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

History of Munnar

This hill station in the Western Ghats came into the limelight only in the late 19th century after the British leased some of the lands in the area. They started cultivation of crops such as coffee and cardamom before settling on tea as the ideal crop for the area. In the 1960s, the Tata Group forayed into the tea business and floated Tata tea Ltd. It was in the late 20th century that Munnar emerged as a tourism hotspot.

People and Culture of Munnar

The cultural heritage of Munnar is an amalgamation of that of the British, the Malayalis, and the Tamilians. The locals lead a simple life still untouched by globalisation. They believe in traditions and pass them down over the generations. Hinduism is the predominant religion and many festivals are celebrated with Onam being the most popular.

Things To Do in Munnar

Mother Nature has been generous in showering her bounty on this hill station. Most tourists come on a trip to Munnar in the hope of spending quality time in the lap of nature and they are never disappointed. A majority of the places to see in Munnar are outdoors such as the Rose Garden and Echo Point. Mattupetty is one of the famous picnic spots in Munnar which has a storage concrete gravity dam for hydroelectricity generation purposes. The Kannan Devan tea Museum, Top Station, Tata Tea Museum, Kundala Lake, and Rajamalai Wildlife Sanctuary are some of the popular Munnar tourist places.

Food and Shopping in Munnar

In addition to the pleasant weather and soothing scenery, Munnar has plenty to offer when it comes to food options for people sightseeing in Munnar. Vegetarians and non-vegetarians alike can enjoy authentic Kerala cuisine served on fresh banana leaves. Breakfast eats can range from idiappams or appams with stew to masala dosa or idli and are considered Munnar attractions by many. Lunch and dinner is primarily rice with sambhar or rasam, stir fried vegetables, and salads are some of the vegetarian dishes. Non-vegetarians get to choose from various fish and meat preparations. Spicy fish curry, fish fry, and biryani will all appease the taste buds of visitors taking a break from Munnar sightseeing.

Some tea packets inevitably find their way into the baggage of those returning home from a Munnar tour. Shopping for Kerala spices, aromatic oils, homemade chocolates, and naturally-dyed clothes are also on the list of things to do in Munnar.

Accommodation in Munnar

One decision you will need to make before embarking on your journey from your home is to determine how to reach Munnar. The closest airport is in Cochin-Ernakulam and is about 110 km away. Madurai airport is slightly further away at around 140 km. State and private buses offer connectivity to various cities while the nearest railway station is at Aluva, a distance of around 110 km. There are many hotels and resorts in Munnar offering all kinds of amenities and luxuries to visitors. If required, they can also provide assistance with directions to Munnar places to visit. Deciding beforehand on what places to visit in Munnar can ensure you have a relaxed holiday.



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Saumil Patel

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  • Saumil Patel
  • Lives in Baroda
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  • 1 Review
  •  126 readers

"The God I saw" new review

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted 4 days ago
This place is heavenly! Trust me, this is something you don't wanna miss. Your guide will suggest you places like Mattupetty Dam, Echo point etc they are good but I bet there is lot more to see and feel! Most of the hotels/Resorts you'll find are in the jungle! So if you're wild enough to hear the birds' sounds all the day and strong knees to climb and explore sceneries (Heaven I meant) and of course tea gardens, this is the place for you met!
Recommended Hotel :- Bracknell Forest resort!
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Suresh Nair

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  • Suresh Nair
  • Lives in Mumbai
  • 2 Reviews
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"Good place to visit" new review

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted 1 week ago
This is one of the best place, also for the couple best place for honeymoon. The beauty of the place you cannot compare because this is the God's own country. The tea garden and tea processing factory was good demo done by the staff about green tea and it's important. Good temperature in the summer so in the hotel you will not find the no AC.
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Chinnaraja Subramaniyam

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  • Chinnaraja Subramaniyam
  • Lives in Chennai
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  • 29 Reviews
  •  28 helpful votes
  •  47183 readers

"Romantic place" new review

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted 2 weeks ago
Really a very good romantic place for travelers and visitors. I went with my friends for my weekend. Nice climate for romantic and enjoyable. Restaurant are nearby and sight seeing places so easy to visit every places. So many shopping and restaurants food court are located in and around. Munnar is better place for tourists and visitors
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Mr.vivek

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  • Mr.vivek
  • Lives in Lucknow
  • 2 Reviews
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"Good place to visit" new review

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted 2 weeks ago
It's good, go again and again for your reliving stress and enjoy the environment as I enjoy there. Overall it is good place to enjoy in this summer day. I must go again if possible in few months. Munnar environment is so good and market is also good.
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Ramalingam ra

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  • Ramalingam ra
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"Very nice place to visit" new review

