Bangalore to Munnar Best Route

Last updated on 13th September 2013

So you have decided to take a break from work and go for a vacation. And yeah, this time you are heading to Munnar and for various reasons you decided to drive down. But which route? There are many different routes you can take when driving from Bangalore to Munnar. Each of the routes has their own merits and demerits. Some routes are lengthy but you will be able to maintain slightly higher average speed. Some routes will allow you to save few miles but give you a low average speed. No matter which route you take, the last leg of your driving will involve ghat roads, lots of hairpin bends, and steep climbs. That’s because your destination is situated approximately 1800 meters above the sea level in the Western Ghats.

I have been trying different routes to Munnar and prefer the route via Kangeyam – Udumalaipetai over the other routes because I think it gives you the best of both worlds.

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

Distance – 465 km from Silk Board, Bangalore.
Driving Time – Approximately 10 hours.

Though there is no hard and fast rule regarding whether it is better to drive in the night or day time, I prefer driving in day light due to various reasons. My suggestion would be to plan your journey such that you reach Munnar in the day time before 4PM in the evening. This way you could enjoy the scenic beauty of the lavish greenery en route to Munnar.

If you have toddlers or young children coming with you it would help if you carry their favorite toys/puzzles/games/books to make them engaged during the drive.

Silk Board – Salem (195 km)

Good Road.
Driving time – 3hrs approx.

Hosur Krishnagiri Road

Hosur Krishnagiri Road

Bangalore to Salem via Hosur, Krishnagiri is an excellent highway and you would take approximately 3 hours to reach Salem. There are 3 or 4 tolls en route and you would be paying approximately Rs 300 one way (as of 10th Sep 2013). Near to Salem there are some decent vegetarian restaurants on either side of the highway.

Salem to Perundurai. (80 Km)

Good road. NH7
Driving time – 1 hour 20 minutes

From Salem you need to continue on NH47 towards Coimbatore direction. Once you drive approximately 75km from Salem watch out for a sign board indicating the direction to Perundurai.

Signboard showing the direction to Perundurai

NH47 bypasses Perundurai Town. You will have to take a left at this point to go to Perundurai.

Once you see the sign board Perundurai is within a mile. (At this point you will exit NH-47 and enter SH-96 towards Kangeyam)

Perundurai to Kangeyam. (33km)

Good Roads – (State Highway 96)
Driving time – 40 minutes

Once you enter Perundurai town watch out for the signs indicating the direction to Kangeyam. Perundurai to Kangeyam is approximately 33km. The roads are good and traffic will be very minimal. The roads are two lanes with no divider. You will pass by a small town by name Chennimalai on the way to Kangeyam.

Kangeyam to Dharapuram (33km)

Good Road.
Driving Time 45 minutes

The road is of the same characteristics as in the Perundurai – Kangeyam stretch. You would take about 45 minutes to reach Dharapuram. You can see few wind mills along this route.

Dharapuram to Udumalaipettai (40km)

Good Road
Driving Time 1 hour.

Again single lane road with no divider. Minimal traffic. At the time of writing this article, there were lots of road works going on in the town and many places the traffic was diverted. Hence please look for the signboards indicating the directions to Munnar.

Udumalaipettai to Marayoor. (48km)

Ghat section and Bad Roads
Driving Time 1:30 hrs.

Most of the mobile service providers don’t have coverage until you reach Munnar. So if you want to make a final check with your travel agent better do that before leaving Udumalaipettai.

After leaving Udumalaipettai town you will be driving through the country side for the next 15 to 20 minutes. After that you will be entering the ghat section. There are no villages/shops for the next 45 km (1:30 hours) and obviously no petrol bunks either. Hence make sure that you have enough fuel to cover the next 45 km. Also, from now you are going to enter a totally different terrain. The road keeps going uphill with hairpin bends and the condition of the road is not that great either. Hence your car is going to gulp more fuel per mile.

There are few check posts in this stretch and at each check post you will have to pull over and go to the guard room and write Driver Name, car registration number, number of passengers in the car, from where you are coming, your destination in the register kept at the guard room. The duty officer may come and inspect the car as well.

WARNING! It is illegal to carry liquor across state borders.

Panther Crossing zone

From Udumalaipettai to Marayoor you are driving through the Chinnar wild life sanctuary. You may see wild animals in this stretch. Do not try to scare the animals or try to chase them away by driving the car towards them or near them. It’s very dangerous for you as well as other travelers on the road.

Once you reach the Tamil Nadu Kerala boarder, you will see a series of check posts. One check post in Tamil Nadu side and 2 in the Kerala side after crossing the small bridge in the boarder. You will need to pull over and go to the guard room to sign on the register. You need to write the car Reg number, number of passengers, starting point, destination, purpose of visit etc.

Here you will see a lot of monkeys on the road and the moment you stop the car they all jump on top of your car. Keep all your windows rolled up before stopping the car. The monkeys are searching for eatables and if you have kept something on the dash board and the windows are down they will take that and runaway in the fraction of a second. Imagine a monkey snatching that fancy handbag from your wife and escaping into the woods :-). I had been a victim once but what I lost was packet of snacks.

After driving about 10 km you can see a signboard indicating “Thoovanam water falls”. The waterfall is actually away from the road but you could stop the car and have a glimpse of the silver folds of the waterfall. The view of Thoovanam waterfalls in the winter season will be breathtaking.

Thoovanam Waterfall when viewed from the main road.

Thoovanam Waterfalls, view from the Udumalaipettai Marayoor main road.

Another couple of miles and you will reach Marayoor village. Pull over and have a cup of hot tea. Marayoor is a small village town. You can see few coffee houses and small restaurants.

Marayoor to Munnar (42 km)

Narrow road through the Ghats.
Driving Time – 1:30 hrs.

After leaving Marayoor town, within a couple of miles you will enter into the famous natural sandalwood forests of Marayoor. You could identify this by the miles long metal fencing on either side of the road. Sometimes you may see wild animals as well near the fencing. The roads are a mix of good and bad stretches.

The road goes through the Marayoor sandalwood forests

The road goes through the Marayoor sandalwood forests

There is one check post by the forest department in the Marayoor Munnar route. You will have to park the car and go to the guard room to sign on the register. They may come and inspect your car as well.

You will see the “Lakkam water falls” on the way. It is not completely visible from the road. Pull over and enjoy the view.

The road is going downhill to the valley and will start going uphill again onto another mountain. Once the road reaches the top of the mountain you could stop there and enjoy the scenic view of the Munnar valley. If the time is past 4PM in the evening the dense fog would have already engulfed the region.

WARNING! You are in the last leg of your drive and you may be already tired. Drive very carefully. You are driving on a narrow mountain road with many sharp curves and little or no shoulders.

Once road starts going downhill after about 5km you will see the entry for the “Eravikulam National Park”. And few more miles further you will enter Munnar town.

Welcome to Munnar! Have a pleasant stay here!

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325 Responses

  1. Sudhir says:

    13 Mar 2014, On Ford Ecosport, started at 5am from Whitefield, Bangalore, Salem @ 8am, breakfast after Salem; missed right on nh 47; reached Tirupur @11:30; reached Murayoor 1:30;Lunch @ Murayoor. Reached Munnar @ 5pm. In between stopped more than 10 places to take photos otherwise could have reached at 4pm. 11 hours with 2 half an hour and 2 15 min breaks.

  2. mukesh agarwal says:

    any road problem or ghat are risky ,

    • Roy says:

      As far as I know there are no issues with the roads. There were some minor works going on in the Kangeyam – Dharapuram section. But those would have finished by now. Driving through the ghat roads we should be careful. The road is narrow and you will be tired of driving a long distance…

      • Gap says:

        Hello Sir,

        Thanks a lot for sharing your experience & providing information to lot of visitors at this portal.

        I’m planning to visit Munnar & Kumarakom from Bangalore on 26th Dec and planning to leave on 29th Dec afternoon with my family (wife & 2.5 yr old kid).

        My plan is to:
        1. Leave on 26th early morning at 5 AM and then reach Munnar by 5 PM.
        2. Stay 2 days in Munnar and then leave for Kumarkom on 28th morning after checkout.
        3. 28th Dec i.e. day 3rd – Checkin at houseboat for night stay
        4. 29th Dec i.e. checkout – Come back to Bangalore

        Or other plan could be:
        1. Leave on 26th early morning at 5 AM and then reach Kumarkom by evening and take a houseboat to stay over-night.
        2. Checkout next morning i.e. 27th and leave for Munnar.
        3. Stay in Munnar for 2 days and then leave for Bangalore

        I can make any of the above mentioned plans based on availability of hotels.

        Kindly suggest me if it is good.

        Also recommend me the route. I’m very much comfortable with Ghat Section driving but not much fan of sharp hair pin or one side deep valley driving. Please guide.


        Regards,
        Gaurav

  3. raj says:

    whats a good resort/hotel in munnar …. we are vegetarians …please suggest a few .

  4. Kuresh says:

    are bikes allowed???

  5. Bharti saha says:

    We have traveled the ooty road by car , faced many hairpin bends. Is the ghat road to munnar more risky for car driving ?

    • Roy says:

      Hi Bharti Saha, There are hairpin bends in the ghat road to Munnar. But not too many. However the road is narrow and with lots of curves so you will have to drive slowly and carefully.

      • Nam says:

        Mr ROY Im planning to do Munnar to ooty by road. any idea how much a taxi like innova or indica cost and how long will it take?

  6. Dr Sarah Mathews
    Your directions were of great help.Went to Munnar on 23rd march 2014 on our Ertiga following the directions given by you.The roads were in good condition.I wish Iwas informed that the Eravaikulam National Park closes for breeding season in the month of Feb and March.

  7. kulasekaran says:

    hi, how many hair pin pends between udumalai to munnar?

    • roy says:

      Between Udumalai and Munnar there are only 4 or 5 hair pin bends but the road is narrow and there are lot of small curves.

  8. sourabh says:

    Hi, I am planning to go to munnar from Bangalore by by car, mostly Ford Figo or Honda City. Can you please tell me if this is the right time to go? and is it the best way to go by car?

    • roy says:

      Hi Sourabh, On weekends there is a huge rush of tourists in Munnar nowadayas due to summer vacation. You will have to stand in queues for long time if you want to visit national park and Mattupetti boating. There will be traffic Jams as well and parking also will be problem in the town. Climate will be more or less same as Bangalore. (Night will be bit colder than Bangalore).

      You can take this route or Salem-Tirupur-Palladam-udumalpet-Munnar route.

  9. Arjun says:

    I am planning to go to Munnar from Bangalore in Scorpio or safari. Is it ok for a single person to drive or will it be hectic?

    • roy says:

      Arjun, Its not too hectic to drive Bangalore-Munnar by one person. Do take 10 minutes break after driving every 2 hours. (I have been driving in this route alone many times.)

  10. Pawan says:

    Sir, i have been planning to visit Munnar during August 13-14. Is this right time to visit Munnar and other places in Kerala. Best regards, Pawan Sethia, Chandigarh

    • Roy says:

      Hi Pawan, June-July is the monsoon season in Munnar and mostly August also will be raining in Munnar. Hence sight seeing etc will be slightly difficult. In those months sight seeing will be possible only before noon because by afternoon the valley will be filled with dense fog during the rainy season.

  11. Saikat Debray says:

    Mr. Roy, this is a great piece of write up. Appreciate you providing your experience with such details. I will be travelling with my family, wife & 2.5 yr old daughter, and this is the first time that my daughter will be doing a road trip, hence was looking at details of routes, and found this really useful. I will be taking along a driver and not drive myself. Are there any hospitals/clinics in Munaar which I can make a note of, just in case of any health emergency etc?

    • Roy says:

      Hi Saikat, At Munnar there is only hospital and its called General Hospital (04869-230270). Its run by TATA Ltd and open 24×7. Pediatrician is also available. Apart from the GH, the next nearest hospital is about 28km (1hour) away from Munnar and at a place by name Adimaly. The Hospital Name is Morning Star Medical Center.

  12. Hello Mr Roy, I really appreciate your article and minute detailing provided. I just have one question, is this route doable by a small car like WagonR etc?
    Also if my vehical is running on CNG, would that be a problem? I understand that we would have to switch to Petrol somewhere as there may not be any CNG pumps to fill up the gas but just want to know your thoughts. Thank you!

    • Roy says:

      Hi, No issue with small cars. I had been driving in an old Maruti zen (97 model) in this route till recently.. There are people driving this route in Alto as well. I am not sure about CNG availability in this route. I think CNG will be available at Coimbatore. If you want to go via Coimbatore then you have to take Salem-Coimbatore-Pollachi-Udumalpet-Marayoor-Munnar route.

  13. Sudhakar says:

    Hi. Is there any jungle safari kind of stuff in Eravaikulam National park? do they have any stay options?

  14. Chethan says:

    Hi sir, with my friends I’m planing to visit allepey and munnar coming friday evening at 5pm. Is it okay to travel during the night?? Please suggest us trip plan.. Return day needs to be by Monday early morning.. And really thanks for the article sir..

  15. Saby says:

    Hi Mr Roy, Thanks for a detailed outline of the road. I am planning to stay in Sterling Terrace Greens and it is on the Bodi – Munnar road. Can you please tell if it is wise to take the Theni – Bodi – Munnar route? or Is it good to take the Udumalpetai road and then travel to the hotel?

  16. saby says:

    Hi Mr Roy, Thanks for this minute detail. I am planning to travel to Munnar this friday 8th Aug. Please help me take the best route from Bangalore. Has the road condition changed during this last year.appreciate your reply.

    • Roy says:

      Hi Saby, Currently its raining heavily in the Idukki district. Usually in monsoon the Udumalpet-Munnar road condition becomes very bad. So I would suggest you to take the Theni-Bodi-Pooppara road.

      Sterling resort is about 20km from Munnar, in the chinnakkanal village. If you are coming via Theni-Bodi-Pooppara route then it is before Munnar. (15km from Pooppara)

  17. saby says:

    Thank you so much Roy. Appreciate your advice.

  18. nupur says:

    Hello Mr Roy,

    How good the roads would be from Bangalore to Munnar to be travelled around 15th August and also how the climate of Munnar would be?
    I will be travelling from a Tempo Traveller.

    I read in a news article that roads to munnar are closed due to heavy rains, so which route would be good to take.

    • Roy says:

      Hi Nupur, The road till Udumalpet is good. No issues. However from Udumalpet to Munnar the road is kind of difficult. Also currently its raining heavily. That makes it more difficult to drive in the Udumalpet Munnar road.

      If you are traveling with family, then I would suggest you take the Salem-Karur-Theni-Bodi-Pooppara-Munnar Road. In that route Ghat section is less compared to Udumalpet Munnar route..

