MUNNAR TOURISM

Munnar, the perennially cool summer resort of the erstwhile British Government officials and businessmen, is situated around 5,200 ft above mean sea level, in the Western Ghats range of mountains, one of the most bio-diverse regions in the world with hundreds of rare and endemic flora and fauna. It is now one of the most popular hill stations in South India.

Munnar, literally, means ‘three rivers’ and it is located on the confluence of three mountain streams Mudrapuzha, Nallathanni and Kundala, in the Taluk of Devikulam in Idukki District of Kerala State, the southernmost state of India, called ‘God’s Own Country’ with enchanting natural beauty and cultured people who are cent-per-cent literate. Munnar is well connected by National Highways and State Highways with all important towns near and far.

Munnar is the spice capital of the world with thousands of acres of tea, coffee, cardamom, pepper, etc. growing on the hills around it and dozens of shops selling quality spices inside the town. Artistically contoured and manicured tea gardens covering scenic hillocks and tree-shaded cardamom and coffee plantations in the valleys are worth seeing. The spices of Munnar have more flavor than spices in other regions of the world because of the unique topographic and climatic conditions.

Nature lovers and botanists are awaiting the carpet flowering of Neelakurinji in 2018, on the hills around Munnar, especially in the nearby Eravikulam National Park. Neelakurinji (Strobilanthes kunthianus) is a grass variety with lavender flowers that blooms once in twelve years and the last gregarious carpet flowering was in 2006.