A Hill Station Called Munnar
One of the most popular hill stations in India, is situated at the confluence of three mountain streams - Mudrapuzha, Nallathanni and Kundala.
Munnar, a quiet and restful resort at an altitude of 1524 meters 136 km off Cochin, lies snuggled in the green and serene Kannan Devan Hills.It is famous for its lush green surroundings, lakes, reservoirs, forests, and tea estates. The quiet environs of Munnar attract the traveler to relax in the lap of Mother Nature Panoramic views of low-flying clouds and mist filled valleys make it a haven with a cool bracing climate. Part of its charm lies in the fact that it was opened up out of virgin forests a century ago by pioneering planters.
Munnar also beacons the adventure-seeking traveler, who is interested in paragliding. It has some of the highest tea estates in the world.
Munnar is located in the eastern part of the state of Kerala,India.It is 130 km east of Kochi and borders the state of Tamil Nadu.
The best time to visit Munnar is between the months of October to March. Travelers must avoid the monsoon season while visiting Munnar.
Places To See
Anaimudi (2,695 m), the highest peak in southern India, can be viewed from Munnar.
The Christ Church is an important place to visit in Munnar. Built of stone, it was constructed by the British in 1910. This church is known for its stain glass windows. It has a number of brass plaques in memory of the tea planters.
The Evarikulam National Park
The Evarikulam National Park is 16 km from Munnar. This national park is the home of elephants, lion-tailed macaque, and the Nilgiri tahr (a rare mountain goat). Travelers can also explore the Rajamala Hills adjoining the national park.
Marayoor is 42 km from Munnar to east of the Evarikulam National Park. Here one can experience the peaceful ambience and beauty of a sandalwood forest.
Chinnar Wildlife Sanctuary
The Chinnar Wildlife Sanctuary is 10 km from Marayoor and 52 km from Munnar. This sanctuary is the home of elephants, leopards, and bear. Top Station, bordering the state of Kerala, offers spectacular views of the Western Ghats.
Ten kilometers from Munnar, en route to Top Station, one can visit the Mudapetty Dam. This is a popular picnic spot and travelers can indulge in activities like boating and horse riding here.
The weather in Munnar is pleasant. Summers (April–June) are mild, while winters (November–February) are cool. It experiences heavy southwestern monsoon rains in June–August.
Munnar is famous for tea. Tourists may buy it straight from the numerous tea estates or from the various shops in Munnar.
How To Get There
Air & Train
The Nearest Airport & railway station is at Kochi 130 Km west of Munnar
Munnar is accessible by road from most of the towns in Kerala. It can also be reached from Madurai (6 hours) and Coimbatore (6 hours), which are located in the state of Tamil Nadu.
Languages : Malayalam and English
STD Code : 0486
Best Time to visit : October-March