Munnar

Munnar, probably the most preferred honeymoon destination in South India, does some magic on her visitors. People who visit Munnar cannot help but fly again to see her. Munnar is a part of the Idukki district in the Kerala state, and belong to the mountain chain of the mighty Western Ghats. It is a gorgeous hill station, 1700 m above sea level which makes it extremely cool at times. For the same reason it was a summer retreat for the British who ruled India for decades. Munnar is popularly known as the land of \\\"Neelakurinjis\\\" [purple shrub found in the Nilgiri hills of the Western Ghats], which blossoms once in 12 years. When it does bloom, it decorates the Top station, where it is found, with vibrant purple colour that the person witnessing the beauty of the landscape might be entrapped in its peerless charm and awesomeness. Munnar is also renowned for its world class tea and spice plantations. There are daily presentations conducted for tourists on how the fresh tea leaves are processed to fine tea powder and packed in various quantities ready to be distributed to the markets belonging to different parts of the world. You can taste samples of various tea flavors and buy them if you wish to take home some exquisite taste of Munnar.

Sight Seeing Places
Other activities in and around Munnar
Climate

December to February The Winter season commence from December and concludes by February every year, and is recommended as the most apt period to visit Munnar. Better not forget to take along your sweaters and woolens when you trip to Munnar during the winter season, because the temperature often lows down to chilling 10°C. The nighttime get even more cooler which might make you bite your tongue, but it is worth experiencing Munnar in its best shape.

March to May Summer at Munnar starts by March and continues till the end of May. The temperature ranges between 19°C and 35°C. It is also a fair time to visit Munnar as even if it is summer it could still prove to be a cooling and relaxing vacation for the people living at hot lowlands.

June to September Munnar gets muddy during the monsoon [June to September], but it definitely has a different charm even then. A visit to Munnar during the monsoon is not always recommended as it rains heavily all the time and therefore travelling around Munnar gets a bit messy.

How to reach Munnar

By Road - Kerala Government buses are available from all cities in Kerala. The nearest cities are Kochi, Kottayam which are 130 kms and 140 kms away from Munnar respectively. The nearest city in Tamilnadu is Theni, likely 80 kms from Munnar. Private Volvo buses and taxis are available too.

By Air - Kochi International Airport and Madurai international airport are the 2 nearest airports to connect Munnar. After flying down to Kochi or Madurai, grab a taxi and reach Munnar. Flights to Kochi are available from all the cities in India and from many cities from all around the globe.

By Rail - There are Regular trains to Kochi railway station from all the major cities in India. From the station grab a taxi or wait for the Government bus available at specific times to Munnar from the KSRTC [Kerala state road Transport Corporation] bus stand which is just a few metres away from the Kochi South railway station.

 

Munnar is simply the perfect vacation spot in Kerala. People living at the hot low lands will find this heavenly hill station, a rejuvenating and calming escape. For those adventure- savvy tourists too, Munnar does not fail to entertain. With activities such as mountain cycling, high altitude treks along the beautiful mountains, and rock climbing, Munnar satisfies all the adrenaline and travel addicts. A visit to Munnar is worth all your time. So if you are planning a vacation and doubt Munnar, get your bags packed and head along, give her a try, and you will never regret visiting the \\\"Queen of hills\\\".

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