misty, lush green hill station up in the Annamalai range of Kerala,
Munnar is a tea plantation centre. Tea gardens, some of the highest
in the world stretch up the sides of the hills and are interspersed
with pockets of forest rich in wildlife. Munnar fact is like a giant
Japanese garden stretching to the end of the horizon and makes an interesting
change from coastal, palm fringed Kerala.
nearly to Anaimudi, the highest peak in South India, Munnar is nearly
1600 meters above sea level. Since the 30 odd tea gardens around Munnar
are all privately owned, the majority of them by Tata Tea, the town
itself is beautifully maintained. A colonial town, clean and neat and
brightly painted, it has its own charm.
In the Ananmalai Hills 1520 meters above sea level . 4 hours drive from
Cochin Airport/Ernakulam Railway station.
Cool climate and monsoons from June to September. Annual rainfall 270cm
to go: Munnar is a pleasantly cool and refreshing place to visit
at most times of year. Winters are cooled! And during monsoon days the
downpour is steady.
sense: Take plenty of warm clothes.