Saturday, August 14, 2010

Karaikal Mangani Festival

Munnar Photos

Munnar Videos

Munnar Food & Accommodation

Restaurants at Munnar:
Rapsy Restaurant: 6.30AM to 9.30 PM. This small and affordable restaurant is located at the Munnar main bazar. Kerala food items like Parotta, beef dishes, biriyani are available here.
Hotel Saravan Bhavan: 7.00Am to 9.30PM. This vegetarian restaurant has South Indian vegetarian food including dosa and meals.
Guru's near Government High school serves hot and tasty South Indian Snacks
Royal Retreat has a good restaurant
Edassery Eastend has a neat restaurant, eventhough expensive.
Krishna Fast Food has Pastries and Snacks
Accommodation at Munnar:
Munnar has lot of hotels and resorts to meet the requirements of all types of visitors. Home stay facility is also available even though it is few in number. Advance booking is available during peak seasons. Check out time is 12.00 PM (may change with resort) Due to the cool climate over this place, hotels don't have air conditioners. Hot water, extra woolen blankets and room heaters are provided by most of the hotels.
Munnar hotels and Resorts Directory:
Edassery Eastend: Tel. 230451 Room rent above Rs 2000
Elysium Gardens, Top Station: Tel. 232620
Government Guest House, Mattupatty Road: Tel. 230385
Hilltop Lodge, Thekkady Road: Tel. 230655
JJ Cottage:  Tel. 230104 Rooms available for below Rs 500
Krishna Lodge: Tel. 230669 Room rent ranges from Rs 100 to 500
KTDC Tea County, Mattupatty Road: Tel: 230460
Olive Brook, Pothamedu: Tel. 230588 Rs 1650 to 2200
Royal Retreat: Tel. 230240 Room rent ranges from Rs 850 to 2000
Sree Narayana Tourist home: Tel. 230212 Rooms below Rs 1000
Westend Cottage: Tel. 230954 Rooms available for below Rs 500
Windermere Estate, Pothamedu: Tel. 230512 Rs 6000 to 8500
Zina Cottage: Tel. 230349 Rooms below Rs 500

Places to see in and around Munnar

Breathing in the crisp, clear and unpolluted air, relaxing and eating are the added bonuses of going to Munnar. Getting around the mountains that surround Munnar is an experience one cannot miss, not in a million years.
1. Tata Tea Museum
Located 2 Km from Munnar Centre on the Nallathany Road.
Collection of old bits and pieces from the colonial era can be seen here. Demonstration of tea production. Information on machinaries, tea processing and tea tasting. Photography and Videography prohibited here.
Working Time: 10.00 AM - 4.00 PM.
Monday holiday
Ticket Fee: Rs 50 for adult, Rs 25 for child
2. CSI Church
A church built with stone in 1910. It has fine stained glass and brass plaques. Above all, a calm place to pray and meditate.
3. Devikulam is 7 Km away. Tourists are attracted to this lake town
4. Mattupetty is 14 Km away from Munnar. Mattupetty dam has an agriculture garden on its banks. Speed boat ride through the dam is also available.
5. Rajamalai (Eravikulam National Park) is situated 13 Km away from Munnar on Udumalpet road (SH17). Trekking here can perhaps give you a glimpse of Nilgiri Thar, the rarely seen mountain goat.
Working Time: 7.00AM to 6.00PM (September to May)
Ticket Charge: Rs 10 for adults, Rs 5 for children. Photography / Videography permitted for fee.
6. Top Station is 40 Km away from Munnar. From here you can get a spectacular view of the plains of Tamilnadu. Kundalai Dam is on the Munnar-Top Station road
7. Marayoor is about 40 Km away, where Sandalwood forest, Muniyaras (ancient caves) and water falls (Thoovanam) are located
8. Chinnar Wild Sanctuary is 60 Km away from Munnar on Udumalpet road (SH17). Elephants, deers, samba etc can be seen from the watch tower. The tall tower is about 200 meters distance from the check-post. Entry fee: Rs 15 per person. Visiting time: 07.00AM to 06.00PM
9. Blossom International Park at Munnar has an adventure track, 1000-feet long fountain, roller skates, underground mediation centre and a beautiful garden.
10. Anamudi, the highest peak of South India is close to Munnar and is a great place for adventurous trekking.

Munnar Travel Guide

Munnar Basic Facts:

Location: 135 Km from Kochi

Altitude: Approximately 1600 meters

Nearest Airport: Cochin

Nearest Railway Station: Aluva

STD Code: 0486

Main Attraction: Exploration of hills around Munnar

Historical Importance: During British reign, Munnar was the summer resort of Government officials

How to reach Munnar:
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

Distance Chart:

Munnar - Ernakulam (135km) 4 1/2 hours

Munnar - Thekkady (110km) 4 hours

Munnar - Thiruvananthapuram (300km) 9 hours

Munnar - Palani (120km)

Munnar - Coimbatore (150km) 6 hours

Munnar - Madurai ( km) 6 hours

Munnar Route Map: