Located 1600 mts above sea level, at the confluence of three mountain streams, mist-clad Munnar is a picture perfect hill station paradise with winding lanes, lush tea estates, cool brooks and refreshing waterfalls. Tourist highlights are the Neelakurinji flowers that bloom once in twelve years and the rare species of Nilgiri Tahr unique to the region.
Munnar is a pristine and picturesque hill station located in the south western Ghats at an altitude of 5000 to 8000 ft above sea level. Situated at the confluence of three-mountain streams namely Mudrapuzha, Nallathanni and Kundala, Munnar is encircled by wooded hills of the Anamalai Ranges, with the peak of Anamudi towering 2695mts above sea level, and which happens to be the highest peak in south India.
This small hilly town with a cool breeze and scenic landscape is ideal for a weekend getaway with family or friends. Munnar was developed into a major tea plantation destination during British rule, with the inhabitants then consisting of mainly labourers working in the plantations. Besides a few colonial type bungalows built by the British that still exist in Munnar, travelers to this town can find plenty of accommodation by way of resorts, villas, hotels and homestays suited for their purpose.
Munnar is a trekker’s paradise too. The high ranges of Munnar were earlier known as Kannan Devan Hills. The main cultivation crops in this hill station are Tea and Coffee. Munnar is also known for being the spice centre of Kerala. Over twelve varieties of spices including ginger, garlic, cardamom, vanilla, pepper, cinnamon, coffee, tea, clove and nutmeg are cultivated in Munnar and its neighbouring villages.
As for tourist-friendly destinations in and around Munnar, there is the exotic and pristine Marayoor where beauty meets adventure and history. Nature manifests itself through the waterfalls, wildlife and stretches of sandalwood trees the place is famous for. Marayoor is also popular for its historic caves or ‘muniyaras’ dating back to several centuries.
Highlights: mist-clad hilltops - winding lanes – velvety green tea plantations - gurgling streams - silvery falls -Neelakurinji flowers - Nilgiri Tahr
Tourist spots: Anamudi – Eravikulam National Park – Mattupetty - Rajamala
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