Munnar, Kerala, India.

Munnar, also called the “Kashmir of South India” is a popular honeymoon destination. The lush green tea plantations on the slopes of Munnar have attracted many tourists.

Tourist Attractions in Munnar-

  • Mattupetty dam.
  • Kanan Devan Tea Musueam.
  • Punarjani Traditional Village.
  • Forest horticulture.
  • Eravikulam national park- Famous for wild goats.

Shopping in Munnar-

  • KDHP sales outlet- One can find variety of tea produced by KDHP in Munnar.
  • Munnar market- The market has almost everything for everyone ranging from tea, coffee, aromatic oils, handicrafts, chocolates to garments and many more.

How to Reach Munnar-

  • Closest Airport- Kochi airport (125 kms-3 Hrs 45 mins approximately)
  • Nearest Railway station- Alluva is nearest railway station (110 kms- 3 Hrs approximately)
  • Munnar is well connected by road with major cities in South India and has cab services from Kochi, Madurai, Ernakulam.

Best time to visit Munnar-

  • Munnar is actually a whole-year around tourist destination.
  • Summer season (March-June) is well suited to cool one down from the scorching heat.

Wanderer’s Eye Tips-

  • Try road-side tea stalls for spicy hot tea and sometimes authentic south Indian Kapi (Coffee).
  • Buy the spicy extracts/oils from local shops. They have multiple uses and are definitely value for money.
  • Punarjani Traditional Village is a must visit. One can watch the traditional Kathakali dance right from where the put-on heavy makeup.
  • Eravikulam National park tour can be avoided.

Climate of Munnar-

  • Summers extend from March to Mid-June and temperature ranges from 15℃ to 25℃.
  • Monsoon extends from Mid-June to September having moderate showers. (avg raingall-97 inches)
  • Winters (November-February) can be moderately cold with temperature ranging from 5℃ to 25℃. Temperatures as low as -4℃ have been recorded.

History of Munnar-

  • The early history of Munnar is not perfectly known today. The region was densely forested and remained unexplored until the latter half of the 19th century.
  • Britishers invaded the region in later of 19th century finding tribal Muthuvan residents in the region.
  • John Munro who convinced the head of the royal family to lease out land for tea planting. It was in 1870s when Munro started tea plantation on the slopes of Munnar after a failed attempt of growing coffee and spices.
  • After independence Tata-Finlay group took over the tea estates in 1964.

Culture of Munnar-

  • People- The original inhabitants of Munnar are called Muthuvans. These people are excellent forest trackers and do anti-poaching work for the state Forest Department. 
  • Languages- Malayalam is the official language of Munnar. However, English and Tamil are also commonly used.
  • Art- Kathakali a classical south Indian dance form telling many stories is largely practiced to entertain tourists in this region. Kalaripayattu a form of martial art is also performed in Munnar.
  • Festivals- Onam the harvest festival is celebrated in the month of August or September. Apart from Onam Christmas and Diwali are also celebrated.

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