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  • Munnar is a beautiful township in the Western Ghats mountain range in the South Indian state of Kerala. This hill station is surrounded by rolling hills, tea and coffee plantations from all sides. On the other hand, Bangalore or Bengaluru is the capital of another southern state Karnataka. Both the cities attract tourists. There are a lot of options by which one can go to Munnar from Bangalore.

    In fact, Bangalore to Munnar is one of the most preferred routes by the tourists. Earlier, Munnar used to be one of the resorts for the British Raj elite. Surrounded by the spectacular rolling hills dotted with the tea plantations which were established in this town in the 19th century, it is one of the most picturesque destinations in the South India.

    Apart from the abundant natural beauty, one can visit the Eravikulam National Park, witness the extravagant beauty of the Lakkam waterfalls and hike on the beautiful trails. The Anamudi Peak, located in Munnar is the highest peak in the southern India.

    If you love spending some time in the tranquil and peaceful locations away from the hustle and bustle of a city, and want to unwind, Munnar is the perfect destination for you. Exotic flora is found in the grasslands and forests of Munnar, and you can spend quality time here. So, don't think twice and book one of the Bangalore to Munnar packages, and experience an amazing getaway.


    Bangalore to Munnar – A Detailed Travel Guide

  • Quick Facts

  • 01Bangalore to Munnar Distance

    The distance between Bangalore and Munnar is about 523 kilometers along the road. The aerial distance is however just 328 kilometers. Munnar, as like any other overnight destination around Bangalore gets most of its crowd in the weekends. Take the most relaxing weekend break from Bangalore. Visit Munnar Now!!!

    You can hope to start by late Friday night and you will be waking up to Munnar early next morning. Spend the weekend and head back to Bangalore by Sunday evening. You will have been reenergized and an experience to feel good about all week!

  • 02Bangalore to Munnar Route Map

    The best route from Bangalore to Munnar is:

    Bangalore-Hosur-Salem-Perundurai-Dharapuram-Udumalaipettai-Marayoor-Munnar

    Your driving time will be approximately 9 hours to cover the distance from Silk Board Stop, Bangalore. Most of the road is fairly smooth and easy but you will have to be extra careful about the ghat section between Udumalaipettai and Marayoor. The last section between Marayoor and Munnar too comes as a narrow road and for the 42 kilometers that you drive; you will be going at economic speed.

  • 03Best time to visit Munnar from Bangalore

    The tourist season to Munnar is between October and May – the winter months, when the sky is clear and the temperature quite comfortable and romantic. This will also be the best time to experience the wildlife, embark on trekking adventures and be a part of various outdoor activities in Munnar. June to September is another time when Munnar is a different scene altogether. The rains during this time make the sky look magnificent and there’s also a better chance to sight different kinds of wildlife. Driving during the rainy season can however become a bit more risky and uncomfortable (with your car glasses down).

  • How to Reach Munnar from Bangalore

  • 04Bangalore to Munnar by Bus

    The bus is considered one of the most convenient transport because it starts from Bangalore and reaches to the destination i.e., Munnar. So it is a transport which ends at the final destination. There are total eight bus operators who offer bus services from Bangalore to Munnar. The area covered by all of the buses in the route is nearly 460 kilometers. These buses start normally in the night after 9 pm, around 9:30 pm and the last bus is 10 pm, making it an overnight journey.

    The buses drop at Munnar at approximately 8:30 am in the morning. Some of them take a bit longer and reach Munnar by 10:30 am. So, approximately 11 to 12 hours are taken by the buses to reach Munnar from Bangalore. The facility to choose between air conditioning sleepers and non air conditioning sleepers are available only in one bus that is K. P. N. In rest all of them there is only one option of air conditioning sleepers. The seats are designed in a manner that the journey of 12 hours is brought to the passengers in the most comfortable and luxurious way.

    The fares of the buses do have a little variation as per the need different bus service operators cater. The Greenline Travels and Holidays have a fare of around 1800 INR for the air conditioning sleeper.The K. P. N, however, charges two different fares as it is the only bus operator to provide non air conditioning sleeper and air conditioning sleeper. It is the cheapest bus operator. It charges about rupees nine hundred for the non air conditioning sleeper. For the air conditioning sleeper, the charge is approximately rupees 1070.

    The Royal Travels is considered the most reputed bus operators on this route. It charges around rupees 2000 for the trip. All the bus operators provide necessary amenities so that the lives of their passengers are convenient and comfortable. They provide amenities like water bottles to quench the thirst, charging slot for mobile phones and laptops with reading lights so that people can work straight away, pillows and blankets. Other amenities for vulnerable situations are given like emergency contact number, fire extinguisher, features like track my bus and emergency exits are also given.

  • 05Drive to Munnar from Bangalore

    If one has her/his own vehicle, then the movement from Bangalore to Munnar can be done very easily and swiftly. There is a good connectivity of roads. Good roads, flyovers, bridges and national highways together build a good network. It is around 480 kilometers from a car.

    It will take around 9 hours to reach Munnar if one begins at the night. The journey will go via Raja Rammohan Roy Road and Langford Road, and then it will be followed by NH 48 and NH 44. Finally, after turning left onto NH 83, one will reach to Udumalpet from where it is less than 2-hour journey. Make the most of your romantic break by exploring the best road trips around Bangalore.

