Munnar amidst beautiful landscapes often referred as the Kashmir of South India is more essentially a tea town. Munnar gets its name from the fact that this is the place where the 3 mountain streams join together and they are Madurapuzha, Nallathanni and Kundala.In the tamil language the word ‘munnu’ means “three” and ‘aar’ means “river”. Hence “Munnar” is a shortened version of ‘Munnu Aar’.Munnar is a commercial centre for tea and it has some of the highest grown tea estates in the world. It also takes the credit of having the world’s best tea estates.Munnar is the house of at least 30 tea plantations in and around Munnar, among which majority of them owned by Tata Group’s Kannan Devan Tea Estate.Munnar is not only a place for relaxation but also a location for adventure. A trip to Munnar gives the travellers a unique experience with its sprawling tea plantations, picture book towns, winding lanes, trekking and holiday facilities.
ORIENTATION : Munnar is situated at an altitude of about 1520 meters above sea level and is concentrated more towards the eastern part of Kerala.It also takes the pride of housing the highest peak of Anaimudi.
HISTORY : Though there are records for the history of Munnar from the 10th century it got more prominent only from the 17th century. Around this period Munnar was inhabited by a group of Tamil origin tribal people namely the Muthuvans.It was also during this period this place was first visited by an European, the Duke of Wellington.