Munnar

Located at an altitude of 6000 feet Munnar is one of the most popular hill stations in south India. With its awesome climatic conditions and natural beauty Munnar is one of the best holyday destinations in the state.  You can explore a rich Variety of flora and fauna in the hills of munnar. Unending tea plantations, luxurious resorts, mesmerizing natural beauty, Munnar has it all. the name Munnar is believed to be originated from the two words ” munnu ” and ” aaru”  meaning three and river. This argument is supposed to be true as the geographical location of Munnar is at the confluence of the Madhurapuzha, Nallathanni and Kundaly rivers.  The temperature ranges between 5 °C and 25 °C in winter and 15 °C and 25 °C in summer. You can visit Munnar anytime between August and May. Avoid the trip at June – July season  as there is every chance that the monsoon might ruin your trip

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How to reach here

The nearest railway station is at Ernakulum and is at a distance of about 140km and the nearest Airport is the Cochin international Airport. Munnar is accessible by road and it’s the road trip that is the thrilling of all

 Places to stay in Munnar 


Tea County (KTDC)
KTDC Hill Resort
Munnar
teacountymunnar@ktdc.com
www.teacountymunnar.com, www.ktdc.com
+91 4865 230460, 230969, 230971 – 73, +91 4865 230970
Tariff Rs.4000 – 10000

T & U Leisure Hotel
Mattupetty Road
Munnar
mail@tanduleisurehotel.com
www.tanduleisurehotel.com
+91 4865 233081- 84, +91 4865 231529
Tariff Rs.4500 – 11000

Abad Copper Castle
Kannan Devan Hills
Munnar
coppercastle@abadhotels.com
www.abadhotels.com
+91 4865 230633, 230443, +91 4865 231201, 202
Tariff Rs.3000 – 6250

Forest Haven Resorts
Vattiyar P.O.
Mankulam Road
Kallar, Munnar
foresthavenresort@yahoo.com
www.foresthavenresort.com
+91 4864 278401, 278096, 278714, +91 4864 278096
Tariff Rs. 3000 – 5000

Camelot Resort
Munnar P.O.
camelotmunnar@sancharnet.in
www.camelotmunnar.com
+91 4865 231195, 230540, 231840, +91 4865 230540
Tariff Rs.4235 – 8235

Eastend Munnar
Temple Road
Munnar
eastend@eastend.in
www.eastend.in
+91 4865 230451,
Tariff Rs. 3250 – 3500

Westwood Riverside Garden Resort
Munnar
sales@westwoodmunnar.com
www.westwoodmunnar.com
+91 4865 230884, 230885, 230886, +91 4865 230886
Tariff Rs.3000 – 5600

Mermaid Hotel
Opposite Munnar Panchayat Hall Munnar
mermaid@md4.vsnl.net.in
www.milmermaid.com
+91 4865 232320, 232322, +91 4865 230852
Tariff Rs.1750 – 3500

Le Celestium
Near Tea County
Munnar
mail@lecelestium.com
www.lecelestium.com
+91 4865 231988, 230118, +91 4865 231988
Tariff Rs.2199 – 4999

Issacs Residency
Top Station – Mattupetty road
Munnar Town
Munnar
residencymunnar@gmail.com
www.issacresidency.com
+91 4865 230501 – 04, +91 4865 230265
Tariff Rs.3200 – 9600

Ela Ecoland
Vattiyar Post
Mankulam Road
Kallar, Munnar
elaecoland@gmail.com
www.elaecoland.com
,
Tariff Rs.1750 – 4000

The High Range Club
Munnar
mail@highrangeclubmunnar.com
www.highrangeclubmunnar.com
+91 4865 230253, 230724, 230597,
Tariff Rs.1750 – 3500

Munnar Inn
Kakkanattu Towers
Telephone Office Junction
Munnar
info@munnarinn.in
www.munnarinn.in
+91 4865 231735, 230736,
Tariff Rs.1900 – 2500

Poopada Resorts Munnar
Kannan Devan Hills
Munnar
holidays@poopada.com
www.poopada.com
+91 4865 231781- 82, 230223,
Tariff Rs.1400 – 2700

