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Munnar Top Station Trek

by Samuel Sawian


Munnar, literally translated to mean “three rivers”, is situated in the confluence of three mountain streams – Mudrapuzha, Nallathanni and Kundala.Munnar is a town in the Western Ghats mountains in India’s Kerala state. A hill station and former resort for the British Raj elite, it is set within rolling hills dotted with tea plantations established in the 19th century. Top Station and Echo Point are among the many attractive destinations in Munnar.

Top Station

Top Station, located around 32 km away from Munnar, is the highest point (1700m) in Munnar, on the Munnar -Kodaikkanal road. The place falls on the Kerala-Tamil Nadu border. Here you can enjoy the panoramic view of Western Ghats and the valley of Theni district of Tamil Nadu.

Top Station got its name from the fact that it was the uppermost railway station located in the Kundala Valley. The destination is famous for the Neelakurinji flowers (Strobilanthus), which used to bloom once in twelve years. The bloom of these rare flowers will give the destination a different bluish look. The next flowering season of Neelakurinji is on 2018.

The best time to visit Top station is from April to May. Top Station is easily accessible from Munnar as there are frequent buses from there and you can also make use of the cabs available. You can also visit the Kurinjimala sanctuary very near to top Station.

Getting There from Bangalore

  • Take Langford Rd to Electronic City Flyover/Hosur Rd in Bommanahalli
    25 min (8.4 km)
  • Drive from NH7 and Salem – Coimbatore Hwy/Salem – Kochi – Kanyakumari Hwy to Avinashi
    4 h 24 min (313 km)
  • Follow SH 166 and Udumalpet – Palladam Rd toNH209 in Udumalpet
    1 h 15 min (69.4 km)
  • Turn left at Sk Technology onto NH209
    33 s (120 m)
  • Drive to Udumalpet – Munnar Rd in Nullatanni, Kannan Devan Hills


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