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Tata Tea Museum Munnar

The Tata Tea Museum  - A Tribute to the Proud History of Tea Cultivation in Munnar
 

The words ‘Tea’ and ‘Munnar’ are so entwined with each other, they could be used synonymously. The region of Munnar caught the attention of planters from Europe who saw the immense commercial potential the land had with its landscape and climate that was viable for the cultivation of tea.  With a rich and prestigious history of tea cultivation, it is only fair that Munnar should have a distinguished place when it comes to showcasing the exquisite and proud history of the tea plantations in Kerala’s high ranges. Recognizing the need for such a testament to this history, the Tata Tea Company opened a tea museum that was dedicated to preserving and showcasing various artifacts and memorabilia with regards to the cultivation of tea and the resulting growth of prosperous tea industry.
 

How to reach Tata Tea Museum
 

The museum located just 2 kilometers from Munnar town, is part of the Nallathanni Estate of Tata Tea in Munnar and can be reached via auto-rickshaw, taxi, or private car.  If you are staying at one of the many hotels or resorts in and around Munnar, you can seek the assistance of the travel desk that can make the necessary arrangement for your visit to the museum. 
 

The museum serves as a tribute to the innumerable souls, through whose trials and tribulations, the region of Munnar came to be known as a tea planter’s heaven. Their efforts were central to the emergence of Munnar as a tea plantation destination.  As you walk through the museum exhibits, you will notice that it depicts a timeline of sorts. A timeline that articulately depicts the various turning points and milestones the planters and the tea plantations encountered over the course of time, in the form of curios, photographs, and machinery. Every artifact and exhibit, from the rudimentary tea roller to the modern-day fully automated tea factory, tastefully portrays the growth of the Munnar tea estates. 
 

As one enters the museum a sundial can be noticed, placed on a granite block, made in the year 1913 by the Art Industrial School at Nazareth, Tamil Nadu. Interestingly one of the oldest artifacts found in the museum has no direct link to the tea industry. It is, in fact, a burial urn found from the nearby Periakanal Estate, believed to be from around the second century B.C. Some of the other interesting artifacts and items on display include the original tea roller, the 'Rotorvane,' manufactured in the year 1905. It was used for the processing of the ‘CTC’ type tea; the 'Pelton Wheel' used for the power generation plant in the Kanniamallay estate in the 1920s; a rail engine wheel of the Kundala Valley Light Railway that shuttled men and materials between Munnar and Top Station till 1924.

For those interested in the architecture and other related technologies from the era, the museum also houses classic bungalow furniture, typewriters, wooden bathtub, magneto phone, iron oven, manual calculators and EPABX of the1909 telephone system.
 

One can also get a demonstration of the process tea tasting in a room dedicated for the same purpose. The various methods of tea processing can be observed at the CTC and the orthodox tea-manufacturing unit at the museum. It is also reported that the museum authorities are contemplating the idea of involving the tourists themselves in the plucking process of tea leaves and have the leaves processed in their presence.
 

Where can find restaurants near Tata Tea Museum
 

As for the places to eat near the museum, one would find restaurants of all kinds in and around Munnar town. Hotel Clouds Valley, Hotel Silver Tips and Eastend Hotels are some of the better-known restaurants in town. 
 

Sightseeing Places/Places to Visit Near to Tata Tea Museum
 

Nallathanni Tea Estate, Srishti –DARE School, Blossom International Hydel Park, HoneyBee Tree, Photo Point, FlowerGarden, Munnar Market, Eravikulam National Park, Matupetty Dam, Lakkam waterfalls, Attukad waterfalls, Echo Point, Carmelagiri Elephant Park, Carmelagiri Botanical garden, C.S.I Church in Old Munnar
 

Where to stay the best resort near Tata Tea Museum
 

In terms of lodging options, one can find various categories of hotels and resorts in town. However if one seeks to find a place away from the hustle and bustle of the town, one can just travel 8 kilometers away to the picturesque village of Attukad where the 5-star luxury resort Blanket Hotel and Spa is situated. 

The Tata Tea Museum is fast becoming a popular tourist attraction for travelers to Munnar. Travelers and teetotallers should definitely visit the museum the next time they visit Munnar to get an experience of the history and heritage of the tea plantations of Munnar.

 
Timings:  0900 to 1600 hrs. The museum is closed on Mondays. Good Friday is also a holiday for the museum.

Contact Address:
Tata Tea Museum
Nalluthanni Estate
Munnar, Idukki district
Ph: +91 4865 230561

Email: teamuseum@kdhptea.co.in    

 
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May 08, 2020 by Admin

Devikulam

 

Devikulam – The Lake of the Goddess
 

Picture a place where a higher force existed. One may call it a divine presence or vibe which brings out our inner positive energies. This is Devikulam. A combination of two words, ‘Devi’ meaning Goddess and ‘Kulam’ meaning pond, Devikulam is a sight to behold. A small hillock located approximately 7 kilometers from Munnar town and almost 15 kilometers from Blanket Resort and Spa, Devikulam represents Munnar at her unspoiled best. The region mesmerizes you with its misty slopes that resemble a green blanket laid on its surface. Imagine taking a leisurely stroll along these slopes and letting your imagination and senses run wild. There is a small lake is cradled by this hillock and is popularly known as Devikulam Lake or Sita Devi Lake. 
 

According to legend the name Devikulam was given to this place because it is believed that the wife of Lord Ram, Sita Devi bathed in this lake when they lived in this region during Lord Ram’s fourteen-year exile. The locals believe the lake to possess divine powers and claims that the waters of this lake can heal many ailments are abundant. It is true that the mineral-rich water is a rich source of minerals and nutrients and will definitely be a welcome change from the chlorine-filled, polluted waters of urban society. The pure unadulterated air of Devikulam also lends its soothing powers to the local tea and spice plantations. The crops and vegetables grown in this region are of a high variety because of the rich natural nutrients present in the soil of this region.  
 

Devikulam is a true nature lover’s paradise. Whilst visiting Munnar, visitors must take the opportunity to visit this picturesque locale and indulge in some leisurely sightseeing activities around the region and its pristine lake. This should be a must-visit on the list of places to visit in Munnar for any visitor. 
 

How to reach Devikulam
 

Nearest Airport: 

Cochin International Airport, Nedumbassery (112 kilometers approximately) Nearest Railway Station: 

Aluva Railway Station (110 kilometers approximately). 

Coimbatore Railway Station (Tamil Nadu) 

It is possible to take local buses or private vehicles to reach out to Devikulam from the above-mentioned places.


Best Time to Visit Devikulam: 
 

The best time to visit Devikulam for visitors would be from November to March. Although owing to its cool and misty weather and exotic locales, the place is perfect for a visit at any time of the year. 


Places to Visit near Devikulam: 
 

There are some picturesque tea and spice plantations around Devikulam which can be enjoyed with a guided tour of the plantations. In addition to the plantations, visitors can also visit nearby attractions like the Attukad Waterfalls, Attukad Village, Lock Heart Gap and Anayirankal Dam, Mattupetty Dam, Tea Museum, and Eravikulam National Park. 
 

Where to Stay at Devikulam: 
 

Being just 7 kilometers away from Munnar town, visitors can find plenty of options to stay near Devikulam. From budget hotels to 4 star and five-star luxury resorts like Blanket Hotel and Spa situated near the magical Attukad Waterfalls, guests can be rest assured that they will be spoiled for options. A wonderful stay in a luxury resort-like Blanket Hotel and Spa will surely add to the magical experience you will have at Devikulam.

 
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April 27, 2020 by Admin

Chinnar Wildlife Sanctuary Munnar

Chinnar Wildlife Sanctuary and its history
 

Chinnar Wildlife Sanctuary is one of the twelve wildlife sanctuaries classified under most protected areas by the Government of Kerala. The sanctuary was begun mainly to protect exotic species of a grizzled giant squirrel which is especially found in this region.  The sanctuary was declared as a protected area in August 1984 and is spread through Marayur and Kanthaloor Panchayats of Devikulam Taluk in Idukki. With the scenic Thoovanam waterfall and the watchtower which gives a panoramic view of the whole sanctuary, Chinnar Wildlife sanctuary is indeed a heaven on earth. There is an interpretation center at Karimutty, two eco shops, one at Chinnar and another one at Alampetty, and an inspection bungalow, dormitory, and Cafeteria at Chinnar check post.

 

So what makes Chinnar so rich and exotic? And why is there a boom to visit the place in spite of its dry topography filled with thorn bushes? The answer is pretty simple. The sanctuary is a wonderland of exotic species like grizzled giant squirrel and star tortoise, which are near to the phase of extinction. It is also the home for about 28 mammal species including tiger, leopard, spotted deer, rusty-spotted cat, Nilgiri Tahr, Bonnet Macaque, Common Langur, Sambar deer, Bengal tiger, gaur, and Indian elephant. About 225 bird species including the yellow-throated bulbul can be spotted in the forest. Apart from that about 52 reptile species, with about 29 species of snakes, Indian star tortoise, and mugger crocodiles can be seen here. About 14 species of fish are seen in the Chinnar and Pambar rivers which include the Garra mullya, river-carp Baril, and giant danio. Apart from the 15 amphibian species and 156 species of butterflies, about 101 species of spiders were reported to be found in Chinnar Wildlife Sanctuary. It is one of the few places were albino bison can be spotted. The sanctuary provides a plethora of biodiversity and is an abode to a number of species. The sanctuary, with its rich ethnic culture, is blanketed with a number of rare medicinal plants and about 963 species of flowering plants. For many years, the tribals and animals of this area have lived in hand to hand. The tribal culture over this area adds richness to its heritage. There are about 11 tribal settlements which are separated with stone walls. The main tribals are the muthuvas and the Pulayars. The tribals survive by cultivating small patches of lands with crops such as maize, ragi, and lemongrass and by selling collected goods from the forest in weekly markets.

 

How to reach Chinnar Wildlife Sanctuary and the best time to visit Chinnar Wildlife Sanctuary
 

If to go by road, it is possible to take a local bus to Pollachi or Cochin and leave to Chinnar wildlife sanctuary by cab.

If you are coming from outside Kerala can choose Pollachi, Aluva or Ernakulam Railway station are the nearest railway stations of Chinnar Wildlife Sanctuary. The distance from Pollachi railway station 65 kilometers, Aluva railway station 212 kilometers, and Ernakulam railway station 230 kilometers to Chinnar. Road journeys are the best ways to reach the Chinnar wildlife sanctuary from this railway station.

There are two airports near to Chinnar Wildlife sanctuary. Cochin International (Nedumbassery) Airport at a distance of 208 kilometers and Coimbatore Airport at a distance of 115 kilometers away from Chinnar. From Airport roadways to reach to Chinnar wildlife sanctuary. 

Best time to visit the Chinnar wildlife sanctuary is from October to February when the temperature is about 20 to 23 degree.
 

Rivers flow through Chinnar Wildlife sanctuary.
 

There are two rivers which are perennial water resources of this sanctuary. The Chinnar and the Pambar. These rivers provide life to sustain the rich wildlife and biodiversity of this area. The Chinnar originates near the Kumarikal Malai and flows about 18 kilometers just to emerge as River Amaravathy in Tamil Nadu whereas the Pambar river originates in the Anamudi hills and is joined by a few streams that join it. It passes the Turners Valley in Eravikulam National Park and then emerges to Chinnar Wildlife Sanctuary through the Taliar Valley between Kanthalloor and Marayur. 
 

Chinnar wildlife sanctuary Waterfalls- Thoovanam Waterfalls
 

The Thoovanam waterfall is a major tourist attraction and lies deep in the sanctuary within the Pambar river. 

 

Boundaries of Chinnar wildlife sanctuary
 

It shares a 30 km boundary with the Anamalai Tiger Reserve of Tamil Nadu  in the North and east . The sanctuary is bordered by the Eravkulam National Park on its west.  It is bordered by the Reserve Forests of Marayoor Sandal Division in the South , which is a part of Kurinjimala Sanctuary.The sanctuary provides ecological connectivity between the Anamalai Tiger Reserve and Eravikulam National Park.

 

 

Where to buy forest products from Chinnar Wildlife Sanctuary?

 

The Karimutty turtle eco shop, in the shape of a star tortoise is a well-known place to buy forest products which the tribals collect on a daily bases.  We can choose from a variety of products like sandalwood oil, red sandalwood, ayurvedic massage oil specially prepared by the tribals with exotic plants, handicraft items with dried shells and leaves, lemongrass oil and eucalyptus oil. You can also access a weekly magazine issued by the forest department of Kerala. Apart from this shop, they have weekly markets where permitted forest products are sold on wholesale and retail prices. While proceeding 4 km to the direction of Tamil Nadu, there is a temple called the Kattlai Mariyamman Kovil where weekly poojas are held and are well maintained by the tribals. Forest products can be accessed from the weekly market that is held here once a week. There are three provisional stores for the three kudis of tribals which are maintained by the forest department. 

 

Where to stay in Chinnar Wildlife sanctuary?

 

Who wouldn’t like to have accommodation in the woods, to sleep with the sound of the forests, the creaking of insects, and to wake up to a beautiful sunrise in the forest? The Chinnar Wildlife Sanctuary provides customized accommodation inside the forests with a number of log houses located at different parts of the forest along with experienced tourist guides, watchers cooks and guides waiting to provide their services for you.  The Thoovanam log house, Churulipetty log house, Jellimala log house, Kootar log house, Pambar log house, Periyakomb log house, Squirrel house, Karakkad tree house, and Vasyapura Ethnic mud house, etc are provided so that the nature lover in you can lure the purest experience of staying in a forest and accessing the services with great ease.

 

Thoovanam log house
 

Near to the waterfalls, facing the deep forest is the Thoovanam log house which is completely solar electrified. The log house was built to assure a comfortable and affordable stay for tourists on their visit to Chinnar. In order to get a stay here, it is required to report at the Alampetty eco- shop at 3:00 PM. The price is Rs 3000/- for two Indians and Rs 4000/- for two foreigners. Rs 1000/- will be charged per extra person other than these.  There will be experienced watchers, cooks, guides to provide their services for the guests along with complimentary food and refreshments. For the traveler searching for the true spirit of forest accommodation, this will be a dream come true!
 

Churulipetty log house
 

This fully equipped log house is located at the Chinnar valley in the forest. The forest can accommodate about 2 people. In order to get accommodation here, it is required to report at the Chinnar Check Post. The price is Rs 3000/- for two Indians and Rs 4000/- for two foreigners. Rs 1000/- will be charged per extra person. Services of experienced watchers, cooks, field guides would be provided along with complimentary food and refreshments. This cute log house with great privacy is a paradise for honeymoon couples who long to make sweet memories in the woods.
 

Jellimala Log house
 

This is a solar electrified and fully equipped log house in the deep forests with all facilities for a comfortable stay. Report at 2 pm at Alampetty eco-shop from where you will be taken to Jellimala log house. The price is Rs 3000/- for two Indians and Rs 4000/- for two foreigners. Rs 1000/- will be charged per extra person other than these.Watchers, cooks, guides to provide their services for the guests along with complimentary food and refreshments. The log house which is well equipped with facilities is the best solution for travelers who prioritize comfort while traveling.
 

Kootar log house
 

Stay at a fully equipped log house at Chinnar valley in the deep forests. The log house with forest ambiance can accommodate two people. Reporting time is at 2 pm at Chinnar check post. The price is Rs 3000/- for two Indians and Rs 4000/- for two foreigners. Rs 1000/- will be charged per extra person other than these.  With experienced watchers, cooks, guides are there to provide their services for the guests along with complimentary food and refreshments. The Kootar log house, well known as the ‘small mansion’ is the perfect accommodation spot for single travelers and honeymoon couples.
 

