The picturesque Munnar is set between the pristine valleys and mountains of the Western Ghats. Munnar is breathtakingly beautiful - a haven of peace and tranquility. The place is filled with the aromas from tea and spice plantations.
Set at an altitude of 6000 ft, it is idyllic tourist destination with pleasant climate throughout the year.
Misty hills, valleys, streams, waterfalls, tea plantations, forests, exotic species of flora and fauna - all this and more are present in this gorgeous hill station.
Munnar got its name from its strategic location at the confluence of three rivers – Muthirapuzha, Nallathanni and Kundala Rivers. 'Moonu' means 'three' and 'Aru' means 'river'.
Munnar has served as summer capital of the British in South India.
Munnar is also famous for Neelakurinji (Strobilanthes kunthiana), flower which blooms once in twelve years that can be seen on the hill ranges of Munnar. This flower attracts lots of tourists from all over the world. This flower can be next seen in 2018.
Top Places to See in Munnar are:
• Eravikulam National Park and the Nilgiri Tahr is considered to be the icon of tourism in Munnar.
• Anamudi, the highest peak in southern India is famous among trekkers.
• Kolukkumalai (the highest tea plantation in the country)
• Mattupetty - the ‘cattle village’
• The lovely Devikulam Lake
• The waterfalls like Lakkam, Attukal, Nyayamakad, Chinnakkal, Kuthumkal, Cheeyapara, Valara and Thoovanam
• Chinnar Wildlife Sanctuary
• Fun Forest Adventure park
• Lockhart Gap for trekking
Munnar has lot of shopping options from fresh tea to variety of spices like ginger, cardamom, pepper, cinnamon, coffee, clove, nutmeg etc. There are lot of outlets selling homemade chocolates.
You can relish the authentic Kerala cuisine, generously flavoured with coconut while in Munnar.
Apart from nature exploration, trekking, trout fishing and Bamboo rafting, Periyar Forest walks and river cruising are other activities that you can do while in Munnar.
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How To Reach Munnar:
The nearest airport to Munnar is the Cochin International Airport, which is 110 kms away.
The Madurai International Airport is 140 kilometres away from Munnar.
The nearest railway station from Munnar is at Aluva at Kochi, which is at a distance of 110 kms from Munnar.
The Ernakulam Railway Station is 130 kilometres away.
While the Madurai Railway Station is at a distance of 135 kilometres.
There are many government and private buses to Munnar from the neighbouring cities.
There is good road connectivity to Munnar. Here are some important distances to note:
Munnar - Kochi/Cochin (131 kms) 3 hours 35 min
Munnar - Ernakulam (130 kilometres) 3 hours 40 min
Munnar - Thekkady (95 kilometres) 3 hours
Munnar - Allepey (176 kilometres) 4 hours 30 min
Munnar - Coimbatore (157 kilometres) 4 hours 30 min
Munnar - Madurai (153 kilometres) 4 hours 30 min
Munnar - Bangalore (475 kilometres) 9 hours