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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Navin varidani
  • Navin varidani
  • Lives in Agartala
  • 15 Reviews

"A must visit place" new review

  • 6/7
  • Posted 2 days ago
This is a must visit place to visit in Kerala. We had visited Waterfalls like cherrapaya, Athreapally and Valvara on the first day. All the waterfalls were very good. It is must for everyone to visit these waterfalls to experience the natures beauty.

We had been to Rose Gardens, Muttapety Dam, Echo Point, Spice Gardens, Ernakulum National Park.

It is better if you book the ticket in advance for Ernakulam National Park as it has a long queue and there is no guarantee whether you will spot animals in this park. Munnar is a very good place to stay with excellent climate. It is better to stay for 3 days so that you can cover all the destinations.
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Bharat Malhotra
  • Bharat Malhotra
  • 4 Reviews

"A must visit place" new review

  • 5/7
  • Posted 1 week ago
It is a nice place to experience lush green hills with spices and tea gardens. The unique ways by which tea is processed and its history and culture can be understood. Kerala food is not palatable by north indians but go in for rice preparations with dal, its good and of course once you are in resort go for palatial buffet.
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Febin Eldo
  • Febin Eldo
  • 1 Review

"A superb place to visit" new review

  • 7/7
  • Posted 2 weeks ago
Its one of the best place where I have visited. If you want to have a cool, sweet and best time do go and visit Munnar in your next visit. The place is nature friendly and the roads and lanes are so nice to keep walking on. The best thing is that you don't exactly know how the time is going when you visit this place. It is best place for honeymoon and family trips rather than going individually.
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Valenton Fernandes
  • Valenton Fernandes
  • Lives in Goa
  • 2 Reviews

"Nice climate, flower gardens available" new review

  • 7/7
  • Posted 3 weeks ago
Wonderful place to find real peace away from all stress and daily routines. Very nice and cold climate, enjoyed every morning sunrise with hot coffee. Echo point is the most amazing. There is flower garden, park and dam. Easy way and fastest to reach Munnar is by cab from Cochin station and the fare for cabs are pretty reasonable.
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Virat
  • Virat
  • Lives in Agartala
  • 19 Reviews

"Serene & Beautiful, Convenient but a bit costly" new review

  • 6/7
  • Posted 3 weeks ago
Munnar is one of the best hill stations of kerala. Easily accessible as the roads are in very good condition and lined with good scenic stops along the way. The journey takes 4-5 hours from Alleppey by car. There are a few waterfalls along the route which are good resting spots. Spice farms and elephant rides are also offered 15-20 kms from Munnar. The weather is usually cool..cold in December. Jackets are a must and if you are in the mood of trekking and going to national forests, take clothes accordingly!

Lots of scenic spots, plantations, waterfalls, and national park. Worth visiting are Echo point, Eravikulam National Park, Spice forms, Rose Garden, Kalaripayattu and Kathakali performances. Having your own car makes travel easy. Best places to shop are Munnar town(costly) and Echo point(cheap, like a flea market). Good food is available throughout munnar and various treks are organized all throughout the year. A visit to the tea museum and estates will be a nice experience.
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Surya sekhar Panda
  • Surya sekhar Panda
  • Lives in Durgapur
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  • 5 Reviews

"Best hill station of Kerala" new review

  • 7/7
  • Posted 4 weeks ago
When you want to relax, want to find bliss you can think of Munnar. But you must take some time. You cannot visit Munnar in a hurry. Stay at Munnar relax and enjoy nature. That is what Munnar is known for being close to nature. Tea Gardens, Dreamy Hills, cool lakes and romance. Can be visited throughout the year even during rainy season. You will love rains at Munnar too. It does not rain the whole day in monsoon.
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Kiran Reddy
  • Kiran Reddy
  • Lives in Chennai
  • 4 Reviews

"Good Destination for Honeymoon" new review

  • 5.5/7
  • Posted 4 weeks ago
Munnar is a very good place to visit for everyone, specially for honeymoon couples. I like Munnar and kerala food items. I enjoyed a lot. This is the first time I visited Munnar, I enjoyed shopping, visiting places. The hotel also very good.
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Jayesh Khatsuriya
  • Jayesh Khatsuriya
  • Lives in Rawatbhata
  • 11 Reviews

"Must hill station to visit in Kerala"

