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Travel guide to Munnar

 

Overview

  A gratify hill station situated in the Idukki district of the southwestern state Kerala in India. Basically it is located around 1600m above the sea level in Western Ghats Mountains. The town is located at the confluence of three rivers name as Mudhirapuzha, Kundaly and Nallathani rivers and it was believed that the meaning of Munnar is “Three Rivers”. Due to the junction of the three rivers the town is rich in Flora and Fauna. The enchanting hills of Munnar grasp the secret of producing India’s best Spices and Tea. The Munnar is famous for the endemic species including the grizzled giant squirrel, Nilgiri Thar, the Nilgiri wood-pigeon, the Nilgiri languor, elephant, the guar, the sambar and the nilakurinji.

Tourist Attraction

The enchanting hill station with multicoloured flowers, snow-capped mountains, beautify gardens, widening lanes and manicured tea gardens captivate the more number of peoples to visit Munnar. The beautiful personification of unending tea plantation on the both side of the widening lane on hills gives a glorious look of the town. When it comes to origin of tea, the tiny hill station has a legacy of its own. The place named as tea museum where tourist can see the tea plantation including genesis and growth of tea. The museum has several things like photographs, machinery and various techniques which tells about the history and  origin of tea plantation in Munnar. The town has some protected areas nearby which are famous for several threatened and endemic species. The areas including the new Kurinjimala Sanctuary, the Chinnar Wildlife Sanctuary, the Manjampatti Valley in the Indra Gandhi Wildlife Sanctuary, the Eravikulam National Park and Anamudi Shola National Park, the Pampadum Shola National Park and the palani Hills National Park. The town has very rich in Flora and Fauna. For the adventure seekers the Munnar is a great place to explore. the town has various adventure sports like Paragliding sailing over the tiny hills, mountain trekking and cycle tour etc. The best way to explore the beauty of Munnar is to take a cycle tour of the gratifying hilly region. Hire a cycle and explore the beautify tea plantation, enjoy the spouting waterfalls, explore the glistening lakes and spot the endemic animal called Nilgiri Thar. Munnar has several places to visit including Mattupetty Dam, Kudala Lake, Kannan Devan Tea Museum, Marayoor Sandalwood Forest, Attukal Waterfalls, Valara Waterfalls, Cheeyappara Waterfalls, Elephant Lake and the Rose Garden.

Culture and History

 Munnar was once the slight evacuation of the English people who ruled in south India. The town came to be in existence to the outside world in the 1870s when the British Resident officer John Daniel Munro came to visit the place to settle a border dispute. The Travancore Kingdom judiciary ruled the Munnar region under the Poonjar Royal Family. The British officer found Kannan Devan hills is the perfect place for plantation with very rich potential and thus the tea plantation is begin in the Munnar region and Era of tea plantation is began. In 1964, the Tata Group entered in the tea plantation with collaboration with Finley and now the major portion of Munnar region belongs to Tata-tea. The culture of the town Munnar is likely as the culture of South-Indian State that is Pure Hindu-Based culture. The people of this enchanting hill station are very simple and like to lead a lifestyle with full of peace. The people of Munnar believe in their age-old traditions and transfer them to their generations. A very famous festival known as Onam (10-day carnival) is celebrated in Munnar and another major festival named as “Thrissur Pooram” is celebrated in Munnar in the month of April or may each year.

Cuisines

With the famous kairali cuisines, Munnar’s cuisine suits every taste and penchant. The cuisine have of the options for every type of food whether it is vegetarian on Non-vegetarian. Vegetarian food include of local Kairali thali served on Banana leaf consist of vegetable salad, coconut kheer, mixed vegetable stir fry, puli enji, mixed vegetable thoran, rice with sambhar and rasam. The town is a heaven for non vegetarian food lovers, fish and beef are widely eaten in this region. The cuisine include the Kerala style Malabar parotta and rice are follow up by fish, beef and meat preparation.