Also known as God’s Own Country, Kerala is one of the best tourist locations that you will find in the country. Kerala is characteristic of backwaters, coconut trees, houseboats and tree houses. The state is easily accessible due to the four airports, which cater to both domestic and international flights. Kerala is also well connected by rail. Two of the most beautiful and well visited destinations in Kerala are – Munnar and Alleppey. Munnar is a town, which is flanked by the Western Ghats mountainous range. An erstwhile British province, Munnar is well-known for its rolling hills and valleys, which supports tea plantation. Alappuzha or Alleppey is a city in Kerala, located on the Laccadive Sea. It is mostly known for its soothing backwaters and its dense network of canals and lagoons. Hence, you can always plan a trip from Munnar to Alleppey.
Places to Visit in Munnar:-
- Chokramundi Peak: This is situated at an altitude of 2100 meters above the sea level. The view from the summit, is one of the most mesmerizing experiences that you will ever have. On these hills, you also find the incredible Sholas Forest. If you are someone who has an interest in trekking, then you can scale the Chokramundi Peak. It does not take more than a day, to reach the base camp and finish the trek. So, if you are looking for a short trek, Chokramundi Peak is the ideal option.
- Eravikulam National Park: This national park is well-known throughout the country as it is home to the Nilgiri Tahr. The Nilgiri Tahr is a native and indigenous animal of the Western Ghats. When, it was feared that the Tahr may soon become endangered, they started to be preserved in this national park. Spread across ninety-seven square kilometres, a major beauty of this park is the Neelakurnij flower, which blooms only once in every twelve years.
Places to Visit in Alleppey:-
- Alappuzha Beach: Also referred to as Alleppey Beach, a two-hundred years old pier merges into the sea here. It is one of the most scenic beaches in Kerala. The beach is a hub of several festivals like the Sand Art Festival. If you are a fan of adventure, then you will love coming to this beach. Parasailing, surfing and other water sport activities are available here.
- Vembanad Lake: This is the longest lake in the country. The lake flows across several districts in Kerala, taking a different name in each district. It is also known as the Punamada Lake, Vembanadu Lake and Kochi Lake. The houseboats or Kettuvallams are a characteristic feature of the lake.
- Pathiramanal: This can be translated as “Sands of the Night.” This is a quaint lake island on the backwaters of Vembanad Lake. If you like bird watching, then this is the most ideal place for you to visit. You get an approximate number of ninety kinds of local and fifty various species of migratory birds here.
How to Travel:-
- By Bus: Munnar, being a hill station, there is no provision for a train station. Hence, the only way you can travel from Munnar to Alleppey or vice-versa is by bus or car. The total distance between the two destinations is one hundred and seventy two kilometres. In bus, the distance can be covered in three to six hours, depending on the route taken by the bus. It also at times varies on the traffic conditions and the weather. The journey by bus offers the most scenic views. You get to witness the soft rolling mountains, the wondrous Western Ghats and then eventually the Konkan coastline.
- By Car: You can either book a cab or even choose to drive the car by yourself. The entire journey is bound to be adventurous and full of fun. It takes around four to five hours to travel between the two places. There are several eateries along the way, hence you can always fill your stomach along the way. Although the cost varies from season to season, it mostly ranges between four thousand to six thousand. There are several ways you can travel:
- Via SH40 and NH85
- Via NH85
- Via NH66 and NH85
- By Car and Train: Other than the two above mentioned ways, you can travel to Alleppey from Munnar in another way. Although it might sound complicated, it takes around the same time, four hours and forty-four minutes. But, among the mentioned ways to travel, this is without any doubt the cheapest among all. You first hail a cab from Munnar to Kochi. Kochi is equipped with a railway station and has several trains running back and forth from Alleppey. The train journey from Cochin to Alleppey as well is a scenic one.
So, when travelling to Alleppey from Munnar, there isn’t much to worry about!