Munnar, a charming hill station, a resort town tucked away in the hills of Gods own country, or the Indian southern state of Kerala. It is in the Idukki District and is made of wide expansive tea and spice plantations, wild life sanctuaries, winding mountain rods and green velvety valleys. The fresh and cool mountain air of Munnar always remains scented with the flavor of spices. The town looks like a green carpet as a result of acres of plantations. This picture-perfect attractive tourist destination is built on the confluence of three mountain streams: Kundala, Mudrapuzha, and Nallathani. Anamudi the highest peak of the southern part of India is situated in Munnar.
Munnar was the exotic summer resort during the colonial rule of the British Raj. An English adventurer named John Daniel Manro had acquired around 600 kms of land in and around Munnar and had started Cardomom, coffee, and Zinchona plantations.
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How to reach
Munnar is well connected by roads from all major Southern cities such as Kochi (140 kms), Coimbatore (190 kms), Madurai (135 kms), Trivandrum (357 kms), and Kottayam (201 kms). Both government and private operated buses ply across these major cities. Apart from buses there are also taxi, hired cabs, and jeeps readily available to reach Munnar.
Kochi (140 kms), Coimbatore (190 kms), Madurai (135 kms), and Kodaikanal (160 kms) are the closest major railheads around Munnar.
The closest airports from Munnar are Kochi about 140 kms away, Coimbatore 180 kms away, and Madurai 135 kms away.
Places to see
The Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary at Thekkady along the Periyar Lake with boating facilities, Marayoor Sandalwood Forest, which is the only place where tourists can view the unique and naturally growing sandalwood trees, and the beautiful Periyakanal Falls are some places not to be missed. Some other major tourist attractions are the Lockhart View Point, Devikulam Tea Garden along with the beautiful Devikulam Lake tucked away hidden among the rolling green mountains, Mattupatti Dam, and Echo Point. Moreover, the tourists can also visit the interesting Chinnar Wildlife Sanctuary, and the exquisite plantations of tea, coffee, cardamom, pepper, and varied other spices, orchards such as of orange. Anayirangal Dam, Erivikulam National Park in the Rajamalai Hills, Thattekad Bird Sanctuary situated on the banks of a major tributary of the Periyar River, Rajamalai National Park, where one can see the Nilgiri Tahrs or the unique mountain goats, and the gorgeous Mathikettan National Park, also known as the Gloria Farms, are other favorite tourist haunts.
Places to stay
Hotels such as The Silver Tips, Grand Plaza, Fort Munnar, T&U Leisure Hotel, Gateway Munnar, Hotel La Palms, Green Ridge, Westwood Riverside, Belmount Resort, Edassery Eastend, Hill View, David’s Regency, Archana Residency are good options. There are also resorts of every budget such as Windermere Estate, Camp Noel, Mountain Club, Tall Trees, Blackberry Hills, Tea County, Ambady Estate, Siena Village, Misty Mountain Resort, Club Mahindra Lakeview, Mountain Trail, Silver Clouds, Elysium Gardens, Great Escapes Resorts, and Green Valley. There are also Homestay option such as Munnar Retreat Homestay, Pavithram Homestay, Olive Brook, Rose Garden, Lilly Gardens, The Shade Homestay, Ranger Homes, and Misty Homes.
Best time to visit
Munnar can be visited any time of the year but is best avoided during the monsoon months of June, July, and August. The summer months of March to May are best suited for visiting Munnar as the climate remains really comfortable.
Munnar has very pleasant summers and is the primary tourist season. Winters can get quite chilly, and especially in the months of December and January the temperature might fall significantly.