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted 4 weeks ago
Very nice place to visit. Need atleast 3 days to go around and visit all the places. Lush greenery everywhere. Though it is in Kerala, Tamil speaking people live there. Roads are narrow but very clean. Local transport is Auto & Jeep only. But very economic. Perfect place for holidaying. But will choke up in the coming years with more tourists coming along.
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Muruganantham marimuthu

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  • Muruganantham marimuthu
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"It's covered with full of mist even in day time" new review

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted 4 weeks ago
When I was in Munnar it is covered with full of mist even in day time. We really enjoyed the mist cover in day time. My children walked inside the mist. It is unforgettable experience for us. In other hill stations like Ooty Diagonal we can't see mist in daytime.
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Lokesh Kumar

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  • Lokesh Kumar
  • Lives in Hyderabad
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"Superb t be" new review

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted 4 weeks ago
Munnar is a very nice place to visit, the greenery was good and good feast to eyes which sees dry traffic in cities. Climate is awesome and much enjoyable, Hotel Sangeetha is good restaurant for Pure Vegetarians. For Non-Veg people hope there are plenty of hotels. During winter the climate will be too cool, but at summer it was much pleasant. Do not forget to visit "Top Station", also other places are very good.
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Jaivishnu Prabakar

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  • Jaivishnu Prabakar
  • Lives in Salem
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"Great place with good climate"

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted 1 month ago
Great place the climate was really good. The road ain't that good in the beginning. There are full of bumps. It's a place where couples can enjoy. The speed boating there is awesome, which must be experienced. Two of us went on the road trip from Coimbatore via Pollachi, Udumalpet & Thali. It's around 180km. It was one day trip. The total expenditure per person was 700 including fuel and food.
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Sundarraj kaushik

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  • Sundarraj kaushik
  • 9 Reviews
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"A good place to keep away from sun for a few days"

  • 5.0/7
  • Posted 1 month ago
Munnar is a good hill station to go to during the summers. One can reach the place fairly easily. The drive is not very difficult, although taking care at all turns and bends can be an harrowing experience for an inexperienced driver. Prefer to take an experienced driver if you are not confident of driving on single lane highways. At places two vehicles can barely pass through side by side and one will have to back to the nearest wide spot to let the other vehicle pass through. It becomes even more difficult if there is a large bus (and it is not unusual to come across this situation) coming from the other side.

The options for accommodations are many and one is pampered with choice of hotels, from budget to mid budget to high budget. Choose one based on the depth of your pockets.

There are enough places to visit around Munnar. The chief ones being Mattupetty dam, Kundala dam, the Eravikulam Sanctuary, the Tea Estates, the Kannan Devan Tea Museum and the various waterfalls.

The dams and the waterfalls may be out of water during peak summers so be prepared for a disappointment during this time of the year.

The queues at the Eravikulam sanctuary can cause a lot of wait time. Be prepared for long queues on weekends. The goats (Tahr) may not be seen when you go up. If you are interested in bird watching it will be worth going up to the top of the sanctuary. One can see at least four five different species like those of whistling thrushes, the oriental white eye and few others. The walk in the hills of the sanctuary itself worth the wait in the queue. If you are lucky you may have clouds passing through you in the hills and if it rains it is even more fun. The vista of the valley is worth the trip even if the goat is not to be seen.

The boating and elephant ride (in the elephant park) are steep. So go with sufficient cash if you wish to go on a boat or an elephant ride. There is also a off roading jeep ride, again steep, if you wish to enjoy that kind of adventure.

There is a choice restaurants and all of them are decent, but steep. Most of them will serve non-vegetarian. So if you are particular about eating in a vegetarian restaurant like us then you could try the Annapoorna (there are two of them), the Sukh Sagar, the Mahaveer (we did not try this) and the omnipresent Saravana Bhavan. The last mentioned in the most economical of the lot. Note that it is very difficult to get parking space near any of the restaurants as most of these are in the heart of the city. The restaurants also get quite crowded during the dinner time. Most of the restaurants are in the basement so one needs to watch out carefully or one could miss these (especially Sukh Sagar).

The tea museum is worth the visit. They show a documentary on how tea was brought to India by the Britishers and how it has thrived since then. The process of tea making is explained in a small plant with actual working machines. A person waxed eloquently about the virtues of drinking green tea and how it should be prepared. If one is taken by the person's view one will stop drinking other forms of tea. They also have a white tea about which I heard for the first time.
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  • Prashant rana
  • 3 Reviews
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"Beautiful and breathtaking place"

  • 5.0/7
  • Posted 2 months ago
Nice experience in Munnar. Also at trekking, boating & Spice Garden. Eco point is the best place near Munnar. Elephant riding is the best experience in life. Thekkady is the best place for jungle safari. Wild life sanctuary is a thrilling experience. Kovalam beach is a very beautiful place. Also visited Padmanabha Temple.
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