Munnar

Introduction & Travel Information

Munnar

Introduction

Munnar is a town located in the Idduki district of India's Kerala state, situated in the south Western Ghats of South India. The name Munnar is believed to be derived from the Tamil and Malayalam words Munu (three) and aaru (river), referring to the town's strategic location at the confluence of the Muthirappuzha, Nallathanni and Kundaly rivers. Sprawling tea plantations, picture book towns, winding lanes, trekking and holiday facilities make Munnar a beautiful hillstation. This hill station is marked by vast expanses of tea plantations, colonial bungalows, rivulets, waterfalls and cool weather. It is also an ideal destination for trekking and mountain biking.

Eravikulam National Park
Eravikulam National Park is located about 15 km from Munnar. This park is famous for its endangered inhabitant - the Nilgiri Tahr and also home to several species of rare butterflies, animals and birds. Spread over an area of 97 sq. km. this is a great place for trekking, the park offers a magnificent view of the tea plantations and also the rolling hills caressed by blankets of mists. The park becomes a hot destination when the hill slopes here get covered in a carpet of blue, resulting from the flowering of Neelakurinji. It is a plant endemic to this part of the Western Ghats which blooms once in twelve years. The next blooming will be in 2018.

Chinnar Wildlife Sanctuary
Around 40 kms from Munnar town situated near the Tamilnadu border, the 90 sq. km. wildlife sanctuary established in 1984. It is home to a variety for fauna and flora. A watch tower situated near the road gives to breath taking views to forests.

Boating in Mattupetty Dam
Located about 13 km from Munnar Town, Mattupetty is situated at a height of 1700 m above sea level, known for its storage masonry dam and the beautiful lake, which offers pleasurable boat rides, enabling one to enjoy the surrounding hills and landscape. Mattupetty is also home for a dairy farm run by the Indo-Swiss Livestock Project, where one would come across different high yielding breeds of cows. Mattupetty with its lush green tea plantations, rolling grasslands and the Shola forests is also ideal for trekking and is home to a variety of birds

Echo Point
On mattupetty raod on the way to Top Station you will go through a place called Echo point. As the name suggests this place will echo our voice.

Tea Plantations
The mist covered tea plantations are the main attractions in Munnar. When you travel to any direction you will see the spectacular view of tea plantation on both sides of the roads.

Top Station View Point
32 km from Munnar, Top Station is at a height of 1700 m above sea level and alos the highest point on the Munnar-Kodaikanal road. It offers panoramic view it offers of the neighbouring state of Tamil Nadu. It is one of the spots in Munnar where Neelakurinji flowers blooming over a vast area.

Flower Garden
On the way to Mattupetty dam you will see a beautiful Flower Garden. Entry is by fees and plants are for sale.

Anamudi Peak
Located inside the Eravikulam National Park is the Anamudi Peak. This is the highest peak in south India standing at a height of over 2700 m. Treks to the peak are allowed with permission from the Forest and Wildlife authorities at Eravikulam.

Tea Museum
Munnar has a legacy of its own when it comes to the origins and evolution of tea plantations. Taking account of this legacy and to preserve and showcase some of the exquisite and interesting aspects on the genesis and growth of tea plantations in Kerala's high ranges, a museum exclusively for tea was opened some years ago by Tata Tea in Munnar. This Tea Museum houses curios, photographs and machineries; all of which have a story to tell on the origins and growth of tea plantations in Munnar. The museum is located at the Nallathanni Estate of Tata Tea in Munnar and is worth a visit.

Marayoor Sandalwood Forest
The natural habitat of Sandal woods in Kerala, Marayoor Sandalwood forest attracts lots of travellers. It is situated on Eravikulam road bofore Chinnar wildlife sanctuary.

Travel Informations

Location
Munnar situated on Cochin Madurai highway on the border hill ranges between Kerala & Tamilnadu.

How to reach
Airport: Cochin International airport 150 km, Madurai airport 120 km
Railway Station: Aluva 135 km, Theni 60 km
Bust Station: At Munnar Town

Mode of Transport in Munnar
Local Taxis, and 3 wheeler autos available.

Ayurvedic Massage
Treat yourself to a traditional Ayurvedic massage at many of the Ayurvedic Massage Centers around and in Spas at Hotels/Resorts.

Kalarippayat, Kathakali shows
Kerala unique matial art in practiced in traditional local gyms nearby. Kathakali shows operated by private operators. Contact your hotel for timing and rates.

Trekking, Elephant, Horse ride
Arranged by hotels and local providers.

Spice Shops
Fresh and orginal spices, masalas and condiments available at many of the shops.

Bank Timings
Most banks open from 10.00 to 15.30 hours on weekdays. Closed on sundays and 2nd & 4th saturdays. 24 hours ATM's available around the town.

Foreign Exchange
Hotels and Foreign Exchange outlets exchange foreign currencies and travellers cheques.

Postal & Telephone
Government post offices open 09.00 to 15.00 hrs. Private courier services are also available.
Public telephone with international and national dialling available at hotels and STD/NSD booths.

Shopping
The main shopping items are Spices, Artefacts and special Souvenirs made by local craftsmen.