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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Sunitgha

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"Average trip" new review

  • 3.5/7
  • Posted 4 days ago
Munnar turned out to be just over hyped place. Maybe you can spend a day or two. If you have booked a hotel with spas and other activities then probably you can stay for longer duration. Starting early for sightseeing helps, otherwise you may get stuck in traffic jams.
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Sathya Sudhan

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"Be careful and enjoy lot" new review

  • 4.5/7
  • Posted 5 days ago
You will enjoy a lot in Munnar. But roads are pity plus the people who drive too. Be careful and enjoy lot. Plus resorts there are too costly and good. If you afford that much amount thats ok for you. But that make you to spend more money.

Enjoy peaceful trip.

Most important, rocks will fall while drive and trees too. Forest dept won't clear fast. Plus sudden water during drive will dash and move your car very fast. So be careful in those natural disasters.
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Hiren Patel

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"Full on Masti" new review

  • 7/7
  • Posted 1 week ago
Great masti we had in Kerala. We had planned a week tour to Kerala. Covering 3 places Alleppy, Munnar & Thekkady. All the places are different interest. Alleppey you can enjoy backwater. Munnar as a hill station & thekkady as a forest. Kerala is truly a god's own country.
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Muhamed Aashiq

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"Best for relaxing with free mind" new review

  • 5.5/7
  • Posted 1 week ago
Had a great joyful experience in Munnar there are many places for sightseeing which takes 1-2 days to complete. You can plan a 3-5 days journey for Munnar and relax for 1-2 days in decent resort and enjoy the climate. There is nothing much in sightseeing other than elephant ride and speed boat which was just awesome.

In munnar you must buy tea which is famous, there are many stores for that.

And in terms of food it's not that good and had a little food.

While travelling to Munnar you must be very careful while travelling in road since the road is very narrow and with many bends.

If you want to relax for some 3-4 days then Munnar is the place.
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Prakash

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"Kashmir of South India" new review

  • 7/7
  • Posted 2 weeks ago
This location, truly is the Kashmir of South India! With natural beauty in plenty accompanied by man made gardens and and tree plantations. Travelling in tea plantations and also visiting the tea manufacturing industries was informative and memorable. Visiting Munnar is highly recommended for a quick getaway from the summer heat! It is cheap as well as cool!
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"An average Destination" new review

  • 2.5/7
  • Posted 2 weeks ago
The time I visited the Munnar is very bad. The climate is not what we expected, not like hill station. Its looks some thing like normal Kerala city. Since the time I visited the Munnar is on November month, everyone expects more cloudy and more attractive places to visit. But that happened.
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Arun

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"Nice romantic destination" new review

  • 6/7
  • Posted 2 weeks ago
Munnar is a very good romantic destination and can enjoy a lot. The ride through the bike is very thrill and it is a plastic-free zone. I really appreciate the non-use of plastic bags in the Munnar town and it is very clean and can really breathe a fresh air.
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"A best place to visit" new review

  • 3.5/7
  • Posted 2 weeks ago
It is best place for single day journey, For people staying Cochin it is very easy to access. It is better to start early morning journey early morning. So that you will be able to reach the destination in time. No need to hurry during driving. Drive in constant speed. Make plan to visit the spots for the sight seeing, allot specific time for sightseeing, do not spent too much time in single spot.
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"A nice place with tea garden" new review

  • 6/7
  • Posted 3 weeks ago
Traveling alongside the Tea plants was a very nice experience. At least, you need two to three days to enjoy all the places in Munnar. Even, during January the climate was nice. So, except the rainy season, you may visit Munnar anytime. Please engage a driver who knows all the places. For Eravikulam National Park, please reserve your tickets in advance at the Forest Office at Munnar.
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"Wonderful place" new review

  • 6/7
  • Posted 4 weeks ago
Stayed in Munnar for 3 nights. Munnar is called the Kashmir of South India. One finds greenery everywhere. Lot of tea plantations. Enjoy the panoramic view all the way. There are many places to visit. For waterfalls no need of going down and coming up as these are on the road itself. A good place for couples as well as those visiting with family.
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