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Munnar

Population:  38,471

Language: English, Malayalam,Tamil,Hindi

Elevation: 1,532 m (5,026 ft)

Climate:  Max: 25 °C (77 °F); Min: 5 °C (41 °F)

Literacy: 88.5%

Green cover: 72%

Rejuvenate your health with Ayurveda and wellness treatments in Munnar

Popular hill station Munnar, located amidst clear rivers, thick forests, and tea plantations, houses some of South India’s best yoga, wellness, and Ayurveda centres.

Indulge in Ayurveda and wellness treatments in Munnar 

Munnar has several retreat and therapy centres, rehabilitation homes, and research hospitals that focus on Ayurveda and alternative medicine. Spice Village Ayurvedic Centre, Springdale Heritage, and Ayura Ayurvedic Centre, are Green Leaf certified—a quality accreditation by the Kerala Government for Ayurveda service providers.

Authentic Ayurveda treatment in Munnar uses herbal medicines, offers massages with medicated oils, along with a detoxifying diet to treat a wide range of ailments including cardiac, joint, respiratory, dermatological, and psychological disorders.

Retreat centres and spas in Munnar provide palliative therapy for the head and spine, rejuvenation between long treatments, and holistic health programmes through yoga and meditation. Head to the Tattvam Ayurvedic Wellness Spa, the Grand Spa, and the Aura Ayurveda and Spa for customised and affordable treatment in Munnar.

In case of a medical emergency, Munnar has several multi-speciality hospitals. The Tata Global Beverages Limited High Range Hospital and Arun Hospital provide high standards of secondary and tertiary medical care.

Munnar—a quiet hill town to regain your health

Munnar is just a four-hour drive from Kochi. Cover the 130 km trip by hiring a cab or taking a luxury bus. Prepaid cabs to Munnar are also available from the Kochi Railway Station (128 km) and the Cochin International Airport (110 km). Air-conditioned buses connect Munnar to major cities like Kochi, Alappuzha, and Coimbatore.

The high altitude contributes to the hill station’s beautiful climate through the year. Temperatures range from lows of 5°C (41°F) in winter and 15°C (59°F) in summer and reach a maximum of 25°C (77° F). Monsoon in Munnar begins in June and ends in September. Munnar, being home to several communities, has a cosmopolitan culture. Religious freedom is practised.

You can commute within the city using tuk tuks, or via the locally run buses. Taxis can be hired on per hour or per kilometre basis. Mobile connectivity is good with 4G standards provided by major network operators. Most hotels and resorts provide Wi-Fi connectivity. Munnar also has a low crime rate and is safe for women and international travellers.

The food scene in Munnar is varied—from a wide range of vegan and vegetarian dishes to scrumptious non-vegetarian dishes prepared with locally grown spices. Enjoy the curries with traditional Indian breads made from wheat and rice flour. Continental cuisine is widely available. Fresh fruit, including locally grown organic strawberries, grapes, figs, and passion fruits, is found in abundance.

Options for lodging are varied and run from luxury suites and resorts to a whole cottage with a scenic view. You could also check out homestays, which provide home cooked meals.  

Munnar has a large share of scenic and adventure options to explore. South India’s highest peak Anamudi is in Munnar and offers exciting trekking opportunities. Catch a glimpse of Munnar’s rare and endangered goat, the Nilgiri Tahr, when you head to these hills. Indulge in water sports at Mattupetty Dam. Take a tea tour at Kolukkumalai—the world’s highest tea estate—where you can learn how tea is manufactured.

Locally grown tea, spices, and essential oils make good gifts to take back home.

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