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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Indu Eby

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  • Indu Eby
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  • 8 Reviews
  •  79 readers

"Escape into the clouds" new review

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted 4 days ago
This, despite the current rise in people and trade, is a place that can take you to touch the clouds. The steep hills, the hairpins and the view from there, the green blanket, the long roads are completely worth it for the nature lover. I'm not yet good at reviewing hotels and places. Will soon update.
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Umang Kardani

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  • Umang Kardani
  • Lives in Gandhinagar
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"Dream destination for hill lover" new review

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted 1 week ago
As I had visited Ooty 2 times and it was very good. I was expecting the Munnar will be not so good but as I travelled from Coimbatore to Munnar I was totally amazed by the natural scenes of this place. It was great experience to visit this beautiful natural hill station in rainy season. Greenery of the hill is such gorgeous that I forgot QUEEN of Hills Ooty and fall in love with this destination. I really loved the experience of various place in this hill station would love to visit it again and again.
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Sreeni

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"Kolukkumala" new review

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted 2 weeks ago
It's a nice place. Must visit one-time in our life. But unfortunately 90% tourists don't knowledge about this place. This place is located near suryanelli. 25 km from Munnar town. We can't reach kolukkumala with our own vehicle. We must hire Jeep from suryanelli . .
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Pravin karande

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"Refreshing Munnar" new review

  • 5.0/7
  • Posted 2 weeks ago
Munnar is place of tea gardens. Rose garden had lot of variety of flowers. Must go visit was Wonder Valley for adventure sports. Children too have lot to enjoy in wonder valley. Wear good quality shoes in wonder valley. Shooting point is good to take snaps. Ladies can get costume for taking snaps. Elephant safari is available in many spice gardens. Spices are not cheap but of good quality. Purchase spices, tea, green tea, coffee powder, cocoa powder. Mattupetty dam echo point were boring. Overall Munnar trip was good and refreshing.
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Traveler Inme

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  • Lives in New Delhi
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"Munnar - a piece of heaven on earth!" new review

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted 2 weeks ago
Munnar for me is synonymous with color blue (skies), green (plantation) and white (clouds) - Dreamy, right!! Moonu Aar - literally means three rivers as it lies in the confluence of river Muthirapuzha, Nallathanni and Kundala.

We headed from Alleppey to Munnar by road and my heart started playing a happy tune as soon as we started uphill. The balmy air was now a cool breeze and I greedily took in my dose of Vitamin H (Hills). In fact Munnar is blessed with almost every shade of green.

Our first stop was at the Cheeyappara waterfall which cascades down in seven steps making it a pretty sight. The sad part, we tourists. Plastic bottles and snack wrappers had been dumped by some and it was an ugly sight at the bottom of the falls. I really don't understand why we cannot do a simple thing - keep our surroundings clean! Come to think about it, it actually tells about the person we actually are - bitter truth!

Our next stop was the Valara waterfall of river Deviyar, originating from the Western Ghats. I loved the untamed beautiful view of the falls surrounded by thick green forest. It's actually a chain of falls and has a closer access from Munnar. The Thottiyar Hydroelectric Project of Kerala Electricity Board is very close to these falls.

Both of these water falls are on the Kochi - Madurai Highway, around 40 kms from Munnar and also known for trekking. They were the first glimpses of what I call a piece of heaven, Munnar.

This beautiful hill station of Kerala is situated on the Kanan Devan Hills and known for its beautiful tea estates and tea cultivation. The first plantation started way back in the 17th century on 50 acres land and now, wherever you look all you will see is miles and miles of unending tea plantations.

It was evening by the time we reached our lovely home stay nestled in the valley of Suryanelli Hills, 18 km from Munnar.. We checked in and after a rejuvenating cup of tea headed to the Anayirangal Dam. As soon as we took the turn into the road that led to the dam we were stopped by some forest rangers and asked to head back. The reason being some 6-8 wild elephants that were spotted on the opposite side of the road. We clicked them from afar before heading back with mixed feelings - happy to see the wild elephants but disappointed that we were unable to go to the dam. However we managed to enjoy its scenic beauty from the top.

The next day we headed to the Eravikulam National Park in the Rajamalai hills. It is advised to book your tickets online and reach the place well in advance to avoid - misses - in the huge tourist rush. Also you are not allowed to carry any eatables to the park (strict checking is done) so leave all of it in your car. You can carry water though. Since rains are unpredictable here, carrying an umbrella will not hurt. The buses of the park take you uphill till a designated drop off point and from there you are on your own to enjoy the verdant beauty of this place. The park has an eating joint, their eco shop - Tahr Shop - and an amenity center.

