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How to Reach

  • How to reach Munnar by Air
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  • The closest airport that you can fly to is the Cochin International Airport in Kochi and it is 110 kilometers from the city. From here you can take a cab or train to reach the hill station.
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  • How to reach Munnar by Rail
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  • The closest major railway stations to Munnar are Aluva and Ernakulam and they are 140 kilometers away. However, there is a functioning rail station at Udumalaipettai that is some 85 kilometers away that you can reach.
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  • How to reach Munnar by Car/Bike
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  • From Bangalore
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  • Distance: 476 kilometers
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  • Traveling Time: 9 hours 26 minutes
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  • Route Map: Bangalore – Salem – Coimbatore - Munnar
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  • From Kochi
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  • Distance: 130 kilometers
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  • Traveling Time: 3 hours 38 minutes
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  • Route Map: Kochi – Kothamangalam - Munnar
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  • From Coimbatore
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  • Distance: 157 kilometers
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  • Traveling Time: 4 hours 26 minutes
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  • Route Map: Coimbatore – Udumalpet - Munnar
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  • How to reach Munnar By Bus
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  • From Bangalore
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  • Total Distance: 464 kilometers
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  • Traveling Time: 11 hours 20 minutes
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  • Ticket Price Volvo: Starts at ?1150
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  • Ticket Price Non AC: Starts at ?500
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  • Starting Bus Stand: Kalasipalyam
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  • Ending Bus Stop: Udumalpet - Munnar
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  • Route Map: Bangalore – Dharmapuri – Coimbatore - Munnar
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  • From Kochi
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  • Total Distance: 134 kilometers
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  • Traveling Time: 5 hours
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  • Ticket Price Volvo: Starts at ?350
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  • Ticket Price Non AC: Depends on the bus and service provider
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  • Starting Bus Stand: Fort Kochi
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  • Ending Bus Stop: Munnar
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  • Route Map: Fort Kochi – Kothamangalam – Adimali - Munnar
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  • From Coimbatore
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  • There aren’t any direct buses that start in Coimbatore and take you directly to Munnar.

Best Time To Visit

  • Munnar is one of the hill stations and towns in the Idukki district of Kerala and in the mountain range called the Western Ghats. It is also named as the “Kashmir of South India” and is a popular location for many honeymooners. There are plenty of times that you should visit, but some seasons are better than others and here is everything that you need to know about the ideal seasons to visit the area.
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  • Winter (September to March) – This is the best time to visit the city and the temperature will be on the colder side. There is also some occasional rain showers that would make the area green and even cooler. The best month to visit is in December and the temperature stays around 5º and you can enjoy some snow at this time. Christmas, as well as New Years, are a popular time to visit the area, so make sure to make your plans well in advance if you want to come.
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  • Summer (April until May) – During the summer the temperature rarely goes above 20º, which means that it is also a good time to visit. You can wander around the hills and the forests and enjoy the tea estates as well during this time. You need to ensure that you are bringing appropriate clothing since it can get colder during the evening. This is the most common time that most people visit to try to escape the heat and the bustle of the city.
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  • Monsoon (June to August) – If you want to enjoy some rain while you are visiting the hills, then this is the perfect time to visit. However, the end of June and beginning of July should be avoided as those are the times with the heaviest rainfall. You can enjoy the tea gardens that abound in this area, but make sure to travel during the day as the night time is very misty. The temperatures during this time can sometimes dip to below 0º, so make sure to carry some warm clothing.

Traveller Tales from Munnar


Puneeth Kumar

28 December 2018

"Simply Amazing. If you love adventures , this is a must try. There's Jeep safari, off-roading through the tea estates, Fog covering the way when you reach the top, Mesmerizing view, Quechua Tents, Tas...

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Madha Van

11 February 2018

For anyone who loves camping, this is the place to be. In the midst of mother nature - at Kerala's highest resort, what else can you ask for. A bunch of dedicated and professional tour guides who ...

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Mahesh Arora

16 March 2015

My three days trip to munnar hills is unforgettable....It was my first trekking expedition ever and i completed it with so ease and comfort ... And all thanks goes to our tour guide who were very exper...

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Vaidehi Ahuja

11 December 2014

we explored all beautiful places of Munnar like the jungle the hills and the grassand. Everthing was just awesome. I loved to trek amidst the tea gardens and then climbing up hills.

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Girindra Deshpande

14 September 2014

The spectacular views are quite enogh to steal your heart... Definately Munnar is the favourite hotspot of trekkers and other tourists...While trekking we also reached Mattupetty hills and then discove...

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Rati Gill

15 August 2013

There is some magic in the hills of Munnar, that caught our attention, trull the place is the best holiday destination for all. When we were entering Munnar we saw endless gardens of coffee and it was ...

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Tanya Naik

10 December 2018

A bit overpriced. But compared to many other treks I have done, this was really a fresh experience. The beauty of the place is absolutely wonderful. Nature lovers should visit Meesapulimala. The misty ...


