Munnar means “three rivers” in Malayalam and Monnar or Munnar derives its name from the confluence of three mountain streams – Mudrapuzha, Nallathanni and Kundale. Munnar is a hill station and is easily accessible from Cochin, Coimbatore and Trichy.

A drive on the Udumalpet – Munnar road (SH 17) gives one unforgettable views of the Western Ghats. Chinnar is 25 km (16 mi) from Udumalpet and along the way one passes through the Indira Gandhi Wildlife Sanctuary and National Park which is famous for the Elephants that inhabit the area.

Munnar – Udumalpet KSRTC Bus chase by a Scooter – VIDEO

The road to Chinnar crosses the border over the Chinnar River between Tamil Nadu and Kerala. As you enter Kerala, you can see a distinct change in the vegetation upon entering the Chinnar Wildlife Sanctuary.

While the Tamil Nadu areas have vegetation dominated by shrubs and thorny trees, the vegetation in Kerala is lush green with tall trees. Marayur is 20 km (12 mi) from Chinnar, famous for its sandalwood forests which often fall prey to poachers.

Distance between Munnar and Udumalpet is 90 km. Bus takes 3 hours and 45 minutes to reach Udumalpet from Munnar, which may vary depending upon the road and traffic conditions. Munnar – Udumalpet Bus pass closer to Marayoor Sandal Wood Forest and Chinnar Wildlife Sanctuary. Bus runs via Marayoor and pass through Chinnar.

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