Trekking In Munnar – The Tea Plantation and Grass Land Trekking in Kerala


If you wish to revel in the true spirit of adventure at a stunning and beautiful spot then go no further than Munnar, a sprawling hill station in Kerala. This is a wonderful mountainous spot that has some eye-catching spots to trek in. The place promises the most glorious views amidst a variety of locations of Kerala and will also ensure the adrenaline rush that you have been so looking for.

Munnar has a few trekking spots that stand out and among these, a popular hill trek in the Lakshmi estate tea plantation and grass land trekking route. The best part about this trek is that it is a perfect amalgamation of natural beauty and adventure.

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The Lakshmi Estate Tea Plantation is located about 3 kms from Munnar towards Cochin and provides a great trekking experience to the adventure lovers with the amalgamation of scenic beauty and adrenaline rush. The trek provides a great view of grasslands, tea plantations and also the majestic Munnar city from the top (approx 1800 mts above sea level). The highlight of this trek is the rocky slopes and the grasslands that are witnessed on the way and increase the fun of this experience.

There are 2 types of trekking routes in Munnar you can experience in the Lakshmi Tea Estate with varied duration and difficulty levels. Both the treks starts from Hydel Park in Munnar but the main difference is the duration of trekking route:

Trekking Option I  –  4/5 hrs – Best Half day Trekking in Munnar

  • Trek’s difficulty level: Moderate
  • Starting Point: In front of Hydel Park (located within Munnar town)
  • Duration of the Trek: 4 / 5 hrs (depend upon the person ability.  This can even cover in 2 hrs)
  • Maximum Altitude: 1800 mts from the sea level

Here are the details about this trek:

    • This trek starts from Hydel Park and has a moderate difficulty level which covers the most beautiful tea plantations of Lakshmi tea estate of this region.  The view of the local ladies plucking tea leaves from the estate in the region increases the fun element of this trek. This trek is extremely popular as it provides the maximum scenic beauty of this region and a great experience amidst the tea gardens.  After an hour trekkers will reach a sloppy grass land and that goes on for approximately 30 minutes and finally reach a hill top.  The altitude at the hill top is approximately 1600 mtrs followed by beautiful grass land.

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  • After this, another 3 hrs is one of the exciting walking on top of open hill till end of the trek.  Left side one can see whole down town Munnar  like Pallivasal, Pothenmedu, Chenkulam Dam, Anachal, 2nd Mile, Chithirapuram etc and right side the green and vast tea plantations The trek ends at view point and after sightseeing of this region, one can return either by trek through tea plantations which will cover approximately 4 kms (1.15 hours) and reach the main road or they can also take a short cut available which will take 45 minutes to the main road.  From this main road one can reach Munnar town in 45 mins.

The trek will have a cost per person of Rs. 1200/- and it is inclusive of:

  • Guide for the trek.
  • Mineral water and refreshments.
  • Entry permits to tea plantation.


  • The best time to begin the trek is early morning at around 8 AM since it is a longer trek.
  • The expense of reaching the starting point of the trek is to be borne by the tourists.
  • At the spot at which the trek ends, the trekkers will need to arrange their own taxi or book an auto to reach their final destination.

Trekking Option II – Best Shortest Trekking Option in Munnar

  • Trek’s difficulty level: Moderate
  • Starting Point: Hydel Park
  • Duration of the Trek: 2 hours
  • Maximum Altitude: 1600 mts from the sea level

This is a shorter trek (about 4 kms) from Hydel Park and is popular among families with small kids as they can’t cover longer trek routes. The tea plantations and the estates are the high point of this trek and thus is a great chance to experience this region in its full bloom.

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Here are the details about this trek:

  • The trek starts from Hydel Park and it covers mainly both the tea plantations and the small part of grass land. Total height of grass land at 1600 mts above the sea level and from where you can have view of Munnar city.
  • The trek ends in front of Hotel Hill View.
  • There is a total of 2hours of trek in Lakshmi estate tea plantations and this is the highlight of the trek as you can have a first-hand experience of the local tea pluckers.

The trek will have a cost per person of Rs. 800/- and it is inclusive of:

  • Guide charges
  • Entry permit.

So, take a break from the hustle-bustle of daily life and come rejoice yourself in the adventurous and natural beauty of Lakshmi Estate Tea Plantation and Grassland.


Lakshmi Hills Hiking  – Top 6 Highlights

  1. Parvathimala Tea Plantation Estate – now called as Seventhmala.
  2. Beautiful Grass land.
  3. View Anamudi Peak – South India’s highest mountain.
  4. Mountains and Valleys of Munnar.
  5. View of entire Munnar at your foot from Lakshmi Hills Top.
  6. Beautiful Shola Forest.

