Munnar lies in Idukki district of Kerala. In Malayalam Munnar means the confluence of three rivers. Munnar is a well known hill station situated 1600m above sea level. The important tourist attractions at Munnar are Mattupetty dam and diary and Eravikulam National Park. Mattupetty Dam (13km away) is large reservoir with boating facilities available to tourists. The Mattuetty Dairy Farm is highly specialized and is run by the Kerala Government. Rare Indo-Swiss breeds of cattle can be spot in this farm. Eravikulam National Park (15km away) hosts the Nilgiri Thar and the Neelakurinji Flowers. Neelakurinji is plant which blossoms once in 12 years can be found all over the Park( Last blossom 2006). Nilgiri Thar is an endangered species of goat which can be spot at Rajamala inside the Park. Eravikulam National Park is home to about half the population of Nilgiri Thar. The breeding season of Nilgiri Thar is during February. The Park remains closed for the month of February in order to avoid human intervention. Apart from these, Eravikulam National Park also hosts a wide variety of Birds, Elephants, Deers etc. Anamudi the second highest peak in Western Ghats after the Dodabetta at Ooty is inside the Eravikulam National Park. A large area near by Munnar is under Tea cultivation. The tea estates at Munnar are beautiful aith lofty slopes and winding roads. Tea estates at Pothamedu, Devikulam and Anayirangal near to Munnar are very famous. Places near to Munnar like Attukal, Nyayamakad, Lock Heart Gap, Top Station, Meenuli, Ramakalmedu, Echo Point are very scenic and offer trekking and other adventure opportunities. There are many waterfalls around Munnar prominent amoong them are Valara, Cheeyappara and Thommankuthu waterfalls.
Best time to visit Munnar is during the post monsoon months of August to January.
Being a renowned hill station , Munnar has food and accomodation facilities suiting any budget.
Route 1: Bangalore - Hosur - Krishnagiri - Dharmapuri - Salem - Erode - Kangayam - Dharapuram - Udumalpettai - Marayoor - Munnar.
SETC and Indian Railways runs direct services from Bangalore to Erode. From Erode TNSTC and private buses are available to Udumalpettai. From Udumalpettai KeralaSRTC , TNSTC and private buses are available to Munnar. Route 2 is about 150km more than Route 1. KeralaSRTC , KarnatakaSRTC and Indian Railways runs direct services Bangalore to Ernakulam. From Ernakulam (150km away) KeralaSRTC and private buses are available to Munnar. The tourist attractions are within 30km around the Munnar town and can be reached in KeralaSRTC buses, private buses or private cabs available at the town.