Munnar is situated at the confluence of three mountain streams. The name Munnar is derived from the words Moonu (three) and Aaru
(river), referring to the town’s location at the confluence of
Madhurapuzha, Nallathanni and Kundaly rivers. Tea plantations, friendly people, delectable food and rejuvenating ayurvedic massages, Munnar is a must visit on every Indian traveller’s list.
Munnar was developed as a plantation town by the then British resident to Travancore John Daniel Munro. Munnar is the destination for adventure enthusiasts, honeymooners, wild life and nature lovers. Virgin forests, rolling hills, scenic valleys, waterfalls and sprawling tea plantations are all part of the great holiday experience on offer for a traveler to Munnar. Munnar is also known for Neelakurinji, which flowers once in 12 years. The ‘kurinji season’ in Munnar is a magnificent sight as the hills and valleys are blanketed by Neelakurinji blooms.
Munnar is a good place to hang in your boots and chill. Soak in the scenic views and unwind. If you seek adventure in life, Munnar offers both soft and mountain trekking. One can watch the splendor of wildlife at the Eravikulam, Thattekad or Chinnar wildlife sanctuaries. Visit the Tea Museum to learn about the history and the process involved in brewing tea leaves.
Pluck tea leaves while you explore Munnar’s dense tea plantations; prance about in gurgling brooks while hiking on cloud-covered slopes; or wander through the hill town’s winding lanes—Munnar is an idyllic escape into the natural wonders of God’s own country, Kerala. The charming hill town lies about 130 km east of Kochi and 100 km north of the Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary in Thekkady. A haven for bird-watchers, photographers and wildlife-enthusiasts, the Eravikulam National Park is just a short drive away from the hill town. Thrill-seekers can go hiking to the highest peak in the Western Ghats in India. Anamudi is located about 13 km away from Munnar. At an altitude of 1600 m, Munnar is a delight for adventure-enthusiasts, honeymooners and families.