Coorg + Munnar: similar?

#1 Apr 26th, 2004, 23:05
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Hi all, in Hampi now (indeed wornderful) and heading to Mysore and to the coast next, to get to Kerala - I'd like to stop in the hills and both Coorg (KA) and Munnar (KE) sound great; but are they in any way similar? Will Munnar be an Aha-erlebnis if it comes a few days after visiting Coorg? I could visit both (and take in the Munnar - Periyar busride), just interested in your opinions/experiences. Cheers, Jeroen.
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Jeroen, I was in both last year and, although there are some similarities (tea, coffee, spices, rolling hills, relative quiet, etc.) there are some major differences. I recommend both.
The area around Munnar I found much more beautiful, and just watching the tea pickers is a great pleasure that is much rarer in the Coorg. To me it's a paradise.
Munnar has lots of tourists, including young tourists, and alcohol and substances. Touts in the town center (which is a dump), but smiling, friendly, disistersted people elsewhere. The tea cooperatives run by Tata are exceptionally fine, with schools, churches, mosques, and happy looking people. Tamil is the main language, not Malayalam, as many "immigrant" laborers are from Tamil Nadu.
There are a number of day excursions from the town center, and good easy hiking with extensive vistas of gorgeous tea plantations.
The Coorg seems more remote, even though it's easier to get to, and there are unusual things about it. Fewer tourists, pork curry, the source of the Cauvery river, Tibetan settlements, and, surprisingly to me, a large middle class presence. Madikeri is not beautiful, but it's a real little town, and has nice hills around it. Tourists are almost all Indian.
Neither Munnar nor Madikeri is very polluted; nothing like the smog and filth of Ooty. The roads around Madikeri are good.
The road to Munnar is torture, and you don't get many good views, but it's worth it once you get there.
I didn't go to Periyar. People told me it would be too crowded. (it was Feb)
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ok

Thanks for the tips. Off to Coorg tomorrow then (I'm reading Dervla Murphy's book about it now and it sounds great) before I head down to muggy hot Kerala, and Munnar next week.

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