 Pambar log house
 

The Pambar log house at Chinnar valley is a cute hovel in the deep forests. The log house with forest ambiance can accommodate two people. Report at 2 pm at Chinnar check post from where you will be taken to this log house. The price is Rs 3000/- for two Indians and Rs 4000/- for two foreigners. Rs 1000/- will be charged per extra person other than these. Leave your worries about getting lost in the woods and missing good food! As the watchers, cooks, and guides provide the best of their services for the guests along with the mouthwatering complimentary food. The Pambar log house is a small isolated log house which is perfect to satiate your travel dreams

 

Periyakomb log house
 

The Periyakomb log house is a fully equipped log house at Chinnar valley in the deep forests. The log house with forest ambiance can accommodate two people. Reporting time is at 2 pm at Chinnar check post. The price is Rs 3000/- for two Indians and Rs 4000/- for two foreigners. Rs 1000/- will be charged per extra person other than these.  There will be experienced watchers, cooks, guides to provide their services for the guests along with complimentary food and refreshments. Enjoy a perfect stay with the chirping of birds, the hushing of wind and splash of drizzles!

 

Squirrel house

 

As the name suggests, this cute house is surrounded by small animals like squirrels and small birds. Reporting time is at 2 pm at Alampetty eco-shop from where you will be taken to the house. The price is Rs 3000/- for two Indians and Rs 4000/- for two foreigners. Rs 1000/- will be charged per extra person other than these.  There will be experienced watchers, cooks, guides to provide their services for the guests along with complimentary food and refreshments. Be your best and enjoy the true spirit of forest living at the squirrel house! 
 

Karakkad tree house
 

Tree top huts (machans) are built and furnished in a well-protected manner at two sites and provide good ariel view of surrounding forests. Water and solar power is available. Report before 2 pm at Chinnar check post. The price is Rs 3000/- for two Indians and Rs 4000/- for two foreigners. Rs 1000/- will be charged per extra person other than these. Experienced watchers, cooks, guides to provide their services for the guests along with complimentary food and refreshments. Karakkad treehouse has a legacy of being one of the finest even before the tree house trend started in Kerala. The breathtaking aerial view provides a visual feast for the eyes by presenting the forest with all its glory!
 

 Vasyapara Ethnic mud house
 

Stay at ethnic hut built-in tribal style at Vasiyappara. Trekking through the scrub forest and jungles leading to Vashyappara Ethnic hut near a swamp is a pleasant experience.  The reporting time is at 3 PM at Chinnar Check post from where you will be taken to Vasyapura. The price is Rs 4000/- for two Indians and Rs 5000/- for two foreigners. Rs 1000/- will be charged per extra person other than these.  There will be experienced watchers, cooks, guides to provide their services for the guests along with complimentary food and refreshments. Ethnic mud houses are precious natural dwellings. With the fine natural cooling from the mud walls and the herbal smell from the woods around, this place is nature’s therapy for rejuvenation.
 

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April 22, 2020 by Admin

Vattavada Munnar

A Fairytale Land Called Vattavada

Settled away from the hustle and bustle of Munnar town, there is a village called Vattavada. It is a village that resembles a fairytale landscape with its flowing rivulets, mist-covered hills, mesmerizing valleys, and low lying clouds. Located at a distance of 45 kilometers to the northeast from Munnar town and 52 km from Blanket Hotel, the region offers cool and pleasant weather throughout the year.

It is a welcome change for those looking to beat the heat during the summer months. It is a rain shadow village and is situated in the Devikulam taluk of Idukki district of Kerala, along the eastern side of the Western Ghats. 


Perched at a height of 6500 feet above the sea level, Vattavada offers a soothing experience to its visitors. People come to see the low lying clouds, terraced slopes and mist-laden valleys that throng this region. The Vattavada panchayat covers an area of 68 square kilometers that includes areas like Koviloor, Vattavada (meaning land surrounded by hills), Kottakombur (named after a locally famous jaggery seller), Chilanthiyar, Pazhathottam (meaning fruit garden), Kadavari, Adivasikudy, Swamiyarala, Kudalarkudy, Parsalkkadavu and Mulapallam. It is also home to a variety of flora and fauna. The multi-colored butterflies are also a major attraction of this destination.


According to historians the earliest known settlers in the region came from Tamil Nadu, a group of fifteen families that escaped into this region because of the siege of Tipu Sultan’s army. It was under the protection of Poonjar Raja, that these families settled in this region and began cultivating crops after clearing some of the forest land. Another point of historical interest would be the Kalpottakavai which is the name given by the locals to a belt of trees that stood as a natural fortification against the invading British troops. It is said that this tree line was planted by the villagers of Chittivarai village during the siege. 

The region is also the only place in Kerala that still sees the practice of the traditional hill rice cultivation. The lower valleys and terraces referred to as ‘pallamvayal’ is used for the cultivation. Almost fifty years ago when the neighboring state of Tamil  Nadu saw a huge number of Eucalyptus trees being planted, the result was a near-complete absorption of water content from the paddy cultivating lands. This led to the farming community to turn to the cultivation of vegetables like carrot, cabbage, beetroot, and cauliflower. Interestingly, Vattavada, because of its cool climate that is consistent throughout the year, is blessed with a lot of vegetable farms and fruit orchards. Famous for its crops which are not seen traditionally in other parts of Kerala, Vattavada boasts of some of the finest varieties of apple, orange, strawberry, blackberry, plums, gooseberry, egg fruits, peach and passion fruit, wild papaya, radish, turnip, and capsicum to name a few. It also sees the cultivation of the rare fruit Loquat, typically seen in the cooler climates of Himachal Pradesh and Japan.


The local community consists of people whose main occupation is agriculture and there is a significant tribal population in the area. Their lifestyle, language, herbal remedies, and art forms are some of the facets that make Vattavada a truly unique fairytale destination. There is a significant tribal population who are settled in the ‘Adivasi Kudi’ (tribal colony). There are four ‘Muthuva’ tribal colonies with Kundalarkudy being the largest tribal colony settlement. There are also settlements at Swamiyarala, Melavalasapetty, and Keezhvalsapetty. These areas are not accessible motor vehicles as there are no proper roads. Tourists visiting Vattavada by private cars must register themselves at the check post of Pambadumshola National Park. 


Another attraction is the Periyacholai waterfall which originates from a huge rock and cascades along the rocky hillside.  The water from this waterfall enriches the mineral-rich soil of the region. 

While visiting this beautiful village one can indulge in exploring the vegetable plantations and fruit orchards, take a long walk through the hills and take in natural beauty. One can also do some trekking & camping in Pambadum Shola National Park. Vattavada offers trekking trails that can connect you to other tourist destinations like Top Station, Mattupetty, Kanthaloor, and Meesapulimala. Vattavada is also witnessing the famous Neelakurinji flower bloom in all its glory during this year. So, be sure to make magical Vattavada a must-visit location on your next visit to Munnar.


You can easily find accommodation in Munnar when plan to visit Vattavada with us Blanket Hotel and Spa, the best 5-star luxury hotel in Munnar. We offer the best service that guests can avail of in terms of luxury and our excellent guest service executives will make sure you get the best out of your trip to Vattavada in Munnar.

 
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March 31, 2020 by Admin

History of Munnar

A Brief History of Munnar Kannan Devan Hill Plantation

 

The Kannan Devan Hills is entrenched into the history of Munnar and has played a major role in the socio-economic development of the region. One of the first Europeans to visit these hills was the Duke of Wellington in the year 1790. According to the records of ‘The Planting Opinion’ of 1896, it was the Duke, then Col. Arthur Wellesley who under the orders of General Meadows was dispatched to cut off the retreat of Tipu Sultan at the Kumily Gap. Tipu’s intelligence sources forewarned of the impending attack and Wellesley was forced to retrace his steps in his pursuit of Tipu and his forces. Almost thirty years later, two lieutenants from the Madras Army, named Ward and Connor, located the mountain peaks of the High Range. In their travel records, one can find the names Aneimudi and Chokanad which were given a special mention. 


Later in the year 1877, Henry Gribble Turner and A.W. Turner came to India on a shikar (hunting expedition). They came upon these hills by a pass called Bodimettu with the guidance and help of the local hill tribes known as the Mudhuvans. Upon reaching the summit of Aneimudi, the two saw the immense grandeur and commercial opportunity these hills offered. By the end of their expedition, they had obtained a ‘concession’ of approximately 227 sq. miles from the King of Poonjar kingdom. This was then sold as small plots of land to small planters and cultivators who began to cultivate a variety of crops ranging from cinchona to coffee and sisal to tea. Finally, all these planters got together and formed the North Travancore Land Planting and Agricultural Society Limited in 1879, under the leadership and guidance of Mr. J.D. Munro and Mr. A.W. Turner.  


It was around 1895 that Sir John Muir, Baronet of Deanston, Scotland bought over the deeds of the Concession for further development. Then, in the year 1897, Finlay Muir & Co. of Glasgow became interested in this area & formed the Kannan Devan Hills Produce Co. Ltd. Finally, KDHP took birth as the flagship company and its two subsidiaries, the Anglo-American Direct Tea Trading Company and the Amalgamated Tea Estates Company, formed subsequently, directed all their efforts towards tea cultivation and its development. By the year 1900, the Concession area became vested with the Kannan Devan Hills Produce Company Limited, of which Finlay Muir held a large interest and the area started to develop very rapidly along more commercial lines, the main crop being tea.

The beautiful lush green tea plantations that cover the area today was a completely virgin area of land that was covered in thick forest. After India gained her independence, the James Finlay Group of Companies entered into an agreement with the Tatas of India as a result of FERA, forming the Tata-Finlay Limited, which later in the year 1983 was fully acquired by the Tatas, giving rise to one of the biggest tea companies in India with around 33 tea estates. Over the next two decades, The Tata Tea Ltd., as part of safeguarding & promoting the core values, dedicated a lot of resources and efforts in helping modernize its tea estates and uplifting the social and living standards of its employees. This was also in line with Finlay’s earlier policy of safeguarding the interests of all the stakeholders related to the tea estates. 


The Indian tea industry took a hit in the year 2000 due to oversupply that resulted in tea prices dropping sharply to unsustainable levels, while the steadily spiraling cost of production further compounded matters. This trend lasted for 5 years, leading to the closure of several tea companies in India. Tata Tea’s South India Plantation Division too faced losses for 4 consecutive years despite having made all possible efforts to improve the quality. With no other feasible alternative available on the horizon, TTL chose the difficult decision to exit its tea operations and direct its efforts and focus towards the branded tea business. Although an out and out sale of the estates was mooted initially, the idea was abandoned subsequently as there was no assurance that the welfare of the stakeholders involving the employees and the precious ecosystem would be taken care of. Plan B was a co-operative model, but a 3-month trial in one of the estates was not promising. Finally, after much deliberation, the plan of an employee buy-out was floated and it found the board of director’s acceptance. The result was the formation of the Kannan Devan Hills Plantation Company Private Limited on the 1st April of 2005.

The company’s 12,700-plus employees became the shareholders and held approximately 69 % of the company’s Rs. 13.94 crore equity capital. An 18 % stake was retained by TTL while the remaining 7 % is and 6 % is held by a trust and ex-TTL employees and business associates respectively. 


The Kannan Devan name is synonymous with Munnar and teetotallers across the world. It is a name that has a long beautiful history. This fascinating story is a true testament to how ethical corporate policy can help and maintain a community, a region and a legacy that has to be preserved. 

 

The Tata Group – A Key Stakeholder in the Socio-Economic Development of Munnar

With the transfer of ownership of its plantations to the newly formed Kannan Devan Hills Plantation Company in 2005, it became the first company in India with 97% of the 12500 strong workforce being shareholders. As part of its efforts to help the local community and its environment, the company helped to form the High Range Wildlife and Environment Preservation Association which was instrumental in persuading the central government in declaring Eravikulam a National Park. Munnar has been at the forefront of innovations in various tea products as well. It was in 1964 that the first instant tea factory was set up in Mattupetty while the cultivation of organic tea began at the Chenduvarai Estate.  Also, in order to eliminate the dependence on auctions and ensure that the product reached the customers in the shortest possible time, a new scheme was introduced which was referred to as the ‘packaging of teas’. As part of the community and local infrastructure development, new roads were built and the land was given to local merchants to set up a bazaar for the common labor workforce. The development of the tea estates has been done in an eco-sensitive manner. In order to preserve the habitat of the flora and fauna, the tea estates have been consciously set up away from these areas. The Tata Tea Company paved the way for the development of the standard of living of the workforce of the tea estates by introducing amenities like the Tata General Hospital, the High Range School which provided free CBSE education to the children of the employees, free housing and agriculture land. In addition, crèches were set up to help women with children become part of the workforce at the tea estate as they could leave their children to the care of the crèche. NGOs like Srishti and Athulya were formed. While Srishti undertook the care and development of physically and mentally challenged children, Athulya involved itself with the unique idea of empowering differently-abled persons and adults with upcycling of waste by creating crafts. Aranya another NGO has sought to revive the ancient art of textile dyeing using organic pigments found in nature and these are today widely used in the fashion industry. 


There is no doubt that a major business house like Tata has played a great role in the economic and social development of Munnar. The culture and revolution brought about by their initiatives is a flaming torch for companies and institutions looking to become change agents in the society to which they belong.

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March 29, 2020 by Admin

Experience the Flora and Fauna of Munnar with a tr...

This is the story of a nature lover whose absolute passion for the forests and wildlife made him grow from a wild child to a reputed naturalist and environmentalist.  Having being in sync to the rhythm of nature for years, Charan is an expert in finding and explaining about exotic flora and fauna to Travellers and tourists from all around the world.  For Charan, Environmental conservation and  enjoying the true spirit of nature goes hand in hand. Apart from being part of wildlife surveys in association with the Forest department, he has also marked his expertise as a naturalist for Blanket Hotel in Attukad village, Munnar
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Charan’s curiosity about the secrets of nature bloomed out in his childhood as soon as he saw a group of photographers and ornithologists who were visiting his place. His village, being on the banks of Ashtamudi lake, was a habitat to many birds The young boy was fascinated at these people who were looking through their binoculars and clicking pictures around.  With the help of some the club members, he got see around through the binoculars. Since then, there was no turning back and thus began the story of Charan’s walk through nature.  In his 10th standard, he got an opportunity to participate in a wild life survey in Shenduruny forest, which paved the stepping stones in learning more about nature and becoming a wildlife researcher about which ,he later wrote a book called ‘welcome to Shendurunyforest’.

Charan’s passion and achievements are well said in the story below. He is currently preparing his second book about the wildlife and also continuing his beautiful journey with the guests, gleefully explaining about various flora and fauna of the region.

·         Mr Charan started his career as a naturalist in 1996 by collaborating with the Manishada nature group and actively participating in the census of Dashvalsara neerpakshi , a rare specie which is hardly spotted.

 

·         Active participator of the Vembanad bird’s survey since 2000.

 

·         A nature lover by heart, he has been vibrantly working for the protection and welfare of the Shasthamkotta Lake which is supposedly the largest freshwater Lake in Kerala.

 

·         He has been actively resisting the illegal interference in Ashtamudi Lake which is the second largest lake of the state. Charan works actively to protect the legacy of our traditional fishing methods like ‘kakavaral’ (A rustic way of collecting clam fishes from the Lake) and is against exploitation.