      In Munnar currently its raining heavily.. sometimes drizzling. Site-seeing will be bit difficult…

      • Rahul says:

        Hi Roy,
        I plan to travel to Munnar this weekend. Have you heard about the roads being open for the traffic. I suppose terrain should be fine for an SUV. any thoughts?

  19. M S Srinivasa Raghavan says:

    Hi,
    I have seen all your responses and found to be very useful.

    I am leaving for Munnar tomorrow from Bangalore by Car( self driven). I have been told by RCI that the Theni-Munnar route is under upgradation. I would like to know whether that route is allowed for traffic. Alternatively I prefer to take Udumalaipet -Munnar route. My daughter is very much excited to see and listed lot of places for site seeking.

    Solicit your tips and comments.

  20. Santee says:

    we are(family) planning leave to munnar from banglore around 10.00pm on 14th Aug 14. is it advisable to travel through udumalpet? can we travel the udumalpet to munnar in night between 3.00-6.00am? also expecting lot of traffic from bangalore towards munnar on same night.
    or is better to take karur- theni route? pls advice

    • Roy says:

      Hi, No issues traveling through Udumalpet. 3:00 – 6:00AM is also not a issue. Sometimes you may see wild elephants and other wild animals. They will not do any danger. But drive carefully because the road through chinnar is a narrow ghat road. If you don’t want to drive though a long ghat section, then you can take the Karur-Theni- Munnar route. That has comparatively less ghat road. Traffic will be very high this weekend because of the long weekend.

  21. Rahul says:

    I am referring to udumalpet – Marayoor- Munnar road..
    Also would it be quite a long drive of we go the Valpara route. Is there a connect from Valpara to Munnar?

  22. Saby says:

    Hello Mr Roy, Thanks for the route. I took the Bangalore – Dindigul – Theni – Bodi – Pooppara – Munnar route while going and the road was good except for about 20 KM ghat road where lot of road work is going on in widening. While returning I took the Munnar – Marayoor – Udumalpet – Dharapuram – Kangeyum – Perundurai – Salem – Bangalore.The view is better on this route with lot of waterfall. We saw wild elephant n some big deer in Chinnar Wildlife sanctuary. The road is good too except that the ghat section is little more compared to the other route. Your instructions were crystal clear and we could find the roads easily. Thanks again. Munnar is heaven on earth.

    • Santee says:

      hi saby,
      planning to travel this week end how is a weather in munnar? is it possible to go for site seeing / not? Can take udulampet road in night?

      • Roy says:

        Its drizzling every now and then. Sometimes heavy rain. Site seeing is bit difficult. By 3PM visibility reduces because of heavy fog. No issues taking Udumalpet road in night. You may see wild animals. Usually they do not do any danger.

  23. Rahul says:

    Hi Saby,
    Would you be able to confirm how long it took to travel from munnar to perundurai in total. I plan to travel on this route towards munnar as the road is good as per your comments.

    • Roy says:

      Usually for me it takes about 5 hours when driving with family/kids with enough pit-stops. The most difficult part is the Munnar-Chinnar stretch. However the scenery is beautiful.

  24. Hi Mr Roy,

    I will be travelling to Munnar from Bangalore coming 15th, I wanted our take on the route in a hired cab
    Bangalore – Malavalli – Kollegal – Yelandur – Chamarajanagara – Bandigere – Satyamangalam – Annur – Avinashi – Palladam – Udumalaipettai – Munnar.

    Will there be an issue in getting State Permit for Tamil Nadu on this route, any idea on it.

    I have heard this route is really scenic and pass through national park.

    • Roy says:

      Hi, I don’t know about the permit stuff. Usually yellow board vehicles should either have a multi-state permit. If they don’t have they will have to pay temporary permit charges at the check post I think. But I am not very sure about it.

      I have never traveled in the Satyamangalam route.
      Avinashi-Palladam-Udumalai-Munnar is scenic.

  25. Rahul says:

    thanks for your comments on the route…so I guess from Bangalore with a couple of pit stops it should be around 9 hrs..

  26. mohammed says:

    Can u plz tell me the road from bangalore to munnar from kanakapura do we need to touch chamrajnagar can u plz explain me the route thanx…

  27. ANUPAMA says:

    Dear Mr Roy,Thank you for the excellent information regarding road route from Bangalore to Munnar. Pls would you advise if that is the only route to return as well.I am curious to know this since you mentioned about many hair pin bends while going to Munnar. I believe taking the same route with bends may not be too safe downhill.Look forward to your guidance pls..

    • Roy says:

      Hi Anupama, The route is safe for return as well. In fact when you are going to Munnar also you will be going up-hill some times and will be going down-hill in the next few kilometers. It keep changing because you will be crossing 2 hills on the way to munnar. While return also it will be the same. Either direction the driver should drive carefully and focus on the road. Don’t focus too much on the scenery while driving. If you want to avoid ghat road while return you can try Munnar-Adimaly-Perumbavoor-Angamaly-Thrissur-Walayar-Coimbator route. But remember, this route is too long and has terrible traffic as well. Will take significantly more time. This route also has Ghat sections, but comparatively less.

  28. Saby says:

    Hi Anupama, The roads are safe but you need to be careful. Ghat roads will have hair pin bends but these are not very dangerous. I have outlined the route that I took and it was pretty good. Travel during the day to avoid fogs

  29. Saby says:

    Hi Rahul, Perundurai to Munnar takes about 5 hours as outlined by Mr Roy but please follow the exact route as mentioned . You will not find any hotels & fuel station between Udumalpet and Munnar so ensure you fill your car and have your food when you start this stretch.

  30. musthafa.abdal says:

    Hi Mr.Roy, great to read your messages. I am planning to drive down from Palakkad via udumalpet on 27th. Hope the pollachi munnar road is good.also please comment on the climate and precautions to be taken. Thanks and god bless

    • Roy says:

      Hi Musthafa, Pollachi-Udumalpet road is good. However traffic will be little high during day time. Till Sunday it was raining here. Now rain is bit reduced..

  31. David says:

    Hi Roy, I am planning to take my family to munnar by flight through Cochin. Then to munnar by bus. While returning which will be the best route to avoid ghats by bus service to Bangalore?
    Ghat section like ooty or kodaikanal by hilly road, both uphill and down hill is allergic to me and I vomit. But I enjoyed once travel from ernakulam to adimali by bus. It was not ghats road but a good floating terrain road.
    So, to avoid such a hilly road while returning from munnar, which route is really best by Bus services to bangalore? I am having SRS bus service that leaves by 4.30 in mind. Is Udumalpet to Munnar section such type of a hilly road with lots of curves or long straight stretches?

    • Roy says:

      The SRS bus takes the Marayoor-Udumalpet route which is a hill road and it takes almost 3 hours to reach Udumalpet. In this stretch Munnar to Marayoor (42 km, 1.5 hours) route is the difficult part.

      The other option is the road via Adimali. In this route also Munnar to Adimali stretch is hill road. Its 30 km and takes 1 hour. Compared to Udumalpt road this road is better. There is a Kerala RTC bus in this route to Bangalore. (Starts by 3:30PM from Munnar). But this is a long route which goes via Calicut-Mysoor-Bangalore.

  32. Divakar says:

    Hi Mr. Roy,
    Need to know which r the places nearby to see in munnar & which road will be better for bike ride planning by 19th Sep…
    Your reply will be appreciated…
    Thanks

    • Roy says:

      HI Divakar, Are you planning for bike ride from Bangalore to Munnar? Mattupetti, Gap Road, National Park, Pallivasal are the usual site seeing spots in Munnar.

  33. Prasanna says:

    Hi Mr. Roy,
    I am planning to take my family with kids and aged parents by i20 car to Club Mahindra Munnar from Bangalore on December(Thursday) and return back to Bangalore on Monday.

    My old parents cannot travel long distance at a stretch.
    so I am going to start from Bangalore on Thursday afternoon, stay overnight at Madurai,visit temple the next day and travel to munnar CM.

    While returning i am planning to start from munnar CM Sunday afternoon, stay overnight in trichy/ tanjore ,,visit temples the next day and reach Bangalore on Monday.

    Which route would be best?

    Thanks in advance!!

    • Roy says:

      Hi Prasanna,
      While coming from Bangalore you could take Salem-Karur-Dindigal-Madurai route.
      From Madhurai to Munnar you can take Madhurai-Theni-Bodi-Bodimettu-Pooppara route.
      Club Mahindra is about 15km before Munnar when you come from Madhurai.
      While going back, You can take Pooppara-Bodimettu-Bodi-Theni-Dindigul-Manapparai-Trichy-Thanjavur

      Munnar to Bodi road is narrow and not so good. Bodi to Periyakulam Road is ok. Dindigul to Thanjavur road is excellent.

  34. Mahendra Nayak says:

    Hi Roy, Good day! Thank you for your tips. Could you please help me for the best route to go to Yellapatty Bungalow from Marayoor. I am planning to go to Munnar in the first week of October by self driving in i10. Your any advise/tips for Thekkady sightseeing from Munnar will be a great help for me.

    Regards,
    Mahendra

    • Roy says:

      Hi Mahendra,

      You should take the Marayoor-Munnar-Mattupetti-Yellappatti route. That is the only route from Marayoor.

      Munnar to Thekkadi route is Munnar-Pooppara-Santhanpara-Udumbanchola-Nedumkandam-Erattayar-Kattappana-Thekkadi

      The above route is scenic and road is also ok. 115KM

      There is an alternate route through the villages. Munnar-Chithirapuram-Anachal-Vellathooval-Kallarkutty-Panickankudi-Erattayar-Kattappana-Thekkadi. (This route will be boring and also not so good roads. But less distance -95KM)

  35. Shrinivas says:

    i am planning to leave BAngalore on 1st Oct 2014 around 1 pm for Munnar. Which is a good place to stay overnight and what’s the best route ? Please suggest.

    Planning to stay at Coimbatore and take the following route

    Bangalore -Salem-Coimbatore-Pollachi-Udumalpet-Marayoor-Munnar route.

  36. Jagdish says:

    Hello Mr Roy,
    How is the route from Marayoor to top station? Should we go through the Munnar?
    Thanks

  37. Abhishek says:

    HI Mr Roy
    I Really appreciate your detailed answers to our questions; i am planning to drive with my Mrs. this week to Munnar from Bangalore. Any hotels/hostels you can recommend which are easy on pocket, because of long weekend prices in munnar are sky high for accommodation.

  38. Kalam.A says:

    Hi Roy,
    First of all thank you for the wonderful blog about Munnar trip.

    I have planned to go to Munnar next week from Bangalore by self car driving with family, planned to follow the above route through perundurai,dharapuram & Udumalpet. planning to stay night at any hotel in Udumalpet and leave to Munnar from there to check-in in the afternoon.. so can we get some good hotels at Udumalpet to stay for 1 night.? and How is this road condition now?
    and also can you suggest me the best route to alleppy from munnar which has less ghat section and even if its long route is also fine.

    Thank you,

  39. Ameen says:

    Hi Mr Roy, you have been very generous in providing munnar information to each n every one, may God reward you with best of His blessings, I’m planning to travel with fly on 22nd October 2014, is it raining & how will be the weather on 22 nd October to 25th Oct. I will be driving on own, Pls suggest best safe route. Thank you Mr Roy.
    Regards
    Ameen
    Bangalore.

    • Roy says:

      Thanks Ameen for your kind words.
      Yes, its light raining now in Munnar. Nowadays climate in Munnar is unpredictable. Oneday it will be raining and the very next day will be sunny and very hot. This weekend it will be terrible rush in Munnar due to two reasons. One is the Deepali vacation and the second is due to the local tourists (from different parts of Kerala) coming to Munnar to see the ‘Neelakurinji”.

      The route via Dharapuram-Udumalpet-Marayoor-Munnar is scenic but its a ghat road and everybody will get tired because of the curvy roads.

      If you are traveling with elderly or if your family is not comfortable traveling through the ghat road for long hours, then I would suggest taking the Salem-Karur-Dindigal-Theni-Bodi-Pooppara route. This route has slightly less ghat roads compared to the other route.

  40. Roshan says:

    Hi Roy, Nice to see your detailed comment for each and every query. May god bless you with peace and prosperity. I am planning to come to Munnar from Palakkad by month end. Planning to take Udumelpet – Marayoor Munnar by Car. How is the road condition currently after rains ? Can we see Neelakurunji on our way ?

    • Roy says:

      Udumalpet-Munnar road is a narrow road. Roads were patched about 8 months back. After the rain there are bad stretches in between. But overall the road is OK. On the way you can see Neelakurinji at a distance at some points. Actually those hills are away from the main road. If you want to see neelakurinji best is Gap road and Chinnakkanal.

  41. Hi roy,

    Im planning to go to munnar during this dec along with my family.

    1) My daughter is travel sick, and she throw up… wich route do i take uphill
    2) Planning to start at evening to from bangalore, so i need to halt , before starting to uphill….

    • Roy says:

      Hi Abishek, There are only three routes to Munnar. One is mentioned in this article. The second one via Salem-Karur-Dindigal-Theni-Bodi-Pooppara-Munnar. This route has slightly less ghat roads.

      3rd route is via Salem-Coimbatore-Palakkad-Thrissur-Perumbavur-Adimali-Munnar.. this route also has less ghat roads. But distance is almost 150km more than the other routes and too much traffic. SO will not recommend.

      I suggest you take halt at Udumalpet. The ghat road starts from Udumalpet. From Udumalpet Munnar is almost 90km. Only that 90km is ghat roads. If you can start by afternoon from Bangalore you can reach Udumalpet by around 10PM. (with enough pit stops in between). After taking halt, morning you can start. In 3 hours you can reach Munnar.

      I don’t know about the hotels in Udumalpet. Most of them are average I think. Make sure you book Hotel in advance so that you don’t have to search after reaching udumalpet.

  42. Vinod Pol says:

    Roy, You must mention in your blog about not to pay money to security police on their demand at state border in ghats. Every check post at ghats after making entry duty police ask for 20 to 50 Rs. This is not official and we must ask for receipt if we pay money as this is not official or under any rule. People must object on this and argue and not pay money. If you don’t know Tamil and Malayalam police will ask more amount.

    • Roy says:

      Thanks Vinod. I have also heard about this happening though I haven’t been a victim. (May be because I speak in Tamil/Malayalam to them). I will mention about this in the blog.

  43. Nasir says:

    Dear Mr Roy,

    Your detailed info on the queries have been very helpful to fellow travelers.