Fact Sheet

Starting Point / Reporting Place KSRTC Bus Depot, Munnar City.
Total duration of Hike 3 – 4hrs depend on travellers’ ability to walk.
Starting Point / Reporting Place KSRTC Bus Depot, Munnar City.
Total Length of Hiking ascend to descend 6 – 7kms / approx. 7000 – 8000-foot steps
Approx elevation from starting point 674mtrs.
Hiking level Moderate and easy


  • 0650hrs – Reporting time at starting place. Our guide will meet, receive and give a short introduction about the hiking, its duration, sightseeing and  activity,  Do and Don’t during the hiking etc.
  • 0700hrs – 0800hrs. Hiking through Tea plantation. The hiking start at 0700hrs from the meeting point and first one hour is a soft hiking through the tea plantations.  The best scenic spot is the Parvathimala – which is the first tea planted hills in Munnar. During this time the guide shares you a story of two local men named “Kannan and Devan” whom guidance Britishers reached this place, which led to planting of first tea sapling in parvathimala in Munnar.
  • 0800hrs – 0830hrs. Grassland. After the tea plantation, next is the beautiful grasslands which has amazing view of surrounding places and you can also see flowering and non-flowering plants. The guide has more stories of grassland as this place, sometime, may have presence of Bison. This grassland can only be experience in Lakshmi hills during the hiking.
  • 0830hrs-0900hrs. Shola Forest. At the end of grassland, your hiking enters unbelievable and most beautiful shola forest where you can see different colours of flycatcher – particularly orange and black.
  • 0900hrs – 0930hrs. Mountain and Valley view. At the end of shola forest, you will be at almost top of Lakshmi hills, now it’s time for relax.  Relax for some time and during this time you can see the whole Munnar and surrounding place at your feet and enjoy beautiful landscape of Munnar and Anamudi Peak which are the most highlight of this hiking.
  • 0930hrs – 1030hrs. After a while, guide will escort and start descending. After an hour walking, you will be reaching at the starting point and hiking ends.

Things to Carry

  • Water bottle – our guide will carry one each, in case of additional, you can carry.
  • Normal jogging dress with head cap recommended.
  • Rain coat – in case your hiking is during monsoon or rainy season.
  • Hiking shoes – This is mandatory as some part of the hiking route is slippery.


The average price for one or two adults for this hiking is Rs. 2000 to Rs. 2500 with 5% tax per person.  This price is applicable for up to 5 adults.  If this is a group of 5 or more, the price for this hike tends to be cheaper.

What are all included in this price?

  1. Entry Permit.
  2. Guide Charges.
  3. Mineral water.

So, take a break from the hustle-bustle of daily life and come rejoice yourself in the adventurous and natural beauty of Munnar.


This is not a daily conducted tour but exclusively private tour.

Yes, you can choose any time between 6am and 2pm. If it’s a sunny day, then morning is the best time. Since fog and mist is often start afternoon by 4pm, you can start any time but it should end by 4pm.

Yes, you can have a shorter duration of one or two hrs hiking in the same place. You can only experience the tea plantation of little bit of grassland. Since entry charges and guide charges are applicable, the price remain same.

Summer time - During Apr to Jun due to summer, we do not recommend a hiking from 11am to 2pm. The best time during this period is from 0530am till 11am and 3pm to 5pm. Winter time – We have winter from Oct to Mar. During this time, you can choose any time between 6am till 3pm. We have sunrise hike and normal hike. Sunrise hike start from 0530hrs till 0830hrs. You can choose this hiking any day irrespective of winter or summer.

All the hiking trails are either through the revenue land and land owned by Kannan Devan tea company. We need to pay a fee, get a permit before enter the land. Moreover, there is no proper hiking trail marked and some of the hiking path is very narrow. Only experienced guide know this route, therefore you need to have a guide with you. Hence the above price mentioned is charged and to meet these expenses or facilities which a traveller needs to pay.

Its impossible to carry baby pram during a hiking. In case if you want to carry infants, one must use baby carrier bags, but it’s safe to carry along with hiking trail.

Yes, children from the age of 10 and above can easily participate in the Lakshmi hill hiking. We have done hiking with kids of 10yrs without any hurdle.

Cancellation and full refund are available if cancelled 10hrs before the hiking start time.

Yes, very clear signal available at the top with all the service providers. But while going and coming back, there are places where signal range is less or some time no connectivity.

Srees Tours is directly doing this with the help of local guides. After the booking, you will get a confirmation voucher through email and WhatsApp. We will also share you location of reporting place. We will also share our guide contact number. On arrival at the reporting place, you can call the guide. You can also contact direct to Sree tours customer care for any assistance which is mentioned in the confirmation voucher.

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  1. varsha
    nice activity for trekking lovers in kerala, must-visit place

    good activity, must-visit place in kerala

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