Munnar is a haven of peace and harmony. This incredibly beautiful hill town is positioned at a height of 6000ft in the Idukki district, and is the most privileged summer resort. Munnar was a significant resort even during the British monarchs in those colonial days.Opulent with unique species of flora and fauna, the place also has an extensive stretch of tea plantations amidst the high mountains and unspoiled valleys, giving a pleasant feeling. The scented cool air is filled with the aroma of spices. The rising and falling terrain of Munnar is covered with forests and grasslands.The undulated topography offers a breathtaking vision of craggy rocks, adding to the picturesque scenery the town captivates many tourists with its scenic beauty. Some of the trees found in the region are teak, red sandalwood, rose wood, jungle jack, etc. Munnar is also paradise for bird watchers as rare species of birds are found in abundance. Cocooned in the State of Kerala, Munnar poses breathtaking scenery amidst the thriving green tea plantations with the combination of valleys, streams, cliffs, bubbling brooks, exotic wildlife and clear trout streams making it an irresistible place. Munnar is a perfect destination for adventure enthusiasts, honeymoon couples, wildlife and nature lovers.
Category : Hill Station
Time Zone: UTC + 5:30 Hours
STD Code: 4865
Info Website: N.A
Best Time to Visit: Aug – May
Munnar is a town in the southwestern state of Kerala, India. Munnar is situated around 1600 m above sea level, in the Western Ghats range of mountains and is a hill station. The name Munnar is believed to mean three rivers referring to the location at the confluence of the Madhurapuzha, Nallathanni and Kundaly rivers. Munnar, the beautiful hill station of Kerala, has been a favourite place of summer retreat of the British. The history of this place can be traced back to pre historic ages, although not much written records are available about the city, before the 10th century. Fishing of trouts is another major attraction of Munnar. The Devikulam Lake and the Gravel Banks are the places to visit for all those fishing freaks. If you want to take a break from sight-seeing and a golf enthusiast, then head towards the Kundale Club and High Range Club. The church of Munnar show case architectural brilliance and are the symbols of the colonial era. They are steeped in history and are have a lot of stories to narrate. Co-existing with the church is a temple and a mosque, a powerful statement about the secular fabric of Munnar.
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How to ReachEdit
By Air : Nearest major airport is Cochin International airport which is about 125 km away. Taxi services are available from airport to Munnar which cost about Rs 3000. Cochin airport is well connected to all major cities in India and many cities abroad.
By Train : Nearest rail head is at Angamaly or Alwaye, both are nearly 120 km away from Munnar. Angamaly is an important rail junction in Ernakulam – Trissur route and is well connected to all cities in India. Taxi from Angamali to Munnar costs about a minimum charge of Rs 2,500.
By BUS : Munnar is connected to other cities in Kerala and Tamil Nadu by state government public transport buses, but are less frequent. Many tour providers arrange packaged bus tours to Munnar from Cochin. The charges will be about Rs 1000 per head.
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By Other : Auto rickshaws are another way of getting around the city. Most of them have meters and are relatively cheaper than taxis. They are fast and easy to find. Some autos may not have meters and the prices have to be negotiated in advance.
Budget – Up to Rs. 800
Munnar Rock, Munnar ; 2nd Mile, Munnar Road, Munnar 685612 ; Ph – N.A ; Facilities – Room service
Economy – Up to Rs. 801 to Rs. 1200
Nature Zone Resort, Munnar ; Munnar-Anachal Road, Chithirapuram, Idukki District., Munnar 68565 ; Ph – N.A ; Facilities – Room service
Deluxe – Up to Rs. 801 to Rs. 1200
Olive Brook, Munnar ; P. B. No:62, Pothamedu, Idukki(Dist.), Munnar 685612 ; Ph – N.A ; Facilities – Room service
Luxury – Rs. 2501 and above
Abad Copper Castle, Munnar ; Kannan Devan Hills, Munnar 685612 ; Ph – N.A ; Facilities – Restaurant, Room service, internet, Business center
- Rapsy Restaurant ; Main Bazaar,Munnar – Udumalpet Rd, Nullatanni, Munnar ; M – 04865 230 456 ; Food Serve : Indian
- Sujatha Inn ; Kochi-Madurai-Tondi Point Hwy, Moolakadai, Munnar ; M – 04865 232 880 ; Food Serve : Indian
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Tea, Coffee, Spices ; Local market ; Local market, Munnar ; Ph/M: N.A
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Blackberry Hills Retreat & Spa ; Kanan Devan Hills, Bison Valley Road Munnar ; Ph/M – 080 86 070013 ; Cost: N.A ; Services – Massage Centres.
Thrissur Pooram Festival ; Venue: Munnar ; Period : May ; Details: This is one of the most momentous festivals to be experienced in Munnar. Towards the end of May, the local mahouts and their majestic mammals, the elephants, take to the streets carrying object symbolic of revered royalty. The caparisoned animals line up in disciplined dignity and stand in all their glory while the strong beats of the ancient Panchavadyam are played on conch, cymbals, trumpet and drums.
Attukal Pongala ; Venue: Munnar ; Period : February ; Details: This all-female affair sees the town’s womenfolk congregate to bake a pudding to be offered to the goddess of the temple, Attukal. The chief priest later comes to bless the temple by sprinkling holy water.
Nehru Trophy Boat Race ; Venue: Munnar ; Period : August ; Details: This extravagant affair takes place on the second Saturday of August each year in Kerala on the Punnamada lake, with spectator pavilions set up along the banks. The opening ceremony is a colourful spectacle of decorated floats, boats and traditional performances. Separate races are held for women and the festivities last throughout the day and late into the evening.
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- Police : 100
- Fire :101
- Ambulance : 102
Day 1 :
8:30 am – Eravikulam National Park ;Approx. time spent : 4 hrs
12:30 pm – Devikulam ;Approx. time spent : 4 hrs
2:30 pm – Attukal Waterfalls ;Approx. time spent : 2 hrs
4:30 pm – Nyayamakad waterfalls ;Approx. time spent : 2 hrs
Day 2 :
8:30 am – Echo point ;Approx. time spent : 3 hrs
11:30 am – Anamudi ;Approx. time spent : 3 hrs
2:30 pm – Photo Point ;Approx. time spent : 2 hrs
4:30 pm – Rose Garden ;Approx. time spent : 2 hrs
Day 3 :
8:30 am – Mattupetty ;Approx. time spent : 45 hrs
1:00 pm – CSI Church ;Approx. time spent : 3 hrs
3:00 pm – Top Station ;Approx. time spent : 4 hrs
5:30 pm – Marayoor ;Approx. time spent : 3 hrs