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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

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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June 28, 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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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

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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