Munnar Tourism
Hill

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. 
More »

Most preferred by...

Travellers from Bangalore, Chennai
Couple
Family

Best time to visit Munnar in the next six months

  • August
  • September
  • October
  • November
  • December
  • January

Munnar Traveller Reviews

WRITE A REVIEW
Read 1001 destination reviews
with average rating of 5.9/7, 1
out of 15703 Munnar reviews 1001
Sort by:
Anil Modi

  • Scout
  • Anil Modi
  • Lives in Ahmedabad
  • 4 Reviews
  •  3 helpful votes
  •  389 readers

"Worth seeing and peaceful station" new review

  • 7/7
  • Posted 1 week ago
It is a nice place of highland with so many spots worth seeing and peaceful station. We stayed at sterling resort if you dont want to go for sightseeing it is the resort which provide lots of enjoyment and I found it very nice with cooperative people. We visited jungle it was worthless, no animals were found but driving through was beautiful.
More »
  • Was this review useful?
  • YES
  • 2 votes

Ethindran

  • Scout
  • Ethindran
  • Lives in Thalassery
  • 2 Reviews
  •  1781 readers

"A good place to visit for relaxing and stress free holiday climate is excellent" new review

  • 6/7
  • Posted 2 weeks ago
Eravikulam national park is the best place to visit, mostly South-Indian foods are served. Best place to have nature walks. Nice place to visit nearest airport is nedumbassery. Kochi airport and nearest railway station is angamaly. Best way to travel is by cab if it is your own then better hire or rent a car.
More »
  • Was this review useful?
  • YES
  • Be the first to vote.

Abhilash Yogesh

  • Scout
  • Abhilash Yogesh
  • Lives in Durg-Bhilai Nagar
  • 2 Reviews
  •  6 helpful votes
  •  1918 readers

"A nice hill station" new review

  • 6/7
  • Posted 2 weeks ago
Its a nice hill station to visit. Its is totally different from other hill station as it is surrounded with tea garden which is not generally seen. Right time of visit is between Sept to Dec. My advice to other traveller is to go & do masti over there.
More »
  • Was this review useful?
  • YES
  • 6 votes

Tagore

  • Connoisseur
  • Tagore
  • Flashpacker
  • Lives in Delhi
  • 12 Reviews
  •  8402 readers

"Good and calm place to visit" new review

  • 6/7
  • Posted 2 weeks ago
Good and calm place to visit. Good number of activities. Viewpoint, wildlife, tea gardens, good food, multiple water falls were there on the way. Elephant ride is good. It was raining but not disturbing. Make sure the climate is good. Rainy season is not a good time to visit.
More »
  • Was this review useful?
  • YES
  • Be the first to vote.

Gulshan B

  • Scout
  • Gulshan B
  • Lives in Delhi
  • 3 Reviews
  •  2148 readers

"A good experience" new review

  • 7/7
  • Posted 2 weeks ago
I enjoyed during this tour. I will never forget the experiences obtained during this tour. The sightseeing of Munnar city and other areas of Kerala are still in my mind as well as in my camera. As and when I have a spare time I must see the photos captured in my camera.
More »
  • Was this review useful?
  • YES
  • Be the first to vote.

Avaneeth singh

  • Scout
  • Avaneeth singh
  • Lives in Mumbai
  • 4 Reviews
  •  2746 readers

"Munnar is a must see place in Kerala" new review

  • 7/7
  • Posted 2 weeks ago
You would fall in love with the tea gardens here and there are reminisces of the British. That would take you back in the history. Do visit the Tea Museum over there, relax and unwind. That's what you are supposed to do at a hill station.
More »
  • Was this review useful?
  • YES
  • Be the first to vote.

Ganesan

  • Scout
  • Ganesan
  • 3 Reviews
  •  2646 readers

"Good place to visit in summer" new review

  • 5/7
  • Posted 2 weeks ago
Munnar is good place to stay in summer. It is clean, the place is well-maintained for tourist. All things are expensive than Ooty, this is very good place for families, couple and trekking. Many natural product available there so don't forget to buy. Tamil Nadu to Munnar bus connectivity is very low.
More »
  • Was this review useful?
  • YES
  • Be the first to vote.

