Munnar or also known as the “Kashmir of Kerala” is found in southern India in God’s own country Kerala. As the name suggests Munnar is situated at the confluence of the three mountain streams Mudra puzha, Nallathanni and Kundala. A cup of refreshing tea is what it takes to befriend a stranger, such a phrase has had to be originated from the hub of the tea estates because of its tea gardens covered in dew drops due to the hanging mist above them located in the hill station which is freshly cultivated every day and plays an important role in the cycle of making tea. This not only makes Munnar a large supplier in the tea industry but also provides its tourists with tranquillity through its scenery of the exotic lush green tea shrubs and its craggy peaks. The hill station is the best option to choose from a variety of people who are looking for respite from every day’s monotonous and stressful life.
Speaking of serenity found in Munnar apart from the exotic tea gardensMunnar also embodies Eravikulam national park which is famous for its endangered inhabitant – the Nilgiri Tahr. The best time to visit the park is from August to October when the Neelakurinji flowers bloom causing the park to be covered in a blue-purple blanket. The hill station is also a proud owner of the highest peak in south India – the Anamudi peak standing at a height of 2700m.
Another breathtaking tourist attraction is Mattupetty. Situated at a height of 1700m above the sea level and 13 km from Munnar, Mattupetty provides the visitors with a calm and serene sight of the environment. It offers boat rides in the Mattupettylakeenabling the tourists to enjoy the adjacent hills and landscapes. It also allows the travellers to visit the dairy farm located in Mattupetty run by the Indo-Swiss livestock project where one can encounter high yielding breed of cows.
Munnar has a rich background and a legacy when it comes to tea plantations. To keep such legacy and to preserve the genesis and the growth of tea plantations a museum has recently been build by the TATA Tea Foundation. The foundation houses machines, photographs and artefacts all of which tell a story about the origin and the growth of the exquisite tea plantations.
In all the hill station of Munnar can best be described as a bewitching creation of god for the mankind to take a pause from the hustle and bustle of the daily life and appreciate the nature in its highest, the truest, quiescent and the most harmonious form.