 

·          His services towards protecting the natural mangroves in Kollam Ashramam Adventure park had resulted in the state biodiversity board taking up the land for preservation.

 

·         Charan has been working as the coordinator of the Manishada Nation Action Group

 

·         He is currently the chapter secretary of People for Animals group in Kollam and the secretary of the Quilon Nature society.

 

·         In his term as the secretary for PFA, Charan played an inevitable role in regulating the torture on captive elephants which has made a big difference in the issue.

 

·         He in association with an international organization called INTER NICHE organized a seminar in SN College, Kollam to implement an alternative frog dissection software in the state level which had put an end to the torture of frogs for academic purposes in Zoology labs. The change was immediately incorporated into the syllabus of the students.

 

·         Active participant for a venture that aimed at spotting out the geographical distribution of a rare species  locally known as ashambu laughing thrush /Travancore laughing thrush)

 

·          He conducted a detailed study on the lifestyle of a bird called Broad tailed grassbird (schoenicoda Platyurus) and researched on the difficulties it faces within the human disturbance  areas of Ponmudi

 

·         He is a proud member of the team in Kollam that founded progressive greying in the Eurasian Coot (Fulica Atra). This was the second time that the phenomenon had been spotted in India

 

·         He is currently making a suggestion to the forest department to unify the wildlife sanctuaries in Trivandrum and Kollam states and to named it as the ‘Travancore tiger reserve’.

 

Even after all these lifetime achievements, Charan is pretty known for his down to earth personality and the vibe of warmth that he spreads around. Numerous trails to be covered by this ‘guardian of nature’ and so are to be written by him, a number of books about nature’s secrets.

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The Best way to reach Munnar from Bangalore

 Best Holiday experience at Munnar


It was our first vacation after my brother came from the US and we really wanted to make it special. Since our previous vacations had covered almost all places of North India, this time, we decided to spend some leisure time in one of the southern states. Out of all the places that topped the search list, Munnar in Kerala won our hearts for its amazing scenery and the numerous activities offered. Without any hesitation, we began to check for the best-reviewed places to stay there. A number of hotels flashed by the screen when our eyes caught Blanket hotel which located in Pallivasal, Munnar. The hotel had an amazing view and all the amenities looked pretty good. We called up the reservation desk and enquired about how to reach Munnar from Bangalore. We were informed that we could take a train from Bangalore and get down at Aluva or Ernakulam station, which would take about 11 hours, and from there we could take a cab to Munnar. Or else we could take a direct flight from Bangalore and get down at the Cochin International airport in an hour and take a cab from there. If we were to come by bus, there were direct buses available which had daily service. They told us that the hotel would provide cabs which would be of course, additionally billed .All of our previous trips were in trains and buses and so this time, all of us urged for a road trip. So we decided to drive all the way from Bangalore to Munnar. We took the Palakkad – Coimbatore route and were engrossed in the scenic beauty of the fields and coconut trees on the way. The change of the landscape from the plains to the misty hills was indeed fascinating and in about 9.5 hours, We reached Blanket hotel and spa . It was 3 in the evening and we received a heartwarming traditional welcome with drinks . The rooms were exceptionally clean and comfortable and after a long nap, we woke up and had tea by 6 PM. Many tasty dishes were offered for dinner from their restaurant Belleza De Roca, out of which the seafood items stole my heart. We could see chefs preparing theirs specials in the chef’s corner. After dinner, we strolled through the well-lit beautiful gardens of the hotel and had a gracious family time joking around and chatting.

The next day we woke up to the chirping of birds and the hushing of the waterfalls. After breakfast, we went for a nature walk with a naturalist while my mom decided to remain for the meditation class that was being offered in the hotel. We spotted different species of birds and butterflies and visited the nearby village. It was pure bliss to feel the village vibes in our hearts and the place truly felt like a heaven on earth . We sat at the side of the waterfalls and came back to the hotel after a while. We enjoyed our best at the pool area which had breathtaking view on the other side, with the whole attukad waterfalls, cliffs and the valleys making a heart-throbbing landscape. We decided to give a treat to our exhausted bodies with a customized Kerala traditional massage that was offered in the hotel. The service was really good and the massage was indeed relaxing. After a cup of sizzling tea in the evening, we were taken for cultural performances. The culture of Kerala was indeed unique from what we had seen elsewhere. The unique dance performances and folk songs were one of a kind. After clicking a few pictures, we had dinner and slept peacefully.

The next day, we dedicated the whole time in discovering places near Munnar. We went to Eravikulam National park which had a diverse wildlife to explore, we walked through the tea estates and even got a chance to be a part of tea tasting. Then we visited to the Suicide point, walked through the Mattupetty dam, yelled each other’s names at the eco point, Spotted deer and Elephant at the Chinnar Wildlife sanctuary and saw the sandalwood plantations of Marayoor. It was fun to do street shopping and bought some homemade chocolates, tea and handmade souvenirs. After a long day dedicated to munnar sightseeing, we slept the whole night with the lullaby’s of the waterfalls. Finally, when it was time to leave, it was more like leaving a home away from another home. With heavy hearts, we packed our bags and left the hotel on those graceful hills. On the way back, we went via Cochin to Bangalore. We got down at Lulu mall and drove through the city. Our trip to Munnar was one of our best trips to date and with Blanket, it was ecstatic. We are looking forward to spending our next vacation there, of course with a stay in Blanket.

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Munnar Resorts Honeymoon & Family Packages

Best Honeymoon package in Munnar for couples & Family.             

The most memorable vestige of your sweet matrimonial beginnings would undoubtedly be the honeymoon days when you get to know each other better and the sensual vibes soar to the peaks. The frozen memories of those beautiful moments would cherish your future as you grow old together. It is, therefore, crucial to choose the perfect destination where you can celebrate each other’s truest selves with affection and love. Though a number of honeymoon packages storm the internet and honeymoon resorts flood your search list, your special place should be chosen with enough research.

With a rich heritage and blend of different cultures, India is one of the best countries to enjoy a honeymoon. The profound diversity which spreads its wings across religions, geographical locations, beliefs, dressing and food, India would be a mesmerizing experience where you can experience, enjoy and learn a lot as a couple. From sandy deserts to breezy oceans, from the elegant hills to cozy backwaters, the country is viscous with a number of memorable places and heartwarming sceneries. 

Kerala is most famous as a cozy honeymoon spot and is quite a popular pick of young married couples. With its misty mountains and crisp coastal regions, the state is a cuddle from the inside for the couples.  It would be absolute bliss to cuddle in a houseboat and watch the rain pouring into the backwaters around or to take a ride through the edgy roads of the hills and snuggle in a high range hotel.  

Among the most voted places for honeymoon in Kerala, Munnar tops the list for a long time for its unique topography, hills, woods, and magical waterfalls. With a legacy of mesmerizing spots and activities, Munnar has found an inevitable place in the hearts of many. Hold hands and take a romantic walk through the edgy roads, sneakily kiss in the drizzling rain among moist tea plantations and warm each other in the breezy wind of the hills. Drive through the curvy roads and ride up to the hill station, Shout out each other’s names from the echo point and listen to natures booming echoes of your affection. Satiate that adrenaline rushes with adventure activities like mountain biking, zip-lining, trekking, so much more and feed each other the delicacies of the hills with joy from the heart.

 Picking the best honeymoon resort and spot is crucial to make those moments memorable and to have the perfect choice in your grasp. Let your love sprout out with Blanket Hotel and spa, the best honeymoon hotel of Munnar with a magnificent view and outstanding amenities. Located 6 kilometers from the town, the place offers a wide variety of activities to indulge with your partner.  Get into this absolute abode of happiness with garlands of a traditional welcome. Go for a nature walk and be intoxicated with the wonderful ambiance around. Wake up with the melodious chirping of the whistling thrush and sleep listening to lullabies of the hushing waterfalls. Relax yourself with a customized spa and massage and be overpowered with aromatic oils, swim together and splash out love and laughter in the swimming pool and dine under the stars, munching on to the chef’s specials, tapping your toes to romantic gazels and maybe get a peep of live making of delicacies at the chef’s corner. Go for a tour with our naturalist to the Attukal Waterfalls and be mesmerized by the enchanting milky splash of sparkling water. Get your backs and visit Eravikulam National Park, tea museum, Mattupetty dam, Chinnar Wildlife sanctuary, Marayur and many more enchanting places until you get enough of Munnar. Go for the Blanket presidential suite if you are looking for a unique cream experience with customized room setting including bed decoration, special honeymoon cake, fruit basket, and homemade chocolates. 

So what are you waiting for?Dont search further for munnar resorts honeymoon packages.Get your backpacks ready, tag your better half and be a part this ecstatic honeymoon experience offered in Munnar!
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November 09, 2019 by Admin

Malabar Whistling Thrush

While strolling through the premises of Blanket hotel, you might be overpowered with sweet whistles
from a little bird, the Malabar whistling thrush. This black beauty’s whistles are similar to that of a lousy
child whistling unbothered about his surrounding which earned the bird a name, ‘the whistling school
boy’.

These water-loving birds of the Western Ghats perch near cool water bodies, make nests inside dark
under growths and whistle out through dense riverine forests.

Their bodies shimmer with smooth black feathers which covers their entire body on which shiny blue
patches on forehead and shoulders shines out like sapphires with oblique lighting. The bird looks like a
metaphor of the night with their beaks and legs which are also pitch black.

These mischievous birds with their sleek beaks prey on small insects, frogs and small fishes of the stream
pockets. The Thrush attracts mates by flight chasing and calling in their Incubation period which is from
February to September. These birds usually nest in cavities within the streams but may also make use of
nearby buildings. They lay about one to two eggs at a time.

They can be seen on either shore of the Attukal waterfalls both at dawn and dusk. Their schoolboy
whistles will sooth your ears from trees surrounding Blanket Hotel. Imagine waking up at dawn with the
sound of gushing waters and the sweet whistling of these birds!

With their subtle whistle which is indeed a nostalgic musical treat, The Malabar whistling Thrush is well
cherished for its gifted human quality.

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July 19, 2019 by Admin

The Tragic Tale of Munnar’s Metre Gauge Monorail

 

The lush green hills of Munnar with its sprawling tea plantations have some fascinating stories to tell us. These are stories that have inspired and astounded historians and travelers alike. Among these is a story that has inspired many and is yet a sad reminder of the harsh realities that the people of this beautiful region face to this day.  This is the tragic tale of Munnar’s Metre Gauge monorail also known as the Kundala Valley Railway. The Kannan Devan Company set up the railway in 1902 for transporting tea and other commodities. The railway operated between Munnar and Top Station among the Kannan Devan Hills.

 

Initial Years (1902 – 1908)

Built-in the year 1902, the Kundala Valley Railway was used to transport tea and other commodities by the Kannan Devan Company between Munnar and Top Station. What was initially built as a cart road was later replaced by a monorail goods carriage system that ran from Munnar and Mattupetty all the way up to Top Station? The monorail system was based on the Ewing System, a balancing monorail system developed in late 18th century England by inventor W.J. Ewing.  This system involved a small wheel placed on the track while a larger wheel rested on the road to balance the monorail. The monorail was pulled by bullocks and for this purpose around five hundred bullocks were brought to the hill station along with a veterinary surgeon and two assistants to tend to the bullocks.  

Top Station was used as a transshipment point for transporting tea from Munnar to Bodinayakkanur. The tea chests arriving at Top Station were transported using an aerial ropeway 5 km downhill to Kottagudi in Tamil Nadu, also popularly known as ‘Bottom Station’. From here the tea was transported 15 km by cart to Bodinayakkanur and then on to Tuticorin, The containers used to transport the tea were imported from the UK and were called ‘Imperial Chests’.

 

The Upgrade to Narrow Gauge Railway (1908–1924)

By 1908 the monorail was upgrading to a light railway. Starting from Munnar station, the service included two stations, Madupetty and Palaar en route to Top Station.  According to ‘Facts of a Hundred Years’ Planting’ , an in house publication of Tata Finlay Ltd., the railway project took one and a half years to complete and also required parts to be imported from Britain and assembles at Munnar by the engineers of the tea company.  Four railway stations were built for the project at different places including Munnar. The train had four compartments named Buchanan after the general manager of the tea company, the Anaimudi, the Kundaly, and the High Ranger. The High Ranger also had a first-class compartment for European managers and visiting officials.

 

The movement of the train was slow due to frequent derailment, the occasional elephant on the track. Initially, it was planned to run the locomotives on wood fuel alone, but owing to the steep gradients and curves, this was impracticable and the use of coal and firewood was adopted which generated sufficient steam.

 

In 1924, Munnar witnessed some of the worst flooding ever seen in its history. Besides causing extensive damages to the Tea plantations, roads and dwellings, the rains and the flood washed away the lifeline of the Kannan Devan Company, the Kundala Railway. Major portions of the railway were washed away leaving no scope for reconstruction. After this natural, the company opted for ropeways for the transportation of tea between Munnar and Top Station. Until the massive floods of 1924, The Kundala Valley Light Railway was a major transportation facility in the region. Due to the large scale devastation caused to the system, the project was abandoned by the British due to the unfeasible nature of opting for a restoration.

 

Even to this day, one can see ghost-like remnants of the rail used as scrap in some of the old buildings in the region. The railway station at Munnar still remains as a monument to the historic and ill-fated project. After 1924, this building was used for various purposes like storing rice, tea and occasionally for church services. It is now being used as the regional office of Kannan Devan Hills Plantations Company Private Limited (KDHP) (formerly Tata Tea).        

 

Next on the route of the Kundala Valley Railway is the aluminum bridge near Munnar Town. Originally set up for the railway track, it has now been converted into a road, Despite this, one can still see the remains of the old railway as one approaches the bridge and notices the support beam that is built using the iron of the old rail. Many such remains of the railway and ropeway can still be found on the Kundala Top Station route. Interested travelers can go on an adventurous trail on there to catch a glimpse of what once was the most ambitious railway project undertaken. An artifact of this railway can be found at the Tea Museum of the Nallathani Estate. A rail engine wheel of the first and only railway in Munnar is on display for visitors to this museum.

 

The ropeway station in Munnar, which was once a hub of activities, is today a quaint location. The building here which was the starting point of the ropeway today serves as a store of Tata Tea.

At Top Station, about 40 km away from Munnar town, the endpoint of the Kundala railway line, one can see the remains of the old railway station and the ropeway in the form of wheels, tracks, and signboards that remind one of an era long gone by.

 

Finally,

Munnar is one of the most historic and beautiful locations in Kerala. A deep connect can be felt with the imperial era long gone by. The various tea estates especially the Kannan Devan Company have a very deep association with this land and its people. It has witnessed the struggles and glory of this region over the years. Munnar was one of the first places to have a railway line in the country. After the deluge, no railway network has been built in the area and even today the hill station and the district of Idukki, to which it belongs, does not have rail connectivity.  

 

Recently, however, the Kerala State Government's tourism department has been mulling the possibility of reviving the British era monorail system by restoring it as far as possible to its original condition to serve as an attraction that tourists to Munnar can enjoy. The proposed project will be carried out on a public-private-partnership model along with the Kannan Devan Hills Plantation (KDHP) which owns the land through which the old Kundala monorail passed.