    The journey will, however, take a lot of petrol as it is more than 450 kilometer journey. Cars will take around 25 liters of petrol. This will take about 1800 rupees. But own vehicles give own wings, one can stop, pause or haul the journey wherever they wish. There are also taxi services available and there are also some companies that offer their four wheelers for rent. So there are lots of options to explore talking about the road journey from Bangalore to Munnar.

  • 06Bangalore to Munnar by Train

    The journey by train is also possible between the destinations Munnar and Bangalore. There are three trains and they run every day. The train will depart from Bangalore Cantonment and will reach Ernakulam Junction (South), nearest railway station to Munnar. The journey of the train will cover 367 kilometers. Rest 88 kilometers can be covered with taxis or any other road vehicle.

    The trains have different timings. The Kochuveli express departs from Bangalore Cantonment at 5:30 pm and reaches the Ernakulam Junction (South) at 4:50 am. The Kanyakumari Express and Ernakulam Express depart at 9:55 pm and 6:27 am respectively, and arrive at Cochin at 10:10 am and 4:55 pm respectively. The sleeper coach costs around INR 370. It takes around 10 hours to reach.The third tier Ac will take around one thousand rupees. It can be thus said that the trains make the journey little smaller as compared with roads. But on the other hand, after the completion of the journey of the train, an 88-kilometer road journey is also needed to reach Munnar.

  • 07Bangalore to Munnar by Air

    All of the means to travel from Bangalore to Munnar lacks one thing. That thing is time. All of them charge much and take too much of the time. People who want to discover all the places, but are not able to do so due to time feel guilt. That is why there is an air route. One can travel from Bangalore (BLR) to Kochi (COK) by air and then can travel the remaining distance by road with a taxi or whatever feels suitable. The flights save time immensely. In the land transport, it was mandatory to spend at least ten to twelve hours during travel. But it is good to be noted that the airplanes have dynamic pricing.

    So it is considered good to book a ticket at least a month before. If the ticket is done a month before, it will take around 1,200 rupees to four thousand rupees. The interesting fact is that air saves a lot of time. A normal flight takes up two seventy minutes to reach Kochi (COK) from Bangalore (BLR).

    So there are lots and lots of options available in terms of transportation from Bangalore to Munnar.

  • Places to Visit in Munnar

  • 08Top Station

    Top Station
    Munnar is where three mountain streams – Mudrapuza, Nallathanni and Kundala meet. People from all over Kerala are known to come here to see the culmination of these streams. As a result, it is a hot seller amongst tourists. Top station in Munnar is one of the most sought after places for tourists to see. This location is around 32 kms away from Munnar and is at an altitude of about 1700 m. Located on the Munnar Kodaikanal Road this is near the Tamil Nadu border; this promises that you get an awesome view of the Western Ghats.

    The top station is known so as this is where the railways top most stations was located in this region.  At this altitude, the clouds appear just a touch away. This place is known to be blessed with the famous Neelakurinji flowers also known as Strobilanthes in other parts of the world.  

    These flowers are known to bloom once in 12 years. The next time this valley will flaunt this bloom is in 2018.  You can visit this place any time of the year, but the best time to do so is during April to May. Top Station is easily accessible by car or bus. Once up, you can also check out the nearby Kurinjimala sanctuary and the Tata Tea Museum. What are you waiting for ?
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  • 09Tata Tea Museum

    Munnar is blessed with various kinds of tea estates. It actually boasts of a few of the choicest tea estates available in the region. One such tea estate that is often visited by tourists is the Tata Tea plantation. This tea plantation is near the famous dam and the Kundala Lake. Thanks to its location advantage many tourists come here to bask in the serenity of the tea estate. Increase in footfall of tourists has prompted them to open a Tea Museum in this area. This museum is a unique one which houses various photographs, tea making machines and other knick knacks pertaining to tea. 

    This museum is a befitting tribute to all the hard work and endless hours that the workers undergo in a tea plantation.  The museum displays both old methods as well as new age technology that is used to process tea. A few of the must see artifacts at this museum are – an original tea roller dating back to 1905, a rare Pelton wheel used in the 1920’s and a rail engine belonging to the light railway era. This museum is a unique experience for all tourists. It is open from 9.00 am to 4.00 pm and closed on Mondays.

  • 10Kundala Lake

    When in Munnar, you must visit the Kundala Lake. This is a breathtakingly beautiful lake which is located at a distance of about 20 km from Munnar. This lake is on the way to Top Station, making it easier for the tourists to travel. It is located at an altitude of 1700 meters above sea level.  This place is known to be filled with cherry blossoms. If you are lucky you can witness the cherry blossoms that happen twice a year. This place is also known for flaunting the rare NeelaKurinji flowers that are known to bloom once in 12 years. These flowers are generally spotted around the Kundala Lake.

    There is an artificial dam near the lake that is also a tourist attraction. It is a one of a kind dam with an arched structure. This lake is known amongst tourists for the boat rides it offers. One can pick from a plethora of options like pedal boats, shikaras, row boats and speed boats. These boats start available for a 15 minute ride and the charges from INR 300 for a group. The surrounding of the lake is equally picturesque. There is a golf course nearby and the famous tea garden of Tata tea.

