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Is it safe to drive at night from Kochi airport to Munnar

Dubai
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Is it safe to drive at night from Kochi airport to Munnar

Hi,

We are a couple with 14 month old baby; our flight is arriving at Kochi airport at 4 pm on August 9th ( Duration of stay Aug 9th - 13th)

We plan to hire a car to reach Mahindra resort at Munnar.

a) Is it safe to drive at night on this route to munnar.

b) How much time will it take to reach the resort.

c) Do land/mud slides happen on the route

d) Help needed on contact numbers of reliable drivers/ cost to rent a qualis, tavera or Innova

e) Can we info about the route

f) Do we expect heavy rains around this time.

Will appreciate all help.

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1. Re: Is it safe to drive at night from Kochi airport to Munnar

Why dont you modify your itinerary so that it includes 1 night in Cochin?

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2. Re: Is it safe to drive at night from Kochi airport to Munnar

Hi Alksanu,

Are you planning to spend the entire 5 days there in Munnar? If so, guess there is hardly any space to change the itinerary except that you can reduce a day at Munnar and stop overnight at Cochin, before moving on. You can find many decent mid-range hotels in Cochin, close to airport or within the city. Specific responses to your queries,

a. It's not really recommended to drive up the Munnar hair-pins (or drive down for that matter) after 6 PM (and may be around 5 PM during winters). Not really due to mud slides, but due to pitch dark fog and curling roads.

b. It takes approx 3.5 hours to reach Munnar. Club Mahindra is about 20 kms further down from main center of Munnar

c. Land/Mud slides - very bleak chances, unless it rains heavily

e. Your route can be like as follows, if you take a stop over at Cochin,

Cochin airport - City hotel - Kakkanad (8kms) - Perumbavoor (35 kms) - Kothamangalam (60 kms) - Adimali (90 kms) - Munnar (140 kms) - Club Mahindra (20 kms)

f. Rain should be there, especially in the evenings. Cant really predict it. But your trip shouldnt be spoiled because of rains as it's mostly intermittent.

Regards,

Team tennderGreens Holidays

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3. Re: Is it safe to drive at night from Kochi airport to Munnar

Thanks folks.

May I have contact numbers of reliable drivers and some idea about cost to rent a qualis, tavera or Innova

Should we spend the night in kochi or in Kothamangalam or adimali. Will it be safe to drive to these places the same day.

Suggestions for hotel in these places.

Thanks

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4. Re: Is it safe to drive at night from Kochi airport to Munnar

Hi Alksanu,

The best rate for a Tavera should fall within Rs 2000 per day with about 120 kms cap.

Spending a night in Kochi is recommended if you have plans for some pass-time shopping and want to visit few destinations within the proximity. Kothamangalam, on the other hand is a geographically well placed location for a stop over - but hardly anything to occupy/engage you except for the fact that it's the enterance to the high range. Adimaly may be avoided for a stop over as it would be a bit late to find a hotel.

There are couple of hotels like Malanadu (Budget), Maria International (3 star), Bird Lagoon (3 star), kaveri Hotel (Budget) etc that you may check with, at Kothamangalam.

Regards,

Team tennderGreens Holidays

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5. Re: Is it safe to drive at night from Kochi airport to Munnar

Private message me and I will give you the name & contact info for a very safe driver who can take you from Cochin to Munnar and around. His English is very good, punctual--and most importantly--he's very safe!! He will quote you fair costs. I stayed at Mahindra and used him for several weeks travel.

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6. Re: Is it safe to drive at night from Kochi airport to Munnar

Mr.Muraleetharan :9446127292 is a very good Driver.He is simply excellent .rates are very reasonable

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