Munnar Gate Tourism
 

Munnar

  munnar Munnar is the favored summer resort of the erstwhile British rulers in the colonial days.  
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Thekkady

  tekkady Lying close to the plantations, in the rich jungles of Periyar in Thekkady is one of the world's most fascinating natural wildlife. .  
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Kumarakom

  kumarakam Little islands on the Vembanad Lake..! Small water world!. .  
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Cochin

  cochin Cochin is indeed the " Queen of the Arabian Sea  
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Alleppey

  alleppy The name Alappuzha is derived from the geographical position and physical features of the place.  
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Kovalam

  kovalam Kovalam beach is known as the "Paradise of the South".  
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Varkala

  varkala Varkala Beach has wonderfull location in Kerala. The wooden architecture in its own style back dropped by the stunning views of coastline.  
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Thattekkad

  thattekkad located in the Kothamangalam Taluk of Ernakulam district on the northern bank of the Periyar river.  
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Guruvayoor

  guruvayoor Introduce yourself to a land that sways to the rhythms of nature.  
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Thiruvananthapuram

  tiruvanandapuram Thiruvananthapuram, the Capital City of Kerala.  
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Kerala Backwaters

   

Munnar meaning "Three rivers" is situated at the confluence of three mountain streams Muthirappu (Kannimalayar), Nallathanni and Kundala and is a delightful, small hill station. Munnar was the summer resort of the British Government in the south. Munnar has some of the biggest tea plantations in the world. This hill station more than 5000 feet above sea level with its mist and flowers, has very good potential to bedeveloped into a tourist spot. Situated at 1600m above the sea level this hill station, leaves you with a cold summer sweetness. Completely dotted with lakes, reservoirs, mountains streams, scabrous rocks, wooded valleys, wavy grass hills, this hill station offers a great variety choices at short intervals. Along the quite drives of Munnar, through the unending sea of tea plantations, signs of human life itself is a rare sight apart from similarly attired plantation workers.

Munnar breathtakingly beautiful - a haven of peace and tranquility - the idyllic tourist destination in God's own country. Set at an altitude of 6000 ft from sea level located in Idukki district, Munnar was the favored summer resort of the erstwhile British rulers in the colonial days. Unending expanse of tea plantations - The misty mountains and valleys, the whispering wilds and the refreshing drizzles are a tourists' delight at any time of the year. The mountain slopes are a nicely laden green carpet of evergreen tea plantations interspaced by murmuring jungle streams, winding roads and Pathways.

The misty nights and the sound of silence of this high altitude mountains and valleys blessed with mother nature's riches flora and fauna make it a true paradise on earth. The satin smooth grass lands which are the abode of the rare species of wild goats known as Nilgiri Tahrs and herds of wild elephants grazing elegantly across the jungle slopes add to the splendour of this mesmerizing landscape.

Nestling in the very lap of this enchanting terrain is one of our prime properties pristine valleys and mountains- exotic species of flora and fauna in its wild sanctuaries and forests - aroma of spice scented cool air - yes! Munnar has all these and more. It's the place you would love to visit - it's the place you would wish never to leave- so welcome - log on to www.munnargate.com,www.Keralaaholidays.com for all information on Munnar anytime, every time. Just four hours drive from the city of Kochi is the tea town of Munnar .

Anaimudi At a height of around 2,695m it is the highest peak in southern India and can be viewed from Munnar.

Chithirapuram This small hill station exudes an old-world charm with its old playgrounds and courts, bungalows, and sleepy little cottages that point to its colonial past. Situated at a distance of around 10km from Munnar Chithirapuram is home to Pallivasal hydel power project.

Devikulam is an out-of-the-world experience among exotic flora and fauna, cool mountain air, and velvet lawns. An idyllic hill station, Devikulam is located at a distance of around 7km from Munnar. The Sita Devi Lake situated here is an ideal picnic spot with its picturesque surroundings, mineral water, and trout-fishing facilities.

Kundale Tea Plantation offers an opportunity to see the tea plantations, to watch tea being picked, learn how tea is processed and to buy the tea directly from the gardens. It is an area surrounding a picturesque lake that offers stunning views of the region. If you arrive on a Sunday, make sure to drop in at the small Kundale Club in the afternoon, where the local planters gather with their families.

