How to Reach Munnar

The picturesque hills, lush tea plantations, and exotic flora and fauna attract tourists from all over India and abroad throughout the year. Here we have compiled a list of the different travel options that will help you decide on how to reach Munnar.

By Air By Air

Munnar does not have an airport. The two nearest airports are the Kochi International Airport (110 km by road) and the Madurai International Airport (140 km by road). Both airports are well served by major airlines. From both Cochin and Madurai, state transport and private bus services are available for the continuing journey to Munnar. In addition, one can also hire a pre-paid cab from the airport kiosks.

By Road By Road

Munnar is situated at a distance of about 130 km from Kochi, along the National Highway 49 and the road trip is about 4.5 hours. The beautiful scenic route traverses the towns of Kothamangalam and Adimali en route to Munnar. The route between these two towns is through a thick green forest with gushing waterfalls which makes for an unbelievable experience. From Adimali as the car enters the final stretch of the journey to Munnar, one is greeted by the spectacular sights of tea plantations bordering the road; and a panoramic view of the majestic Western Ghats.

Munnar is roughly at a distance of 153 km from Madurai. The most popular and picturesque route is Madurai- Theni - Bodi – BodiMettu - Devikulam - Munnar, traveling along NH 49.

Munnar is at a distance of about 160 km from Coimbatore and the journey can be covered in 4 hours. The route is along Coimbatore- Pollachi - Udumalapet - Chinnar - Munnar. The stretch between Pollachi and Udumalapet is bordered with large windmill farms which make for an exquisite sight. The lush greenery all around is a welcome break from the hustle and bustle of the city.

Since the roads to Munnar are generally narrow with many bends and curves, one must be extremely cautious while driving.

By Rai By Rail

Munnar is also not directly approachable by rail. The nearest railway station from Munnar is at Aluva, located at a distance of 110 km. The Ernakulam Railway Station is 130 km away, while the Madurai Railway Station is at a distance of 135 km. Some of the most popular train routes are Malabar Express, Guwahati-Trivandrum Express, Howrah-Kanyakumari Express, Mumbai-Madurai Express, Chandigarh-Madurai express, etc. From these railway stations, you can opt for the state-run/private bus services or rent a taxi.

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