    I am planning to RIDE to Munnar fromBangalore on the 21st nov. I will be riding with a couple of friends, all on different motorcycles ranging from Enfield, to pulsar to Ktm duke. We plan to follow the route as per the above article. What would your suggestion be? What tires most, while touring on a motorcycle is bad roads. intention to reach munnar before it is too late. Do share your valuable thoughts and suggestion. Thanks.

    • Roy says:

      Hi Nasir,
      From Bangalore till Udumalpett the roads are good. Banagalore to Perundurai is 6 lane highway. Perundurai to Udumalpet the road is single lane, but very less traffic and the road is also good. (Little bit of traffic will be there in the small towns in this route. I have seen traffic mainly in the morning rush hours).

      After Udumalpet, next 15km will have heavy traffic (lots of cycles, two wheelers etc) . After this the Ghat road starts. From Chinnar to Marayoor (About 30km) the roads are not that good. But shouldn’t be a big deal for motor cycles.

      The difficult part is the final 40km, from Marayoor to Munnar. This stretch has at least one bend every 200 meters. I would suggest you take a tea break at Marayoor, take rest for few minutes and then proceed to Munnar.

      Most importantly, if possible try to reach Munnar before 4PM. Usually by 4PM the area from Marayoor will have thick fog and visibility will be very low.

      • Nasir says:

        Dear Mr Roy, Thanks a ton for the information. Much helpful.

        my main dilemma is that i have to bikes. one is a 5 year old enfiled classic 500 on which i have covered a lot of places in southern India. This is a good bike for touring considering average indian roads offering mixed conditions.
        For this coming ride, i wanted to try my second bike which is ktm duke 390, on which i have not done any long distance rides. This bike is got very good handling, braking, abs, etc, and the downside is that the suspension is stiff and seat is hard. So was concerned about that road condition.
        And now, There seems to be a minor change in the programme. Now, we intend to ride to Valparai from bangalore, stay the night over, explore a bit of valparai next morning, and reach Munnar by evening. Spend the next day at munnar, and leave back for Bangalore the following morning. Would you have any route suggestion if we were riding from Bangalore to Valparai? thanks.

  44. Anand says:

    Drove from Munnar to bangalore day before yesterday. Left munnar at 8 20 am, the roads up to Marayoor were an absolute treat. Tea estates, sholas, wide valleys, beautiful.,,Past marayoor we drove through chinar wildlife sanctuary. There is an eco shop with clean toilets in chinnar. Did not see much wildlife.. At chinnar anamalai checkpost the monkeys climbed on to the car.. anamalai tiger reserve has both dense evergreen forestscand dry deciduous.. the road passes through the drier forests. Unlike Bandipur Mudumalai, the entire stretch of forests were free of lantana. but we see more wildlife movement in the bandipur mudumalai belt. Reached udumalpet at 11: 00 am. Decided to drive through Palladam to avinashi from Udumalpet. A railway flyover made it a bit confusing, but once out, (11 15) udumalpet to palladam 48 km was a real belter.. Smooth tarmac and minimal traffic got us to palladam and then to Avinashi, 6 laned highway, at 12 25pm. 71 km from udumalpet to avinashi made it the shortest haul to a 4 laned highway. We found a veg restaraunt with wholesome meals – out in 20 minutes, salem at 2 05 pm, krishnagiri at 330, hosur at 4 30, madivala at 5 20 and home at 5 50 pm.

    • Basava says:

      Hi Roy,

      How about this route i am planning to go munna by below route.

      Bangalore – Malavalli – Kollegal – Yelandur – Chamarajanagara – Bandigere – Satyamangalam – Annur – Avinashi – Palladam – Udumalaipettai – Munnar

  45. Prasoon says:

    Dear Mr Roy,

    Gone through your ALL comments/advises ..& appreciate your responses ..God bless you .

    I am also planning Bangalore to Munnar Dec 23 ,looking for your thoughts i am a self trained driver ,,comfortable in Bangalore/Been waynad ..etc..Is it OK to myself to drive to Munnar as lots of Ghat sections are on there or better to hire driver .

    Should I take BUS to Munnar & then rent a car there ?

    Thanks Again ..
    Prasoon

  46. Anil says:

    Hello Roy ! Is there anyone in Munnar who can send Tree Tomato fruit to Bangalore as cargo, require around 10 Kilos, for a child cancer patient, who has been advised to have Tree Tomato fruit juice. Thanks

  47. Basava says:

    Hi Prasun,

    U can take above mentioned route its good.I followed above route last week.
    Roads are good. Travelling time will be 10 hours with one break of 30 min.

    Bangalore – Malavalli – Kollegal – Yelandur – Chamarajanagara – Bandigere – Satyamangalam – Annur – Avinashi – Palladam – Udumalaipettai – Munnar

  48. Prakash says:

    Thank you very much Mr Roy for the details.

  49. Mahesh Ghatke says:

    Hi Roy, hope your doing good and had a great year end, Happy new year to you.

    As any other traveler i do have questions, im leaving to munnar on 15th Jan morning, do you think this is a great time to visit this place and i will be driving myself the car (i 20).

    any tips.

    -Mahesh

    • Roy says:

      Hi Mahesh, Thank you for the wishes. Happy New year to you too!

      Its good time to visit Munnar now. The temperature drops to less than 5 degree in the night and in the morning its usually 7 to 10 degrees. So don’t forget to bring enough winter jacket/clothes. (you can buy the same in Munnar as well). Day time temperature is mostly around 22.

      By 4PM there will be thick fog sometimes.

      Since Xmas/NewYear vacation is over, so the rush is slightly reduced. But hotel rates are still on a higher side.

      Road till Udumalpet is very good. From Chinnar to Munnar the road is not good. At some stretches the road is very bad. So Chinnar to Munnar (65Km) you will have a very low average speed. It may take up to 2.5 hours.

  50. goutham says:

    Mr.roy this is goutham here i m driving to munnar the next morning thats 28th jan at 6 am i wil be leaving bangalore and expecting to reach till 4 i think by reading ur reviews i need to leave home early to reach early i have already booked hotels online and hav given him expecting time 4pm is to possible to drive thru it and how is the road condition as in now

    • Roy says:

      Hi Goutham, Bangalore to udumalpet the road is good. Udumalpet to Munnar is about 85km. The first 40km road is kind of OK. The remaining 45km the road is very bad at some places. Usually I take 3 hours for udumalpet to Munnar. From Bangalore to Munnar in this route takes 10 to 11 hours for me when traveling with family/kids, with a break for about one hour. Once you leave udumalpet you have mobile coverage only in Munnar town.

  51. anwar hussain says:

    great information. mr. roy specially needs great appreciation. in our lives-sharing ones experience is of immence help to all those travelling for first time.great guy you r dear roy. thnks

  52. Ajay says:

    Hi Mr Roy , Nice Blog and good deatil. I am planning to go tomorrow by road by car . You said raods are narrrow ? Can a truck and car pass easily ot it would be difficult any where on road ?

    • Roy says:

      Hi Ajay,

      Yes, there are some sections of the road where a truck and car cannot pass. Don’t worry about those. Because its rare chance that you will come across a truck or bus exactly at those points. Even if that happens you may have to reverse little bit and and then both can pass.

      Also, if you are planning to go for site seeing in car, there are places where you will face the same issue. Especially in the gap road area. sometimes this will cause traffic blocks also. Usually the buses or trucks will not reverse because of the narrow road. Mostly they will ask the smaller vehicles to reverse.

  53. Pramod says:

    Hello Roy,

    Good to know more information about Munnar and the direction and the status as well. Its being almost 10 yrs when i went to Munnar and wanted to know the places to visit apart from the normal sight seeing. Since Udumalpet to Munnar itself is having many spots as recommended earlier. even i have seen few shooting as well. Can you please suggest most important spots in Munnar to visit along with family and kids.

  54. VMSrinivas says:

    Thanks for not only giving excellent travel details to Munnar but also giving meaningful replies to queries. Is March the right time to visit Munnar? I am planning the trip to capture the beautiful landscape as i am a photographer.

    • Roy says:

      Hi Srinivas, March being summer I am not very sure if it will be a good time for photos. (I have very limited knowledge about photography). Usually Munnar looks very good during the September-to-December time. After the rainy season, munnar will be full of greenery and all possible shades of green you will see in Munnar. Usually in the summer tea plantations in some estates will undergo replanting/cropping etc.Last month there was enough rain hence the waterfalls are still alive. Otherwise usually in summer waterfalls will dry out.

  55. sasidharan says:

    Hay Mr.Roy, very good article . Feels more confident about driving from Bangalore to Munnar.. Planning to drive to Munnar with wife and daughter. Is it safe to travel Udumlaipetai to Munnar i mean any threat of robbery , harassment since 3 hours drive through deserted ghat section

    • Roy says:

      Hi sasidharan,
      No such issues. I haven’t heard of any harassment or robbery issues in this route. Even though this road is through the forest, you will see lots of vehicles in this road, in the day time. This is the main road connecting Munnar to TamilNadu and Karnataka. So you will see lots of tourists travelling in this route.Also, there are check posts by kerala and Tamilandu forest departments. these check-posts comes midway in the forest route. After about 45km you will reach a place by name Marayoor. After this place the road is via villages and tea plantations till Munnar.

  56. Prasad says:

    Hey Roy, thanks for the wonderful description. I will be leaving on 3rd Apr from Bangalore, hope there are puncture repair shops from Udumalaipettai to Munnar. Planning to take your route, where to stop for lunch (good place, i will be with my wife & 2 kids) if i leave by 6am…from your timings which looks to be precise i should be in Udumalaipettai i.e 1pm.

    • Roy says:

      Hi Prasad,
      From udumalai to Munnar is about 85km. The first 45km is through the forest and there are no puncture shops in this stretch. Once you leave Udumalpet, the next puncture shop will be 45km away, in Marayoor. And once you leave Marayoor the next puncture shop is in Munnar which is 43km from Marayoor. (There are small villages in the Marayoor to Munnar route. But I don’t remember seeing a puncture shop in this stretch). Make sure you have good spare Tyre and the tools to change the tyre in case you get a puncture.

      • Prasad says:

        thanks for the info. yes my tires are 1 yr & 2 yr old :)
        but you never know. we are visiting Munnar after 10 yrs, earlier we were 2 now were are 4 :)

  57. sasidharan says:

    Mr.Roy Thanks for the information .

  58. Venu says:

    Dear Mr. Roy – Thanks for details and muat say, you have lot of patience in answering all query. Your answer have given inaight in how to reach there. Thanka for all info.
    How is ghat section for SUV or MUV (going with big family with kids) and planning for one car (innova or Scorpio) so can i take this type of vehicles??
    Understand the road are narrow, are road side are like cliff and no support at edge
    Thanks in adv dor your kind help
    Rgds
    Venu

    • Roy says:

      Hi Venu, the ghat road is OK for the SUVs. The only problem is that there are too many bends/curves in the udumalpet-munnar route which is about 85km. In that the last 45km is narrow road via the tea plantations. The driver will become tired because of toomany curves. Make sure you take enough stops so that kids will not get bored. Sometimes family members may start vomiting due to the curves. I drive in a swift in this route with wife and kids. For them the last 45km is the most uncomfortable. There are cliffs and some places doesn’t have support. The road is not that dangerous. Only thing is keep the speed around 20-30 km/hr max in the marayoor- Munnar road while driving downhill.

  59. Hi Mr Roy,
    Thanks for your wonderful insight into driving to Munnar. We are starting to Munnar from Bangalore in a Mahindra Scorpio at around 1am at night through the Salem-Perunduari-Udumalpet route. Is this the correct route to Munnar now?? I have been driving SUVs for the past few yrs. Will the ghat roads on the last stretch pose a huge challenge??

    Awaiting your valuable comments

    • Roy says:

      Hi Santanu,

      The last 85km is full ghat roads. In that the initial 45 is fairly easy to drive. Even the last 40km is also not a big deal. The only issue is that the driver will be tired of too many curves/bends. Added to that you will have to drive slowly because the road is narrow.
      Yes, the route you mentioned is correct. (There are other routes as well. On all the routes, the last 70 to 80 km are ghat roads)

  60. Siddharth says:

    Hi Roy,

    What a wonderful, detailed explanation of the route. I am planning to go to Munnar in the next week. Sometime back (in month of Feb) I had heard that the last stretch between Udumalpet to Munnar was bad. Would you have an update on the current road status?

    • Roy says:

      Hi Siddharth,
      From Udumalpet to Munnar is 85km and it is hill road. The road condition is bad at some places (large potholes continuously for about 30 meters. Like this there are some 4 or 5 places). Apart from that the road condition is ok. (When I went last time I took the Salem-Dindigal-Theni-Munnar route. In this route also about 20km near the Kerala Tamilnadu boarder was very bad and works were going on.)

  61. AK says:

    Hi Roy,
    Must say really impressive and amazingly thorough travelogue you have for us…thanks a lot for this…real pleasure reading it through….

    I am travelling to Munnar on 12th May 2015. I am planning to stay at KTDC Tea County and have booked the same. Please give me some guidance on what route to take (any weather bound diversions to be expected) and what would be the expected weather conditions at Munnar in May? This is my second trip to Munnar..the first one was with parents but that was through a hired cab while this time I am driving. Any suggestions on routes and things to do in the month of May would be really helpful for us.

    Regards.
    AK

  62. Siddharth says:

    Here is an update for everybody. I have just returned from Munnar (13.4.2015) and the current road condition from Udumalpet to Munnar is good. Potholes have been patched up and and so the drive is overall fine. Total driving time was about 9 1/2 hours, with a lunch break of 45 min and about 1/2 hour was spent as I spent sometime doing photography while going downhill.

  63. Satish says:

    Dear Roy 1st im thankful to give vry gud sajetions…im planing of this month end april 25 th 2015 in munnar..how is the road from sathyamangala ghat to avinashi n munnar and also weather in munnar for sight seeing in april end

    • Roy says:

      Hi Satish, I havn’t driven via the Sathyamangalam route. Hence I dont know the road condition. From Avinashi to Munnar the road is good.

  64. MUKESH says:

    Dear Roy!! I ll be leaving for munnar from banglore around 5pm in the evening.. Is it suitable to drive with my wife in my polo car?? Where we can or halt @night??

    • Roy says:

      Hi, If you are starting @5pm, you will reach Udumalpet in the midnight. After Udumalpet it is forest road. I would suggest you halt at Udumalpet and continue in the morning. (you should call the hotel and book room in advance).
      Otherwise you can go to Coimbatore directly (Bangalore-Salem-Coimbatore) and stay there in the night. Morning take the Pollachi-Udumalpet-Munnar route.

  65. Hello Mr Roy,

    How does the Perundurai route compare to
    Bangalore-Salem-Avinashi bypass – Mangalam – Palladam – Udumalpet.?