  • 11Mattupetty Dam

    Mattupetty Dam is a breathtaking tourist destination in Munnar. This dam is well connected from various parts of Munnar. It is located on the way to the Top station that means that many tourists can club it along with visit to the top station. The dam is around 13 kms from Munnar. It is surrounded by hills and very near to the Anamudi hill range. This place is known for the lush green valleys and the awesome climate. The main attraction of this tourist destination is the dam here and the lake where people are allowed to do with boating.

    The water in the lake looks surreal as it reflects the surrounding tea garden, making it look breathtakingly beautiful.  The place also offers a variety of options for sports lovers like boating and watersports options. Thanks to the Tourism Promotion Council of Idukki there are various kinds of watersports available. Also, if you are into trekking, then you can go for a trek to Shola Forest. The entry fee is INR 10 for entry, INR 500 for a speedboat ride for 15 minutes and INR 300 for an ordinary boat ride for 15 minutes.  The best time to visit this place is during the evening.

  • 12Eravikulam National Park

    Once in Munnar, you have to visit the Eravikulam National Park. This is the first wildlife national park in Kerala. This is the place where the endangered Nilgiri Tahr is found. Spread across an area of 97 sq km.  This park has the maximum number of Nilgiri Thar and hence this national park has been declared as a protected area.

    Apart from the famous Thar, this place is also known to have various kinds of rare animals, birds and butterflies. It is the home of 26 different kinds of mammals, 133 species of birds, 85 kinds of butterflies and 22 kinds of amphibians. Apart from the various kinds of animals, it also gives the tourists a breathtaking view of the tea plantation around it. During season the park is a must visit place as its slopes covered with the Neelakurinji flower makes it look blue in color. These flowers are rare and found in only the Western Ghats and are known to bloom once in 12 years.

    The park remains open from end of March/ April to February each year. It is only closed for 2 months in a year. The timings are 7.30 am to 3.30 pm. The entry fee starts from INR 190 per adult.

  • 13Rose Garden

    Rose Garden in Munnar is a must visit tourist spot for all travelers. Thanks to our hectic lifestyle, when we are out on a travel we prefer to relax and unwind with nature around you. The rose garden is one such spectacular place where you can relax amidst beautiful flowers and unwind a bit. Though it is called a rose garden this garden is actually known to flaunt a plethora of floras.  If you are a nature lover then you can spend a good 2 to 3 hours in this garden checking out the various kinds of flowers on offer.

    That’s not all; this garden also has a shop from where you can pick up saplings and seeds of plants. They also sell various kinds of manures and knick knacks that you can carry back home to decorate your garden and remind you of the beautiful Rose Garden in Munnar. This garden is open all days of the week from 9.00 am to 4.00 pm. It is advisable that you should spend an hour in the garden. However, you can linger on and enjoy the flowers around you while sipping on a cup of tea or coffee. This rose garden has an entry fee of INR 30 per person.
  • 14Echo Point

    Yet another enticing landscape in the heart of the Munnar country, the Echo Point is popularly known for its natural resonance. You can speak your heart out and listen to yourself! It’s amazing to hear your voice reverberating throughout the valley and coming back at you. Consequently, every chirp an tweet made by the birds here makes the valley a very musical place to spend hours. If you are keen on romancing with the music of nature, this is it! It not just the sonic phenomenon that makes the Echo Point so popular among all kinds of tourists.

    The natural scenery here too is breathtaking. The beautiful river flowing through the lush green valley and the surrounding mountains is a sight to behold in Munnar and you can choose to get lost here any day! To add to the charm are the terraces tea and coffee plantations in the background. The Echo Point is a must visit place in Munnar for tourists, trekkers, lovers, friends, photographers and adventure lovers. It will arguably be advisable that you take your time here and breathe in the beauty of the space after having screamed your heart out or sent your love messages to the valley!

  • 15Anamudi Peak

    The trek to Anamudi peak is something that you seriously cannot miss out on when traveling across Munnar. A part of the Eravikulam National Park, the Anamudi rises to a height of more than 9000 ft and is the highest mountain summit for all of Western Ghats, as consequently for the whole of South India. It’s no wonder that the Anamudi Peak is called the “Himalaya of the South” and if you are an outdoor lover, you surely wouldn’t miss out the chance to conquer this summit. This trek in Munnar is one of a kind and takes your through the most gorgeous terrains you would come across in the Western Ghats.

    The gorgeous scenic beauty and the abundance of wildlife are sure to leave you awestruck. Amidst the sprawling vistas of untouched nature are the lust tea and coffee plantations. Further, you would be crossing three very beautiful rivers – the Periyar, the Thamirabarani and the Vaigai. It’s nature at its full force – gorging waterfalls, a rhythmic symphony of singing birds, an aroma of spices and the fortunate sighting or the Nilgiri Tahr and the Asian Wild Elephant. Everything is so majestic about this trek. The trek will however require you to take a permit from the park authorities, which is fairly easy to get. It will also be advisable that you go in a group and traveling alone in this huge secluded landscape comes with its own risk.

  • 16Kolukkumalai Tea Estate

    Munnar is the land of the tea gardens and no place is more representative of this title than the Kolukkumalai Tea Estate. Just 38 kilometers from Munnar city the picturesque Tea Estate is situated at an elevation of more than 8000 ft and is deemed to be the highest tea plantation in the world. The rolling green hills covered in a veil of mist are scenery that you will not forget for the rest of your life. Needless to say, you should be getting yourself a cup of tea and sit for a couple of hours in solitude. The breeze and the calmness will have left your rejuvenated.

