Munnar is a hill station located in the Idukki district of the southwestern Indian state of Kerala. is situated at around 5,200 feet above mean sea level, in the Western Ghats mountain range. It is also called the “Kashmir of South India” and is a popular tourist destination.
It is a beautiful hill station, and was the summer resort of the British. Tourists come here to see the vast tea plantations of the area. The town is divided into two parts, Old Munnar, where the tourist information office is, and Munnar, where the bus station and most guest houses are located. It is pronounced “Moon-aar” short for “moonu aar” meaning 3 rivers. Three rivers – Mattupetti, Nallathanni and Periavaru which flow through this town, but join some distance away from Munnar.
The attractive climate and beautiful tea plantations are the main reason for tourism. The major tourist attractions are Tea Museums, Echo point, Eravikulam National Park, Mattupetty Dam and Lake, Kundala Dam and Lake, Attukad Water Falls, Nilgiri Thar, Anamudi Peak, Marayur Sandle Forest, Lakkan Water Falls, Muniyara, Chengulam Dam, Cheeyapara Water Falls, Spices Plntations, Pothamedu View Point, Anayirangal Dam / Boating, Periyakanal Water Falls, Lockhart Gap View Point, Thankaiah Cave, Carmelagiri Elephant Park, Rose Garden, Top Station, Chithirapuram, Blossom Park (Hydel Park), Floriculture Centre, Photo Point, Mattupetti Indo-Swiss Farm, Naimakkadu Water Falls, Signal Point View Point, Idly Hill View Point, Devikulam Sri Ayyappan Temple, Munnar Heritage Tour, Lockhart Tea Factory, Chokarmudy Trekking, etc.
Munnar is famous for its tea plantations, many of them started by the British. The “Kannan Devan” brand of Tea from the Tata is cultivated and processed here.
One of the most sought after honeymoon destinations in Kerala, it is replete with resorts and lodging facilities that fit a wide rage of budgets. Sprawling tea plantations, picturesque towns, winding lanes and holiday facilities make this a popular resort town. Among the exotic flora found in the forests and grasslands here is the Neelakurinji. This flower which bathes the hills in blue once in every twelve years, will bloom next in 2030 and also has the highest peak in South India, Anamudi, which towers over 2,695 m.