Organizing and planning travel trips with friends are one thing that all travelers love, let it be a trip to some destination where you have been before, but the feel and the memories that we make every time would be different and unique. Munnar is one such destination that I have visited a countless number of times and thus the place holds within a number of best memories of our collage days. This was our 3rd trip to Munnar one of our favorite hill station which is sandwiched between the Western Ghats. On the 26th of August, we set off to Munnar on our bikes, early morning before the sunrise by 4.30 Am. To travel on a bike with your best friend and all the pieces of luggage with the cold wind against you is one of the best feelings a traveler would love and enjoy the most. Touring was a passion for the four of us; we never got tired of the trip or the rides. After riding for an hour against the cold wind I could feel the numbness of my fingers and hand and realized that it was time for us to take a halt so that we could switch the riders and allow the others to ride the bike. After a bit longer ride of about 3 to 4 hrs, we finally reached the place by 8 am. After reaching the city we decided to check in to one of the best hotels in Munnar where we use to stay every time we visit the place, the Broad Bean hotel. The hotel in Munnar is one of the best budgets stay within the city offering the best facilities and stay all at a budget price. After check-in and refreshing, we set off to have our breakfast by 8.30 in the nearest restaurant. We were not just travelers but were foodies too and thus taste and flavors were our one main weakness and thus we decided to have the food first and the start with the trip. After seeing the menu and studying it as always we finally ordered chicken Biriyani which was our all-time favorite. After having breakfast we started our journey at 10.00 am.
Blossom Park was the first destination that we were to explore in the hills. Thus after breakfast, we started our ride, and it took us 45 minutes to reach the park. The park located near the Pallivasal hydroelectric project is one of the best destination Munnar where you can enjoy activities like cycling, boating and roller skating. The place also has Hammocks& meditation caves which act as the main point of attraction in the place. After reaching the place we decided to enjoy the early morning boat ride taking in the freshness in the air and enjoying the beauty of the place. After the boat ride, we decided to try the roller skating which we had not tried till then. Standing on the skates with for wheels rolling as it please was the most daring activity that we faced that day. After trying for a while and falling for a number of times we finally decide to quit trying as it was not something possible by us ad moved on with the trip to our next destination the Pothamedu viewpoint. As we reached the viewpoint what we first noticed was a group of tourist sightseeing in the place enjoying the wind, nature and other misty elements of the hills. The viewpoint offers a picturesque view of the hills and Munnar hill stations with misty tops and rich green plantations. After spending some time in the lap of nature and enjoying the view of the landscapes we decided to have lunch. On our way to our next destination Attukal Waterfalls, we found a restaurant and decided to have the lunch from the place. It is close to impossible to find a restaurant away from the town which offers the best food in the land. It was after searching for a while that e finally entered a restaurant and ordered Biriyani which was our personal favorite. The taste of the gravy was entirely different from that we had for breakfast. After having the delicious lunch we decided to move on to the Attukal Waterfalls to enjoy the experience of the waters running over the body. We reached the place by 2.00 pm. after undressing we started with pouring the freezing water over one another which later turned into a water fight that we all enjoyed to the maximum. After the bath and water fight, we headed to our next destination Top Station by 3.30 pm. we reached the place after a ride of about 45 min by 4.15 pm. The Top Station was one of the most beautiful sight-seeing destinations in the hills which were located in isolation from the city. The main attraction of the place is the cloudy mist that one could see and feel while standing on the peak of the Top Station. The place which was once so isolated with no staying facilities was later developed to one of the well-known tourist destinations which are known to have the sterling resorts in Kerala that offer the best stay and facilities to the travelers. The place once isolated from the human rays is now dotted with a number of resorts and hotels that offers the travelers the ease to stay and enjoy the beauty of the place. The resorts in the top station provide the best panoramic view of the landscapes covered with cloudy mist which acts as the main attraction of the resorts. One could be lucky to reach the Top Station when the sky is clear from the fog as it would be the only time when you could witness the beauty of the city as a whole. Due to light rain in the area, the top station would be mostly filled with fog and mountains covered in mist.
It was around 6.30 pm by the time finished with the sight-seeing. After enjoying the sight of the Top Station we headed back to the town as it was already getting late and the sun was setting. After a long ride from the Top Station for around an hour we reached back to the Munnar city by 8.00 pm. After reaching the town we decided to get back to the hotel and refresh as we were dead tired from the ride and sightseeing. We reached the hotel by 8.30 and after refreshing decide to have the dinner from the hotel. We reached the dining by 9.45 after refreshing and ordered our food with some drinks and desserts as it was our last night in Munnar and was planning to get back to our hometown the next day. After having the dinner we reached back to the room by 11.00 pm, we then decided to spend some time near the balcony enjoying the sight of dark mountains and hill stations lit with a number of resorts in Munnar creating a replica of the sky filled with stars on the landscape of the hills. The lighted up resorts that is located to the hill stations which are dotted all over the mountain is the main means of staying option available in the place from where you can enjoy the beauty of the misty hills at night. After enjoying the view for around 15 minutes we headed to sleep and woke up the next day early morning by 5.00 am and started our ride back to our places. Munnar with its misty hill stations and climate attracts a number of tourists from around the world offering the best experience and memories one could enjoy. The tip gave me a set of new memories of the place and experiences which I could never forget.