Munnar Tourism
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Munnar Tourism

Munnar Info

  • State: Kerala
  • Famous for/as: Hill
  • Altitude: 1700 m
  • Pincode: 685612
  • District: Idukki
  • Language: Malayalam,Tamil
  • STD code: 04865
  • Weather: Summer 19 to 35°C, Winter 11 to 32°C

The hill station of Munnar is situated in the Idukki District in the eastern part of Kerala, bordering the state of Tamil Nadu. Popularly known as Kashmir of the South, Munnar is well connected to all the cities in Kerala.

Munnar is located amidst mist-covered mountain ranges and evergreen forests of the Western Ghats, at a varying altitude of 1,600 m (5,249 ft) to 1,800 m (5,906 ft) above mean sea level, at the foot hills of Anamudi, the highest peak of the Western Ghats (2,695 m).

History of Munnar

The name Munnar was aptly given to this place since it is located at the convergence of three rivers, which are Mudrapuzha, Nallathani and Kundala. The vast tea estates and coffee plantations are the primary base for the flourishing economy of Munnar, besides tourism.

The recorded history of Munnar can be dated back to the 10th century, though many pre-historic relics linking Munnar to the Stone Age has been discovered. During the 17th century, a group of people of Tamil origin, known by the name ‘Muthuvans’ migrated to Munnar and they settled at Munnar and nearby areas.

By the 19th century, Munnar had become a part of Anchunadu, a small tribal kingdom believed to be one among the earliest tribal settlements of South India. The fertile soil of Munnar was used for the cultivation of cardamom, ginger, etc. in those days.

It was the Spanish planters who brought Munnar to the limelight and the first notable personality to visit this place was the Duke of Wellington. John Daniel Munro from the British East India Company visited Munnar around the middle of the 19th century and he gathered permission to acquire 588 sq. km. of land from the Maharaja of Poonjar.

With the assistance from Kannan Thevar, the tribal chief of Anchunadu, Mr. Manro and his companions took over some of the mountains and hills of Munnar. In 1895 Messrs Finlay Muir & Company procured Munro’s land and in 1976 Tata-Finlay Ltd. procured it.

Things to do in Munnar

Munnar is an idyllic tourist destination with rolling hills, grasslands, dense forests, brooks and rivulets, diverse flora and fauna, numerous waterfalls, lakes, tea plantations and walking trails. Some of the major attractions of the region are CSI Church - the landmark of Munnar, Eravikulam National Park, Attukal Waterfalls, Elephant Lake etc. Because of its scenic beauty and pleasant climate Munnar has become a popular destination for honeymoons as well as weekend getaways.


Food & Shopping in Munnar

Munnar offers all types of cuisines for the tourist. There are many restaurants and small eateries that offer good food.
 
Shopping at Munnar should include tea and spices. Tourists can buy tea sold by the KDHP (Kannan Deven Hill Plantations)

Travelling to Munnar

The nearest airport to reach Munnar is at Kochi, about 125 km away. The Kochi International Airport is not only well connected to the rest of the country but also to different parts of the world. From the airport taxi services are available which might cost around INR3000.


The nearest railway station is at Angamaly, which is at a distance of 120 km. Angamaly lies on the Ernakulam – Thrissur route and is well connected to other major cities in India. Taxis can be availed from the rail station to Munnar.


Munnar is also well connected by road. Bus services are available from different parts within the state as well as neighbouring states. These are operated by the state governments but private operators abound. Most of these buses stop at the Town bus stand in the main bazaar area near the confluence of the river and the Tata headquarters.


The best time to visit Munnar is from the months of August to March. The summer months of April and May are also pleasant with temperatures ranging from 15⁰ - 25⁰ Celsius. During the winter season the temperatures are lower with crisp mornings and bright blue skies and the nights being chilly. Heavy woollens and adequate protection should be taken against the cold. For those who love the rains, Munnar would be an ideal place in the monsoons with lush greenery and rolling mists everywhere.


Accommodation Options in Munnar

Hotels in Munnar range from 5 star to Budget hotels with all the facilities. Situated on the highest peak in South India, Munnar is ideal for trekkers, honeymooners and even family travelers. 
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Anil Kumar
  • Anil Kumar
  • Lives in Patna
  • 2 Reviews

"Perfect for Holiday" new review

  • 5.5/7
  • Posted 5 days ago
Munnar is a place of experience for unique site-seeing and speed boating. It must be seen by everyone. A variety of food starting form special, unique and traditional south Indian food to north Indian food and Continental. The experience of Munnar is never ending.
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Jitendran Kandasamy
  • Jitendran Kandasamy
  • Lives in Coimbatore
  • 1 Review

