Munnar is one of the world famous hill stations of the South Indian state Kerala. Situated in the Western Ghats approximately 1800 meters above the sea level, Munnar has a very cool climate throughout the year. Wrapped in the greenery of the vast area of tea plantations, Munnar presents a spectacular view of its beautiful nature to the tourists. The view of the low flying clouds touching the mountain peaks and the view of the pristine, mist-filled valleys makes Munnar a one of its kind place in the tourist map. The cool climate with a heavenly atmosphere and the immaculate nature makes Munnar the favorite holiday destination for tourists from across the world.
Main Attractions of Munnar.
1. The magnificent greenery of the tea plantations.
2. The heavenly atmosphere with a Cool climate.
3. Misty mountains and the panoramic view of the mist-filled valleys.
4. Various Dams and reservoirs around Munnar.
5. Wildlife sanctuaries.
6. Various waterfalls in and around Munnar.
7. National Parks.
Origin of the name
The common belief about the origin of the name “Munnar” is that the local people started calling the place ‘Munnar’ because of the presence of three rivers in the area. The word ‘Munnar’ in the local language (Malayalam) means ‘3 rivers’. Munnar town is located in the confluence of these three rivers.
Time to visit.
Traditionally the tourist season at Munnar starts from August and runs into April-May in which April and May being the busiest months of the season. However recent years has seen continuous flow of tourists throughout the year. Usually June and July will be the rainy season in Munnar hence not ideal for sight seeing. November to January is the coldest months. Due to school summer vacation, April and May will see a large influx of tourists and will often see hours long traffic blocks in the roads towards Mattupetti Dam and Eravikulam National Park.
Munnar has no special cuisine associated with the place. However most of the hotels and restaurants in Munnar offer North Indian and South Indian dishes and many of them offer Chinese and continental dishes as well.
Munnar has no airport or railway station. The nearest airport is 107 km from Munnar and the nearest railway station is 105 km from Munnar. (The railway station and the airport are in the same direction) Munnar is connected to the other cities of the region by the state run transport buses of Kerala, Tamil Nadu and Karnataka. There are daily direct bus services from Bangalore to Munnar. To reach the nearest railway station there are a large number of private buses as well as state run transport buses which goes to ‘Aluva’ which is the nearest town with railway station (105km from Munnar).