 

Visitors to Munnar can expect the project to be completed very soon if it is found to be feasible by the authorities and rest assured, Blanket Hotel and Spa will be with you to ensure that you will belong the first to relive the memories of the magnificent monorail of Munnar

 
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Experience Luxury Like Never Before in Munnar

Blanket Munnar : Luxury Hotel in Munnar  With A View of Waterfall
Resembling something of a canvas painting, Munnar is a delightful conglomeration of the lush green plantations and the shimmery water streams. Bearing the best of tea plantations in Western Ghats, this aromatic hill station is a delightful treat for nature lovers. Thanks to the advent of imperialism, Munnar has developed both industrially and economically and promotes Kerala Tourism. Be it the churches, houses, museums or the tea estates; all of these mark a testament to the beauty that this place is. Bearing a vast variety of flora and fauna, Munnar has natural beauties that are exclusive to their town only. One two nights of stay will never make-up for the time and touring in Munnar; one has to stay for atleast 5 nights to explore it, especially if you are looking for a place for your honeymoon, you can consider Munnar.

Such is its BEAUTY!
While you are at it in Munnar, stay at one of the best luxury resorts in Munnar that you can find in the hill station. Situated in the lap of Pallivasal amidst the mystical beauty of the Attukad waterfalls, the Blanket Hotels and Spa are your perfect destination for couples for honeymoon and family too. Also referred to as one of the best eco-friendly resorts, we have gone every mile to make this dream come true for all the nature lovers. The five star hotels will serve you with the right kind of views and provide you everything you need for a fruitful vacation in the hills of Munnar.

Activities to do at Blanket Munnar

Dress Like A Keralite Bride & Groom:  
Revisit moments from your wedding in the Kerala style!
While in Blanket Munnar, you can dress up as a Kerala Bride and Groom and relive all your wedding memories with an extra hint of romance in the air. Traditional wedding services will also be provided for you to marry your partner again in the Kerala traditional wedding style.

Cycling:
Are you a fan of exploring the nature on your own? Then the Blanket Hotels and Spa have the best arrangements for you.They allow you to borrow a bicycle and steer through the green alleys of Munnar. While you are at it, you can experience the true aroma and lush greenery of the fields in Munnar that will make you want to come back for more.

Morning walk with our Naturalist:
Munnar is Nature and Nature is Munnar. Upholding this spirit, Blanket Hotel will provide you with an in-house Naturalist who will come all the way down with you to explore Munnar and explain every little detail about it. Munnar is at it’s best on dewy mornings where the sun shines and makes a pathway for you to get lost in the nature.

Ayurveda Massage:
A good trip to this wonderland is never complete without their famous massages. Known throughout the world for their Ayurveda, Kerala stands apart with the extremely relaxing massages that are offered. Here in Blanket Hotels, you can offer you an Ayurveda Massage that will relax your body and take you to a state of Nirvana.

Yoga and Meditation:
 To have a perfect day ahead that is filled with energy, Blanket Resorts believe that it is important to retain healthy lifestyles. Hence, to bring this into life, an in-house yoga instructor who will give you the basic yoga training early in the morning. This will be followed by a meditation that will clear up your mind and give you a peaceful yet fun day ahead.

Cooking Demonstration:
Are you good at making some scrumptious meals? Do you want to showcase your talent?  chefs here demonstrate simple recipes that you can replicate to perfection. The one that gets it right will go on our social media handles with the title of – ‘Chef of the Day’. Sounds fun, right?

Attukad Waterfalls:
Rumbling in the lap of Blanket Hotels and Spa, the Attukad Waterfalls make their way into every corner of the hotel and reach your ears. We take pride in the beautiful Attukad Waterfalls and strive to make it visible to as many people as possible. Hence, taking this into consideration; we give a full-day trekking program from the resort’s gardens reaching the tea plantations and finally the Attukad Waterfalls. Here you can experience the best of Munnar by witnessing several bamboo forests and housing settlements that give you a once in a lifetime kind of experience.

Blanket Munnar also has other attractions like recreational indoor sports and it is one of the resorts in Munnar with Swimming pool for smiling with the Mountain View

Here is how it looks in night.

So, are these good enough to call you for a vacation at Blanket Munnar? For more details about Rooms Availability, reservations you can contact them Here

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April 24, 2019 by Admin

The God’s Privileged Home Srishti in Munnar ( De...

The God’s privileged home ‘Srishti’, in Munnar encourages mentally disabled children of Tata Tea estate workers. It welcomes us with tear-jerking, exciting and felicific scenes. ‘Srishti’ has to be appreciated and exalted for evincing self-respect in the minds of the mentally disabled children of estate workers who were isolated and reserved from the society.

 

DARE (Developmental Activities in Rehabilitative Education) Over the last 25 years, this center has worked on rehabilitating mentally and physically challenged children of plantation workers in Munnar. At present, there are 62 children between 3 and 18 years of age with various disabilities at the Centre.

Founded in 1991 by Dolly Lai, wife of a Tata Tea Manager- a centre for motor coordination and basic education, over its 25 years of existence it has taught and trained 205 students.

 

More than sixty lively children preserving human rights are trained in ‘DARE’. The products carve-out from the dexterity of these disabled children are marvelous. 29 children were trained at the beginning. After primary education, they were trained under the institute of ‘Srishti’ and are appointed there.

This school was established by Tata Global Village Private Limited in 1991 and is standing very high with many international awards. The award of Government in 1997, FICCI award in 1998 and 2007, Helen Keller award of 2000 and Mother Teresa award of 2002 are the assortments given for their Excellency.

 

‘Aranya’ is an important establishment which dyes on cotton, silk, jute, and wool.’ Athulya is another establishment producing paper bags, greeting cards, and other paper products from futile materials. Many recognitions and awards which include national and international have been received or drawn in the name of Aranya & ’Athulya due to the productive skills. ‘The Deli’ is a unit making sweets and snacks. Another unit ‘Nisarga’ deals in making viands by refining the fruits like strawberry and passion fruit available from Munnar. These products are sold in the public market and the profit is utilized for the welfare of the children.

 

Most of the people visiting here are tourists. The best way to catch ‘Srishti’ in Munnar is to visit Blanket hotel & Spa” which is a facilitated five-star hotel in Munnar as well only 14 kilometers far from ‘Srishti’. If you opt for Blanket hotel special package to Srishti’, it will ensure that your vacation becomes one of the most cherished memories of your life. Trip to God’s privileged home ‘Srishti’ to make familiar with their products and children around. The Hotels in Munnar are promoting ‘Srishtiby purchasing some of the products that those children had made.   If you really want to see God’s privileged home- ‘Srishti’ comes to Munnar, the best hill station in Kerala.

 
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Sub Zero Temperatures and Frost A White Blanket ov...

The month of January is cold and is one of the best times to visit Munnar. Visitors flock to this

magnificent hill station every year during this time to experience the cool winter climate and the warm

sun that provides excellent hues over the skies of Munnar. However, over the last few weeks, the region

of Munnar has been experiencing a winter of a different kind. The kind that has seen many parts of the

region experience temperatures as low as -3 degrees Celsius. This phenomenon has caused layers of frost

to cover the lush green landscapes that adorn the region of Munnar. It is almost as if a pristine white

blanket has covered the landscape. The tea estate regions of Devikulam, Chenduvara, Chittuvara,

Kannimala, Sevenvalley, and Nallathani have seen frost cover most of the grasslands and tea plantations. This is a great time to capture some beautiful photographs for shutterbugs. The weather at Munnar coupled with the beautiful white frost these days resembles Kulu Manali and Blanket Hotel and Spa has some of the best luxury rooms and services in Munnar to help you enjoy this rare spectacle of the frost covered hills of Munnar. It is a wonderful opportunity for families to spend some time in the ‘white hills’ and make some great memories.
Blanket Hotel and Spa has been arranging special Jeep Safaris for guests who want to visit the regions that are covered with frost. Be sure to not miss this rare opportunity to witness frost in God’s Own

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January 15, 2019 by Admin

One of the East Flowing Rivers Adorning Munnar

Kabani, Bhavani and Pambar are the three rivers which flow to East in Kerala.
Pambar originates from Devikulam, where the memories of Maidhili’s stay in forest remain, gliding through Sahyan’s canyons, fluxing through slightly Thoovanam waterfalls, alluring Chinnar rain shadow forest, then scuds to Tamil Nadu and calmly merges in to Kaveri.
Pambar log house is the accommodation facility arranged by forest department inside Chinnar forest in the bank of Pambar. The greenery of wild, the chillness of the river, roaring of elephants and the music of forest with crickets’ song take us to a sensational world during the halt at the shores of Pambar.
Advanced booking has to be done for accommodation at Pambar log house. After reaching the office of wild life department at 2.00 pm, you have to walk 40 minutes with the guiding tribesmen working in forest department in order to reach Pambar log house. During this journey, well preserved wild animals can be seen. The food for us will be provided by them. Sometimes they may accompany us for fishing in Pambar. It is said that ‘Pambar Koima’ is a fresh water fish seen only in Pambar of Chinnar wild life sanctuary.
Rupees 3000/- is the charge for two persons and 1000/- per head for more. Maximum 6 persons can stay at log house. Booking can be done through Munnar wild life department website....

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January 08, 2019 by Admin

How to Reach Coimbatore to Munnar | The Best way t...

Are you Looking the best way to travel Coimbatore to Munnar, then use this path 
Coimbatore- Pollachi - Udumalapet - Chinnar – Marayoor - Munnar.
Total 160 Kms & will Take 05 hours Travel Time.
Coimbatore to Pollachi- 44 Km
It’s a straight highway from Coimbatore to Pollachi.
The route between Pollachi to Udumalapet one can enjoy the scenic beauty. The huge windmill farms along the way are an interesting sight.
After travelling from Udumalapet it’s about 37 km to reach Chinnar. A place rich in wildlife, it's a protected area that houses many endangered species. Located within the sanctuary, the Thoovanam waterfall is another fantastic attraction of this place. A drive on the Udumalpet-Munnar road gives picturesque views of the Western Ghats. Chinnar is 37 km from Udumalpet and the reserve forests of Indira Gandhi Wildlife Sanctuary and National Park (now Anamalai Tiger Reserve) and Chinnar Wildlife Sanctuary are located nearby. The ride is highly potent to witness animal crossings, as they move vertically towards Amaravathi dam for water and care should be taken not to disturb the animals as well as commuters safety..
From Chinnar to Marayoor its about 9 km and in Marayoor, guest can see Sandal wood forest and terrace farming. Marayoor is also famous for Jaggery. There are lot of Jaggery production Huts on the way..
Next destination on the way to Munnar from Marayoor is Lakkam Waterfalls which is about 15 KM from Marayoor and from Munnar it’s about 25 KM. Its surrounded by Tea Garden and forest.
Move forward from Lakkam Waterfalls the next stopover place is Eravikulam National Park which at a distance of 21 Km from Lakkam .
Enjoy the travel between the Tea plantations until you reach Munnar from Eravikulam National Park.
10.6 Km from National Park to Munnar town.

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December 28, 2018 by Admin

A Story Behind Emergence of Honeymoon Destination ...

Shajahan’s Mumtaz is buried in an ivory-white marble mausoleum in the bank of Yamuna. But here in Munnar, the Kashmir of South India found by the Englishmen, Henry’s beloved Isabella is buried without any pomp. She left her life, memories, dreams, her Henry and dissolve in to the valley where rain of love shower, it is a tear drop in the face of history. Who is Eleanor Isabel May? We can go for a journey to Munnar of 124 years ago, exactly on December 1894, as everyone likes to search for the remarkable events in history. Eleanor Isabella May called Isabella was the 24 years old daughter of Lord Beaufort Brabazon of England and the wife of Henry Mansfield Knight, who where the first estate manager of Kannan Devan Company.

After the marriage they reached Tamil Nadu through Sri Lanka in ship and went to Munnar in Kerala to celebrate their honeymoon because of the excessive beauty of Munnar. The couple used to walk through the tea plantations, beyond the large Eucalyptus trees, and watching the beauty of nature by holding their hands. Every British estate owners compete to make banquet for the newly married couple.

On a night, after dinner she says some words to Henry which later become the foreboding of her future. She tells, “Dear Henry, My body shall be buried in that valley when I die. Even my soul will not like to leave this beautiful place.” Henry considered it as a joke and his reply was not registered anywhere in the history. Thus there lovely days continued. The nights and fog of Munnar is very cold in December. Isabella went to bed after attending a dinner conducted by British colony with Henry on 21st December but she couldn’t wake up the next morning.

Servants went to doctor with horse-cart. Company-doctor come from old Munnar town and confirmed that she was affected by cholera. No medicines were available for cholera and malaria then. Fate… We note down the incidents which change our life and history as fate. On the third day after she was affected, and the day before the first Christmas after her marriage, the 24 years old Eleanor Isabel May went to another heaven from the paradise on earth. Henry sent off his beloved in beautiful costume even if he is in a tragic situation. All the water bodies of Munnar were covered with the tears of Western Ghats on that day. According to her wish, he entombs her on the place she demanded without leaving her body to relatives.

On the first time in history, it is here, the church has been started where a cemetery remained. After many years it is just casual as the world praises Munnar as ‘The World Best Romantic Destination’. It was a pitiful scene for the people to see the Englishman Henry Mansfield crying near the grave of Isabella, as he was a favorite person of the company workers and the man who made Munnar world famous by ‘tea’. The unfulfilled wish of Isabella was left over and Henry became alone with her memories in that valley.

Thus years pass on, Henry left to England after handing over the tomb and plot to Christ Church. A century old CSI Church,owing its legacy to the British tea planters in Old Munnar was built in 1910. It was constructed using roughhewn granites in Gothic style & sides of the church depict the saints and Biblical Characters. In the register book of cemetery, the first name remains eternal as inscribed on the tomb: ’Eleanor Isabel May’. So don’t forget in your Munnar trip, let Henry, Isabella and their unfulfilled love be eternal in our memories.

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December 03, 2018 by Admin

Planning a Holiday to Munnar, These are the Best T...

Munnar is a popular hill station located in the Idukki district of Kerala, India. Thousands of tourists visit this scenic destination every year to witness the majestic sprawling green hills, the historic tea plantations, beautiful waterfalls and the rare flora and fauna that is home to this magnificent piece of land in God’s own country.

Ideally, the best time to visit Munnar is from the months of December to February.   These are probably the fogg, coolest and most peasant months, with temperatures going as low as 10 degree Celsius. Yet this period has a lot to offer honeymooners, adventure and trekking enthusiasts as the weather allows for a lot of activity based sightseeing. It is recommended that you carry your woolens when you visit Munnar during this time of the year.

Next, we have the months of March, April and May which are typically the warm months that Munnar witnesses. The days are bright and sunny while the weather turns pleasantly cool during the evenings. This period is ideal for tourists looking for a leisurely sightseeing experience. One can indulge oneself by visiting the Tata Tea Museum to catch glimpses of the history of tea cultivation in Munnar and also visit popular attractions like Top Station which is known for its picture postcard views.   It is recommended that you carry light cottons during the duration of your visit in these months.

Then there are the monsoon months of June, July and August. Typically, the month of June begins with the advent of the South West monsoons that arrive to offer relief to the scorched hills and plains of the state of Kerala. The monsoons give Munnar a charm of its own. It tends to bring out the romantic in each of those who visit the region during these months. The mist laden mountain tops and the lush green meadows and flowing rivulets could make many a heart sing in joy.

Finally there are the months of September to November. These moths witness a bit of rains too with the onset of the north east monsoons. The weather is mostly pleasant with a few drizzles. Tourists can take in the pleasant misty climate as they can enjoy the beauty of the mist laden hills of Munnar.There are many beautiful places to visit in munnar which you shouldn't miss while travelling to munnar .

