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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Mohanlal Jain

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"Worry free holidays" new review

  • 6/7
  • Posted 2 days ago
Munnar is just not a place. Munnar is destination spread over 60 km in diameter. Stay in center point is not recommended. One may stay in any of the good hotels located across Munnar area and most of them have their rooms facing the mesmerizing hills, tea estates and the beautiful valleys.

Unlike the other hill stations Munnar has umpteen number of valleys and water falls besides the other places of interest. One can definitely enjoy Munnar with at least two nights of stay with best chosen hotels/resorts. Travel through a good supplier and you will never miss anything.
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"Nice place to relax" new review

  • 6/7
  • Posted 3 days ago
Good experience, relaxed and refresh, get good enrage to become stress free from routine life. Nice mountain with greenery. Spent 4 to 6 days to enjoy all the locations. Tea estate and hotel was good. Hill station group trip was enjoyable. Visit once.
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Kapil Kalantri

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"Munnar - a paradise on earth" new review

  • 7/7
  • Posted 5 days ago
I loved this place. This was my honeymoon trip. I would recommend this place for anyone who is planning for Kerala. December is best time to visit this place. Amazing tea gardens, spice plantations and beautiful waterfalls make this place paradise on earth.
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Niraj Hemdev

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"Heaven of Kerala" new review

  • 7/7
  • Posted 1 week ago
A beautiful, small hill station in kerala, it has lots of tea gardens lots means throughout the travel. In Munnar you can see narrow roads surrounded by tea gardens both the sides, small. But good rose garden, lots of photo points with amazing scenic beauty, echo point, dams and boating. It's a place to relax and enjoy the beauty of the place.
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"Excellent place to visit" new review

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Munnar is a very beautiful place to visit. We enjoyed seeing tea gardens. We have visited Rose Garden having colourful flowers. Also we have visited the spice garden and the caretaker of spice garden has given the information about various spices and fruits. Climate was very cool in Munnar. Awesome place.
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"Great place to visit" new review

  • 6/7
  • Posted 1 week ago
Made a honeymoon trip with wife. Really enjoyed even in monsoon the greenery was awesome. The beauty of nature and the cool climate, really wanna visit again and again. Need to check for good hotel and need to be careful with the local people. If hiring any auto or taxi need to bargain with them, they may charge you high.
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"Misty hill and showering makes it a cool pleasant hill station" new review

  • 5.5/7
  • Posted 1 week ago
Munnar is visited throughout the year, but since we visited in June, it was showering and hills surrounded were touched by white mist which created a beautiful landscape to watch. Tea gardens, various sightseeing spots off-season cheap rate hotels in June make it an ideal hill station destination.

We stayed in Archana Residency. After searching in google, I got "Just Dial" list of Munnar hotels and I selected this since they offered discount price. Room rent they offered to me rs.2100 per double room off season rate. Season rate was rs.4500

We first visited Mattupetty dam by my own car. This dam and lake area is located on the way To Top station, the road you travel is constructed above this dam. Boating facility with motor boat available in lake area, though we do did not go for it. Overall a magnificent hill station spot.

Then we visited "Top Station", this is located 35 km away from Munnar, if you have cab or own car you could visit there and return to town quickly. Tough access to this place is from Munnar Kerala only, actually this place belongs to Tamil Nadu in Trheni district. Capture some snaps, have snack and back, this place will often be covered with mist. When I visited there was no mist. You must climb down few steps to reach to get view of Tamil Nadu Theni district. Next day we purchased wintergreen oil which is meant for joint and body pain relief and hand made chocolates in Kannan Devan shop.
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Irshad Ansari

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"Beauty of Munnar is Tea Gardens" new review

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Munnar is one of the beautiful place in Kerala. Its completely surrounded by Tea Gardens. The beauty of Munnar is Tea Gardens. If you want to relax, Munnar is one of the best place. Its lush green surroundings gives you immense relax and peace of mind. So, take a break and visit Munnar.
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"One should not miss the roadside waterfalls" new review

  • 5/7
  • Posted 2 weeks ago
Only we will enjoy the fall on the road side, however we did not have that chance to play in the water and the places in Munnar are avg. It is not so good where you can spend more than 15 mins.

I would not recommend any place, however, one should not miss the joy of the roadside waterfall playing.
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"Nice tourist spot for friends and family" new review

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Munnar is nice tourist spot for friends and family, better location for couples as well. Weekends are always better than working days. I went with three of my friends and enjoyed a lot. Hope you will like it like me. In budget and not a costly place.
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