Munnar is a hill station in the Indian state of Kerala.
Munnar is a beautiful hill station, and was the summer resort of the British. Tourists come here to see the vast tea plantations of the area. The town itself is typically Indian with the usual shops, guest houses and is really beautiful and traditional. It is a good place to stay to see the surrounding countryside. It is also a popular place for Indian honeymooners.
The town is divided into two parts, Old Munnar, where the tourist information office is, and Munnar, where the bus station and most guest houses are located.
The region in and around Munnar varies in height from 1,500 m (4,921 ft) to 2,695 m (8,842 ft) above mean sea level. It is pronounced "Moon-aar" short for "moonu aar" meaning 3 rivers. Three rivers - Mattupetti, Nallathanni and Periavaru which flow through this town, but join some distance away from Munnar.
Munnar is famous for its tea plantations, many of them started by the British. The "Kannan Devan" brand of Tea from the Tata is cultivated and processed here.
The strobilanthus ("Neelakurinji" in Malayalam, the local language), a blue flower which blooms only every 12 years, is found in this region. It bloomed last in December 2006. Munnar also has the highest peak in South India, Anamudi, at 2,695 m.
Eravikulam national park is one of the main tourist attraction, where you can find the endangered species of Nilgiri Tahr (mountain goat called "varayadu" in Malayalam). A trek to Rajamala ("King of hills" in Malayalam), in the morning is sure to spot a few friendly mountain goats. You can also find Gaur, Langur, Lion-tailed macaque, and Elephants depending on the season and time of travel. The altitude is 1,600-1.800 m above sea level. Temperature ranges from a minimum of 0⁰C to a maximum of 28⁰C. Warm clothes and rain gear is recommended. The tourist season is from Aug-Mar.
You can arrange a cab/taxi from Ernakulam Railway station, they will charge (round trip) from Rs 2500 to Rs 3000.
Malayalam and Tamil are main languages spoken here. You can manage with English or Hindi. Avoid guides, as there are no official guides approved by Govt. Many guides approaching you might be too costly.
Cochin International airport (IATA: COK, ICAO: VOCI), also known as Nedumbassery Airport and CIAL is the nearest airport. It is 110 km away from Munnar by road.
Madurai International Airport which is 140Km from Munnar by (National Highway 49).
The nearest railway station is Aluva, 110 km. Ernakulam is 130 km and Madurai is 135km You can get the direct regular buses to Munnar First Bus starts at 6AM.
- From Kochi: Munnar is 130 km (3.5 hr) from Kochi. The road is blind in some places and there are a lot of trucks and buses that seem to drive as if they own the road. Although the road is smooth (NH 49), it is narrow, twisty and curvy. Kothamangalam is on the way and is 80 km away from Munnar. Between Kothamangalam and next town "Adimali", you can experience a beautiful cool drive through a natural forest. Alongside, you can see many refreshing waterfalls. Once you reach Adimali, Munnar is just 30 kilometers away - but it will take almost an hour to reach. This is the last place where you can spot a decent restaurant before Munnar. Around 22 km from Adimali, you can start seeing the tea plantations on both sides of the road and a panoramic view of the western ghats. The view is extremely beautiful during the early mornings.
- From Aluva: Aluva is nearly 110 km from Munnar. Just outside Aluva railway station you can hire a taxi for Munnar for Rs 2000. There is a bus stand nearby as well which operates frequent buses to Munnar; ticket prices start from Rs 70 per person.
- From Madurai: Munnar is about 135 km from Madurai and 80 km from Theni. Madurai- Theni - Bodi - BodiMettu-Devikulam - Munnar route is the most scenic route by National Highway 49(Via Madurai-Cochin HighWay).
- From Coimbatore: Munnar is about 160 km from Coimbatore and 120 km from Pollachi. Coimbatore- Pollachi - Udumalpet - Chinnar - Marayoor - Munnar route is the most scenic route and though it will take bit longer, it is generally considered worth the extra time spent.
- From Kodaikanal: Kodaikanal is nearly 170 km from Munnar. Kodaikanal - Perumal Malai - Mayiladum Parai - Mooliyaru - Oothu - Falls View - Ganguvarpetty - Ghat Road - Periya Kulam - Theni - Bodi - Bodimettu - Devikulam - Munnar. This route is also scenic.