    The tea produced here is more than a hundred year old and more interestingly, the production is still done in the traditional process, ensuring that you get the best of flavors. It will be a great idea to spend an evening here and watch the sun go down across the sprawling hills. The sight is nothing short of a spectacle. At one point of time you will not be photographing anymore but just fall in love and look far and deep into the horizon and wish it were the same for the rest of your life!

  • 17Marayoor Sandalwood Forests

    Just a short distance from Chinnar, the Marayoor Sandalwood Forests is another spectacular outdoor opportunity that you shouldn’t miss. The mystical veil of the fragrant sandalwood trees and with many waterfalls breaking the essence, it’s a hypnotic place to be in. 

    Another exciting thing about the Marayoor Sandalwood Forests is the legendary Treasure of Dolmens, the stories of which date back to the Stone Age between the 3000 BC and 1400 BC. The enigmatic stones are huge structures that have acted as the burial grounds for the ancient dead and needless to say, they make a fantastic reason to get awed to! 

    The place has attracted both photographers and historians for more than decades now. The luxuriant flora all over just adds to the beauty and magic of the place.

    Another interesting place inside the Marayoor Sandalwood Forests is the Ezhuthu Guha, an ancient cave that preserves rock painting from the bygone era. The paintings belong to the Neolithic Age and depict human and animal figures and the visit will surely leave your inspired by the artwork that was prominent such a long time ago. In total, there are 90 such motifs to see here. 

    Though just a short distance from Munnar, there’s so much to see in the Marayoor Sandalwood Forest, that a day wouldn’t be quite enough. It will be recommended that you also plan you stay nearby to complete your experience.

  • 18Attukad Waterfalls

    Smoky white mist from all around and a vast expanse of green and blue forest – the Attukad Waterfalls defines the epitome of scenic beauty. It amounts to say that the waterfalls becomes a must see attraction when you are in Munnar. If you are a lover or a solace seeker, let the sound of the nature overpower your senses and put you in a hypnotic sleep that you will remember and crave for the rest of your life. It’s serene, tranquil and everything that can define your holiday in Munnar.

    There’s just a lone tea shop, rather shack that is established by the waterfalls, and apart from selling hot cup of brews, it also makes for the postcard perfect pictures. Grab a cardamom tea and sit by a rock to feel the aromatic flavors take over you on the inside while the panorama of cascading beauty around leaves you spellbound. This is also the perfect place if you are keen on some birding. The falls attract many unique species of animals and birds and you will even find some very amazing wild flowers growing all across. A trek along the slopes of the falls is something that will unfold the true sense of adventure.

  • 19Lakkom Waterfalls

    25 kilometers from Munnar, the Lakkom Waterfalls will be on your road to Udumalaipettai, along the NH 17. A park of the Eravikulam National Park, the Lakkom Waterfalls has been a favorite hideout for all kinds of tourists visiting Munnar. The waterfalls is an important tributary of the Pambar River and you can enjoy some quality time here doing swimming, photography or just sitting in appreciation of the beauty of nature. The water falls from a considerable height and piercing lush greenery. All of it comes together to form a very lovely sight to behold.

    The Lakkom Waterfalls invites tourists and outdoor enthusiasts all round the year. There is also a good population of foreign visitors to this place. If you have been looking for a quick escape, the Lakkom Waterfalls is an ideal escape. While not quite recommended, the monsoons are perhaps the best time to see the beauty of the falls when it is in its full force. It will take a drive of just about 30 to 40 minutes to reach the falls. Further, it will not be a very long trip to the place. Just include it on your way to Munnar, or on your way back.

  • Resorts to Stay in Munnar

  • 20Aranyaka Resorts

    Just 1 kilometer from the NH 49, the Aranyaka Resort comprises of four cottages that serve very high on aesthetics. Located close to the Attukad Waterfalls, it’s a place to fall in love with and consequently, a perfect pick if you are traveling with your partner or are on a honeymoon. The exact location of the Aranyaka Resort is the Pallivasal Tea Estate and it is famous for travelers looking to take part in bird watching, nature walks, sort treks, romantic bonfires or just spend some quality time with their partners.

    Apart from the great ambiance, you also get to be a part of the regular sauna sessions and private Hatha yoga sessions. When here, do take a stroll through the tea plantation to the nearest point of the waterfalls. It will be a private trek and completely safe – making it highly recommended for people in love.

    The Aranyaka Resorts also serve high quality authentic food on requests and the prices are slightly on the higher range. A night’s stay will cost you about INR 5000, depending on the season. However, it is totally worth it.

  • 21Windermere Estate

    Set right in the hills, it’s probably the best resort in Munnar if you are on your honeymoon or are looking for some privacy with your partner. Country style cottages in the wilderness and space quite far from each other, you have all the amenities to make your stay comfortable. 

    Perched on bamboo poles, the entry to your cottage is through a bamboo bridge that overlooks the wilderness below. Deemed as one of the most luxurious and unique option for stay in Munnar, the Windermere Estate allows you to lose yourself to nature and love. 

    The beautiful cottage also includes a balcony that you can put a chair in and just stare into the nature around. So take a stroll in the cardamom gardens surrounding your cottage and fall in love once again with your partner.

    The Estate also houses a cozy restaurant called the Barn and the Hut. The tickets to the cottage should however be got from their office in the Munnar town. The best room here is the Planter’s Villa and you might require paying a little extra for the view. The price of the cottages is between INR 8000 and INR 15000, depending on the season.

