The peace-bringing tea plantations of Munnar can be reached in various ways. The closest international airport is in Cochin (Nedumbassery Airport), from here the relaxation can start after another 135 kilometers. The train and bus connectivity is good but pretty much at the same distance (120-140 kilometers away). Traveling by car, you will be able to explore the beautiful landscape and admire natural forests and crystal clear waterfalls, the distance to the most important cities around it varies between 120-170 kilometers.
Current weather nearby
- Scattered clouds
- Temperature: 21 °C
- Wind: East-Southeast, 7.4 km/h
- Pressure: 1015 hPa
- Rel. Humidity: 64 %
- Visibility: 8 km
55.7 km South-Southwest
Thu, 11/08/2012 - 05:00
Home of the highest mountain at the South of the Himalayan range, a hot destination when it comes to exotic flora and fauna, Munnar is a place where tea has a legacy on its own. With a name derived from the Malayalam words ''munu'' (three) and ''aaru”(river) describing its strategic location, this famous hill resort was formerly regarded as the summer resort of the British because most of its renown tea plantations were initiated by them.
At the Confluence of Rivers
Munnar is a popular resort town in Kerala, the South part of India. Located in the Idukki district this hilly location is situated at an average elevation between 1,450-2,695m; the highest point being Anamudi Peak 13 kilometers outside the city, representing the highest mountain of Kerala and the highest at the South of the Himalayan range.
As its name describes it, Munnar is located at the confluence of three rivers Muthinappuztra, Nallathanni, Kundaly and is divided into Old Munnar and Munnar.
All about Tea
The aromatic beverage known all over the world has a whole industry in Munnar, the plantations here are some of the largest in the area and are famous all over the world. Interested in more than the flavors in a cup? The Tea Museum of Munnar is ready to provide information about the origins, the evolution and the growth of the plantations which put its name on the map. Opened every day except Monday between 10 AM and 4 PM, this one of a kind museum will satisfy your curiosity thirst presenting photographs, machinery and everything else you need to know. More than that in the Anayirangal reservoir you will get to sea the carpet of tea plants and learn more about their growth methods.
Gateway to Rare and Exciting
If rare is what you are looking for than Munnar is the gateway to find it. The tea resort becomes a one of a kind destination once in 12 years due to the blooming of the Neelakurinji flowers. This endemic rare plants cover the hilly surroundings in a shade of blue. The last time the sea of blue was seen was in 2006.
In proximity to the city (12 kilometers), visitors can find delight and natural beauty in the Eravikulam National Park. Home of the largest population of the Nilgiri Tahr, an endangered species of mountain goat but also of rare species of butterflies this wildlife sanctuary can be a treat for both adults and children. This Indian destination gives you the opportunity to relax in Chitirapuram, a location with sleepy little cottages and an old world charm or to pick the more adventurous option of the Munnar Carmelagiri Elephant Park.
Munnar is a place where relaxation comes in a cup of tea, a destination where rare and exciting are always present and a spot suitable for everyone.