Nyayamakad An excellent picnic and trekking point, Nyayamakad is situated at a distance of 10km from Munnar near Rajamalai,Nyayamakad is a land of scintillating waterfalls with water cascading down from a height of around 1,600 metres.

Pothamedu One of the major plantation hubs of Munnar, Pothamedu is situated at a distance of around 6km from the town. Views of coffee, tee, and cardamom plantations are excellent from here and it’s an ideal spot for trekking and hiking amidst lush mountains, rolling hills and breathtaking scenery.

Cheeyappara Located between Neriamangalam and Adimali on the Kochi-Madurai Highway , Cheeyappara and Valara waterfalls are a treat to the eyes. The fall cascades down in seven steps making it unique.

Eravikulam National Park By driving north from Munnar for 30 minutes and then hiking a few kilometres, you reach this sanctuary which is home to over three thousand free-roaming ibex, elephants, lion-tailed macaque, and the nilgris thar (an endangered mountain goat). Declared as a National Park in 1978 it covers 97km of rolling grass hills forested valleys and is one of the must do activities in the area.

Marayoor Around 40km from Munnar  Marayoor has many firsts to its credit. It is the only place in Kerala with natural growth of sandalwood trees, natural caves with murals, and relics from Later Stone Age civilisation. There is a sandalwood factory of the Forest Department of Kerala and a children's park extending across one hectare of land under the canopy of a single Banyan tree, all of which attract tourists in large numbers. Some nearby destinations such as Thoovanam and Rajiv Gandhi National Park are also of great interest.

Nadukani Situated at an altitude of 3,000 ft. above sea level, Nadukani offers excellent views of the Moolamattam town, Malankara lake, etc. It is a natural dream heaven covered with green-clad hills, silvery streams, valleys and paddy fields. You will encounter many rare species here like the hornbill, wild rabbits, spotted sambhar, jungle mainah and elephants, to name a few.

Top Station Situated at an altitude of between 1700 and 2,200m, Top Station offers wonderful views of the valley down below and panoramic landscape. The hilltop is situated at a distance of around 41km north from Munnar  town on the Tamil Nadu-Kerala border. According to a local belief, the place derived its name from Middle Station and Lower Station, both lying down the valley, which were once connected to this place via a ropeway.

Valara 10kms from Adimali on the Kochi-Madurai highway. Valara has a chain of waterfalls surrounded by thick green forests worth exploring

Ramakalmedu:
Rolling green hills and the fresh mountain air make Ramakalmedu and enchanting retreat. The hilltop also offers a panoramic view of the picturesque villages of Bodi and Cumbum on the eastern slope of the Western Ghats. Situated at a distance of 40 km from Thekkady and 75 km from Munnar

Echo Point
This scenic place gets its name from the natural echo phenomenon here. Echo Point is on the way to Top Station in Munnar

 

Rajamala
Rajamala is the natural habitat of the Nilgiri Tahr (Hemitragas hylocres), the Eravikulam - Rajamala region is now home to half the world population – estimated at around 1300 - of this endangered mountain goat. But the Tahr is only one of the reasons to make a visit to Rajamala.

Vagamon
One of the most beautiful places with a chain of three hills - the Thangal hill, the Murugan hill and the Kurisumala, important for Muslims, Hindus and Christians respectively.

Pullumedu
Velvet lawns and rare flora and fauna add to the beauty of Pullumedu. The famous Sree Ayyappa Temple at Sabarimala and the Makara Jyothi illuminations at the shrine are visible from here. The winding journey to this hill along the Periyar River, offers a stunning view of hills draped in lush greenery.
 

Vandanmedu
This is one of the world's largest auction centres for cardamom. A walk through the sprawling cardamom plantations of Vandanmedu is a heady experience.

 

Chellarkovil
This sleepy little village with its breathtaking view of the plains and cascading waterfalls is a feast for the eyes. The village slopes down to the famous coconut groves of Cumbum in neighbouring Tamil Nadu.

Vandiperiyar
The River Periyar flowing through the centre of this town nourishes its vast tea, coffee and pepper plantations. A major trade centre, Vandiperiyar is also home to a number of tea factories. The Agriculture Farm and Flower Garden have a delightful array of rose plants, orchids and anthuria.

