Things to do
Anaimudi and Chinnar Trek - An early start is always a good idea for a fun jeep ride through two wildlife sanctuaries and some scenic tea-plantations on rolling hills. Drive to what is apparently the largest Shola forest in the world.Complete with rolling hills, tea gardens, Echo Point, Madupatty Dam and Kundala Dam en route, take a detour towards the Shola Reserve.
Boating at Chinnakannal - Munnar is endowed with beauty that is unparalleled. The green rolling hills carpeted with tea trees, the mist covered hills and the clear streams rejuvenates your soul. A drive of about 22 kilometres from the main town of Munnar leads you to the Anayirankal reservoir. The rolling tea hills dipping into the waters of the reservoir makes for a splendid sight.
Chinnar Trek - A world away from an early meeting at office, set off early from Munnar for a 48-kilometre drive to Chinnar Wildlife Sanctuary. Dotted with waterfalls and vast expanses of rolling tea gardens, cross quaint hamlets on your drive here. Pass through the Marayoor Sandalwood reserve on your way to Chinnar Sanctuary's boundary.
Best time to visit September to March
For clearer skies, opt for a slot between the early September to the end of March. The beaches look their best early November through to March.
Mid-October and November does see a fair amount of rain with the North-West monsoons.
Sultry summers set in by April to the end of May with fairly high outdoor temperatures.
Monsoons arrive by the first week of June right through to the end of August. Cool temperatures with overcast skies and green all around make this a visit like none other.
How to reach
The Nearest airport is the Cochin International Airport (CIAL) at Nedumbassery about 125 km away. It handles both domestic and international flights. You can fly from Singapore, Middle East, and Malaysia and from most of the major Indian cities to Cochin International Airport. Jet Airways, Indian Airlines, and Kingfisher operate daily flights. You can take cab or bus from airport to reach Munnar.
Munnar doesn't have a rail network nearby. Though if you want to travel by train, the nearest railway station is Aluva 110kms, Ernakulam is 130kms and Madurai is 135kms.
Munnar has the bus station at the main street (bazaar).There are regular bus services to reach Munnar. Buses are the best way to travel to Munnar. You can also take cab from any nearby city to reach Munnar.
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