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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Vijay Rajan
  • Vijay Rajan
  • Lives in Sivaganga
  • 3 Reviews

"A place with a pleasant climate" new review

  • 5/7
  • Posted 6 days ago
Very nice place and pleasant climate. We can relax on whole day stay. We can spend evenings hours to bazaar. Rare fruits and vegetables also available. Traditional MURUGAN temple was also nice to see. Munnar fully covered with green carpet I mean surrounded with Tea estates.
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Ganesh Dharmireddy
  • Ganesh Dharmireddy
  • Lives in Visakhapatnam
  • 6 Reviews

"Best place for couples" new review

  • 5.5/7
  • Posted 1 week ago
After a long time we planned for this tour so we really don't want any disappointments. We really enjoyed more than expectations. We can stay in Munnar only for 3 days not more than that I feel. The bad part is since its a hill station, the journey was not good because of ghat road. But overall its a good place. I will surely plan again.
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Hari Anbaesivam
  • Hari Anbaesivam
  • Lives in Madurai
  • 1 Review

"Calm and cool place with lot of activities" new review

  • 7/7
  • Posted 2 weeks ago
We been there at march which is very hot in my home town. Fully greenish, calm and cool. Places are must-visits are flower park in Munnar, elephant ride, tea estate and dam. Activities like boat riding, cycling and morning walk in fog.

Advice: I don't suggest to go Thekkady which is nearby. Disappointed.
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Vicky Aksal
  • Vicky Aksal
  • 5 Reviews

"Munnar is a beautiful hill station" new review

  • 5/7
  • Posted 3 weeks ago
Munnar is a beautiful hill station. Shops and houses and guest houses are really beautiful and traditional. We get many house decorative things here, mostly wooden made handicrafts but need to bargain for good price. Munnar is nice place, I would like to spend more time here, its having natural sight seeing. Every where you can see tea planting and greenery. FULL of OXYGEN. :D which we usually don't get in cities.

Sometimes we have to face Language barrier. Local language is Malayalam. I have visited in month Jan. Which is very ideal time to visit not cold not hot. Cool climate. You can enjoy your picnic.
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Arshiya Ahmed
  • Arshiya Ahmed
  • Lives in New Delhi
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"A nice place to kick back and relax" new review

  • 5/7
  • Posted 3 weeks ago
A small hilly retreat in a state famous for its coastline, Munnar is a nice place if you are looking forward to just enjoy its natural beauty. Each direction has something to offer and our group visited only the Pothamedu View Point and Mattupetty direction which includes Mattupetty, Echo Point, Kundala, and Tea Museum. The other directions are Cochin ( Pothamedu View Point, Pallivasal, Attakadu Water Falls), Thekkady (Devikulam, LockHart Gap, Powerhouse Water, Anayirankal, kolukkumalai Tea Plantation) and Coimbatore(Rajmala, Lukkam, Marayoor, Chinnar).

The Pothamedu View Point aka Sunset Point is a tiring trek if you wish to walk .. but the view is worth it (photographs included). Mattupetty is a beautiful and serene lake where you can enjoy speed boating and spiced pineapples. Echo point was a bit of letdown for me so you can skip it if you lack time or energy. Tea museum is informative if you like tea with live demonstration of all the process.

Local shopping is basically for Tea - green, white, etc any variety. You will find tea gardens everywhere on the hillside. Our stay was at Royal Retreat (Ph: 04865-230240) and we were a group of 50 people.

Expenditure
Tea Museum- Rs 75/head
Mattupetty- Rs 10/head
Speed boating- Rs 500/boat (for a 5 seater boat) other options are available too.
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Karma
  • Karma
  • Lives in Kaarawaara
  • 1 Review

"A place with scenic beauty" new review

  • 5.5/7
  • Posted 3 weeks ago
My friends and I had a very great time. It was a very nice experience to us. We have never been in such a beautiful place like Munnar and Kerala. It was wonderful with nice tea plant and good scenery. One of the nicest place for tourism. Munnar is a place surrounded by hills with tea garden and gets fully relaxed. The locals are very much kind and lovely people.
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Suma Kale
  • Suma Kale
  • Lives in Bangalore
  • 3 Reviews

"Nice place for summer holidays" new review

  • 6.5/7
  • Posted 3 weeks ago
Munnar, the beautiful hill station with excellent countryside view in God's own country (Kerala). Spending time during summer is worthwhile. Going with family is added advantage. Kids enjoyed the tea estates sightseeing, Kannan devan tea museum, beautiful explanation. We can see tea processing also. Of course we can buy tea packets. Driving speed boat in Mattupatty dam is very thrilling for all. We enjoyed a lot. Drivers are very good. Yes of course they have taken necessary precautions for the tourists. We had good Tea and Coffee at 100% Pure Vegetarian Restaurant at Mattupatty Dam.

For vegetarians no need to worry at all in Munnar. We had been to Patel Restaurant in Munnar city, there we had Gurajathi Thali, Rajasthani Thali, etc. One thali is enough for two. We got very good 100% pure Vegetarian food at Patel Restaurant. Taste of food was damn good. I still remember super Khichdi of Gujarathi Thali. Very nice phulkas, superb one.
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Bala murli
  • Bala murli
  • Lives in Coimbatore
  • 3 Reviews

"Nice place to visit" new review

  • 5/7
  • Posted 3 weeks ago
As its off season there is no crowd on spots. So we enjoyed more on various locations at Munnar. We missed some places this time. We stayed for 2 days. If 1 or 2 days extended then it would be good for visiting all places. Climate was bit hot at this time. Next time we would like to visit during on season.
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Afthab K a
  • Afthab K a
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"Beautiful scenic beauty and peaceful place" new review

  • 5.5/7
  • Posted 3 weeks ago
We had an amazingly memorable trip to Munnar. During our trip we had a chance to see the scenic beauty of Munnar very closely as our hotel was into the forest area. As the place is at high altitude we got a chance to trek the mountains. The place provides a quick escape to people who are living in Kerala and are looking for a place which can provide them soothing winter season. Our hotel was away from the hectic city life and provided very cosy and peaceful stay.
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Karan
  • Karan
  • Lives in Jamshedpur
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"A must go place for nature lovers" new review

  • 5.5/7
  • Posted 3 weeks ago
Recently my husband and I have spent our honeymoon trip at Kerala. One of the finest place of this state is Munnar valley.. A hill station free of hustle bustle and noise. The serene beauty of green tea estate is really eye soothing. We stayed at Rivulet Resort. You can see the green covered hills and a gliding stream from the cottages. We did not tried the local food but food from the restaurant of the resort was good as well. We visited Mattupetty dam and Kundala dam and lakes. The Rose Garden and Echo Point are the two other attractions of this place. We could not visit top station as the weather was misty. The next attraction was Eravikulam National Park and Shooting Point. Eravikulam National Park (also known as Rajamala National Park) is famous for endangered Nilgiri Thar. The park offers a magnificent view of the tea plantations. We really enjoyed our trip. A must go place for nature lovers.
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