  • 22Camelot Resort

    Another amazing honeymoon resorts, Camelot is comparatively more pocket friendly than the above two. However, the natural opportunities here are pretty same! With well furnished rooms and modern facilities, it will be a great experience for anyone at Camelot. The resort includes 12 completely furnished rooms that are well spaced in a large stretch. The scene around is idyllic and the highlight is the simplicity of the nature around. Grass and flowers beds for lawns and a mountainous vista in the backdrop is enough to make your trip memorable. Camelot Resorts is located at the top of a sprawling tea estate and the solitude will immediately reverberates the charm you would expect out of a hill station.

    Another highlight of the Camelot Resort is the food that they serve. Purely authentic meals, the food is prepared from the produce of their private organic farms. You have the opportunity to enjoy a variety of cuisines at the Camelot. The best room with the best view is perhaps the Humming Bird, followed by SunBird. The resort also has a travel desk that can help you with any plans you are keen to arrange during your stay at Munnar.

  • 23KTDC Tea County Munnar

    This is a fairly new addition to the luxury accommodation experiences in Munnar. The best part of the resort is the affordable price tags attached to your stay. The resort will arrive 12 kilometers prior to your arrival at Munnar City and includes 33 cottages, each with a separate balcony. This is an ideal pick if you are traveling with your family or are on a business trip. Each of the cottages has two rooms. However, if you are with your partner and are looking for some privacy, you can opt for the romantic luxury villas.

    The KTDC Tea County Munnar offers all the amenities that you might require to experience a comfortable stay in the hill station. Fully furnished rooms with an added multi cuisine restaurant takes care of all your needs. The place also includes a travel desk that can arrange the perfectly customized itinerary on your behalf. The ambience is pretty amazing and you can already see the picturesque hills on the background. However, the only disadvantage with this resort is that it is still some distance from the city of Munnar, where your trip will actually start.

  • 24Blackberry Hills Retreat and Spa

    A small yet amazingly cozy and beautiful property, close to the Pothamedu View Point, the Blackberry Hills Retreat and Spa has been the brainchild of a team of entrepreneurs whose aim was to create an organic farm. The resort is built on 10 acres of land and every produce is farmed inside the premises. Consequently, it will be one of the few holistic resorts that you will find in Munnar and thus attracts travelers from across the globe.

    There’s also a spa facility inside the resort and the experience can be highly rejuvenating. If you are traveling with your partner, your stay at the Blackberry Hills Retreat and Spa will help rekindle the love and make you fall in love all over again! The resort includes a total of 18 cottages and categorized into four sections, each after a different kind of cloud. All the cottages have their own balconies that face luxuriant views of the mountains.

    As said, the Blackberry Hills Retreat and Spa include a kitchen and you can seek for authentic cuisines. The price is again a bit on the higher end but for the service and privacy you get, it is totally worth it.

  • Best Places to Eat in Munnar

  • 25Rapsy Restaurant

    Famous for its twist to cuisines, Raspy is one of the oldest and possibly the best place to order your food in town. An omelet at Raspy is mandatory and you can also try out among their other famous cuisines including Mexican Salsa, Beef Fry, Kerala Biryani and Shakshuka – and all of it with the infamous tinge of Raspy spices!

    The restaurant is pretty small for its popularity and the best thing is that the food is quite affordable here. Be it for a quick bite or a lavish dinner, Raspy should be a great pick. It will be helpful if you can get a reservation in advance.

  • 26Sree Mahaveer Bhojanalaya

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    A pure vegetarian restaurant, Sree Mahaveer Bhojanalaya is quite popular among conservative families, especially Gujaratis, Rajasthani, Punjabi and a defining array of other vegetarian dishes from all over the country. If you are judging on the basis of food quality and pricing, it would be a top pick.

    It is also one of the well known places if you are looking for authentic meals and are looking for a wholesome Indian Thali. The place offers a good home like ambiance and you would be welcomes by very polite staff who are precise with your orders. Among the most recommended dishes are the filakas and Dal tadka lasoonis.

  • 27Saravana Bhavan

    Easy on your wallet, Saravana Bhavan is another place in Munnar that will serve a wide array of authentic Indian dishes and at a very reasonable price. This place is especially popular among vegetarian lovers.

    A good ambience, the best part is the prompt service. Among the recommended dishes are South Indian favourites like dosas, idlis, rasam and vadas. The place is right in the middle of the Munnar Market.

  • 28Eastend

    Eastend Munnar is a part of the sprawling resort complex, right in the heart of Munnar City. The place is about 13 kilometers from Eravikulam National Park and also 16 kilometers from the Echo Point. The restaurant serves a long assortment of Chinese, Continental and Indian dishes.

    You can both enjoy a quick bite or a wholesome dinner. The taste is pretty authentic but compared to the other options, it could be a bit heavy on the wallets.

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  • 29Copper Castle

    Just 2 kilometers from Munnar, Copper Castle is a very scenic property and offers free parking on site. The restaurant serves a wide platter of Continental, Chinese and Indian dishes. With amazing view of the valley you indeed will fall in love with the delicious food here.

    Copper Castle is also within the walking distance of a tea plantation and has been voted as one of the most high end restaurants in the city of Munnar. The service here is pretty fast and you can expect a very friendly and prompt staff.