- From Tirunelveli: Tirunelveli is nearly 255 km from Munnar. Tirunelveli - Sankarankovil - Rajapalayam - Srivilliputhur - Aandipatti - Theni - Bodi - Bodimettu - Devikulam - Munnar. This route is also scenic.
Distances from Munnar to various cities:
The road to Munnar is narrow with lots of bends and curves. Hire a taxi or a driver with local experience if you are not familiar with similar conditions
Munnar bus station is on the main street, Main Bazaar.
- Kochi - takes 3.5-4.5 hours. Buses leave Kochi between 6AM-6PM. Last bus leave in 17:50 from KSRTC Interstate Bus Terminus (near Ernakulam Jn. South). Ticket price is 90 Rs.
KSRTC runs an AC volvo bus between Ernakulam to Munnar. The AC bus can be taken from the Mobility Hub KSRTC Stand Bus Station in Ernakulam. At the time of writing this (April 16, 2016) the KSRTC reservation website was not working properly, but tickets can easily be purchased when you get onto the AC bus for 242 Rs. Departure times may change so check ahead of time, but in April 2016, the bus departed at 10:30 AM from Mobility Hub KSRTC Stand Bus Station in Ernakulam and reached Munnar around 2-3 PM. While at the bus station watch for the arrival an orange "Low Floor" AC bus that says KURTC along the side and says "Munnar" on the electronic display at the front of the bus.
- Aluva - Nearest bus station to the Cochin International Airport. About 4 hrs uphill to Munnar, and 3-3.5 hrs downhill. Ticket price is around Rs. 70 one-way for a government-operated bus, up to Rs. 150 for a privately operated bus.
- Alappuzha - Three direct services daily, travel time around 5 hours. Price around 90 Rs.
Note that most buses have boards in Malayalam and not English. At Aluva, there are no signs, schedules or dedicated bus bays for Munnar-bound buses; many of them briefly stop at Aluva en route from Kochi/ Ernakulam to Munnar. Check with a few locals every 15 minutes, or ask and hang around the bus info office, so they can point you to the right bus when it arrives.
There are also buses from Coimbatore and Pollachi.
There are also several tour operators in munnar who offer day return tours
Some of these site would be more popular to Indian tourists than to Western tourists.
Near Munnar Town
- Atukkad Waterfalls, A scenic waterfalls amidst hills and jungles. You can find a road leading to Atukkad Waterfalls on Kochi road (just about 5 km from Munnar). This road is very narrow and needs a lot of experience to drive on.
- Chithirapuram is located at a distance of around 10 km from Munnar. Chithirapuram has old playgrounds and courts, bungalows and sleepy little cottages which all give this place an old world charm. This town is also famous for its tea plantations in the world.
- Blossom Park, also known as Hydel Park, (1 km from Munnar).
- Floriculture Centre, run by the Kerala Forest Development Corporation. An extremely well-kept garden with a large variety of flowers and some herbal/ foliage plants, all against the backdrop of the tea plantations. Definitely worth a visit.
- Photo Point, (2 km from Munnar). It is a small place filled with woods and a small stream. Good location to take photos.
- Mattupetti Dam, (10 km from Munnar), this popular picnic spot activities like boating and horse riding and is a great place to spend the day e specially if visiting with children. You could take the speed boat ride which is fantastic. It costs Rs 300 if you have to hire a boat for you alone. The ride is for 15 min. The maximum capacity is 5 persons and you could save some money if you are a group of 4-5.
- Mattupetti Indo-Swiss Farm, Better known as Mattupetti (cattle village), Tamil migrant labourers had once upon a time reared cattle here. The cool climate and abundance of fodder made it the ideal location for the Indo-Swiss dairy farm. Established in 1961, the Kerala Livestock Development Board (KLDB) manages this highly specialised dairy farm. The dairy farm is a unique one of its kind with more than 100 varieties of high-yielding cattle being reared. Tourists are not allowed to enter the farm.
- Echo Point, (15 km from Munnar), on the way to top station from Munnar is a small lake set amidst rolling hills. Every loud call made from a spot on the lake embankment is returned manifold by the echo from the surrounding hills. Young tourists throng to this place to listen to the echoes of their friendship calls.
