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Munnar Tourism

National Adventure Foundation in Munnar conducts courses for paragliding. You may also enjoy boating in the lakes of Munnar. Nature walks and hiking are popular activities that tourist in Munnar indulge in. The winter months from October to March are the best time to visit Munnar. The lovely landscapes offer the picturesque setting for unforgettable holidays. Munnar was the summer retreat of the British.
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Munnar Tourism

Munnar is located in Idukki District, of the Southern State of Kerala in India, is greatly known for its splendid green mountains, Valleys and streams. Munnar is a peaceful hill station. This place is often
Orientation
Munnar is cradled in a valley hemmed in by hills. Many of its attractions are to be found on its outskirts, within a radius of 10 to 30 km from the town. Besides local bus services, taxis, jeeps and autos are available in plenty to ferry tourists along the excellent network of roads that serve Munnar. NH49 coming in from Ernakulam, follows the sameroute as the Aluva-Munnar Road from Kothamangalam onwards till Munnar, and importantly the latter name is widely used in Munnar. It is the axis of Munnar - most sights are either on or just off it.
frequented as a tourist spot. Munnar boasts of unending tea estates covering the hill station. Munnar offers not only the laid-back atmosphere of a quiet little tea town, but also plenty of opportunities to savour nature at its best. Beyond the estates are rich tropical forests which contain wildlife like the Nilgiri tahrs (ibex), sambars, gaurs, elephants and lion-tailed macaques .Munnar is located at the confluence of the mountain streams Mudrapuzha, Nallathanni and Kundala and is surrounded by the wild jungles and is rainy and cold for most of the season. The south India's highest peak Anamudi which is 2695 metres high is situated in Munnar. Among the exotic flora found in the forests and grasslands here is the "Neelakurinji". This flower that bathes the hills in blue once in twelve years will bloom this year 2006. While in Munnar, one can take part in the conducted tour of a tea factory to witness the process of tea dust being manufacturing, i.e. how a tea leaf is transformed to a cup of tea. Munnar is 133 km from Cochin and 148 km from Kottayam. The hill resort of Munnar is one of the most popular tourist destinations in India. Munnar lies in the God's Own Country of Kerala. Besides being a hill resort Munnar is known a center for tea trade too. There are over thirty teagardens in and around Munnar. Get going on a bicycle at your own pace and unwind. Let the magic of Munnar bewitch you! The hill resort of Munnar derives its name from the fact that it lays at the confluence of three mountain streams. Literally in Tamil Munnar means "three rivers". The culture of Munnar is a cosmopolitan culture. People from varied cultural backgrounds have added to the culture of Munnar. Numerous people and races have made their momentous contributions to the culture of Munnar. Hinduism is the principal religion in the city. Then there is a small percentage of Muslims and Christians as well.

Area 26.2 sq km
Altitude 1520 meters
Religion Hinduism, Islam, Christianity
Languages Malayalam, Tamil, English
Annual Mean Rainfall 2750 mm
Maximum Temperature 20°C
Minimum Temperature 5°C

Munnar is located at the Idukki district of Kerala State in South India. Munnar's mesmerising greenery, mountain scenery, calmness and cool refreshing air attracts honeymooners and tourists throughout the year. It is a weekend hideout location for domestic tourists during summer season. Foreign travellers likes watching the natural beauty of Kerala while the journey from Thekkady to Munnar. Munnar is at the confluence of three rivers. In Tamil, the word 'munnu' means "three" and 'aar' means "river". Hence "Munnar" is a shortened version of 'Munnu Aar'. The 3 mountain streams joining together here are Madurapuzha, Nallathanni and Kundala. Munnar is a commercial centre with one of the world's best tea estates. There are about 30 tea plantations in and around Munnar. Among these, majority of the plantations are owned by Tata Group's Kannan Devan Tea Estate. A visit to Munnar can witness the nurturing of tea in plantation to the process of manufacturing and packing. The tea estates, hills, lakes and forests inside Munnar area exposes it's beauty. The tea plants covered Munnar hills makes the feeling of seeing a wide green carpet.



Fast Facts
When to go: Post monsoon, September to May. Don't forget to include a shawl or light woolens in your kit - one begins to feel the chill as one ascends the hills.
STD Codes 04865, Chinnakkanal 04868
Getting There
By Air -The nearest Airport from Munnar is at Cochin, which is roughly 121 km away. Near by airports are at Kochi (130 kms) and Madurai (142 kms)
By Rail - The nearest railway station from Munnar is Ernakulam junction at a distance of 127 km. Taxis are available for Munnar.
By Road - Munnar is accessible by road from most of the towns in Kerala. Munnar can also be reached from Madurai (6 hours) and Coimbatore (6 hours), which are located in the state of Tamil Nadu. The place is well connected by a well-developed network of road transport. 135 kms from Ernakulam, 100 kms from Thekkady, 300 kms from Thiruvananthapuram, 120 kms from Palani and 150 kms from Coimbatore.















Getting There
By Air -The nearest Airport from Munnar is at Cochin, which is roughly 121 km away. Near by airports are at Kochi (130 kms) and Madurai (142 kms)
By Rail - The nearest railway station from Munnar is Ernakulam junction at a distance of 127 km. Taxis are available for Munnar.
By Road - Munnar is accessible by road from most of the towns in Kerala.

Where to Shop
Munnar is well known for its tea and spices plantations. The best things to shop for in the aromatic city of Munnar are tea, spices and strawberries. There are an umpteenth number of tea plantations making the quality of tea exceptionally high. Tourists can buy various varieties of tea from the numerous tea estates or from various shops in Munnar. There are many varieties of spices and tea available in Munnar. One can get spices packed in small plastic pouches.
Where to Eat
A host of small eateries aromatically dot the town. They look unimpressive, but dish out wholesome and cheap fare - sizzling vadas, bondas and bhajis to be washed down with strong tea. And if you would like to dine alfresco, the thattukadas (fast-food stalls) liningthe main road serve chapattis, puries and dosas piping hot. Chicken and Mutton biryani are the pride of Raspy Restaurant and Hotel Azarika, two popular eateries seeking genuine Kerala food, SN Lodge is perhaps the best bet. Its delights, especially that pungent appetiser - mango pickle.
Where to Stay
Munnar has good hotels for all budgets. Since tourists stream into Munnar throughout the year, it's advisable to reserve accommodation well in advance, especially on weekends and holidays. In Munnar: Located just a kilometer from town, KTDC's Tea County offers a health club, ayurvedic massage, sightseeing tours, currency exchange, travel assistance and car hire. One of the top-rung resorts in Munnar. Picturesquely located on a sheer hillside 2km from Munnar, Abad Copper Castle is set away from the bustle of the town, providing a serene ambience for relaxation. A multicuisine restaurant offers magnificent views. The hotels also house an ayurvedic rejuvenation centre.