Elysium Garden Hill Resort
Top Station Road
Munnar
info@elysiumgarden.com
www.elysiumgarden.com
+91 4865 230510, 232620, +91 4865 231348
Tariff Rs.2200 – 8800

Spice Garden Resorts
IInd Mile
Munnar
contact@spicegardenresorts.com
www.spicegardenresorts.com
+ 91 4865 263696,
Tariff Rs.1800 – 2500

Misha Holiday Home
Misha Junction
Munnar
mishaholidays@gmail.com
www.mishaholiday.com
+91 4865 230376, 232376,
Tariff Rs.1400 – 2500

Spring Dale Resort
Devikulam P.O.
Munnar
reservation@springdaleresort.com
www.springdaleresort.com
+91 4865 264268, 264388, +91 4865 264388
Tariff Rs.900 – 3000

Greenberg Resorts
Nadukani, Kulamavu P.O.
Munnar,
reservations@greenbergresorts.com
www.greenbergresorts.com
+91 4862 259954, 259984, 259985,
Tariff Rs.2750 – 7500

Misty Mountian Resort
Randam Mile / Second Mile Junction
Pallivasal, Munnar
booking@mistymountainresort.in
www.mistymountainresort.in
+91 4865 263784, 263804,
Tariff Rs.3000 – 6000

High Range Club
Munnar
mail@highrangeclubmunnar.com
www.highrangeclubmunnar.com
+91 4865 230253, 230597, +91 4865 230724
Tariff Rs.1750 – 3250

Royal Retreat
Kannan Devan Hills
Munnar
resrvation@royalretreat.co.in
www.royalretreat.co.in
+91 4865 230440, 231112 -15,
Tariff Rs.2000 – 3500

Mount Shelt
Munnar
mountsheltnm@gmail.com+91 4865 232071,
Tariff Rs.1000 – 1200

Munnar Tourist Home
Devikulam Road
Munnar
munnartouristhome@yahoo.com
www.munnartouristhome.com
+91 4865 230353, 230862, +91 4865 231385
Tariff Rs.900 – 3000

S N Annex
Opp.Govt.Guest House
Munnar
snannex@rediffmail.com
www.snthekkady.com
+91 4865 232022, 232033,
Tariff Rs. 1650 – 2400

S N Tourist Home
A.M. Road
Munnar
snannex@rediffmail.com
www.snthekkady.com
+91 4865 230212, 230312,
Tariff Rs. 750 -1750

Talliar Valley Bungalow
Talliar Estate
Talliar
Munnar
sureshbabu.g@teil.in
www.teabungalows.com
+91 4865 257314,
Tariff Rs.6500

Hotel Hillview Munnar
Kannan Devan Hills
A M Road, Munnar
info@hillviewmunnar.com
www.hillviewmunnar.com
+91 4865 230567, 230241, 230801, +91 4865 230241
Tariff Rs. 1900 – 3800

Albarad Hotel
T.B. Road
Munnar
munnar@albaradhotels.com
www.albaradhotels.com
+91 4865 233055, 232034,
Tariff Rs.1650 – 2850

Aida Tourist Home
Near K S R T C Bus Stand
Munnar
aidatouristhomemnr@gmail.com
www.aidatouristhome.com
+91 4865 230542,
Tariff Rs. 600 -1500

Clouds Valley Leisure Hotel
Kannan Devan Hills
A.M.Road
Munnar
mail@cloudsvalley.com
www.cloudsvalleymunnar.com
+91 4865 230687, 230689 ,
Tariff Rs. 3500 – 5000

Grand Plaza Munnar
M.S.A. Road
Munnar
relations@grandplazamunnar.com
www.grandplazamunnar.com
+91 4865 230889, 232491, 230609, +91 4865 230609
Tariff Rs. 3500 – 9000

Grand Plaza Munnar
M.S.A. Road
Munnar
relations@grandplazamunnar.com
www.grandplazamunnar.com
+91 4865 230889, 232491, 230609, +91 4865 230609
Tariff Rs. 3500 – 9000

