The unending expanse of tea plantation on both the sides of the widening roads this tiny hill station Munnar looks like a picture-book town where there are manicured gardens and widening lanes. Munnar is a great holiday destination in Kerala loved by many travellers and reasons to visit Munnar are endless. You can feel the presence of serenity amidst the popular tourist attraction around Munnar and experience the destination to cherish for your lifetime.
Munnar is a town in the Western Ghats mountain range in India Kerala state. A hill station and former resort for the British Raj elite, it's surrounded by rolling hills dotted with tea plantations established in the late 19th century. Eravikulam National Park, a habitat for the endangered mountain goat Nilgiri tahr, is home to the Lakkam Waterfalls, hiking trails and 2,695m-tall Anamudi Peak.
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HOW TO REACH
Munnar does not have an airport of its own. The nearest airport is the Cochin International Airport, which is 110 kilometres away by road. From Cochin, you can hire a cab to get to Munnar. The Madurai International Airport is 140 kilometres away from Munnar. In case you de-board at the Madurai International Airport, you can hire a cab or board the state transport or private buses to get to Munnar.
State-run or private buses, plying from various towns in Kerala and Tamil Nadu, are the best way to get to Munnar by road. Kerala State Road Transport Corporation provides bus services to Munnar from all major cities in Kerala.
The nearest railway station from Munnar is at Aluva, which is at a distance of 110 kilometres from Munnar. The Ernakulam Railway Station is 130 kilometres away while the Madurai Railway Station is at a distance of 135 kilometres. From these points, you can either hire a cab or board the state transport or private buses wherever available.
There are quite a few varieties of tea that adorn the tea plantations of Munnar. These vast stretches of green give you the opportunity to observe different varieties of the tea leaves in their formative stages.
Munnar’s climate is mild and remains cool throughout the year. Even during the summers, the maximum temperature does not exceed 25 degree Celsius. The cool climate provides you with the ideal opportunity to indulge in activities such as mountain biking and trekking.
Rare Flora and Fauna Species
Munnar is home to a wide variety of flora and fauna such as the Nilgiri Tahar, the Grizzled Giant Squirrel, Nilgiri Wood-Pigeon, Elephant, Gaur, Nilgiri Langur and Sambar Deer.
Munnar is well known for the wide variety of spices it has to offer. Different kinds of spices you will find in Munnar include Ginger, Garlic, Cardamom, Vanilla, Pepper, Cinnamon, Cloves and Nutmeg. Apart from that the Coffee and Tea cultivated in the region are also popular.