One of the most popular hill stations in India, Munnar is situated at the confluence of three mountain streams - Mudrapuzha, Nallathanni and Kundala. Located at 1600 m above sea level, Munnar offers tourists beautiful landscape, cozy weather and sprawling tea estates.
Major Attractions of Munnar
Once the favorite summer resorts of the British, Munnar is a popular hill resort in India and a must visit during travel to Kerala.Apart from being a popular hill station in India, Munnar is also one of the major centers for tea trade in Kerala. Surrounded by almost 30 tea gardens that give it a picturesque view, Munnar is near Anaimudi, the highest peak of the Kerala Western Ghats. The hills around Munnar are covered with the rare Neelakurunji plant giving it a wonderful look, especially when the flowers bloom to cover the entire mountain range. It is said that this exotic plant flowers every 12 years and the next scheduled flowering time is the year 2006.
Munnar abound in beautiful landscapes and cool pleasant atmosphere. Besides tea and other plantations, the old-world charm of colonial establishments attracts visitors to this place all the year round. In and around Munnar, there are a lot of enchanting places to be discovered. All you got to do is give yourself a little time to discover life in its sweetest hues.
Munnar offers various accommodation facilities to tourists who come for holidays here. One can pick from a range of luxury and budget hotels in Munnar besides the star categorized hotels in Munnar. Most of the hotels, resorts and lodges are strategically located in the tourist centers or near the railway station.
How to Reach Munnar
Munnar is easily accessible by air, rail and road from the other major Indian cities and states. The nearest airport to Munnar is at Kochi, 130 km away, which can be accessed by the local modes of road transport available from Munnar town. The nearest railhead from Munnar is at Kochi. The railway station can also be accessed from the town by the local modes of transport. Munnar is accessible by road from most of the towns in Kerala. It can also be reached from Madurai (six hours) and Coimbatore (six hours), which are located in the state of Tamil Nadu.
Nearest airport is Cochin International airport which 125 km away.