Munnar has always been a favorite destination for tourists across the world and it still is one of the ’10 must see paradises in the earth’. In the last decade Munnar has witnessed a large influx of tourists and the current forecasts suggests that the trend is going to continue for years to come. Despite being a world famous tourist spot, tourists to Munnar had to struggle to find a cost effective and reliable method of connectivity from the major cities of the region to Munnar.
The fact that Munnar is located in the western ghats 1800 meters above the sea level meant that Munnar has no airstrip and no rail connectivity either. And there is no signs of Munnar ever going to get these in the near future. Added to that, the state transport corporation was also not interested in connecting the southern cities to Munnar. What all these meant to the tourists is that they had to always depend on the private tour operators and taxi segment for their travel needs.
Bangalore to Munnar by bus was not an option until the early 2000’s. From the early 2000’s Munnar witnessed a steady flow of tourists from the major cities of neighboring states as well as northern India. Particularly there was a steady flow of travelers from Bangalore to Munnar. This resulted in private interstate bus operators starting bus services between Bangalore and Munnar, followed by the state transport corporations of Kerala and Karnataka. Now there are 4 direct buses plying from Bangalore to Munnar every day. One each from Karnataka RTC and Kerala RTC. 2 buses from the private sector (KPN and SRS travels)
If you are looking at traveling from Bangalore to Munnar by Bus, here are few options you could consider.
Bangalore to Munnar daily direct bus services.
Given below are the timings of Direct buses from Bangalore to Munnar,
1. KSRTC (Karnataka)
Type Of Bus – RAJAHAMSA Executive 2+1 Seater Non A/C
Route – Hosur-Salem-Coimbatore-Pollachi-Udumalaipettai-Marayoor-Munnar
Starts From – ShantiNagar BMTC Bus Station – Platform Number 3 @ 9:00 PM
Boarding Points – ShantiNagar BMTC BusStation, KMF Diary Circle Opp Christ College, St. Johns Hospital Bus Stop
Book Ticket online at – http://www.ksrtc.in
This bus goes via the Udumalaipettai Marayoor route hence you could enjoy the scenery en route to Munnar. Usually this bus reaches Udumalaipettai by 6:30AM and reaches Marayoor by 8:30AM. You can have breakfast at Marayoor. It reaches Munnar by 10:30 AM.
Online Booking for this bus can be done at the above link and the bookings open 30 days prior to the date. Weekend tickets get booked fast hence if you plan for a weekend trip book your tickets well in advance.
2. KSRTC (KERALA)
Type of Bus – Super Deluxe
Route – Mysore-Kozhikode-Thrissur-Kothamangalam-Adimali-Munnar
Starts From – Mysore Road Satelite Station at 04:00 PM
Boarding Points – Mysore Road Satellite Station, Kengeri, Mandya, Mysore
Book Tickets online at – http://220.127.116.11:8080/KsrtcOnlineR/
The Kerala RTC bus for Munnar goes in the Mysore, Kozhikode route which is longer compared to the Salem route. Bus starts from the Mysore road Satellite station @ 4:00 PM and reaches Munnar by 7:30AM next morning.
3. KPN Travels.
Type Of Bus – 2+2 Non A/C
Starts From – Kalasipalya Market at 09:45 PM
Boarding Points – Bommanahalli, Electronic City, Hosur
Book Tickets online at – http://kpntravels.in
KPN Bus takes the Udumalaipettai Marayoor route so you can enjoy the scenic beauty of the tea plantations on the route. If they are running with very less passengers, they may transfer the passengers to a KPN mini bus to Munnar.
4. SRS Travels.
Type Of Bus – 2+2 non A/C (Sleeper)
Starts from – Majestic Bus Stand at 08:15 Pm
Boarding Points – Majestic, WilsonGarden, Madiwala, Bommanahalli, Hosur
Book ticket online at http://www.srsbooking.com
This bus starts from Majestic bus stand at 08:15 PM and reaches Munnar by 7:30AM.
Apart from these buses there are few other private intercity bus services operating in the Bangalore Munnar sector. They are Kallada Travels and Royal Travels.
The main advantage of taking a bus from Bangalore to Munnar is that it is very cost effective (as of writing this the Karnataka RTC bus from Bangalore to Munnar charges Rs – 545 per person). Also, you get a chance to enjoy the never ending greenery of the Munnar tea plantation en route.
However, there are some disadvantages too. Typically the buses take more than 13 hours to reach Munnar. Most of these buses reach Munnar by 10:30 in the morning or sometimes even later. Traveling in a bus through the hilly areas with lot of hair pin curves will be a tiring affair. Elderly definitely will not like.