The magnificent hill station of Munnar is situated on the Western Ghats inside the largest tea growing region of India. The soft green tea leaves cover the landscape like an emerald blanket which seems cozy enough to wrap around you. The mountain ranges of Munnar still hide that indefinable charm of the unknown wilds from whence it originated. A simple walk through the outskirts of Munnar will assault you with a thousand shades of emerald. The peaks, seemingly covered by white smoke, tower over tantalizing deep valleys while the clouds roam close to the ground. The placid lakes, the stormy streams and the majestic mountains, the sylvan valleys and the rich wildlife offer a plethora of treasures waiting for you to rediscover them in all their glory. Once in every twelve years, the rare Neelakurinchi orchids burst out blooming in their wild unfettered beauty stunning the passersby into speechless admiration. This delightful blend of natural beauty and mysticism is hard to explain in words.
How to Get There
By Air :
Nearest airport is the Cochin International Airport at Nedumbassery about 125 km away.
By Rail :
The nearest railway station from is Kochi or Ernakulam about 127 km away.
By Road :
Munnar is connected to other cities of Kerala and Tamil Nadu by state government govt. buses. Distance from other places; Thiruvananthapuram: 162 km, Thekkady: 86 km, Kochi: 125 km, Aleppy: 162 km,
The small size of Mattupetty gives the lie to the vast natural treasures that it hides. Walk anywhere in this fascinating town and glorious nature will leap out at every corner. The famous dairy farm is a prosperous collaboration between two nations. The Indo-Swiss project with livestock has enabled the farm to raise cattle that yield huge quantities of milk. Walk a bit further and the marvelous Mattupetty dam will rise up in greeting. A picturesque lake lies behind whose idyllic banks are perfect for a quick picnic.
Devikulam lies like a celestial princess on her velvet sheets of green hills. This amazing hill station contains the divine Sita Devi Lake. Hindu mythology connects this stunning lake to the legend of the Ramayana. According to this myth, Lady Sita, the wife of Lord Rama took a bath at this lake during their exile. This beautiful lake is rich in minerals and may claim it has healing powers.
The Echo Point offers the perfect place to enjoy the bountiful gifts that nature has bestowed upon the region. True to its name, the region also possesses good acoustic properties. However, you will find it hard pressed to utter a word when the spectacular panorama lies before you. The heavenly blue hills are half hidden by clouds like a shy woman while the green expanse of the tea plantations lies beneath. You can take in the incredible vista through an invigorating trek.
The tranquil Kundala Lake lies nestled in the midst of emerald hills where tea plantations stretch as far as the eyes can see. A light mist hangs over the region half obscuring it as if shielding you from its blinding magnificence. The dazzling waterfall of Aruvikkad is nearby accentuating the already incredible beauty.
You may be thinking if there is anything that you do not already know about tea. A visit to the museum will show you how wrong you actually are. The Tea Museum provides an informative glimpse in the manufacturing processes of one of the world’s favorite beverages. The history of tea making in the region is outlined with various artifacts that date back to the colonial era in Indian history.