Munnar is situated at a distance of 70 km from Idukki is 1600 meter above
the sea level. This hill station was once the summer resort of the erstwhile
British Government in South India. Sprawling tea plantations, picture-book
towns, winding lanes and holiday facilities make this a popular resort town.
Munnar is situated at the confluence of three mountain streams - Mudrapuzha,
Nallathanni and Kundala.
Among the exotic flora found in the forests and grasslands here is the
Neelakurinji. This flower which bathes the hills in blue every twelve years,
will bloom next in 2006 AD. Munnar also has the highest peak in South India,
Anamudi, which towers over 2695 m. Anamudi is an ideal spot for trekking.
The marvelous hill resort of Munnar lays at the confluence of three
mountain streams namely Mudrapuzha, Nallathanni and Kundala, Since the
British rule, the hill station has been thronged by tourists. The lovely landscape, the
teagardens and the pleasant weather make it a picture perfect destination.
The hill resort is situated at an altitude of 1520 meters, in the eastern
part of Kerala. The highest peak of Anaimudi is quiet close to the hill resort. The hills
neighboring Munnar present a spectacular sight only once in every twelve
years. The Neelakurunji plant grows on the hills and bloom to cover the
entire mountain range. You may check out the flowered plants in the year
History of Munnar
The hill resort has been the place for summer retreat and tea plantations
since long. Digging the past of Munnar reveals the list of tea planters that
visited the place. With the passage of time the forested and home of wildlife-
it has become perfect for tea plantations. In the hill resort of Munnar
you get to bask in the beauty of nature. There are the gorgeous greens that
rejuvenate all the senses.
Amongst the must visits in Munnar are the lavish and splendid tea gardens.
The tea producing here is the right place to know the tea processing best.
Right from picking of the tealeaves in the estates and the gardens to the
packing in the factories, you may see it all. You may even pick up freshly packed
tealeaves as souvenirs from the factory itself.
Best Time to Visit
The hill resort of Munnar, experiences cool weather all through the year.
In the summer months you will need to carry some light woolens for
protection against the chill. Whereas in winters, you should be, completely
covered in woolens. The temperature drops down to as low as five degree
Celsius. Thus you may visit Munnar anytime of the year besides the monsoons
that last from June to September.
Nearby Attractions of Munnar
(7 kms from Munnar) This idyllic hill station with its velvet lawns, exotic
flora and fauna and the cool mountain air offers a rare experience to
visitors. The Sita Devi Lake with its mineral waters and picturesque
surroundings is a good picnic spot. The lake is also ideal for trout
(22 kms from Munnar) It's a lush green carpet of tea plants. A trip on the
splendid reservoir is an unforgettable experience. The Anayirangal dam is
surrounded by Tata Tea plantations and evergreen forests. It is an ideal
(40 kms from Munnar) This is the only place in Kerala that has a natural
growth of sandalwood trees. The sandalwood factory of the forest department,
the caves (muniyaras) with the murals and relics from the New stone age
civilization and the children's park spread across a hectare of land under
the canopy of a single banyan tree, are of great interest to tourists.
Thoovanam waterfalls and Rajiv Gandhi National Park are also nearby.
Adventure Sports in Munnar
For the adventure seekers Munnar hill station in Kerala is fun. You may try
fishing in the Devikulam Lake or indulge in sports like paragliding too.
One of the best options to explore the beauty of the Munnar is a bicycle
ride. You can easily hire bicycles in the hill resort. In fact there are
several bicycle riding routes that are popular with the tourists. At you're
your pace you get to enjoy the lovely landscape of Munnar. Ride the bicycle
and feast your eyes on the gorgeous greens that pass by. There are the
wondrous valleys, ravishing rivers, tea estates and cardamom and sandalwood
plantations that offer spectacular sights.
Shopping in Munnar
Munnar is famous for tea. Tourists may buy it straight from the numerous
tea estates or from the various shops on their Munnar tours.