Munnar is not just Kerala’s most sought-after hill resort, it is also the centre of the state’s tea
growing district, aptly known as the High Range. In Tamil, moon aar literally means ‘three rivers’, a
reference to streams around whose confluence the town grew. The Nallthanni and Kundale streams
flow into the Muthirapuzha River here.
Tea is Munnar’s claim to fame. More than 12,000 hectares of lush, manicured tea fields form
an irresistible canvas against which honeymooners pose. Stately eucalyptus plantations, which fuel
the many tea factories in the vicinity, sway gently in the wind, their fragrance wafting over Munnar.
And shola tress hug the mist-shrouded hillsides, sheltering many endangered species of wildlife.
For the more adventurous, there’s the challenge of climbing the 8,841 ft Anaimudi, the
highest peak in India south of the Himalaya which towers majestically over the town.