The best time to visit Munnar would depend on your preference as a traveler with regards to the kind of activity ort holiday that you would like to have. That being said, Munnar offers some of the best holiday experiences throughout the year for everyone. At Blanket Hotel and Spa guests can enjoy the beauty and splendor of Munnar in a luxurious five star hotel setting.
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November 19, 2018 by Admin

Best Way to Reach Munnar from Cochin

(Cochin to Munnar via Aluva , Perumbavoor, Kothamangalam, Neriamangalam, Adimali)

Munnar, popularly called a Beauty Queen of Nature is located 6000 ft above mean sea level enclosed by Tea plantations and wide Mountain Ranges of Western Ghats is about 130 KM from Cochin and it will take 4 hours to reach it by visiting all the sightseeing places on the way.

Starting from cochin the next major city is, Aluva, a municipality and a northern suburb of the city of Kochi in Kerala, India. Aluva is situated around 15 km from the Cochin City center on the banks of river Periyar. The next city after 30 minutes drive from here is the Perumbavoor , which is alike a village and while, moving forward towards Kothamangalam the view of greenery is back all along the sides of road.
 Kothamangalam is known as the Gateway of High range which is 85 km away from Munnar.
The river Periyar, the largest river in Kerala, flows through this taluk. The dams built across Periyar at Edamalayar, Lower Periyar (near Neriamangalam) and Bhoothathankettu for hydroelectricity generation and irrigation purposes are located in the Kothamangalam taluk.  
Driving towards Neriyamangalam from Kothamangalam, the road is extremely good without any potholes. It is on the border of Ernakulam and Idukki districts. The Neriamangalam Bridge, Ranikallu (stone of queen) are of historical importance and Bridge, built across the Periyar river, is often referred as 'The Gateway to the High ranges' as it is on the way to the higher regions of Idukki district, especially Munnar. The bridge was constructed by the Maharaja of Travancore in 1935. Now the bridge is a part of National Highway 49 which leads to Dhanushkodi in Tamil Nadu. Neriamangalam gets the highest average rainfall in the state of Kerala. So this place is aptly hailed as 'The Cherrapunjee of Kerala'. The nearest town is Kothamangalam, which is about 17.6 km from Neriamangalam.
 On the way to Adimali from Neriamangalam, the cool breeze and cloud covers the roads and forests. The 45 minutes drive through forest will take you to other world where you can experience the greenery and mountain ranges with huge waterfalls. The first stop over enroute Munnar at Cheyyappara waterfalls which is on the Kochi - Madurai Highway (National Highway49) between Neriamangalam and Adimali and within 2 km (10 min) here comes the next elegant Valara waterfalls 16 km away from Adimali.
Adimali is the nearest major city to Munnar About 30 KM from Munnar and Pepper cultivation is the main agricultural activity of this place. Mainly known for spices plantation in high range.
Road to Munnar from Adimali with lots of turns and twists offers a climbing high hill feel to the travelers. After 22km of travelling, from the Adimali, the glorious Tea
plantaions will accompany travelers on both sides of road for 8 KM until you reach Munnar Town .

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November 03, 2018 by Admin

The Best way to reach Munnar from Madurai

(Madurai to Munnar Via Usilampetti, Theni, Bodimettu- Chinnakanal- Munnar). 153 Kms from Madurai to Munnar via NH 85 which has long stretch starts from Tondi point near Bay of Bengal in Tamil nadu and end in Cochin near Arabian Sea Kerala.

Madurai is one of the ancient city which has traces in history back to 3rd Century BC. From Madurai to Usilampetti the untouched villages will follow the travelers on both sides of road and it’s about 40 kms to reach Usilampetti which is a bigger town after Madurai enroute Munnar.

Travelling forward from Usilampetti to reach Theni about 38 Kms in straight line road visualizing the village beauty and plain lands of vegetation and agriculture. Our next main place in way to Munnar is Theni.. Unlike Neriamangalam, Theni can be said as the gateway to high range in another side.

Theni  district is divided into two natural divisions: The hilly areas are constituted by parts of the three taluk's Periyakulam, Uthamapalayam and Andipatti with thick vegetation and perennial streams from the hills on the western side and Cumbum valley which lies in Uthamapalayam taluk. Kolukkumalai Tea estate, Top station View point, Meghamalai Wildlife sanctuary and Tea estates are the major sightseeing places are under Theni District Jurisdiction.

From Theni to Bodinayakanur (Bodi) its 26 Kms drive with turns and twists towards hilly terrain.  Due to the weather and natural environment, the first Prime Minister of India, Jawaharlal Nehru, called the city as "South Kashmir". A town located on the foothills of the Western Ghats and this town is surrounded by (and has views of) the ranges of the Western Ghats on three sides. Theni, the nearest market town is 26 kms from Bodi. It is on the border between Tamil Nadu and Kerala. Bodinayakanur is a destination for film shooting in Tamil Nadu.

After crossing the Bodi through Kerala Tamil nadu Border need to travel 42kms to reach next place  Chinakkanal which is in Kerala border.Along the road there are two waterfalls, Chinnakanal waterfalls and periyakanal waterfalls. Anayirangal Dam and roads leads to gap road constructed by carving one side of Mountain all are glimpse to our eyes. The breath taking view from Gap road and on both the sides we can see vast tea plantations until you reach Munnar via Devikulam. It’s about 21 Kms from Chinnakanal to Munnar.

 
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November 03, 2018 by Admin

The Best Places You Can See and Things You Can Do ...

30 Places to visit in Munnar 

 

Munnar represents the pinnacle of nature’s beauty in God’s Own Country, Kerala. Boasting a rich heritage and spellbinding natural beauty, Munnar has something for everyone. From old colonial buildings and the historic Munnar MonoRail to the mesmerizing spectacle of the Neelakurinji flower amidst the beautiful valleys, Munnar offers every traveler something special. We at Blanket Hotel and Spa provide our guests with the best possible experience in Munnar by indulging them in a host of different activities and engaging them at various locations across Munnar. In this context we have compiled a list of some of the finest places you can checkout and things you can do in Munnar.

1.    Morning walk through tea plantations

To enjoy the view of the magnificent mountain ranges of Munnar that spread across the horizon and take in the scenic beauty of the tea plantations, one can enjoy the pristine beauty of Munnar and its vast tea plantations.

2.    Boating at Mattupetty Dam

Mattupetty Dam is located near Munnar in Idukki District, it is a storage Concrete Gravity dam built in the mountains of Munnar to conserve water for hydroelectricity. The dam operated by the state owned KSEB provides visitors the opportunity to indulge in boating activities in the lake. One can take in the immense beauty of the surrounding hills and the pristine lake itself.

3.    Echo Point

This scenic place gets its name from the natural echo phenomenon here. Echo Point, situated on the way to Top Station from Munnar is a stopover for tourists visiting Top Station – the highest point in Munnar and the rare Neelakurinji (Strobilanthus) is found here when it blooms.

4.    Kundala Dam

Kundala Dam is a picturesque place to visit in Munnar  Situated about 20 km from Munnar on the way to Top Station. It stands at a height of 1700 meters above sea level. The region is famous for the cherry blossoms that appear twice a year.

5.    Photo Point

Photo Point is situated at a distance of 3 kms from Munnar on the way to Mattupetty. Dense tea plantations, woods and small rivulets and rolling hills make this spot ideal for leisure travelers and nature lovers. The place gets its name from the picture postcard views that it offers to shutterbugs.

6.    Tea Museum

Munnar is home to some of the finest tea varieties in the world. It has a special place in the origins and history of tea cultivation in India.  In order to serve as a testament to this heritage and for tea enthusiasts and tourists, The Tata Tea Company recently opened a Tea Museum which houses curios, photographs and machineries, each depicting a turning point that contributed to a flourishing tea industry, as seen today in the region.

7.    Iravikulam National park ( Rajamalai)

Iravikulam National Park is 97 sq kilometres wide and consists mostly of high altitude Grasslands that are interspersed with Sholas. The main body of the National Park comprises of a high rolling plateau with a base elevation of about 2000 meters from mean sea level. The park is of undulating terrain and the highest peak is Anamudi (2695 m).  The park offers visitors a chance to see some of the unique flora and fauna like the Lion Tailed Macaque and the Nilgiri Tahr.

8.    Kolukkumalai Tea Factory

Kolukkumalai Tea Estate is one of the premier south Indian Tea Plantation in India. It is located at Kottagudi Village, Bodinayakkanur Taluk, Theni District, and TamilNadu State, India. The total extent of the Estate is 220 hectares out of which 81 hectares is registered for Tea Plantation and the remaining is un planted and rocky lands. It’s a small fairy tale like village/hamlet in Bodinayakanur Taluk in the Theni district of the Indian state of Tamil Nadu bordering Idukki district of Kerala. It is home to the highest tea plantations in the world with the tea grown here possessing a special flavour and freshness because of the high altitude. Kolukkumalai is about 7,130 feet (2,170 m) above sea level and lies some 37 kilometers from Munnar. The hill top village is accessible only by jeep due to rugged terrain and rain drenched roads leading to this village..

9.    Tea factory visit ( Kolukkumalai , Lockhart , peraivarai)

The tea factory gives one rare insight into their methods of tea production that have not changed for decades. Housed in a two-storied building with wooden interiors, tea is processed in the traditional method, which is different from the more popular CTC method (crush-tear-curl method). One can enjoy a variety of flavours here and buy fresh packets from the attached shop.

The Lockhart tea factory is the oldest British tea factory which operates in this region and still produces high quality tea suitable for export. Mostly tea is cultivated here on undulating terrains and in some regions it is grown on low lying plains. The tea cultivated from these estates is processed in factories and is transported to various parts of the world.

Periyavarai factory was established on 1937 and is located 4927 feet above sea level.CTC (crush-tear-curl method) is used.

10.    Chinnar wildlife sanctuary

A unique thorny scrub forest with xerophytes species, Chinnar is the habitat for the endangered Giant Grizzled Squirrel of India. Their total number here would be less than 200. Located in the rain shadow area of the Western Ghats, unlike other sanctuaries in Kerala, Chinnar gets only less than two months of rain every year

11.    Pambadum shola national Park    

The vegetation consists mostly of southern subtropical hill forests with shola-grassland system at the higher altitudes. Two roads pass through the Park, the Munnar – Koviloor road and the Munnar – Kodaikanal road, now closed at the State boarder. Including many rare and endangered wild animals, a species Parantica nilgiriensis (Nymphalidae) which is restricted to some of the hills of south India and listed as threatened species by IUCN, is abundant.            

12.    Marayoor (jagerry & sandalwood)

Marayoor is situated in the outskirts of Munnar at a distance of 42 Km on the way to Chinnar. Marayoor is known for its tribal community and visitors can visit the local cardamom and coffee plantations and orange and apple orchards. It is also home to a natural sandalwood forest Marayoor is also famous the world over for its jaggery, (popularly known as Marayoor Jaggery) which is a term used for the dark brown sugar balls made of condensed sugar cane juice.

13.    Kanthaloor

The salubrious climate and the picturesque landscapes and wide variety of tropical crops coupled with the close proximity of Munnar (a major hill station), has transformed this village into a tourist destination. Kanthaloor is famous for its wide variety of crops which is not seen on the other parts of kerala, which includes varieties of Apple, Orange, and Strawberry, Blackberry, Plums, Gooseberry, Egg fruits, peach & passion fruits.

14.    Vattavada veg Farm

Vattavada is a virtually rain shadow village, lying in the eastern side of the Western Ghats near to Marayur and north side of Munnar. Vattavada is known as the vegetable market of Kerala, because they are in front of vegetable producing. Vattavada is famous for its wide variety of crops which is not seen on the other parts of Kerala, which includes varieties of apple, orange, strawberry, blackberry, plums, gooseberry, egg fruits, peach and passion fruits, etc.

15.    Elephant safari & boating

Tourist can indulge in an elephant safari and boating at many of Munnar’s locations like the Mattupetty and Kundala Dams. Guests can also indulge in a short elephant ride along the path surrounded by trees.

16.    Attukad village visit

Attukad village is located about 4.5km from Pallivasal. It’s surrounded by vast tea plantation and waterfalls (Attukad waterfalls). At the junction in front of the Pallivasal tea factory, a narrow routed road slopes down between tea bushes into a little valley. Drive a little distance down this road and the water falls are visible down below snaking through the rocks. To see the Attukad in its true mystical glory, one would have to visit the region during the monsoons (rainy season).

17.    Zipline

Build up your team, and get ready to test your wits with this striking adventure activity of Zip Lining in Munnar. Brace up, to get harnessed by a pulley suspended via a cable that is made of stainless steel and is fountained on an inclination.

18.    Hydel park

Immerse yourself in the gift of nature at the Blossom Hydel Park, located around 6 km away from Pallivasal. This exotic piece of land has fresh flowers, Muthirapuzha river, lush green landscape, embracing migratory water birds, and mountain butterflies, that attracts tourists from distant cities and abroad.

19.    Honeybee nest    

Honey Bee Nest is located at 10 Km away from Pallivasal on the way to Mattupetty. Around 25 honeybee nest occupied in a single tree is an unforgettable scene. If you are planning a vacation in Munnar, then you must go visit Jungle Honey bee nest.

20.    Homemade chocolate

Homemade Chocolates are a popular produce of Munnar’s growing cottage industry.  One can find some truly good varieties and flavors of homemade chocolate at Munnar’s shopping areas.

21.    Rock climbing and rappelling

Visitors can partake in rock climbing activity which is an adrenaline pumping activity which requires full bodywork and involves a lot of fun. Guests can avail some basic and advanced rock climbing guidance by qualified national trainers with full gears. This activity is suitable for groups of adventure tourists.

22.    Church , mosque & temple in Munnar

Mount Carmel Church is located in the heart of Munnar city. To reach the church one has to climb steep steps. You can have a good view of Munnar city from here.. and the view of Temple and Mosque on the other hills. Mother Mary's Grotto is located just at the end of the steps leading to the church.

There is a mosque in Munnar, where all the believers in Islam come and worship. The mosque in Munnar provides a meeting place for the Muslim brethren. The worship or 'Namas' is held five times a day. Religious lessons are given here to young believers

Sri Subramanya Temple is a Hindu temple located in Munnar  . Lord Muruga is the principal deity. Three poojas are held every day including 'Usha pooja' in morning section, 'Ucha pooja' in noon section and 'Attazha pooja' in desk section.

23.    Trekking

Trekking in Munnar is ideal for nature enthusiasts. The forest walk amidst the mystical beauty of the cinnamon hills is mesmerizing. These long treks in Munnar let you explore the vast plantations of tea and cardamom in the misty mountain ranges. Guests can also interact with the workers of these plantations and learn more about their lives and culture.

24.    Jeep safari

Drive through the KannanDevan Hills, the tea plantations, scenic valleys, spice plantations. The jeep safari activity will give one a chance to take a closer look at the spectacular countryside and also get a chance to interact with the local community and catch views of some rare species of animals and birds.

25.    Top Station

Top Station is one of Munnar’s most popular tourist attractions. It is situated about 32 km from Munnar and 41 km from Pallivasal and stands at a height of 1700 m above sea level. It is the highest point on the Munnar-Kodaikanal road. Travelers to Munnar make it a point to visit Top Station to enjoy the panoramic view the location offers of the neighboring state of Tamil Nadu. During the Neelakurinji season one can watch the spectacle of this beautiful flower blooming in all its grandeur.

