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Are you planning for Madurai to Munnar tour? Or are you on a Munnar trip and taking route from Poopra – Chinnakanal – Munnar? Are you traveling from Kochin to Munnar staying in hotels located at Chinnakanal? Make sure you check this article before you book your Munnar tour package or book your stay at hotels in Chinnakanal! Because the usual route from Munnar via Poopara – Chinnakanal is blocked for widening and you will have to go through alternative route that will take more time. If your tour package includes hotels in Chinnakanal, you will have to spend extra hour while travelling and hence will have to spend more time and money of-course. Here is the more information about this latest updates on Madurai – Munnar Road status.

Munnar is best known as a hill station and popular among holiday makers. It is a city in the Idukki district of Kerala. Madurai is a lively, antique city on the Vaigai River in Tamil Nadu. Both these cities have a variety of places to explore and therefore these are always crowded with vacationers from all around the world. People who wish to explore natural beauty at its best usually choose to travel by road from Munnar to Madurai. The distance between Munnar to Madurai is 153 km by road and it will take around 4 hours for traveling.

Road Renovation

Under the Bharatmala Scheme of the Union Ministry of Road Transport and Highways (MoRTH); two road projects in Kerala would be developed. One among these includes Munnar to Madurai road which starts from Munnar town to Madurai and it goes via Devikulam, Chinnakanal, Pooppara, Theni, and Madurai. This road is under renovation mode from Munnar town to Pooppara. The work started from Aug 2017 and expected by end of 2018. Most of the tour packages includes Madurai and Munnar offers hotels in Chinnakanal and hence, you will be stating there you will have to travel Munnar from an alternate route that will take more time.

Hotels in Chinnakanal

Chinnakanal is a village located in Idukki district and one of the most beautiful places in Munnar with best tea plantations, Natural viewpoints, Dams, and beautiful landscapes. Due to its greenery and natural beauty, Chinnakanal has many resorts and hotels to stay and spend time. Some of these are:

  • Club Mahindra Mount Serene
  • Club Mahindra Lake view,
  • Sterling Resort
  • Spice Tree,
  • Hotel Fort Munnar
  • Tea Mount Resorts
  • Ayur County Resorts
  • Great Escapes Resorts
  • Club Munnar
  • Mountain Club
  • The Wind
  • Mountain Trail and
  • Neelakurunji Luxury Plantation Resort.

The present road is a single lane which is under widening, start from Munnar town and it goes to Pooppara via Chinnakanal. The widening is under progress from Munnar town to Pooppara. Due to this reason, the Govt has blocked the road transport from 07:00 hrs to 19:00 hrs (7 am to 7 pm).

Route Change

Previously travelers with bookings in any of the above-mentioned hotels and resorts follow the below route:

Munnar town – Chinnakanal this was in total 21 km of drive taking around one and a half hours. Now whenever you take a sightseeing around Munnar, you can easily reach Munnar via this route and come back to Chinnakanal. Tourist travelling to Munnar from Kochi were also taking this route to reach Chinnakanal hotel.

Owing to road broadening, the diverted route that tourists follow now is:

Munnar town – Anachal – Kunjithanni – Rajakkad – Rajakumari – Pooppara – Chinnakanal and this is in total 56kms of drive taking around two and a half hours to complete.

Main Problems with Tourists

As a result of this road widening, tourists to and from on Munnar and Chinnakanal routes are facing many problems.

The main struggle by the travellers is going to places of interest in Munnar. To enjoy sightseeing in Munnar, one needs to come to Munnar town first to go to Rajamalai national park or Mattupetty Dam and Top station. The distance between Chinnakanal to Munnar town is just 22 kms taking around 30 – 40 minutes.  As the road is blocked from 7:00 AM to 7:00 PM, reaching Munnar town from Chinnakanal by another route takes around 1.5 hours of drive extra.

Tourist travelling to Chinnakanal from Kochi

If you are travelling from Kochi and booked your hotel at Chinnakanal, you should avoid Munnar to reach your place. As explained above, due to road widening Munnar – Chinnakanal road is blocked and hence, you will have to follow alternate route Adimali – Anachal – Rajakkad – Rajakumari – Pooppara – Chinnakanal.

# Taxi charges go up.

Munnar – Kodaikanal tourist may face problems as the easiest route to Kodaikanal from Munnar is via Pooppara – Theni. But now they should follow the route via Munnar – Chinnar as the road is not so good and time-consuming.

If you find any difficulties and need any help to book your package tour from Madurai – Munnar or Munnar – Kodaikanal, feel free to contact us. We will assure you to get the best and comfortable tour package in Kerala.