Biju Navadeep

  • Scout
  • Biju Navadeep
  • Lives in Delhi
  • 3 Reviews
  •  1 helpful vote
  •  2852 readers

"Good for a relaxed holiday away from noice" new review

  • 5/7
  • Posted 3 weeks ago
Munnar is a place filled with tea plantations and got a lovely natural beauty. A minimum of 3 night stay is required to cover the important locations. If you have a nice camera, you will go crazy with it. Main attractions was the tea plantations, water falls, elephant ride, boat ride, drive inside Eravikulam national park etc.
More »
  • Was this review useful?
  • YES
  • 1 vote

Srikanth Reddy

  • Scout
  • Srikanth Reddy
  • Lives in Bangalore
  • 1 Review
  •  2809 readers

"One of the place that we must visit!" new review

  • 5.5/7
  • Posted 3 weeks ago
One of the nice & cool place to visit & relax in South India. You can see beautiful hills covered with green tea plants. Weather is just awesome. Try it once with your loved one. On hill peak you have some lovely restaurants. Awesome food & stay. Plan for a Kerala trip which can cover Kerala back water-boat, Munnar.
More »
  • Was this review useful?
  • YES
  • Be the first to vote.

Jyoti Dagar

  • Explorer
  • Jyoti Dagar
  • Lives in Faridabad
  • 13 photos
  • 5 Reviews
  •  10 helpful votes
  •  4761 readers

"A perfect getaway" new review

  • 6/7
  • Posted 3 weeks ago
We went to Munnar in the first week of June this year. We thought it might rain but it did not. So unfortunately we couldn't see any waterfalls there because they are active in monsoon only. But we enjoyed other sightseeing places thoroughly. There was no need of warm clothes but yeah during night it was a bit cold out there.

We started our journey from Tambaram, Chennai by bus and reached Munnar in next 12 hours. It was quite a sunny morning. We checked in our hotel (usually you will see that in Munnar hotels are available for check-in and check-out within 12-12 window i.e you cannot check-in before noon and you have to check-out before noon.) But somehow we checked in around 11. We had a deal with a travelling company and within that package only hotel and tempo traveller was covered.

We went to Rose garden and for that we paid some ten bucks per head but it wasn't that good. Then we went to Mettupatty dam. It was very good. Actually one of the best place there. There was a lake and it offered boating with charges of 100 per head but we enjoyed a lot. There was a also photography point near that lake.

After that we headed to Echo point. Lot of people were shouting their names or something else to see how it echoed. One can see a lot of shopping stalls selling home made chocolates, tea, coffee. Soaps, hat, bags and a lot more stuff like that on the way.

Next day after checking out from hotel we headed towards Eravikulam national park. There our lot of time was wasted because we had to stand in a queue to book tickets for the park. But actually there was nothing except Nilgiri Tahr and some scenic views.

Overall i would say we enjoyed a lot there and I would advice to go there atleast once.
More »
  • Was this review useful?
  • YES
  • 1 vote

Philip jacob Anamika Prakash Pooja Philip jacob, Anamika, Prakash and 24356 other people have been to Munnar.
View their ratings...

Munnar Sightseeing

View all 63 Sightseeing options in Munnar »

Best time to visit Munnar with family

  • Jan
  • Feb
  • Mar
  • Apr
  • May
  • Jun
  • Jul
  • Aug
  • Sep
  • Oct
  • Nov
  • Dec

Munnar Packages

Click to send the package enquiries

Backwaters
Splendid Hill & Backwaters 5833 Per Person 6 days & 5 nights VIEW DETAILS
Backwaters
Splendid Kerala 5833 Per Person 6 days & 5 nights VIEW DETAILS
Backwaters
Magical Kerala 6D 6666 Per Person 6 days & 5 nights VIEW DETAILS
Backwaters
Magical  Kerala with Kovalam 9975 Per Person 6 days & 5 nights VIEW DETAILS


Munnar Information


- Posted by
1 of