- Kundala Lake, (23 km from Munnar). This lake is very beautiful amidst lush jungles. Hiring a pedal boat and exploring the lake and its surroundings is an awesome experience. Except at the place you hired the boat, don't expect to find humans around the lake as it is surrounded by scenic jungles and hills. Unless you know how to row a boat, prefer a pedal boat, each trip lasts around 30 min and will be closed at 4:30PM
- Top Station, . (37 km from Munnar on the Kerala and Tamil Nadu border). Great views of the Western Ghats. Top station is the "top"-tourist attraction. This place gives a real 'above the clouds' experience. Regular buses go to Top Station (1 hr) from Munnar. A jeep costs Rs 400. The area is known for the Neelakurunji plant, which flowers only once every 12 years. The flower is violet.
- Tata Tea Museum, also known as the KDHP Tea Museum, (Around 2 km on the Nallathany road, from Munnar). Interesting enough if you have not visited a tea plantation before. Tourists can see a collection of odd bits from the colonial era. Photography is allowed on payment of Rs. 20; videography is strictly prohibited here. A 30-minute film is screened (mainly propaganda around how well Tata takes care of its workers, and visitors are then taken around the factory to understand how tea is processed. This museum remains open from 10AM-4PM every day, closed on Mon. There is a Rs. 95 ticket fee for adults; lower for children.
Nilgiri Tahr spotted at Eravikulam National Park
- Eravikulam (Rajamalai) National Park,  (45 min from Munnar). See Nilgiri Thar (Hemitragas hylocres) - an endangered species of mountain goats, rolling grasslands and sholas, spread over 97² km in the Rajamalai hills, rare flora and fauna, Atlas moth (largest in the world), lion-tailed macaque, leopards, tigers, The Kurichi or Neelakurinji Flowers turn the hills of Rajamalai blue every 12 years. The next bloom will be in 2018. One can actually debate if going to the high peak just to see some goats is worth all the effort or not. However, the walk along the park is very romantic and has some breath taking view. Please be aware that this park remains closed every year around February-March due to the breeding program of the Nilgiri Thar. Before visiting Munnar please check if the park is open or not. Tickets can be bought from the counter for INR 360 per adult (foreigners). Please be warned that if you do not reach the counter before 8:30 AM, the queue can get so long that it may take a couple of hours to get the tickets. If you don't want to wait, you can buy a reserve ticket in the city for INR 50. The visit to the park is arranged by buses. While coming back after the visit, you'd again have to wait in queue. The entire process of buying tickets, visiting park and coming back may take 4-5 hours.
- Anamudi Peak inside Eravikulam National Park , The highest peak (2,695 m) south of the Himalayas, towers over the sanctuary in majestic pride. The slopes of the hills abound in all kinds of rare flora and fauna. The Atlas moth, the largest of its kind in the world, is a unique inhabitant of the park. Other rare species of fauna found here are the Nilgiri Langur, the lion-tailed macaque, leopards, tigers. An ideal place for trekking, facilities are provided here and tourists are allowed to go on foot up to 2 kms from Anamudi. Going up to the peak is no longer permissible unless you have special permissions from forest department.
- Lakkam Water Falls. (24 km from Munnar). A small waterfall.
- Marayoor - (Around 40 km from Munnar). It is the only place in Kerala with natural growth of sandalwood trees, natural caves with murals, and relics from late Stone Age civilisation. There is a sandalwood factory of the Forestry 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.
- Chinnar Wildlife Sanctuary, .Chinnar wildlife sanctuary is in the Wester Ghats of Kerala. This wildlife sanctuary has a large number of plants and animals. This wildlife sanctuary is spread in around 90² km of area. This sanctuary is one of the protected areas in the western ghats because of the significance of its flora, geomorphologic features, ecology and local cultural.
Other places to visit:
- Salim Ali (Thattekkad) Bird Sanctuary, . There are woodpeckers, Malabar gray hornbills, Ceylon frogmouths, parakeets, and rose-billed rollers. This sanctuary is located 20 km from Kothamangalam on the road between Ernakulam and Munnar. There are basic and mid-range hotels in Kothamangalam and an Inspection Bungalow in Boothathankettu. You can take a boat cruise from Boothathankettu to Thattekkad. Admission foreigners: Rs 40, Indian Rs 10.
En route to Kolukkumalai Tea Estate
- Kolukkumalai Tea Estate, At a height of about 2,175 m (7,130 ft), this orthodox tea factory lays claim to being one of the highest in the world. The view of the Western Ghats is absolutely enchanting.
- Waterfalls, Check out several natural waterfalls on the way to Munnar. They provide an excellent place for photography.
