Munnar or Periyar?

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#1 Sep 2nd, 2008, 18:03
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I would like to vist both but I'll probably have to choose for lack of time...Which one would you recommend?
I'm travelling to kerala in high season 28dec-4jan.
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thanks!
any recommendations for trekking in the area?
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Munnar Periyar treks

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any recommendations for trekking in the area?


First of all, have a look at this website for an overview: http://www.idukki.net/htm/touristcenters.htm

If you want to trek in reserve forest areas, you will have to engage a guide from the forest department, which is reasonably priced and well worth it. In the Munnar area, you can trek in the Pambadum Shola forest at Top Slip, this is a very dense, vast shola [montane evergreen] jungle and well worth a guided trek. You can also trek in and around the Chinnar sanctuary near Marayoor slightly north of Munnar town. The guide can be engaged from the Alampetty checkpost and you can go down to the Thoovanam falls or to the prehistoric caves in the area. If you call the tourist office below, or go there once you are in Munnar, you can arrange these bookings. Prior reservation is not required unless in peak season, and even then there are hardly any tourists interested in this sort of thing.


District Tourism Promotion Council
SN Tourist Home
Old Munnar
Phone: (04865) 231516

Email : info@dtpcidukki.com
e-mail: munnerdtpc@sancharnet.in

Also see this site if you arent particularly keen on a guided reserve forest trek:
http://www.dtpcidukki.com/intinerary.html

Apart from the above, if you proceed along the Munnar Marayoor Chinnar road, there are umpteen places where you can just enter the forests or tea estates and trek as much as you want, with breathtaking views of deep valleys ringed by high mountains. This is one of the most scenic routes ever. You will not find too many tourists on this route especially if you go off the main road and walk. The prehistoric dolmens - Muniyaras at Kovilkadavu just beyond Marayur are also worth visiting, you can trek along the entire rock surface and along the river below, there are dolmens just about everywhere and hardly anyone ever visits.

Another pleasant but more visited area is the road from Munnar going to Madupetty and Kundala lakes ending at Top Slip near the Pambadum Shola. You can trek on your own, off the main road at many places in this region as well.

The Munnar Cochin road also has many pretty waterfalls like the Athukad, Vallara and Cheeyapara falls, the densely forested Adimaly to Neriamangalam stretch, again endless possibilities for trekking here. This route is quite busy being the main Cochin Madurai highway.

The [B]Devikulam Chinnakanal area just outside Munnar is also good for off road treks. In fact there is a good walkable path going right up a mountain between Chinakanal and Suryanelli.

Personally, I feel you have enough time to visit Periyar and Munnar regions. You can spend 2-3 days within the Periyar sanctuary and there are endless treks available there periyartigerreserve.org also in the surrounding plantation areas near Vandanmedu and Anakara, as well as along the route going to Munnar.

If you are interested, skim through my trip report for these areas at http://www.indiamike.com/india-artic...uide-may-2008/

You can also see my photos of these places in my photos section. Let me know if you want more information as I did quite a bit of research before our trip which I can dig out if required.

If you want to do proper mountain treks such as to Anaimudi and Meesanpulimalai, you will require prior permission from the forest department, the DTPC people can assist you with this but it may take a while to organise permits.
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Thanks snonymous!

I have a lot of reading to do now...

I read your trip report a while ago but I will read it again. Beautiful pictures!
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Travelling to Munnar and alleppy

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I am travelling to kerala in nov'08. I am planning to start my journey from ernakulam. what is the best mode of travelling from ernakulam to munnar and then to allepy?

ALso, can i get auto for travelling to various places in munnar?

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I have hired a car and driver to get to Munnar. You can go by bus but the steep climbs make it a bit slow and with a car you can stop on the way and look at the waterfalls and maybe stop for refreshments. Yes you could use and auto in Munnar - recently I know of two friends who took an auto to visit Top Station which is a steep climb and doubled the journey time. There are plenty of drivers of cars and jeeps for hire and would recommend these becuase of the steep hlls and sometimes rough roads.
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Just remembered that the Keralan Tourist Offices arrange minibus trips to Munnar in the high season (which is when you are going).
They are comfortable,quicker than buses and I believe relatively cheap.
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From where I can get that bus? do I have to book it in advance?I am going to munnar from ernakulam so can I get that bus in the morning from that place, Clive!
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Hi, If you want the ordinary bus you do not have to book. I think the bus station is near Ernakulam Junction -once you get into Ernakulam anyauto driver will help you find it. It is a long trip - I believe it can take 7 hours. I have hired a car and driver for a few nights and it cost about Rs1500 per day- this might be a better option. You could book a car and driver through the tourist office which is in Sharmaughm Road (might not be the right spelling!)near Broadway. You can book it 24 hours in advance. By car it will take about 3.5 hours.
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Hi all
I am interested in this discussion as I am visitng kerela this november and i am hoping to fit in both periyar and munnar. Would 2 days be enough time in? Also is it easy to get between munnar and periyar? i presume there is a good bus link?
One more question - is it best to stay in the reserve or in Kumily?

thanks for any help
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Originally Posted by HannahB View Post Hi all
I am interested in this discussion as I am visitng kerela this november and i am hoping to fit in both periyar and munnar. Would 2 days be enough time in? Also is it easy to get between munnar and periyar? i presume there is a good bus link?
One more question - is it best to stay in the reserve or in Kumily?

thanks for any help
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There is a decent road between Periyar and Munnar. I stayed in Thekkady which is right next to Kumily. Plenty of places, guest houses, etc. This is a pretty part of Kerala. Up in the hills, cooler, especially Munnar. You could easily spend at least a week exploring both places. 2 days is pushing it. It is too lovely just to pass through.
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I would suggest visit Munnar if you cant do both. Also since you want to go trekking, Munnar has some good options and once you finish your trek on top of a mountain, the views are just amazing - with the tea gardens and lakes below you.
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Thanks for your advice. Two years ago we tarevliing in SE Asia and went to the Cameran Highlands. I have heard they are pritty similar to Munnar? I would absolutley love to see wild elephants though!
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There is no guarantee you will see wild elephants at Periyar - it can be a question of luck. I agree with Rayden that Munnar is more varied and has some stunning views. I love the town which is friendly and has some good places to eat and stay. If time is tight I would go for Munnar.
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