26.    Muniyara Dolmens

A fascinating destination for anthropologists and archaeologists from all over the world, Muniyara has remnants of Dolmenoid cists belonging to the Megalithic age. Dolmenoids were burial chambers made of four stones placed on edges and covered by a fifth one called the cap stone.

27.    Nayamakkad waterfalls

Located between Munnar and Rajamala, Nyayamakad is a breathtaking waterfall. It is placed around 10 km away from Munnar. The water cascade down from a height of about 1600m and the area is an ideal picnic and trekking spot

28.    Pothamedu View point

Pothamedu is located around 6 kilometers away from Munnar on the NH 49. The Pothamedu Viewpoint is set amidst tea and coffee plantations and undulating hills. This vantage point offers visitors a panoramic view of Munnar and its magnificent valleys. If trekking and hiking activities get you going, then this is the place for you.

29.    Lakkam waterfalls

Lakkam waterfall is one of the locations one can stop en route to the Chinnar Wildlife Sanctuary. Situated near the Udumalpett highway (NH 17), about 35 kilometres from Munnar, the Lakkam waterfalls is not a big waterfall but gives a beautiful sight with the surrounding hills and tea gardens.

30.    Anayirankal Dam

Located at a distance of 35 kilometers from Munnar town,  Anayirankal is a combination of two Malayalam words. "Aana" meaning elephant" and "irankal" means coming down. The word "Anayirankal dam" means, the dam where the elephants come down to drink water. The main attraction of this place is its natural beauty and the scenic drive along the route to this location. Tourist can catch sightings of the elephant herds that come down to the lake from the nearby forests.

 

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October 16, 2018 by Admin

The Nehru Trophy Boat Race The most fascinating wa...

Boat Race kerala -The most fascinating water festival in Alleppey 

The Nehru Trophy Boat Race Kerala is conducted on the Punnamda Lake, near Alleppey which is known as “Venice of East”, On the day of this fierce Race the halcyon lake of Alleppey front is transformed into a sea of humanity with lakhs of national and international tourists around the world to witness the victorious Boat. The Boats for the race are titled as different historic names, such as Chundan,Snake Boat, Churulans, Veppu Vallams (Parunthuvalans), Odi (Iruttukuthi etc.There is a history behind the name s of each Boats which used for the race . Now, 66th The Nehru Trophy Boat Race is a big challenge to show the world that Kerala is safe to travel and ready to welcome tourist with double strength.

Sending out a strong message that tourism in the flood-battered Kerala will be back on the rails in double-quick time, The Nehru Trophy Boat Race Kerala’s largest and most famous and prestigious race will begin on 10th Nov. 2018.

Being held in the wake of the devastating floods that rampaged through large swathes of the coastal state, 66th The Nehru Trophy Boat Race kerala will focus on measures that would lead to a strong resurgence of tourism, which is the mainstay of Kerala’s economy.   

The response to this 66th The Nehru Trophy Boat Race has been overwhelming with more than one lakh overseas viewers and two lakhs domestic viewers having expected to witness the race. The government planned to call off the Race due to the catastrophic effect by the natural calamity but now  it is an indication that Kerala is intact and back in double force in its normal situation.

As in its previous Races, The Nehru Trophy Boat Race will serve as a strong platform to showcase its time-tested as well as traditional Heritage of Kerala and establish firm business links by bringing together international and domestic reputed tourists viewers under one roof.

Major magnificent features of the Water Festival are its song sung by the contestants. Every year they use different verity of songs suitable for the Boat race.

Tourism in Kerala has started recovering fast from the grim blow dealt by the calamitous floods. Traffic to major destinations across the state has resumed and bookings ahead of the peak season have in its full swing.

The 66th The Nehru Trophy Boat Race is intended to send a strong signal to the world that the state has the resilience and an indomitable spirit to take in its stride any adverse challenge and move forward.  The event will send this message to the world through the delegates from as many as countries arriving to take part it.

 Special arrangements have also been made for the large media contingent reaching the city to cover the event. Media persons from abroad and from different parts of the country will be reporting the event from the spot.

The strength of The Nehru Trophy Boat Race Kerala is its public- private sector collaboration and it also serves as a forum for potential international and domestic tourists clinching business deals.

As part of its social responsibility mission State government, tourism department, snake boat owners and boat clubs started preparation for the water festival .As many as 78 boats including 24 Chundans will take part in the race.

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October 16, 2018 by Admin

The Magnificent Nilgir Tahr at the Eravikulam Nati...

The Nilgiri Tahr is an endangered caprid that is found along the hills of the Western Ghats in India. It is also popularly known as the Nilgiri Ibex or the Ibex. It is the state animal of the Indian state of Tamil Nadu.  It is a close relative of the Himalayan Tahr commonly found along the southern flanks of the Himalayas and the Arabian Tahr found along with the mountain ranges in Oman.  These are basically stocky goats with a short, coarse fur and a bristly mane. The males of the species are usually of a larger build than the female species. They are also of a darker shade when they become adults. The males have a larger set of horns and weigh around 80 to 100 kilograms. Such proportions make them appear very aggressive and dominating.  The adult males are seen to develop a light grayish color patch on their backs and are hence called “saddlebacks”.

At present there are approximately 700-800 Nilgiri Tahrs that inhabit the Eravikulam National Park as per official estimates. Their habitation involves the fringes of the grassy plateau and proceeds on to the steep slabs and cliffs that mark the edges of the hills and mountains.  It is because of this nature they are locally called the ‘varayaadu’ in Tamil. ‘Very’ means precipice or the edge and ‘and’ means goat.  The Nilgiri Tahr are found in two distinct groups in the Eravikulam National Park. Firstly there are mixed groups containing primarily of adult females and their sub-adult offspring. They are joined by adult males only during the mating season. The second group consists of males of various classes. The maximum size of the mixed group is 150 animals and that of all-male groups is 20 individuals. The predators of Nilgiri Tahr in Eravikulam National Park include Tiger, Leopard, Wild Dog and Jackal.

Visitors to the region of Munnar can visit the Eravikulam National Park to catch a glimpse of this magnificent animal in its splendor. Blanket Hotel provides guests with a host of activities that can satisfy the adventure and wildlife enthusiast craving for such animal sightings. The resort is at the forefront of several eco tourism-related activities that promote the protection of flora and fauna. The couples who are looking for the ideal honeymoon destination with a mix of adventure can check in to the Blanket Hotel, which provides a five-star honeymoon holiday experience along with the most exciting adventure and sightseeing activities in and around Munnar.

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October 08, 2018 by Admin

Witness the Spectacle of the Neelakurinji at the E...

The Neelakurinji flower is in full bloom at Munnar this year. Guests can catch a glimpse of this beautiful and mystical flower in its full glory in Eravikulam National Park. Visitors can visit the park during this time of theyear to experience the magical extravaganza called Neelakurinji and Nilgiri Tahr. The Eravikulam National Park is located at a distance of 10.60 kilometers from Munnar (approximately 30 minutes) and 19 kilometers from Blanket Hotel (approximately 40 minutes).
The Eravikulam National Park is located at a distance of 10.60 kilometers from Munnar (approximately 30 minutes) and 19 kilometers from Blanket Hotel (approximately 40 minutes).
The entry time is between 7.30 am and 4.00 pm.
The details of the entry fees to the Eravikulam National Park are as follows:
Indian Adults : 120 INR (Children – 90 INR)
Foreign Nationals : 400 INR
INR Ordinary Camera : 40 INR
INR Video Camera : 315 INR
Reservation fee 50 INR (Reservation counter 9 am – 3 pm at Information centre, Munnar)
Booking the tickets: An online booking facility is available for all those who wish to visit the park. Those looking to make a booking must note that 75% of the tickets will be sold through the online booking facility and the remaining 25% will be made available offline (direct booking). These offline ticket bookings can be done via the counters set up at the Munnar KSRTC stand, theMarayoor Wildlife Complex and Old Munnar. Please note that the counter at the Eravikulam National Parkwon't function for ticket bookings.
Advance booking: Visitors will have the option to book tickets a month prior to visiting the park.
Number of tickets: The Wildlife Department is planning to limit the number of booking per user. It will be limited to five tickets per user at a time.
Ticket status: The status will be displayed on the website and also via digital boards at Adimali, Marayoor and specific points en route to Munnar.
Time slot: To avoid crowding, each visitor will be allowed to stay atop Rajamala for 2 hours from the time of entry.
Cap on visitors: As per NATPAC’s suggestions a maximum of 4,000 visitors can be allowed per day into the park, the WildlifeDepartment however, is planning to limit the number in between 3,600-4,000. Currently 3,000 visitors are allowedper day at the park.
Working hours: Tickets are currently issued from 8 am to 4 pm. This will be extended by 2 hours, making the park timings 7.30 am to 5.30 pm, during this Kurinji season.
Click on below link to Book your tickets online. https://eravikulamnationalpark.in/landing/index.php
Accommodation in Munnar: Munnar is known for good hotels from 3 star to 5 star segment, Blanket Hotel is a premium luxury hotel suites for honeymooners and families as such .Among the Munnar 5 star hotels Blanket stands out due to its location and service. Honeymooners love this 5 star hotel in Munnar because of the awesome location surrounded by tea plantations and river....

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September 21, 2018 by Admin

The Magical Monsoons of Kerala

There is something special about the monsoon season in Kerala. There is a particular sense of excited anticipation among people and nature alike. The first drops of rain area welcome sight and music to the ears of those who have been suffering the relentless heat of the summer months. Arriving in the month of June, the southwest monsoons with its moisture laden winds bring welcome showers to the people of Kerala. It is a period when one can experience Kerala from a very different perspective. The rains are not incessant most of the times. Interspersed with the shimmer of sunlight, the season manages to paint a multitude of hues across the diverse and tropical landscape of Kerala. There are a host of different sounds that one can hear only during these months. The chatter of various birds and insects throng the air. Evenings are cool and warrant the use of blankets for people who are accustomed to the humid climate that is otherwise inherent to the region. There is a popular belief that the monsoons are a source of detoxification for the land and man alike. It replenishes and nourishes everything that it touches with its soothing presence. It is deeply rooted in Kerala’s culture that the month of Karkidam is to be observed as a month of piety and abstinence. This probably stems from a need to detoxify the body of all the harmful toxins that one may consume as part of our daily life routines.
Yet, the monsoons have something in it for everyone. People in love, irrespective of their age, find a special tenderness that the cool drops of rain bring with them. For others, it is the smell of the earth after a shower. For some it is the fresh hues of green that the hills and trees assume, after they have been washed off of their dust covered leaves and surfaces. One can argue that these monsoon months from June to mid November, are some of the finest months to experience Kerala in a different light.
Kerala is the first and last state in India to see the arrival and departure of the monsoons. Beginning with the south west monsoons that last till mid October and the north east monsoons that begin around mid October and last till mid November, the monsoons are very much a part of the lives of the people of Kerala. One should experience the monsoons in Kerala as it brings out a different, gentler side of people and the landscape of Kerala.
A place like Munnar in Idukki district of Kerala, has a special charm to add with the monsoons with the sprawling green hills and beautiful waterfalls like the Attukad waterfalls located near the luxurious Blanket Hotel at Pallivasal, Munnar. Such mystic and romantic getaways are to be experienced at their best with Blanket Hotel when the magic of the monsoons fills your hearts with love and happiness....

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July 27, 2018 by Admin

Get Ready for a Magical Experience –“Neelakuri...

Truly great artists are ones who create works of art that are appreciated for centuries after they are gone. They come up such creations that are rare and beautiful. They are rare because these creations are few and far between and because they are rare, their beauty is also mysteriously captivating. Nature too, is such an artist. It is probably, the greatest of them all because of the sheer magnificence and beauty in everything that it has touched.
One such creation of Nature is the Neelakurinji flower. The botanical name is ‘Strobilanthes kunthianus’. The name Neelakurinji means blue (neela) flower (kurinji). The hills and forests of Munnar situated in the Western Ghats of South India are home to this special flower. The blooming of this beautiful flower can be during the months of July through October. What is fascinating about this spectacle is that this is a phenomenon that happens only once every twelve years during the said months.  Categorized as a long interval bloomer (or plietesial) the Neelakurinji has been documented as one of the most consistent and rigorous bloomers in the category, with documented evidence of its blooming every twelfth year since 1838.  Growing at an altitude of 1300 to 2400 metres, the plant is usually 30 to 60 cm high. They can, however, grow well beyond 180 cm under congenial conditions. It is also believed that the Paliyan tribe of Tamil Nadu used it as a reference point to calculate their ages.
The sight of this flower blooming in abundance and covering the hills and landscape is one to behold. It is a sight that comes once every twelve years. The region of Munnar seems to be carpeted with this magical flower as people and tourists come from near and far to view this spectacle of art created by Mother Nature. Special tours and expeditions are arranged to help tourists and visitors to experience the magic and splendor of this event. If you are planning to visit the region of Munnar during the blooming of the Neelakurinji season, be sure to make your bookings well in advance.
A luxury resort like Blanket Hotel can help bring the best out of the Neelakurinji experience for your holiday during this season. We at Blanket Hotel and Spa have made the best holiday plans for you this season to help you enjoy the Neelakurinji spectacle. Being the best luxury resort in Munnar, Blanket offers you a wide variety of activities that you can indulge in with your loved ones and experience Munnar like never before this Neelakurinji season.

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June 29, 2018 by Admin

Muniyara Dolmens Where the Ancient Sages Attained ...

Imagine a place where the words tranquility and inner peace actually meant something. This is a place where one could probably find one’s true self if they really tried. We are talking about the Muniyara Dolmens in Marayoor, Idukki district of Kerala. It is located approximately 55 kms from Munnar. This is a region that is blessed with green hills and gently flowing rivulets. It is no wonder that ancient sages travelled from far wide to this fairytale like landscape to search for inner peace.
The Muniyaras or dolmens located on these hills are megalithic structures that served primarily as burial chambers. Many archaeologists also believe that some of these structures also were used for habitation by the sages during their periods of penance and meditation. This is because of many of these dolmens have a quadrangle scooped out in laterite and lined on the sides with granite slabs. These are also covered with cap stones.
In today’s day an age where Yoga has become a fad rather than a way of living, the muniyaras of Marayoor remind us of a time when the sages and hermits lived a no frills lifestyle, without any material attachments. Their sole purpose in life was to achieve inner peace.
On this World Yoga day we at Blanket resort and Spa were honored to have the presence of some of the world’s renowned practitioners of Yoga at our property. This group visited our resort as part of the Yoga Ambassadors Tour (YAT) 2018, a specialist familiarization trip for practicing Yoga, which commenced on 13th June this year. There were around 52 representatives from 22 countries on tour here in Kerala, located in the southernmost part of India. This group intended to promote the benefits and practice of Yoga as a lifestyle. We at Blanket Resort and Spa would like to invite you on this special occasion to embrace yoga and its benefits.

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June 15, 2018 by Admin

The den of tranquility and mesmerizing nature

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It's not often that one finds a cute boutique hotel in quite a remote location in Kerala with all things one can dream about.

We, a young couple traveling without our young kid (for the first time), but spent an unforgettable relaxing week in Munnar, a second honeymoon sort of).

Being located in a picturesque Attukkad Waterfalls area, this hotel is a healing mecca for those, who would like to take a breather, reconnect with nature, embrace their spirituality and recharge their batteries for a long time ahead.

