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How to Reach Munnar ? Best Routes to Munnar by Road

After reading our previous post related to Trains to Munnar, many people contacted us with a same question: “How to reach Munnar from Bangalore”, “I am driving from Bangalore to Munnar; which is the best route”, “Chennai to Munnar – which is the suggested route”, “ I can see many routes to Munnar from Bangalore in internet - guide me the best one”, How to reach Munnar from Trivandrum , I am travelling( Self drive)  from Salem with wife and  my 1 year kid . Kindly help me with safe route” etc.... So we are trying to give details on how to reach Munnar from different locations with best routes and modes.

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Munnar By Flight
If you plan to take flight, then the nearest airport is Cochin International Airport / Kochi (COK). Most Indian cities like Mumbai, New Delhi, Bangalore, Chennai, Kolkatta, Hyderabad, etc.. and   foreign cities like Dubai, Doha, Abudhabi, Muscut, Singapore, Kula Lampur, Colombo ( from where you get connection flights to all parts of the world) are connected to Kochi via direct flight. From Kochi airport you can take a cab to Munnar which is around 3 to 3.5 hrs journey through hills.
The next close airport is Coimbatore (CJB). From Coimbatore you can hire a cab to reach Kochi which takes around 5 hrs.

Munnar by Train
If you plan to take train (Travelers from Bangalore/ Mumbai/ Chennai/ Hyderabad/ Manglalore/ Trivandrum have direct trains), then the nearest railway stations are Aluva and Ernakulam.
For more details visit: Is There Any Direct Tran Service to Munnar ?  

Munnar by Bus
Push back 2*2 Semi sleeper Ac and Non AC Air buses, Sleeper AC and Non Ac air buses are operated between Bangalore / Chennai  and Munnar by operators like Kallada travels,   SRS, KPN, Greenline, Royal travels etc... You can book seats online at

If you arrive at Kochi/ Ernakulam/ Aluva too, you can get buses operated by Kerala Road Transport Cooperation (KSRTC) and private parties like Cochin Motors, PTMS Travels, Nellickal motors, etc... Even KSRTC runs daily AC low floor Volvo buses between Kochi and Munnar.

For Cochin to Munnar bus timings and more details visit:


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How to reach Munnar from Bangalore: Approximately 468 kms / 10-11 hrs.
Bangalore (Madiwala) -- 15 Kms --   Electronic city -- 25Kms -- Hosur -- 150kms -- Salem -- 80kms -- Perundurai -- 68kms -- Dharapuram -- 40kms -- Udumalaipettai -- 48Kms -- Marayoor -- 42kms -- Munnar.

How to reach Munnar from Chennai: Approximately 598kms / 11  hrs.
Chennai ( Central) --  335kms --   Trichy -- 102Kms  -- Dindugal  -- 67kms -- Theni --  16kms -- Bodinayakanur -- 28 kms -- Bodimettu -- 12kms -- Poopara -- 12Kms -- Chinnakanal -- 16kms -- Devikulam -- 10kms -- Munnar.

How to reach Munnar from Madurai: Approximately 171 kms / 5 hrs.
Madurai -- 40 Kms --   Uslampetti --  37 Kms -- Theni  -- 16 Kms -- Bodinayakkanur -- 28 Kms --Bodimettu -- 12 Kms -- Pooppara -- 12 Kms -- Chinnakanal -- 16 Kms -- Devikulam -- 10 Kms  --Munnar.

How to reach Munnar from Kochi (Ernakulam): Approximately 132 Kms/ 4 hrs
Kochi (Vytilla) -- 38 Kms --   Muvattupuzha -- 14Kms -- Kothamangalam  -- 18kms --Neriyamnagalam -- 30kms -- Adimalai -- 32kms --  Munnar.

How to reach Munnar from Mangalore: Approximately 511 Kms / 14 hrs
Mangalore (Jyothi Circle) -- 142 Kms --   Kannur -- 94Kms -- Kozhikode  -- 112kms -- Thrissur  -- 49kms -- Angamali -- 82kms -- Adimali -- 32kms --  Munnar.

How to reach Munnar from Coimbatore: Approximately 164 Kms/ 5 hrs
Coimbatore (Ukkadam) --  44 Kms --   Pollachi --  30kms -- Udumalaipettai -- 48Kms -- Marayoor --  42kms -- Munnar.

How to reach Munnar from Trivandrum: Approximately 306 kms / 8 hrs.

Trivandrum (Thampanoor) --  72 Kms  --   Kottarakara --  82 Kms -- Kottayam  -- 12 Kms  -- Ettumanoor -- 16kms -- Pala --  30 kms -- Thodupuzha --  62kms -- Adimali -- 32  --  Munnar.

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  1. what is the fare from kochi airport to munnar

      Thank you for your comment. Please find the details followsKochi airport to Munnar is around 135 kms ( 4 hrs).Normal Indica Car will be charged around Rs. 3000-Rs. 3500 depending on Season.Suggestion: Without a vehicle @ Munnar- We cannot cover any places as all sightseeing spots are at different points. So it is always advisable to hire a Car from airport as Pickup- Sightseeing and drop which will costs less.

      Eg:- Kochi Pick up- Munnar Sightseeing and stay for 2 nights- Kochi drop on 3 rd day- An Ac Indica including fuel, drivr batta will costs only Rs. 5000-5500

  2. how about the road from bodimettu to suryanelli - chinnakanal road avoiding the poopara

    1. Hi Nagaraj Sir,
      Presntly all normal vehicles including buses take Poopara route from Chinnakanal to Bodimettu . Actually there is a shorter route from Chinnakanal to bodimettu via SINGUKANDAM ( road infront of Hotel Sienna village/ Mountain club etc..) which saves some kilometers and time. But roads after Singukandam to bodimettu - a narrow stretch still in bad condition - only jeeps are going

  3. ok, i am not taking the singukndam route but the other one muthuvankudi, sienna village chinnakanal how is that road google map shows that by default

  4. Very clear to the point and all the info available in a single place.thanks


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