Prashansa Bhuwania

19 June 2017

"Firstly, I'd like to mention how we were pleasantly surprised by how good the service is. You wouldn't believe it if you haven't been there. The three guys assisting us were very considerate. We were ...


Jagdish Gandhi

02 March 2017

The routes to the location was smooth but you have to face some challenging hairpin bends. It was the trickiest part of the tour. There were the steep routes through the forests, the walk through it wa...

What You Should Know More About Munnar

  • Q. Travel Advice:

    Munnar is a beautiful place that promises a wonderful journey to its visitors. However, there are a few tips that you must keep in mind:

    • Safe driving required: Munnar consists of numerous beautiful curvy roads. However, it can get quite tricky if you’re visiting the place for the first time or if you are a learning driver. Sometimes, the roads are covered with fog and will most probably blind your vision. Therefore, you need to be an expert.

    • Drinking laws: There are a few hotels which may provide alcohol especially during many festival holidays. However, you can build a rapport with the local hotel employees and ask them to get it for you. As far as restrictions are concerned, there aren’t too many hard and fast rules regarding the same.

    • Come prepared for the weather: Munnar is a refreshingly cool place to spend your holidays at. That’s for certain. However, temperatures here drop considerably after sunset. It can get quite chilly at nights and it is advisable for you to remain prepared for the same.

  • Q. Things to do in Munnar:

    There are a variety of things to do in Munnar. Here’s the list:

    • Tea garden strolls in Munnar: One of the most fun-filled and refreshing activity to do in Munnar is to stroll through the beautiful, scenic estates situated in every nook and corner of Munnar. These locations are paradise in form of rich, green foliage. There is no better way of spending a soothing evening than by just taking a simple stroll.

    • Enjoy the waterfall of the Western Ghats: One of the primary attractions in the long-stretching Western Ghat is Munnar indeed. The beautiful landscape filled with steep, curvy hills and incredible plantations surround most portions of the Western Ghat. What’s more? Enjoy the majestic waterfalls while you’re at it.

    • Visit the Eravikulam National Park: Meet the exotic life protected within the many beautiful shelters of Munnar. For instance, the Eravikulam National Park. You may even get the glimpse of the rare Nilgiri Tahr, these friendly, docile sweet animals. You will surely have a fun time.

    • Visit the Top Station Viewpoint: One of the most popular destinations in Munnar for visitors is the Top Station Viewpoint. Get the panoramic view of the whole of Munnar from one of the highest points in Munnar. Situated on the Munnar-Kodaikanal Road, take special attention of this rare Neelakurunji flower that literally blooms only once every 12 years.

    • Explore the adventurous spirit in you in Munnar: There are an array of sporting and adventurous sports that you can indulge in. Choose from a range of thrilling activities such as rock climbing, rappelling, paragliding and even cycling and start your day in a unique way. You will surely receive a unique perspective of Munnar through the numerous activities that are offered at the location.

    • Stroll through the Blossom International Park: The Blossom International Park of Munnar is filled with numerous gardens that consist of blooming flower-beds and amazing surroundings. This is among those must-do things in Munnar.

  • Q. What will you like in Munnar:

    • Go trekking through the beautiful hills of Munnar: Munnar offers its visitors with the perfect kind of setting for various trekking trails all throughout. Be it the Anamudi peak or the Rajamala Hills, the Devikulam or the Eravikulam National Park or seven hills mountain– each place holds a special importance in terms of greenery and cloud-full beauty.

    • Elephant Safari at Carmelagiri Elephant Park in Munnar: Imagine you riding on the back of the elephant while you watch a beautiful sunset. The elephant safari at the Carmelagiri Elephant Park will definitely deliver you with the experience with your life.

    • Lip smacking classes at Nimi:  Munnar is an apt place not only for adventure-lovers but also for ardent foodies. Meet Nimi Sunil Kumar – known for her bestseller cookbook called Lip Smacking Dishes for Kerala and get an authentic take on Kerala’s regular cuisine. Take these classes for an apt experimentation of the local food of the location as well.

    • Ayurvedic oneness at the Ayurveda centres of Munnar: The ancient science of Ayurveda is also among the many key characteristics that make up for Munnar’s image. The age-old Indian practise is being carried on in many Ayurveda centres of Munnar. In fact, your visit will be considered incomplete if you don’t take part in one of these Ayurvedic spa sessions at least once while you’re at Munnar. Have a fun, relaxing and soothing experience at Amrutham Ayurvedic village Resort at the end of your day.

  • Q. Recommended reads for destination

    Government websites: 

    Kerala Tourism 

    Recommended books: The Future Is Mine, Lonely Planet Kerala

  • Q. What is the best time to visit Munnar?

