Munnar, the land of three rivers
Kerala, also called as ‘God’s own country’ is home to beautiful landscapes, rivers, lakes, ponds, ocean, traditional architecture, coconut trees, grandiose temples, hill stations and ghats. One such hill station situated in the western ghats range of mountains at an altitude of 1600m (6000ft) above sea level is a town in the southwestern state of Kerala, Munnar. The name ‘Munnar’ is believed to mean “three rivers”, referring to the location at the confluence of the ‘Madhurapuzha’, ‘Nallathanni’ and ‘Kundaly’ rivers. Munnar was the favored summer resort of the British rulers in the colonial days. Never ending expanse of tea plantations, pristine valleys and mountains. It is also home to exotic species of flora and fauna in its wild sanctuaries and forests. The aroma of spice scented cool air greets you as soon as you enter this beautiful place. The temperature ranges between 0 degree celcius to a maximum 25 degree celcius. This means that you would never feel the heat here. Ever! There are various things that you could do once you’re here like take a walk past the beautiful tea estates, admire the majestic waterfalls, go trout fishing at the scenic Sita Devi lake and enjoy a barbeque, meet the rare Nilgiri Tahr at the Eravikulam National Park, stand at the famous eco point and hear your voice coming back to you, visit the century old tea factories and learn the art of tea making, do some adventure sports like rock climbing, rappelling, paragliding and even cycling, enjoy the breathtaking beauty of Mattupetty Dam and click some awesome pictures with your friends and family, indulge at the blossom international park with its meticulously planned garden, blooming flower-beds and beautiful surroundings. How do you reach Munnar? The nearest major railway stations are at Ernakulam and Aluva which is approximately 140 kilometers by road. The nearest airport is Cochin International Airport, which is 105 kilometers away. So guys, do treat yourself to this beautiful place with your friends and family.