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Bangalore to Munnar by Car/Bike | 3 Spectacular Routes!

Bangalore to munnar
Written by Poorna & Brinda

Bangalore to Munnar by car/bike is always a memorable road trip. We must have done this quite a few times and every time, we have our “wow” moments!

Munnar is in news these days . For right reasons as this is the year of Neelakurinji. Without any hesitation, we would say Munnar is mesmerising. Lovely greenery, beautiful waterfalls, pristine lakes, awesome view points…..all these makes Munnar a place for anyone who loves outdoors.

We have read many questions on going from Bangalore to Munnar by car/bike like…….
  • How can i go to Munnar from Bangalore?
  • What is the best route from Bangalore to Munnar by car/bike?
  • Where can i stop for breakfast and lunch while going from Bangalore to Munnar?
  • What are the places to see on the way from Bangalore to Munnar by car/bike?
  • How is the road condition while driving from Bangalore to Munnar?
  • Is it safe to drive from Bangalore to Munnar by car/bike?
  • Is there a road trip blog for Bangalore to Munnar?

We hope all these questions will be answered by this post!

We always feel the best time to drive from Bangalore to Munnar by car/bike is during monsoon if you are comfortable with rains.

If not, then you should go there immediately after the rains. This is the best time to visit Munnar when nature is at its best. It is soothing green everywhere. Waterfalls are at their glorious best. Streams with crystal clear waters. Cascades everywhere! Lakes brimming with water.

With Neeelakurinji flowers blooming between August and October, Munnar is the place to go!

If you are driving from Bangalore to Munnar by car/bike, it can be reached by 3 spectacular routes. We give you all details here on how to reach from Bangalore to Munnar.

Please click on the pictures to see them in larger size.

Route 1 – Bedazzled by Bodi Ghat!

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Mountains beckon!!

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Soaring peaks!

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Love at first sight! First sight of Munnar valley

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Colourful tea village!

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Chinnakanal falls in monsoon!

The route via Bodinayakkanur is very picturesque. Especially during monsoon and immediately after that. As soon as you leave Bodi, you will start climbing. The winding roads offer beautiful views of the plains below. The road is curvy but there are not too many hairpin bends. You will see mighty hills with peaks rising to sky!

Once you cross Theni, you will see greenery all around. This is a beautiful countryside. Enjoy your drive as you climb up the Bodi Ghat. You will get many photo opportunities. Stop and experience the nature at its best. Enjoy the drive.

  • Route  Bangalore – Salem – Dindigul – Theni – Bodinayakkanur – Munnar
  • Google map – https://goo.gl/maps/stBokGmZ8E82
  • Distance – 553 KMs
  • Time – 10 Hours
  • Road Condition – Very Good. Be aware that road barriers have come up at all major intersections on this route in Tamil Nadu in the last few months. There is enough signage to warn motorists. Please be alert to these while driving.
  • Suggested stops
    • Breakfast – Though there are many options for breakfast between Bangalore and Salem, if you are leaving around 6 AM, then the best place to have breakfast will be Assai Dosai Saravana Bhavan (See map) which is on the highway. You can’t miss it. If you are not careful, you may miss this as new flyover has become operational. When you enter Salem, you need to go under the first flyover to reach this place. If you are leaving late, say around 7 AM, then the best place to have BF is Saravana Bhavan in Krishnagiri after the toll gate. Don’t go to first hotel which also has same name. The one we are recommending is the second one bang opposite the boat house. You cant miss it!
    • Lunch – If you are a non vegetarian, then we recommend that you eat or pack Biryani in famous Talappakatti Restaurant in Theni (See map) . If you are packing biryani, you can stop over at any lovely place on the ghat and have a picnic lunch. If you are a vegetarian, Theni will be a good place to break for lunch. There are many good restaurants in Theni on the highway.

Route 2 – Ultimate joy of driving on Udumalpet ghat!

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Thoovanam waterfalls from Highway. Notice beautiful hills behind!

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Thoovanam falls

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Lakkam falls

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Karimutty falls

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View from Talaiyar valley view point

 

As soon as you leave Udumalpet, it is a blissful driving. The driving on the hair pin bends on Udumalpet ghat is exciting indeed! Add to that lovely landscape along the way.

You will get a chance to see many lovely waterfalls like Thoovanam Waterfalls, Lakkam Waterfalls and  Karimutty waterfalls on the way. You can take a small deviation to go and see Amaravathi Dam.

Don’t miss to see lovely views of Chinar wild life sanctuary from Chinar Watch tower. Enjoy the beautiful vistas from Talaiyar view-point.

  • Route – Bangalore – Salem – Udumalpet – Munnar
  • Distance – 477 KMs
  • Route map – https://goo.gl/maps/GNfpScht2Lk
  • Time – 10 Hours
  • Road Condition – Very Good. Be aware that road barriers have come up at all major intersections on this route in Tamil Nadu in the last few months. There is enough signage to warn motorists. Please be alert to these while driving.
  • Suggested stops 
    • Breakfast – Though there are many options for breakfast between Bangalore and Salem, if you are leaving around 6 AM, then the best place to have breakfast will be Assai Dosai Saravana Bhavan (See map in route 1). If you are not careful, you may miss this as new flyover has become operational. When you enter Salem, you need to go under the first flyover to reach this place. If you are leaving late, say around 7 AM, then the best place to have BF is Saravana Bhavan in Krishnagiri after the toll gate. Don’t go to first hotel which also has same name. The one we are recommending is the second one bang opposite the boat house. You cant miss it!
    • Lunch – One can have late lunch at Munnar. If feeling hungry, then the best place ti break for lunch is Udumalpet. Kickgrass or Hotel Annavasal. We suggest you pack the food and eat it on the way at one of the waterfalls.

Route 3 – Spectacular drive from Thekkady!

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Kalvari mount

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Idukki dam

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Karimbu Kuthu falls in Periyar valley

If you are planning Thekkady with Munnar, this is the route to follow. Follow route No 1 above till Theni. From Theni, Kumili which is the Headquarters for Thekkady region is 58 KMs.

The drive from Thekkady to Munnar is a very picturesque drive. You can take small detours to see magnificent Kalvari Mount which provides a panoramic view of Idukki backwaters, Idukki dam, Karimban Kuthu Waterfalls on the way

  • Route – Kumili – Kattapana – Idukki dam – Munnar
  • Distance – 189 KMs
  • Route map – https://goo.gl/maps/ZaceM2ATNQ92
  • Time – 4 hours
  • Road condition – After the recent floods some parts of the road may not be in great condition.
  • Suggested stops
    • One can have tea/snack break at Idukki dam
Plan a road trip from Bangalore to Munnar. You won’t regret it. We suggest that you plan to go by route No 1 and return by Route No 2. This will help you to experience both the routes.

Lastly, due to recent floods in Kerala, the road conditions in the state including Munnar may not be great. It will be good to join a road trip enthusiasts group HVK Forum managed by H V Kumar, the doyen of road trip in India. You can get the latest updates on the road conditions in this very active group.

We strongly suggest that you download customised Routo app from H V Kumar. HVK as he is fondly called, provides you customised route maps, live support on the road trip and will also help you with hotel accommodation as well. Check out all details here.

Routo – The Right Route & Travel Support For The Motorist Traveller

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Poorna & Brinda

We are Brinda and Poorna from Bengaluru, the “Silicon city” or “Garden city” of India.

We travel together. We caught the travel bug 20 years back. On our honey moon, we traveled over the sea, in the train, by bus and in an aircraft! Our adventures probably started in that year. It continues, ever since.

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