- Mathikettan National Park (Poopara), Poopara (34 km from Munnar on Munnar Thekkadi route.). edit
- Munnar Holidays, Post Office Junction,Munnar (Topstation Road), ☎ 09447220025, . 08Hrs. For all your travel need in Munnar. Sightseeing tours, flight & bus tickets, tourist Information services, cab services edit
- Walk in the Clouds, Trek to your heart's content while the clouds slowly descend upon you.
- Rock Climbing and Rappelling, Munnar has a steep rock face about 30 m (100 ft).
- Munnar Carmelagiri Elephant Park (Munnar Elephant Safari), Mattupetty Road, Munnar (On the way to Mattupetty Dam), ☎ +91 94 4782 7696, +91 94 4737 9376 (firstname.lastname@example.org), . The elephant safari takes you through the misty forests, deep valleys and the rugged hill paths of the Munnar forests. One hour package, half day and one day tours. Features are, elephant bath, elephant shower, elephant feeding, timber dragging demonstrations and displays of elephant commands and communication. edit
- Boating, There are several places to go out for boating in Munnar. One can choose among paddle boats and speed boats to Kashmiri-Shikara. Young couples who travel to Munnar should not miss out on the beautiful 'Kashmiri-Shikara' boat ride. It is one of the most romantic experiences.
- Bicycle. Experience the natural beauty of Munnar by riding a bicycle through beautiful paths of Munnar and pass through a tea state called Madupatty, around 14 km from Munnar. edit
- Yoga @Kaivalyam Retreat, Moolakada, Pallivasal (7 km from Munnar towards Cochin), . "Kaivalyam" a holistic health retreat in midst of natural surrounding of tea valleys of Munnar. Year round destination to indulge in learning experience of holistic lifestyle with traditional form of Yoga and organic way of dining. edit
- The Christ Church, in Old Munnar.It is a Protestant CSI church attached to the North Kerala Diocese(Church of South India). The exteriors have worn out with time though the charming interiors still have a very nice ambiance. It was consecrated way back in 1910 and still has 14 original rows of pews. The first Catholic Church in the High Ranges was Mount Carmel Roman Catholic Church.
- The High Range Club, has a charming colonial style. The club house is built of wicker and teak and is the social hub for the tea "Planters" of the region. Members enjoy lounging in the bar over Planter's Punch followed by a good meal, a game of billiards or reading a book in the library.
- Munnar Supply Association (MSA), Set up in 1900, this is another nostalgic landmark worth visiting in Munnar. It is the oldest department store in the area and has been re-inventing itself to stay relevant and popular after almost 102 years. The store was run by "planters" who still manage its affairs. The MSA is a red brick, red tiled building with gables, buttresses and a porch and is now a heritage site.
- Motorcycle Around Tea Plantations, Rent a classic Royal Enfield, scooter, or other motorcycle and ride to nearby destinations including Top Station, Chinnar Wildlife Sanctuary, Western Ghats, etc. Motorbikes can be rented at Gokulam Bike Hire.
The best things to buy are tea, coffee, spices like cinnamon, cloves, cardamom and pepper and definitely home made chocolates.
- Abbas & Co. Tea Merchants, 25, Bazaar, Munnar. Abbas & Co is wholesaler but also sells to visitors. Really good price for tea, green tea, coffee, cashew - nuts, home made chocolates, spices, aloe vera gel. Budget. edit
- Fresh tea from a factory outlet, Kannimallay Estate, Munnar (On the way to Eravikulam National Park, 5 km from Munnar town). Several varities of tea fresh from factory. edit
- Munnar inn chocolate mall & Spices Supermarket, Main road, Munnar, ☎ 8281573822. all variety of spices and tea available for resonable rate edit
- John, 104 , Trident , Hyderabad, ☎ 9387532483, . Authentic chocolates from a real chocolate manufacturer. They are Located at Kallar waterfalls about 14 kms ahead of Munnar. They have wide variety of chocolates and this factory outlet offers 15 to 20 % on all products. edit
- State Bank of Travancore. ☎ +91 4865 2530274.
- State Bank of India, Munnar. ☎ +91 4865 2530381.
- State Bank of Travancore, Devikulam. ☎ +91 4865 2565441.
Kerala is famous for Fish Curry. For snacks, one should try local spicy cashew nut, chilly bhaji with hot tea as they are a traditional snack and makes good combination in cold weather.
