Road Trip Diary – Bangalore To Munnar

After ticking off all the top weekend destinations from our travel list ( Read : Top 5 Weekend getaways from Bangalore) and a lot of brainstorming on finding a perfect destination to spend our long weekend, we zeroed in on one of the top-most tourist destination of Kerala – Munnar, famous for lush greenery, scenic views, home-made chocolates and plenty of vantage points. Here is our Road Trip Diary – Bangalore to Munnar.

Munnar is 476 km from Bangalore and the drive is one of the best with breathtaking views, hairpin bends, steep climbs accompanied by waterfalls, windmills, tea estates and much more. We started at 5:00 AM from Bangalore taking the route via Hosur -> Salem -> Chinar to Munnar, crossing a lot of toll gates and taking breaks to feed our lenses, we reached at 7:00 pm in the evening and were welcomed by a beautiful drizzle.

Here are some of the best things that we experienced whilst on our road trip from Bangalore to Munnar. So, come along with us as we take you to on a sojourn to one of the most stunning hill station of Kerala. 

Road Trip Diary – Bangalore To Munnar

1. The Drive Itself

The drive is amazing as the roads are awesome as for the most part you are going to drive on the highway  (NH7), not even that, the state highways are also good and well maintained with lots of coconut trees on either side of the road. Stock up on food and hit the road with your favorite travel songs to play along with way.

Road Trip Diary - Bangalore To Munnar


2. Endless Windmills 

Windmills stretch on for many kilometers on either side of the road. I was fascinated to see so many windmills running together. On a different note, after a bit of googling around found that Tamil Nadu generates 6000 W while Kerala 32 W of wind power from windmills. Isn’t that cool!!!


3. Zillions of  Breathtaking waterfalls

one after the other will keep you glued throughout the journey. #MonsoonMagic 

Skip the popular ones and find a waterfall with no one around for miles.

The undulating forest landscape looked beautiful with trees, small trickling streams and wooden bridges add an extra charm to the place. 


4. Tea Gardens to accompany you 

Rolling hills are carpeted by manicured tea gardens. As far as the eye can see there is greenery all around. You will be awed by the spectacular scenic beauty on every turn of the road.

Munnar is one of the largest exporters of tea all over the world.


5. Unexpected Surprises

might just pop out of nowhere. We met this cute baby elephant playing happily whilst mommy was busy in her own world.

6. Sampling Cuisines

Stop for lunch at some roadside restaurant and devour yourself to hot cooked rice, spread on a banana leaf with rasam, sambar, curd, beetroot, payasam :):), a typical south Indian cuisine.

7. Plenty of Scenic Views 

will tempt you to stop your car and capture the memories for a lifetime.



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  • Reply
    August 24, 2014 at 2:54 am

    thanks for taking me on your road trip… food looks spicy but yummy.. looking forward to your next road trip.

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      Tales of a Traveler
      August 31, 2014 at 8:45 am

      We will soon embark on our next road trip 🙂 🙂 thanks for being part of our journey virtually 🙂

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    August 24, 2014 at 5:12 am

    Nice captures!

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      Tales of a Traveler
      August 31, 2014 at 8:44 am

      Thanks a lot Niranjan .. but long way to go to get pics like a professional 😉

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    Maniparna Sengupta Majumder
    August 24, 2014 at 6:31 am

    It was a virtual trip and treat for me… 🙂 thanks for sharing…

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    August 25, 2014 at 6:46 am

    Lovely photos. Thanks for sharing. We’ve been wanting to go to Munnar for a long time. Time to plan now 🙂

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      Tales of a Traveler
      August 31, 2014 at 8:42 am

      Munnar is blessed with scenic beauty and gorgeous waterfalls …do plan a trip soon 🙂

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    August 25, 2014 at 3:46 pm

    I have done Kerela by road and the view is breathtaking exactly as per your pictures. Thanks for reviving the pleasant memories.

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    August 25, 2014 at 3:54 pm


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    August 25, 2014 at 11:41 pm

    Yes I have been to Munnar, but by bus!
    Took the overnight bus from Bgl 🙂 Lovely trip & scenic views!

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    August 27, 2014 at 2:30 am

    Beautiful drive.

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    August 29, 2014 at 6:35 pm

    I have been on many road trips along the southern coast and yes I could relate to all points including wind mills 😀


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      Tales of a Traveler
      August 31, 2014 at 8:39 am

      I had never seen so many windmills ever it was first time for me …and yes we love road trips 🙂

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    Paramvir Singh
    January 6, 2015 at 2:07 am

    These drives through the tea estates are the most amazing drives I have had! How is NH7? Is the traffic very bad? I could never even dream of driving NH17 (Mumbai-Goa Highway) because of tehterrible traffic.

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    July 20, 2015 at 3:21 am

    I really want to go on this particulR road trip. The tea estates, elephants and local food are just too tempting. And roads this part of the country are pretty good.

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    March 9, 2016 at 9:26 am

    Have been to Munnar . An ideal location to enjoy the beauty of tea plantations. Can go for trekking and hiking.

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    March 17, 2016 at 10:29 am

    Thanks for this informative post on Munnar. The pictures are fantastic. The name Munnar is believed to mean “three rivers”,and there are many places to visit in Munnar. It is a calm and soothing vacation spot in Kerala.

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    March 23, 2016 at 6:12 am

    Nice travelogue and great photos. Last time I took trail in Kochi and drove to Munnar. But road trip sounds exciting.

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    Pathin Singh
    March 29, 2016 at 9:42 am

    Thanks for sharing your enjoyable experience 🙂 The photographs are lovely !! I had been to Kerala with my wife for Kerala 5 Nights 6 Days Packageand it was a great trip. Munnar’s natural beauty is breathtaking. I have really enjoyed visiting Kerala and many other wonderful spots there.

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    May 27, 2016 at 4:00 am

    Good info and beautiful images. The waterfall and tea garden look lovely. Thank you for sharing your exxperiance.

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    July 29, 2016 at 7:38 am

    Amazing trip, Great write up and wonderful images.

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    August 11, 2016 at 7:13 am

    Hi Swati,
    You were featured in 10 Road Trips To Tempt Every Roadie on 4th August, 2016.

    Keep travelling and chalking such amazing posts!

    Team BlogAdda

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    September 14, 2016 at 11:32 am

    Wow such beautiful landscape! My urge to visit Kerala has become stronger after reading this 🙂

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    September 30, 2016 at 9:07 am

    Hi…..Great write up and really nice photos to see. Thanks for sharing your experience.

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    December 29, 2016 at 5:19 am

    Planning for a bike ride from bangalore to Munnar, This blog really helped and motivated me .
    Thanks ton guys . Keep posting.

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    January 14, 2017 at 5:35 am

    Nice blog.. Good job.. Thank you so much for the information. It’s a great post…I love travelling and want to travel all over the world. Explore new places, adventurous things and many more. And photographs are just amazing. Keep writing !!!

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    Jay Patel
    July 1, 2017 at 7:19 am

    Thanks for the post..! It almost covers every thing that requires to plan a trip to munnar. Jst one thing.., Can we drive it on ourselves or it requires professional drivers to do the job..?

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      The Tales of a Traveler
      July 4, 2017 at 10:17 am

      We went there on a road trip and my friend drove the car from Bangalore to Munnar. If you are not scared of hairpin bends and winding roads, you can definitely drive on your own

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    Nirvana Trip
    October 9, 2017 at 12:23 pm

    Nice blog, Kerala always my dream destination to visit. you have captured the all beauty of the Munar in the post with beautiful photography

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