Munnar is a great place to reinvigorate your love for the outdoors! There is so much to do here: you can enjoy a spectacular view round every corner. Vast expanses of verdant tea plantations to explore. A great variety of biodiversity for Nature enthusiasts and a rich colonial past for the history buffs!
Windermere is located a stone's throw away from the little town of Munnar. About 4kms from town you are higher up surrounded by tea estate and cardamom plantation. A little village that has some of the very scenic views in the region and spectacular vantage points.
Hikes & Trails
Walks are a great way to explore the surroundings; on your walks, you may even come across a few neighbors on their way to town! But a guided trek is a great way to experience the gorgeous tea gardens up close, understand how they work, and meet the lovely people who work on the estates. If you like hiking, you’ll love Kolukumalai, one of the highest tea estates in India. The views are stunning, and the factory is well worth a visit.
For those who love trekking, amidst the vast mountainous expanses of the western ghats, we can recommend some great routes for a brilliant trek. There are trails to Letchmi, Chokkanmudi, and Top Station. These are the favorites among trekking enthusiasts. For those who seek a challenge in their ascent, the Meesapulimala trek is a great option. It is the second-highest peak in the region and offers some exciting trekking routes.
The Windermere Estate offers great access to cycling routes to explore the neighborhood. On your ride, you can experience the joy of riding on natural trails that weave their way through tea plantations, go past the sides of streams, and offer some of the most spectacular views of Munnar.
National Parks for Nature enthusiasts
For those who want to experience the glory of the vast expanses full of the rich biodiversity and landscapes of Munnar, there are many national parks like the Eravikulam National park, Pampadum Shola National Park, Chinnar Wild Life Sanctuary, Kurinjimala Wildlife Sanctuary & Thattekad Wildlife Sanctuary, that are a stone’s throw away from the Estate. These would make for a great day trip!
If you are just seeking some picturesque spots to find some quiet, there are some secret spots that we can recommend for that perfect afternoon of reflection. Other than the famed spots which get a bit thronged with tourists in high seasons such as Mattupetty Dam and Top Station, though this surely does not take away from their mesmeric scenic beauty.
The High Ranges Club is a wonderful place to visit and observe the old traditions from the time of the British Raj in India. This is truly a trip back in time, a fun little ritual from the olden days is the row of hats above the Bar in the Club. Back in the day, whoever had spent 30 straight years in the High Ranges, would hang their hat to commemorate their tenure.
The CSI Church is a gothic church established in 1910! It boasts of many treasures like stain-glass windows, an old piano, and brass plaques with names inscribed on them.
The Munnar Supply Association is a prominent local landmark that was set up by locals for locals. It features high gabled roofs, white paneled walls, and old wooden cabinets with glass. A lot has changed on the inside over time but it is still a key part of the history around here.
The tea gardens of Munnar are majestic to look at, but there’s more to them than meets the eye. If you’d like to know a little more about tea, you’re in the perfect place. The tea factories around here date back a century and few of them now are open to guest visits such as Lockhart, Matupetty, Talayar.
An easier but equally interesting option to learn about tea is the Tea Museum, a quaint place with lovely artifacts, video explanations, and even a mini factory. The Mattupeety and Lockhart Estates open their factories to visitors as well, and if you let us know in advance, you can round off your tea experience with a tea tasting at Windermere itself.
Don’t forget to visit the many tea outlets in Munnar and treat yourself to some fresh, rare single estate teas.