- Bamboo Hut, G.H. Road. Wide range of food for reasonable prices, although service can be a bit slow. Also, the place usually has Western music (from Bob Dylan to electronic chill-out sound).
- Saravana Bhavan, Right at the heart of town and one of the most inexpensive places to eat. The service here is quick and the food is absolutely delicious. You might have to share your table with others. This place provides South Indian dishes, served on a banana leaf.
- Silverspoon Restaurant, Munnarinn, Main Bazaar (Right beside the bus station). Breakfast until 11AM. This place does a great value buffet breakfast of cornflakes, toast, omelet plus Indian breakfast food for Rs 95. edit
- TreeTop Restaurant, ☎ +91 48 6526 4273 (), . Multi-cuisine restaurant. 70 person seating capacity providing vegetarian and non-vegetarian food. edit
Munnar has some amazing street food (try the Gobi noodles), so if you are after a cheap and delicious meal check the area around the bus stand in Munnar (not the KSRTC bus stand in Old Munnar).
- CampNoel, Pazhathottam, Munnar (15 km from Top Station), ☎ +91 48 6521 4095, . 7AM-10PM. Multi cuisine restaurant at 2075 m (6,800 ft) above sea level and possibly the highest altitude restaurant in Kerala. If coming from Top station, turn right at 19 mile. Road is bad so make sure you have a suitably robust vehicle or inform them and they will pick you up. The journey is worth it. Please inform them early if you are going there for only for food. edit
- Sri velavan stores, G.H.road, Munnar, ☎ +91 48 6523 2379. All provisions available at reasonable prices. edit
- Patel Gujarati Restraunt, (Near Post Office). Gujarati and Marwari meals.. Under Rs 100. edit
- Purohit Restaurant, Inside Hotel Dhanyasree, Dhanyasree Jn. Chilling Plant Road, Munnar (Nr Tea County Resorts), ☎ +91 48 6523 2552 (). 6AM-10:30PM. Bombay, Jain, Gujarati, Rajasthani, Punjabi and South Indian food. Good Gujarati, unlimited Thali at Rs 150. Budget. edit
- Mahaveer Veg Restaurant, Kalinivas Building, Main Road, Munnar, ☎ +91 48 6523 1677 (). Provides authentic North-Indian food with style ranging from Gujarati to Punjabi and delicious rotis. Meals start from Rs 105/-. Only vegetarian food served. The downside to the place is cleanliness at the tables. Mahaveer has a branch near Purohit restaurant; this one is larger and cleaner. edit
- Kaivalyam Retreat, Moolakada, Pallivasal Estate P.O. Munnar (7.5 km towards Cochin direction), ☎ +91 48 6523 2628 (), . 24x7. Kaivalyam retreat has a 100% pure vegetarian restaurant which serves organic and healthy yogic food. As it is a yoga retreat more emphasis is given to food quality and hygiene. Serves North Indian, South Indian and a few continental dishes. Their desserts are good. Set in the midst of cardamom and pepper plantation. Rs 200. edit
- SN Restaurant, Old Munnar, just north of bus depot. Tasty and inexpensive Kerala food, masala dosa, idli, appam etc. for breakfast, great pulao, butter chicken, porotta etc. for dinner. Popular among locals and tourists. edit
Fresh tea, coffee and milk is available at most places. Hard and soft drink are also available at fair number of shops.
Packed grapes and mixed fruit juice is also available at few places.
- Abad Copper Castle, Pothamedu-Munnar, ☎ +91 48 6523 1202. edit
- gokulam home stay (gokulam), anachal,chithirapuram p o, (near dream land park), ☎ 04865263736. Homely accomodation and food at reasonable rate to tourists. edit
- Abad Copper Castle, Pothumedu, Munnar, Kerala 685565, India, ☎ +91 4844144000, . edit
- "HOTEL SIVAS REGENCY" is a pleasant accommodation with a variety of amenities at the right price.Situated on the madurai road,THENI. it is an ideal choice for those who want a quiet stay close to all key destinations. Frequent buses run to all major cities and the village (bus stand is next to the hotel)Contact - 04546 254425
- Kaippallil Inn Resorts, M.G Road (only two minutes walk from town bus stand), ☎ Mob: 9495029259, phone: 04865-230079 (email@example.com). It´s a save, clean place on the one hand directly in the town center, one the other hand quietly to the hillside. Best: sometimes 7 a.m yoga and 7 p.m meditation lessons for free. 400rs. edit
- Autumn Trees, N.H.-49, Devikulam, Munnar. Ph, +91-4865-264273/ 264399/ 208308. Fax : +91-484-4030010. Deluxe Rooms, Suite Rooms, Dormitory facilities & Multi cuisine Restaurant. For More details Contact : Jiji C. George (Director) +91-9447414147 / +91-9895294743. C.G.Yesudas (Director)+91-9447791191 .
