Chinnakanal Vs Munnar - Experiential Vs Touristy
Lake and tea Plantations - Chinnakanal
Chinnakanal is a quiet tea plantation area at 22 kms from Munnar town. Chinnakanal is where first luxury hotel in Munnar, Club Mahindra came up and therefore has always been considered a part of Munnar.
Due to development of several resorts around Munnar town, it has boomed as a destination. Whereas Chinnakanal retains its relaxed fervour. Chinnakanal is about 1000 ft higher than Munar and therefore always cooler. There are not more than a dozen resorts and as many homestays in Chinnakanal as compared to 10 times that on other side around Munnar town.
Chinnakanal is where you may arrive for an old world hill station experience. Here you may engage in boating in lake (Anaerangal), visit waterfalls (Chinnakanal Waterfalls), take a bicycle hire, explore tea plantations on a walk and sight some exotic endemic and migratory birds. Chinnakanal is base point from where you take a Jeep ride to the world's highest organic tea plantation - Kolukkumalai Tea Estate, Chinnakanal equivalent of Jeep trekking.
Chinnakanal has hotels, resorts and plantation retreats that retain exclusivity and are patronised by sophisticated travellers arriving for active holidays or a bit of offbeat hill station experience. Chinnakanal is where you are more likely to meet a smiling local than hordes of tourists. Chinnakanal is where you arrive to explore, experience and feel rejuvenated at end of your stay.