Munnar is a hill station in the Indian state of Kerala.

[edit]Understand Munnar is a typical hill station, and was the summer resort of the British. Tourists come here to see the vast tea plantations of the area. The town itself is typically Indian with the usual shops, guest houses and is really beautiful and traditional. It is a good place to stay to see the surrounding countryside. It is also a popular place for Indian honeymooners. The town is divided into two parts, Old Munnar, where the tourist information office is, and Munnar, where the bus station and most guest houses are located. Munnar is 1,600 m (5,400 ft) above sea level. It is pronounced "Moon-aar" short for "moonu aar" meaning 3 rivers. Three rivers - Madupetti, Nallathanni and Periavaru which flow through this town, but join some distance away from Munnar. Munnar is famous for its tea plantations, many of them started by the British. The "Kannan Devan" brand of Tea from the Tata is cultivated and processed here. The strobilanthus ("neelakurinji" in Malayalam, the local language), a blue flower which blooms only every twelve years, is found in this region. It bloomed last in December 2006. Munnar also has the highest peak in South India, Anamudi, at 2,695 m. Eravikulam national park is one of the main tourist attraction, where you can find the endagered species of Nilgiri Tahr (mountain goat called "varayadu" in Malayalam). A treck to Rajamala ("King of hills" in Malayalam), in the morning is sure to spot a few friendly mountain goats. You can also fond Gaur, Langur, Lion-tailed macaque, and Elephants depending on the season and time of travel. Altitude : 1.600 m to 1.800 m above sea level. Temperature : Min. 0 deg.C - Max. 28 deg.C. Clothing : Warm Clothes and Rain Gear. Tourist Season : August to March Language : Malayalam and Tamil are main languages spoken here. You can get away with Hindi or English also. [edit]Get [edit]By

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Cochin International airport (IATA: COK), ICAO: VOCI), also known as Nedumbassery Airport and CIAL is the nearest airport. It is around 135 km from the Munnar by car. [edit]By

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The nearest railway station is Aluva (120 km). Ernakulam is 140 km and may be more comfortable if you are coming from the South. [edit]By

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Chinnar . since the road is blind in some places and there are a lot of trucks and buses that seem to drive as if they own the road.Kothamangalam is on the way and is 80 km away from Munnar. Allow 6 hrs traveling time if you are driving up or down. you can see many refreshing waterfalls.Ganguvarpetty .  For detailed report and photos of Munnar to Kodaikanal route please see Munnar to Kodaikanal  For detailed report and photos of route to Palani from Kochi thru Valparai please see Kochi-Valpara-Palani Distances from Munnar to various cities:        Thekkady .145 km Coimbatore . There is a bus stand nearby as well which operates frequent buses to Munnar.Udumalpet .118 km Cochin . The view is extremely beautiful during the early mornings.Perumal Malai .Munnar.  From Aluva: Aluva is nearly 120 km from Munnar.160 km Alleppey .400 . This is the last place where you can spot a decent restaurant before Munnar. Coimbatore.Mooliyaru .106 km Aluva .120 km Pollachi . Alongside. it is generally considered worth the extra time spent.Ghat Road Periya Kulam .Falls View . This route is also scenic. it is narrow. Between Kothamangalam and next town "Adimali". Kodaikanal . Just outside Aluva railway station you can hire a taxi for Munnar for Rs 1. Munnar is just 30 kilometers away . Around 22 km from Adimali. twisty and curvy.200 km Note: The road to Munnar is narrow with lots of bends and curves.  From Coimbatore: Munnar is about 160 km from Coimbatore and 120 km from Pollachi.Devikulam . you can experience a beautiful cool drive through a natural forest.Bodimettu .Rs 1.  From Kodaikanal: Kodaikanal is nearly 170 km from Munnar. Hire a taxi or a driver with local experience if you are not familiar with similar conditions .Mayiladum Parai . Once you reach Adimali.Bodi .Pollachi .Marayoor -Munnar route is the most scenic route and though it will take bit longer. From Kochi: Munnar is 140 km (about 3 hours) from Kochi.Theni . Although the road is smooth (NH 49). you can start seeing the tea plantations on both sides of the road and a panoramic view of the western ghats.600.Oothu .but it will take almost an hour to reach.180 km Kumarakom .