The “Blanket Munnar” sits on a top of the hill right next to the amazingly beautiful waterfalls. Even on a perfectly lazy rainy day one can enjoy those spectacular views right from the comfort of his own room, whilst soaking in a huge jacuzzi and sipping some tasty masala tea. Taking a natural walk down the serpentine path to the waterfalls makes for a nice warm-up in the morning. One can feel the vibes coming from the flowing water just by standing nearby, on a little bridge.

The rooftop of the hotel provides one of the best spots for morning yoga practice (just thinking about all the Surya Namaskar I did there with a wonderful yoga teacher, Prasanth, whilst basking in the first rays of the morning sun, wind blowing through my hair…). Top it up with heavenly relaxing ayurvedic massages at the Tulasi spa and mouthwatering vegetarian food served at a Kerala style buffet in the restaurant downstairs and you’ve got your perfect retreat experience of detoxifying the mind, body and spirit.

Active travelers can enjoy some nicely designed day-/half-day tour packages offering a mix of easily accessible outdoor activities and cultural sightseeing, may it be a short visit to the colorful Kathakali theatre or a long drive to the Bamboo Forest, degustation of some locally grown tea and strawberry jam at the Tata Tea Museum or taking some beautiful pictures at the astonishing Top Station amidst the Western Ghats.

In short, this tiny retreat combining simplicity and luxury, carefully preserved local traditions and international hospitality standards, has surely something for everyone.

Already missing my morning yoga, afternoon infinity pool soaks and evening dish of rice and thoran…

Definitely coming back, this time with the little one).

 
Regards 

Julia  Schibi
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May 30, 2018 by Admin

Marayoor Jaggery – Going Global from Humble Sett...

Marayoor is a region in Idukki district of Kerala that is a region that is renowned for its jaggery and sandalwood forests. ‘Marayoor sharkara’ as it is locally called is a produce that is home the panchayats of Marayoor and Kanthalloor. Jaggery production is considered to be a cottage industry in this part of the world and is traditionally made in the respective farms. The name itself has over the years turned into a brand that is famous the world over. Now, this wonderful produce is going to get its own GI (geographical indication) status.
 It is traditionally manufactured jaggery containing low amounts of sodium and insoluble impurities. Under lab conditions it was found that the jaggery is one of the best having 97 % sugar in it. It is very rich in iron content and tastes very sweet compared to other varieties of jaggery. The organic method of production and dark brown color are the unique characteristics of this traditional produced jaggery. This is available in four different forms. The first is ‘undasharkara’ a solid ball shaped form which is the main produce. The second is called ‘paani’ (liquid form), the third is the flavored jaggery and the fourth is a powdered form which is produced in minor quantities.
 Initially, the sugar cane juice is heated in a huge vessel. It is then boiled and condensed to form high-quality jaggery balls. Marayoor falls in the rain shadow region and the quality of the molasses is attributed to the specialty in temperature and the ph value of the earth. Some of the famous temples in Kerala use the’ Marayoor Sharkara’ as part of their rituals and ceremonies. Available at a price of approximately 70 rupees a kilo and is available at one of the many farms and outlets in the region.
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April 11, 2018 by Admin

Easter Eggs – A Tradition that has become a Beau...

Think of an Easter egg and invariably one of the first things that comes to one’s mind is the Christian festival of Easter. According to Christian faith, the day of Easter which falls on a Sunday, marks the end of the forty day period of Lent that culminates with the resurrection of Jesus Christ on the third day after his crucifixion. Traditionally, eggs symbolize fertility and new life. In the Christian context of Easter or the period of Eastertide, Easter eggs represent the empty tomb of Jesus, from which Jesus rose from the dead and also in many ancient Christian traditions, the practice of staining the Easter eggs with the colour red was done in remembrance of the blood of Christ that was shed at that time of his crucifixion. This tradition is believed to have originated from the early Christians of Mesopotamia. 
According to another view on the tradition and origins of Easter eggs by Jacob Grimm a 19th century folklorist and philologist, says that the custom of Easter eggs among the continental Germanic peoples may have stemmed from springtime pagan festivities of a Germanic goddess known in Old English as ‘Ēostre’ (namesake of modern English Easter) and possibly known in Old High German as ‘Ostara’ (and thus namesake of Modern German Ostern 'Easter').  In modern day business and marketing contexts, the concept of Easter Eggs has been used by companies to surprise their customers with hidden gifts, utilities that are packaged with the products or services they offer. 
The oldest tradition is to use dyed and painted chicken eggs, but a more modern and globally encompassing practice involves wrapping chocolate eggs that are edible in colored foils, or having hand carved wooden eggs or plastic eggs filled with confectionery and candy, usually chocolate. 
In addition to the coloring and decoration of eggs, there are many games that are played with these eggs as part of popular tradition with Easter celebrations across the world. One of the most famous games is the Easter Egg Hunt. This involves decorated eggs, which may be hard-boiled chicken eggs, chocolate eggs, or artificial eggs containing candy, that are hidden for children to find. These eggs often vary in size, and may be hidden both indoors and outdoors. When the hunt is over, prizes are distributed to the ones who collect the most number of eggs, or even for the smallest egg. Another game involves the rolling of Easter eggs. Traditionally played in the United Kingdom and Germany, eggs are rolled down hillsides during Easter. This tradition was brought to the New World by the the European Settlers. A famous example of this tradition can be seen at the White House during Easter, where ‘Easter Egg Roll’ event takes place on the White House lawn. 
At Blanket Hotel and Spa we invite you this Easter to explore the rare and unexplored hidden beauty of Munnar. We would like to accompany you as part of this wonderful journey of discovering Munnar.  ...

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March 31, 2018 by Admin

Pongal A Festival of Harvest and Thanksgiving

India historically has been an agrarian nation. With a diverse landscape and climate conditions that aid many varieties of crops, India as a nation has been become self sufficient in terms of its food requirements due to its farming community. With such diverse cultures and crops it comes as no surprise that there are three different festivals celebrated across India to offer gratitude for a good harvest.
In North India, the festival is celebrated as Lohri or Makar Sankranti. In South India, in the state of Tamil Nadu, the festival is called Thai Pongal. The word combines two words, ‘Thai’ meaning  festivity or celebration and ‘Pongal’ meaning ‘boiling over’.  Thai Pongal or Pongal as it is popularly called is the harvest festival dedicated to appease the Sun God. A four day festival celebrated from 14th January to 17th January every year, Pongal is a festival that is very popular among tamil people across the world.
Historically, Thai Pongal is said to have originated more than a thousand years ago during the medieval rule of the Chola Empire, when the celebration of the Puthiyeedu i.e the first harvest was celebrated. It is also referred to as Tamizhar Thirunaal, the festival of Tamizhs (tamil people).
From an astronomic perspective the day marks the beginning of the Sun’s six month long journey towards the north (referred to as Uttaraayanam). Since it is a festival that signifies gratitude for a bountiful harvest, a part of this display of gratitude involves boiling of the first rice that is from the harvest to appease the Sun God.
During Pongal,  a dish also called ‘Pongal’ is prepared. This is a sweet dish that includes cardamom, raisins, green gram and cashew as its main ingredients. The process of preparing Pongal is a ritual in itself, with the dish being prepared u sing clay pots that are decorated with coloured patterns and designs. The cooking is done in sunlight to symbolify the presence of the Sun god.
Each of the days of the festival has a name and a tradtion behind them. The first day is called Bhogi. On this day people discard their old possessions (mostly clothes) and don new ones. Houses are renovated or painted to have a festive look. On the second day known as Thai Pongal, which is the main day of the festival, milk is cooked in a vessel and when it starts to bubble and overflows out of the vessel, freshly harvested rice grains are added to the pot. At the same time other participants blow a conch called the sanggu and shout "Pongalo Pongal". Kolam, a traditional work of graffiti art using rice flour is seen around the courtyards of many households.  People also decorate their homes with banana and mango leaves.
The third day, is known as Maatu Pongal. On this day, people recognize and pamper their cattle affectionately. It is on this day, that the popular game called Jallikattu is conducted.  The fourth and final day is called Kaanum Pongal which marks the end of Pongal festivities for the year. The word kaanum in this context means ‘to vist ‘or ‘to  meet’. Traditionally many families hold reunions on this day.
The festival of Pongal is beautiful and ever more important in today’s modern society because it represents unity, family and gratitude for all that one has. It is a festival that encourages people to thank nature and the earth that helps sustain life in all forms.  

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January 14, 2018 by Admin

The Story of the Glorious Trinity – The Story be...

The Story of the Glorious Trinity – The Story behind the Birth of the State of Kerala 
According to Hindu mythology, the region of Kerala stretches along the Arabian Sea from Gokarnam (Gokarna, in Karnataka) to Kanyakumari in Tamil Nadu. It is believed that the avatar called ‘Parasuram’ of the Hindu Lord Vishnu created the region of Kerala when he flung his axe from Gokaranam to the Arabian Sea. The sea is said to have receded up to this point, thus forming the region of Keralam.  
From a historical perspective, the state of Kerala is the southernmost state in India. Prior to independence the region as we know it today comprised of three independent provinces. These were Malabar, Cochin and Travancore. Some historians believe that the name ‘Kerala’ is derived from the name of ‘Keralian Thamboran’  who was one of the oldest rulers of one of the provinces. Others believe that the name comes from the word ‘kera’ which means coconut tree, a tree widely seen and immensely popular in the region.   It is also interesting to note that the region of Munnar in Kerala too has its named derived from a trinity of sorts. A trinity or confluence of three rivers - Mudhirapuzha, Nallathanni and Kundaly. 
The present day Kerala state was formed as result of the States Reorganization Act of 1956, passed by the Government of India. It was a major reform of the boundaries of India's states and territories, organizing them along linguistic lines. Kerala was formed by the merger of Travancore-Cochin state with the Malabar district of Madras State, Kasaragod of South Canara (Dakshina Kannada). At present the state of Kerala is divided into fourteen districts with Thiruvananthapuram as the state capital. Kerala is one of the first places in the world where a Communist government came into power by a general election in 1957. This day is celebrated officially on November 1st every year. 
‘Kerala Piravi’ is a day of great significance for the people of the state because it marks the creation of a new, single and unified identity. This is an identity that is rooted in history and tradition. Transcending the chains of religion, caste and colour and creating a mindset that the Keralites like to call ‘Keraliya Thanima’ that is the ‘essence of being a malayali or Keralite’. ...

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November 01, 2017 by Admin

​Mesmerizing Mattupetty A Picnicker’s Paradise...

Mesmerizing Mattupetty – A Picnicker’s Paradise 
A small little town on a hill, Mattupetty is surrounded by sprawling plantations. Located just 13 kilometers from Munnar Town and standing at a height of 1700 metres above sea level, the place offers an ideal picnic spot for tourists as they can find lush green tea plantations, beautifully laid out grasslands, small rivulets and waterfalls that are a common sight in this region. The Shola forests in and around Mattupetty offers the perfect opportunity for trekking enthusiasts to enjoy the sights and sounds of this wonderful eco system. This region is home to many varieties of birds and other species which have flourished specifically near the catchment area of the Mattupetty Dam.  
Moreover Mattupetty is a favourite among tourist for some of its famous attractions like the Mattupetty Dam, the Mattupetty Lake and the boating experience. The Mattupetty Dam and the lake offers some wonderful photo opportunities for the vistors. The dam itself was constructed in the late 1940s as part of the Pallivasal Hydro-electric project for conserving water and generating power.
The serene waters of the Mattupetty Lake offers beautiful and breathtaking sights for tourists as they indulge themselves in aboating experience along the calm waters of the lake. 
There is also an Indo Swiss dairy farm project (popularly referred to as the Mattupetty farm). This project started in 1963 as part of an agreement between the governments of India and Switzerland. They don’t allow visitors anymore to the facility as part of company policy. 
Getting there:
Nearest railway station: Angamaly, via Aluva - Munnar Rd, about 109 km from Munnar
Nearest airport: Cochin International Airport, about 108 km from Munnar

Stay at Blanket Hotel & Spa and explore the mesmerizing Mattupetty 

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October 24, 2017 by Admin

Fascinating Nature with Jacaranda & Spathodea in M...

Jacaranda flowers and Spathodea flowers which tinge colours on Munnar’s waysides….
The mosquito killing Spathodea, American-beauty Jacaranda and also of the place name ‘Vaguvarai’which portrait the real nature of Munnar.
Jacaranda flowers…..
These trees were immigrated to Munnar. British brought Jacaranda to Munnar during colonization to beautify the hills and estate bungalows. Jacaranda’s scientific name is Jacaranda mimosifolia and is native to Sreel of Southern America. The people of Munnar call it as ‘Neelavaka’. Jacaranda trees are commonly found in Vaguvarai, bided below the rocks of Umiyamala, a place situated 8001 feet above between Munnar and Marayoor. ‘Vagu’means Jacaranda and ‘varai’ means rock in Tamil. That’s how the name Vaguvarai originated.
Jacaranda flowers during February and April, when Kerala faces a very hot summer. The view of defoliated trees, covered with blue flowers is felicitous to our eyes. Jacaranda trees are also called the Exam tree because it flowers during the March (exam time in Kerala).
Spathodea flowers ….
These red flowers adorning Munnar in the summer season belong to the Bignoniaceae family. These trees are also known as  African Tulip trees which are brought to Munnar by foreigners during British colonization to eradicate the mosquitoes spreading Malaria. The Estate workers believe that the flowers of Spathodea attract mosquitoes to lay eggs on the water lying in the flowers and the flower soon closes which leads to the death of mosquitoes trapped in the flower. These flowers are creating a vision of spring in Munnar Ghats which makes Munnar and Kerala really a God’s own country.
Come and explore the beauty of jacaranda flowers and stay at Blanket Munnar to feel the beauty of Munnar Attukkad waterfalls, hills, etc 
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April 15, 2017 by Admin

Say Cheers with a Cup of Tea This Women’s Day!!!

It is said that women are the embodiment of God. The ability to preserve life and nurture it is very much a manifestation of the powers held by the Almighty. On this Women’s Day, we would like to show our appreciation for the women in our lives.  You see women have always influenced us as a society. Be it our mothers, sisters, wives, daughters and friends, we have all witnessed their special powers. The greatest of these powers being the ability to give birth to life. Yes, life. The greatest gift of all and this was given to us by women. So this is our way of thanking them for not only giving life to us but also for making our lives more special and enriched.
Coming to the point of having our lives enriched by women, have you ever thought about one of life’s simplest pleasures called tea? Tea my dear friends, is one beverage that can rejuvenate our dreary spirits like no other. Imagine this, a hot cup of tea prepared by our mothers, daughters or wives and served to us at the end of a long day of work. The thought itself refreshes you doesn’t it? Well, just like many of life’s simple pleasures, tea is a seemingly simple beverage to prepare and yet it has a long story behind its journey from the tea plantations to your cup. Let us look at the Tata Tea Plantation in Munnar for example. One of the processes in the production is the process of plucking the tea leaves from the tea plants. This job is an extremely delicate job and it is one that has been traditionally entrusted to women. The women employees of the estate are experts in this delicate procedure and work efficiently to pluck the leaves. A typical day for one of these women begins at 8 o’ clock after they have completed their household chores. They pluck the tea leaves till 12 o’clock in the afternoon and continue from 1 o’clock until 5 in the evening. All this is done under the watchful eye of the estate supervisor who with his big burly mustache, half trousers and wooden cane is quite a sight to behold amidst the lush green slopes of the tea plantation. The tea leaves take about five days to grow back once they have been plucked and the women are so efficient that they find their way back to the newly budding leaves just in time. After the day is over the women head back home to their settlements which may be small but well maintained and provided by the Tata Tea management. These women together, are also strong as a community. A group or community of such women workers who formed the Penpillai Orumai which recently fought for improved wages and working conditions in the tea estates.

