Saturday, August 14, 2010

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:

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