It costs 300 INR if you have to hire a boat for you alone. Chithirapuram has old playgrounds and courts. You can find a road leading to Atukkad Waterfalls on Kochi road (just about 5 km from Munnar).1 km from Munnar. There are also buses from Coimbatore and Pollachi. Buses leave Kochi between 6AM-1PM.180 depending on the type of bus. Tamil migrant labourers had once upon a time reared cattle here. Kochi . this popular picnic spot activities like boating and horse riding and is a great place to spend the day especially if visiting with children. Main Bazaar.takes about 4 1/2 hours.  Mattupetti Dam .Nearest bus station to the Cochin International Airport. The dairy farm is a unique one of its kind with more than 100 varieties of high-yielding cattle being reared.[edit]By bus Munnar bus station is located on the main street. Tourists are not allowed to enter the farm. Good location to take photos.10 km from Munnar.per day. [edit][add listing]See Some of these site would be more popular to Indian tourists than to Western tourists. Around 4 hours to Munnar Ticket cost is around Rs 100 . It is a small place filled with woods and a small stream. the Kerala Livestock Development Board (KLDB) manages this highly specialised dairy farm. You could take the speed boat ride which is fantastic. Aluva . The maximum capacity is 5 persons and you could save some money if you are a group of 4 to 5. Near Munnar Town  Atukkad Waterfalls .   Blossam Park . This town is also famous for its tea plantations in the world. [edit]Get around You can rent a geared/gear less motor bike on a daily basis for Rs 350/. This road is very narrow and needs a lot of experience to drive on. Established in 1961. The ride is for 15 minutes. .  Mattupetti Indo-Swiss Farm .Better known as Mattupetti (cattle village).  Chithirapuram is located at a distance of around 10 km from Munnar. The cool climate and abundance of fodder made it the ideal location for the Indo-Swiss dairy farm. bungalows and sleepy little cottages which all give this place an old world charm. Pothamedu View Point Towards Mattuppetty  Photo Point: 2 kms from Munnar.A scenic waterfalls amidst hills and jungles.

lion-tailed macaque.23 km from Munnar. The Kurichi or Neelakurinji Flowers turn the hills of Rajamalai blue every 12 years. on the way to top station from Munnar is a small lake set amidst rolling hills.15 km from Munnar. Hiring a pedal boat and exploring the lake and its surroundings is an awesome experience. rolling grasslands and sholas. However. Unless you know how to row a boat.18 km from Munnar. the walk along the park is very romantic and has some breath taking view. This lake is very beautiful amidst lush jungles. leopards. Every loud call made from a spot on the lake embankment is returned manifold by the echo from the surrounding hills. The flower is violet. Videography and Photography is strictly prohibited here. [1]. Atlas moth (largest in the world).  Kundala Lake . which flowers only once every twelve years.Echo Point  Echo Point . closed on Monday.an endangered species of mountain goats. Top station is the "top"-tourist attraction. from Munnar. . don't expect to find humans around the lake as it is surrounded by scenic jungles and hills. Towards Marayoor  Tata Tea Museum' is located at the distance of around 2 km on the Nallathany road. It costs approximately Rs 350 per person. This museum remains open from 10AM till 4PM every day. Tourists can see pieces of colonial era and old bits collection. See Nilgiri Thar (Hemitragas hylocres) . Young tourists throng to this place to listen to the echoes of their friendship calls. each trip lasts around 30 min and will be closed at 4:30PM  Top Station. The next bloom will be in 2018. 37km from Munnar on the Kerala and Tamil Nadu border.  Elephant Arrival Spot . tigers. rare flora and fauna. spread over 97 sq km in the Rajamalai hills. has great views of the Western Ghats. Here you can board an elephant for a ride. Except at the place you hired the boat. This place gives a real 'above the clouds' experience. Regular buses go to Top Station (1 hr) from Munnar. There is a Rs 50 ticket fee for adults and Rs 25 ticket for children. The area is known for the Neelakurunji plant. prefer a pedal boat. One can actually debate if going to the high peak just to see some goats is worth all the effort or not.   Naimakkadu Water Falls' Eravikulam (Rajamalai) National Park:[2] 45 mins from Munnar. A jeep costs Rs 400.