These women workers are a testament to the fine tasting tea that comes from the region of Munnar. It is their hard work that enables us to enjoy that warm cup of tea on a rainy day. Their days and lives revolve around the estate and its lush green slopes.  So the next time your wife or mother makes you a hot cup of tea, remember that the cup you hold in your hands is the result of the toil and dedication of many a ‘delicate’ yet ‘firm’ hand....

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March 08, 2017 by Admin

The Markets of Munnar – A Journey of its Culture...

Every major tourist destination has its own shopping locations. These shopping locations are unique in their own way. Munnar too, has a few shopping locations where you can find some of the most exotic and traditional products. As a traveler, you must remember that Munnar is different from the more cosmopolitan shopping destinations. The markets of Munnar will offer you the local specialties that make Munnar a one of a kind shopping destination. Do not expect shopping complexes while looking for places to shop at Munnar. Whatever shopping you do at Munnar will take up very little of your time. If you want to spend your money and time wisely, you should be aware of what unique products to look for while shopping at Munnar. It goes without saying that the word ‘tea’ is synonymous with Munnar and it is one of the most commonly found item across all the markets in Munnar. In addition to tea, the markets of Munnar are also home to some of the finest homemade chocolates you can lay your hands on.  Apart from this you may also indulge yourselves in shopping for some of the exotic spices and handicrafts that are unique to Munnar. Most of the markets or bazaars are privately owned, while you may manage to find a few government run shops here and there. The markets here mostly sell handicrafts and fresh food based or cultivated products.  
The next time you visit Munnar be sure to check out these products and the best places in Munnar where you can find them:
Tea:
As mentioned earlier, the words tea and Munnar go hand in hand. The Europeans brought tea to the lush green hills of Munnar because of its viable climate and immense commercial potential. Today the consumption of tea has become more of a necessity than a luxury in every household in India. Munnar with its numerous tea plantations has become a major player in the tea market. You can visit many of these plantations to get a first hand view of how tea is cultivated and processed. Whilst at these plantation factories you can also shop for the various varieties of tea they have to offer. Ranging from the most luxurious and exotic varieties to the most commonly consumed grades, these tea plantation factories are a tea connoisseur’s dream come true.   
Coffee:
The next best alternative to tea, coffee cultivation too finds its place on the plantation map of Munnar. As a traveler you can also shop for some the finest, locally grown coffee at many of the shops in Munnar. 
Spices: 
Kerala also popularly referred to a as the ‘spice coast’ by early European travelers, still holds true to the famous name even today. A region like Munnar is no different. Munnar is famous for its exotic spices. A large concentration of spice plantations exists in this region. Popular spices like cardamom, pepper, cinnamon, nutmeg and vanilla are found in almost every other shop across Munnar. You can shop for these spices among many others in Munnar. You can be rest assured about the high quality of these spices compared to the spices that are available for sale in the supermarkets in major towns and cities in India. 
Herbal Aromatic Oils: 
Though not as famous as tea, coffee or spices, the markets of Munnar also offer herbal aromatic oils such as eucalyptus oil. The eucalyptus tree is one that thrives in the climatic conditions of Munnar. The eucalyptus oil is one of the best aromatic oils and provides a variety of benefits. 
Chocolates: 
Step into any small shop in Munnar, you would be amazed to find the different varieties of homemade chocolates that are on display. It is one item that is surely going to find its way into your shopping bag. Everything from dark chocolate to milk chocolate is available at these stores. Be sure to check out Abbas & Co. Tea Merchants located at 25 Bazaar, Munnar. They offer some of the most competitive prices for tea, green tea, coffee, cashews, homemade chocolates and spices.
Dyed Traditional Kerala Clothes: 
A culturally rich and diverse state like Kerala has a lot to offer when it comes to traditional fashion. The traditional Kerala attire of set saree for women and mundu for men is quite a sight to behold. Usually worn during festivals, these traditional attires are available for sale at many of the handloom shops in Munnar. Fashion and culture aficionados can find a large variety of interesting attires and materials at Aranya Naturals. A natural dyeing unit, formed as a part of the Srishti Welfare Centre – a Tata initiative in Munnar. The idea behind its formation took birth in 1994, when the need to save the rich Indian craft of dyeing clothes naturally came into force. One can purchase saris, shirt materials, shawls and various other apparel at this centre. Designed using ethnic dyeing techniques and vibrant colors, these clothes are a testament to the heritage crafts like Batik, Tie and Dye, Shibori, Mordant Painting and Block Printing. These techniques are used to create meticulous designs on the fabric. Raw materials used for the coloring include catechu, lac, manjista, turmeric, eucalyptus and other natural ingredients.
Handmade Paper Greeting Cards: 
You can encourage the local artistic talents by purchasing some handmade greeting cards that are made by some of the differently abled children. These children, who are mostly the children of the plantation workers, are uniquely gifted when it comes to making these one of a kind greeting cards. One can buy these cards from Tata Tea's Shristhi Welfare Centre. The proceeds from the sale of these cards go towards the welfare and education of children and make for a memorable souvenir as well. 
Handicrafts:
You can indulge in some local handicraft shopping at one of the many roadside shacks that sell these items. Some of the more famous handicraft shops in Munnar are Johnson`s Wood Craft workshop at Kunjithanni and Deeja Gift House at Misha Junction Munnar. 
The next time you visit Munnar, be sure to check out some of these markets and try a few of these special products. We remind you not to seek anything opulent or luxurious, because you will be disappointed. But if you are looking to find out moiré about the local culture, lifestyle and cuisines, the markets of Munnar will never disappoint you....

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February 11, 2017 by Admin

Muniyara Dolmens at Munnar

During my visit I came upon a place called Marayoor. With its misty locales and breath taking hills Marayoor is a place of ethereal beauty and culture. When I was visiting Marayoor, I could not help being overcome by the sense of mysticism that the region offered. The region is home to the Muniyara Dolmens or what I like to call the Indian version of The Stonehenge. Situated around 55 kms from Blanket Hotel & Spa and perched at an altitude of 1350 meters above sea level, the entire region literally transports you back in time to an ancient era. The dolmens are built from large stone slabs called megaliths and are believed to have served as burial chambers. Archaeologists estimate that these structures are more than a thousand years old belonging to the Neolithic Age. This site attracts a large number of archaeologists and anthropologists from the world over. 
I was told that there are fifteen types of dolmens that belong to the Neolithic Age i.e. somewhere between 3000 BC and 14000 BC. A few belong to the Iron Age which can be distinctly identified by the smoothened stone slabs that could only be formed by the use of iron tools.  These structures are made of stones that are vertically set on the ground and covered overhead by a stone slab also known as a ‘capstone’. Archaeologists believe that these structures served as burial chambers for more than one person and it is also said that these were the burial chambers of persons belonging to the higher strata of society. 
Apart from these beautiful, awe inspiring and mystical dolmens, the region of Marayoor is also famed for its lush green hills and mist kissed rock faces. There are also a few cave temples that are home to some prehistoric paintings.
There is no entry fee to visit the Muniyara Dolmens. We can spend around 20-25 minutes at this site. The way leading to the Muniyara Dolmens has also been very beautifully done.
I was craving for a mystical experience on my visit and needless to say the Muniyara Dolmens did not disappoint. It took me to a different time and I could not help but wonder what it must have been like for those who built these structures to put to rest the departed.  Up there, on the serene hills a resting ground for one’s loved one; seems truly befitting of the phrase ‘a place of eternal rest’. 
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January 07, 2017 by Admin

Blanket Hotel and Spa – The Best Way to Experien...

Munnar is one Kerala’s most popular tourist destinations for holidays with family or as a couple on their honeymoon. The guests in order to get a better value will always look for 4 star hotels and 5 star hotels in Munnar that can provide the ultimate holiday experience. Therefore, in order to cater to the guests who seek a memorable holiday or honeymoon experience in a tourist destination like Munnar.

we at Blanket Hotel and Spa provide an excellent service and memorable holiday experience to guests who come to an exotic location like Munnar.  A luxury 5-star resort, Blanket Hotel, and Spa is equipped with the best facilities and staff who can provide a highly personalized service to the most discerning guests.

Needless to say, we at Blanket Hotel have been redefining the benchmarks for 5 star hotels in Munnar. Blessed with a beautifully scenic location that has the mystical Attukad waterfalls and lush green tea plantations for company, it is the best honeymoon resort in Munnar that can offer guests an unforgettable honeymoon experience in Munnar. Our esteemed guest will definitely vouch for the fact that we the best hotel in Munnar that offers the best facilities and guest service. Honeymooners can indulge themselves over a cup of coffee near the artistically designed infinity swimming pool that overlooks the tea plantations and nearby Attukad Waterfalls and river, If one wishes he could also take a refreshing dip in the temperature controlled swimming pool as he takes in the natural beauty of the hills and valleys of Munnar. Guests are bombarded with all kinds of offers when looking for a resort in Munnar. At Blanket Hotel we provide our guest with an opportunity to see Munnar like never before with our customized holiday activities for different types of guests. Honeymooners can indulge in a romantic cycle ride along the winding country roads near the resort while sightseers can take in the immense mystic beauty of the Attukad waterfalls. For those looking for a more cultural experience in Munnar, they can opt for some traditional cooking lessons organized by the Chef at Blanket Hotel. We also provide our guests a chance to interact with the local community by taking them on a visit to the nearby tea plantations as well.
All in all, we at Blanket Hotel and Spa have a dedicated a team to give you a very personalized service and ensure that you and your loved ones get the best holiday deal in Munnar. The glowing reviews by our highly satisfied guests show that Blanket hotel is definitely the best hotel in Munnar.

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January 01, 2017 by Admin

A Community Health Care Centre True to its Name

They say India is a nation that is severely short when it comes to providing healthcare services in respect to its massive population. Some estimates say that the healthcare infrastructure in place is not even capable to serve even a third of the population. In all my years of being a doctor, I have been a part of many a discussion and debate that attempted to find a solution to this grave problem. Sadly, no concrete solutions have come up.
Yet the journey continues to find a solution so that every Indian has access to quality and affordable healthcare service in India. On a recent visit to Munnar, I happened to hear about the Chithirapuram Community Healthcare Centre. I decided to find out more about this place for myself. Needless to say as the medical practitioner I have seen many attempts at community-based health care programs and centers that start put with the same noble cause and yet, unfortunately, fizzle out due to poor administration or lack of funds.  The Chithirapuram Community Health Care Centre is one of its kinds in Asia. Formed in the year 1968, it is located at a distance of 6 kilometers away from the Pallivasal Tea Factory It is the largest community center spanning an area over 170 kilometers and includes one primary center and 12 panchayats. The name Chithirapuram is believed to be named after the famous king Raja Ravi Varma who is famed for his art. The Chithirapuram Health Centre is situated on around 14 acres of land. Out of these 3 acres of land have been converted for cultivating vegetables and fruits since October 2014.
I was told that what once was a terrace cultivation project that started with a humble beginning of 200 grow bags of fruits and vegetables atop the government staff quarters under the guidance of block medical officer Dr. VV Radha, all the staff of the community center have successfully turned this project into a full-fledged vegetable and fruit farm. More recently, floriculture, mushroom cultivation and a variety of medicinal plants are being taken up with the help of the local community and the Pallivasal Krishi Bhavan.  Also. I was also impressed by the latest forms of irrigation methods like fertigation, micro-irrigation, rain shelter, bio gas and vermi compost that were being administered the help of Krishi Bhavan.
Chithirapuram has slowly transformed into a community that prides itself in its ability to sustain itself and the local community through agriculture and farming activities. They have planted 1500 orange trees, tissue culture banana, and red lady papaya, under SHM (Structural Health Monitoring) process. They are selling these agricultural produce to local markets and nearby hotel/resort industries. The profit getting from this organic cultivation unit is using for helping poor people in this area.
The area of Chithirapuram has the agro-climatic conditions suitable for the cultivation of plantation crops like Orange, Banana, Papaya, vegetables like Tomato, Okra, Cucumber, Carrot, Chinese cabbage, Beans, Green Peas, and various medicinal plants like Sun flower, Kale and Ginger. The Chithirapuram Community Health Centre has been the recipient of the Best Government Institution Award from the government of Kerala, a first for the district of Idukki for the last fifty years. The community health centre has turned itself into a holistic healthcare service provider that has become a model of community based public health and prevention programs.
I truly believe that the Chithirapuram Community Health Care Centre can serve as a role model for other health centres and organisations for tackling the problem of sustainable healthcare services in India. It has to start with the notion that the best form of healthcare is prevention and Chithirapuram stands testament to this notion.
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December 16, 2016 by Admin

Unspoilt Attukad – The Virgin face of Munnar

On our honeymoon visit to Munnar in Kerala – God’s Own Country, we visited Attukad, a region that is blessed with the pristine hills and soul-soothing Attukad Falls. A region that looks as if an artist used a generous coat of green on the canvas of the serene hills that God placed on earth. It is a perfect getaway for couples who are discovering love or for those who are seeking to reignite the passion for each other.  Among the many beautiful locations at Munnar, the Attukad Waterfalls is one of the most beautiful and breathtaking. The entire way to the falls seems to be taken out of a fairy tale setting, where the birds and the trees all seem to magically lead you and your loved one to the magical Attukad Falls. The very sight of the falls replenishes you with that much-needed vigor and you feel as if you could stay there forever just admiring the unspoiled beauty of the place. Located just a mere 8 km away from Munnar town en route to Pallivasal, Attukad epitomises what true unspoilt beauty means (The nearest airport to this place is the Cochin International airport, which is around 110 km away and the nearest railway station is in Aluva 102km & Madurai (Tamil Nadu), about 163 km). The spring waters of the Muthirapuzha River, a major tributary of the Periyar River sustain the Attukad Falls. Falling from a height of over 100 feet, the Attukad Falls is a feast for your eyes. The water flows from the Headworks Dam which was built in 1940 for the purpose of storing water for the Pallivasal Hydro Electric Project.  The intimidating sight of the mighty waterfalls with the pristine green hills will paint a picture postcard memory in your hearts forever. The slopes of the surrounding hills offer trekking enthusiasts an opportunity to indulge in some trekking activities, while taking in the mesmerizing beauty of the region with its panoramic view of the lush green hills and milky white waterfalls. The trek leads you to the bridge across the river and falls.  We feel that the ideal time to visit this little paradise is during the monsoons when one can witness the beauty and might of the Attukad Falls in all its glory. It’s as if the heavens let open a giant floodgate containing pristine white milk and let it flow against the lush green carpet of the surrounding hills. You can enjoy all this over a warm cup of fresh tea from the local farmers’ shops as you perch yourself on one of the rocks and let bliss take over you.  This time we are surprised to see upcoming beautiful and luxurious 5 star resort in munnar  called Blanket Hotel and Spa. We came upon this resort on our way back from a trek to the falls. Our guide Mr. Peter introduced us to the Manager there. He offered us a cup of white tea and was evidently very passionate about this upcoming project. This is near completion stage and the view of the waterfalls from the suite is breathtaking as you soak in the beauty of nature and in the luxury on offer. On the return journey we have decided that the next time we visit Munnar, we are sure to stay at this 5 star resort and truly experience Attukad and Munnar at its best.

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October 27, 2016 by Admin

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