Chennai to Munnar Road Trip by Car - A Complete Travel Guide

This Blog tells you how to plan your road trip from Chennai to Munnar. It gives you information on what to see and do, where to stay, and how to get around. It also provides tips on how to make the most of your trip.

Feb 07, 2023
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Chennai to Munnar Road Trip by Car Travel Guide

Chennai to Munnar – A Road Trip Guide

Imagine travelling past hills that are sporting every shade of green. Imagine driving slowly on roads passing through wooded areas catching glimpses of water bodies and waterfalls. Imagine a road trip to one of the most sterling destinations in India with a car at your disposal and exploring all the attractions, activities and landmarks imbibing rich cultural and historical heritage of India.

Well, we know that currently there is a small smile playing around the corners of your lips. And, if we say that you can enjoy a Chennai to Munnar road trip at jaw-dropping prices with a self-drive car rental, we are sure that you will be smiling more evidently. 

Chennai to Munnar distance is 596 KM and not a shortest bit of this road is boring or devoid of engaging sights or tourist attractions. In fact, Chennai to Munnar road trip is highly popular among the road trippers from every part of India.   

Chennai to Munnar road trip – What makes it worthy of all the hype?

Munnar is a jewel from the stunning Western Ghats and offers scintillating beauty to the visitors. It is also famous as a honeymoon destination in India. From forests teeming with exotic flora and fauna to plantations fragrant with spices, tea and paddy; from stunning mystic woods to villages and city vibrant with all the colours of life; and from marvellous temples offering a perfect example of Indian architecture to historical places that have stood the test of time and tide – the Chennai to Munnar road trip offers all these and many more things to do and explore. 

The entire route can be easily covered in between 11 to 12 hours and is perfect to be explored over a long weekend. You can complete the road trip in 4 or 5 days depending on the places and activities you explore. 

We are sure that you are intrigued by now and are looking for more engrossing information on the Chennai to Munnar road trip by car. 

So, scroll down and read on!  

Chennai to Munnar – Route, Distance Information and Other Basic Details:

There are three popular routes from Chennai to Munnar:

Route 1 (583 KM):

Chennai – Villupuram – Tiruchirapalli – Theni – Bodi Ghat – Munnar

Route 2 (596 KM):

Chennai – Villupuram – Tiruchirappalli – Dindigul – Udumalai – Munnar

Route 3 (189 KM):

Chennai – Kumili – Kattapana – Idukki dam – Munnar

All these routes offer the splendid scenic beauty and are loaded with immense natural wonders all around. There are mountains, valley views, waterfalls, rivers and green areas lined by fields and trees. 

So, you can choose any one of them for your Chennai to Munnar road trip by car. However, if you still want a definite answer for Chennai to Munnar best route by car then the answer is Route 2. 

To make sure that you make the most of your road trip experience, we recommend travelling by self-drive car rentals in case you don’t have your own car. Travelling in a taxi comes with its own limitations as you have to take the driver’s presence into account. Also, you cannot enjoy as many breaks as you want. Travelling with family, kids and spouse becomes problematic as you have to throw caution to what you do and what you talk about. 

At IndusGo, we offer a large fleet of cars to choose from, that suits every budget and is completely flexible as per the travel needs of different people. You can choose the car pick-up and drop-off points as per your preference. All the bookings can be completed online and the travellers can enjoy assured freebies such as a first 100s of KM free depending on the rental duration. The perks don’t end here as the discounts and deals are available for both new customers and regular ones. 

You can also book the car rentals on an hourly, daily, weekly, monthly and yearly basis! We offer all kinds of cars from economy to luxury and are the perfect travel partners with 24X7 road assistance as well. 

And, all of this is available hat jaw-dropping prices!!

So, all you have to do is book a self-drive car rental and enjoy an enthralling and exciting Chennai to Munnar Road Trip with assured:

  • Safety and Security

  • Privacy

  • As many breaks and stops as you want

  • The freedom of staying, eating, camping, enjoying activities and engaging in any tourist activity you want

Now that we have covered all the basic points you need to know before starting your Chennai to Munnar Road Trip, let us move ahead.

Find a Day-wise account of the road trip for Route 2 (as mentioned above).

Chennai to Munnar Road Trip by car  – Day-wise Itinerary:

Day 1 – Chennai to Villupuram (174 KM):

We recommend starting as early in the morning as possible to bypass the city traffic easily and to catch the sun-kissed brilliance of suburbs leading to Villupuram. You can take a snack break here and visit the local attractions if you want.

Villupuram to Trichy (165 KM)

Arrive at Trichy and explore the local attractions that suit your interests. You can visit the Ancient Dam in Kallanai, Tiruchirapalli Rock Fort, Thayumanaswami Temple and Sri Ranganatha Swamy Temple. All of them are famous amongst the tourists.

Take a night stay in Trichy.

Day 2 – Tiruchirapalli to Dindigul (104 KM)

Trichy, Dindigul, Palani and Udumalai are the places that you will cross on Day 2 of your road trip. Murugan Temple at Palani is a lovely stop. You can explore the local attractions on your way or arrive at Munnar directly which is just 90 KM from Udumalaipettai. The scenery around the road is extremely engrossing and lovely as you enter the Western Ghats. 

If you are short on time, we recommend arriving Munnar on Day 2 itself. If, however, you have time, you can take a night stay at Dindigul and then reach Munnar on Day 3. 

Now, have a look at the major attractions that you can explore on Chennai to Munnar road trip:

  • Udumalpet Ghat

  • Thoovanam Waterfalls 

  • Chinnar Wildlife Sanctuary 

  • Chinar Watch Tower

  • Thalaiyar View-point

  • Karimutty Waterfalls

  • Lakkam Waterfalls

So, now that you have all the important information required for the trip, what are you waiting for? 

Book the car of your choice from IndusGo, pack your bags and start a fantastic road trip from Chennai to Munnar. 


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