geomorphologic features. all of which attract tourists in large numbers.   Lakkam Water Falls' A small waterfall 24 km from Munnar. An ideal place for trekking. natural caves with murals. parakeets. etc. towers over the sanctuary in majestic pride.175 m (7. . The view of the Western Ghats is absolutely enchanting. and rose-billed rollers. This sanctuary is located 20km from Kothamangalam on the road between Ernakulam and Munnar.[3]. the largest of its kind in the world. You can take a boat cruise from Boothathankettu to Thattekkad.  Chinnar Wildlife Sanctuary. [4]. There are woodpeckers. Other rare species of fauna found here are the Nilgiri Langur. The Atlas moth. leopards. There are basic and mid-range hotels in Kothamangalam and an Inspection Bungalow in Boothathankettu. is a unique inhabitant of the park. Anamudi Peak inside Eravikulam National Park: The highest peak (2. This wildlife sanctuary has a large number of plants and animals. There is a sandalwood factory of the Forestry department of Kerala and a children's park extending across one hectare of land under the canopy of a single Banyan tree. the lion-tailed macaque. The slopes of the hills abound in all kinds of rare flora and fauna.Chinnar wildlife sanctuary is located in the Wester Ghats of Kerala. facilities are provided here and tourists are allowed to go on foot up to Anamudi. This wildlife sanctuary is spread in around 90 sq km of area. It is the only place in Kerala with natural growth of sandalwood trees. water fall near rajmala  Kolukkumalai Tea Estate .Around 40 km from Munnar. Other places to visit:  Salim Ali (Thattekkad) Bird Sanctuary. ecology and local cultural. and relics from late Stone Age civilisation. Ceylon frogmouths. Malabar gray hornbills.130 ft). tigers. Marayoor .At a height of about 2. this orthodox tea factory lays claim to being one of the highest in the world. This sanctuary is one of the protected areas in the western ghats because of the significance of its flora. Admission Foreigners/Indian Rs 40/10.695 m) south of the Himalayas.

It is one of the most romantic experiences.  edit Yoga @Kaivalyam Retreat. Experience the natural beauty of Munnar by riding a bicycle through beautiful paths of Munnar and pass through a tea state called Madupatty. around 14 km form Munnar.  Bicycle. elephant bath.com).  edit The Christ Church. [7]. It provides a year around destination to domestic as well as international travelers to indulge in learning experience of holistic lifestyle with traditional form of Yoga and organic way of dining.  Munnar Supply Association (MSA) Set up in 1900. Mattupetty Road.   Rock Climbing and Rappelling . One can choose among paddle boats and speed boats to Kashmiri-Shikara. a game of billiards or reading a book in the library. this is another nostalgic landmark worth visiting in Munnar.Trek to your heart's content while the clouds slowly descend upon you. elephant feeding. They provide an excellent place for photography. [6]. Moolakada. Pallivasal (7 km from Munnar towards Cochin). in Old Munnar. Young couples who travel to Munnar should not miss out on the beautiful 'Kashmiri-Shikara' boat ride. The elephant safari takes you through the misty forests.  edit Boating There are several places to go out for boating in Munnar. The club house is built of wicker and teak and is the social hub for the tea "Planters" of the region. One hour package. Munnar (On the way to Mattupetty Dam).  The High Range Club has a charming colonial style. Members enjoy lounging in the bar over Planter's Punch followed by a good meal. half day and one day tours. +91 94 4737 9376 (info@munnarelephantpark. It was consecrated way back in 1910 and still has 14 original rows of pews. It is the oldest department store in the area and has . elephant shower.Munnar has a steep rock face about 30 m (100 ft). deep valleys and the rugged hill paths of the Munnar forests. Features are. "Kaivalyam" a holistic health retreat in midst of natural surrounding of tea valleys of Munnar. Munnar Carmelagiri Elephant Park (Munnar Elephant Safari). 2 hrs.  Kalvarimount [edit][add listing]Do  Walk in the Clouds . The exteriors have worn out with time though the charming interiors still have a very nice ambiance.☎ +91 94 4782 7696. Water falls[5] .Check out several natural waterfalls on the way to Munnar. timber dragging demonstrations and displays of elephant commands and communication. The first Catholic Church in the High Ranges was Mount Carmel Roman Catholic Church.

