Munnar – Kashmir of the South India

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The green forests, mist, beautiful tea plantations, waterfalls all these have lured tourists to Munnar for last 200 years. Initially recognised by the British officers in South India in 19th century, Munnar now attracts tourists around the world. It has attarcted movie makers and honeymooners alike. This is a place where you and unwind yourself and be with the nature to be happy.

Location: Kerala, India,

Destination type: Leisure destination

History of Munnar

  1. Munnar was a silent tribal settlement under Poonjar Raja
  2. In 1790 Duke of Wellington was sent here to stop Tipu Sultan at Kumily which started European footfalls at Munnar
  3. The first tea sapling was planted by A.H. Sharp at Parvathi, part of the present Sevenmullay estate which spurred the tea plantations here
  4. John Daniel Munroe was the person who show cased Munnar to the world during 1870s
  5. In 2017 Munnar was selected as ” Best Destination for Romance” by Lonely Planet

Activities for tourists at Munnar

  1. Get rejuvenated through a trek in cool and vibrant nature
  2. Spend time enjoying a tea plantation and Tata Tea museum
  3. Capture the silver waterfalls of Chinnakanal or Pallivasal
  4. Visit Mattupetty Indo-Swiss farm
  5. Stay at a tree house

How to reach there


Cochin International airport 103 kms away is the nearest airport. It is connected to International destinations like :

  1. Dubai
  2. Kuala Lumpur
  3. Singapore
  4. Sharjah
  5. Colombo etc

It is also connected to domestic destinations in India like :

  1. New Delhi
  2. Mumbai
  3. Bangalore
  4. Chennai etc


Aluva railway station 105 kms away is the nearest major railway station. It has trains to Indian cities like:

  1. New Delhi
  2. Mumbai
  3. Bangalore
  4. Chennai
  5. Hyderabad etc


Best time to visit Munnar are winter months November to February

Season Average temperature
Winter season (November to February) 5°C to 21°C
Summer season (March to May) 15°C to 253°C

Nearby destinations within 100 kms

  1. Thekkady
  2. Vagamon
  3. Salim Ali bird sanctuary
  4. Marayoor
  5. Devikulam

Some hotels at Munnar with room tariff less than Rs.5000/- per night

Forest County

Munnar Castle

Clouds Valley Leisure Hotel

Red Sparrow Hotels & Resorts

Hotel Dhanyasree

Photo courtesy : By Srinivaspradhyumna1769 – Own work, CC BY 4.0,

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