    Thanks,
    Rahul

    • Roy says:

      Hi Rahul,

      I have taken the Avinashi-Palladam route couple of times. The roads are good. The only issue I see is that there is more traffic compared to the perundurai-dharapuram route. Usually I start very early in the morning from Bangalore, hence reach avinashi-palladam area in the morning rush hour. Other times may be the traffic will be less. I haven’t tried the palladam route recently.

  66. Mahesh says:

    Dear Roy,

    As any other traveler i do have questions, ‘m leaving to Munnar on 30th April Night from Bangalore and staying there on 1st and 2nd may.Can you brief me on the current weather there so that i can carry matching outfits. Also if you have heard, I have booked Munnar Dreams Homestay ( Periyakanal Road, Chinnakanal P.O) for 2 days wch is approx 20 kms frm Munnar town. Is there a different route to reach thr or i have to reach munnar town n thn continue towards the homestay.

    is there adv booking available for Rajamalai visit??if yes can you share the contact.

    Regards,
    Mahesh

    • Roy says:

      Hi Mahesh, whether in Munnar these days is really unpredictable. Past couple of weeks some days it was raining heavily. Same days it was very hot in the daytime. It was raining yesterday and today as well. So I would suggest you carry rain jackets and umberla. Daytime its hot and night is bit cold especially in the early morning.
      Your homestay is 20km from Munnar town. However the entire 20km is very scenic. If you are coming via Dindigal-Theni-Bodi-Pooppara route, your home stay is 20km before Munnar. There is no other route to chinnakkanal. As far as I know there is no advance booking for Rajamalai park. You could check with the home stay people if it is possible to buy tickets in advance.

  67. Ankur says:

    Hi Roy,
    Must say really impressive and amazingly thorough travelogue you have for us…thanks a lot for this…real pleasure reading it through….

    I am travelling to Munnar on 12th May 2015. I am planning to stay at KTDC Tea County and have booked the same. Please give me some guidance on what route to take (any weather bound diversions to be expected) and what would be the expected weather conditions at Munnar in May? This is my second trip to Munnar..the first one was with parents but that was through a hired cab while this time I am driving. Any suggestions on routes and things to do in the month of May would be really helpful for us.

    Also Please let me know how is the Bangalore – Thoppur – Mecheri – Methur – Bhavani – Munnar route? I just got to know about this route from a colleague.

    Please let me know the best route for driving pleasure and scenic beauty.

    Regards.
    Ankur

    • Roy says:

      Hi Ankur,

      Please read the comment from Girish below. He took the Hosur-Salem-Karur-Dindigal-Theni-Bodi-Pooppara-Munnar route and he says the roads are good now. Earlier this road was in bad condition especially in the ghat section. Now looks like the roads are laid and works are finished.

      Usually in May it will be very hot climate in Munnar during daytime. Nowadays it raining most of the days in the evening. Night it will be cold.

      Thoppur-Mettur road was preffered when there were works going on in the highway. Now highway work is finished I guess, so there is no advantage taking the Mettur road. Please check with someone who has taken the Mettur road recently.

      Udumalpet-Marayur-Munnar route is scenic, but narrow road. (Even if you take the Mettur-Bhavani route, you will be going via Udumalpet-Maryur-Munnar route)

      • Ankur says:

        Hi Roy,

        Thanks a tonne for your valuable feedback and guidance. I will understand the Dindigal route as well as the one you have mentioned in your post initially.

        If possible please let me know what all things I can do at this time of the year in Munnar. I am looking for some good safari options as well in a good wildlife reserve,

  68. Shashank says:

    Hi Roy,

    We are planning for 30th April departure at 11 pm from Whitefield. Wanted to know if you would know abt any appropriate places where one can freshen up in the morning?

    It would be of help if you can advise us something.

    Regards

    Shashank

  69. Umesh HS says:

    HI , I am travelling on 29th April do let me know if some is travelling from Bangalore can help each other incase of any issues. Would come back on my comments once back ….!!! with lot of hopes for weather and Big thanks for Mr.Roy helping all of us with most precise information possible,

  70. Raja says:

    Thank you Roy for this wonderful and informative blog,I’m planning to drive from Bangalore to Munnar on 1 May by 2am. I have booked room at chiThirapuram. I will drive with wife and kids, which is fast and good route to chithirapuram?

  71. rahul says:

    very usefull

  72. raja k says:

    Mr.Roy can we take hyundai santro from bangalore to munnar , will there be any difficult to travel in santro ?

    • Roy says:

      Hi Raja, Yes. You can drive in a Santro to Munnar. In fact I was driving a 1997 zen to Munnar many times. There are people driving in Altos and even Nanos as well. Please read the comment from Girish below. He took the Dindigal route and looks like the roads are good now.

  73. Dr. pradeep Kiran BS says:

    thank you roy came back on 28 april 2015 from munnar followed same route and roads were good and the journey took 9 hours in my innova, thank you very much for such a detailed route explanation. drive was good left bangalore at 6 in the morning reached by 4 pm.thank you.

  74. sufiyan says:

    Which is the nearest point to buy a keral permit, if v r travellng from coimbatore to,munnar, pls guide in detail the route directiom..wid RTO petmit chevk post

  75. GIRISH says:

    Hi, I just returned from Munnar yesterday i.e. 4th May 2015 after staying at Club Mahindra,Chinnakanal, Munnar. We took the Bangalore-Hosur-Salem-Perundurai-Dharapuram-Udumalaipettai-Marayoor-Munnar Route and returned thru Bodimettu-Bodi- Theni-Dindigal-Salem-B’lore route. For anyone who’s traveling with family or staying at Chinnakanal I will definitely suggest to take the Dindigul route. There is only a short ghat secton and that too very well made new roads with boundaries, reflectors and signages. On the contrary the Udumalai ghats roads are in bad shape without any reflectors or boundaries for the roads..The dindigul route had very less traffic, better & safer roads and helped us save almost 2 hours.

    • Roy says:

      Thanks Girtish for the update. When I took the Dindigal route, the ghat section was in a really bad shape and lot of works also were going on because of that there were traffic blocks also in the ghat area. For people who are going to stay in Chinnakkanal area this route will be better.

      • GIRISH says:

        Thanks Roy. Appreciate the way you’ve kept this blog alive and your patience to answer each single query. BTW I returned thru Bodimettu and not Pooppara as Bodimettu route is around 12 km shorter and without any traffic at all. Only caution is it should be avoided during dark as u might encounter some wild animals (elephants mostly) as suggested by the locals.

  76. raja k says:

    mr roy could you suggest some good hotels in munnar for staying and economical ones.

  77. bhavin says:

    Hello Mr. Roy,
    I have read your blogs and views and communications with the different travellers, they are of great help.
    I am planning for family vacation and drive down from Mumbai to Hosur , Hosur to Munnar and Munnar to Asthamudi …My planning is to leave from Mumbai on 4th June, stay overnight at Hosur, Next day morning start for Munnar. We are planning to stay at Munnar tea country resort, Chithirapuram ( not the KTDC one).
    Is it going to be a time with HEAVY RAIN? or normal rainy season time? I will be doing self driving and would be accompanied by my wife and 2 daughters. Is it safe to drive ? is there any fear of rowdy or theft?
    I would appreciate your guidance.
    Thanks
    Bhavin Kamdar

    • Roy says:

      Hi Bhavin, It is raining most of the days in the afternoon and evening in Munnar. In fact Monday and Tuesday it was heavily raining from afternoon till night. Today as of now it is sunny, but mostly it may rain in the evening. In kerala monsoon starts by June first week, so be prepared for rains. (During monsoon, usually in Munnar it will be drizzling most of the time and sometimes heavy rain for 20 to 30 minutes)

      It is safe to drive don’t worry. I haven’t heard of rowdy incidents in this route and never faced such situations. From Udumalpet the road goes via forest and there are 4 check posts by Police and Forest authorities. Every vehicle number will be entered in all these check posts registers. Also, there are lots of tourists driving in this road daily.

      Enjoy your trip!

  78. Chris Stanley says:

    Just returned from Munnar. I must thank Roy and the others who have actively posted their different routes here and made our choice of route a perfect one.

    While travelling from Bangalore to Munnar, we took the Bangalore – Hosur – Krishnagiri – Salem – Perundurai – Tiruppur – Udulmalpettai – Marayoor – Munnar – Chinnakanal (Club Mahindra property where we were put up).
    The reason we went via Tiruppur is because we lost our way asking for directions from locals and were guided around Tiruppur, while we were actually trying to get into Dharapuram – Kangeyam – Udumalpettai route. Lost almost 1 hour in and around Tiruppur trying to locate the Dharapuram exit. Hence our total travel time for the route to Munnar took almost 11.5 hours. We further lost time about 5 kms before Periakanal (just before Club Mahindra Munnar property), thanks to a highly constricted mountain road, made worse by poor visibility due to the foggy conditions, owing to continuous rains over the last few days. It begins to rain nearly every afternoon around 12:30pm and lasts till about 3-4pm. This is great for those who want to stay indoors, but those of us who came with photography and trekking on their minds, we were a bit disappointed.

    On the return, we took: (started from Chinnakal at 11:15am)
    Chinnakanal – Munnar – Marayoor – Perundurai – Dharapuram – Kangeyam – Salem – Bhavani – Krishnagiri – Hosur – Bangalore route, which took us only 9.5 hours including 2 long breaks for Lunch (at Perundurai Hotel Sun offers you value for money meals) and Shopping at Munnar earlier in the journey (for 20 mins), besides we stopped at Aaryas hotel for 20 mins near Salem to refill the wiper water and to clean the headlights and checks for tyre pressure, lights working and for a coffee.

    I think the return journey was superb and I saved almost 2 hours of travel time.

    Roy, I think this is the best route among all others I see here above.

    Thanks for this blog I was able to take the right route, despite checking on HV Kumar FB Pages, Team BHP and the like !!

    • Roy says:

      Thanks Chris. Glad that the article was of help. Thank you for posting your experience with the route and and the trip. This will definitely help others who are planning their drive to Munnar.

  79. Firoz says:

    Hi Mr. Roy,

    I am travelling to munnar on 25th May with family kids. I want to drive in less chat road. As gone through the comments I would like to travel either of the road.

    Route1- Bangalore-Salem-Didigul- Theni-Bodi-Bodimetti- Munnar

    Route2: Bangalore-Salem-Udamalpet-marayoor-munnar

    Please suggest the best route with good road conditions.

    Thanks
    Firoz

    • Roy says:

      Hi Firoz,

      Route-1 last 45km is ghat roads.
      Route-2 last 80km is ghat roads, but has good scenery.

      If you prefer less ghat, then go with Route-1.

      • Firoz says:

        Thanks Mr.Roy for your prompt reply and believe it would be a good weather in this duration May 25-28? Thanks

  80. Amit says:

    Hi Roy, thanks a lot for such a great blog. Appreciate it.

    I am planning to visit Munnar on 9th July with my 2 year kid and wife. Is it a good time to visit? How many days is sufficient to visit all places in munnar?

    • Roy says:

      Hi Amit,
      Usually June/July is the monsoon season in kerala. So most of the days it will be raining. Also visibility will be very low due to dense fog. June/July is the off season in Munnar hence hotel/resort tariffs will be attractive.
      Check back few days before your trip. If it is raining, I would suggest you plan for another date.

  81. Akshay says:

    Hi Mr. Roy,

    Me and some friends are planning to ride to Kanthalloor and we leave tomorrow night from Bangalore. Any suggestions on the route ?? Also, how are the personnel at the check posts ?

    We would not be carrying any alchohol but do they check for all the vehicle papers or is the check more like a formality ??

    • Roy says:

      Till Marayoor take the route which I mentioned in this article. From Marayoor (When you see a petrol bunk) take left to Kanthalloor ( Via Kovilkkadavu, PiusNagar)

      At the checkpost the officials are friendly. Only in one checkpost they will come to your car and check. All other checkposts you will have to park the car and go to the guard room to sign on the register. At the check posts they will not ask for vehicle papers.

  82. Chandra says:

    Thanks Roy, for your updates. We are traveling on Tuesday, 24th June 2015, let us know, in case of heavy rain/any road issues. Thanks in advance!

    • Roy says:

      It’s raining heavily. No road blocks as of now.. Expect dense fog from Marayoor to Munnar route.. Visibility will be low due to fog.

  83. sekhar says:

    Hello,
    Please let me know the distance from Kattapana to Eranakulam junction railway station. What is the best and fastest mode of transportation and how much is the fare. My train is at 4.30pm

    • Roy says:

      Kattappana to ernakulam direct buses are available. It will take almost 5 hours for bus. Taxi will take 3.5 hours.

  84. Jyoti says:

    Hello,
    We are planning for trip to Munnar on 2nd July. Please guide us on which route we should take.

  85. Sandhya Reddy says:

    Hello Roy we are coming to MUNNAR on 9th july, do we have Ac bus from Ernakulam to Munnar? and what about normal buses timings?

    we have low budget , so we are planning to stay in low budget hotels or lodge around 500/- day. do we have any cheap lodges in Munnar ?

    and how about returning to Ernakulam fro Munnar ? same buses and timings?

    And wanted to stay in Kochi for beach . how to reach there?

    Please do clarify all these, We have already booked tickets. Will be waiting for your Replay :)

  86. Kumar says:

    Dear Mr.Roy, We have traveled on NH7 many a time (Not to Munnar). Hence we would like to take NH209 to Munnar from Bangalore i.e.Bangalore-Kanakapura-Malavalli-Kollegal-Chamarajpet-Puliampatti-Avinashi-Udumalpet-Munnar. I would like to know from you whether this is a good route to travel by car. Thanks in advance. Kumar.

  87. Mahadevan says:

    Dear Roy, Thanks for your valuable info to people touring munnar…
    I just have a small enqiry, me and my brother are planning to visit munnar by bike on 10th of August, actually we are from trichy and we are going to take Udumapet – marayoor – munnar route. I just want to know whether it is safe for us to take that route because many of our friends told that wild animals are a big threat in that route. We dont have any concern about the road conditions, because we do have some good experince in going long drives in bikes on roads which is very bad in condition. Our only concern are wild animals…. Please give your thoughts on this…

    • Roy says:

      Hi Mahadevan, Very rarely you will see wild elephants in the Udumalpet-Marayoor route. I have been traveling in this route for last 10 years (at least twice in a year). Only once I have seen elephants standing in the middle of the road. After passing a curve, I just saw 3 elephants in the road and by the time I stopped the car I was right in front of the elephants. The elephants didn’t even look this side and they just went into the forest when it saw the car. (I was in car, with family and kids). But I would suggest you cross the forest road only in the daytime. There is more probability of wild elephants coming into the road in the night. Daytime you can see lots of bikers in this road. The forest department has placed sign boards in the locations where there is possibility of elephants crossing the road. You will see lots of monkeys, peacocks, and other small animals in the road. Also, in case you see wild elephants by the side of the road, do not stop the bike there to take photos etc..

