is a small town located at 10.09° North and 77.06°
of the southern state of Kerala in India. The name
is most often used to refer to the whole tourist area,
of which the town forms a part.
is located at the confluence of the mountain streams
Muthirappuzha, Chanduvarai and Kundala. It is surrounded
by wild jungles and is wet and cold for most of the
.Though part of Kerala state, Tamil workers brought
from Tamilnadu and their successors are now majority
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 labourers
for the various plantations. In the early stages of
development, only Tamilians and a few Malayalis were
Most of the top positions were occupied by the British,
proudly called 'Managers'. A few bungalows were built
for them and these are still used. It is also believed
that Munnar was a favourite place for those of the
British who were in the know and it is sometimes referred
to as the 'Switzerland of India' for its natural surroundings
and Old World architecture.
In 2000, the Government of Kerala declared Munnar
as a tourist spot. This has helped in attracting more
tourists to the place.
Situated 14 kms away from Munnar, Mattupetty is at
an altitude of 1700 m from sea level. Mattupetty is
renowned for its wonderful lake and a dam which reveal
the serene beauty of the tea estates and other plantations.
The Kerala Government has arranged Boating facility
We can feel & wonder the echo phenomenon of the
majestic mountains in Echo Point.
Devikulam, known for its lake and spectacular sceneries
is 7kms away from Munnar.