Munnar is One of the main attraction of Kerala. Every Year Munnar attracts thousands of tourists with its breathtaking beauty. The highlight of Munnar is its mesmering greenary, mountain scenary calmness and cool refreshing air with very good climate. The temperature in munnar range from 0 c to 25 c. Munnar is the ideal place for those who want to escape from the summer heat and
The neelakurinji, 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 2695 m.
|Altitude||:||1600 Mts to 1800 Mts above sea level|
|Area||:||26.2 Sq. Km|
|Temperature- Summer||:||15.2 c- 25.8 c|
|Temperature- Winter||:||-5 c to 10 c|
|Clothing||:||Warm Cloth and Rain Gear|
|Best Time to Visit||:||Sept to May|
DTPC Boating Facility is available in Munnar. Time- 9 to 6
How to Reach
- Cochin Airport – 130 km
- Madhura Airport – 142 km
- Kochi : 130 km
- Kottayam : 147 km
Road – Distance from various places to Munnar
- Kozhikkode : 289 km
- Palakkad : 226 km
- Thrissur : 158 km
- Palani : 122 km
- Thruvananthapuram : 302 km
- Coimbatore : 160 km
- Pollachi : 120 km
- Thekkadi : 106 km
- KSRTC Enquiry : 04865 230201
- Tourist Information Office : District Tourissm Office, Kumali – 0486 322620
- Police Station : 04865 230321
- Tata General Hospital, Munnar : 04865 230270
Tourist Destination Near By:
- Pothenmedu : (6 km) Beautiful Sceneries and Tracking Facility
- Photo Point : (2 km) It is a small place filled with woods and a small stream. Good location to take photos.
- Blossam Park : (4 km)
- Pothamedu View Point
- Devikulam : (7 km) Hill station, Seethadevi Lake, Fishing facility
- Attukkad Waterfalls : (5 km) A scenic waterfalls amidst hills and jungles
- Pallivassal : (8 km) Hydroelectric powerstation
- Chithirapuram : (10 km) Chithirapuram has old playgrounds and courts, bungalows and sleepy little cottages which all give this place an old world charm. This town is also famous for its tea plantations in the world.
- Mattupetti : (13 km) Indo-Swiss Diary farm, Entry time-9-11, 2-3:30
Better known as Mattupetti (cattle village), Tamil migrant labourers had once upon a time reared cattle here. The cool climate and abundance of fodder made it the ideal location for the Indo-Swiss dairy farm. Established in 1961, the Kerala Livestock Development Board (KLDB) manages this highly specialised dairy farm. The dairy farm is a unique one of its kind with more than 100 varieties of high-yielding cattle being reared.
- Echo Point : (15 km) on the way to top station from Munnar is a small lake set amidst rolling hills. Every loud call made from a spot on the lake embankment is returned manifold by the echo from the surrounding hills. Young tourists throng to this place to listen to the echoes of their friendship calls.
- Elephant Arrival Spot : (18 km). Here you can board an elephant for a ride. It costs appox. 350 Rs for a person.
- Kundala Lake : (23 km). This lake is very beautiful amidst lush jungles. Hiring a pedal boat and exploring the lake and its surroundings is an awesome experience. Except at the place you hired the boat, don’t expect to find humans around the lake as it is surrounded by scenic jungles and hills. Unless you know how to row a boat, prefer a pedal boat, each trip lasts around 30 min and will be closed at 4:30 PM
- Lakkam Waterfall : (24 km). A small waterfall
- Top Station : (37 km). On the Kerala and Tamil Nadu border, has great views of the Western Ghats. Top station is the “top”-tourist attraction. This place gives a real ‘above the clouds’ experience. Regular buses go to Top Station (1 hr) from Munnar. A jeep costs Rs 400. The area is known for the Neelakurunji plant, which flowers only once every twelve years. The flower is violet.
- Tata Tea Museum : (2 km). Tourists can see pieces of colonial era and old bits collection. Videography and Photography is strictly prohibited here. This museum remains open from morning 10’o clock till evening 4’o clock every day, besides Monday which is an off day. There is a 50 rupees ticket on the entry for the adults and 25 rupees ticket for the children.
- Eravikulam (Rajamalai) National Park : See Nilgiri Thar (Hemitragas hylocres) – an endangered species of mountain goats, rolling grasslands and sholas, spread over 97 sq km in the Rajamalai hills, rare flora and fauna, Atlas moth (largest in the world), lion-tailed macaque, leopards, tigers, The Kurichi or Neelakurinji Flowers turn the hills of Rajamalai blue every 12 years. The next bloom will be in 2018. One can actually debate if going to the high peak just to see some goats is worth all the effort or not. However, the walk along the park is very romantic and has some breath taking view.
- Anamudai Peak inside Eravikulam National Park : The highest peak (2695 m) south of the Himalayas, towers over the sanctuary in majestic pride. The slopes of the hills abound in all kinds of rare flora and fauna. The Atlas moth, the largest of its kind in the world, is a unique inhabitant of the park. Other rare species of fauna found here are the Nilgiri Langur, the lion-tailed macaque, leopards, tigers, etc. An ideal place for trekking, facilities are provided here and tourists are allowed to go on foot up to Anamudi.
- Chinnar Wild Life Sanctuary : Chinnar wildlife sanctuary is located in the Wester Ghats of Kerala. This wildlife sanctuary has a large number of plants and animals. This wildlife sanctuary is spread in around 90 km of area. This sanctuary is one of the protected areas in the western ghats because of its geomorphologic, ecological, cultural significance and floral.
- Marayoor : (40 km), It is the only place in Kerala with natural growth of sandalwood trees, natural caves with murals, and relics from Later Stone Age civilisation. There is a sandalwood factory of the Forest Department of Kerala and a children’s park extending across one hectare of land under the canopy of a single Banyan tree, all of which attract tourists in large numbers.
- Other Places to Visit
- Salim Ali (Thattekkad) Bird Sanctuary : There are woodpeckers, Malabar gray hornbills, Ceylon frogmouths, parakeets, and rose-billed rollers. This sanctuary is located 20km from Kothamangalam on the road between Ernakulam and Munnar. There are basic and mid-range hotels in Kothamangalam and an Inspection Bungalow in Boothathankettu. You can take a boat cruise from Boothathankettu to Thattekkad. Admission Foreigners/Indian Rs 40/10.
- Kolukkumalai Tea Estate : At a height of about 7130 ft, this orthodox tea factory lays claim to being one of the highest in the world. The view of the Western Ghats is absolutely enchanting.
- Water falls : Check out several natural waterfalls on the way to Munnar. These waterfall carry fresh rain water. They provide an excellent place for all tourists to have photo shootout.