One of the main attraction of the park is the endangered Nilgiri Tahr or Nilgiri Ibex that's endemic to this part of the Western Ghat. The park closes between Feb - April every year during their calving season. These Tahrs are closely related to the Himalayan and Arabian Tahr though they are considered to be more related to the sheep family. A happy fact is that the national park has the largest (and growing) numbers of these Tahrs.

The park is also known for some rare and exotic flora, one of the much sought after is the Kurichi or Neelakurinji. It blooms once in 12 years and covers the hills with its beautiful lavender-blue hue (next bloom will be in 2018). Kurinji is endemic to this part of the Western Ghats.

The Kanan Devan Hills Plantations (KDHP) Tea Museum in Munnar is India's first ever tea museum and here you can have a journey through the tea history of this place. The documentary film on Kanan Devan Tea Plantation is a good watch and there is a retail outlet within the building that sells the plantations produce and some tea accessories too. You can also buy some tea wood (for making furniture or as a decor) and some do some shopping from Tata's Srishti Welfare Centre (1.5 km from the museum)

We made a quick stop at the Carmelagiri Elephant Park en route to Mattupetty but did not opt for any ride. I leave it to individuals to decide whether they would like to indulge in it. The park offers various options which range from a 1 hour ride and even half day or full day elephant ride.

The KDFC Floriculture Centre or Mattupetty Rose Garden is a stop before the dam. You will love the varied hues and types of flowers in the well maintained / landscaped garden.

The sight at the Mattupetty Dam left us spellbound. We have often read the description of beautiful places and here I was seeing them in a glance - clear blue skies & water; mountains, trees et al in all shades of green; fluffy white clouds; clean cool air!

If you go further down the dam you reach the Echo Point. With so many tourists around its more of a cacophony of echos. I was lost in the beauty of the place and all I did beside soaking it all in was go click! Click!

If you value spending idyllic time with nature, this is one of the must visit place. Every time of the day had something beautiful to offer, like the sunset (below) which left us mesmerized. You can spend time taking leisurely strolls up / down the winding paths surrounded by tea gardens on both sides. We usually do a 1 or 2 day stay at Munnar along with other places in our itinerary. But what I realized and thus suggest, is a sole trip to Munnar for atleast 3 full days stay. Now this is highly dependent on kind of traveler you are!

There are some places that leave an indelible mark in your heart, Munnar is one such place for me. I have already decided my next visit to this picture perfect place. If you have not been then yet, you know where to go this year.
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Dr natesa sarma Gopalakrishnan

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"A nice place to unwind! Worth visiting sometime in life." new review

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted 4 weeks ago
A nice place to unwind! Worth visiting sometime in life.
Though the weather has changed a lot from the olden times, it is still a cooler place ... To relax with family or friends ...
When you travel to Munnar, remember to choose the best hotel by quality, and not by tariff!
Lots of places to see ..
A real experience we can have ... Away from this hurry burry life style!
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Deepika vinika

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  • Deepika vinika
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"Definitely not South's Kashmir !!"

  • 4.0/7
  • Posted 1 month ago
Better change this South's Kashmir title & give it to deserving Kodaikanal. Munnar is average, there are lot of tea plantation gardens. No such tourist attractions as mentioned on internet. In April, its just hot as normal city not cool like hill station.
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Prasad ganji

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  • Prasad ganji
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"It's not up to mark"

  • 2.0/7
  • Posted 1 month ago
Not that good place. Just can spend 1 day. And people are not helpful and friendly. They are not speaking other languages. As we don't no local language. The places are not good specially national park. Gaeden is not well mentioned. Only tea plantation is good.
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Ramesh kumar

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  • Ramesh kumar
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"A perfect place to relax"

  • 5.0/7
  • Posted 1 month ago
A must to visit to all sightseeing placesand wild life sanctuary
For vegetarians except hotel sarvana bhavan there are no pure veg hotels. In Munnar. Drink hot / warm water
This place is pure sightseeing
You need to travel by road
Must carry warm clothes, wear shoes when going outside slippers while staying in hotel. Petrol bunks / hotels / restaurants/ some shops do not have pos machine / paytm need to carry cash worst thing
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Siddhartha Mohta

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"Pristine and crowded"

  • 5.0/7
  • Posted 2 months ago
Munnar certainly is the coldest and the best sightseeing place in whole of Kerala, I was stumped by the lake and tea plantation, the only thing one should remember is avoid this place on weekend and on national holiday, it gets packed and everythings pre booked and the prices shot up, one should spend atleast 2 days in Munnar, one to check the sightseeing and the other to leisurely relax. To get the best experience it's better to start early as every place gets crowded as the day proceeds. Instead of hotels try the homestay or stay in plantations, they aren't costly and provides an amazing rustic experience.
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