Brief About Munnar-:
Munnar was the summer capital of the British in southern India. Munnar was developed to cultivate tea plants by British although it was first discovered by Scottish planters. Munnar is located at the confluence of three mountain streams Mudra puzha, Nallathanni and Kundala. Once, Munnar was the summer resort of the British government in South India. There is much more about Munnar that simply cannot be put in words. We totally informed about this magnificent hill retreat before embarking on a tour. Munnar is also known as the “Kashmir of Kerala”. The formal history was wrote since the 10th century; the first British who visits the area was the Duke of Wellington, in 1790, during the British Raj, at the same time also migrated to Munnar and nearby places was occupied by them.
The Munnar history began in the prehistoric, so prove the relics discovered around the area point of Stone Age civilization. A British lawyer and tea planter leased close to 600 sq. km of land around Munnar, which was then covered with thick jungle, from the Poonjar chief, a subordinate of the Maharaja of Travancore. He then cleared the jungle for Tea plantations. Then in 1983 James Finlay Group sold their remaining share holdings and the company became known as Tata Tea Ltd., the largest integrated tea company in the world. This land was later known as “Kanan Devan” (Kannan Thevar) Concession Land.
One of the main attractions of Munnar Neelakurinji (Strobilanthes kunthiana) is a shrub that used to grow abundantly in the shola grasslands of Western Ghats in India.
The Nilgiris, which literally means the blue mountains, got its name from the purplish blue flowers of “Neelakurinji” that blossoms gregariously once in 12 years. And the another attraction in Munnar is The Nilgiri Tahr. The “Nilgiri Tahrs” are stocky goats, The western Ghats run along the West coast of South India.
Now the area with all these attractions became in a great sightseeing spot for the visitor, and every time more and more tourists flock in this popular place in the hills. With this growing tourism, also increase the sightseeing activities and hotels for accommodation and comfort of the guest.
Munnar is an ideal place for personal holiday, family holiday and there are great adventurous places for kids.
As you enter into Munnar you get to see huge waterfalls, across your all roads and its makes your journey into paradise much like fairly tell kind of experience. As you go deep into high altitude of Munnar temperature starts dropping and it’s better to carry some warm cloths and jackets along.
It’s a very common sight in Munnar to see people standing by water falls and taking selfie and photos for their memory and you can also drink water from such natural resource and truly the taste is out of the world. My personal experience.
Munnar is known for its huge tea plantation and apart from this you may get to see world famous “Spice gardens, elephant ride, supari tree (Betal Nut Tree), Elaichi coffee, coco tree and major attrition are acres of land cultivated kerala’s most profound produce “Black- pepper” this makes Munnar an ideal South India “Kashmir” and Kerala’s hidden paradise.
Munnar is beyond explanation and without personal visiting you can’t understand its true beauty.
In the meanwhile you may enjoy an authentic tea with lots of Elaichi flavour all over Munnar and taste is something; which upto you to experience.
For health conscious and diabetes person “Eating Tea Tomato” is also an option and it is easily available in any vegetable and fruit shops at Munnar.
Time to visit:
You can visit Munnar throughout the year. But best time to visit August to May. The weather is extremely cold during winter (November, December,and January). Take extra woolen garments during heavy winter season.
All round foods are available for Veg. and non-veg. person.
There are authentic restaurants around; which may cook authentic sweet water fish, prawns, mutton etc; on your request and as per your spice blend choices etc. People are very co-operative, honest and understanding.
If you are in Munnar must shop for world class spices, tea, coffee, Elaichi, and specially from “Kanan Devan” outlets. Kanan Devan has interesting range of chocolates freshly made; since I’m huge fan of handmade chocolates; I thoroughly enjoyed mouth watering desert and had bought bulk packets for friends and relative as souvenir.
Overall Munnar is truly a life time experience; and you must visit before you get tired enough to run through hilly roads in your Nike shoes!!