Munnar in Kerala can be reached via many routes. We chose the route of Bodinayakanur to Munnar, a 63 km ghat section that’s filled with scenery. Google Maps showed that it would take two hours to reach Munnar, but in reality it took more than three hours for us as we stopped the car in at least 25 spots to enjoy the view.
Compared to Ooty (approx 20 km distance from bottom of the hill to top) hill drive, the drive to Munnar is definitely more beautiful (and tiring too).
The roads are wide and the condition is excellent. We started climbing up by 11 am. Even at this time, we saw fog covering 80% of the mountains in some regions. Every 30 minutes, the weather changed and the view of the hilly horizon changed.
Some mountains are so huge that a car passing on a road in the mountain looks like just one pixel in a 6 inch phone. Some mountains are THAT HUGE.
If you want to photograph the scenery, you must drive in this road in the morning, so that you have ample light. We started our journey back from Munnar to Bodinayakanur by around 3 pm. For the entire 2-2.5 hours drive, we could see fog covering the entire area. So, we saw 63 km stretch of mountain-view without fog, and with fog.
We definitely recommend you to drive this route to experience nature at its best. My husband and I were discussing that some spots in the 63 km drive kindled the memories of Black Forest in Germany. If these spots had pine trees, it would be difficult to say whether its Bodi-Munnar or Black Forest-Germany.
We took about 250 photos, and finally picked the best 33 photos to show it to you.
All photos below are deliberately uploaded in high resolution – you can open the picture in a new tab to see it in full size.
This is the view when we were just climbing up from Bodinayakanur – the land area in the left center of picture is Bodi town.
Cloud covering the mountain.
Below picture is special. The arrangement of rocks (about 12-15 feet in height) reminded us of two places – Stonehenge in London and Krishna’s Butterball (huge circular rock that’s magically standing on a stony mountain) in Mahabalipuram. We stopped the car here and imagined all possible scenarios of how this rock formation could have happened – because, its on the other side of the road. Right after this rock is a steep valley down.
We drove two hairpin bends up, to get a top view shot of this strange rock formation. Below picture has that view.
Look at the car at the bottom left side of the picture. Now, visualize the size of this entire mountain range.
Panoramic view from a hairpin bend. You can see mountain ranges in the center (open picture in new tab for high resolution).
That’s a 90 degree cut of rocks. It would have been a massive effort to accomplish this. You can see these similar deep cuts in many places during the drive. This natural rocks along with a clear sky and flat road resulted in a good picture.
What’s Munnar without tea plantation photos.
We found a lake, and behind that were just beautiful plateaus. Next time, we are planning to put a tent right next to the lake and enjoy the view. If you are interested in joining us, let us know in comments.
Reaching near the lake.
Panoramic view of the lake.
This picture is another special one. You can see four layers of nature – from the bottom – water body, grass land, tea plantation, dense trees at the top.
Fog all over. There are two vehicles on road – try to spot them.
One of the largest mountain that has roads. The entire mountain couldn’t be captured in a single photo. Open the picture in new tab to see the SIZE of this mountain and get a feel of the beautiful road that passes through.
Below picture is the same view of the mountain above (from same spot), but it was taken after 4 hours. Above picture is without fog, below picture is with fog.
Panoramic view from the same spot.
That’s a massive rocky mountain surrounded with fog. It looks small in picture though.
Left top white area in the picture – there is actually a mountain in this place, its fully covered with fog.
Minty Alert: At some places, the rocks are cut at 60-90 degrees. Because of which, rocks keep falling on road. Do not stand or park your vehicle right next to rocks.
We didn’t know about this dangerous fact and parked our car right next to rock.
We realised the mistake after seeing below view. You can see the fallen rocks (covering 50% of the road).