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Munnar is a town
located in Idukki District of Kerala the southern state India Located
in the southern Western Ghats the area is surrounded by vast jungles and
remains wet and cold during most of the year. Munnar was the summer resort
of British Government in South India. It is 1600 m (5400 ft) above sea
level. There are in three rivers - Madupetti, Nallathanni and Periavaru
which flow through this town, but join some distance away from Munnar.
Munnar in Malayalam and Tamil means three rivers.
a blue flower which blooms only every twelve years, is found in this region.
It bloomed last in December 2006. Munnar also has the highest peak in
South India - Anamudi, 2695m. The tea plantations and holiday facilities
make this a popular hill station.
The people of Munnar
share in the culture and traditions of Kerala and Tamilnadu. Tamil immigrants
have a major share of population. During the British rule of India, Munnar
was developed to cultivate tea plants. At that time, most of the people
around the area were employed as laborers for the various plantations.
In the early stages of development, only Tamilians and a few Malayalis
Most of the top positions
in the estates were occupied by the British "Managers". A few
bungalows were built for them and these are still in use. Munnar was a
Hill Station for some British who sought a cooler climate. The two educational
institutes in Munnar are Govt. Arts & Science College and Govt. Engineering
College. Hospitals in Munnar are Tata General Hospital, Matha Hospital
and Arun Hospital.
The region in and
around Munnar varies in height from 1,600 meters (5,249.3 ft) to 1,800
meters (5,905.5 ft) above mean sea level. Munnar enjoys a salubrious climate.
The weather ranges between 0 °C (32 °F) and +10 °C (50 °F)
in winter and +15 °C (59 °F) and +25 °C (77 °F) in summer.
The tourist season is from August to May. However, even the monsoons are
lovely with many streams and rivulets in the area.
The territory of Munnar
is almost entirely occupied by 30) are owned by Tata Tea, one of the Tata
Group of companies. The entire area is known as "high range"
and rarely Kannan Devan Hills, from which the famous brand of the Tatas
gets its name. In April 2005, the Tata Group decided to divest its holding
in the Munnar tea plantations, after which the employees purchased the
plantations and are now running the same as Kanan Devan Hills Plantations
Company Private Limited.
Many residents are
employed in the tourism business. In 2000, the Government of Kerala declared
Munnar as a tourist spot. This has helped in attracting more tourists
to this beautiful hill resort. Several protected wildlife areas in the
area attract many tourists who support the many hotels, restaurants and
transport businesses in Munnar.
How to Reach
The nearest airports are Kochi 118km and Madurai 142km
By Rail: Nearest Railway junctions
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