- Allens Cottage, firstname.lastname@example.org (10 km from the town, opposite to the KSRTC bus stand), ☎ +91 97 47268095, . Upscale and standard cottages away from all the disturbences of the city. Camp fire and inbound trekking can be arranged. edit
- Eightlands Holidays, Colony Rd, Munnar-685612, Idukki Dist, Kerala, ☎ Mob:+91 9495812364, +91 9446561652, Office: 04865 232986, . A set of cute cottages nestling against the backdrop of mountain ranges cut off from the hubbubs of hospital life. Eight Lands Holidays offers you stands unique and aloof among the other such establishments in and around Munnar. Buildings that blend English and ethnic styles offer you a relaxed stay and the rooms are of various types and fully furnished facilities. A winding pathway leads you to the privacy of your ethnic cottage furnished to tempt you. Each bedroom is provided with telephone, TV and hot and cold running water. At the touch of a button, you bring the alive courteous service at any time of the day/night. The Balconies allow the residents to observe the nature in all its verdant county all around. edit
- JJ Cottage, (close to the KSRTC bus stand in old Munnar), ☎ +91 48 6523 0104 (email@example.com). Nice rooms, very friendly and helpful staff with surprisingly good cheap food. Double rooms may be negotiated down to Rs 300 during the low season. Feels more like a bed and breakfast than your average guest-house. edit
- Hotel Misha, Misha Jn (close to the main market in old Munnar. Opposite Hotel Green Ridge.), ☎ +91 48 6523 0376, +91 48 6523 2376 (firstname.lastname@example.org), . checkout: 12 noon. Can be negotiated further down to Rs 700-800/- in peak season and lower in off season. Rs 1,200-1,700. edit
- Theresian Cottages (Homestay), Munnar (near Tea County Resorts), ☎ +91 48 6523 0351, +91 94 4739 7720, +91 94 9587 9748. checkin: anytime; checkout: 12 noon. bad location with horrible views. Nearby to many restaurants. Tea and coffee is available. Kerala Tourism Department approved. Room with 2 beds~Rs 700 - Rs 1000. edit
- Nature Zone Resort Munnar, Pulippara, Pallivasal, Munnar, ☎ +91 9745433330, . Ideal place for travelers seeking a break from the city ,want to spend time with nature with picturesque surroundings and peaceful environment edit
- Pulimoottil Estate Bungalow, (10 km from Munnar Town in Mankulam Road), . Offers independent estate bungalows and rooms. Has restaurant, conference hall etc. Enjoy a stroll through a Cardamom Plantation, visit the stream. Offers Camp fire facilities. edit
- Greenspaces Munnar, (10 km from Munnar), . Greenspaces is neither a resort nor a hotel; it is a small guest-house/plantation-stay/homestead amid a cardamom plantation, about 10 km away from the crowded Munnar Town. It is one of the Kerala state tourism department approved stays. edit
- Deshadan Mountain Resort, (5 km from Munnar), . The highest resort in Munnar. Views from the valley view room are breathtaking. Excellent breakfast. Road to Deshadan is very narrow and requires an experienced driver to drive a car to the top. edit
- Spice Garden Resort, (Located in the second mile, around 8-10 km from Munnar Bus Stop), ☎ +91 48 6526 3698, +91 94 4716 3696 (email@example.com), . Cheap, clean, courteous staff and located on hill slope with a breathtaking view. Multi cuisine restaurant providing breakfast and dinner however food is only made to order. Hot water 24 hr, TV in all rooms, Trekking and travel assistance, laundry. A doctor is on-call, parking spaces and driver accommodation are provided. Rs 1,500-2,500 (Indian nationals). edit
- Bella Vista Resort, Chithirapuram Post (20 km from Munnar town), . Very scenic with roof top restaurant. Double honeymoon cottage around Rs 1,800. edit
- Devadaru Holiday Villa, Near Chengulam Dam (15 km from Munnar town), . A single villa in a 2 acre spice garden, you rent it in whole, no hotels or resorts can match this privacy. edit