Green Ridge Holiday Home
NH Road, Central Munnar
Munnar P.O.
greenridgemunnar@gmail.com
greenridge.co.in
+91 486 5231164, 232481, 232482,
Tariff Rs. 2900 – 3900

Archana Residency
M.S.A. Road
Munnar
contact@archanaresidency.com
www.archanaresidency.com
+91 4865 230286, 232526, 232546, +91 4865 231576
Tariff Rs. 2600 – 5000

Dhanyasree
Chilling Plant Road
Near Govt. Guest House
Munnar
dhanyasreehotels@rediffmail.com
www.dhanyasree.in
+91 4865 232552, 232553,
Tariff Rs. 900 – 4000

Royal Club Holidays
Opp. Tea County
Munnar
royalclubholidaysmunnar@gmail.com
www.royalclubmunnar.com
+91 4865 231282,
Tariff Rs. 700 – 2500

 

Great Escapes Resorts
Chinnakkanal
Munnar
germunnar@yahoo.com
www.germunnar.com
+91 4865 285899,
Tariff Rs. 1800 – 6750


The Tall Trees Resort
Munnar
info@ttr.in
www.ttr.in
+91 4865 230641, 230331, 232716, 232717,
Tariff Rs.5400 – 241500

Sree Chitra Art Gallery

Sree Chitra Art Gallery is located towards the North side of Napier Museum. It was established in 1935 by the then Maharaja (King) of Travancore, Sri Chithira Tirunal. This art gallery is internationally renowned for its rare collection and displays original paintings of Raja Ravi Varma, Svetlova and Nicholas Roerich; exquisite works from the Rajput, Mughal and Tanjore schools of art in India as well as paintings from China, Japan, Tibet and Bali. This art gallery is one of the finest of its kind in India, which collaborated both ancient (down to the 18th century)  and modern art.

Main attraction in this art gallery is Raja Ravi Varma’s paintings, Indian mural paintings of the ancient times, preserved art works of the Mughals, Rajastani and Rajputs. In addition to this international art works which includes Chinese, Tibetan and Japanese are another set of must see in this art gallery.

Timings:

Closed on all Mondays, Wednesdays and Forenoons.

Open on all other days from: 1.00 PM to 4.45 PM

Entrance fee:

Museum & Art Gallery: Adults: Rs. 10 Children: Rs 4.

Phone: +91-471-2473952

Sri Padmanabhaswamy Temple

Sri Padmanabhaswamy Temple – is a famous Hindu pilgrimage centre in Trivandrum, devoted to Lord Vishnu. This internationally famous temple is visited by every traveller who visits Kovalam, Trivandrum and near by places in Kerala to understand and experience it’s magnificent architecture of the ancient era.

Padmanabaswamy-Temple
Padmanabaswamy-Temple

About Temple:

First feature you will notice about this temple is it’s 100 feet, seven tier Gopuram. The corridor of the temple with 365 sculptured granites and elaborate carvings extends from the northern side to the sanctum. “Natakasala” – where the native art form “Kathakali” is played during the festive period, is located at the ground floor under the Gopuram. Festival is conducted twice a year during the months of Meenam and Thulam (based on local calendar).

Major Festivals:

“Navaratri Festival” – which lasts for 9 days is the major annual festival of this temple. The idols of gods “Saraswathy”, “Durga”, and “Murugan” are brought to the “Kuthira Malika” palace in front of the Padmanabha Temple as a procession. “Swathy Music Festival”, a very famous event is conducted during the Navaratri fest.

There are two other main festivals conducted here in a year which lasts for 10 days; they are:

1. The “Alpashy” festival conducted during October/November.

2. The “Painkuni” festival conducted during March/April.

These two main festivals are culminated by the “Aarat”, which means holy bath. “Aarat” is led by the King of the Royal family, which involves the procession of purifying the idols of the temple by immersing them in the sea. The event which takes place in the evening time is a grand feast to every devotee. After the ritual dieties are taken back to the temple with a large group accompanying the procession.