nuts. [edit][add listing]Eat Kerala is famous for Fish Curry. Breakfast until 11AM.H.  edit TreeTop Restaurant. edit [edit]Banks/Currency    Exchange State Bank of Travancore. Main Bazaar (Right beside the bus station). State Bank of India. 5 km from Munnar town. ☎ +91 4865 2565441. On the upside. although service can be a bit slow. [edit][add listing]Buy The best things to buy are Tea. cardamom and pepper and definitely home made chocolates.  Bamboo Hut.  Abbas & Co. [9]. This place provides South Indian dishes. coffee. Bazaar. The store was run by "planters" who still manage its affairs. Munnar. home made chocolates. omelet plus Indian breakfast food for Rs 95.   Food Court. ☎ +91 4865 264273 (+91 4865 264399). . one should try local spicy cashew nut. Kannimallay Estate. Tea Merchants. Munnarinn. For snacks. cashew . Several varities of tea fresh from factory. red tiled building with gables. ☎ +91 4865 2530274. State Bank of Travancore. chilly bhaji with hot tea as they are a traditional snack and makes good combination in cold weather. This place does a great value buffet breakfast of cornflakes. coffee. 70 person seating capacity providing vegetarian and non-vegetarian foo. Really good price for tea. green tea. Munnarinn. aloe vera gel Budget. Wide range of food for reasonable prices. Munnar. The MSA is a red brick. the place usually has good music (from Bob Dylan to electronic chill-out sound). cloves.  edit Fresh tea from a factory outlet.  Silverspoon Restaurant. buttresses and a porch and is now a heritage site. Saravana Bhavan. The service here is quick and the food is absolutely delicious. Munnar. served on a banana leaf. spices like cinnamon. which is normally quite hard to find in India. 25.been re-inventing itself to stay relevant and popular after almost 102 years. Devikulam. Right at the heart of town and one of the most inexpensive places to eat. Road. Abbas & Co is wholesaler but also sells to visitors. Multi-cuisine edit restaurant. G. toast. [8]. ☎: +91 4865 2530381. You might have to share your table with others. spices. It's on the way to Eravikulam National Park.

