Kerala has seen the worst flooding in nearly a century, leaving behind a lot of destruction and discomfort. One of the worst affected tourist destinations was the beautiful hill station of Munnar. Even after the floods receded, tourists refrain from visiting Munnar considering the connectivity and safety issues. We have been receiving questions from a lot of potentional travels "Is Munnar safe to visit?" Let us tell you, Munnar is now absolutely safe to visit and it still retains its charm.
Safety Measures Taken To Revive Munnar, Kerala
In spite of all the destruction, the nature’s rage hasn’t killed the spirit of people in Kerala. The Kerala Government along with locals, hotel and restaurant owners, local residents, etc. have conducted several mass cleaning drives to clean the roads and the entire state. The roads have been repaired and power and communication facilities have all been resorted. The series of initiatives like cleaning, waste disposal and disease prevention in the flood affected areas has proved to be successful.
Kerala’s busiest and biggest airport at Kochi is now functioning as normal. More than 1000 people worked extensely to ensure that Cochin international airport opens by 29th August and around 35 flights landed in Kochi on the same day. Moreover, over 18,000 volunteers came up to clean Alleppey and Munnar for 3 continuous days.
As on 20th September 2018, the Chief Ministers Relief Fund received over 1400 crores donation from around the world against primary estimated loss of 20,000 crores. A part of this amount is already put to use for improving the roads and overall infrastructure of the entire state.
Current Road Situation In Kerala
The current road conditions between important tourist destinations in Kerala have also improved. The places where landslides happened are also cleared for vehicles to pass by.
• The road from Thekkady to Madurai / Munnar / Kochi / Kumarakom is open.
• The road from Munnar to Kochi / Periyar / Bodimet (Madurai road) is open.
• The road from Alleppey to Kochi / Kumarakom / Trivandrum is open.
• The road from Kumarakom to Kochi / Periyar / Alleppey / Trivandrum is open.
• The road from Kochi to all the directions of Kerala is open.
• The road from Calicut to Thrissur / Cochin / Wayanad / Kannur is open.
Current Situation Of Sightseeing Places In Munnar
You will be happy to hear that all the National Parks in Munnar are now open for the tourists. All the sightseeing places are accessible and retain their original charm. You will find greenery all over the place. You can plan your trip to Munnar and visit The Tea Museum, Mattuppetty Dam, Kundale Dam, Cheyyappara, Valara Waterfalls, Flower Garden, Top Station, Echo Point, etc.
In fact the resorts at every tourist places in Kerala is now open with new and fresh look and waiting to receive tourists with a warm welcome.
Neelakurinji flowers which bloom once in 12 years have also started blooming in many Neelakurinji hotspots across Munnar. You can witness the sight of these stunning flowers at Rajamala, Top Station, Kanthallur and Vattavada.
September is considered as the best time to visit Kerala as the climate during this time is pleasant with no rains and the days are sunny. So, if you haven’t already cancelled your plan or still want to visit Munnar, you can go ahead with your trip of a lifetime.