  • Things to Keep in Mind

  • 30Things to Carry

    The things you should be carrying to Munnar will thoroughly depend on the kind of travel you are looking to make. If you are driving your own vehicle, the requirements would differ than if you were looking to take the public transport. Similarly, the place you choose to stay will affect a lot on the things you will need to carry along.

    Overall, here are some things that you must be throwing into your backpack:

    1. Light jackets / sweater depending on the month you are traveling. If you are visiting Yercaud during the winters (between November and February, make sure you have carried warm clothing)

    2. If possible, carry a binocular – there are many amazing birds that you want to get a closer look at.

    3. Camping in Munnar requires various equipment if you are looking to pitch your tent outside and sleep under the stars.

    4. Raincoats, if you are traveling during the monsoons. The rains in the hill station can always take you by surprise. Wayanad is best enjoyed after the monsoons but if you want the waterfalls to be the highlight of the trip, be ready to get wet.

    5. Good pair of trekking boots, as you cannot miss out on the opportunity

    6. Preventive medicines

    7. Flashlights and mosquito repellants, if you are in the habit of exploring in the dark. There are a lot of mosquitoes in the forests.

    8. Camera – you won’t forget it of course!

  • 31Travel Tips for Munnar Trip from Bangalore

    1. Start late Friday evening such that you reach one of the several sops by morning. This trip is all about enjoying the journey and not the destination. Don’t miss out on opportunities or hurry!

    2. Research for the best Bangalore to Munnar package to have a comfortable and hassle free holiday.

    3. Be ready to rent cabs if you are not driving your own vehicle. The distances between popular spots are quite huge.

    4. It is best to move around Munnar on foot or perhaps a bicycle. You can rent one from your place of stay.

    5. Start early, wherever you plan to go, as the evening dawns pretty fast in Munnar.

    6. Be careful when driving the car around the ghats – the hairpin bends can be fatal and have caused accidents in the past.

    7. Trek only if you are with a lively group of friends. Otherwise, the offerings might easily bore you.

    8. Book a nice hotel as food and stay will be the highlight of your trip. Sipping coffee with a view is the best things in Munnary.

    9. Meet and talk to the locals if you have an interest in history.

    10. Be ready for a lot of trekking.

    11. Take extra clothes as you cannot miss taking a dip in the waterfall pools that have assimilated everywhere.

    Lastly, enjoy your stay at Munnar. Have fun and be ready for Bangalore again! You will certainly look forward to going back.

Sightseeing in Munnar

Adventure in Munnar

Attractions in Munnar

Trekking in Munnar

Camping in Munnar

Attractions

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Attukal Waterfalls

It is one of the four main waterfalls of Munnar and is very popular among adventure seekers, as the dirt mountain path through the forest gives chills on every step towards Attukal Waterfalls. Take your swimwear as the pool at the bottom of the fall has enough water to dip and bath. 

It is highly recommended that you visit Munnar during Monsoon season if waterfalls top the list of ‘places to visit in Munnar.’ Attukal waterfall is located between Munnar and Pallivasal and can be reached by crossing a wooden bridge. 
The waterfalls in Munnar witness hordes of tourist every year and Attukal is one of those famous waterfalls which is mystically beautiful.

Location:
2nd Floor, Mermaid Complex, Nadaiyar road, Munnar 685612

Timings: 9 AM to 7:30 PM

Price:
One can pay INR 100 per person to a guide who can lead the trek through the narrow mountain path.

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Pothamedu View Point

Drenched in the mist and greenery, Pothamedu viewpoint is a spot worth trekking to. This viewpoint enables a panoramic vista of the valley and if the day is clear, you can also see Muthirapuzha River and Idukki Arch Dam from quite a height. The view is made of a series of emerald hill slopes where tea, coffee, cardamom, and pepper make a blanket of green all over the hills.

While you are enjoying the mesmerizing view of the valley, take a sip of ginger tea from the only tea shop nearby and you would love spending your evening at Pothamedu. Watching the sun slide down the horizon in the vast expanse of the Sahyadri ranges is one perfect way of spending your vacation in this quaint town. 
Pothamedu is one of the many places to visit in Munnar which have a refreshing environ.

Location: 
Pothamedu, Munnar.

Timings: 9 AM to 7:30 PM

Entry fee: 
None.

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TATA Tea Museum

If you are lucky enough to make it during the show timings, you will learn a lot that day. From the early history of Tea Plantation to how British brought Tea culture and cultivation in the region, the toil and hard work of the people who endured during those days, the machineries and tools, the entire process of cultivating, plucking, drying and final packaging of Tea; almost everything you learn in just a half an hour documentary that is played here. 

You will also get to see the typewriters, magneto phone, the hand tea roller,
and manual calculators and iron oven which have been very useful tools during the earlier days. This is one of the best tourist places in Munnar.

Location:
Nullatanni, Munnar, Kerala 685612

Timings: It remains closed on Monday and opens from 9 AM till 5 PM on all the remaining days of the week.

Entry fee:
The entry fee for adults is INR 75 per head and for children of a particular age group is INR 35.

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Chokramudi Peak

This isolated elevated piece of a hill is a site that hooks you for hours. Chokramudi is situated at 7,200 ft above sea level in the Eravikulam National Park. It is short and easy trek which can be done in a day and since it comes under the national forest it is masked by lush green Shola forest. 

