Kerala Blog Express Diaries: Munnar – “If there is a heaven on earth, then this is it”


I was worried when I heard the word “hike” but with the promises of a view that would take my breath away, I was sold. After all, I was in Munnar one of the most beautiful places on earth, how could I say “no” to more beauty?

We had escaped to the highlands of Kerala, to the mountains in Munnar where the temperature dropped in the evening and embraced the cold.

Suppressing giggles at my fellow bloggers wrapped up in coats, (being Irish I was very used to 12 degrees!) we spent the night camping with Kalypso Adventures who had a base surrounded by the Western Ghats.

It was time to go tackle the Phantom mountain.

Armed with the support of my “short-legged sister” Claire from First Time Travels, we pulled our way up the mountain.

Barely 30 minutes into the walk I felt like my legs were going to fall off but with gentle reassurance from our guide Francis, we took our time.

Through the rocks, the grasses, the slopes and trees, eventually the peak was in sight and in the end, it really didn’t matter that we had been last.

What can only be described as a wave, it came over me. It seeped through my body and made me choke in delight.

“If there is a heaven on earth”, I thought, “then this is it”.



The sky spilled out across the horizon with breath-taking blue, and the grey rocks on the peak looked like they were slipping down the slopes.

Nearby was a cross, erected by locals and as we arrived they were in prayer, gently chanting their hymns. There was a spiritual breeze in the air. There was incredible peace.


I opened my arms and stretched them as wide as I could, keeping in the joy I want to exhale. This was a place that deserved nothing but silence.

On our way down, I remember telling myself that what I had felt up in the mountains, gazing out into the wilds, was special.


When we arrived back at camp, I glanced back up at the Phantom head that loomed over me. I pulled off my runners and noticed the socks had turned the colour of clay. They stuck to my feet, clinging to the pebbles of the paths that we took.

You can see Phantom Head here and we climbed to the very top!

You’ll probably hear me repeating this over and over but India has changed my life. I’ve discovered a peace within myself that I didn’t know was possible.

That experience was pure bliss. There was no other way to describe it and I don’t think I’ll ever experience that moment again.

It was heaven.

Want to see more of Munnar? Check out The Life of Jord aka Jordan’s video from our trip!

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  1. This looks truly like a heavenly way to spend a morning!

    Happy continued travels!

    1. Thank you so much Carola! It was wonderful.

  2. I was in Munnar and loved it so much. Kind of feel sorry for myself tough that I missed out on climbing phantom mountain. I was a bit lazy and just wandered through the tea plantations

    1. Well in that case: come back and visit! I’ll go with you 😉

  3. Your blog post brings back memories of that hike. It was no easy feat but It showed me how strangers can be friends and sisters. 🙂 I also felt the concern from our other companions as we did that steep climb. I’m glad to have shared it with you, my short-legged sister! Thanks for the support as well. 🙂

    1. True words well said, Claire! It meant a lot that we could experience it together and that we were on the same wavelength when we decided to leave earlier. It’s wonderful to have someone there for support 😀 Couldn’t have done it without you. Glad to be able to call you my friend!

  4. What an amazing time! I love to hike also.Keep on going…..Happy travels 🙂

    1. Thank you so much! It was wonderful.

  5. It does indeed look like a very heavenly place!

    1. Wouldn’t trade that moment for the world!

  6. This place looks gorgeous! Being with other travel bloggers is such a great way to experience new places

    1. That’s exactly it! I loved being able to celebrate the experience with travellers that loved the world!

  7. Oh wow, this gets me so excited for our trip to India in July. Would you recommend the northern part of India or Southern?

    1. I’ve only been to the southern! But I found it to be a fantastic introduction to India – not a huge culture shock though I’ve been to third world countries before!

      1. Oh awesome. We might even just do it all depending on visas 🙂 So excited!

  8. What an experience! I did hiking when I was 14 years old. The process of it was challenging, difficult, tough.. But when I made it to the top, Heaven knows how good I felt inside. And I believe that you did feel the same way. India has been in my bucket list. Would love to see Munnar in the future. Thanks for sharing.

    1. Too true Ana Rose, the sense of achievement at the end of the journey is simply wonderful. If you like hiking then I would highly recommend going with Kalypso Adventures, they were so professional!

  9. Munnar is truly heaven! What an achievement, it must have felt surreal at the top. I love the green Instagram photo you added, so much colour!

  10. This sounds amazing, and those views are incredible! Thanks for sharing 🙂

    1. Thanks Micki! Appreciate the comment.

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