>> Sunday, July 10, 2011
Munnar is a small hill station set amongst the Kannan Devan hills. It is famous for its lush green surroundings, lakes, reservoirs, forests, and tea estates. The quiet environs of Munnar attract the traveler to relax in the lap of Mother Nature. Munnar also beacons the adventure-seeking traveler, who is interested in paragliding. It has some of the highest tea estates in the world.
Munnar History:In both Malayalam and Tamil, the word ‘Munnar’ means three rivers, as it is merging place of three mountain streams. The Duke of Wellington was the first prominent person to visit Munnar.
Munnar was once the summer capital of the British in southern India. Munnar was developed to cultivate tea plants by British although it was first discovered by Scottish planters. In the early developmental stages only Tamilians worked there as few Malayalis inhabited in that area at Munnar.
Tea Estates :Munnar is almost full of tea estates and has thick forest cover. Most of the people work in tea estates and many of them are labourers (to pluck the tea leaves). The majority of the tea estates (approx 27/30) are owned by Tata Tea, one of the Tata Group of companies. In fact, the entire area is known as the Kannan Devan Hills, from which the famous brand of the Tatas gets its name. Unlike other tourist places in India,Kerala Munnar doesn’t have many artificial parks or gardens. Munnar’s speicality is the tea gardens, you will amazed to see the tea hills, its a fascinating scene.
Rajamalai: - Place quite near to jungle and location of the Eravikulam National Park , where one can see the Nilgiri tahr (kind of mountain goat). Tourists are not allowed during the breeding season.
A quite place near to jungle and is at the location of the Eravikulam National Park, a 97 square kms National Park located along the Western Ghats, the terrain consists of high altitude grasslands interspersed with a type of high-altitude stunted evergreen forest called Shola forest. The word ‘shola’ is probably derived from the Tamil word solai, meaning ‘thicket’ or ‘bamboo clump’. Eravikulam National Park harbours the largest surviving population of Nilgiri tahr. Nilgiri Tahr is endemic to the southern Western Ghats. During breeding season of Nilgiri Tahr, tourists are not allowed.