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Munnar is an undying town and hill station in the state of Kerala. It is an epitome of unprecedented beauty which only adds grace and charm to the anyway gorgeous state of Kerala. It is located in the Idukki district in the Western Ghats mountain range. The hill town is one of the most popular honeymoon destinations in India. It is called the ‘Kashmir of South India’ and the phrase rightly describes it.

History of Munnar

Muthuvan tribal community

According to legends, Munnar city was the resident to Muthuvan Tribal Community long years ago. Then, it left unexplored until it becomes the major part of the plantation during the 19th century. 

Founder of Munnar

Munnar city was founded by John Munro who was a Scottish soldier. He also served the States of Travancore and Cochin as an administrator and Diwan from 1810 to 1819. He visited the place accidentally. He came to solve the border dispute between Travancore and Madras and got mesmerised with the beauty of Munnar. Munro had to convince the Poonjar Royal Family to acquire the land and start plantation and he got the land successfully. After that, he formed North Travancore Land Planting & Agriculture Society in 1879. The organisation soon obtain a vast success in the cultivation of crops including cardamom, coffee, cinchona etc. 

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Places to visit in Munnar

Atukkad Waterfalls. The Atukkad Waterfalls is nestled around 2km away from Munnar amidst the beautiful hills and lush greenery. Moreover, the pristine waterfalls are an amazing option for picnic sites. The road to Atukkad is quite narrow and particular needs a lot of experience to drive on the driver’s end.

Pothamedu Viewpoint. The Pothamedu viewpoint is quite a surreal tourist attraction to visit with your family and friends. This place is situated at a distance of around 6 km and is adorned with mind-blowing picturesque views of the mountains. Moreover, one can witness spectacular views of tea and coffee plantations.

Chokramudi Peak. The Chokramudi peak is specifically located in Eravikulam National Park at an altitude of around 7200 feet. The Chokramudi peak is also one of the highest peaks situated in Munnar. And being quite isolated from the range it provides a simply fabulous view of the surrounding valleys and mountains covered with a thick forestation.

Things to do in Munnar

TreeHouse Stay. Did you know that in the local language a treehouse is known as Erumadam? And a treehouse is an eco-accommodation facility which is made of natural materials like bamboo, coir, hay as well as straw. Moreover, this concept is coming up in various parts of Kerala and among them, Munnar is one such place.

Kolukkumalai. If you want to feel something amazing then visiting Kolukkumalai Tea Estate will prove to be a good decision on your end. It is interesting to know that Kolukkumalai is also one of the highest tea plantations in the world. And the best part about this place is the zigzag road which along with Kolukkumalai is simply jaw-dropping.  

Echo Point. There is no doubt about the fact that Munnar is definitely a chilled out place for those who seek adventure. If you also like trekking then Echo Point is the destination which you should definitely consider and as a result, you will get to see the most breathtaking views of the raw and enchanting beauty of nature.

Events and Festivals in & around Munnar

Nehru Trophy Boat Race. The Nehru Boat Race is specifically held on the second Saturday in the month of August. This race is definitely one of the most exhilarating boat race events which take place in Munnar particularly on the Punnamada lake along with the banks. It also needs to be seen that the ceremony here opens with some of the most colourfully decorated floats, bloats and with just the right pomp and show. Read More

Thrissur Pooram Festival. The Thrissur Pooram festival is celebrated in the month of May. It is undoubtedly one of the most momentous festivals which is celebrated in Munnar. This is a massive show where you will find at least 30 elephants walking through the streets carrying a symbolic of revered loyalty. Furthermore, it is just a scenic delight to see the elephants standing with an amazing dignity and discipline and conch shells are played in the background. 

Attukal Pongala. The Attukal Pongala women is an affair which is celebrated in the month of February. This is perhaps the only temple in the world where women assemble and make offerings by cooking the pudding for the goddess in the Attukal temple.

Best time to visit in Munnar

If you are planning your trip to Munnar then the best time to visit this place is between June to September. The climatic conditions are quite pleasant during this time.

How to Reach Munnar?

By Air. Cochin International Airport is the nearest airport to reach Munnar via air. The airport is just 125 kilometres away which takes just 2-3 hours to reach. The airport is well-established serving regular flights by renowned airline services such as Air India, Indigo, SpiceJet etc. it is well-routed with major cities of India including Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata, and Chennai. Regular taxi services from the airport to Munnar are steadily available.
Aluva

By Rail. The nearest railway station is Aluva Railway Station which is located in Aluva. It is just 110 kilometres away from Munnar. Another railway station is Ernakulam Railway Station which is 130 kilometres of Munnar. Both the stations not only serve the nearby cities but also enjoys frequent and direct trains from major cities of India.

By Road. Munnar is also well connected by roads with other cities. Once you land in Kochi, Aluva or Ernakulam you can hire a cab or take a bus to Munnar. For instance, you can book tickets at Kerala State Road Transport Corporation (KSRTC) website or get it from the counter of the bus terminal located next to Aluva Railway Station.

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