Pothamedu is the trek base which is situated an hour drive from Munnar and the trek can be of 4 to 5 hours covering a distance of 10 KM upwards. Soak in the fresh air when you reach the top of the peak, if you do an early morning trek, you can also witness the fiery sunrise and herds of Nilgiri Tahr departing for livestock. 
Chokramudi is indeed a great experience and one of the incredible places to visit in Munnar.

Location: 
Idukki, Kerala 685565

Timings: All day.

Price: Prices may vary depending on the trek group you chose.

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Eravikulam National Park

This national park is home to the endangered Nilgiris Tahr, which is located in Devikulam Taluk of Idukki district and covers a total area of 97 square kilometers. After the Nilgiri Tahr, Neelakurinji flowers are the second major attraction of this park because this flower blooms once after every 12 years. Anamudi (2695 m), the highest peak of south India also takes abode in Eravikulam National Park. 

It is under the care of the Kerala Department of Forest and Wildlife, Munnar and is situated along the crest of Western Ghats. The subtropical moist broadleaf forest and evergreen tropical forest are commonly known as “Shoals” in the region which is layered on the high hill slopes. The tributaries of Periyar and Chalakudy rivers chisel down these slopes in the form of small rivulets and you can also see Lakhom waterfall within the Park.

Location: The Wildlife Warden Munnar PO, Idukki, Kerala, 685612

Timings:
7:30 AM to 4 PM on all the seven days of the week.

Entry fee: An entry fee of INR 65 for Indian citizens and INR 245 for foreign nationals.

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Kundala Lake

Embark on a journey to Top Station and find this beautiful mirror-like lake after around 20 KM of a drive. The breath-taking backdrops of green hill slopes, the majestic sunrises, the unparalleled beauty of cherry blossoms and a blue blanket of the famous Neela Kurunji flowers which bloom only once every twelve year makes this place a dreamy location and is one of the main Munnar tourist places.

This artificial lake has Asia’s first Arch dam and the water engages the tourists in different kinds of boating experience such as rowboats, Kashmiri
shikara boats, and pedal boats. A vast golf course that belongs to Tata Tea Ltd and a nearby waterfall known as Aruvikkad Waterfall is also situated in proximity to the lake which can be visited in a single trip.

Location:
Kundale Lake, Kannan Devan Hills, Kerala 685615

Timings: All day.

Price: None.

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Mattupetty Dam

Almost 13 km off the Munnar town, Mattupetty Dam is a famous holiday spot for tourists. This beautiful hill station is hemmed in by Anamudi Peak covered with undulating slopes of tea gardens with an emerald lake in the middle of the place where people often indulge in speed boating. 

Carefully watch the stillness in water; you would notice the rippling reflection of the lush tea gardens on the sides. The height at which Mattupetty is located is around 1,700 m which makes the Dam to be one of the highest Dams in Munnar. 

This is one of the attractions in Munnar that goes on everyone’s to-do list because Mattupetty is dream destination Munnar and the Dam falls en route. Just a few kilometers away from the Dam lies the lake which is settled amid the tea gardens and Shola forest; one of the places to visit in Munnar that goes without saying.

Location:
Mattupetty, Munnar, Kerala 685616.

Timings: 
All day.

Entry fee: 
INR 10

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Photo Point

This is a picturesque curve on the Nilgiri slopes which is located at a distance of around 3 km from Munnar on the way to Top station and Mattupetti. Photo point truly justifies its name and if you do not think the location has nothing as such to offer while driving through the undulating plains, take a pause, come out of your car and get clicked here, you would notice how photogenic the place is. 

The flickering leaves of the tea garden and the twittering brooks, the scenic hills, and the floating clouds; everything in one picture, it is really an amazing location to take out your camera which makes it one of the best Munnar tourist places.

Location:
SH18, Kannan Devan Hills, Kerala 685612

Timings:
 10 AM - 8 PM

Entry fee:
 None.

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Top Station

Greeting visitors all around the year, Top Station Munnar lies amidst three mountain streams, at the confluence of Mudrapuzha, Kundala, and Nallathanni mountain ranges. Top Station is a part of reckoned Kannan Devan hill station encircled all around by magnificent views. Turn around your eyes and lose yourself in the sophistication of rich green valleys! 

Here, there are ample of Neelakurinji flowers blooming once after every 12 years. Tourists from far off places visit here for a picture-perfect shot of these rich and luxurious blue flowers. Once a while, this beautiful place was a well-known trans-shipment tea delivery point connecting Munnar with Bodinayakkanur. You can still find some remains of Top Station’s ropeway station there.

Never miss on to accompany yourself with your DSLR’s to snap down a panoramic view of the mighty Western Ghats. Standing at the top station, you can have a bird’s eye view of the township that lays all along the downfall.  All over the path that leads you towards Top Station Munnar, has a beautiful exhibit of blooming flowers. These belong to the rarest varieties and are endearing enough to leave you amazed with both their beauty and fragrance. 

Location: Top Station Hwy, Munnar.

Timings: 6 AM to 6 PM

Entry fee: None.

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Meesapulimala

Around 15 KM from Munnar lies Rhodovalley which is famous for the blooming Rhodendron trees and there sits the peak of Meesapulimala at an elevation of 8000 ft above sea level. This is the first highest peak in the Munnar region that can be trekked as Anamudi has restrictions.

