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Munnar
  • Overview
  • Hotels
  • Sight Seeing
  • Things to do
  • Directions
  • Travel Tools
  • Munnar is located on the eastern side of the Indian state of Kerala high in the Kennan Devan Hills. The tata tea plantation spread among the Kannan devan hills are the popularity among tourists. Time Magazine recommended Munnar as one of the best destinations in the world. Pretty tea plantations stretching across the hillsides, low-riding clouds clipping the mountain peaks and nature's abundance of colours combined with the cultural wealth and architectural diversity of the city are just some of the reasons why visitors are attracted to Munnar. The area of Munnar is one of the top tea production centres in all of India. It was British settlers who first cleared the land to grow tea and the industry is still booming to this day. Interestingly, it is also one of the highest locations in the world where tea is grown.
  • Bellmount Resorts
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    Location : Town
    Tariff Range : 2000-5000
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    N.H. Road, Central Munnar-685612
    Club Mahindra
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    Location : Chinnakkanal
    Tariff Range : 6299-6900
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    Munnar, Kerala India
    Tall Trees
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    Location : Pothamedu
    Tariff Range : 6400 - 18600
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    Baison Valley Road, Munnar, Idukki, Kerala, India
  • Top Station (32 km from Munnar)
  • Top Station is the highest point at the Munnar-Kodaikanal road. It is about 1700m above sea level. The beauty of the rare Neelakurunji (Strobilanthus) can be seen in this region. Top Station also offers a panoramic view of neighbouring state of Tamilnadu.
  • Mattupetty
  • Situated in the famous hill town of Munnar, Mattupetty located 13 km from Munnar and is about 1700 m above sea level. Mattupetty offers many fascinating sights to enjoy the beauty of nature and is ideal for trekking and are habitat to a variety of birds. Rivulets and cascades crisscross the terrain here, which again adds more attraction to the place. One of the main attractions in Mattupetty is the beautiful lake and the Mattupetty Dam, which are ideal picnic spots. The District Tourism Promotion Council (DTPC), Idukki provides boating facilities in the Mattupetty Dam. Boats are available on hire. Other nearby places of interest includes the picturesque Kundala tea plantations and the Kundala Lake. Of all the main attractions at Mattupetty is the dairy farm, run by the Indo-Swiss Livestock Project. The dairy farm is a unique one of its kind with several varieties of high-yielding cattle being reared.
  • Anayirangal (22 km from Munnar):
  • It is a lush green carpet of tea plants. A trip on the splendid reservoir is an unforgettable experience. The Anayirangal dam is surrounded by Tata Tea plantations and evergreen forests.
  • Rajamala
  • Rajamala, the natural habitat of the Nilgiri Tahr (Hemitragas hylocres), is just 15 km from Munnar. The Eravikulam - Rajamala region is now home to half the world population estimated at around 1300 - of this endangered mountain goat. But the Tahr is only one of the reasons to make a visit to Rajamala.
  • Chithirapuram (10 km from Munnar):
  • Chithirapuram With its sleepy little cottages, bungalows, old playgrounds and courts, still exudes an old world charm, is the home of the Pallyvasal Hydel Power Project. This hill town is also famous for its picturesque tea plantations.
  • Lock Heart Gap (13 km from Munnar)
  • This is an ideal place for adventure tourism and trekking. The fresh mountain air, the mist-clad hills and panoramic view make it worthy of a visit.
  • Echo Point (15 km from Munnar)
  • Echo Point is on the way to Top Station from Munnar. The place gets its name from the natural echo phenomenon here.
  • Water sports at Muttupetty.
  • One of the best places to partake in various water sports, this lake and dam also has a Swiss Livestock Project close by. You can have speed or motor boat ride on the lake.
  • picnic at Meenuli.
  • An excellent spot for trekking or picnicking and features an enormous rock with evergreen forests in year-round bloom sitting atop it. The panoramic views from the rock's summit stretch kilometers.
  • Relax in Chithirapuram.
  • A quaint hill station nestled in a quiet corner of the hills features buildings dating back to the time of its colonial settlers. Located about 10kms from Munnar, it is a charming hideout with breathtaking natural beauty.
  • Swim at Nyayamakad.
