Munnar City Guide
Situated in the Western Ghats, Munnar is a beautiful hill station that has contributed to Kerala's fame as a travel destination among both national and international travelers. Located at the convergence of three rivers Nallathanni, Muthirapuzha and Kundala, the place is perched approx 1600 meters above the sea level.
The name Munnar is supposed to be taken from the words Munu means three and Aaru means river.
Eravikulam National Park / Rajamala (15 km away from Munnar): It is amongst the finest wildlife reserves of Kerala. Visitors who love staying outdoors find this location really outstanding. The park is stretched across 97 kms in Rajamala Hills. This National park is a blend of grassland & Shola forests. The place is home to Nilgiri Langur, mountain goats called Nilgiri Tahr, sambar etc. Every year, the park is closed by officials in the month of Feb & March as the mountain goats breed this time.
||Time to visit
|Foreigners- Rs. 220/-, Indians Rs. 35/-
||9.30 AM to 5.30 PM
|| Still Camera Rs. 25, Video Camera Rs. 200
NOTE: Private or tourist vehicles aren't allowed in the park area.
Mattupetti: It is 15 kms away from Munnar and is famous for its dairy farm. Here more than 100 varieties of high-yielding farm animals are reared. The place also boasts a beautiful rose garden. The Mattupetti dam is just near to the farm. Visitors can enjoy boating too in this dam. Speed launch, motor boats and slow speed boat easily accessible for rent. The farm remains close in the month of Jan & Feb as cattle breed in these months.
||Time to visit
|Indian / Foreigners - Adult: Rs. 10 - Children's: Rs. 05
||9.30 AM to 5.30 PM
||Rs. 250 (02People / 15Minutes)
Blossom International Park: It is 3 km away from Munnar. Starting from Head works Dam; the park spreads about 15 acres area. Here visitors can enjoy beautiful gardens with rare species of plants & flowers, facilities for water-cycling, shady trees, roller skating, boating cycling for kids etc. Moreover ropeways, tree houses and swings are also arranged here. This park is ideal place to spend some quality time in the lap of nature.
||Time to visit
|Adult Rs. 10-, Children Rs. 05/-
||10 AM to 8.00 PM
Tea Museum (inside the city) - 2 km away: This museum puts light on some of the most interesting figures as well as facts concerning the growth & progress of tea plantations in Munnar. The tea musem serves as the important landmark of Munnar. The museum has preserved machinery, old photographs, curios as well as other artifacts that have been implemented since decades.
||Time to visit
|Adult Rs. 75-, Children Rs. 10/-
||10 AM to 5.30 PM
||Still Camera Rs. 25, Video Camera isn't Allowed
Echo Point: It is 20 kms away from Munnar. En-route top station, at a site on the lake bank, between some hills, every loud sound or hum is echoed many times by the surrounding hills. This spot is famous as the Echo point encased with panoramic sights. The place serves as an excellent place, particularly for young visitors to go ashore for a while, yell out as well as listen to their own voice echoing.
Top Station: It is about 41 kms away from Munnar. This place is the major home to the highest tea-plantations of India. From Munnar it takes about 1 hr to reach. Top Station is situated on the borders of Kerala and Tamil Nadu and speaks a supreme panoramic sight. Visitors keep exploring the top station as it is cited in Tamil Nadu's Theni district and Kerala's Idukki district. The place is located at an elevation of 1700 meters.
Other Tourism Options in Munnar:
Power House Waterfalls (17 kms from Munnar): While visiting 17 kms away from Munnar you see a lovely waterfall emanating from the renowned 'Sita Devi Kulam' close to Devikulam. Sita Devi Kulam is believed to have been the bathing-place of 'Sita'. People believe that the waterfall water contains medicinal properties that act as a natural massage and cure illness.
Kundala: It is located at a distance of 28 kms. It is memorable to watch the Sethuparvathy Dam built during 1946 as a part of Pallyvasal Hydro Electric Project. The harmony of this wonderful location will never fade from a visitor’s memory. The kurinji flowers that bloom once in every 12 years and Cherry blossoms that appears twice a year will get printed in your mind for ever even you leave the place. In order to make the memories of visiting this place everlasting, Kashmiri Shikaras and Pedal boats are also made available here.
Chithirapuram (10 kms from Munnar): Here one can visit the Middle Ages charm of cottages, bungalows as well as the courts with the trees and plants all around to captivate the sightseers. The crowd puller attractions include Pallivasal Hydel-Power Project & picturesque tea plantations.
