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Munnar

Of manicured tea gardens, misty mountains, clear streams and beautiful waterfalls, Munnar's landscape is exquisite enough to draw people from across the country throughout the year. Originally begun as a spice plantation by a British resident of the then Travancore kingdom, John Daniel Munro, 1,36,600 acres of leased land (from the royal family) later gave way to tea plantations. Munnar tea has never looked back since.

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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.

Related Trips

  • A favourite summer retreat of the British,this hill station is famous for its tea plantations. You have everything here: lakes, wildlife, trekking, mountain biking. The small hamlets nearby, have the Kerala culture preserved in all its quintessence.

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  • Munnar is an abode for adventure enthusiasts. Anamudi Peak, within the Eravikulam National Park, is the highest peak in South India, and a challenge to even the expert trekker. You could also try mountain biking, rock climbing, and rappelling, and even an elephant safari.

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  • Look out for the Nilgiri Tahr, an endangered species of antelope, at the Eravikulam National Park. You also find here,the Nilgiri Langur, leopards, Indian bison, and the elephants. The park is famous for the Neelakurinji, a plant which blooms only once in twelve years;when the hill slopes take on shades of blue.

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  • The culture of Munnar is a blend of tribal traditions, colonial culture and the traditions of Kerala and Tamil Nadu.A visit to the small hamlets around Munnar is a must if you want to explore the cultural heritage of Kerala. Kathakali, and Kalaripayattu the two main art forms of Kerala are performed here.Don't miss out the Munnar flower show if you happen to visit during the season.

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  • Munnar is blessed with a number of lakes, rivers and waterfalls. Go boating on the lake, or sit on the shore and grab a cuppa to sip on in the serenity. Cascades like Lakkam Waterfalls and Thoovanam Falls are set in picturesque surroundings.

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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

Air

  • 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.

Rail

  • 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.

Road

  • 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.

Blogs

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    Munnar - Of Misty Mountains and Tea Trails

    Of manicured tea gardens, misty mountains, clear streams and beautiful waterfalls, Munnar's landscape is exquisite enough to draw people from across the country throughout the year.With perfect tem...

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    7 wow places to explore in Munnar

    When three mountain streams conspire to make you hold your breath on the road uphill in God's Own Country, there is definitely a dream destination ahead. Located at an altitude of 5,200 ft above se...

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    5 day itinerary to Offbeat Munnar

    Munnar is, often, presented as a one-day destination to be covered among a bouquet of Kerala destinations. However, this scenic hill station located on the Western Ghats, in Idukki district, deserv...

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