The hill station of Munnar is situated in the Idukki District in the eastern part of Kerala, bordering the state of Tamil Nadu. Popularly known as Kashmir of the South, Munnar is well connected to all the cities in Kerala. Munnar is located amidst mist-covered mountain ranges and evergreen forests of the Western Ghats, at a varying altitude of 1,600 m (5,249 ft) to 1,800 m (5,906 ft) above mean sea level, at the foot hills of Anamudi, the highest peak of the Western Ghats (2,695 m).
Munnar is a perfect destination for adventure enthusiasts, honeymoon couples, wildlife and nature lovers. It is an idyllic tourist destination with rolling hills, grasslands, dense forests, brooks and rivulets, diverse flora and fauna, numerous waterfalls, lakes, tea plantations and walking trails.
How To Reach Munnar
Munnar by Air:
Kochi is the nearest major airport and is 130 km from Munnar whereas there is another airport which is located in the neighboring state Tamil Nadu in Madurai.
Munnar by Rail:
Nearest railhead is at Angamaly or Alwaye, both are nearly 120 km away from Munnar. Angamaly is an important rail junction in Ernakulam – Trissur route and is well connected to all cities in India.
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The roads linking Munnar to the rest of the state are well-developed and connect this magnificent hill station with all the major cities of Kerala. Besides, the state transport buses are also available and you can also hire any local mode of transport such as buses and private cabs from here.
Munnar Weather – Best Time to Visit Munnar
Munnar experiences a moderate climate throughout the year. But the best time to visit is from August to May.
- Summers (March to May) are pleasant and the temperature ranges a maximum of 35°C to the minimum of 19°C, making it ideal for visiting Tata Tea Museum and Kolukkumalai Tea Estate.
- Winters (December to February) are cool and temperature comes down to 10°C during this period. This time is perfect for exploring and honeymooning. Moreover, winter period is also ideal for taking up Trekking, Rock Climbing and Rappelling.
- Monsoons (June to September) are lovely with pouring rainfalls.
Monsoon months should be preferably avoided as the area receives heavy rainfall, bringing an abrupt halt to normal life.
Tourist Attractions Of Munnar
Attukal is known for its long stretches of rising hills and waterfalls. It can be easily accessed from Munnar as well as Pallivasal, which is located between them. Visitors can enjoy long walks or go for trekking in the region.
Located at a distance of 10 kilometers from Munnar, Nyayamakad is mainly known for its magnificent waterfalls. The cascade that rolls down the hills from a height of 1600 meters is worth a watch. The surroundings with their enchanting nature add to the beauty of the place making it an ideal choice for activities such as trekking and gatherings.
Eravikulam National Park:
Eravikulam National Park lies at a distance of 15 kilometers from the hill station. The park occupies an area of 97 square kilometers. Eravikulam is known for sheltering endangered species and rare creatures such as rare butterflies, Nilgiri Tahr and other birds and animals. The park looks at its best when the surrounding hill slopes get covered with Neelakurinji flowers. Then it seems like a blue carpet spread over the slopes.
This popular picnic spot activities like boating and horse riding and is a great place to spend the day especially if visiting with children. You could take the speed boat ride which is fantastic
Top Station, which is about 32 km from Munnar is at a height of 1700 m above the sea level. It is the highest point on the Munnar-Kodaikanal road. Travellers to Munnar make it a point to visit Top Station to enjoy the panoramic view it offers of the neighbouring state of Tamil Nadu.