  88. Mahadevan says:

    Dear Roy, thank you very much for your suggestion, we will be crossing forest road probably around 9am in the morning (wont stop our bike as u advised), hope it will not be a concern for us now after getting inputs from you. Will text you after we finish our trip. Thanks again for your kind info.. Cheers mate….

  89. sakthi says:

    Dear Roy, I am going to ride my new car first time in Ghat road from Chennai. I see two routes one from udumelpet and another one from Theni. Could you suggest which will be easy to drive considering a new driver like me? Which will be less risky? Please suggest

    • Roy says:

      Hi Sakthi, I would suggest you take the Theni route. That route has less ghat sections. After Bodi, near Kerala-Tamilnadu boarder there are 18 hair-pin bends. This was a problem earlier, but now the road is completely reworked and widened. So no issues.

  90. Senthil says:

    Wonderful Blog Sir.
    Im planning to drive thru my 2005 WagonR to Munnar on September 13th after visiting Thirumurthi damn and falls which is near to Udumalpet. we have 2 kids and 3 adults(fully loaded). Can we drive this route after having lunch and start around 2.30pm?
    How would be weather in September and is it safe to drive thru this route?
    Any suggestions on our timing or the no.of persons in the car?
    Is it better to drive on our own or hire a vehicle?
    Appreciate your valueable guidance

    • Roy says:

      No issue with driving a WagonR in this route. You can start by 2:30PM and reach Munnar by 5 or 5:30. There are altos and Nanos as well in this route.

      Usually Spetember will be good weather. This year the monsoon rain started late and very less rains. So there may rain in september as well.

      When you start by 2:30 from Udumalpet, you will mostly cross Marayoor by 4PM and from there its the tea plantations. Usually by 4PM there will be fog/mist in this route. Visibility will be very low if there is fog/mist

  91. rajeev says:

    we are travelling to munnar from bangalore via dindigul in oct end 2015 , starting very early morning from bangalore……….. is this right route and if its right route than we want to hav a journey break ie night halt …so plz suggest us which is the best place to hav a night halt between bangalore and munnar

  92. suvercha says:

    how much time it will take from banglore to munnar by honda city if date is 1.10.15

    • Roy says:

      From silk board, starting by 4AM I reach Munnar 3PM usually. Via Udumalpet

      It will be about 10 hours if you take the Dindigal-Theni-Munnar route

  93. rvs says:

    Dear Mr. Roy,

    I am planning to go munnar 1 weak of september 2015, can you please suggest me the weather

  94. Balaji Baskaran says:

    Dear Mr. Roy,

    I am planning to travel munnar by Chevy Beat Diesel (936CC), will there be any issue travelling by my car in hair pin bends, Please suggest or give me your opinion.

    • Roy says:

      You can drive Chevy Beat Diesel to Munnar. There shouldn’t be any issues.

      There is a huge strike/Protest by tea estate employees in Munnar town. It may become aggressive by coming week. So keep a watch on the news related to this before the visit. (They had blocked the entire Munnar town so far)

      • Rajesh says:

        Hi Roy,

        I am planning to travel ex blr to munnar next week.
        Kindly suggest the best route as well as where to take 1 night stop as i dont prefer to drive continuously .

        Thanks

        Rajesh

  95. Balaji Baskaran says:

    Dear Mr. Roy,

    I am planning to travel munnar by Chevy Beat Diesel (936CC), will there be any issue travelling by my car in hair pin bends, Please suggest or give me your opinion.

    If possible let me know the present road condition information as well (udumalpet to munnar).

    • Balaji Baskaran says:

      Thanks a lot Mr. Roy, I am travelling on 25th sept 2015. hope no issue will be there. anyhow will keep a watch on it.

  96. Venu says:

    Hello Mr. Roy. Firstly thanks for creating this site about Munnar which is helping tourists in many ways. I gained lot of info reading through all the comments mentioned by you and others.

    I am visiting Munnar on 1st Oct and planning to take Bangalore-Salem-Didigul-Theni-Bodi-Bodimetti-Munnar route from B’lore(hoping to start at 6.00 am) and want to take “Munnar – Marayoor – Udumalpet – Dharapuram – Kangeyum – Perundurai – Salem – Bangalore” on my return ( may be around 12.00pm on 4th Oct). Please let me know if the above routes are fine and works best for me or suggest if i have to make any changes. Also it will be helpful if you could suggest some decent hotels to have breakfast and lunch (from Bangalore) on our way.

    Thanks in Advance.
    cheers, Venu

    • Roy says:

      .Dindigul-Theni-Bodi-Bodimetti–Pooppara-Munnar route is very good now as they have widened the road and new laid it..

      Udumalpet road is narrow and there are bad patches of the road. However the route is very scenic.

      There is a huge strike/Protest by tea estate employees in Munnar town. It may become aggressive by coming week. So keep a watch on the news related to this before the visit. (They had blocked the entire Munnar town so far)

  97. Venu says:

    Hello Mr. Roy. Firstly thanks for creating this site about Munnar which is helping tourists in many ways. I gained lot of info reading through all the comments mentioned by you and others.

    I am visiting Munnar on 1st Oct and planning to take Bangalore-Salem-Didigul-Theni-Bodi-Bodimetti-Munnar route from B’lore(hoping to start at 6.00 am) and want to take “Munnar – Marayoor – Udumalpet – Dharapuram – Kangeyum – Perundurai – Salem – Bangalore” on my return ( may be around 12.00pm on 4th Oct). Please let me know if the above routes are fine and works best for me or suggest if i have to make any changes. Also it will be helpful if you could suggest some decent hotels to have breakfast and lunch (from Bangalore) on our way.

    Thanks in Advance.
    cheers, Venu

  98. sanjay sharma says:

    Dear Mr. Roy , Fantastic efforts and some very crucial & useful information for Travelers who love to drive.I am planning to be in Munnar from 9th Nov for a week with my family of four two kids in my New Ford Fiesta (D).
    I am from Pune and will be driving from Pune to Munnar. Please suggest the best way.
    1.) Pune – Bangalore – Munnar ( Night stay at Bangalore )
    OR
    2.) Pune – Mangalore – Munnar ( Night stay at Murudeshwar just before Manipal on west coast ) which would be a better route for safe driving .

    Please let me have your views on the same.

    • Roy says:

      Hi Sanjay, I have no knowledge about the Pune-Mangalore or the Pune-Bangalore routes. However, the Mangalore-Munnar route is time consuming and tiring. This route is a very busy road and will take more time for travel. On the other hand the Bangalore-Munnar route (via Salem-Dindigal-Theni-Bodi-Pooppara) is very good road and easy for driving.

      I would suggest you take a decision by comparing the Pune-Mangalore and Pune-Bangalore route. If both of them are of the same conditions, then I would suggest you take the Pune-Bangalore-Salem-Dindigal-Theni-Bodi-Pooppara-Munnar route.

      Bangalore-Salem-Theni-Munnar takes about 10 to 11 hours with enough breaks in between for Breakfast/Lunch/tea etc..

      Mangalore-Kannur-Thrissur-Angamali-Kothamangalam-Adimali-Munnar will take 14 hours or more, depending on the traffic.

  99. sanjay sharma says:

    Dear Mr. Roy ,

    Thanks for the response. I have driven down Pune – Bangalore – Coimbatore – Ooty and the roads on the entire stretch were very good in 2013 and I hope they still remain same.

    The other route Pune – Kohlapur – Ankola – manipal – Mangalore-Kannur-Thrissur-Angamali-Kothamangalam-Adimali-Munnar , was the other option because of the scenic beauty of the west coast but if the roads are busy and it takes aprox 14 hrs from Mangalore , then I suppose there is no fun in taking that route.. As Pune – Mangalore is another 14/15 hrs drive.

    Thanks for clearing my doubts , I will stick to the plan as suggested by you.

    Pune – Kohlapur – Bangalore – Salem – Munnar and Back.

    Thanks again

    Cheers ! Safe Driving !

    Sanjay

  100. Arunsv says:

    Hi Roy..i m planning to go Munnar frm udamalpet via Alto 800 and again planning to Allepey from Munnar…how i can plan my stop over…..?? Udmalpet to Munnar—munnar to allepy…returning back to udumalpet…3 days Trip…my alto 800 is ok???oct 22…23…24…i m planning…is that possible?? also tell the perfect stop overs

    • Roy says:

      Hi Arun, No issues. You can drive in a alto 800 in this route.
      Udumalpet to Munnar will take approximately 3 hours. Munnar to Alleppy about 4 hours.

      3 days is good enough. 1 and half day you can spend in Munnar and one day in Allepy house boat.

  101. Monika says:

    Hi Mr. Roy, even I am planning same trip i.e from Bangalore to Munnar and from there to Allepy and back to Bangalore. please suggest me good road from Allepy to Bangalore.

  102. Saibal Mitra says:

    Mr Roy, Thanks for your valuable guidance regarding Bangalore to Munnar route. I will be driving from Bangalore to Munnar on the 21st October. I plan to take Blore-Hosur-Krishnagiri-Salem-Dharapuram-perundurai-marayoor-Munnar route. Will the road condition be okay?
    Due to pre-occupation in the morning, I have to start around 12 pm from bangalore , plan to stay en-route that night and start early next day for Munnar. Can you suggest a good place to stay that night and if possible name of hotels.

  103. Meenakshi says:

    Hello Roy, Gr8 inputs. We wish to visit Munnar one through the way u described.

    Let me know is “Eravaikulam National Park” in munnar or it’s on the way so that we can plan accordingly.

    Let me know any other spots that we can see during this journey. Zoo, gardens valley etc .

    Thanks in advance

    • Roy says:

      Yes. Eravikulam national park is on the way.. about 6km before Munnar Town. But you will have to stand in queue for getting the entry tickets.

      After udumalpet, the road goes thru the Chinnar wild life sanctuary, After Marayoor its tea estates and valleys. The entire stretch is scenic.

  104. mujib mulla says:

    Hi Roy, appreciate your efforts for such a nice blog. we are planning to leave for munnar on 7th Nov 2015 from Bangalore. planning for Munnar – alappuzha – kochi for 4 days trip. Is this right time to visit (as Diwali holidays) Please suggest the best route and best places to visit.

    Is kochi good place for trip? Suggest if any other good place near by.

    Thanks,
    Mujib

    • Roy says:

      Hi Mujib,

      There are two good routes.

      1. Salem-Karur-Dindigal-Theni-Bodi-Pooppara-Munnar
      2. Salem-Perundurai-Kankayam-Dharapuram-Udumalpet-Marayur-Munnar

      The first route is very good roads and takes less time compared to the second route.

      The second route has more ghat roads and you will be too tired after the journey. But this route is very scenic you can see a lot of Munnar’s beauty in this route.

      Due to Diwali holidays there will be too much rush in Munnar and Alappuzha as well.

      Kochi is actually not known as a tourist place. However it has some old palaces nearby. Also you can see chinese fishing nets and an old Synagogue as well.

  105. Archita says:

    Hello Mr Roy, Thank you for creating a very informative page about Munnar. We are planning to visit Munnar starting from Bangalore @ 7th Nov(this Sat). Is it a good idea to take a local cab from Bangalore to Munnar? Can you please advise if any suggestions you have about Route which is good to take. Thanks in advance.

    • Roy says:

      Hi,

      There are two good routes.

      1. Salem-Karur-Dindigal-Theni-Bodi-Pooppara-Munnar
      2. Salem-Perundurai-Kankayam-Dharapuram-Udumalpet-Marayur-Munnar

      The first route is very good roads and takes less time compared to the second route.

      The second route has more ghat roads and you will be too tired after the journey. But this route is very scenic you can see a lot of Munnar’s beauty in this route.

      You can take a cab from Bangalore if that is comfortable for you. You can discuss and agree about the rates and all upfront. Make sure that the driver gets adequate rest if he is driving in the night.

      Hiring a cab from Munnar involves negotiating with the local cabes.

  106. Sanath says:

    Hi Sir I m planning to visit munnar Tom PLZ suggest me good route to reach my destination

    • Roy says:

      There are two good routes.

      1. Salem-Karur-Dindigal-Theni-Bodi-Pooppara-Munnar
      2. Salem-Perundurai-Kankayam-Dharapuram-Udumalpet-Marayur-Munnar

      The first route is very good roads and takes less time compared to the second route.

      The second route has more ghat roads and you will be too tired after the journey. But this route is very scenic you can see a lot of Munnar’s beauty in this route.

  107. Dinakaw says:

    Hi Roy I m Dinakar from Bangalore planning to visit munnar in Christ mas time. Could you suggest good/economical hotels. Advance booking reqd? Thank you

    • Roy says:

      Hi Dinakar,
      December will be huge rush in Munnar and all hotel rates will be very high. I would suggest you book the hotel in advance.

      Some of the mid-range-decent hotels near Munnar Town are “RoyalRetreat, SNTouristHome, HillView, MunnarCastle etc.

  108. Hi Roy, Would you recommend to go via Salem – Udumalpet… as per google the travel time is 8 Hrs from Electronic City. I’m planning to go in Dec’15.
    https://goo.gl/maps/CvFWtGBafH32

    • Roy says:

      Hi Ashish,

      You can take one of the below routes.

      1. Salem-Karur-Dindigal-Theni-Bodi-Pooppara-Munnar (516km)

      2. The route which Google suggests (Via Udumalpet) (464km)

      The first route is now very good. (Earlier I was not suggesting this route because the last 60km road was in a bad shape. Now the roads are recently laid and is very good). However there are 18 hair-pin bends near the TamilNadu Kerala boarder. From Hebbal, for me it takes about 10 hours including time for breakfast and also for pit stops in between.

      The second route which google suggests, is also very good roads. The only difference is that the last 80km is ghat roads. But that entire 80km is very scenic and you can enjoy a nice view of the Munnar Tea Estates and Hills. However you will be too tired because of ghat roads. For me this route takes little more time compared to the first one. (I dont know the latest status of this road because its more than a year since I went in that route)

    • Sriram says:

      Hi Ashish, which route did you take? I am planning a road trip with family so wanted to take your input.

