnar is a truly unforgettable experience. From gentle trails to challenging terrains with vast view of tea gardens, there are options available for all levels of fitness and expertise. Whether you are a seasoned trekker or a beginner, Munnar has something to offer everyone.

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From the challenging Anamudi Peak, the highest peak in South India, to the mesmerizing Meesapulimala Trek, where you can witness breathtaking views of the surrounding valleys and tea plantations, Munnar has something for every adventurer.

One of Our Trekking Groups which includes guests from Croatia on a Meesapulimala Trek

Our expert guides ensure a safe and memorable Munnar trekking experiences for all skill levels. Start your journey today and immerse yourself in nature’s wonderland.

1.Laxmi Hills Ridge Trek

laxmi hills ridge trek

The trek will start with a walk through tea at an altitude of around 1450 MASL gardens about 30 to 40 minutes.  On reaching the peak, trekking a couple of hours on the ridge through beautiful meadows with rocky cliffs slopes on one side and tea plantations on the other with occasional patches of shola the forest.  On a clear day we can see Anamudi “South India’s highest peak”.We will too aprivate coffee in the Shola forest and pass through a cardamom grove high chance of seeing some of our local birds.  At one o’clock we will have refreshments/picnic lunch ideal place during trekking. Similar to the beginning, the trek ends with a walk tea plantations to meet our cab waiting to transfer us back to the hotel or visit others destinations as per program.  The highest point of this trek will be around 1950 meters MASL approx.

2. Chokkarmudi Trek

View of Munnar Tea Gardens during Chokkarmudi Trekking

 A beautiful trek through different landscapes like thick volcanic rock faces through shola forest, grasslands and tea plantations.  Let’s start trekking from old Munnar or Lockhart gap as per guest’s convenience interest since it is difficult to circle back, we will return the same way we came up the mountain has beautiful aerial views of tea plantations, forest and paddy fields the distance in favorable weather we get a rare glimpse of the Nilgiris Tahr, an endangered species of mountain goat, and to discover our local birds and plants.  At the end of the trek a vehicle will be waiting to transfer the guest to the evening transfer to hotels or other places in Munnar.

3.Top Valley Trek in Munnar

Top Valley Trek is one of the best trekking spots in Munnar

Top Valley Trek is at a Munnar Trekking distance of 29 km  at Yellapatty trek starting point. The drive takes us through one of the most scenic routes in Munnar that includes Mattupetty dam. There is a good chance of seeing wildebeest at the dam, Echo Point and Kundala Dam Way.  The trek route will pass through Yellapetty village into Shola Forest Trails climb up the ridge with spectacular views.  To get off, we will walk to the top station through a tea plantation and from there a pick-up vehicle to Munnar will wait for us. This trek is perfect for nature lovers as it gives a good opportunity to see most of the local birds and flora of Munnar.

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4. Meesapulimala Munnar Trekking

An Iris Holidays group Trekking to Meesapulimala

The trek starts at 7 am and includes Mattupetti and a drive from Echo Point to the starting point of the Valley Tea Estate trek.  We will start climbing through the Eucalyptus Orchards, pine forest and shola forest pass seasonal waterfalls on the way.  Streams in the area are teeming with rainbow trout introduced during the British era.  You can a glimpse of the towering Meesapulimalai on the Kerala-Tamil Nadu border. The grasslands are rolling within two hours of starting the trek.  Once at the summit, we will trek back to the starting point and

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5. Lockhart Tea Estate Trekking in Munnar

Lockhart Tea Tourism Munnar

Lockhart Tea Estate is 8 km from Munnar town on Thekkady/Madura road. It takes about 30 minutes from Munnar town. Lockhart Tea Estates is spread over 1600 acres on the slopes of Chokramudi Hills. Built in 1857 by Harrisons and Crossfield, the Lockhart Tea Factory is one of the oldest tea factories still following the orthodox methods of tea processing. Quality green tea, black tea and expensive white tea. A walk through Lockhart Estate is amidst green carpeted tea plantations. Here we can offer walks ranging from 30 minutes to 03-04 hours.  During the tour, we can meet tea picking women depending on where they pick (Sunday holiday)

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6. Kolukkumalai Adventure Experience

Sunrise View of Kolukkumalai Trekking

The highest tea growing estate in the WorldIt is a full day program that takes guests through some of the luscious tea plantations, scenic valleys and majestic mountains.  The journey starts with a 25km jeep drive on the main road through Kannan Devan and Lockhart tea plantations.  The rest of the journey continues on an off-road track.  The guest can experience the off-road jeep safari for 2 to 3 km, after which the guest has the option to trek through the tea plantations or continue the jeep safari.  2 to 3 hours trekking through tea plantations to reach the top.  The guest can choose the length of the trek and continue the rest of the journey in the jeep.

