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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Ashok kumar Patel

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  • Ashok kumar Patel
  • Lives in Chennai
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  • 3 Reviews
  •  56 readers

"A very good place for veryone" new review

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted 2 days ago
There are many excellent places in Munnar to enjoy with your friends, families and loved ones. Best time to visit from January to June. Must places to visit like Top Stations, Rajamala Hills, Devikulam, Mattupetty Dam and many waterfalls. There are many restaurants available for both Veg and non-veg. Don't miss the home made chocolates and tea from there.
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Jaison Netto

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"An awesome hill station to chill-out!" new review

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted 2 days ago
Its just 130 kms from Kochi and a bike trip will be lot of fun since the roads are pretty decent and curvy. Lot of staying options are available, Munnar town is having all the facilities and the natures handicrafts as well. Don't miss top station, Kolukkumalai, echo point and Kunala dam. Try to reach top station or Kolukkumalai before sunrise so that you can see a breath taking view. If you really want to chill out with a group of friends for 2 days, its a best choice.
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Sachin varma

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  • Sachin varma
  • Lives in New Delhi
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"Best hill station!" new review

  • 6.5/7
  • Posted 3 days ago
The town of Mattupetty though small in geographical area is a treasure trove of natures abounding glories. Every nuke and cranny of it is crammed with the luxurious bounties of nature. The town is located at a distance of about 13 km from Munnar at an altitude of 1700 meters above sea level. Mattupetty is famous for its much renowned dairy farm; the Indo-Swiss livestock project. A large variety of high yielding cattle are reared in Mattupetty. At a stones throw away lies the picturesque Mattupetty dam and lake. The ideal way to revel in the beauty of this scenic locale is a boat cruise. The spot is preferred by picnickers due to its amazing natural beauty.
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Polavarapu Annapurna

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"Awesome holiday at Munnar" new review

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted 5 days ago
Munnar was a cool place to visit during summer. I found the place relaxing, refreshing and rejuvenating. Nice place to spend with family. Spent good time near the waterfalls on the way to hill top. Children enjoyed botanical garden. Elephant rides were exciting and spice gardens were awesome.
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Kiran

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  • Kiran
  • Lives in Bangalore
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"A must see destination" new review

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted 1 week ago
Preferable for couples, the places are kannan devan museum, wild sanctuary, view point. I feel rose garden was also good. We had been to most places in Munnar, massaging was also good. We enjoyed the trip. If you are going in a group, then go to Alleppey boat house. If you are couples then avoid Alleppey boat house, you can just drive along the shores rather than staying and stay back in Cochin. Marina drive is a must see place.
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Jagadesh Waran

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"Heaven in Hills, Munnar" new review

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted 2 weeks ago
Just amazed with the climate and such a peaceful environment. If you need to be out of a busy cities and relax yourself just try Munnar. Just situated in the border of Tamil Nadu and Kerala. There are many viewing points and tourist come in huge numbers every year.
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Murthy Devaraj

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  • Murthy Devaraj
  • Lives in Chennai
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"Excellent honeymoon place!" new review

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted 2 weeks ago
Great lush tea estates which give soothing experience. Nice cool climate and gods own place nice for honeymooners. It will also give you good breath and happy place for your family too. Makes you happy all time and you can visit the any time during the year.
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Abdul

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  • Abdul
  • Lives in Chennai
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  •  2 helpful votes
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"Relaxed place to visit" new review

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted 2 weeks ago
Munnar is such relaxed place to visit. Not too overcrowded. People there are well behaved. I went for walk with my wife at 9 pm. Dint feel unsafe. As there were police and people all around. Nice place to go for relaxation. We could not ask for more but it was really nice.
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Ashok Saxena

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  • Ashok Saxena
  • Lives in Kanpur
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"Munnar, must visit place" new review

  • 5.0/7
  • Posted 2 weeks ago
The Munnar is best hill station in south. Kerala in all is very beautiful. We should have stayed there two days more as the season was very pleasant. The roads were good. The places we had visited very unique. We saw live Kathakalli dance. Our overall experience of visiting Munnar was very good. We would like to visit there once again.
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"It was a great visit" new review

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted 2 weeks ago
It was awesome, Kerala in all is very beautiful. Many places to see. Munnar you need to dedicate 4 days to see all the places. Tekkaddy you should give 2 days to completely see all destinations. Roads are small and too many hairpin bends so traffic and speed very slow. So reaching from one destination to other takes time. Home made chocolates are cool things here, should try.
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