  109. JD says:

    Hello mr. Roy – First of all appreciate all your inputs and THANK YOU for the detailed work you have done with patience.
    My Question: I am planning to drive along with my family from Banaglore and I am considering the Dinidigal-Theni route after reading your inputs.
    However, some say this is very long and hence tiring..is it right?
    Also, I am planning to stay in Munnar for 2 days and then travel to Kumarakom before returning to Banagalore. Which is the best route to take from Kumarakom to Munnar please. Thanks in advance

    • Roy says:

      Hi,

      In both routes, the last 80km is ghat roads and you will be tired because of it.
      Salem-Dindigal-Theni route is about 50km more than the Udumalpet route.
      In my experience Dindigal-Theni route takes slightly less time compared to Udumalpet route.

      Munnar to Kumarakam is via Munnar-Adimali-Neriamangalam-Kothamangalam-Muvattupuzha-Koothattukulam-Kuravilangad-Kumarakam.

      There are some shortcuts too..If you have GPS assist, you can take Neriamangalam-Paingottoor-THodupuzha route

  110. Dinakar says:

    Hi Roy

    I am planning to visit Munnar in December and have made an accomodation in Marayoor for 26th. Request you to give an idea of covering Munnar sightseeing from Marayoor. I plan to leave on 26th Morning.

    Dinakar

    • Roy says:

      From Marayoor to Munnar the route is full of scenic tea plantations and waterfalls. It takes about 1 hour 30 minutes to reach Munnar. The eravikulam national park is in this route 7km before Munnar town.

      Day1 you try to cover Marayoor Munnar route and eravikulam park.

      Day2 you can cover Mattupetty dam route, boating etc. Also you can try ‘gap-route’ and chinnakkanal waterfalls.

      Since you are staying in Marayoor, you will have to travel to Munnar for site seeing

    • Roy says:

      Hi Dinakar,

      As per the information given below by pady the road from Udumalpet to Munnar is in a very bad shape now. I suggest you take the below route.

      Bangalore-Salem-Karur-Dindigal-Theni-Body-Pooppara-Munnar

  111. Mahesh says:

    Hi Mr Roy.
    Firstly thanks for your wonderful posts

    We are travelling from hyderabad to kerala (trip for 9 days including travel)
    25th December -hyderabad to bangalore (halt at bangalore)
    26th morning – bangalore to atherepelly waterfalls
    27th atherepelly to munnar
    30th dec- munnar to allepy
    1 Jan 2016 -allepy to hyderabad via bangalore

    I would request you to suggest a good route for the above? (Want less ghat road as we are self driving in an innova all the way from hyderabad)

    Many thanks
    Mahesh

    • Roy says:

      If you have decided to go to Athirappally first, I would suggest the below schedule.

      25th – Hyd-Bangalore. Stay at Bangalore
      26th – Blr to Thrissur. Stay at Chalakkudy or Thrissur
      27th – Morning – Visit to Athirappalli falls
      After Athirappalli, go to Allepy.
      Book a house boat and have a trip to the back waters. Stay in the
      house boat at night.
      28th – Morning go to Munnar. 28th,29th and 30th site seeing in Munnar.
      30th – Afternoon go to Thekkadi. Stay at THekkadi.
      31st – Have boat tour in to the periyar tiger reserve. Local site seeing at
      Thekkadi
      1st – Return to Hyderabad via
      Thekkadi-Theni-Dindigal-Karur-Salem-Bangalore-Hyderabad
      or
      Thekkadi-Theni-Dindigal-Trichy-Chennai-Nellore-Hyderabad

  112. Pratik lohia says:

    Mr. Roy thank you for ur article here… It would really help a lot. Is February an OK season to come to munnar.. I will be coming by road. Which are best locations to stay in munnar so that I can search for hotels based on locations recommended by you. Thank you.

    • Roy says:

      February is good time for visiting Munnar.

      If you find a hotel near to Munnar town it will be easy for sight seeing. The site seeing locations are in 3 different routes from Munnar town.

      Pothamedu and Chinnakkanal are 2 small villages near to Munnar. You will have nice view of the valley if you are staying in pothamdeu area of Chinnakkanal area.

  113. pady says:

    Dear Mahesh we are in Munnar today, came from bangalore by road, via salem-udumalpet-number road….im telling you the road till avinashi/coimbatore was great, but when we reached udumalpet, we experienced hell…all the roads are dug up, udumalpet to munnar is 88kms, it was the same-very bad most of the time, except for a few patches of good road mainly at the plantations only…its stupidly upsetting….Pls seek better roads to end up here…

  114. Hrishikesh says:

    Hi ,

    I am planning to go to Mysore from Munnar on 2nd of Jan 2016. which road is suggested and how is the condition of the road? I will be traveling with 2 kids of which one is 8 months old.

    thanks in advance.

    • Roy says:

      Hi, The route is Munnar-Marayoor-Udumalpet-Palladam-Avinashi-Hasanur-ChamarajNagar-Nanjangud-Mysur.

      But as per the update by Pady above, the road from Munnar to Udumalpet (88km) is in a very bad condition. Also, I dont know the road condition from Avinashi to ChamarajNagar.

      If the above road is not good, the only alternative is
      Munnar-Adimali-Kothamangalam-Angamali-Vadakkancheri-Perinthalmanna-Nilambur-Gudalur-Mydore.

      This road up to Kothamangala is good. After that traffic will be very high. and also after Perinthalmanna the road is going via forest and I dont know the road conditions. Also I heard that there is restriction in this route for Night driving.

  115. naturelove says:

    Roy, it is really a very valuable & helpful blog you have put up.. Thank you so much.. Can you please list / suggest some good petrol pumps enroute to Munnar.. Like between Salem and Munnar where to refill .. on both side like : Udumalpet and Theni side. Is there any Shell petrol pumps nearby Munnar or on Bangalore-Munnar route ?

    • Roy says:

      Hi, As far as I know, there are no Shell petrol bunks en route to Munnar.
      Usually I fill at some pumps after Salem. Not any specific pump. Once you leave Theni/Bodi, the next petrol bunk is at Pooppara (after climbing the ghat section)

  116. Mohan says:

    Roy, Wonderful article with nice pics too. Would like to know is it possible to travel from Udumalpet to Munnar, since you said that the ervikulam is closed for breeding. Kindly advise me please as I am planning to travel from Bangalore to Munnar via Udumalpet in Fortuner. Also would it a problem going by a big vehicle like Fortuner?
    thanks

    • Mohan says:

      I forgot to mention that I am planning next month Feb 2016..

      • Roy says:

        Hi Mohan, Udumalpet to Munnar road (82km) is in a very bad shape now. Authorities have not repaired the road after the last rainy season. Take this route only if you are OK with that and want to enjoy the scenery on the way. Fortuner will be an advantage because of the big tyre size.

        If you want to avoid Udumalpet-Munnar road, I would suggest you take the Hosur-Salem-Dindigal-Theni-Body-Pooppara-Munnar road. The road up to Dindigal is superb. From Dindigal to Bodi stretch is a mix of good and bad roads. But not as bad as the Udumalpet road. From Bodi-Pooppara-Munnar road is recently tarred and good.

        Eravikulam national park will be closed in February-March months every year for breeding.

        • Mohan says:

          Thanks Roy. The point is that I would spend couple days in Coimbatore(sulur Airforce station), so which way would be better to reach Munnar. Also am planning to go to Kottyam after Munnar.

          • Roy says:

            Coimbatore-Pollachi-Marayoor-Munnar.

            Note that you dont have to go to Udumalpet. Before reaching udumalpet, you can bypass the Udumalpet town and reach Munnar Road.

            From Munnar to kottayam route is
            Munnar-Adimali-Kothamangalam-Muvattupuzha-Ettumanoor-Kottayam

            (There is a shortcut also. Adimali-Oonnukal-Paingottoor-Thodupuzha-Pala-Kottayam. Take this route only if you have GPS maps. Otherwise its very difficult to stay on the correct road because of lots of small roads and junctions)

  117. Mohan says:

    Thanks Roy for you valuable inputs. Would keep in mind all the points.

  118. Sriram says:

    Thanks Mr Roy. Appreciate all your efforts. I am planning to drive to Munnar from Bangalore. This will be my first drive in ghat sections.I will be driving in Vento with my family( parents, wife and 2 kids). Do you think I should stop over in some place? Also I see multiple routes being given here. Which one will you recommend now as the road conditions would changed in recent times.

    • Roy says:

      The route which I explained in this article is in a bad state now. Especially the last 50km ghat road is full of potholes.

      I would suggest you take the below route.
      Hosur-Salem-Namakkal-Karur-Dindigul-Theni-Bodi-Pooppara-Munnar

      I have recently (02-Jan-2016) traveled in this route and road is very good.

      Note that you don’t have to enter the Salem,Namakkal,Karur, Dindigal towns. The highway bypasses all these towns.

      When you are nearing Dindigul it will help if you have GPS maps. There are not enough signboards to guide you to the Dindigul-Theni road.

      Once you are in Theni road, after Battlagundu try to avoid periyakulam town. Periyakulam is a congested town with lot of traffic.

      After Bodi town you start climbing a hill and it has about 18 hair pin bends. However the road is recently laid and wide enough.

      If your hotel is in Chinnakkanal/Suryanelli area, then remember that it is 16km before Munnar town in this route.

      • dinesh says:

        You cannot avoid Periyakulam as there is no bypass road. the only way you can avoid it is by going in the following route. Batlagundu- Devadhanapatty-Vaigai dam-Kana vilakku-THENI. But this road is very narrow

        The easiest way to find Theni exit from Dindugal is to find the Palani exit. The next exit to Palani is Going to Periyakulam and Theni

  119. VIJAYA NATARAJAN says:

    Dear Roy
    I am planning to leave Bangalore on 28th of Jan morning 4.00 a.m.
    I want to see –
    Coimbatore – to visit a relative’s house, then proceed to Guruvayoor, athirampalli falls, munnar and thekkady and alleppy.
    Please guide me will I able to cover all these places in 5/6 days. I am planning to take my car – Volkswagon.
    Thanking you in advance for your valuable advise.
    Regards
    Vijaya

  120. Mukarram says:

    Hello Mr Roy, I am planning to travel to munnar in last week of Feb is that the right time to travel. Please advise.

  121. lakshmi says:

    Can u pls suggest few hotels to stay in salem n next day to live for munnar,let it be towards coimbatore side

  122. kiranshashiny says:

    You wrote “Once you are in Theni road, after Battlagundu try to avoid periyakulam town. Periyakulam is a congested town with lot of traffic.”
    So, what do I look for in terms of landmark – so that I can deviate from getting into Periyakulam ? (I want to know what is that I need to take – to avoid the small town )
    BTW: well written and good lot of information on your page. Helps a lot of visitors.

  123. Ruchi says:

    Dear Mr Roy, Would you be able to please suggest a reliable and a good bus agency to travel to Munnar from Bangalore? We are planning to travel next month. Appreciate your guidance on this.

  124. Anil Kumar says:

    HI Roy….. its nice to see you have been helpful to most of the travelers who are driving from Bangalore to Munnar. I am planning to travel to Munnar with my family along with 2 kids…
    is this route still holds good….?
    Hosur-Salem-Namakkal-Karur-Dindigul-Theni-Bodi-Pooppara-Munnar

    and also should I need take the same route or do you suggest any other one…

    please help… I am travelling with aged parents & kids to Munnar for the first time, hence I would like to be as safe & memorable as possible.

    • Roy says:

      As of today the best route is Hosur-Salem-Namakkal-Karur-Dindigul-Theni-Bodi-Pooppara-Munnar….. (Bodi-Pooppara Ghat section road is now newly tarred and very good now.). This route is safe and scenic alo.

      (The Udumalpet-Munnar route was very scenic, but nowadays the road is pathetic in some stretches)

      So I suggest you take the Karur-Dindigal-Theni-Pooppara-Munnar route.

      (Theni and Bodi are congested towns with lot of traffic. That is the only problem in this route. Since the towns are small, you will not lose much time)

      From Dindigal, if you can use Google maps, it will be easy because the road is going through villages.

  125. Shrinidhi says:

    Hello Mr. Roy, I am planning to go to Munnar from Bangalore on April 6th. Could you please tell me about the weather conditions during this time. What will be the temperature around this time and will it rain ?

  126. Jerry says:

    Hello Roy ….. its nice to see you have been helpful to most of the travelers who are driving from Bangalore to Munnar.
    I am planning to travel to Munnar with my family, during the last week of this Month.. Can you suggest me the best route

    Is this a good route to take
    Banagalore > Hosur > Dharmapuri > Salem > Erode > Tiruppur >Udumalpet> Munnar

  127. Suresh Kumar says:

    Hi Roy,

    Thans for your valuable information. I am planning to visit Munnar with my friend next wee end. We planned to go the particular station nearer to munnar by trian.Then, we will go to Munnar by bus. My friend is allergic to buses which is going long hours. Could you please suggest the path to complete Munnar trip. We are planning to stay 1 night in Munnar or near by places. Coud you confirm the current whether is adjustable to enjoy beautifu scenee at Munnar.

    Thanks,
    Suresh kumar

  128. John Thomas says:

    Hello Roy,

    I’m planning for a bike trip with a couple of my friends to munnar. Could you kindly suggest the best route from bangalore to munnar?

    We are looking forward to a good riding experience with lot of scenic views and ghat sessions. Please provide your valuable suggestion.

    John

  129. Vinoth says:

    Hi Mr.Roy..
    I’m Vinoth from Salem. Me & friends are planning to visit munnar, mattupetty, idukki, vagamoon, perrmade & gavi. 2 days trip in Eartiga car. Please suggest me the route. And at what time the checkpost are allow to enter the ghat road. Because we are planning to start @ Salem 9pm on 25april16.
    Thanks & Regards,
    Vinoth & Friends

    • Roy says:

      I would suggest Hosur-Salem-Namakkal-Karur-Dindigul-Theni-Bodi-Pooppara-Munnar. Mattupetti is just 10km from Munnar.

      WHat do you plan to see in Idukki? There are couple of dams in Idukki. Other than that I dont remember anything interesting there.

      Munnar to Vagaman route:
      Munnar-Anachal-Kallarkutty-Chelachuvadu-Idukki-Kattappana-Vagamon
      (After Anachal, there is a place by name Chenkulam. Boating in the reservoir is available there).

      (I doubt if you can cover all these places in 2 days. It will be a hectic drive.)

  130. Anand says:

    Dear Mr.Roy,

    I have chosen to take the below route during May 2016:

    Hosur-Salem-Namakkal-Karur-Dindigul-Theni-Bodi-Pooppara-Munnar…

    I will have 2 x 3 year old kids & therefore cannot cover the entire distance in one stretch. I need to make atleast 1 stop over , 2 stop overs will be best.

