1. Bangalore to Munnar by Bus
Most individuals prefer to travel the distance from Bangalore to the hill station of Munnar through the bus service. This is because of the luxurious and cheap services that are offered by almost every single bus operator that ply on this route. Some of these operators include KPN Travels which has the cheapest bus tickets and provides the only buses that have non-A/C services on this route, Greenline Travels, Royal Travels, SRS Travels and STC Travels.
These buses are generally overnight buses that begin plying from 9:00 PM and have their last bus at 10:00 PM every day to reach Munnar by early next morning.
The average cost of bus travel from Bangalore to Munnar ranges from INR 800 to INR 2000.
2. Bangalore to Munnar by Car
When travelling from Bangalore to Munnar by road, you are bound to see many natural beauties such as waterfalls, lush green fields or plantations and high rising mountains and hills with the occasional wildlife. The distance between these two places is approximately 475 kilometres, which may take a while to cover but is absolutely worth it in the end. There are three routes by which you can reach Munnar from Bangalore.
The Routes That Can Be Taken
Route 1: Bangalore- Hosur- Salem- Parundurai- Dharapuram- Udumalpet- Marayoor- Munnar
If opting for this route you are bound to drive through National Highway 48 (NH48), National Highway 44 (NH44) and National Highway 83 (NH83). This route is often considered to be the best way to reach Munnar from Bangalore and has many scenic vistas such as steep waterfalls, winding roads and the famous monkeys on the sides of these roads. The Udumalpet Ghat which is less than two hours from Munnar is also included in this route which is a slightly risky road due to the hairpin bends and needs to be driven with caution. Aside from this, the road from Marayoor to Munnar is 42 kilometres stretch which is extremely narrow so it is best to drive slowly and safely on this path.Route 2: Bangalore- Hosur- Krishnagiri- Salem- Dindigul- Theni- Munnar
The Theni route or route 2 is a route that will take you through the National Highway 44 (NH44) and complete your drive in just 10 hours. However, the reason this route is not preferred over the first one is that the roads are slightly less developed and many places in between are not recommended for night driving. Furthermore, this route includes several forest roads which should be driven on only by expert individuals who can navigate such roads.Route 3: Bangalore- Mysore- Masinagudi- Ooty- Udumalpet- Munnar
The third and final route is the Mysore and Ooty route, which helps you plan several pit stops before actually going to Munnar. The roads you shall pass when driving through this route are National Highway 25 (NH25), National Highway 766 (NH766) and National Highway 948 (NH948). This is a long journey that will take you at least 12 hours to reach your destination. You will also pass the Chinnar Wildlife Sanctuary which is a delight to look around at.