Bangalore Munnar Trip- A Complete Travel Guide
Munnar is among the most popular honeymoon spots from Bangalore . Munnar means Three rivers and the popular tourist destination derives its name from the confluence of the three rivers Madhurapuzha, Nallathanni and Kundala rivers. It was a popular summer station during the British rule and the british planters introduced tea plantations to Munnar. Today, Munnar offers beautiful verdant vistas of tea plantations and the purple-blue of the Neelakurinji flowers which blooms in 12 years. Bangalore Munnar Trip is popular among honeymooners who book Munnar Honeymoon Packages from Bangalore and loved by families who book family holidays from Bangalore, Munnar’s idyllic settings let you do just what you want.
A trip and trek through the verdant tea gardenss around Munnar is an unforgettable way to enjoy a city break from Bangalore. Best things to do in Munnar like visit to Eravikulam National Park , hiking up the Anaimudi Peak, which offers striking views of the town, trout fishing at Sita Devi Lake, hear your voice resound in the mountains at Echo Point, savour freshly brewed tea at the tea estates and many more unique activities for guests visiting Munnar.
If you are looking for a remarkable getaway from Bangalore , think of a trip to the spectacular hill station Munnar in Kerala. Bangalore to Munnar Trip provides you with a welcome escape from the clamor of Bangalore city traffic , noise and pollution. If this your story, then pack your bags and go to Munnar- the serene hill station destination in Kerala by train, flight , road by car or bike.
How many days are required for a trip to Munnar from Bangalore?
A Munnar trip requires at least 3 days . Budget 1 day to reach Munnar, seond day to do sightseeing in Munnar and the third day to return back from Munnar to Bangalore. You can reach Munnar by Car, bus, train or flight and the plan will actually depend on the mode of travel that you choose from Bangalore to Munnar
Bangalore to Munnar travel time is usually 9 Hours if you go by road or train . However flight will help you to reduce the travel time by a few hours.
Bangalore to Munnar by Train
If you like to spend the lion share of your travel time in train, then catch a train from Bangalore and get down at Aluva railway station or Ernakuam Railway Station. There are numerous trains available from Bangalore daily like 12677 Bengaluru-Ernakulam Intercity, 16315 Bengaluru-Kochuveli Express etc. Once you reach nearest railway station to Munnar you will have to take a car from Airport to Munnar and this would take approximately 4-5 hours.
When you book one of the Munnar Honeymoon Packages from Bangalore, you can use websites like www.irctc.co.in or Cleartrip and book a train that passed through Ernakualm Station. There are multiple trains from Bangalore to Ernakulam and you can alight at Aluva Railway Station or Ernakulam Railway Station. There are two railway stations in Ernakulam – Ernakulam Town (North) and Ernakulam Junction (South) and you can get down at any of these station and proceed on a cab to Munnar.
Bangalore to Munnar by Flight
By Air, catch a domestic flight of SpiceJet, Air India or IndiGo to Kochi International Airport. You can plan your journey by booking tickets from the official website of any of these airlines and then you will have to take a car from nearest Airport to Munnar and this would take approximately 4-5 hours.
Bangalore to Munnar by Bus
Instead of booking a direct bus to Munnar a better option will be to book a bus from Bangalore to Kochi and alight at Angamaly or Aluva in morning , do refreshments and then take a taxi or cab from Aluva to Munnar which is a distance of 130 kilometers. Buses from Munnar to Bangalore start from Madiwala or Kalasipalaya and you can book bus tickets in advance at websites like www.redbus.in .There are few direct buses from Bangalore to Munnar and the travel time from Bangalore to Munnar is 14 hours. If you book a bus from Bangalore to Kochi and a cab from Kochi, then you can use the same cab for sightseeing in Munnar as well as point to point travel is very difficult in considering that sightseeing locations in Munnar are far from each other. Travelling from Ernakulam or Aluva to Munnar by bus is not recommended as the roads are winding roads through hills and travelling in local buses which stops frequently may be uncomfortable for most people.
If you love to travel via bus, make the booking from an authentic travel agency or a website like RedBus. You can either take a bus to Munnar which is occasionally available or a bus to Ernakulam and then take a car from there to Munnar.
Bangalore to Munnar by Road in Car or Bike
A road trip to Munnar can unleash your work stress and monotony of your life. A long-thrilling road trip definitely can make you feel vivacious. Some wish for rolling on roads with their best travel companion- Bike or Car with the escort of music. First, you have to set aside at least five days to complete the journey of 476 km. Prepare your car or bike to travel to a fascinating destination and service the same prior to your journey by bike or car through road.
As you can see in the map below , there are few popular routes from Bangalore to Munnar – Bangalore-Hosur- Krishnagiri-Dharmapuri-Salem-Avinashi-Udumalaipettai-Munnar and Bangalore – Mysore – Masinagudi- Munnar.