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On a clear day, one can witness the towering mountains that are part of the Western Ghats.  The summit is at 2170 masl when it is foggy and hovers above the guest cloud line, but even on such days, glimpses of the impressive mountain chain can be caught.  After reaching the summit, the guest can walk down the ridge and visit the tea factory to witness and learn the orthodox tea making process.  After a picnic lunch, guests have the option of trekking back, or driving back, or a little of both.  Although this is a full-day program, the length of the program will depend on the length of treks selected.

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7. Pampadum Shola National Park Trek

The Best Park in Munnar

Pampadum Shola National Park is the smallest national park in Kerala.  It is 36 km from Munnar Town to Top Station.  The drive to Shola National Park is long and winding; at least an hour will take us to some of the popular and scenic spots in Munnar. Mattupetty Dam, Eco-Point, Kundala Dam, Top Station etc. This is a unique experience to do  trekking in Munnar through the world’s largest shola forest (tropical Montane forest) which  is in Kanthalloor in Munnar

Trekking along the National Highway the park will be constructed with the help of someone from the forest department.  The trek will be 2 to 3 hours long and entirely through Shola forest. It has a diversity of fauna and flora unique to Shola.  We were able to find most of them local birds of this region like Nilgiri Flycatcher, Kerala Laughing Thrush, Black and Rufous Flycatcher, Nilgiri Wood Pigeon and more.  Also, this national park is also known for Indian Gaur, Sambar deer, Nilgiri langur, Nilgiri marten, Malabar giant squirrel, perhaps, the elephants.  If it rains, there is a high chance of leeches in the area.

8. Chinnar Wildlife Sanctuary Trek

chinnar wild sanctuary

Chinnar Wildlife Sanctuary is located 60 km from Munnar, about a two-hour drive. Trekking will start through Marayur Chandanakad.  It is situated in rain- strong Western Ghats shade, so the dominant vegetation is thorn scrub forest interspersed with patches of semi-deciduous forest.  Here one could see yellow-throated Bulbul, White-bellied Drongo, Blue-faced Malkova, Yellow-legged Button Quails, blue-bearded bee-eaters, etc.

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Chinnar also has a high number of reptiles. One and a half hour trek will start through the scrub forest and continue to the riverside forest where bird and amphibian sightings are more likely.  Chinnar is famous for the endangered Giant Squirrel, Asian Elephants, Sambar Deer and Dhole and Indian Gaur.  Small creatures like lizards, butterflies and dragonflies are also found here.

9. Mountain Cycling in Munnar

Cycling Tour is challenging  through the terrains of Munnar. If you enjoy cycling and munnar trekking adventure experience, drive about 25 km to Silent Valley Tea Estate and take a challenging mountain bike ride through groves of Jackfruit, Pine forests, meadows of Meesapulimalai hills etc. The ride starts at an altitude of 1700 MASL and the highest point is 2400 MASL Muddy, rough tracks.  Descent is on the same track to Silent Valley.

10. Herping  & Bird Watching Tour

One of the unique specialties in the Western Ghats is a chance to see several rare birds is Munnar, which is home to the Nilgiri Wood Pigeon, Nilgiri Flycatcher, Black and Rufous Flycatcher, Nilgiri Pipit, Kerala Laughing Thrush, Painted Bush Quail, Broad-tailed Grass Bird, and many other species. Did you know that there is a world of frogs, toads, snakes and lizards. You can plan a herping trip with where we would be introducing you to herping and many more. Other interesting facts and species that will leave you appreciating these tiny little creatures

One of the advantages of trekking in Munnar is the variety it offers in terms of distance. From short hikes to day-long expeditions, you can choose your preferred level of intensity. The distances vary depending on the trail you choose, allowing you to customize your adventure according to your preferences. The distance covered during Munnar treks varies depending on the trail you choose. Whether it’s a short and scenic hike or a multi-day expedition, each step will bring you closer to nature’s wonders. As you traverse through lush green forests, cascading waterfalls, and misty mountains, you’ll be captivated by the serene ambiance that surrounds you.

So lace up your boots, pack your backpack, and get ready to immerse yourself in the enchanting beauty of Munnar through thrilling trekking adventures. Let this guide be your companion as you explore the unspoiled trails and create memories that will last a lifetime.

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