Kalinivas Building. G. Pazhathottam. ☎ +91 4865 232628 (+91 9495 821617. Pothamedu-Munnar. The downside to the place is cleanliness at the tables. Eat your edit heart out. Multi cuisine restaurant at 2075 m (6. Chilling Plant Road. Please inform them early if you are going there for only for food. Munnar (7.  Abad Copper Castle. Punjabi and South Indian food.5 km towards Cochin direction). edit [edit][add listing]Sleep [edit]Budget . Coffee and Milk is available at most places. Inside Hotel Dhanyasree. Munnar. edit [edit][add listing]Drink Fresh Tea. turn right at 19mile. [11]. so if you are after a cheap and delicious meal check the area around the bus stand in Munnar (not the KSRTC bus stand in Old Munnar).O. Road is bad so make sure you have a suitably robust vehicle or inform them and they will pick you up. Moolakada. ☎ +91 4865 232379.H. +91 9526 477838). Rs 200.  CampNoel. Meals start from Rs 75/-.800 ft) above sea level and possibly the highest altitude restaurant in Kerala. Munnar (15 km from Top Station). unlimited Thali at Rs 85.  Patel Gujarati Restraunt. South Indian and a few continental dishes. Serves North Indian. ☎ +91 4865 214095.Budget. Hard and soft drink are also available at fair number of shops. Only vegetarian food served. 24x7. 6AM-10:30PM. As it is a yoga retreat more emphasis is given to food quality and hygiene. +91 9946 239251). Gujarati and Marwari meals.road. Gujarati. Bombay. If coming from Top station. (Near Post Office). ☎ +91 4865 231677 (+91 99 4629 2907). Their desserts are good. Dhanyasree Jn. Packed Grapes and Mix fruit juice is also available at few places. ☎ +91 4865 232552 (+91 4865 232553. ☎ +91 4865 231202.  Purohit Restaurant. [10]. 7AM to 10PM.  edit Kaivalyam Retreat.  edit Mahaveer Veg Restaurant. Rajasthani. edit  Sri velavan stores. Main Road. Amazing food for under Rs 100. Set in the midst of cardamom and pepper plantation. Provides authentic North-Indian food with style ranging from Gujarati to Punjabi and delicious rotis.Munnar has some amazing street food (try the Gobi noodles).The journey is worth it. All provisions available edit at reasonable prices. Munnar. Kaivalyam retreat has a 100% pure vegetarian restaurant which serves organic and healthy yogic food. Munnar (Nr Tea County Resorts). Pallivasal Estate P. Good Gujarati. Jain.

(7 km from Munnar). [edit]Mid-range    Hotel Anai Mudi. Munnar (Near Tea County Resorts). [17]. Pothamedu road.   Deshadan Mountain Resort. Eightlands Holidays. Rs 1. Pothamedu road. You need to drive 2 km off road to reach the resort. Kaivalyam Retreat. Bracknell forest.   edit edit Autumn Tree Resorts. Chancellor Resort. Blackberry Hills.in peak season and lower in off season. [22]. Munnar . +91 9447 397720. leave your car at the entrance and ask the owner to pick you up from there.500. Double rooms may be negotiated down to Rs 300 during the low season. ☎ +91 4865 230376.  edit Theresian Cottages (Homestay). [14]. Nice rooms. However if you are new to driving. Chinnakkanal. checkin: anytime. +91 4865 230938. Kerala Tourism Department approved. (22 km from Munnar Town on the way to Thekkady/Periyar). [19]. Nothing great. Tea and coffee is available. +91 9447 030938. Devikulam. [].com). Camelot.  Hotel Misha. (10 km from Munnar). +91 4865 232376(mishaholidays@gmail. [18]. If you are traveling in your own vehicle then this may edit be a good choice. opposite to the KSRTC bus stand). Opposite Hotel edit Green Ridge. Misha Jn (Close to the main market in old Munnar. checkout: 12 noon. Rs 700-900. [20]. [12]. Can be negotiated further down to Rs 700-800/. Pack your food in town as the choice of food at resort is limited. +91 9446 561652. [13]. (2 km from Munnar). (5km from Munnar). Allens Cottage.Organic living and dining with Yoga [23]. +91 9495 879748.700. Moolakada. checkout: 12 noon.     Copper Castle. ☎ +91 4865 230351. Chinnakkanal. (3 km from Munnar). (Close to the KSRTC bus stand in old Munnar). Colony Rd. just cheap. . ☎ +91 4865 264273.).200-1. Rs 950-2. Nearby to many restaurants. Good location with nice views. very friendly and helpful staff with surprisingly good cheap food. ☎ +91 4865 232986. Holiday Heaven. which is fun. [16]. (20 km from Munnar Town). Room with 2 beds~600.in). ☎ +91 4865 edit 230104 (jjcottagemunnar@sancharnet. Feels more like a bed and breakfast than your average guest-house. Pallivasal (7km from Munnar). . Service and the rooms are a bit average.Marayoor Route. (10 km from the town. [21]. Mob:+91 9495 812364. [15]. Upscale and standard cottages away from all the disturbences of the city  JJ Cottage.