"Exquisite home-made chocolates and scented tea gardens" new review

  • 6/7
  • Posted 1 week ago
Very nice place and the scenery was also good. There was a huge amount of fog. The home-made chocolates was exquisite and the scented tea gardens were pleasing. Really a good place to visit. When you go there you should visit places like the tea gardens, Echo Point, Rose Garden, elephant ride, lake- speed boat, Kathakali Dance, spice market etc. In National Park we can see endangered goat.
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Saketh Shakkari
  • Saketh Shakkari
  • Lives in Hyderabad
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  • 2 Reviews

"Nature at it's best" new review

  • 7/7
  • Posted 1 week ago
Munnar is a very good place to visit. On the way from Kochi to Munnar we enjoyed by seeing the beautiful visited falls, elephant station, spice garden. Near by water falls and tea estates wildlife sanctuary made Munnar as gods own country. Whether in Munnar will make your trip more enjoyable. In the evening you will enjoy very cool weather.
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Soumitra  Chatterjee
  • Soumitra Chatterjee
  • Lives in Kolkata
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"Land of the Gods - Munnar, Kerala" new review

  • 6.5/7
  • Posted 1 week ago
Reached Kochi airport from Kolkata via Hyderabad and travelled by road to Munnar, which is around 5 hours journey with lunch break on the way.

Munnar is simply an excellent hill stations infested with tea and spice plantations all around. The greenary is mind boggling and the weather even in March was excellent. A liitle hot during mid-day but excellent otherwise.

We stayed with Club Mahindra Resorts, 18 km off the Munnar town and excellently located with a fabulous make over as a resort.

Tea gardens, tea factories, Spice gardens, Rose gardens, Jeep Safari to the highest tea plantations bordering Tamil Nadu & Kerala, Elephant & horse rides, wild life sanctures are some of the key point of tourist's interest.

Moving around the whole day in our hired car and relaxing in the luxuries of the resort made days fly off. Food was really good with a taste of the local cuisine as well as multi cuisine options available.

Left for Cherai beach after 3 nights four days stay at Munnar.

All in all a must visit for first timers in Kerala.
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Manji G
  • Manji G
  • Lives in Chennai
  • 4 Reviews

"A place to enjoy the serene tea garden" new review

  • 5/7
  • Posted 1 week ago
Munnar trip was nice, while travelling by car and stay in Tea Resort is pleasant and nice. Places to visit in mainly are Tea Museum, Lakkadam Falls, Amaravati Dam, top station, horse riding, boating. Munnar is mild misty and not too much as we expected. All of you must visit Munnar, it is a wonderful place. Wild animals were amazing, elephant ride was nice, mainly trekking was nice. It was wonderful to enjoy Muunar especially at Tea Garden Resort.
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Raja
  • Raja
  • Lives in Chennai
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"Must go this place during season time!" new review

  • 3/7
  • Posted 1 week ago
Either its our bad luck or a wrong season to pick, we didn’t quite find it any different from other hill stations and in fact little more disappointing than others. Reasons could be the peak season and unavailability of most popular resorts. Also, big reason was that most resorts don’t talk much about the itinerary, they just talk about the number of days of stay, most of them didn't help us form a good itinerary. It was a weekend where there was a massive political rally so we couldn't visit most of the places due to traffic jams. May be few years down. Hoping that our next trip there would be more enjoyable.
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Umerkhan
  • Umerkhan
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"A nice place to relax" new review

  • 6/7
  • Posted 2 weeks ago
Must Visits : Tea Gardens, Echo point, Rose Garden, Elephant Ride, Lake - Speed Boat, Kathakali Dance, Spices Market. National Park to see endangered goat, if not see the goat dont worry the place is very soothing calm, and you may get a chance to pass through the clouds as well.
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Sanjeet Hooda
  • Sanjeet Hooda
  • Lives in New Delhi
  • 3 Reviews

"A place with lot of greenery" new review

  • 6/7
  • Posted 2 weeks ago
A place with lot of greenery. You can start your day with tea museum. And then to maupattey dam, rose garden. Echo point. All the place are restful. You can enjoy a local snacks and even Maggi at some places. Cucumber with lot of masala we liked. Boating on chargeable basis for a couple is also a nice experience at echonpoint.
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Balaji
  • Balaji
  • Lives in Coimbatore
  • 5 Reviews

"A nice place to hace loads of fun" new review

  • 7/7
  • Posted 2 weeks ago
Munnar trip was nice, while travelling by car and stay in club mahindra resort is nice. Place to visit mainly are top station, horse riding, boating. Munnar is mainly to enjoy climate misty. All of you must visit Munnar, it is a wonderful place. Wild animals were amazing, elephant ride was nice, mainly trekking was nice. It was wonderful to enjoy muunar especially at club mahindra resort.
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Sri5 T
  • Sri5 T
  • Lives in Secunderabad
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"A relaxed trip - beautiful place" new review

  • 5.5/7
  • Posted 2 weeks ago
The place is beauuutiful and it almost has a meditating effect on you. If you just want to chill out and relax amidst greenery and a myriad of colourful flowers this is the right place for you.
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