Munnar

Why To Go

Munnar is a hill station covered with tea plantation of Western Ghat Mountains nestled in Idukki district under the Indian state of Kerala. This Roosted at an altitude of 1600 meter, Munnar is called the ‘Kashmir of South India’. The town is named after three rivers, Madupetti, Nallathanni and Periavaru which make confluences at this part of the land. In Tamil, moon aar means “three rivers’, a reference to the streams around whose confluence the town grew. The Nallthanni and Kundale streams flow into the Muthirapuzha River here.

This is the most extensive tea plantation land in southern India. Clouds play hide and seek all-round the year surrounding the region, making it a favoured place for tourists. The hill station is covered by thick green plantation, which makes a pleasant sighting to all. Other than the natural beauty, there are plenty of adventure sports available to comply with the thirst of the tourists and make this place attractive during their stay.

Travel Tips

Munnar is accessible all-round the year. Winters are pleasant, and summers are not too hot also. Monsoon season brings a lot of rainfall, which why it does not make an ideal place for a quiet vacation. However, the best time to visit Munnar is between September to March because of the calm weather. Light woollen clothes with useful warm accessories are a must during wintertime. Keep emergency medicines and a first aid kit along with you.

Things To Do

Munnar is known for its offering in adventure activities such as trekking, paragliding, hiking, fishing, etc. A trekking route is going up to the Anaimudi peak, which is South India’s highest place. Hiking is available at the confluence of the three rivers. Nature-loving tourists can take a walk to the sanctuaries and national park adjoining the township. Tiger trail trekking, dark forest tour,camping with campfire, mountain trekking etc. are some of the adventurous activities that you would love to experience., Bird watchers will be delighted to get a glimpse of a variety of species of birds of the region.

Getting Around

The best way to roam around the township is by hired cycles or bikes. There are auto-rickshaw and leased cars available to enjoy the beauty of the town.

How To Reach

FLIGHT

Kochi at 130 km is the nearest airport. Angamaly is the closest railhead 120 km away, with Kochi station as the next alternative. Regular buses and tourist taxis connect Kochi to Munnar. No airports connect this city directly. The nearest airport is at Cochin International Airport, which is at a distance of 105 km and takes approximately 3 hrs via road from the airport to Munnar. Another airport at Madurai is 165 km away. There are regular domestic and international flights connecting this place with other major metro cities of India. From there, you can avail taxis to Munnar.

TRAIN

There are railheads at Aluva, Ernakulam, and Madurai situated at a distance of 105km and 123km and 152km away, respectively. Regular trains connect Ernaku lam and Madurai daily.

ROAD

All major southern cities are well-connected by road with Munnar. Public and private buses, AC deluxe coaches are available. Rental cars can also be hired.

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Surrounding Attractions

There are numerous places to keep the visitors busy during their visit. Eravikulam National Park is a former hunting preserve of British planters, this park today exemplifies wildlife conservation at its best. The main draw is the Nilgiri Tahr, a highly endangered species of wild goat, which was all but poached to extinction in the 1950s. Top station and isolated outpost, perches on a precipitous ridge in Tamil Nadu from the interstate border. Pack-ponies still plod up and down the steep and tortuous ‘Pioneers Path’. An interesting site here is the ruins of the old ropeway station that linked the foothills to the tea estates. Kollukkumalay Tea Estate is the highest tea garden in the country. It has fantastic views of the plains of Tamil Nadu. Chinnar Wildlife Sanctuary is a haven straddling the Kerala-Tamil Nadu border in the foothills, and this sanctuary has the Rajamala-Udumalpet road cutting right through it enabling you to view elephants, spotted deer, sambar, gaur and peacocks. Tiger and panther sightings have also been reported. The forest department offers trekking packages, Chinnar safaris, and more. Mattupeddy Dam and Mattupeddy Dairy Farm are 13km away from this easily accessible township. Kundala Lake, Echo point, Tea museum, Sandalwood forest, Attukad waterfall, , Lakkom waterfalls are other attractions of this place.
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