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The Munnar is one of the most beautiful hill stations of the southern Indian state of Kerala. It is located at an altitude of 5000 to 8000 ft. and is at the confluence point of three mountain streams - Mudrapuzha, Nallathani, Kundala. This Munnar Hill Station was once the summer capital of British government in South India. Its sprawling tea plantation, picturesque natural beauty of the town and some exotic varieties of flora make it one of the popular hill station in South India. It also houses the highest point of South India, the Anamudi at a high of 2695 m. This is a perfect place for trekking. Tea and coffee plantation further added to the beauty of the hill station.
Climate of Munnar :
The hill station experiences a pleasant climate throughout the year. Its summer months from April to June are mild with a maximum temperature at around 20 degrees C and winters from November to February are cool, when the temperature drops down to as low as 5 degrees C. The hill resort can be visited in anytime of the year besides the monsoons(June - September).
Tourist Attractions in Munnar :
Mattupetty Reservoir - Located at a hight of 1700 m above sea level, the lake and dam of Mattupetty is a beautiful picnic spot. It is also famous for its highly specialized diary farm - a joint venture of India and Switzerland. There are around 100 varieties of high yielding cattle are reared here.
Top Station - Situated at a hight of 1700 m, this is a popular spot in the hill station which offers panoramic views of the surrounding cities.
Anamudi - This is the highest peak of South India and a hight of 2695 m. The place is popular for its rare flora and fauna species. It also offers some of the best trekking routes. Tourist are also allowed to go on foot up to Anamudi.
Rajamala Wildlife Sanctuary - The sanctuary is at a distance of 17 kms from Munnar which is the home to a variety of animals including the Nilgiri Tahr. The sanctuary also offers wonderful views of the valley.
Accommodation in Munnar :
There are many hotels and lodges of all categories in and around Munnar that provide all the comforts you would want to have. In fact there are options available to suit every budget of the tourists. You may choose one of the following hotels:
» Windermere Estate » Mahindra Resort » Fort Munnar » Periyar Mist Valley » Royal Retreat
Getting to Munnar :
By Air - The Cochin International Airport is the nearest one and at a distance of 121 km.
By Rail - Ernakulam Junction is the nearest railhead and at a distance of 127km.
By Road - Munnar is easily accessible from all the major cities & towns of Kerala. The NH49 links Munnar to Cochin and Madurai. Munnar is also connected to Coimbatore in Tamil Nadu via Pollachi. Munnar Bus Stand is well connected to all the major cities of South India by government run(KSRTC) and private bus services.
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