travel desk. (20 km from Munnar Town on the way to Thekkady/Periyar). [27]. fishing. parking spaces and driver accommodation are provided Rs 1. clean. Has a restaurant. [32].800. (36 km from Munnar Town) Tall Trees. Trekking and travel assistance. (20 km from Munnar Town on the way to Thekkady/Periyar}. Ayurvedic centre.com. Hot water 24 hrs. Chithirapuram Post. outskirts Munnar. ☎ +91 4862 530280. Double honeymoon cottage around Rs 1. fax: +91 4868 249218). trekking. . but food is made to order. Has a multi cuisine restaurant that can provide breakfast and dinner however food is only made to order. Rs 2. [25]. Chinnakkanal. laundry. (1 km from Munnar Town). Chinnakkanal. Best Western Fort Munnar. The Siena Village. Very scenic with roof top restaurant. [28].On the way to top station (About 2 km from Munnar Town) [24]. credit card facility.   Hotel Oak Fields. STD direct dialing.500 (Indian nationals).   Tea County.500. [29]. camp fire.  Spice Garden Resort. site seeing trip Round the clock hot and cold water. [33]. Pothamedu.     edit Camp Noel. around 8-10 km from Munnar Bus Stop). [30]. Whispering Meadows. edit [edit]Splurge  Ayur County resort. Marthoma Retreat. A doctor is on-call.    Hotel Westwood Riverside. [26]. doctor on call a luxury resort for H=honeymoon couples. conference hall. (4 km from Munnar). Cheap. [edit]Contact  Main Post Office. Chinnakkanal. multi-cuisine restaurant and coffee shop childrens play area and activity room. Munnar (18 km from Munnar Town). [37] Bison Valley Road. Bella Vista Resort. families and corporates.500-2. Pothamedu. [edit]Emergency numbers . Munnar (15 minutes car drive from Munnar edit town).500. [36]. (22 km from Munnar Town). (5 km from Munnar). (Located in the second mile. [34]. [31].courtesous staff and located on hill slop so breathtaking view. cable TV in all rooms. Windermere. Munnar. ☎ 91 4865 685618 (info@ayurcounty. [35]. cardamom plantation visit. +91 9447 163696(contact@spicegardenresorts. Around Rs 2.500-12. Club Mahindra Lakeview Resort. (6 km from Munnar Town).com). pick up and drop off. ☎ +91 4865 263698. TV in all rooms.

   Police control room ☎ 100 Fire station ☎ 101 Ambulance ☎ 103 [edit]Cope [edit]Ayurvedic  Treatment / Massage Swatic Ayur Care Centre ☎ +91 9447 031656. Chithirapuram.  Surya Ayurvedic Health Resorts.Mayiladum Parai Perumal Malai .Bodimettu . ☎ +91 4862 563204.Oothu .Theni . Munnar ☎ +91 4862 530270 Matha Hospital .Machoor .Mooliyaru .Falls View .+91 4865 230395. Munnar ☎ +91 4862 530744 Arun Hospital.Ghat Road . +91 4865 231656. [edit]Stay safe Apply sunscreen lotion while you leave Munnar because as you descend the hills the weather gets warmer and causes sun burn. Munnar ☎ : 91 4862 530410 [edit]Get    out Eravikulam National Park Mattupetty Kodaikanal Munnar .approx 170 km         Thekkady Pollachi Coimbatore Palani Madurai Munnar to Kodaikanal Kochi-Valpara-Palani Kovalam . [edit]Hospitals    Tata General Hospital.Devikulam .Periya Kulam .Kodaikanal .Bodi .Ganguvarpetty .