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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Jaivishnu Prabakar

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  • Jaivishnu Prabakar
  • Lives in Salem
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  • 2 Reviews
  •  29554 readers

"Great place with good climate" new review

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted 1 week ago
Great place the climate was really good. The road ain't that good in the beginning. There are full of bumps. It's a place where couples can enjoy. The speed boating there is awesome, which must be experienced. Two of us went on the road trip from Coimbatore via Pollachi, Udumalpet & Thali. It's around 180km. It was one day trip. The total expenditure per person was 700 including fuel and food.
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Sundarraj kaushik

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  • Sundarraj kaushik
  • 7 Reviews
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"A good place to keep away from sun for a few days" new review

  • 5.0/7
  • Posted 1 week ago
Munnar is a good hill station to go to during the summers. One can reach the place fairly easily. The drive is not very difficult, although taking care at all turns and bends can be an harrowing experience for an inexperienced driver. Prefer to take an experienced driver if you are not confident of driving on single lane highways. At places two vehicles can barely pass through side by side and one will have to back to the nearest wide spot to let the other vehicle pass through. It becomes even more difficult if there is a large bus (and it is not unusual to come across this situation) coming from the other side.

The options for accommodations are many and one is pampered with choice of hotels, from budget to mid budget to high budget. Choose one based on the depth of your pockets.

There are enough places to visit around Munnar. The chief ones being Mattupetty dam, Kundala dam, the Eravikulam Sanctuary, the Tea Estates, the Kannan Devan Tea Museum and the various waterfalls.

The dams and the waterfalls may be out of water during peak summers so be prepared for a disappointment during this time of the year.

The queues at the Eravikulam sanctuary can cause a lot of wait time. Be prepared for long queues on weekends. The goats (Tahr) may not be seen when you go up. If you are interested in bird watching it will be worth going up to the top of the sanctuary. One can see at least four five different species like those of whistling thrushes, the oriental white eye and few others. The walk in the hills of the sanctuary itself worth the wait in the queue. If you are lucky you may have clouds passing through you in the hills and if it rains it is even more fun. The vista of the valley is worth the trip even if the goat is not to be seen.

The boating and elephant ride (in the elephant park) are steep. So go with sufficient cash if you wish to go on a boat or an elephant ride. There is also a off roading jeep ride, again steep, if you wish to enjoy that kind of adventure.

There is a choice restaurants and all of them are decent, but steep. Most of them will serve non-vegetarian. So if you are particular about eating in a vegetarian restaurant like us then you could try the Annapoorna (there are two of them), the Sukh Sagar, the Mahaveer (we did not try this) and the omnipresent Saravana Bhavan. The last mentioned in the most economical of the lot. Note that it is very difficult to get parking space near any of the restaurants as most of these are in the heart of the city. The restaurants also get quite crowded during the dinner time. Most of the restaurants are in the basement so one needs to watch out carefully or one could miss these (especially Sukh Sagar).

The tea museum is worth the visit. They show a documentary on how tea was brought to India by the Britishers and how it has thrived since then. The process of tea making is explained in a small plant with actual working machines. A person waxed eloquently about the virtues of drinking green tea and how it should be prepared. If one is taken by the person's view one will stop drinking other forms of tea. They also have a white tea about which I heard for the first time.
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Prashant rana

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  • Prashant rana
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"Beautiful and breathtaking place" new review

  • 5.0/7
  • Posted 2 weeks ago
Nice experience in Munnar. Also at trekking, boating & Spice Garden. Eco point is the best place near Munnar. Elephant riding is the best experience in life. Thekkady is the best place for jungle safari. Wild life sanctuary is a thrilling experience. Kovalam beach is a very beautiful place. Also visited Padmanabha Temple.
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Mohandas Muthalpuredeth

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"Very beautiful tourists spots" new review

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted 2 weeks ago
We felt very much after leaving Munnar after our two days two nights visit during April 2016. We belong to Guruvayur Trichur, where the temperature was too high with top humidity, hence we shared the Munnar climate as much as we can.

