Munnar literally means three rivers and the place got it name from its location at the confluence of three mountain streams in Western ghats.Located 1600m above sea level the exotic hill station was for long the summer retreat for both the British and the Travancore royalty. Munnar is also known as the Kannan Devan Hills.Munnar with its misty mountains,tea plantations,waterfalls and panoramic grasslands has become hottest destination in Kerala.
Munnar is also famous for a blue color flower Neelakurinji which blooms once in 12 years and covers the region with breathtaking blue. The state govt has declared 32 sq km as a protected sanctuary for Neelakurinji.
There are facilities for boating,trekking and also paragliding at a high altitude adventure sports centre.Tourists can also visit Kolukkumalai the country’s highest tea estate,Eravikulam National Park where one can see Nilgiri Tahr an endangered species. Munnar also boasts of Anamudi,South India’s highest peak with a height of 2,695m.
There are other exciting spots in and around Munnar such as Pothenmedu which is ideal for long mountain walks and trekking.The nearby Mattuppetty lake provides facilities for water sports. One can even enjoy golf at Kundala.
How to reach
Air: The nearest airport is at Kochi,121 km away
Rail: The nearest railway station is at Aluva 150 km away.
Road: It is well connected by road to Aluva and Kochi.
There are number of resorts and hotels in Munnar for all type of travellers.