Munnar

It is located at the convergence of Munnar’s three rivers-Nallathani, Muthipuzha and Kundala. It was in 1877 that Englishman J.D. Munro acquired about 500sq.km of land here from the Poonjar Raja and turned it into tea plantations. Now tea and spices plantations are plenty here.

 

Munnar boasts of the highest peak in south India, Anamudi, which stands at 2,695m. There are about 30 tea estates that sprawl across these hills. Beyond these estates are rich tropical forests that house an assortment of wildlife such as the Nilgiri langur, sambar, gaur, elephant, and lion-tailed macaques. Munnar can be reached in an easy four-hour drive from Cochin. The entire area surrounding Munnar is one of the mesmerising beauties that make us spell bound.

 

Top station 
It is highest point in Munnar at 1,700m above sea level, on the Munnar-Kodaikanal road, about 32km from Munnar town. The exotic flower ‘Neelakurinji’ that blooms once in 12 years is found in this region. When these flowers bloom, the entire region gets smeared by the rare beauty and hill seems to look in brilliant blue, the colour of the flower.


Only a few families are permanent residents here. Though in the recent years, a lot of people seeking good weather have made this their home. Top Station gets its name from a high ropeway that connected it to Middle and Lower Station in the valley.

 

CSI Church
Built in black basalt, this structure stands on a hillock in Old Munnar. It was sanctified in 1910, but its cemetery predates it. It has a beautiful bell tower and nave. The interiors are warm and charming. The church still maintains its earliest chandeliers and the 14 rosewood pews. There are brass plaques in memory of influential tea planters of the time.

 

The cemetery in the church premises has a longer history than the church itself. A few British men and women and the wife of H.M. Knight, a general manager of a plantation here, was buried in the cemetery. It was formally consecrated in 1900 and the foundation stone for the church was laid in 1910 by Sir A.K. Muir. The church was handed over to the CSI north Kerala diocese by the British in 1981.

Blossom International Park
It is a garden with high-quality flowers and plants and covers about 16 sq.km. Visitors can go boating in the lake. You can also take up cycling, skating and set up bonfires here. It is a good picnic spot for kids and elders alike.

 

Mount Carmel Church
It is said to be the first Roman Catholic Church in the mountains. It was built in 1898. The premise also has a St Antony’s shrine. It used to be used as a shelter during floods and landslides.

 

Tea Museum
This is the country sole tea museum. It is located in a 100-year-old tea estate managed by the Kanan Devan Hills Produce Company. Here you can watch how tea tasting and other procedures are carried on.


The exhibits include old tea rollers, tea processing machine, a second-century burial urn, an engine wheel belonging to the early 20th century that belong to the Kundala Valley Railway and a Pelton wheel. You can also find ancient artifacts, curios and many photographs.

 

Marayoor
The very name of this place reminds its visitors of the scent of sandal in the air. This is the only place in Kerala where there is a natural growth of sandalwood trees. The forest department runs a sandalwood factory. There are spectacular caves called Muniyaras whose walls have paintings and sculptures relating to the New Stone Age Civilization. Only groups of tribals live in the caves and nearby.
There is a children’s park and a huge banyan tree which are among the striking features here. Thoovanam waterfalls and Rajiv Gandhi National Park are close by.

 

Reviews

  • “Beats any other south Indian hill station hands down. An ideal choice, indeed.”Aarah Schultz
    U.S
  • “Think of the best mountain holiday you’ve had in India. Now, double it-that’s Munnar!”Chandan Kumar and Surya Priya
    India

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