Munnar in December - should we pre-book?

#1 Sep 16th, 2009, 02:30
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Hello,

I am wondering if we should pre-book accommodation in Munnar staying 19th, 20th and 21st December. Friends have told us to just show up and we'll get a cheaper price then booking online.

I have found a nice guesthouse, but it's 2500IR / night.... I think that is expensive to sleep in a room in someone's house, especially in India.

Alternatively, do you think it would be easy to show up on the 19th and find be able to find accom?

Thanks
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Rs 2500 is expensive for a guesthouse. There are good quality hotels in Munnar for the same price. I have paid Rs500 for 2 persons in a guesthouse there. Munnar can get busy during the Christmas period and it might be better to book before you go to get the place you want. Alternatively, as we often do, is to turn up and look around and choose where you want to stay. You might not get your first choice but it does give you a chance to see the rooms and what they offer.
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Thanks Clive -

We are looking at Rose Gardens, which seems to have had really good reviews. I am assuming this is a guesthouse (a room in someone’s house). He only has 2 rooms though, so not sure if we’ll get one just showing up.

We won’t have a car as we’re going to be taking the bus up from Cochin, so I am a bit worried about going from place to place trying to find something as it sounds best to stay outside of town amoungst the scenery. So I am thinking we could be travelling a few good KM’s in a taxi from place to place trying to find something.

Does anyone have any advice?
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For a December Weekend I would rather prefer to Prebook rather than search around. You can look at inasra.com , makemytrip.com, travelguru.com for good options.
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Last time I visited I used the following taxi company who were very good:
Vinayaga Tours & Travels
MG Road Munnar
phone 04865 232920
e-mail: vinayaga_munnar@yahoo.co.in
www.munnarvinayaga.com
We had a driver called Rajan who was excellent.
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For December especially around the Christmas and New Year holiday period, I would most definitely book ahead.

Have a look at these links for hotels in Munnar

http://hotelsinmunnar.com/
http://hotelsinmunnar.net/

Also look at keralatourism.org they also list hotels and home stays.

You need not necessarily book online where you have to divulge credit card details. A lot of places will accept phone bookings and you can pay upfront on arrival.

Once you are there, you can negotiate a price with a local auto rickshaw or taxi or travel agent, depending on your tour plans.
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thanks everyone for your advice. I had a look at those websites, but it all seems to be hotels - I think we want to opt out of hotels, we're more the backpacking type.

Clive - can you recommend any guesthouses that you've stayed at in the past? thanks for the taxi info as well.

Thanks
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Hi there,

I stayed at Rose gardens last year and enjoyed my stay,however
I did have my own car & driver to take me around.

Try Kaipallil Guesthouse, its perched on a hill overlooking town
It's a 5min walk into town.

Rooms are basic but clean & cheap,in 2006 the downstairs rooms
were 800rps per Double room per night.Upstairs rooms were approx
1000 - 1200rps.

For a very good restaraunt note down,Raphsy Restaraunt, it's in
a little shopping mall.


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Last year i visited Munnar on same dates. There was not a single room available for rent. So pre-booking is the only option.
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The last two occasions I have visited Munnar I have been with friends who wanted to stay in a hotel. We used Isaacs Residency which is vey good but costs about Rs2500 per room per night. Cheaper is the Munnar Inn which I think starts at about Rs1200 per room per night and is in the centre of the town.
Agree with Vandy - Rhapsy's is a good place to eat, fast, efficient, all freshly cooked and very cheap.
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you would pay the same (or less) at olive brook or their sister-concern, shamrock. including all meals.
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I popped into Shamrock and Olive Brook to have a look around,both are very nice,They are both in a very Quiet location about 10mins out of town (by car)Further up the road is Tall Trees Resort which I found very peacefull and well laid out with
lovely Chalets spread out throughout the well maintained gardens
The Huge trees all around are also special.

Munnar Inn is also pretty good for the price, had a look in that one also.

On my previous visit(2006)I also had a couple of good meals at
The Silver Spoon, which is located at the bottom of the Munnar Inn

The advantage of Munnar Inn is that its in the centre of town,
Good for walking around and checking out stuff.
Munnar is a small town so there's no real big hustle and bustle
Really compared to say Ooty or Nainital,much bigger hill stations.


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thanks for all the info -

I recevied a quote from Olive Brook before for 4000IR, way too much, I was hoping to find something for 1500IR - not sure if this is going to happen.

It's a tough one, really want to stay out of town where the view is just the tea plantations... but I guess that's not too far away!

Vandy - how much did you pay for Rose Gardens? Maybe i can bargain with him via email!!
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hi meri,

Dec during 20 Dec to 15 Jan it's high season there because of X-mass and new year i will suggest you book your all the arrangents in advance to avoid any problem.

cheers
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Originally Posted by mari77 View Post thanks for all the info -

I recevied a quote from Olive Brook before for 4000IR, way too much, I was hoping to find something for 1500IR - not sure if this is going to happen.

It's a tough one, really want to stay out of town where the view is just the tea plantations... but I guess that's not too far away!

Vandy - how much did you pay for Rose Gardens? Maybe i can bargain with him via email!!
Hi mari77,

I paid 1500rps for Single Occupancy in a double room,That was
in October though,Twin Occupancy was 2000rps.

The highlight of my stay at Rose Gardens was the Private Tea
Estate tour(4hrs) conducted by Tommy of Rose Gardens at a cost
of 700-800rps per person.The Tea Estate is surrounded by Forest.


vandy

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