The hill area covered with health oriented spice plants. Very beautiful tourists spots are available. Eco-tourism has developed a lot there.

Tourist spots:

1. International Blossom Hydel Park
2. Mattupetty Dam
3. Kundala Lake
4. Eco-point
5. Top Station
6. Eravikulam National Park
7. Rajamalai Hills
8. Kannan Devan Hills
9. Lakkam Water Falls
10. Anayirangal Dam And Boating Sight
12. Attukal Waterfalls
13. Chenkulam Dam
14. Nyayamakad Waterfalls
15. Cheruthoni And Idukki Arch Dam

Accommodation in various range are available. But we stayed in a Home Stay called Family Care owned by Mr. Mohan Kumar and Family where we experienced home away from home comfort.

The cool atmosphere and hilly nature are the speciality of Munnar. Summer avoid camp, very suitable to all.
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Vinoth kannan

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  • Vinoth kannan
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"A nice adventurous experience" new review

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted 2 weeks ago
Munnar is a must visit place. The best way to reach Munnar is by road, it is about 135 km from cochin city and 115 kms from cochin airport. The weather is awesome, no need to carry warm clothes in month of May. Elephant ride is available for Rs 350 and it is a nice adventurous experience.
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Saravanan

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  • Saravanan
  • Lives in Bangalore
  • 3 Reviews
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"Tourist spots were crowded" new review

  • 5.0/7
  • Posted 3 weeks ago
It was a relatively hot Summer at Munnar but definitely better than other non-hill station locations nearby. Munnay stay was good but the tourist spots for visit nearby was crowded due to Summer Vacation.

Eravikulam National Park was overcrowded and due to inefficient monitoring by the Forest Authorities, we(like other tourists) has to wait for almost 2-2&1/2 hrs to take the vehicle after getting the ticked. Tourists should book online to see this, as Online ticket holders get the preference over the counter booking.

It was not worth waiting to visit the place except the view of Tea Estates on the way to the National Park.
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Manzoor ahmed

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  • Manzoor ahmed
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"A pleasant destination" new review

  • 5.0/7
  • Posted 3 weeks ago
Munnar is no doubt a tremendous place to witness nature very closely. There are some breathtaking views which will make you fall in love with nature more. The place must be explored with guides who are very much local and know the place very well, since there can be some inexperience guides who doesnt know much about places in there and can spoil the show.
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Jagannath

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  • Jagannath
  • Lives in Bangalore
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"An excellent experience" new review

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted 3 weeks ago
A very excellent experience. Recommending my colleagues, friends and relatives not to miss this place. The person who want to relax and enjoy the scenic beauty. Food had at Saravana Bhava, we had a bad experience last time at other part of kerala, since we are pure veg. Elephant ride, horse ride, dreamland and tea estate was a favourite places to my daughter.
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Pritvi Kanchi

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  • Pritvi Kanchi
  • Lives in Bangalore
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"Munnar is an important stop in the tourist circuit of Kerala"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted 1 month ago
I had been to Munnar in February 2016 by road. Munnar is an important stop in the tourist circuit of Kerala. Munnar is located in Idukki District. The must-visit attractions around Munnar include Anamudi Peak, Devikulam and the Eravikulam National Park. Anamudi means "Elephant foreheads" and is the highest peak in the western ghats and located 2695 meters above sea level. This is also home to some animals such as the Asian elephants and the Gaur. Devikulam is located 1800 meters above sea level and is located 9 kilometers from Munnar. Devikulam offers a nice view of the majestic Pallivasal waterfalls. The Eravikulam national park spans a land area of 97 square kilometers and is home to the endangered Nilgiri Tahr. The National Park is located 2000 meters above sea level.
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Arun

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  • Arun
  • Lives in Delhi
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"A good destination"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted 1 month ago
Beautiful place for tourists. Large expanse of tea plantations, forests, wildlife, valleys and mountains. It was the breeding time in Eravikulam National park (March). I had a good time in Munnar. Traveling experience towards Munnar was quite good. Enjoyed except the regular climate in Munnar.
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