    Please suggest where I can make a stop over(s) for 1 or 2 nights. The stop over should have places to visit around with decent accommodation and food.

    Thanks for your help

    Best Regards
    Anand

    • Roy says:

      Nowadays I take this route when going to Munnar. From Bangalore you can reach Munnar in 10 hours if you are taking the Hosur-Salem-Namakkal-Karur-Dindigul-Theni-Bodi-Pooppara-Munnar route. As far as I know, there is no other place for site seeing in this route. The route is just mundane highways all the way up to Bodi. After Bodi its ghat road and scenic. Bodi to Munnar will take about 2 hours.

      • Manjunath says:

        this route is pretty good; just came back to Bangalore yesterday. could manage Chinnakanal, Munnar to HSR Bangalore in 8 hours with 30 min break for lunch at Karur. awesome roads

  131. Mr. Roy,
    Your assistance reg. the best routes is really informative. Thank you very much. Regards- Ravikumar ( Principal (Rtd) S D College, Alleppey

  132. Shariff says:

    Please ROY sajest the best road bangalore to munnar. Please
    I travel to 13th may. Self drive.

  133. Shariff says:

    Please ROY suggest the best road bangalore to munnar I”ll drive by myself please suggest me the best and a proper road

    • Roy says:

      Hi Shariff,
      The best route now is Bangalore-Hosur-Salem-Namakkal-Karur-Dindigul-Theni-Bodi-Pooppara-Munnar.

      Please see the reply from Manjunath above.

  134. Sarfraz says:

    SARFRAZ
    Appreciate your interest and guidance since 2013 to the people who wish to travel by car to Munnar .
    I am planning to munnar by car on 25.05.2016.we have got check in on 26.05.2016 in sterling. Which is the best safe route and one stop over in night with nice place to stay and good food.

    • Roy says:

      Hi,

      You can take the below route. This will be best for you. The sterling resort in 15km before Munnar if you are coming in this route.

      Hosur-Salem-Namakkal-Karur-Dindigul-Theni-Bodi-Pooppara-Periyakanal-Chinnakkanal.

      Sterling is near Chinnakkanal.

      From Bangalore to Munnar will take maximum 10 hours in this route.

  135. Sarfraz says:

    Hello Mr. Roy.

    Thanks for your valuable information for car travel to Munnar.Great thing appreciable thing is you are replying with patience since 2013.

    Our check in is on 26.05.2016 .
    We are planning to leave on 25th.

    In between is there any best safe place for one night stay and start next day morning to Munnar.
    As per your advice i think ,via DINDIGUL is the best road at present.

    Please suggest.

  136. Venkatesh says:

    Hi Mr. Roy,

    You have a great thread going on here. I wish we had similar threads to other places.

    We are planning to leave at 9PM to munnar tonight. We intend to take the Bangalore-Hosur-Salem-Namakkal-Karur-Dindigul-Theni-Bodi-Pooppara-Munnar route as you suggest. We expect to reach Bodi in early hours. Will we encounter lot of fog?

    Thank you very much for the help.

  137. Sarfraz says:

    Hi Mr.Roy,

    Thanks for sparing your valuable time to reply and guiding .

  138. tharunsajjan says:

    Can we travel in bodi methu to suriyanallei to reach clubmahindra munnar without going to pooppara? Google maps is bypassing pooppara

    • Roy says:

      Yes, there is a road from BodiMettu to Sooryanelli which will bypass Pooppara. I have not traveled in that road so I am not sure what is the condition of that road now. Probably the hotel people may be aware of that road so I would suggest you check with them.

  139. tharunsajjan says:

    I am going to stay in munnar from June 11 to 15 th. Can anyone please tell me what all places to see there and in sequence. I am going to stay in clubmahindra chinnakal area of munnar.

    • Roy says:

      You can visit Kolukkumalai which is the highest tea estate in Asia. This is only about 7km from Club Mahindra. However you have to hire a local 4×4 Jeep because car cannot go in that route. (go in the morning. Evening it will be covered fully by fog/mist) (This will take half day).

      From Chinnakanal to Munnar route you can see a waterfall, and the GapRoad area.

      Munnar to Mattupetti route (11km) is good scenery and Mattupetti boating is also available.

      You could also visit Eravikulam National Park. (You can book tickets online now)

  140. Krishna prasad says:

    Hi Roy, Good evening. I have booked Mahindra between July 7th to 9th. I would like to travel by Hyundai verna car. I am not a grate driver . Which route you suggest me to drive from bangalore. Is rainy day driving is difficult during July. Pl suggest

    • Roy says:

      The best route for you is,
      Hosur-Salem-Namakkal-Karur-Dindigul-Periyakulam-Theni-Bodi-Pooppara-Chinnakkanal
      No need to enter any of the above mentioned towns. The highway bypasses all the towns.

      When you are near to Salem, it would be better if you use Google Maps so that you correctly enter the Namakkal road.

      Also, when you are near Dindigul town, use google maps to enter Theni road.

      Bathlagund, Periyakulam, Theni, Bodi are small towns with lot of traffic. But once you come out of the town, the road is good and less traffic.

      July will be rainy season. But mostly it will not be raining much in Tamilnadu.

      Once you leave Bodi town, the next 25km is hill road with about 18 hair-pin bends… But the road is wide enough and good.

    • Venkatesh says:

      We took the Hosur-Salem-Namakkal-Karur-Dindigul-Periyakulam-Theni-Bodi-Pooppara-Chinnakkanal route in a self drive car. Thanks to Mr. Roy, we had a very comfortable drive all the way to Munnar. There is a catch though. It seems there is no RTO check post when one enters the Kerala and there is no option to pay for paying entry permit. Fortunately, no one stopped us to check for the permit.

      Unless you get a Kerala permit from Karnataka RTO, you better avoid this route.

      • roy says:

        Thanks Venkatesh for updating your experience here. It will really help others who are planning for a trip to Munnar.

      • Sandeep Manyam says:

        Hello Venkatesh,
        We are planning to Munnar in august in a self driving car. We actually thought of taking Hosur-Salem-Namakkal-Karur-Dindigul-Periyakulam-Theni-Bodi-Pooppara-Chinnakkanal route.
        Do you know if there are any other options in this route to get the entry permit?
        Is there any other route we can take to visit munnar with a proper permit.
        Please let me know.

  141. Krishna prasad says:

    Roy I am planning for munnar the location was missing in my earlier post

  142. Roy says:

    The best route for you is,
    Hosur-Salem-Namakkal-Karur-Dindigul-Periyakulam-Theni-Bodi-Pooppara-Chinnakkanal

    No need to enter any of the above mentioned towns. The highway bypasses all the towns.

    When you are near to Salem, it would be better if you use Google Maps so that you correctly enter the Namakkal road.

    Also, when you are near Dindigul town, use google maps to enter Theni road.

    Bathlagund, Periyakulam, Theni, Bodi are small towns with lot of traffic. But once you come out of the town, the road is good and less traffic.

    July will be rainy season. But mostly it will not be raining much in Tamilnadu.

    Once you leave Bodi town, the next 25km is hill road with about 18 hair-pin bends… But the road is wide enough and good.

  143. tharunsajjan says:

    Which one is better to visit. Eravikulam national park or chinnar wildlife sanctuary.

    • roy says:

      Chinnar Wild Life sanctuary visit will take time and you may be able to see Wild elephants, monkeys and deers peacocks etc. But not guaranteed.

      Eravikulam National Park visit may take 1 to 2 hours and you can see the Nilgiri Tahr. No other animal. But the park is very beautiful greenery. (Its actually not a man made park like wee see in Ootty etc. Its a huge area partially forest and beautiful hills.)

  144. tharunsajjan says:

    Any nice hotels for breakfast lunch dinner for all the days we stay there? I am not able to book tickets online for eravikulam park. I got one site but it’s directing to state bank of tanjavoor.

    • roy says:

      Hi,
      There are good hotels in Munnar town. But they will be very crowded most of the time.

      For park visit online booking it will redirect to State Bank Of Travancore website. Select “INDIAN NATIONAL ADULT” and enter the number of people. Also enter the month of park visit. (Enter only the first 3 letters of the month. For example, for the month of JUNE, enter it as “Jun”.) After that you will reach the page for booking details.

  145. manju says:

    Hi Mr. Roy,

    I am planning to take a cab to Munnar direct from Coimbatore airport in the third week of June and stay overnight and come back the next day. How safe is the route to travel for two women. Can you suggest any reliable cab services. (we would like to use the same driver to come back the next day) and any good hotels in not so busy location at Munnar (don’t want to stay in a remote location either).

    Appreciate your help.

    Manju

    • roy says:

      Hi,
      From Coimbatore the route is Pollachi-Udumalpet-Chinnar-Marayoor-Munnar.

      As far as I know there is no issue for traveling in this route. Though major part of this route is ghat road which goes through forest and tea plantations, it is a busy road in the day time.

      I don’t have any contacts for Cab service in Coimbatore.

      There are hotels in Munnar mainly in 4 locations. Nearby Munnar town, Devikulam, Chinnakanal area, and Pothamedu area. Devikulam is 5km from Munnar. Chinnakanal is 1bout 16km and Pothamedu is about 10km from Munnar. Chinnakanal and Pothamedu are goo locations and away from the busy Munnar town.

      • Syed Waseem says:

        Hello Mr Roy just want to know from udamalaipatte to munnar how is the roads because driving low road clearance car. kindly advise sir

  146. Reshma says:

    Hi..need a small help. I am planning to travel with my parents. So can you suggest which is best travelling by Car or Train or bus ? Thanks.

  147. Vicky says:

    Excellent write up. Very useful . Thanks.

  148. Anshul says:

    Hi Mr Roy,
    I’m planning to travel Bangalore to Munnar during middle of August. Can you suggest me which route to take ? We are planning to do break journey, which is best city to stay ? While return we are planning to stay in Yercaud so please suggest some other place.

    Appreciate your help.

    Thanks,
    Anshul

    • roy says:

      I would suggest you take the below route to Munnar.

      Hosur-Salem-Karur-Dindigul-Theni-Bodi-Pooppara-Devikulam-Munnar.

      It will not take more than 10 hours to drive to Munnar in this route. (including 2 breaks lunch/brekfast)

  149. Monisha says:

    Hello Mr.Roy,

    I planned our Munnar trip during August season. I have planned to starte my trip from Madurai to Kanthaloor via Theni, Chinnakanal , Gundumalai , Marayoor route. As i heard, that i have to take a permit to cross gundumalai. Is it true?, If yes, where should i take the permit, pl advise. I planned for this route ,so that for the second day from kanthaloor to Devikulam, i can see the other route via kundala dam and top station

    • roy says:

      From Madurai to Munnar the route is – Theni-Bodi-Pooppara-Devikulam-Munnar.

      No permit required to go to Gundala Dam and TopStation. There is a check-post by forest department and you will have to enter the vehicle and passengers details there.

  150. Satabdi Panda says:

    Hi Mr. Roy,
    Looking at your expertise and knowledge on the bangalore-munnar route, ewanted your suggestion. We will be travelling to Munnar (pallivasal to be precise) on the long weekend of 15th Aug, in a matiz (yes, we still have the car). 4 of us will be travelling and my husband is the only one who can drive. Therefore, wanted to understand which route would you recommend. We recently went to ooty crossing 36 hair pin bends, but since it is a comparatively longer drive to Munnar, we will not prefer steep hill driving. Please recommend the one that will be convenient for one person to drive. Will await your response. Thanks!

    • roy says:

      Hi,
      I guess you are going to drive from Bangalore o Munnar.
      There are 2 main routes to go to Munnar from Bangalore.

      1. Hosur-Salem-Udumalpet-Marayoor-Munnar
      This route has very good scenery on the way. But the last 85km is completely ghat roads and driving is very much tiring and exhausting.

      2.Hosur-Salem-Karur-Dindigal-Theni-Pooppara-Munnar
      This road is very good highways up to Dindigal. The last 40km is ghat road and there are 18 hairpin bends. But the road is very good and wide enough so it is not difficult to drive in this stretch.

      I suggest you take the route no:2 mentioned.

      After reaching Munnar, Pallivasal is about 8km from Munnar towards Adimali route.

  151. Waseem says:

    Mr Roy, Greetings from us.
    Me and two more families are planning a trip in August first week to Munnar. Self drive from Bangalore to munnar with total 6 children age between 4 to 10 years. As it is a rainy season is it advisable to visit with children in August first week. Looking forward for your expertise advise. Any other Greenery places to visit during August Please suggest.

    • roy says:

      Hi Waseem,
      Usually it will be raining during August also and if it is raining Munnar will be engulfed in thick mist/fog and visibility will be very low. But nowadays rain is very less and the mist/fog starts around 4PM. So you will get enough day time for site seeing. If it is heavily raining in Munnar, site seeing will be very difficult due to mist/fog. Check back couple of days before the trip and decide accordingly.

  152. Kiran says:

    Are bikes allowed to travel from Bangalore to Munnar and around Munnar too?

  153. Waseem says:

    Thanks Mr Roy, for your valuable feedback. It’s worth writing in this forum for information related to Munnar route and weather.

    Do you also suggest hotels , If yes we are looking for family friendly hotels with hot water facilities. If it is a wrong question posted please ignore the same.

  154. Deepti says:

    Mr. Roy, Thank you for being so patient and replying to all the questions from various people so patiently. I am planning to go to Munnnar with my family involving 6 kids (below 5 years) from Bangalore on 11th August night in a Safari with self driving; I have this question.
    1. will it be ok to drive in night? How is the weather there, I mean fog/mist in night?
    2. I need to reach Pazhathottam, Koviloor, Munnar, Kerala 685615, so if you can guide me the best route for reaching there?
    3. Also if you can guide on Munnar to Alleppey best route please, it will be helpful.

  155. Reshma says:

    Hello mr roy,

    I just got the news that the road tax for people travelling from karnataka have increased i.e now tourist have to pay tax for the entire year..you can go through the link below

    http://www.thehindu.com/news/cities/bangalore/trip-to-gods-own-country-gets-dearer/article8903611.ece

    I am really concerned asi am travelling with my family and friend in a innova on12th august

    Can you advise if this is true or not.

    It will be really helpfulelseotherwise we have cancel our trip as it will be impossible for us to pay extra 20k

    Reshma

    • Mohan says:

      Hello Reshma,

      As per the article, only the tourist vehicle need to pay the tax not the private vehicle. If you are planning to go by your own vehicle, you do not need to pay anything.