 

Pattumala
Pattumala or Hill draped in silk in Peermede has charms like no other. The lofty peaks, the little streams and the green expanse of the tea plantations give the hills an ethereal beauty.

 

Eravikulam National Park
A sanctuary for the endangered mountain goat of South India, the Nilgiri Tahr ( Hemitragus hylocrious), the Eravikulam National Park stands out for the stark beauty of its rolling grasslands and sholas, spread over 97 sq km in the Rajamalai hills. An ideal place for trekking, facilities are provided here and tourists are allowed to go on foot up to Anamudi ( the highest peak south of Himalayas )



How to reach Munnar:


By Air: The nearest airport is Kochi, 130 km away from Munnar.
By Rail: Kochi is the nearest railway station, which is connected to all the major cities in India.
By Road: Munnar is accessible by road from most of the cities and town in Kerala.You can also reach Munnar form Coimbatore (-248 kms-6 hrs away) and Madurai (165 kms-5 hrs away) in TamilNadu.  And from cochin by 3.5 hrs

Travel in Munnar:

 

Local transport available in Munnar includes taxis, autorickshaws, bicycles and buses. There are frequent buses run by the State Transport Corporation.Hired cycles are also a fun way to explore Munnar.


Climate: 

The region in and around Munnar varies in height from 1,600 meters (5,249 ft) to 1,800 meters (5,906 ft) above mean sea level. Munnar enjoys a salubrious climate. The weather ranges between 5 ℃ (41 ℉) and 10 ℃ (50 ℉) in winter and 15 ℃ (59 ℉) and 25 ℃ (77 ℉) in summer. The tourist season is from August to May. However, even the monsoons are lovely with many streams and rivulets in the area.

Bus timings from Munnar

 

Thekkady 0630, 1200, 1430, 1500 hrs (4 hours)
Thiruvananthapuram 0840 hrs via Alappuzha, 1030 hrs via Kottayam, 1140 hrs via Alappuzha, 1215 hrs via Kottayam, 1530 hrs via Kottayam (8 hours time)
Thrissur 1330 hrs
Palakkad 1500 hrs
Theni Frequent Buses
Palani 0715, 0930, 1130, 1415 hrs.
Top Station Daily 8 buses - First trip - 0730, Last trip - 1830 hrs (1 hour)
Ernakulam Daily 8 buses - First trip - 0530, Last trip - 2150 hrs (4 hours)
Madurai 1430 hrs (6 hours)
Marayoor Frequent Buses
Coimbatore 0630, 1545 hrs (6 hours)
Kodaikanal No direct buses. Frequent buses from Theni.
Chinnar Daily 8 buses (3 hours). First trip : 0630 hrs, Last trip : 1800 hrs
Devikulam Frequent Buses (30 mts)




The unending dominance of the tea plantations and the mountain flower Neelakkurinji that bloom once in 12 years are both synonymous landmarks of Munnar. Playing mists, soul searching winds, hurling waterfalls, cold monsoons, picturesque towns, fragrant cardamom bushes, sprawling tea plantations, shaven silver oaks, indomitable elephant herds, long winding lanes, the bluish tint of the Neelakkurinji mountains, floating tunes of early morning radio, strangely uniform herds of plantation workers. With the mist covering in the valleys around, the plateau of a resorts sticking out, it is a heavenly feeling of being on the legendary flaying machine - Pushpak, floating over the clouds.   about munnar



  Munnar - breathtakingly beautiful - a haven of peace and tranquility - the idyllic tourist destination in God's own country.




  Set at an altitude of 6000 ft in Idukki district, Munnar was the favored summer resort of the erstwhile British rulers in the colonial days. Unending expanse of tea plantations - pristine valleys and mountains- exotic species of flora and fauna in its wild sanctuaries and forests - aroma of spice scented cool air - yes! Munnar has all these and more. It's the place you would love to visit - it's the place you would wish never to leave- so welcome - log on to munnargate.com for all information on Munnar anytime, every time.



  Location Idukki District on the high ranges of the Western Ghats
Altitude 5000-8000ft above sea level.
Area 26.2 sq.km
Rainfall 275 cm
Best time to Visit September to May
Clothing Wollen and Cotton
Languages
Malayalam, Tamil, Hindi and English.
 
 
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