Buses from Kochi airport and other places to Munnar

Are you looking for public transport buses or shared taxi service to Munnar? Check out the KSRTC and private bus options from Aluva railway station or Kochi airport.

If you are on a budget trip to Munnar, one of the best ways to cut cost is travelling by the public transport. There are plenty of buses plying to the hill station from various places in Kerala.

UPDATE: KURTC has started low floor AC buses to Munnar, which offers a very comfortable journey at affordable costs.

Buses from airport to Munnar

There are no direct buses from Kochi airport to Munnar. If you are keen on budget travel from the airport, you may need to take a taxi from Airport to Kalady (5 km) and then get a bus from there to Perumbavoor. (9km). From Perumbavoor, there are plenty of buses to Munnar.

Since Munnar is a hill station, plan to reach there before dark. The frequency of buses is also very low after evening.

Here are some of the bus circuits to Munnar from various places in Kerala:

Coimbatore -> Palakkad -> Thrissur -> Angamaly -> Perumbavoor -> Kothamangalam -> Adimaly -> Munnar

Kochi Airport -> Kalady -> Perumbavoor -> Kothamangalam -> Adimaly -> Munnar (Shorter route but no buses to Kalady. Also, Kalady to Perumbavoor is a slow/busy/local route)

Read: Taxi rates from Kochi Airport to Munnar

Kochi Airport -> Kalady (5 km) -> Perumbavoor (9km) -> Kothamangalam -> Adimaly -> Munnar (Only a few buses to Aluva. You may need to hire a cab to Aluva.)

Kochi Airport -> Aluva (16km) -> Perumbavoor (13km) -> Kothamangalam -> Adimaly -> Munnar (Only a few buses to Aluva. You may need to hire a cab to Aluva.)

Ernakulam -> Vytila -> Perumbavoor -> Kothamangalam -> Adimaly -> Munnar

Ernakulam -> Aluva -> Perumbavoor -> Kothamangalam -> Adimaly -> Munnar

Kottayam -> Pala -> Thodupuzha -> Adimali -> Munnar

Kothamangalam is the hub where you can reach from various places easily and from Kothamangalam, there are plenty of buses to Munnar.

KSRTC buses to Munnar

Buses from Aluva railway station to Munnar

Aluva and Angamaly are the nearest railway stations to Munnar. Aluva railway station is located very close to KSRTC bus stand, which is about 200 metres. Unless you have a lot of luggage, you can walk to the KSRTC bus stand from Aluva station.

From the KSRTC bus stand, you may get direct buses to Adimali (a town about 25 km before Munnar) or even to directly Munnar. However, I suggest you take the KURTC low floor A/c bus to Kothamangalam. These low floor buses are air conditioned and the travel is very comfortable, even though they charge a little high compared to other buses. The only disadvantage is, they have a few stops in between compared to the non-stop buses. But it is still worth the ride.

From Kothamangalam bus stand, there are plenty of private and KSRTC buses to Munnar. If you can skip the first bus and wait for the next one, you can get a comfortable seat and ride comfortably.

Buses from Coimbatore, Palakkad, Thrissur and Angamaly to Munnar

From places like Coimbatore, Palakkad and Thrissur, you can reach the Angamaly KSRTC bus stand. From Angamaly, you will get buses to Kothamanagalam. Average waiting time would be 30 minutes. From Kothamangalam, there are plenty of buses to Munnar.

Trains to Munnar

There is no railway track to Munnar currently. Talks about railway lines connecting the hill stations are in the discussion stage since more than a decade and I don't that will become a reality for another decade or so.

The nearest railway station to Munnar is Aluva and Angamaly stations. Both are at about equal distances but I would recommend Aluva railway station over Angamaly for 2 reasons:

1. There are plenty of hotels in Aluva, just in case you need an overnight stay there.

2. There are a lot of direct buses from Aluva to Munnar. On the other hand, there are no direct buses from Angamaly to Munnar.

3. Aluva is a bigger station, offer more facilities for passengers and also more trains stop there. In Angamaly, express trains do not have a stop.

From Aluva railway station, you can take a taxi or bus to Munnar.

Local attrctions in Munnar

In addition to the scenic tea plantations, there are many attractions in Munnar. You must visit places like Anayirangal dam, Eravikulam National Park, Tea Museum, Honey Bee Tree, Rose garden etc. You won't find any Uber or Ola cabs in Munnar. But you can hire a bike and go around the places yourself. If you are looking for night life, you will need to go to the town.

Staying in one of the best resorts in Munnar will help you experience all the major attraction of Munnar, and provide you with an unbelievable trip feel.

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Guest Author: Mohan Bhat04 Jul 2016

Nice information thanks

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