Munnar
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Brief

Munnar is the tea covered hill station of Western Ghat Mountains sitting under the Indian state of Kerala district Idukki. This 1600 metre high town is named after three rivers which are making confluences at this part of the land. This is the largest tea plantation land of 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 the thirst of the tourists and make this place attractive during their stay. In Tamil, moon aar literally means "three rivers', a reference to the streams around whose confluenc the town grew. The Nallthanni and Kundale streawms flow into the Muthirapuzha River here. 

Munnar is also called the "Kashmir of South India" and is a favourite destination of honeymoon. Munnar is a town and hill station located in Idukki district of the south western Indian state of Kerala.

The official language spoken in Munnar is Malayalam, the native language of Kerala. Tamil is also well understood in this town. Being a tourist destination, the many of the people also understand basic English.

 
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 is the ideal place for a quiet vacation.

Light woollen clothes with adequate warm accessories is a must during winter time.

Rainy season makes this place greener than other seasons. Keep some rain proof clothes and shoes during the visit at that period.

Keep emergency medicines and a first aid kit along with you.

KDHP, with its huge holdings and presence in Munnar, offers amany advantages, such as temporary membership at its clubs access to its private fishing lake and the like.

The best time to visit in this place is June to September.



When to visit

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Things to do

Munnar is known for its offering in adventure activities such as trekking, paragliding, hiking, fishing and 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. Bird watchers will be delighted to get a glimpse of 120 species of birds of the region.

 

 
Getting Around

Best way to roam around the township is by hired cycles or bikes. There are auto rickshaw and hired cars are available also.

 
Places to Stay

Traveller can avail a wide range of stay options, from luxurious to basic. Many of these place soffer all-inclusive packages. Munnar has good hotels for all budgts. You need to reserve well in advance for holidays and weekends.

 
How to Reach

  • There are no airports connecting this city directly. Nearest airport is at Cochin which is at a distance of 110 km approximately 4 hrs. Another airport at Madurai is 140 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.
  • There are railheads at Aluya, Ernakulam and Madurai situated at a distance of 110km and 130km and 135km away respectively. Trains of Indian railway are connecting Ernakulam and Madurai on daily basis.
  • All the major southern cities are well-connected by road with Munnar. Public and private buses, AC deluxe coaches are available. Rental cars can be hired also.

 
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 1950's. 

Top station ans isolated outpost, prches 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 ountry. It has awesome views of the plains of Tamil Nadu.

Chinnar Wildlife Sanctuary is a haven straddling the Kerala-Tamil Nadu border in the foothills, 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 township which is easily accessible. Kundala Lake, Echo point, Tea museum, Sandalwood forest, Attukad waterfall, , Lakkom waterfalls are other attractions of this place.

 
Important Numbers

Police: 100

Fire: 102

Ambulance: 103

District Tourism Office
Kumily
Near Thekkady
Kerala
Telephone: +91-4869-222620

DTPC Information Centre
Old Munnar
Kerala
Telephone: +91-4865- 530679/530682

Department of Tourism
Government of Kerala
Park View
Thiruvananthapuram
Kerala
Telephone +91-471-2321132
Fax: +91-471-2322279

Tourist Information toll free No:1-800-425-4747