Munnar, better known as the Kashmir of South India is the best place to visit in Kerala. If you are in Kerala and then you have to take some time out for this mesmeric dreamland which is the place in Kerala that has some magnificent hills and fascinating scenery.
Munnar attracts tourists from all over the world because of its exquisite natural beauty. Munnar is located in the state of Kerala and was the popular summer destinations of the British rulers.
It is a narrow stretch of land flanked on one side by the Arabian Sea and on the other side by the Western Ghat mountain ranges. Palm-fringed backwaters, scenic beaches, misty mountains, evergreen rain forests, gushing streams and waterfalls, all make this ancient spice capital of the world the most sought-after tourist destination. No wonder, the National Geographic Society chose Kerala as one of the 50 must-see destinations.
Climate of Munnar :
Munnar experiences a moderate climate all through the year. Summers (March to May) are pleasant and the temperature ranges a maximum of 25°C to minimum of 15°C. Winters during December to February are cool and temperature comes down to 10°C during this period. Monsoons (June to September) are lovely with pouring rainfalls.
Best time to visit here is all through the year especially from August to May. A visit to the tea garden during summers is enjoyable.
Driving up to Munnar can be adventurous, especially if you are driving. As you go up slowly through the narrow winding roads, you will see all the shades of green that God created. From the lush carpets of the tea bushes to the silver green of the oak it is all there on the mountains of Munnar.
If you are determined to reach Munnar in record time and you are traveling in a reasonably good car, it takes about 4 hrs from Kochi which is approximately 136 km away. The Ernakulam - Munnar route extends through Thripunithra, Muvattupuzha, Kothamangalam, Neriamangalam, Adimali and Pallivasal.
Private and government operated (KSRTC - Kerala State Road Transport Corporation) buses are available to various locations of Kerala. Buses are the cheapest form of transport to Munnar. Regular bus services to Tamil Nadu (towns like Theni, Kumbam, Madurai and Coimbatore) are operated by Tamil Nadu and Kerala Governments.
KSRTC has a bus station at the south of the town. Town bus stand is located in the modern new bazar.
Tourist Cars, Jeeps and Auto rikshaws available for getting around. Bicycles and bikes are also available for daily rent.
Munnar has 4 major roads:
Kochi road, Thekkady road, Top Station road, Marayoor road
Munnar - Ernakulam (135km) 4 1/2 hours
Munnar - Thekkady (110km) 4 hours
Munnar - Thiruvananthapuram (300km) 9 hours
Munnar - Palani (120km)