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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Philip T nedumpuram
  • Philip T nedumpuram
  • Lives in Kottayam
  • 1 Review

"A holiday trip" new review

  • 7/7
  • Posted 3 days ago
I had gone for a pleasure trip to Munnar last week with my friends and it was a very good trip and we really enjoyed the trip. Since the temperature is much low right now and even at the noon time its cool temperature up there and its an awesome place to visit.
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Samanaya Anand
  • Samanaya Anand
  • Lives in Adyar
  • 14 Reviews

"Home in the clouds" new review

  • 6.5/7
  • Posted 4 days ago
Well-behaved and very polite staff. Great variety of foods. Very spacious dining hall. Beautifully decorated fruits and salads. All types of Indian foods and sweets. Very meticulously planned outings. Excellent drivers. they really know their way. We were very lucky to have such excellent drivers.
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Harsimran
  • Harsimran
  • Lives in Sangrur
  • 6 Reviews

"Munnar - the heavenly place" new review

  • 5.5/7
  • Posted 1 week ago
Munnar is very beautiful place like heaven on earth. It is different from other hill stations. The weather here is very pleasant not very cool not very hot. Munnar has very good scenic views with beautiful tea gardens. It is hub of spices we can see raw spices in real environment hanging on trees and shrubs. One can have homemade chocolates here. Overall the place is must a visit.
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Gowtham Krishna
  • Gowtham Krishna
  • Lives in Chennai
  • 1 Review

"Great place to relax" new review

  • 5.5/7
  • Posted 2 weeks ago
It is located 3 hours from my home town. I have been there many times but I never seem to get tired. Its a good place to relax and enjoy nature. Away from the noisy environment. If you are a nature lover you would definitely love there. Food is also good. Climate is awesome. Nice place to visit overall.
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Tiala Imchen
  • Tiala Imchen
  • Lives in Kohima
  • 1 Review

"Heavenly place" new review

  • 7/7
  • Posted 2 weeks ago
One of the most beautiful place i have ever seen, Very calm, serene!!! Of course it was very cold but still I enjoyed a lot with all those natural scenic beauty, tea gardens, waterfalls on the way, looking forward for another visit very soon. Truly God's own country indeed!!!
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Malay Swain
  • Malay Swain
  • Lives in Cuttack
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"Munnar - the Heart Of Kerala" new review

  • 5.5/7
  • Posted 2 weeks ago
Going to Kerala, or nearby to Cochin do visit Munnar. Kerala visit is incomplete without visiting this eternal God's Location.. God's Own Country wouldn't be complete without Munnar in the list.. Do enjoy the lake view and enjoy boating along with hot crispy fried brinjal with tangy sauces. Visit the Tea Factory and have a sip of Hot steamy tea processed in the Factory itself.
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Pankaj mohan
  • Pankaj mohan
  • Lives in Ludhiana
  • 1 Review

"Natural beauty" new review

  • 5.5/7
  • Posted 3 weeks ago
It's full of natural beauty, lush green expanse on the roadside and accompanying weather - all make it THE hill-station of south. I do advise my traveler friends visiting Kerala to make it part of their itinerary. Even in summers, one can witness fog. The location of hotels is awesome, perched atop hills.

Poovar beach is the nearest beach that should be visited.
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Navin varidani
  • Navin varidani
  • Lives in Agartala
  • 15 Reviews

"A must visit place"

  • 6/7
  • Posted 1 month ago
This is a must visit place to visit in Kerala. We had visited Waterfalls like cherrapaya, Athreapally and Valvara on the first day. All the waterfalls were very good. It is must for everyone to visit these waterfalls to experience the natures beauty.

We had been to Rose Gardens, Muttapety Dam, Echo Point, Spice Gardens, Ernakulum National Park.

It is better if you book the ticket in advance for Ernakulam National Park as it has a long queue and there is no guarantee whether you will spot animals in this park. Munnar is a very good place to stay with excellent climate. It is better to stay for 3 days so that you can cover all the destinations.
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Bharat Malhotra
  • Bharat Malhotra
  • 8 Reviews

"A must visit place"

  • 5/7
  • Posted 1 month ago
It is a nice place to experience lush green hills with spices and tea gardens. The unique ways by which tea is processed and its history and culture can be understood. Kerala food is not palatable by north indians but go in for rice preparations with dal, its good and of course once you are in resort go for palatial buffet.
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Febin Eldo
  • Febin Eldo
  • 1 Review

"A superb place to visit"

  • 7/7
  • Posted 1 month ago
Its one of the best place where I have visited. If you want to have a cool, sweet and best time do go and visit Munnar in your next visit. The place is nature friendly and the roads and lanes are so nice to keep walking on. The best thing is that you don't exactly know how the time is going when you visit this place. It is best place for honeymoon and family trips rather than going individually.
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