Munnar, the milieu of undulating mountain vistas, craggy peaks, lush tea estates and crusty peak environ, really attracts visitors to beat the high temperature of lowlands. This extraordinarily striking hill town, situated at a height of 6000 ft is considered the most desirable summer resort of Kerala. In those colonial days when British monarchy was established, Munnar even was regarded as an important resort.
As it is sited on the junction of three rivers Kundala Mudrapuzha and Nallathani, it was given the name Munnar. Apart from tourism, the enormous coffee plantation and tea estates are the major factors added to its flourishing economy. It is situated in Kerala's Idukki district. It has been considered that this tourist spot dates back to 10th century; however its history also relates it with Stone Age as many pre-historic relics have been discovered.
In 17th century, a Tamil origin group called 'Muthuvans' migrated to this summer resort and settled down its nearby regions. During 19th century this place mingled with Anchunadu that was a small tribal monarchy as well as one of amongst the earliest South Indian tribal settlements. In earlier days the fertile soil of its land was used to cultivate ginger, cardamom along with other spices.
Due to Spanish planters, Munnar came into limelight and John Daniel Munro, visited Munnar for the first time during mid 19th century and after taking permission from Poonjar's Maharaja, he acquired 588 sq. km of land. Later in 1976 it was procured by Tata-Finlay Ltd.
Best time to get there: Aug-May
Winter Temp.: 11 to 32°C
Summer Temp: 19 to 35°C
By Air: Cochin International Airport (Nedumbassery Airport & CIAL) is the nearby airport that is 110 km away from this city by road. Another airport is the Madurai International Airport, which you can also use to get there. It is 140 km away from Munnar.
By Car: If you have private car then you can take the route of Kochi, Aluva, Madurai, Kodaikanal and Coimbatore to get into Munnar.
By Train: Major railway stations to reach there are:
Ernakulam- 130 km
Aluva- 110 km
Madurai is 135km.
Besides you can catch direct regular buses also to Munnar. The first Bus begins its schedule at 6AM.
This place just like its lush plantation and everlasting charm also provides some exclusive shopping alternatives. Here you can indulge in buying spices, tea, and coffee as well as homemade chocolates.
Food: Besides being famous for delivering all sorts of gourmet foods and delicious cuisines one can also lost in the taste of its local eateries including fish curry, chilly bhaji, and spicy cashew nut with hot tea perfect for its climate conditions.
Staying Options: From low-cost hotels to luxury five star hotels, resorts, suites, villas and cottages, there are many options available in Munnar to offer you best staying facilities. You can contact your travel agent to book your preferred hotels prior to visiting Munnar.
Activities: Boating, bicycling, rock climbing and walking in the clouds are some activities, which you can enjoy here along with other local festivals and celebrations.