Munnar, the erstwhile ‘Summer capital of the British‘, has become the most sought after holiday destination in South India. It is the luxuriant gift of nature to the Western Ghats, the eastern border of Kerala, 5000ft above sea level. If you seek tranquility you’ll find it here in Munnar. The nature-lover’s paradise. Opened up out of virgin forests a century ago by pioneer planters. Relaxing within the cool stillness of thirty odd estates fanning out across the expanse of the hills.
Within its remote and hoary churches – gracious, stone structures with antique chandeliers and rosewood pews. Within its winding lanes filled with the heady fragrance of fresh tea. Within the picturesque ethereal setting of the Mattupetty Dam as you go downhill. Or even within the rich tropical forests beyond.
Munnar abounds in animals like elephants and Nilgiri Tahrs and rich biodiversity teeming with flora and fauna. Among the exotic flora found in the forests here is the “Neela Kurinji” . This flower which bathes the hills in blue every 12 years, will bloom next in 2006 A.D.
Further, Munnar offers the best opportunity you are ever likely to have to see the tea plantations, to watch tea being picked, to learn how tea is processed, to enjoy the sweet smell of tea wafting through the air and to buy the tea directly; fresh from the garden.
Munnar is a fascinating four hour drive from Cochin International Airport along an undulating road which offers you scenic views of cloud caressed valleys and tinkling creeks winding their way down to the plains. Sprawling tea plantations, picture-book towns, winding lanes and holiday facilities make this a popular Hill Resort.