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  • Shannon Wolf | May 14, 2016 11:00 PM ET

    Adventures in Munnar

    Adventures in Munnar

    PHOTO: You can feel like the king of the world standing over the edge of the cliffs at Top Station! (photos by Shannon Wolf) 

    One of the reasons why I decided to head to the south of India was because of many friends raving about how incredible Munnar is.

    The town itself is drab at best but you come here for the spectacular scenery!

    Cheapest Accommodation: Kaippallil Inn (400 rupee for a private room with ensuite)

    Admittedly, the owner is a strange fellow but the rooms are reasonably priced, clean and include an ensuite bathroom with hot water showers. They also offer free yoga, reiki and meditation sessions. It’s located at the top of a hill in Old Munnar.  The downside is there is no Internet.

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    Best Meal:  Rapsy Restaurant

    Given that everywhere in town is astronomically tourist priced, we found this hidden gem in Old Munnar, down the road from the fruit market. Prices are cheap, the food is top quality and everything we ate was delicious!

    PHOTO: Although the town of Munnar is nothing spectacular, once you head to the countryside, your opinion of the area will change drastically.

    Must Do: Explore the tea plantations and Top Station.

    You have two options to choose from when visiting the famous tea plantations as seen below:

    DIY BIKING ADVENTURE: (850 rupees)

    Forego the expensive tuk-tuks and drive the stunning and winding route to Top Station! You will be spellbound by the crystal clear lakes surrounded by mountains, trees as high as skyscrapers (reminiscent of North America) and waterfalls to cool yourself off in.

    After that, you will have the chance to take a million more photographs uttering the words “WOAH!” over and over again as you take in the iconic panoramic views of tea plantations and mountain ranges so beautiful you’ll find it hard to believe it’s real.

    If you split the cost with a friend, the entire adventure will only end up costing you 425 rupees a person!

    Where to rent a Motorcycle/Scooter: Royal Regency 

    Down the road from 4 Seasons, you can rent a scooter or motorcycle for 400 rupee a day. If you want to rent an automatic scooter, be sure to arrive early as they only have one available.

    PHOTO: The tea plantations will blow you away. The landscape is so beautiful, it doesn’t seem real.


    1. From Royal Regency, head North-west on NH49 (you will pass by C.S.I Church on the left in 1.6 km)

    2. Turn left at Bharat Petroleum Petrol Bunk onto Munnar — Top Station Hwy

    3. Continue onto Chittavural Junction to Top Station Road

    Along this route, you will have the chance to see the best view in all of Munnar — from lakes and dams to waterfalls, tree plantations and mountains all in one day.

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    Length: 30km

    Breakdown of Costs:

    • 400 bike rental

    • 400 petrol

    • 50 entrance fee per person for Top Station

    GUIDED TREKKING ADVENTURE: (700 rupees per half day)

    Most people I know did a half-day or full-day trekking adventure with Green View Guesthouse (next to 4 seasons hotel).

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Shannon Wolf Tales From the Leap

Shannon Wolf Shannon Wolf is a freelance photographer and writer, traveling across the globe with an open itinerary and no intent of stopping. Originally from Toronto, Canada, she left behind a fast paced life to truly live and not just exist in an attempt to inspire others to follow their bliss. At age 26, Shannon has visited 20+ countries on four continents around the world. She has travelled overland by chicken-bus and tuk-tuks, hitchhiked by fruit trucks and through islands on horse and buggy. She has slept in the jungles of Nicaragua, on benches in London, secluded hidden beaches and she’s only getting started.
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