Can you describe the beauty of paradise and try its depiction in a picture with justice? One stroke of the brush and everything may be undone. That is exactly how it is when it comes to describing the beauty of Munnar. This hill station in God`s Own Country is a spectacular stretch of silent mountains interspersed with lush green tea plantations and swaying swathes of thick forests.
One of the best places to celebrate the spirit of a holiday, Munnar has grown from being a giant in the tea production sector to becoming a major tourist attraction. Munnar is a hill station, once designated as the summer resort of the British during the colonial period. No wonder why Munnar`s refreshing beauty and mild climate makes for a perfect vacation.
Munnar is situated at the confluence of the Muthirappuzha, Nallathanni and Kundaly rivers at a height of approximately 1500 to 1600 meters. The name Munnar was therefore derived from the Malayalam words munnu (three) and aru (river). Munnar is famous for the tea plantations that surround it for many kilometres and is therefore a popular tourist destination.
There are many places in Munnar that find a top spot on any tourist`s list. Starting with the scenic Mattupetty Lake and Dam, you can endlessly explore the majestic beauty of Munnar.
For generations, tea plantations have been one of the chief sources of income in Munnar. So it does not come as a surprise that Munnar boasts of a special tea museum - the Tata Tea Museum. This one-of-a-kind museum hosts collections of odd bits from the colonial era and plays a rather interesting 30-minute video on tea plantations for those interested in tea cultivation.
Though if it`s adventure you`re looking for then Munnar has plenty of options in terms of trekking. Hike around the majestic mountains of Munnar and take in the breathtaking beauty of this majestic hill station along the way.
There are quite a few varieties of tea that adorn the tea plantations of Munnar. These vast stretches of green give you the opportunity to observe different varieties of the tea leaves in their formative stages.
Munnar`s climate is mild and remains cool throughout the year. Even during the summers, the maximum temperature does not exceed 25 degree Celsius. The cool climate provides you with the ideal opportunity to indulge in activities such as mountain biking and trekking.
Rare Flora and Fauna Species
Munnar is home to a wide variety of flora and fauna such as the Nilgiri Tahar, the Grizzled Giant Squirrel, Nilgiri Wood-Pigeon, Elephant, Gaur, Nilgiri Langur and Sambar Deer.
Munnar is well known for the wide variety of spices it has to offer. Different kinds of spices you will find in Munnar include Ginger, Garlic, Cardamom, Vanilla, Pepper, Cinnamon, Cloves and Nutmeg. Apart from that the Coffee and Tea cultivated in the region are also popular.
Munnar offers a vast variety of culture and beauty. There are bundle of options for every visitor to entertain oneself seeing the cultural dances like Kathakali, Kalarippayattu, Mohiniyattam, Kuchippudy, and tribal dances.
No doubt, why nature lovers like an elephant ride amidst the absolute beauty of Munnar. Travellers enjoy playing with them and going on a ride along the spicy gardens in this beautiful hill station.
Two Parts of the City
Munnar is divided into two parts - Old Munnar and Munnar. While Old Munnar is home to the Tourist Information Office, Munnar is where the bus station and most guest houses are located. This can cause some inconvenience if you have booked your accommodation in one part of the city and have to travel to the other part of the city to get relevant information.
Nevertheless it would be a good experience to explore both parts of the city, as there is always something new to discover.
Things to do in Munnar:
- Tea Plantations Walk
- Visit Echo Point
- Cardamom Estate
- Tea Factory
- Visit to Anayirangal Dam
- Boating in Anayirangal Dam
- Visit Eravikulam National Park
- Tribal Village visit
- Visit Maatupetty Dam
- Jeep ride to Kolukkumalai View Point
- Visit Tata Tea Museum (the museum is closed on Monday)
- Tree House Stays
- Camp Fire