Munnar, located about 5200 ft. above sea level, is originally a comfort station among the hills built by the British planters. Munnar is only a three hour journey from the most happening city of Kerala, Kochi.It is located in the Western Ghats in the eastern part of central Kerala and an adjoining part of Tamilnadu. Munnar is usually known as the Kannan Devan hills or the High Ranges. The plantations in these high ranges are clustered around the town of Munnar (10 N 77 E) which is about 130 km from Cochin. Kodaikanal, another famous hill-station, is just 90kms from Munnar.
Munnar is an ideal place for great trekking and walking opportunities for the outdoor enthusiast.The grasslands at Munnar provide great trekking routes to the nature lover.During these treks you come face to face with the spectacular beauty of the wilderness here, the magnificent wildlife(the unique Nilgiri Tahr) and the exotic flora(the exclusive Neelakurinji blossoms) that inhabit the forests of this region.
History of Munnar
Nestled among the mountains and evergreen forests of the western ghat, Munnar is located at the confluence of three rivers-the Mattupetty river, the Kannimala river and the Nallathanny river.The name means “three rivers”, as it is the merging place of three mountain streams and a jewel in the crown of Kerala.The spicy fragrance of the wind,the virgin beauty of wooded valleys and the seductive landscape make her a lovers' paradise.Munnar is a part of the high range district of Idukki that shares her boundaries with Tamil Nadu and the districts of Ernakulam and Thrissur.
The history of Munnar begins in the middle of the 19th century. Mr. Munroe and his companion were the first persons to visit the misty mountains and hillside of of Munnar.Realising that the place is best suited for plantation,they started cultivating cardamom,coffee and zinchona. The Englishmen named the plantation as Kannan Devan Tea Company in honour of the tribal chief whose assistance was invaluable. Later it was sold to Tata Finlay Company and from 1983 onwards,the sole right of the property is with Tata Tea Company.The Panniar and the Suryanelli estates have already been taken over by the Harrison Malayalam Ltd. Tata Tea Ltd. is really instrumental in moulding Munnar to its present form.
Munnar is the right place for those who look for natural beauty.In March, April and May the climate here is quite comfortable.
How to Reach
Travel Routes to ROSE GARDEN
Popular routes from important destinations in South India are listed below –
From Coimbatore: There are two routes one can take from Coimbatore to Munnar.
Coimbatore>> Palakkad >> Thrissur >> Angamali >> Perumbavoor >> Kothamangalam>> Adimali >> Munnar
Coimbatore>>Kenathikadavu >> Pollachi >> Udumal Pettai >> Chinnar >> Marayoor >> Munnar
Kodaikanal>> Bathalkundu >> Theni >> Bodi Mettu >> Pooppara >> Devikulam >> Munnar
Cochin>> Alwaye >> Perumbavoor >> Kothamangalam >> Adimali >> Munnar
Trivandrum>> Kottarakkara >> Kottayam >> Moovattupuzha >> Kothamangalam >> Adimali >>Munnar
Madurai>> Karmathur >> Uslam Petty >> Andy Petty >> Theni >> Bodi >>Pooppara >> Devikulam >> Munnar
Thekkady>> Kumily >> Nedumkandom >> Pooppara >> Devikulam >> Munnar
The nearest airport is the Cochin International Airport, located at a distance of 95 Km ( By car take 2.5 to 3 hrs.Taxi costs Rs.1900)
The nearest Railway Station is at Ernakulam/Cochin at a distance of 130 Km
From Cochin.- Kothamagalam - Adimaly - Munnar 135Kms. ( By car take 3 to 3.5 Hrs. Taxi costs Rs.2400)
On bus 4 to 4.5 Hrs, Bus Charge Rs.90.
ALEPPEY. to Munnar 180Kms.
Madurai, to Munnar 180 Kms.