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Rainbow Trout Munnar

The Fascinating History of Rainbow Trout in Munnar-A British Legacy 

Nestled in the picturesque hills of Munnar, an enchanting tale of perseverance, nostalgia, and the birth of a unique culinary delight unfolds. The story revolves around the remarkable journey of the rainbow trout, an exotic fish that found a home in the heart of India's southern paradise.

The Scots' Quest for Atlantic Salmon and Trout

In the 19th century, Munnar drew a significant number of Scots who sought to develop tea plantations in a landscape reminiscent of their native Scotland. Amidst the breathtaking beauty of the Munnar hills, they found a perfect escape for activities like hunting and horse riding. However, one element was conspicuously missing from their lives—the pleasure of angling and the delectable taste of Atlantic salmon and its sister fish, trout.

The Scots who deeply cherished the flavours of the Atlantic salmon and trout, were determined to bring this missing delight to Munnar. Inspired by the Chinese guru Lawei Tzu, who claimed that ruling a large country was akin to frying a small fish, the Scots embarked on a mission to breed trout in the chilly climate of Munnar.

The Challenge of Breeding Trout in India

Trout typically thrive in cold lakes and streams, which posed a unique challenge in the tropical Indian climate. The initial attempts dating back to 1909, to import trout eggs from Scotland and hatch them in India proved unsuccessful. However, the determination to establish a thriving trout population in Munnar remained unwavering. The journey to create a sustainable trout population included several trials and tribulations. Brown trout was the first species chosen for experimentation, but success was elusive. It was only after switching to rainbow trout that the endeavor began to bear fruit.

A Decades-Long Success Story

The relentless efforts to establish a trout population in Munnar culminated in success. Today, descendants of the rainbow trout thrive in the cool, pristine streams of the Munnar hills. Munnar is now home to one of the rarest hatcheries for trout breeding in India, is a living testament to this decades-long endeavor.

Visitors to Munnar now have the opportunity to not only witness the legacy of the Scots but also savor the unique taste of rainbow trout, priced at Rs 1000 per kg.

A Legacy Continued by the Kannan Devan Company

Even as Munnar's tea plantations transitioned from British colonial rule to Indian ownership, the trout hatchery remained, serving as a historical relic of times gone by. The Kannan Devan Company continues to maintain trout fish farming as part of the High Range Angling Association, established in 1933 for recreational fishing.

Visit to the Trout Hatchery - A Journey to Remember

To visit the Trout Hatchery maintained by the Kannandevan Company, one must embark on an arduous journey, crossing mountains and traversing kilometers of off-road terrain, within the Eravikulam National Park at Rajamala, far from Munnar. The hatchery is located on the banks of a cold forest stream, surrounded by an aura of pristine serenity.

Fish at the hatchery thrive in tanks filled with ultra-pure stream water, a testament to the dedication required to sustain their growth in Munnar's climate. Extreme winter conditions from December to February, which is the breeding season, are crucial for successful trout breeding. Moreover, these fish can only flourish in such clean water.

Nurturing the Rainbow Trout

At the hatchery, the rainbow trout hatchlings receive special nutritious food during the December-February breeding period. Buffalo intestine and beetroot are ground in a cutter, and after 2-3 months of growth, they are transferred to other tanks where they are fed with artificial feed prepared exclusively for trout.


A Nutritional Treasure

Rainbow trout, like its sibling Atlantic salmon, is a rich source of protein, niacin, and omega-3 fatty acids. Beyond its entertainment and commercial appeal, it has become a favorite among people from North Atlantic countries due to its exceptional nutritional value.

Savoring the Experience

While Malayali cuisine may not be everyone's preferred style for cooking trout, the nutritional benefits of this exotic fish make it a sought-after delicacy. Kannan Devan Company's trout farming in Rajamala, while primarily non-commercial, offers an opportunity for those intrigued by this culinary adventure to taste the delectable rainbow trout.

In conclusion, the story of rainbow trout in Munnar is not just about fish; it's a testament to human determination, cultural exchange, and the delightful fusion of nature's bounty and gastronomy in the heart of the hills. When visiting Munnar, don't miss the chance to fry and savor a trout fish—an experience that encapsulates the rich history and unique flavors of this breathtaking region.

The Rainbow Trout at Blanket Hotel & Spa

At Munnar’s best luxury resort, the harmony between luxury and nature is taken to the next level. Blanket Munnar, sprawling property includes a carefully cultivated mountain garden, a testament to the commitment to preserving the natural beauty of Munnar. Here, guests can immerse themselves in the serene tranquility of the mountains, surrounded by verdant greenery and the gentle murmur of a crystal-clear water fountain. The resort's dedication to creating a unique and unforgettable experience for its guests extends to the cultivation of the rainbow trout, which Blanket Munnar has exclusively sourced from the Kannan Devan hatchery. These beautiful fish thrive in the cool, clear waters of the mountain garden. The well-maintained water fountain, with its gentle flow and pristine water, serves as the ideal habitat for these fish. The resort's expert team ensures that the fish receive the best care, providing them with the ideal environment for growth and reproduction.


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October 28, 2023 by Admin

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



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May 08, 2020 by Admin



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

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

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

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.

written by 
Anna Dcouth...

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July 19, 2019 by Admin

The Tragic Tale of Munnar’s Metre Gauge Mon...


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.



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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June 28, 2019 by Admin

Srishti in Munnar

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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April 03, 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

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

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 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

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