Munnar has one of the greatest tourist attractions in Kerala, which is situated by the confluence of three mountain streams – Muthirapuzha, Nallathanni and Kundala, and perched about 1600 m above sea level, the hill station of Munnar once used to be the summer resort of the erstwhile British administration in south India.
The flora and fauna as well as the temperature and atmospheres make Munnar one of the most suitable places for tea plantation. It’s also home to some very rare species of animals and birds which come under the new Kurinjimala Sanctuary to the east, the Chinnar Wildlife Sanctuary, Manjampatti Valley and the Amaravati reserve forest of Indira Gandhi Wildlife Sanctuary to the north east and many more.
With special emphasis to Munnar, and to the delight of tea lovers and tourists, Tata Tea recently opened a Tea Museum which houses curious, photographs and machineries, each depicting a turning point that contributed to a flourishing tea industry, as seen today in the region. The museum portrays the growth of Munnar tea estates, veritably conveyed through some of the displays like the rudimentary tea roller to the modern fully automated tea factory. Visitors to the museum can satiate their curiosity on various stages of tea processing, and also learn a thing or two about the production of black tea.
Besides the hill station is marked by vast expanses of tea plantations, colonial bungalows, rivulets, waterfalls and cool weathser. It is also an ideal destination for trekking and mountain biking.