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Munnar meaning "Three rivers" is situated at the confluence of three mountain streams Muthirappu (Kannimalayar), Nallathanni and Kundala and is a delightful, small hill station. Munnar was the summer resort of the British Government in the south. Munnar has some of the biggest tea plantations in the world. This hill station more than 5000 feet above sea level with its mist and flowers, has very good potential to bedeveloped into a tourist spot. Situated at 1600m above the sea level this hill station, leaves you with a cold summer sweetness. Completely dotted with lakes, reservoirs, mountains streams, scabrous rocks, wooded valleys, wavy grass hills, this hill station offers a great variety choices at short intervals. Along the quite drives of Munnar, through the unending sea of tea plantations, signs of human life itself is a rare sight apart from similarly attired plantation workers. The unending dominance of the tea plantations and the mountain flower Neelakkurinji that bloom once in 12 years are both synonymous landmarks of Munnar. Playing mists, soul searching winds, hurling waterfalls, cold monsoons, picturesque towns, fragrant cardamom bushes, sprawling tea plantations, shaven silver oaks, indomitable elephant herds, long winding lanes, the bluish tint of the Neelakkurinji mountains, floating tunes of early morning radio, strangely uniform herds of plantation workers. With the mist covering in the valleys around, the plateau of a resorts sticking out, it is a heavenly feeling of being on the legendary flaying machine - Pushpak, floating over the cloud.

Location:Idukki District on the high ranges of the Western Ghats
Altitude:5000-8000ft above sea level.
Area :26.2 sq.km
Rainfall:275 cm
Best time to Visit:September to May
Clothing:Wollen and Cotton
Languages:Malayalam, Tamil, Hindi and English.

Munnar - breathtakingly beautiful - a haven of peace and tranquility - the idyllic tourist destination in God's own country. Set at an altitude of 6000 ft in Idukki district, Munnar was the favored summer resort of the erstwhile British rulers in the colonial days. Unending expanse of tea plantations - pristine valleys and mountains- exotic species of flora and fauna in its wild sanctuaries and forests - aroma of spice scented cool air - yes! Munnar has all these and more. It's the place you would love to visit - it's the place you would wish never to leave- so welcome - log on to munnar.com for all information on Munnar anytime, every time. Situated at the confluence of three mountain streams called Mudrapuzha, Nallathanni and Kundala, the small town of Munnar is characterized by the clean, neat and brightly painted ambience inside the city. Beautiful landscape, cozy weather and wonderfully scented tealeaves are some of the other aspects that make this place a much sought after destination in Kerala. Moreover, it used to be one of the favorite summer resorts of the British during their reign in the country.

History
In Tamil, the word Munnar means three rivers and as the place is at the confluence of three mountain streams, it got this name. In the year 1790, the Duke of Wellington became the first European to visit this site. Later, the Poonjar chief, a subordinate of the Maharaja of Travancore, leased 588 sq. km of land to J.D. Munro, a Scottish tea planter in the 1870s. Though the Scots left the place long ago, the tea estates still continue to be well maintained by private companies. According to records, the first tea sapling was planted by A.H. Sharp at Parvathi, which a part of the present Sevenmullay area. The first plantation of tea was done on an area of 20 hectares (50 acres) of land. Initially, tea plantation was a big problem as the entire area was covered with thick forest inhabited by wild animals. However, now the area has been converted totally into a tea plantation region.

 
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