HOW TO GET THERE
The closest railheads are Angamaly (120 km), Alwaye/ Aluva (120 km), Kochi/ Cochin (130 km) and Kottayam (142 km).
The closest airport is Kochi/ Cochin (130 km).
Munnar is well connected by road to all the major cities of South India. Some of the sightseeing spots located close to Munnar are Idukki (60 km), Thekkady (110 km), Vaigai Dam (105 km), Devikulam (7 km) and Mattupetty (13 km).
WHAT TO CARRY
Get a good waterproof backpack to ensure your hands are free during the trek.
Choosing the right footwear is absolutely vital. Ordinary sports shoes or sturdy sandals won’t do. Buy specialised trekking boots or shoes that have a good grip on the earth, so you don’t slip and fall. Check out some sturdy trekking shoes here : http://www.alpinasports.com/catalog/trekking-shoes/29-39
Invest in a good lip balm and, to protect your skin from the scorching sun, a sunscreen.
An insect repellent will always come in handy, especially during the monsoon Keep a first-aid kit ready so that it comes in handy in case of a medical emergency.
A pair of binoculars is always useful during treks to spot birds and wildlife that you may chance upon. Do ask your F&B manager to pack you a light snack and at least two litres of water so you can re-energise yourself while you take in the sights!
Summer: 15°C - 25°C
Winter: 0°C - 10°C
Monsoon: Jun to Sep
BEST TIME TO VISIT
The months between October and March have the most pleasant weather.
The Payippad festival is celebrated sometime during August-September for three days starting on Onam day. The famous snake boat processions are taken out on the first two days and competitive boat races take place on the third day.
The Eravikulam National Park is open only from September to May.