      Mohan

      • Reshma says:

        Hi mohan

        I am very new to the city bangalore and dont have a personal ar so since my parents are coming over i had booked a car from one of the portals called clear car rental. I had to book for car because the road trips are beautiful from this article but now neither train or bus tickets are availble. Please help

  156. Deepti says:

    Mr. Roy, Thank you for being so patient and replying to all the questions from various people so patiently. I am planning to go to Munnnar with my family involving 6 adults and 4 kids (below 5 years) from Bangalore on 11th August night in a Safari with self driving; I have this question.
    1. will it be ok to drive in night? How is the weather there, I mean fog/mist in night?
    2. I need to reach Pazhathottam, Koviloor, Munnar, Kerala 685615, so if you can guide me the best route for reaching there?
    3. Also if you can guide on Munnar to Alleppey best route please, it will be helpful.

  157. Deepti Aggarwal says:

    Mr. Mohan/ Mr. Roy, Thank you for being so patient and replying to all the questions from various people so patiently. I am planning to go to Munnnar with my family involving 6 kids (below 5 years) from Bangalore on 11th August night in a Safari with self driving; I have this question.
    1. will it be ok to drive in night? How is the weather there, I mean fog/mist in night?
    2. I need to reach Pazhathottam, Koviloor, Munnar, Kerala, so if you can guide me the best route for reaching there?
    3. Also if you can guide on Munnar to Alleppey best route please, it will be helpful.

  158. Mohan Reddy says:

    Mr.Roy, I will be traveling from Bangalore to Munnar ( Chitirapuram powerhouse road exactly) Starting around 5.00 am. Will you please suggest a best route and eating options on the way

  159. sarath says:

    hi Mr. roy
    Am sarath from wayanad am planning a road trip from
    Bangalore -munnar -valparai-athirapally-calicut-wayanad with my wife in my bullet ( classic 350 )
    Please suggest me any affordable hotels in munnar only for one night stay
    and
    is it safe to drive blr-munnar strach in one shot or some halt is required in between???
    pls replay
    thanks and regards

    • Roy says:

      Hi Sarath, Bangalore to Munnar I have not traveled in bike. For car it takes about 10 hours with two breaks in between. I guess motorcycle will take more time. In that case a break journey will be more comfortable. I would suggest daytime trip as you have to cross the forest.
      The cheapest accommodation in Munnar are some of the lodges located in the town itself. (Krishna Lodge and SN tourist home etc). The rates usually high on weekends.

  160. Andrews says:

    is it necessary to provide vehicle documents at the checkposts if your travelling in bike?

  161. Mahadevan says:

    Dear Roy, am from trichy, we are planning to visit munnar by bike during 1st week of November. Will it rain heavily during that time? Need your advice please.

  162. Mani says:

    Hi Roy.. Your article is really superb.. We are planning to munnar by car., totally 4 car from coimbatore for next week. And it’s 2day trip.. I heard that udumalpet Road is not good.. Can I take podimet route.. Please help me to plan the route.. And how can I plan 2day trip..

    • Roy says:

      Udumalpet-Marayoor-Munnar road is not in a good condition now. You can take the Theni-Bodi-Bodimett-Pooppara-Munnar route. This is very good road now.

  163. Ramana says:

    Thank you Roy

  164. Nita says:

    Hii..roy i m planning to go munnar nxt weekend .which rout is better ….

  165. Rajesh says:

    Dear Roy,

    I would like to appreciate for your replies almost from past two years.. Thats been great. I am here to ask you few questions.
    I am planning to visit Munnar by car from Hyderabad with my fiancé.
    From Bangalore, can you please tell me the route? whether to take Dindigul or Udumalpet?

    Is it safety to go by car(with two persons) in that route.. mostly I travel day time only..

    • Roy says:

      Hi Rajesh, I would suggest Salem-Dindigul-Theni-Bodi-Pooppara-Munnar route. Its now very good roads.

      Dont worry about safety. A lot of tourists take this route and I haven’t heard of any issues.

  166. Ram says:

    Dear Roy, I am planning to Drive to Thekkady and then to Munnar and back to bangalore. The route I am thinking for onward journey is Bangalore->Dharmapuri->Salem->Karur->Dindigul->Theni->Kumily. This one is going to be night journey all the way. Please suggest the best route to drive from Thekkady to Munnar. This is going to a day pourney. I am planning to start at 7 in the morning from Thekkady. From Munnar, If the roads are fine, I am planning to take Munnar->Marayoor->Udumalpet->Avinashi->Bhavani->Dharmapuri->Krishnagiri->Hosur->Bangalore. This is also going to be a night journey. If this route is bad, I would take Munnar->Theni->Dindigul route. Please suggest based on the quality of the roads and safety. This is going to be in the last week of December and I have experience driving my car in ghats.

  167. vinay says:

    I want to go Munnar from Bangalore on bikes 3 bikes 6 mem is der any restriction for bikes

  168. manohar Reddy says:

    hi sir this is Manu am form Bangalore me and my friends r planning to munnar how can we plan to watch munnar and we r planning December 21night to 25th and this is right time or not

  169. Hi Mr,Roy,
    I am leaving for munnar on Dec3 from Bangalore,I have been reading your post and am a bit confused,i will be travelling with a 11/2 year old kid and I understand .Hosur-Salem-Karur-Dindigal-Theni-Pooppara-Munnar is the best route from Bangalore to munnar currently and the old route mentioned two years back namely Route: Bangalore-Hosur-Salem-Perundurai-Dharapuram-Udumalaipettai-Marayoor-Munnar is not so good now,
    Please advise as I will be travelling in a small car on dec3rd Saturday morning at 5am and hope to reach Munnar by 3pm atleast.

  170. Venugopalan says:

    Thanks, Roy for your detailed and wonderful article. Helped me to do the Bangalore Munnar trip in my Logan 1.4 Petrol Vehicle on 13th November. I followed exactly the route suggested by you, and there were no surprises. Since I was doing a medium pace with a number of stops, it took almost 10 hrs. despite no toll because of demonetisation :-) The roads are slightly better compared to the older days, I suppose. At the entry and exit of Chinnar Wild life sanctuary, we had to make entries as you have mentioned at the check post, but there were no checks and instead, the policemen stretched their hands for “something”. I was expecting the same thing to repeat on the Kerala side, but they checked the vehicle and made no demands! Stayed at Sterling Terrace Green, a beautiful 30 km drive from the town thru Devikulam.

  171. Venugopalan says:

    Since there are alternate routes suggested, let me clarify. I took the Bangalore-Salem-Perundurai-Kangayam-Dharapuram-Udumalpet-Munnar route. The distance from Banaswadi in Bangalore to Sterling Terrace Green, Munnar was almost 530 kms.

  172. Vishal M says:

    Hi sir .. Delighted to see your replies even if the questions are same.

    We are planning to go to munnar tomorrow. From Bangalore. Plan to leave by early morning . what is your suggestion.

    Thanks
    Vishal

  173. AMIT says:

    Could you help me with route options from trivandrum to chinnakanal by car?

  174. Musthafa says:

    Hi Roy,

    I believe we can still go through the same route as you mentioned above from Bnagalore to Munnar

    Hosur-Salem-Karur-Dindigul-Theni-Bodi-Pooppara-Devikulam-Munnar.

    Any recent update..?

  175. Hi Roy,

    I am planning to visit Munnar in the first week of February(Feb 5,6). I think Eravikulam national park will be closed in Feb as per the official site. Will they inform atleast a week prior to it so that I can make the online reservation by February 1.Also I am planning to come by car from Bangalore.Thought of taking Udumalpet-Marayoor-Munnar route. However saw your post that this road is not in good condition now.I have driven from Munnar to Marayoor last year and then the road was ok. The route further to Chinnar is worse? And the route you have suggested via Theni is 50 KM more than the other route.Is it worth taking this route, considering i had plans to visit Chinnar and Marayoor enroute to Munnar. Are there any better view points/places of interest on Theni -Bodi route. Is it a scenic route? Thanks in advance

  176. Ram says:

    Dear Roy, I am planning to Drive to Thekkady and then to Munnar and back to bangalore.
    The route I am thinking for onward journey is Bangalore->Dharmapuri->Salem->Karur->Dindigul->Theni->Kumily.
    This one is going to be night journey all the way. Please suggest the best route to drive from Thekkady to Munnar.
    This is going to a day pourney. I am planning to start at 7 in the morning from Thekkady. From Munnar,
    If the roads are fine, I am planning to take Munnar->Marayoor->Udumalpet->Avinashi->Bhavani->Dharmapuri->Krishnagiri->Hosur->Bangalore.
    This is also going to be a night journey. If this route is bad, I would take Munnar->Theni->Dindigul route. Please suggest based on the quality of the roads and safety.
    This is going to be in the last week of December and I have experience driving my car in ghats.

  177. kumar says:

    Mr Roy, thanks for the info u have been providing diligently for years. I am planning to travel to Munnar via udalampet-Marayoor-Munnar route. I have noticed that u said this route roads are not good. Planning to go with my family including kid this weekend. will halt once I reach udamalpet and only next day morning will drive to Munnar. I heard the route is very scenic, especially drive thru reserve forest and sandal wood forest. want to visit a few on the way. However, would avoid this route it is too risky. Going by I20. Reasonably I can manage Ghat sections. Pls advise.

  178. Manivannan says:

    I want to cover the below places in Kerala. how many days require for this
    Munnar, thekkay, alapuzha or munnar only

  179. Manivannan says:

    Hi Rajesh,

    I want to cover the below places in Kerala. how many days require for this
    Munnar, thekkady, alapuzha or munnar only. Please advise

    Thanks,
    P Manivannan

  180. Amrutha says:

    Dear Roy, we are planning a trip from Bangalore to Munnar on 7th Jan 2017 by car. We prefer day travel.
    1.Could you please suggest the best time to start from Bangalore in this weather so that we could reach Munnar before evening.
    2..Please suggest the best route in terms of Comfortable drive and safety.
    also we don’t want to miss the wind mills and the beautiful water falls on the way. Please provide your insights on both the options.
    3. Suggest us good vegetarian restaurants in Munnar/Chinnakanal, we are planning to stay in a Resort in Chinnakanal.

  181. rahul says:

    Hi Roy planning to munnar and thekkady planning by car living by 9 Feb night to munnar which road is best which is best plan for 3 days to cover munnar thekkady and return bangalore by Sunday nite or Monday morning pls suggest

  182. chandu says:

    Hi,

    We are planning to Munnar from Bangalore for 3-4 days trip and moreover not in car it will be bike. My question is, Is that safe enough to go in bike to Munnar ? I read your article it was very helpful (Monkeys at Tamil Nadu border… ) Again a question is that a safe to go in Bike with girls.

  183. Rajesh Kumble says:

    Dear All,

    I have just completed Bangalore Munnar trip last week.It took exact 10 hours via dindikkul theni route.

    Road is beautiful without any humps.One of the best road i have driven in recent times.

    Stayed in Hotel Tea Harvester..

  184. Vaibhavi says:

    Hi Sir!

    Your blog is very informative. We are planning to visit Munnar on 30th March, 2017. We will leave Bangalore by 9.30 PM of 29th.

    So please suggest us whether it is a good time to start and also please let us know the best route available currently.

    Thanks in advance!

    • munnar4u says:

      Hi Vaibhav, If you are tarting by 9:30PM you can reach Munnar by morning 6AM.

      The best route now is Hosur-Salem-Dindigul-Theni-Bodi-Bodimettu-Pooppara-Munnar.

  185. Dravid says:

    I plan to travel with my wife to munnar next week along this route
    Hosur – salem – dindigul – theni – poppara – munnar.

    Is the route safe to travel, If I start around 11:30 PM from banglore. Also, any other precautionary measures to be taken?

  186. Gercha says:

    Hi,
    Very informative blog and thanks for helping everyone with your posts over the years.
    Planning a drive to Munnar this weekend. Which route do you recommend, the Theni route or the Udumalpet route? Since I will be starting early morning, any recommendation of restaurants for lunch(veg / non veg)
    Also read that there are checking enroute, can we carry an unopened bottle of alcohol?

  187. Manivannan says:

    Hi Roy

    I am planning to visit Kerala (by car Grand i10 petrol) by Mid of May’2017.

    I am planning to start from chennai on 19/05/2017 afternoon Chennai-Tricy-Dindigul (stay at dindigul) .

    20/05/2017 from Dindigul to Munaar.

    I want to cover the below places Munnar, thekkay, alapuzha, athirapalli . (From 19/05/2017 or 20/05/2017 to 27/05/2017. I want to return back to chennai on 27/05/2017 or 28/05/2017.

    Please guide me the place i can cover during these days

    Thanks in advance
    Manivannan

    • Gerry says:

      Hi All
      Just returned from a trip to Munnar on 3-May.
      Few tips here to help you on the route between Bangalore & Munnar

      Started at 5 am from Bangalore via Krishnagiri- Salem-Dindigul-Theni-Bodi-Munnar
      this stretch is completely on the NH except from Theni. Excellent roads
      Although the road from Theni is SH, this is also good. Until Theni, good progress…
      Note: Its better to finish your meals before this point, no restaurants until Munnar….
      However once the Ghats starts, the travel time increases due to slow moving traffic. In some places the roads are quite narrow, you will need to be watchful for oncoming traffic, specifically the local Jeeps that hurtle down at breakneck speed
      The total travel time including stopover for Breakfast, Lunch and a few clicks was 10 hours. Could have been lesser, but had a few buses ahead of me on the ghats…

      Chose to return via Udumalpet. This route is far more scenic and takes the same time as the Theni route. The drive through Chinnar wildlife sanctuary is awesome !
      Munnar-Marayoor-Udumalpet-Pollachi-Coimbatore-Salem-Krishnagiri-Bangalore
      The road between Pollachi and Coimbatore is being asphalted and rough stretches for upto 10 kms. Sparing this, the roads are excellent

      There are checks for liquor at the border, so be prepared for stopovers

      Hope this helps, enjoy your trip and safe travel !

      • Munnar4u says:

        Thanks for updating your experience here. This will really help others who are looking for route information. Thank You.

  188. Manivannan says:

    Hi Roy

    I am planning to visit Kerala (by car Grand i10 petrol) by Mid of May’2017.

    I am planning to start from chennai on 19/05/2017 afternoon Chennai-Tricy-Dindigul (stay at dindigul) .

    20/05/2017 from Dindigul to Munaar.

    I want to cover the below places Munnar, thekkay, alapuzha, athirapalli . (From 19/05/2017 or 20/05/2017 to 27/05/2017. I want to return back to chennai on 27/05/2017 or 28/05/2017.

    Please guide me the place i can cover during these days

    Please advise me route map from dindigul to munaar or to alleppey which one first

    Thanks in advance
    Manivannan

  189. Manivannan says:

    Hi Roy,
    Any Update Please ?

    Thanks,
    Manivannan

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