Anayirankal: It is 27 kms away from Munnar. Sprawling tea plantations delimited by evergreen woods on the hills of high mountains make the Anayirankal Lake as well as Dam a quite famous picnic spot. Tourists can often see the herds of elephants that flock the lake to quench their thirst.
Meesapulimala: It is the second highest peak situated an elevation of 2650 meters, in Kerala. This peak offers an impressive view of Tamil Nadu sprawled below. This place is accessible via 'Silent Valley' that is a scenic tea plantation region. Mattupetti, Idukki and Anayirankal reservoirs can be watched from this spot without any problem on clear days.
Pallivasal (8 kms from Munnar): The unmatched beauty of nature along with the astounding heights of human attainments meets at the view of Kerala’s 1st hydro electric project. A trip to this place will satisfy the mind and the body & will be imprinted in the memory forever.
Marayoor: It is sited at a distance of 42 kms from Munnar. The relics and scraps of a new stone-age civilization (paintings, caves & underground tunnels) & places related with the legendary itinerants of 'Rama and Sita' (Ramayana) as well as the 'Pandavas' from Mahabharata make this place historically significant. The biggest concentration of premium natural sandal-wood trees as well as a sandal wood factory is the recent attractions.
Anamudi Peak: This hill side area is enriched in different types of flora & fauna and is very famous for sheltering endangered animals. Anamudi peak provides home for many animals as it reminds you of the original shelter for the animals with its thick jungles. Leopards, nilgiri languors, tigers, macaques and many animals are found here.
Excursion from Munnar:
Devikulam: It is a splendid hill station that is sited at a distance of 7 km and is appreciated for its stunning lawns as well as rare ecology. There is also found a lake that is famous as Sita Devi Lake.
Attukal: It is about 9 km away from Munnar. Attukal offers panoramic views of spectacular waterfalls & verdant green hills. People generally explore the place for trekking purposes.
Iddukki Dam: This dam is about 60 kms from Munnar. It was constructed on the Periyar River, in the narrow valley between the Kuravan & Kurathi Hills and lies in Kerala’s southern part. This dam is the world’s 2nd and first arch dam of Asia. It is 550 ft. high & 650 ft. wide. The dam lies next to the Cheruthoni barrage. Kulamavu Dam is situated to its west. There is also the Idukki Wildlife Sanctuary close to it.
Pothamedu: It is to be found at a remoteness of 6 km from Munnar. This lush green region is eminent for its tea, cardamom & coffee plantations. The crisscross mountainous highways make an outstanding place for long strolls in the lap of the nature.
The dam is kept open during Christmas and Onam for public visit.
Extra activities in Munnar:
Ways to Get in:
- Day Trek in Meesapulimala (Duration 7 to 9 hrs)
- Meesapulimala: The 2nd highest peak in the South India. It takes around 25 kms drive up to Silent-Valley estate via the Kanan Devan Hills, tea plantations as well as panoramic valleys.
- The trek will be conducted through Pine forests, the Shola grass fields, valley of Rhododendrons etc.
- Top station valley trek (Duration 5 to 6 hrs)
- Approximately 29 kms drive up to Yellapetty land via the Kanan Devan Hills, villages, tea plantations, Madupatty, Echo-Point, Kundala Dam and many other sites and the trek will be commenced through the tea plantations, mountain ridges, thick shola jungles, shola grass lands and so on.
- A full day tour to tea trail and Orthodox Tea Factory (1935) and Kolukkumalai Jeep safari
- A full-day Chinnar wildlife sanctuary safari, via the Anamudi shola National Park
Cochin International Airport (140Km /4 hours by road) is the nearest airport
Ernakulam features the nearest major railway stations.
Distance from various cities:
- Munnar to Alleppey: 190 Kms & will take 05.5 hrs drive
- Munnar to Kumarakom: 175 Kms & will take 04.05 hrs drive
- Munnar to Kottayam: 160 Kms & will take 04 hrs drive
- Munnar to Guruvayoor: 195 Kms & will take 05 hrs drive
- Munnar to Thrissur: 170 Kms & will take 05.00 hrs drive
- Munnar to Madurai: 165Kms & will take 04.5 hrs drive
- Munnar to Palani: 140 Kms & 04 hrs drive
- Munnar to Coimbatore: 170 Kms & 05 hrs drive