  • 7/7
  • Posted 1 month ago
The Munnar is one of the most & must to visit hill station in Kerala. The landscape, tea garden, dense plantation, waterfalls, near & clean pollution free atmosphere, excellent hotels, Ayurveda Massage makes is perfect destination for all age.
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Jaiganesh Padmanabhan
  • Jaiganesh Padmanabhan
  • 2 Reviews

"Drench In The Eye Catching Tea Plantations during Summer"

  • 5.5/7
  • Posted 1 month ago
Hill Stations are best places to escape from Chennai's scorching summer heat. However journey through hairpin bends had always been my fear factors sheerly due my good habits of vomiting. Munnar is no such exception, with rash driving from keralite drivers adding a pinch of salt in the burning stomach. I decided to choose the train route from Chennai to Aluva and then by a bus from aluva to reach munnar covering 683 and 110 kms respectively.


However there is another short route from Chennai to Munnar via Udumalaipet which is 500 kms. I request to anyone visiting Munnar to use the second option.
Munnar receives its name by the confluence of 3 rivers ( Moonu Aaru) namely Madhurapuzha, Nallathanni and Kundaly Rivers. This was initially a part of Tamil Nadu and was exchanged for Kanyakumari with Kerala in down south.


We opted to stay in Emmel dwellings, hardly a km from new Bus Stop lies in a hillock. We stayed in a comfortable room, by and large spacious with provision for hot water. Refrain the restaurant beside it for it is less tastier and bit costlier. The saravana bhavan hotel down the hillock is the best option to quench your appetite with varieties guaranteed.


On the way to Blossom park, there is a coffee estate to the right side. Seemed like a private property but there weren't much restrictions for entry. We took some greeny Photos and came to the garden which was quite good to spend a romantic evening. Plan to visit kurinji store run by Tata that serves eatables, cloths and drawings. We were enthralled by the strawberry pickle in less than Rs 150. If your tongue tastes sour, you could try the passion fruit pickle as well. We hired a bike to get ready for the best part of munnar -Mattupatty Dam.


The next day we started with floral spot (also called Floriculture center) that also sells sandalwood oils at the rate of Rupees 450 per 10 ml. The road path has amazing views that I strongly recommend to go through a bike, rather by tourist cars. We stopped every km to take a snap of the greeneries. Especially there is a place 3 km from floral center that lets ladies wear tea collector bags and helps taking snaps. Eat fresh carrots picked from hills served with ginger tea. Step into Elephant arrival spot to have jimpsey and bumpy ride along with your dear one. While the travel in elephant lasts for 15 minutes, the waiting time is almost an hour or two to get a ride. If you are lucky enough you could also watch elephants showering in water. There weren't any good hotels on the way and we had to manage with natural foods like peanuts and corns throughout our journey. Finally we reached the dam around 14:00 hours. They provide a motor boat ride that provides glimpses of tall forests and small peaks around the banks.


We returned back to the new Munnar bus stand to purchase apple and grape tea packets. Do not miss to buy first quality green tea. This quality could be identified by the dry leaves which when boiled bounces back to green leaves. It would be shocking to know that what we consume as a part of tea bags is almost the debris after fine gratings in tea factories.


The next day we sprang in two wheeler towards lakkam waterfalls. We were less informed that the ride could consume an hour and half in one way covering 27 kms. Initially it was lonely and covered views of rocks. The ride got the momentum, when we were nearing eravikulam park with full of tea plantations on both the sides of road. Though the park was closed for renovation, we didn't stop our voyage to the most sorted lakkam. The orange trees and the violet flowers welcomed all along the road to lakkam. Water was cold and density was average. I would say rather lakkam falls, the journey to lakkam should not be missed. We returned with wonderful memories while handing the bike. I strongly recommend travellers to spoil yourself by renting a bike and visit places you would want to with a high degree of freedom especially if you are less than 40 age group!
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Mr Samir
  • Mr Samir
  • Lives in Agartala
  • 3 Reviews

"Incredibly attractive natural beauty"

  • 5/7
  • Posted 1 month ago
Munnar, hill station, is incredibly attractive natural beauty. The main attractions are the awe inspiring environment, lush green tea gardens, beautiful lakes, thick forests and the friendly people. Apart from enjoying the natural beauties, I enjoyed boating, the boating was marvelous. My son enjoyed it very much as we managed to observe few elephant on the bank of the lake. I think it was a much needed break from typical urban hectic working life to get relaxed, enjoyed and energized.
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