Travellers are visiting Munnar, a picturesque hill station in Kerala, in droves to get a feel of the mist and cool climate. During the Christmas and New Year celebrations, the resorts and homestays spread across Marayur and Kanthalloor regions, including Munnar, in Idukki district saw a surge in tourist arrivals and majority of the resorts are overbooked till January 10.
Travellers are visiting the tourism hotspots of Marayur and Kanthalloor to enjoy the vista of rolling hills enveloped in mist and take a quiet saunter down the road in the nippy weather. Presently, most of the tourists are from Tamil Nadu and Kerala. Marayur and Kanthalloor are nature lover’s treasure troves as these places besides being blessed with abundant natural beauty are dotted with orchards with apples, oranges and strawberries. The sight of rows of cabbages nestled in green cavities is soothing to the eyes.
Marayur is near Munnar and is a sought-after tourist spot for pleasant climate and fog-filled nights. This exotic destination is also synonymous with locally-made sweet jaggery and aromatic sandalwoods. The huts where the ingredients are laboriously stirred to the right consistency to make lip-smacking jaggery and the government-protected sandalwood jungles are a feast for any backpacker.
Kanthalloor is nearly 32km away from Marayur. It is a treat to watch orchards laden with ripe oranges, apples and passion fruits and farming land replete with cabbages and garlic in Kanthalloor.