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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 endagered species of Nilgiri Tahr (mountain goat called "varayadu" in Malayalam). A treck to Rajamala ("King of hills" in Malayalam), in the morning is sure to spot a few friendly mountain goats. You can also fond 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.
===Talk===
===By air ===
'''Cochin International airport''' ({{IATA|COK}}, ICAO: VOCI), also known as Nedumbassery Airport and CIAL is the nearest airport. It is 110 km away from the Munnar by road and [[. '''Madurai International Airport]] ''' which is 140Km from Munnar by (National Highway 49).
===By train ===
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, just outside of Railway station. First Bus starts at 6AM.
===By car===
*'''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.
 
* For detailed report and photos of '''Munnar to Kodaikanal''' route please see [[Munnar to Kodaikanal]]
 
* For detailed report and photos of route to Palani from Kochi thru '''Valparai''' please see [[Kochi-Valpara-Palani]]
Distances from '''Munnar''' to various cities:
* [[Cochin]] - 130 km
 
* [[Madurai]] - 135 km
* [[Aluva]] - 110 km
* [[Coimbatore]] - 160 km
 
 
 
 
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
There are also buses from Coimbatore and Pollachi.
==Get aroundSee== You can rent a manual or automatic motorbike on a daily basis for Rs 350/day.
==See==[[Image:Munnar_tea_estate1.JPG|thumb|300px|Munnar Tea Estate]]
Some of these site would be more popular to Indian tourists than to Western tourists.
* '''Naimakkadu Water Falls'''
* '''Eravikulam (Rajamalai) National Park''', [http://www.eravikulam.org/] (''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 55 per adult. 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. 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.
* '''Kalvarimount'''
*<see name="mathikettan national park" alt="POOPARA" address="POOPARA" directions="34 km from Munnar on Munnar Thekkadi route." phone="" url="" hours="" price="" lat="" long=""></see>
*<see name="Munnar Holidays" alt="" address="Post Office Junction,Munnar" directions="Topstation Road" phone="09447220025" url="www.munnarholidays.com" hours="08Hrs" price="" lat="" long="">For all your travel need in Munnar.Sightseeing tours,Flight & Bus tickets,Tourist Information services,Cab services</see>
 
==Do==
 
[[Image:Munnar2.JPG|thumb|300px|Munnar view]]
* '''Walk in the Clouds''', Trek to your heart's content while the clouds slowly descend upon you.
*<do name="Yoga @Kaivalyam Retreat" alt="" address="Moolakada, Pallivasal" directions="7&nbsp;km from Munnar towards Cochin" phone="" url="http://www.kaivalyamretreat.com/" hours="" price="" lat="" long="">"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.</do>
* '''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.
==Sleep==
 