    The climate in Munnar is present throughout the year, so you can visit anytime. Monsoons could be the best season to visit the place given its lush greenery during this time from the month June to September. However, it is definitely not the best time to trek there as the tracks might be slippery and dangerous. It could get extremely cold during the winters and it is best to avoid planning your visit during the months of December and January.

  • Q. How to reach Munnar?

    The most convenient spot to reach Munnar is from the Cochin in Kerala with a distance of about 127 km to cover. The possible ways to reach Munnar from Cochin are:

    • Road – It takes maximum of 4 hours of travel to reach Munnar through road. KSRTC government buses are the cheapest option, whereas you could also take other bus options and cabs to get there.
    • Rail – Depending on the availability, you could choose from taking a train either from Coimbatore or Cochin Railway station.
    • Q. Which are the best places to visit in Munnar?

      Basking in lush greenery, Munnar is undoubtedly one of the best places to visit in Kerala. Popular for its’ tea plantations, there are also many good sightseeing places in Munnar. Some of them are:

      • Eravikulam National Park
      • Devikulam
      • Mattupetty Dam
      • Anamudi
      • Hydel Park
      • Pothamedu view point
      • Munnar Tea Museum
      • Kundala Dam Lake
      • Attukal Falls

    • Q. Which are some best resorts to stay in Munnar?

      Some of the best resorts to stay in Munnar are:

      • Tea County, Munnar
      • Westwood Riverside Garden Resort
      • Windermere Estate
      • Great Escapes Resorts, Munnar
      • Camp Noel
      • Chandys Windy woods
      • Mountain club resort
      • Nature zone resort

    • Q. Which are the best places to experience local cuisine in Munnar?

      Munnar being situated in the state of Kerala offers the local Kairali Cuisine. Some good places to experience the local cuisine are:

      • Food stalls in the Bazaar
      • Mezbaan hotel
      • Thattu Kada
      • Gurubhavan hotel
      • Hill spice restaurant
      • Rapsy restaurant

    • Q. What are the best public transport modes to commute around Munnar?

      There are quite a few ways you could use to commute around Munnar. They are:

      • Bus – public buses are available for prices as cheap as INR 5 to INR 25 and can take you in and around Munnar.
      • Taxi – If you want to get dropped off right at the doorstep of your location, taxis are available.
      • Auto-Rickshaws – Auto rickshaws are cheaper than cabs and usually have a meter that you can pay by.
      • Bikes – To leisurely discover the place by yourself, you can rent a bike for yourself for around INR 300 per day.

    • Q. What are the best places of shopping in Munnar?

      The main shopping that you can do in Munnar is for their Tea. Some places where you can shop in Munnar are:

      • Krishna Shopping Mall
      • Main Bazaar
      • Tea factories
      • Coffee factories
      • Aranya Naturals
      • Tata tea’s srishti welfare centre

    • Q. Which are best tea estates for tea garden strolling in Munnar?

      The town of Munnar has more than 30 tea plantations in and around the hill station. Walking around the beautiful tea gardens with the fragrance of tea all over is by itself a pleasurable activity. The thought of a visit to Munnar goes hand in hand with exploring the Tea Gardens. The town also has a tea museum owned by the Tata Group that you must visit. Among the numerous tea gardens, the best ones to stroll amongst are:


      • Kolukkumalai Tea Estate
      • Windermere Estate
      • Kannan Devan Hills

    • Q. Where can we go for a wildlife safari in and around Munnar?

      Some good places to witness wildlife safari in and around Munnar are:

      Eravikulam National park

      • Timings: 07:30 PM to 04:00 PM
      • Things to carry: Comfortable shoes, water bottle.
      • Price: INR 90 for adults and INR 65 for children

      Chinar for a Night Safari:

      • Timings: 04:00 PM to 10:00 pm and 09:00 PM to 03:00 PM
      • Things to carry: Flashlight, sweaters/jackets, comfortable shoes, water bottle.
      • Price: approximately INR 5000 per person

    • Q. How is Munnar as a honeymoon destination? What romantic things can be done in Munnar?

      Given the comforts of little cottages and resorts amidst the lush dense greenery of Munnar, it is a nice hill station for a honeymoon. The place by itself is very romantic, however, there are many romantic things to do on the honeymoon. Some are:- 

      • Take a walk at the tea gardens of Kolukkumalai
      • Have a picnic at the beautiful Lakkam Waterfalls
      • Take a boat ride in Kundala Lake – INR 10 per person for 20 minutes
      • Try some ayurvedic spa in Antara AyurSpa, Spandini Spa or Tattavam Spa.

    • Q. Which are some trekking trails in Munnar?

      Munnar is a great place for trekking. Some of the best trails in the region are:

      • Chokramudi – altitude of 7200 feet, varying range of trek.
      • Idukki – altitude of 4000 feet.
      • Chummar Trek – through the Tea plantations.
      • Kannan Devan Hills – 1950 metres above sea level