  • This is the place to go for a refreshing natural water park only 10kms from Munnar. Cascading waterfalls, trickling streams and still lakes are all part of this romantic setting, which can be enjoyed by young and old alike. Swim, trek, picnic or just simply relax to the sound of the waters.
  • Trek in Attukal.
  • One of the best destinations for trekking in the area. The long trekking trails offer panoramic views of the hills and other natural offerings of the area.
  • Echo Point.
  • On the way to Top Station, this place boasts an interesting natural quirk where tourists delight in calling out random words and hearing them returned by echo.
  • Nearest bus stations: Munnar has both private and KSRTC bus stands in the town itself.
    Nearest railway stations: Theni (Tamil Nadu), about 60 km away; Aluva, about 120 km away.
    Nearest airports: Madurai (Tamil Nadu), about 140 km away; Cochin International Airport, about 120 km away.
  • Business Hours
  • Offices: 10:00 to 17:00, Monday to Saturday
    Banks: 10:00 to 14:00, Monday to Friday; 10:00 to 12:00, Saturday
    Post offices: 10:00 to 19:00, Monday to Friday
    Shops: 10:00 to 20:00, Monday to Saturday
  • Electricity
  • 240 volts AC, 50Hz.
  • Health
  • One of the main health problems that visitors to India often encounter is upset stomachs. Visitors are advised to seek the appropriate vaccinations and/or medication to avoid any health dangers before arrival to India. There are no specific vaccinations needed for India.
  • Emergency services
  • Police control room: 100
    Fire station: 101
    Ambulance: 102
  • Language
  • Malayalam is the dominant language in Kannur. English is widely spoken, particularly by those working in the tourist industry.
  • Currency
  • The Indian rupee is the currency of choice here. The lowest denomination is 1 rupee with 5, 10, 20 and 100 rupee notes the most commonly used. Changing larger sums like the 500 or 1000 rupee notes often proves difficult.
  • Currency Exchange
  • Few banks in Kannur will be able to change international currency. Travellers should make the US dollar the currency of choice when visiting the city, the next best being euros and British sterling. There are ATMs in Kannur and this is the best way to get rupees, with a good exchange rate. Just be sure your ATM card is accepted in India.
  • Customs
  • There is no limit to the amount of foreign currency that visitors can bring. Adults 18 years and over can import 200 cigarettes, 50 cigars or 250 grams of tobacco; 2 litres of alcohol; and 60ml of perfume.
  • Electronic equipment such as laptop and camera or video equipment requires filling out a Tourist Baggage Re-Export form. This is to protect you, as you may be asked to show the form when you leave India. Bringing in any livestock or pork products, live plants, or gold and silver bullion, is not permitted.
    • Visitors are expected to abide by local laws, customs and etiquettes.
    • Visitors to most Kerala houses leave their footwear outside before entering the house.
    • Behaviour demonstrating affection in public like hugging or kissing is not an accepted practice in Kerala.
    • Nudity is not allowed in Kerala
    • Footwear inside the temple and entry into the sanctum sanctorum is banned in all the temples.
    • Other customs and codes of conduct and dress in temples across the State vary from each other.
    • Some temples do not permit entry to non-Hindus, while some do. Shirts for men and pants are banned from some temples and allowed in some others. Where they are banned, men have to be in mundus and women, in saris, half-saris or long skirts.
    • At the table, main dishes are served in the middle, while each person takes individual spoons from each plate to their own dish in front of them. Eating is done with the right hand only, as the left is used for personal hygiene. Average tipping is 10%.
  • Visa and Passports
  • For entry into India, you must apply for a visa from your local Indian consulate or embassy before leaving home. You won’t even make it onto the airplane without a visa, so be sure to arrange one beforehand.
  • The majority of Western tourists will be eligible for a 6-month visa for visiting India, which is activated from the moment it is placed inside your passport.
  • Make sure you have at least one passport page free to receive the visa stamp and that your travel document is valid for at least 6 months after your intended departure from India.
  • Carry your visa for entry to India/Kerala on your holiday.
    For further clarifications, contact the Indian High Commission.
    For visa extension, contact Office of the Commissioner of Police,
    Thiruvananthapuram. Ph: 0471-2320579.
  • Tourist Information Offices
  • The Free Travel Information Service is one of the best in town for personal service and trustworthy advice on the area. The District Tourism Office and DTPC Information Centre also offer good services for various matters in Munnar. Ask at your hotel for contact details.
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