Munnar – Bangalore-Hosur- Krishnagiri-Dharmapuri-Salem-Avinashi-Udumalaipettai-Munnar will be the best route for your trip because the latter one goes through Bandipur and Mudumalai National Parks and a long one. Plan your itinerary well because you have to cross through Ghats, steep climbs etc. The trip will take minimum 9hr 30 minutes to cover 476 km. On the way to Munnar, plenty of sightseeing options are open to you. Take a virtual tour of this trip here:
Bangalore-Hosur by Road in Car or Bike on the way to Munnar
Push the kick starter for the trip to have an electrifying experience on the road. The NH7 lies stretched with coconut trees on both sides to bestow you an exotic sight for your eyes. Enjoy your drive with the scenic beauty and your favorite songs in the playlist!
Decide the time of your journey whether morning or night. If you want to travel by striking the fresh wind, then prefer morning journey and if you love to travel in the neon lights on the sides of the road, night journey would be ideal.
Hosur-Krishnagiri by Road in Car or Bike on the way to Munnar
The first stop of your journey has reached! Include some historical elements to your travel by visiting Sri Chandra Choodeshwarar Temple at Hosur along with the ancient fort and Krishnagiri Dam. Never forget to buy the famous yummy Makkan-peda from here.
Dharmapuri-Salem by Road in Car or Bike on the way to Munnar
When you reach Dharmapuri, the rumbling voice of the scintillating Hogenakal Falls will resonate in your ears. Also, the demonstration of excellent craftsmanship of 9th century- ‘Hanging Pillar’ at Dharmapuri Kottai Kovil Shiva Temple will never fail to astonish you.
Then you reach the ‘steel city’ Salem. Paying a visit at Kiliyur Waterfalls 3km away from Salem city, will not be in vain. The stunning water splash brings your mind bliss and turns your trip into a fantastic one.
Avinashi- Udumalaipettai by Road in Car or Bike on the way to Munnar
Via Salem, you will reach to Avinashi where you will be welcomed with lots of windmills. The picture of windmills standing erected in the expansion of a field will definitely fascinate you; the only scene which can be enjoyed in the limits of fences…
Crossing Avinashi via Palladam, the road will land you at Udumalaipettai, the last stop on the way. At Udumalai, Thirumoorthy Hills has copious cascades and you can visit Thirumurthy temple nearby to seek blessings.
About to reach Munnar by Road in Car or Bike on the way to Munnar
You will reach the ghat section afterward. The squiggly road leads to Munnar and right before reaching the hairpin road, you must take some preparations because you are entering a special territory. For the next 1.30 hours, there will be no shops or petrol bunks, so make sure that your car/bike has adequate fuel. Since the road is going uphill, your vehicle will consume more fuel. The condition of the road is also not that good at some areas.
You can spot a lot of monkeys here on the road but when you stop the vehicle, they will surround you to search for eatables. When you try to capture them on your camera, they might take your snacks and run away in a fraction of a second. If you are traveling in a car, stop the car after the windows are up.
Following to the ghats, you can see the signboard of Thoovanam waterfalls. You can stop the vehicle here to have a glance at the silver line nestled between opaque forests. In the monsoon season, the waterfall will be at its peak which is a breathtaking beauty.
After a few minutes of travel, you will reach Marayoor village from where you can have a hot tea from the small eateries and coffee houses here. Marayoor sandalwood forest is an inevitable sight in Munnar trip. You can identify the forest by long metal fencing on either side of the road. Riding on that road will be an utter enjoyment for you. You can catch a partial look of Lakkam waterfalls on the way. Pull over and imbibe this spectacular sight.
The road goes down and up and you will reach another peak. Stop the vehicle and feed your eyes with the scene of viridescent flora. If you reach in the evening, the mist would be preparing to engulf the area. Once you see the board ‘Eravikulam National Park’, within a few minutes you will reach Munnar town. Like a Green duvet, the plantations spread its wings throughout the area. A visit to Kannan Devan Tea museum will help you to know how the tea is processed and evolution of tea industry. Your nose will get the flavour of being there with the aroma of tea plants as well.
If you are lucky enough, you can spot the elephants along with their calves playing amidst the plantations or getting down to the lake to drink water. Focus your camera towards them to capture their moments of life in an attractive frame.
If you are interested in wildlife, then Chinnar Wildlife sanctuary will be a great place where you can enjoy. Animals like star tortoise, slender loris, tufted grey langur, giant squirrel, gaur, spotted deer, crocodile, tiger, leopard, wild elephant can be found in Chinnar sanctuary.
Once you reach Munnar try the typical Kerala scrumptious cuisine in banana leaf. The dishes like rice, sambar, rasam, curd are appetizing and the presence of sugary payasam is mouthwatering.
In order to cover maximum sights of Munnar, you should need at least 3 days and plan your trip according to it. Return from Munnar via Ooty can be another thrilling experience for you. It takes 6-7 hours to reach Ooty and you can return to Bangalore after that. Have a great journey which will not fade into oblivion!
Munnar with its aromatic verdant tea plantations and pristine views is a must visit on any weekend in Bangalore. Have you enjoyed any of the things that can be done in Munnar or did you book any of the Munnar Honeymoon Packages from Bangalore? How was your experience.