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Kerala Travel Trips offers a Munnar Holidays Trip : get experience Munnar Hill stations, Munnar Tea Plantation, Munnar Beach Resorts, Munnar exotic species of flora and fauna in its wild sanctuaries and forests. Munnar is the place you would love to visit - so get experience unforgettable Munnar beauty and speciality.
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Munnar, Kerala

Munnar Hills Station
Munnar - breathtakingly beautiful - a haven of peace and tranquility - the idyllic tourist destination in God's own country.

Set at an altitude of 6000 ft in Idukki district, Munnar was the favored summer resort of the erstwhile British rulers in the colonial days. Unending expanse of tea plantations - pristine valleys and mountains- exotic species of flora and fauna in its wild sanctuaries and forests - aroma of spice scented cool air - yes! Munnar has all these and more. It's the place you would love to visit - it's the place you would wish never to leave so get experience Munnar anytime, every time.

Location Idukki District on the high ranges of the Western Ghats
Altitude 5000-8000 ft above sea level.
Area 26.2 sq. km.
Temperature 0°C - 25° C (Summer : 15.2°C - 25°C Winter : 0°C - 10° C
Rainfall 275 cm
Best time to visit September to May
Clothing Woolen and cotton
Languages spoken Malayalam, Tamil, Hindi and English.
Boundaries North : Coimbatore
South : Pallivassal Panchayath
East : Vattavada Panchayath
West : Kuttampuzha Panchayath
Nearest Airport: Cochin
Nearest Railway Station: Aluva
Main Attraction: Exploration of hills around Munnar

Munnar at a Glance
One of the most popular hill stations in India, Munnar is situated at the confluence of three mountain streams - Mudrapuzha, Nallathanni and Kundala. Located at 1600 Mts above sea level, this was once the summer resort of the erstwhile British Government in South India.

Sprawling tea plantations, picture book towns, winding lanes, trekking and holiday facilities make Munnar a unique experience. Munnar is essentially a tea town. The tea plantations have now been taken over by the Tata Tea Company. The visitor is greeted with miles and miles of unending tea plantations on entry into Munnar. Among the exotic flora found in the forests and grasslands here is the Neelakurinji a flower which bathes the hills in blue colour once in twelve years. The Neelakurinji, will bloom next in 2006 AD. Munnar also has the highest peak in South India - Anamudi - which towers over 2695 Mts and is an ideal spot for campers who like to do some trekking.

The Duke of Wellington is reputed to have been the first European visitor to Munnar, in 1790, but this is unlikely. In the early 19th century, the headman of the villages of Anchanad, just to the North of the high ranges was named Kanan Thevar. It is said that travelers from Madurai to the West coast passed through these villages and named these hills after him.

An entry in the diary of Madras army Lieutenant made in 1817 describes a bullock-road heading across the Kanan Devan hills into Coimbatore.

In 1877-79, the Poonjar Chief, a subordinate prince to the Maharaja of Travancore, leased a large tract of land comprising 588 sq. km. to a lawyer in the employee of the Travancore Government named J. D. Munro. This tract, henceforth called the Kanan Devan Concession Land, was completely undeveloped, largely unexplored, and covered with thick jungle full of wild elephants and tigers.

In Conjunction with Munro and H. G. Turner of the Madras Civil Service was founded the North Travancore Land Planting and Agricultural Society, whose members developed their own estates in various parts of the High Ranges. This first cultivation was undertaken by A. W. Turner near Devikulam lake in 1877. The pioneers tried many crops such as coffee, cinchona, sisal and cardamom before discovering tea, the product best suited to the area.The first tea plant was planted by A. H. Sharp at Parvathi, now in Sevenmullay estate, but then a 20 hectares (50 acres) clearing in an immense jungle. In 1893-95, the concession area was purchased by Muir and Co. which later became James Finlay & Co. Ltd.

The original route to the Anamellen's was cut out of the jungle in 1858 by Congreve and Macpherson, and it led to what are now Veloine & Valparai Estates. The first plantation was 20 hectares (50 acres) of coffee put out in 1897 by "Carver" Mersh. E. J. Martin introduced tea a few years later and cardamom, cinchona and rubber were also added. The latter has now been mostly abandoned.

The Kanan Devan Hills Produce Company was formed in 1897, and together with other subsidiaries of the Glasgow, UK - based Finlays Group, namely, the Anglo-American Direct Tea Trading Company and the Amalgamated Tea Estates Company it opened or came to purchase 33 estates in the high range and 9 in the the Anamallais.

How to reach Munnar
  • Reach Munnar by AIR
    Kochi/ Cochin Airport serves as the nearest airport to Munnar. One hundred and twenty one km from Munnar, the Cochin Airport (121 km) at Nedumbassery is a four hour scenic drive to Munnar. Unquestionably, Cochin is connected with 118 flights through out India. In case you do not have already-appointed pick ups, there are plenty of taxis and transport means to drive off to the destination.

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  • Reach Munnar by TRAIN
    Ernakulam Rail Stations (130 km from Munnar) and Aluva Railway Station (18 km from Munnar) are two stations that connect Munnar arterially with other cities. One of the major stations in Kerala, Ernakulam Railway Station is primarily linked with all major stations in North such as: Jammu, Ludiana, Jhansi, Agra and so on. It takes 3 ½ hr from Munnar to reach Ernakulam Railway Station and 1 hr for Aluva Railway Station.

  • Reach Munnar by ROAD
    Road journey when taken on the rolling slopes and amidst tea-wafted breeze is ever-enchanting in Munnar. Located in the south Kerala Munnar is tied in with NH 49, which passes straight through the city connecting it with Devikulam, Neriamangalam, Kotamangalam, Muvatapuzzha, Theni and Madurai. One hundred thirty five (135) km toward NE of Kochi, the scenic destination of Munnar is stringed in with other Kerala districts as well as neighbouring states through NH49 (Thripunithura, Vadayambadi, Muvattupuzha, Kothamangalam, Neriyamangalam, Adimali and Pallivasal) and SH17, providing vital link to the state. A network of non-bumpy motorable roads intersects the swirling road wind in Munnar and joins it with other places. Plenitude of jeeps, taxis, KSRTC buses, auto rickshaws so on and so forth connect it with other state parts.

  • Reach Munnar by BUS
    Regular state bus services to Munnar facilitate the connectivity to the state. Several state and private run buses ply between the Ernakulam, Madurai and Cochin etc., and Munnar. The main KSRTC bus station, Perumbavoor, is located in the south of the town, but it is always better to catch buses from stands in town at Alwaye-Munnar Road, St. Anathony Road and Mattupetty Road.

    There are almost 10 buses a day to Kochi (3 ½ hr), and a few to Kottayam, Kumily (5 hrs) and Trivandrum (9 hrs). Many buses from Coimbatore (6 hrs) and Madurai (6 hr) to the state of Tamil Nadu also ply on daily basis. There is a bus to Kozhikode (Calicut) which takes 8 and half hours to reach the destination.

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