Laksha Deepam” – is the biggest festival of this temple, which happens once in 6 years. It’s a festival of lights and lamps, prior to which chanting of prayers are done for 56 consecutive days. Next “LakshaDeepam” is chartered to be on January 14.

Laksha-Deepam-Padmanabaswamy-Temple
Laksha-Deepam

Major Offerings/Nivedyams:

Rice offerings are the most common one here, made by large group of devotees to the diety. Apart from this various types of payasam (Rice Puddings) are offered to the perumal (Lord Vishnu) like Retna payasam (offered in Golden vessel), Jaggery pudding made in Ghee etc. “Uppu Manga” (Unripe Mango soaked in brine water ) offered in gold covered Coconut shell is another famous offering made to Lord Vishnu.

Temple Visit Timings:

Before Noon: 3.30-4.45 AM, 6.30-7.00 AM, 8.30-10.00 AM, 10.30-11.00 AM, 11.45-12.00

After Noon: 5.00-6.15 PM and 6.45-7.20 PM

Note: Only Hindus are permitted inside the temple. Dress code has to be followed.

Dress Code:

1. No pants for males and No churidhars for females.

2. Men should wear no dress that covers full body section above waist. A towel can be worn over the neck.

3. Dhoti is preferred and can be taken for rent by paying Rs.15 per piece from the temple.

4. Dhoti can be worn over a pants or churidhar.

5. No mobile phones or cameras are permitted inside. Any such items can be kept safely inside the locker by paying the timely fees.

Temple Photogallery:

Kovalam Beach

Kovalam (means a grove of coconut trees), the beautiful natural beach, is the most popular tourist destination in Kerala. This internationally renowned beach is located at 13Km from Trivandrum main city.

Kovalam – is breathtakingly beautiful – a haven of peace and tranquility – the most sought after tourist destination in God’s own country.

Kovalam has 3 crescent shaped beaches, the larger one is called Light House beach for it’s 35 metre high light house located at the top of Kurumkal hillock. Second one is the famous “Hawah” beach, named after the topless bathing performed by womens decades ago. Topless bathing is prohibited now except in private beached owned by various resorts in the area. Samudra beach at the Northern side forms the 3rd beach of Kovalam but this section is not used by tourists. Samudra beach is used by the local fisherman for their trade activities.

Tourist Facilities & Attractions:

Large number of beach resorts in and around Kovalam is a popular tourist attraction, which offers multi cuisines, a wonderful night stay at the beach side resort, different forms of Ayurveda treatments, Yoga enviornments and other facilities. The sea port of Vizhinjam is about 3 km away and famous for its special varieties of fish, old Hindu temples, big churches and a mosque.

More Information:

Temperature: Summer : 21°c – 33°c , Winter : 18°c – 33°c

Best Time to Visit: September to May

Photogallery – Kovalam:

Trivandrum-Tour Destinations

Thiruvananthapuram (also known as Trivandrum) is the capital city of Kerala, the God’s own country.  Known as the best and most popular tourist destination of Kerala, Trivandrum is famous for it’s internationally renowned Kovalam beach, which has been visited by many foriegn travellers since 1930.  Trivandrum is built on seven hills, is situated on the southern end of India bounded by Arabian sea on west side and  Western Ghats on east side and is located at 8.5°N 76.9°E on the west coast. Situated at sea level Trivandrum has an area of 2192 sqaure Km.

History

Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum) is well known for it’s rich traditions, ancient culture and art forms. History says trading traditions of Trivandrum date back to 1000 BC. It is believed that King Solomon’s ship arrived here and landed near a port called Ophir (now known as Poovar). As per ancient trade history Trivandrum was a well sought trade destination for spices, ivory and sandalwood.

How to Access Trivandrum:

You can access Trivandrum by Air,Rail and Road.

Air: Airport is located at 6Km from the city and has connection flights from Colombo, Singapore, Maldives and Middle East.

Rail: Railway station is at the city centre itself and has got direct train service from all major cities in India. Direct trains are available to any main city (and all districts) in Kerala round the clock.

