Munnar is situated near the Anaimudi Peak, the highest peak in the Western Ghats at an altitude of 2,695 meters (null,842 feet) from the sea level. Munnarās sprawling tea gardens with tall trees jutting out of sharp cliffs, and a plethora of wildflowers in a riot of colors, make it look like a painterās canvas. Drive around and explore the points of sightsee. Watch little wisps of clouds drift past you and shroud the tea estate that was conspicuous only a while ago. All along you will be serenaded by the sound of gurgling brooks or waterfalls seeping through narrow rocks. Pause on the way, maybe to buy farm fresh carrots from a hawker or small souvenir shops selling wooden artifacts and a range of authentic spices. Photographic opportunities abound here.
Munnar is the place in India to shop for exotic tea, coffee, spices such as cinnamon, cloves, cardamom and pepper, and delicious homemade chocolates. Around Echo Point, there are many kiosks selling intricate hand carvings and artifacts made of teak, sesame and rosewood. They make a perfect souvenir for friends back home. Make your pick from an assortment of tea samples at the Tea Museum souvenir shop. Marayoor, some 40 kilometers (null miles) from Munnar is a quaint village that has small shops selling traditional, hand-woven āpattuā sarees. These pattu sarees come in vibrant colors, and are popularly worn by local women on special occasions. Some popular souvenir shops include Munnar Fancy, Leo Gift House, D.M Samuel & Sons, DMS Jewelry, Marakkar Shopping Centre, Rahim Book Stall, DTPC
Stall ā a great place for spices, and Sunny Traders ā a tea shop.
Munnar has few good restaurants serving regional and Indian delicacies. You can try out the special multi-cuisine restaurants at the luxury hotels, also the early morning food stalls in the bazaar that rustle up excellent breakfast snacks. Hotel Hajrath, located in the produce bazaar, serves vegetarian food. Aiswarya Restaurant has a wonderful picturesque view and a standard menu of Indian dishes. Some popular restaurants include: Sarvana Bhawan in the heart of the town, Bamboo Hut on GH Road, Food Court in Munnarinn, Mahavir Jain Restaurant, Silverspoon Restaurant in Main Bazaar, TreeTop Restaurant in Devikulam, Rapsy Restaurant in Munnar main bazaar, and CampNoel - Multicuisine Restaurant in Pazhathottam.
Munnar is nestled amid the mountains and evergreen forests of the Western Ghats at the confluence of three rivers. The region in and around the hill station varies in altitude from 1600 meters (null feet) to 1800 meters (null feet) above sea level. Munnar has a salubrious climate with temperature ranging between 5 °C (null °F) and 10 °C (null °F) in winter and 15 °C (null °F) and 25 °C (null °F) in summer. Tourists mostly flock here between August and May. Even monsoons are lovely at this tea garden paradise, what with many streams and rivulets springing to life. And post drizzle the dew drenched tea gardens look heavenly enshrouded in light mist.
Surface - Munnar is directly accessible only by road - a scenic four hour drive from Cochin (nullabout 130 kilometers/81.25 miles away) or 4.5 hours drive from Kottayam (null kilometers/92.5 miles away) as well as from Kumily and Madurai, either directly or with a change at Tehni. State-run and private bus services pull into the stand in the bazaar at the north end of town on arrival in Munnar, near the river confluence and Tata headquarters. For most hotels you should ask to be dropped off at Old Munnar, 2 kilometers south of the centre, near the ineffectual DTPC tourist office (nullMonday to Saturday 1000 to 1700 hours; Tel. 0486/530679).
Train - The nearest railheads to Munnar are Kottayam, Kochi (nullCochin), Madurai and Trivandrum. Kerala has an extensive network of trains covering more than 200 stations within the state. Long-distance express and super-fast trains connect important destinations within the state and to places outside Kerala such as Mumbai, New Delhi, Chennai, Bangalore, Hyderabad and Kolkata.
Air - The nearest airports are Cochin (nullKochi), Madurai 142 kilometers (null miles), Trivandrum 302 kilometers (null miles), Coimbatore 156 kilometers (null miles) and Kozhikode 287 kilometers (null miles). Kerala has three airports ā Thiruvananthapuram, Kochi and Kozhikode. Thiruvananthapuram is the international airport providing flight services to major destinations in the country and outside. The Karipur Airport at Kozhikode offers both domestic and international flight services. Cochin International Airport at Nedumbassery is linked by regular flights to important destinations in India and also to Gulf countries.
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