*<sleep name="Club Mahindra Munnar Resort" alt="Club Mahindra Munnar Resort" address="Chinnakanal Village, Suryanelli (via) Iddukki District, Munnar" directions="" phone="04868 - 249290" url="http://www.clubmahindra.com/munnar-lake-view/aboutresortinfo.html#.UMDt84Nlnit" checkin="" checkout="" price="" lat="10.08893" long="77.05952">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.</sleep>
===Budget===
'''Autumn Trees''', N.H.-49, Devikulam, Munnar. Ph, +91-4865-264273/ 264399/ 208308. Fax : +91-484-4030010. Visit [[www.autumntreesmunnar.com][]1] 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 . The above directors are from Kothamangalam in '''Chambakottukudiyil''' family http://www.genealogy.com/users/g/e/o/Jiji-C-George/ . They are younger & elder sons of C.C.Geevarghese . Yesudas's wife is Bindu managing a coputerised clothing embriodery unit , she is from Pattilakuzhiyil family in Kunnackal near Muvattupuzha and their children are Mariya Yesudas and Moses Yesudas. Jiji is an advocate and publisher of All Kerala Yellow Pages Directory Known as VANTAGE YELLOW PAGES his wife Ani Jiji, Ani is a talented interior designer & artist from Poothicote[[www.http://poothicote.net/branches.html)] family Mepral , they have two children - George Jiji Varghese & Jacob Jiji Varghese
* <sleep name="Allens Cottage" alt="" address="[email protected]" directions="10&nbsp;km from the town, opposite to the KSRTC bus stand" phone="+91 97 47268095" url="http://www.allenscottage.webs.com" checkin="" checkout="" price="" lat="" long="" email="" fax="">Upscale and standard cottages away from all the disturbences of the city. Camp fire and inbound trekking can be arranged.</sleep>
* <sleep name="Eightlands Holidays(http://www.eightlandsholidays.com)" alt="" address="Colony Rd, Munnar-685612, Idukki Dist, Kerala" directions="" phone="Mob:+91 48 6523 29869495812364, +91 48 6523 09389446561652, MobOffice:+91 94 9581 236404865 232986" url="http://www.eightlandsholidays.com" checkin="" checkout="" price="Rs 700-900" lat="" long="">Service 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 bit averagebutton, you bring the alive courteous service at any time of the day/night. Nothing great, just cheapThe Balconies allow the residents to observe the nature in all its verdant county all around.</sleep>
* <sleep name="JJ Cottage" alt="" address="" directions="close to the KSRTC bus stand in old Munnar" phone="+91 48 6523 0104" url="" checkin="" checkout="" price="" lat="" long="" email="[email protected]" fax="">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.</sleep>
* <sleep name="Hotel Misha" alt="" address="Misha Jn" directions="close to the main market in old Munnar. Opposite Hotel Green Ridge." phone="+91 48 6523 0376, +91 48 6523 2376" url="http://www.mishaholiday.com" checkin="" checkout="12 noon" price="Rs 1,200-1,700" lat="" long="" email="[email protected]" fax="">Can be negotiated further down to Rs 700-800/- in peak season and lower in off season.</sleep>
* <sleep name="Theresian Cottages (Homestay)" alt="" address="Munnar" directions="near Tea County Resorts" phone="+91 48 6523 0351, +91 94 4739 7720, +91 94 9587 9748" url="" checkin="anytime" checkout="12 noon" price="Room with 2 beds~Rs 700- Rs 1000" lat="" long="">Good location with nice views. Nearby to many restaurants. Tea and coffee is available. Kerala Tourism Department approved.</sleep>
===Mid-range===
*''' Pulimoottil Estate Bungalow,''' (10 km from Munnar Town in Mankulam Road) [http://pulimoottilestate.com/] 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
*''' Hotel Anai Mudi''', (''Munnar-Marayoor route''), [http://www.munnarhotel.org].
*''' Camelot''', (''10&nbsp;km from Munnar''), [http://www.camelotmunnar.com]. If you are travelling in your own vehicle then this may be a good choice. You need to drive 2&nbsp;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.
*''' Deshadan Mountain Resort''', (''5&nbsp;km from Munnar''), [http://www.deshadan.com]. 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.
*''' Copper Castle''', Pothamedu road, (''2&nbsp;km from Munnar''), [http://www.abadhotels.com/coppercastle/].
* <sleep name="Bella Vista Resort" alt="" address="Chithirapuram Post" directions="20&nbsp;km from Munnar town" phone="" url="http://www.bellavistamunnar.com/" checkin="" checkout="" price="Double honeymoon cottage around Rs 1,800" lat="" long="" email="" fax="">Very scenic with roof top restaurant.</sleep>
 
* <sleep name="Devadaru Holiday Villa" alt="" address="Near Chengulam Dam" directions="15&nbsp;km from Munnar town" phone="" url="http://www.devadaruresort.com/" checkin="" checkout="" price="A single villa in a 2 acre spice garden, you rent it in whole, no hotels or resorts can match this privacy " lat="" long="" email="" fax=""> </sleep>
===Splurge===
*''' Best Western Fort Munnar''', Chinnakkanal. (''22&nbsp;km from Munnar Town''), [http://www.bestwestern.com].
*''' Club Mahindra Lakeview Resort''', Chinnakkanal. (''20&nbsp;km from Munnar Town on the way to Thekkady/Periyar''), [http://www.clubmahindra.com/res_munnar_home.asp].
*'''Tea County''', [http://www.ktdc.com/Teacounty.htm]..
*''' Windermere''', Bison Valley Rd, (''outskirts of Munnar''). [http://windermeremunnar.com]
 
*'''Mountain Club''', Chinnakkanal (''20&nbsp;km from Munnar Town on the way to Thekkady/Periyar'')
 
*''' Siena Village''', Chinnakkanal (''20&nbsp;km from Munnar Town on the way to Thekkady/Periyar'')
==Stay safe==
* [[Palani]]
* [[Madurai]]
* [[Munnar to Kodaikanal]]
* [[Kochi-Valpara-Palani]]
* [[Kovalam]]
* [[Tirunelveli]]
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