Road: There are 2 main roads connecting to Trivandrum from other main cities, a National highway numbered NH47 and a main centre road known as MC Road.

Most Popular Tour Destinations:

1. Kovalam Beach

Kovalam -the most popular tourist destination of  Trivandrum (and Kerala), is a wonderful and fabulous natural beach.  If Kerala is known as Godsowncountry then Kovalam is known as it’s paradise. Kovalam has three crescent shaped beaches named as Lighthouse beach (largest of the 3), Hawa beach (second largest and known as topless beach, commonly used by foriegners) and Samudra beach (southernmost and commonly used by fisherman). The word Kovalam means a grove of Cocunut trees and this beach is blessed by as the name speaks, it offers a feast to the travellers eyes. Kovalam offers a beautiful ambience that’s beyond words, and makes a traveller from any country, any age to rediscover his/her soul.

2. Shri Padmanabhaswamy Temple

There’s an old saying “If you landed at Trivandrum, How can you go back without visiting Padmanabha swamy ?”  A very famous, ancientHindu temple having Lord Vishnu as it’s presiding deity, located inside the Fort in the city of Trivandrum. An ideal place to visit for any traveller who has an interest in Hindu traditions, mythology, temples, sculptures and architecture of the ancient era.

3. Sree Chitra Art Gallery

This internationally renowned Art Gallery is opened in 1935 by the then Maharaja of Travancore Shri Chithira Thirunal, is a well popular tourist destination and is famous for displaying original paintings of Raja Ravi Varma, Svetlova and Nicholas Roerich.

4.  Napier Museum

Another popular tourist destination in Trivandrum, this wonderful museum built in the 19th century is renowned for it’s brilliant architecture and knowledge pool about Kerala’s history, traditions, art forms and culture. Napier museum has got a wide collection of ancient archeology and is famous for it’s natural air conditioning system.

5.  Kuthira Malika Palace Museum

Kuthira Malika (also known as Puthen Malika Palace) built 200 years ago by then King, Maharaja Swathy Thirunal Varma. Palace gets it’s name from the 122 wooden horses that are carved on the southern side to support the roof. Built in 1846 Puthen Malika is a fine example of Kerala architecture and it’s beauty.

6. Neyyar Dam

Neyyar Dam is another popular picnic destination in Trivandrum. This beautiful lake formed in 1958 offers attractive ambience for tourists. Neyyar Dam has boating facility and is one of the main tourist’s leisure activity here. In 1977 a Crocodile farm was set up here and is now named after late Steve Irwin as Steve Irwin National Park. This place is located at 30km from Trivandrum on the foot of Western Ghats.

7. Ponmudi Hill Station

Ponmudi (also known as Golden Peak) is a scenic hill station in Trivandrum located at 61Km from the city. Main attraction about Ponmudi is that it’s still unexplored! If you are a person who wish to experience the virginity of mother nature, a breath of fresh natural air,a bliss and feel rejuvanted, Ponmudi is the ideal place available in Trivandrum.

8. Varkala Beach

A popular beach after Kovalam, Varkala is famous for it’s landscape, natural mineral water spout (Yes! you can drink from here 🙂 ), and cliffy rocks located at seashore. This beach is a must see if you are fond of beaches.

Other Tour Destinations:

1.  Sankumukham Beach

A favourite traveller’s spot for anyone who wish to enoy sunset at the arabian sea. This beautiful beach is located adjacent to the Trivandrum airport.

2.  The Zoological Park

One of the first zoo in India, Trivandrum zoo is built inside a beautiful botanical garden which houses many rare wild life which are on the verge of extinction now. Visiting this zoo is essential for all knowledge seeking travellers who wish to get an understanding of the flora and fauna of Kerala and it’s wild animals.

3. Veli Tourist Village

Popular among traveller’s for it’s beautiful boating facility. Uniqueness of this place is, it’s the meeting point of Veli lake with Arabian sea. Various types of boatings are available here like pedal boats, peddle boats and speed boats. Located at 8Km from Trivandrum city.

Other Useful Information:

Land telephone line code: +91-471- (phone number)