- Club Mahindra Munnar Resort (Club Mahindra Munnar Resort), Chinnakanal Village, Suryanelli (via) Iddukki District, Munnar, ☎ 04868-249290, . Club Mahindra Munnar Resort has always attracted eyeballs and has been one of the most sought after tourist spot. An overwhelming site to witness, the convergence of three mountain ranges including Muthipuzza, Nallathanni and Kundala. With spacious and lavish rooms, Club Mahindra gives a beautiful glimpse of the paradise every morning you peek through the mist covered window with the hot tea in your hand. (10.08893,77.05952) edit
- Misty Mountain Resort, Randam Mile Pallivasal, ☎ 04865263784, . checkin: 2; checkout: 12. Located only 7kms before reaching Munnar town , beside the national highway when travelling from Kochi - Munnar, yet far away to provide an environment free from the distractions of daily business life, the resort overlooks panoramic vistas of the Sahyadri mountains ranges, verdant tea gardens and even a distant lake !! 50 deluxe rooms, 2 restaurants, Ayurveda, Gym, resort trek, gardens and excellant photo opportunity from 5th floor rooftop terrace. Offering banquet, karoake & bonfire for groups. Rs. 3500-6000. edit
- Woodpecker Holidays, Ottamaram, Pothamedu (Near Oakfield), ☎ 9744480120, . checkin: 12.noon; checkout: 11.noon. It is amidst cardom plantations. beautiful suite rooms. cottage type two storied. All around tall trees. On the way one can see pothamedu view point. Rs. 5500. edit
- Spice Tree Resort (5300 Feet above sea level), Muttukad, Off Munnar-Thekkady Road, Bison Valley (23 kms from Munnar Town on Thekkady Road), ☎ +919847415670, . checkin: 13:00; checkout: 11:00. Spice Tree is a boutique premium destination retreat in Munnar focusing in experiential holidays towards sustainable tourism initiatives. It features 12 spacious Classic rooms with Jacuzzi and private balcony, 2 Spa Suites with Victorian copper bath tubs, canvassed garden sit-out, living room cum spa area; a multi-cuisine family dining hall, solar heated mountain spring water swimming pool, well furnished three bed contemporary spa and yoga pavilion, a book bar cum library, and offering a host of outdoor activities like treks, hikes and plantation trails; above all 2.5 hectors of environment friendly nature landscaped area overlooking the ever enchanting Bison Valley view along the Kanan Devan Hills of Munnar. INR 9500. edit
- Ayur County Resort, (18 km from Munnar Town), ☎ 91 48 6568 5618 (firstname.lastname@example.org, fax: +91 48 6824 9218), . Ayurvedic centre, cardamom plantation visit, fishing, trekking, camp fire, multi-cuisine restaurant and coffee shop, childrens play area & activity room, credit card facility, travel desk, site seeing trip 24 hr hot & cold water, STD direct dialing, cableTV in all rooms, pick up and drop off, conference hall, doctor on call. Rs 2,500-12,500. edit
- Camelot, (10 km from Munnar), . If you are travelling in your own vehicle then this may be a good choice. You need to drive 2 km off road to reach the resort, which is fun. However if you are new to driving, leave your car at the entrance and ask the owner to pick you up from there. Pack your food in town as the choice of food at resort is limited. edit
Be sure to apply sunscreen lotion frequently. Don't be fooled - it may be cooler than the rest of South India here but the sun is still just as strong. Also stay well hydrated and protected to avoid sunstroke, just as you would in the rest of the tropic region.
Hill stations tend to get dark rather early, so be sure to carry a torch or flashlight.
- Tata General Hospital, Munnar ☎ +91 48 6253 0270
- Matha Hospital , Munnar ☎ +91 48 6253 0744
- Arun Hospital, Munnar ☎ +91 48 6253 0410
- Main Post Office. ☎ +91 48 6253 0280.
- Police control room ☎ 100
Ayurvedic treatments, massage
- Swatic Ayur Care Centre, ☎ +91 94 4703 1656, +91 48 6523 1656, +91 48 6523 0395.
- Surya Ayurvedic Health Resorts, Chithirapuram. ☎ +91 48 6256 3204.
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