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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Priya Johari
  • Priya Johari
  • Lives in New Delhi
  • 7 photos
  • 3 Reviews

"Other than nature there are lot more activities" new review

  • 6/7
  • Posted 3 days ago
Munnar is a place that should be on your list if you ever travel to Kerala. Never skip Alleppey and Munnar, do go for Kathakali dance show and visit to Tea Museums. Even the martial arts show is something you go for. Its a different experience altogether.
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Nagaratnam
  • Nagaratnam
  • Lives in Adilabad
  • 4 photos
  • 6 Reviews

"Awesome hill station of India" new review

  • 6.5/7
  • Posted 4 days ago
Really one of the great place in India. Nice hill view. Good to see the tea plantations. Enjoyable climate. Tea museum & historical things, boating, elephant ride, Spice Garden, Rose garden & water falls ride on hills road.
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Sanjeev Dharmadhikari
  • Sanjeev Dharmadhikari
  • 3 Reviews

"Very good hill station" new review

  • 7/7
  • Posted 5 days ago
Very good hill station and a beautiful place. Must visit once in a life time. If you are new couple then good place for honeymoon. A very peaceful atmosphere. Can see different places like tea museum and tea factory, wild life sanctuary, different animals and birds. Please visit
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Reema Santhosh
  • Reema Santhosh
  • Lives in Kochi
  • 1 Review

"Good sightseeing and worth a visit" new review

  • 7/7
  • Posted 6 days ago
A beautiful place with good climate, tea estates and the hills. The misty meadows and the eucalyptus forest. The boating was fun as well. Good sightseeing and worth a visit.
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Mmpeter
  • Mmpeter
  • Lives in Mumbai
  • 4 Reviews

"Best hill station in south India" new review

  • 6/7
  • Posted 6 days ago
Natural beauty is superb. Visit to Rajamalai was the best of all. We could see Nilgiri Tahr very close. If wanted we could even touch it. It is not afraid of human. All of us took photos standing very near to the Tahr. View from top of the hill is really beautiful. Climate was pleasant. We went for sightseeing around Munnar and enjoyed it. Waterfalls on the way is very good.
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Joji  Joseph
  • Joji Joseph
  • Lives in Cochin
  • 17 Reviews

"Most popular and sought out hill station in Kerala" new review

  • 6/7
  • Posted 7 days ago
The summer resort of the British Government in South India during their regime, Munnar is the most sought after hill station in Kerala because of the numerous places of attraction, accommodation facilities like resorts and hotels, good connectivity by road with major towns etc. The Main attractions of this hill station are Eravikulam National Park (a home for several rare species of animals, birds & butterflies), Anamudi Peak (the tallest peak in South India and a good trekking spot), Mattupetty (major attractions are the dam, lake and Indo Swiss Doiry project), Pallivasal (famous for the scenic beauty, the hydroelectric project & dam), Chinnakanal (good for enjoying the water falls which cascade from a height of 2000 meters above sea level and the beautiful view of the Western Ghats), Anayirangal (the dam and the reservoir surrounded by the tea estates and the forest), Top station (1700 Meters above sea level on the Munnar-Kodaikanal road from where you can see a vast area of the near by state Tamil Nadu and also famous for the Neelakurunji flowers blooming over a vast area), Tea Museum (which houses photographs, curios, machineries, etc of the Tea Plantations and its history).

Munnar is also famous for Neelakurinji, a rare plant which flowers only once in twelve years, the virgin forests, the flora & fauna, scenic valleys, numerous streams, huge splashy waterfalls, sprawling tea plantations and zigzag causeways. The temperature will be 4-14 degree Celsius during September to February and moderate during the other months.

I have visited Munnar several times and the last visit was in February, 2015 with family. This time the climate had changed and though it was not so hot, it never came below 20 degree Celsius. Maybe because of the climate, the tourists and visitors were less compared to what I have seen during my past visits.
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Sunil Kumar
  • Sunil Kumar
  • Lives in Hyderabad
  • 1 Review

"A nice place to visit" new review

  • 4.5/7
  • Posted 2 weeks ago
Its one of the best place in Kerala. I Have visited this place in August 15th Holiday trip. Its was rainy time but watching beautiful scenes we forget everything. But take warm clothes and Umbrella is must and should. Tata Tea Factory is one of the place where we can see how to prepare tea powder. Dont buy Tea powder, just see and enjoy because we get best prices in our area only.
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Shawaz Mohammed
  • Shawaz Mohammed
  • Lives in Mangalore
  • 1 Review

"A nice family trekking" new review

  • 5/7
  • Posted 2 weeks ago
Ideal place for a full family outing. There is something for every one here. Good climate through out the year. Good people, good food and hospitality every where. And good memories for ever. Good scenic views epically for photographers. The nearest connect by air will be cochineal airport and nearest railway station is Aluva station.
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Manasa Mylavarapu
  • Manasa Mylavarapu
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"A superb hill station" new review

  • 7/7
  • Posted 3 weeks ago
We went to Munnar for honeymoon and we both enjoyed a lot. The waterfalls was simply awesome. And going to climate it is wonderful. Moreover when we visit that place the hill station is superb. So if any one want to visit Munnar for a holiday so preferable month is June or July.
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Amina Khan
  • Amina Khan
  • Lives in Bangalore
  • 3 Reviews

"A place with awesome weather" new review

  • 6/7
  • Posted 3 weeks ago
Travellers should visit this place all seasons. Because it offers the best weather all through the year. In summer you can have a chilled out and good experience. The atmosphere was cold chilled and fog filled. I will always love to visit this place in any season. It is my all time favourite.
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