The peak shares the border of Kerala and Tamilnadu and is a moderate trek of one day that goes through passing eight hills to reach the top. The place is idyllic and is enough to attain peace making it one of the best Munnar tourist places.

Location:
Meesapulimalai, Idukki.

Timings
: All day.

Entry fee: None.

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Chinnar Wildlife Sanctuary

Skirted by Eravikulam National Park in the south and by the Indira Gandhi Wildlife Sanctuary in the north, Chinnar wildlife sanctuary is home to the famous endangered India grizzled giant squirrel, and also a soothing habitat for Elephants, Hanuman Monkeys, tufted grey langur, Gaur, Spotted Deer, Crocodile, Tiger, slender Loris, Leopard along with a plethora of plant and bird species.

The Forest Department and the Eco-development Committees of the local tribal communities encourage eco-tourism in the sanctuary enabling a wild encounter in a friendlier manner.

Location: 
Munnar - Udumalpet Road, Munnar, Kerala 685612

Timings: 8 AM - 5 PM

Entry fee: INR 10 for Indian adults, INR 5 for children and INR 100 for foreign nationals.

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Lockhart Gap

Refreshing, picturesque and serene; Lock hart Gap is the landscape where floating mist is found on the blue layers of hills which can be seen from this spot in Munnar. Lockhart Gap is located at around 12 to 13 km from Munnar on the way to Mattupetti. 

The expansive panorama of green tea slopes, the streaks of white cotton mist and the ultra blue skyline made of mist-clad hills and the sharp winding mountain roads; the place is remarkably special if you want to spend an hour of solitude in this cave quiet valley. 

The name is referred to a gap between two mountains which looks like the shape of a heart which can be witnessed from this vantage point. Breathe the fresh tea scent and watch the clouds settling on the hilltop while the Sun is ready to leave, you will realize that you are at one of the best Munnar tourist places.

Location: Munnar-Madurai National highway, Mattupetti, Kerala.

Timings: All day.

Entry fee: None.

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Lakkom Water Falls

This waterfall is part of the Eravikulam National Park and falls on the route to Udumalaipettai from Munnar. It originates from the Eravikulam stream at around 30 km off Munnar. Travel through the thick tea plantation on a narrow winding trail and witness this silky white magic of nature. In the clear water of the pool below, you can even see your toe twiddling on the rocks.

The water takes a plunge out of a thick green forest from afar and the sight of this small yet charming waterfall is spellbinding. There is a small shop situated a little away from the fall that serves mouth-watering Kerala food, like fish, rice, sambhar etc. It is one of the sightseeing places in Munnar which commands your attention.

Location:
Munnar - Udumalpet Rd, Marayur.

Timings:
9 AM to 4 PM

Entry fee:
INR 20 

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Rose Garden

The aromatic floating fumes of a plethora of plant species, fruits, flowers and crops in a 2acre stretch, brimming with varied colors on a 360-degree pan is a place that only lies in Munnar. One of the perfect Munnar tourist places which you just cannot afford to miss while you are in Munnar. 

This is actually a maze of a number of pretty flowers like Dahlias, Rose, Chrysanthemums, and plants like pepper, cardamom, vanilla etc at a height of 3500 feet above the sea level. The name sounds a little misleading in that way because there are a variety of flowers which are following the contours and slopes and beautifying the place and not just Roses. 
However, this is one of the attractions in Munnar that leaves a mark on the visitors. 

The spices and other fruits which are planted in this garden along with other flowers release unique fragrances in the air which makes you feel very refreshing while you are enjoying the sheer bliss of watching the beauty around.

Location:
Karadippara, Kerala 685561

Price: 
INR 20 per person

Timings:
10 AM to 5 PM

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Wonder Valley Adventure & Amusement Park

This amusement park in Munnar is one of the few places to visit in Munnar to enjoy myriads of fun activities such as Dashing Cars, 12D Rider, Zip Line, Charlie Chaplin Walk, and Natural Waterfall under one roof. This one and only amusement park are situated at Anachal in Munnar. 

From rain dancing to Lazy river and Wave pool; the water activities are as thrilling as the adventure activities like rock climbing, rainforest trek trails. From Bungee Jump to Play port to nature walks and Treehouses; this place is painstakingly made for the sheer pleasure of enjoying the adventures.

This is one of the tourist places in Munnar that is packed with oodles of fun and joy and has something for everyone.

Location: 
No. 89, Chithirapuram P.O, Anachal, Idukki District, Munnar, Kerala 685565

Entry fee:
INR 800 per person

Timings:
8:30 AM - 5:30 PM

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Carmelagiri Elephant Park

As the name suggests, at Carmelagiri Elephant Park, one gets to indulge in some exhilarating excursions which take around the park while you settle atop the back of an Elephant. Take a half- day or an hour-long tour of the rolling verdant slopes, sprawling tea plantation, and a vibrant park full of sky touching trees, you would love the wilderness of the place.

Keep your camera ready as you traverse around this scenic destination to click or to get yourself clicked. Hitching on the back of a Huge Elephant and traversing the park is a fun activity and can only be enjoyed at Camelahiri Elephant Park in Munnar.

Location:
 Mattuppetty Road, Munnar, Kannan Devan Hills, Kerala 685612

Timings: 9 AM to 5 PM

Entry fee:
INR 400 per head for a 15-minute ride.

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