M Munnar is a town and hill station located in the idukki district of the southwestern Indian state of Kerala. Munnar is situated at around 1,600 metres (5,200 ft) above mean sea level, in the Western Ghats mountain range. Munnar is also called the “Kashmir of South India” and is a popular honeymoon destination.
Munnar a charming beauty of Nature and a crown to Gods own country
History of Munnar:
Munnar is a beautiful hill station, and was a summer resort for the British during the British Raj. Tourists come here to see the vast tea plantations of the area. The town itself is typically Indian with the usual shops, guest houses and is really beautiful and traditional. It is a good place to see the surrounding countryside. It is also a popular place for Indian honeymooners.
The town is divided into two parts: Old Munnar, where the tourist information office is, and Munnar, where the bus station and most guest houses are located.
It is pronounced “Moon-aar” short for “moonu aar” meaning 3 rivers. Three rivers – Madupetti, Nallathanni and Periavaru — flow through this town, but join some distance away from Munnar.
Munnar is famous for its tea plantations, many of them started by the British. The “Kannan Devan” brand of Tea from the Tata is cultivated and processed here.
The strobilanthus (“neelakurinji” in Malayalam, the local language), a blue flower which blooms only every 12 years, is found in this region. It bloomed last in December 2006. Munnar also has the highest peak in South India.
How to reach Munnar :
But there are numerous lovely awe-inspiring streets in Munnar, particularly the Adimali-Neriamangalam Forest Road. The streets can be unsafe, particularly if you are driving alone for the first time. Hence try to drive during the day time to be safe and exploit the maximum sightseeing experiences.
Kochi (124 km) via NH85, Thrissur (153.9 km) via NH544 and NH85 , Madurai (153.4km) NH85 and Thiruvananthapuram (281 km) via main central road.
Photos : Jai Ram R. Prabhu from Kochi,Kerala
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