Munnar Tea Tourism
Munnar Tea Tourism
Munnar is one of the most picturesque and visited hill stations in India. Located 6,000 feet above sea level, this charming area, nestled in the heart of the lush green tea cultivating state of Kerala attracts tourist from far and wide.
The primary attraction for tourists in Munnar lies in its rich history and culture of tea making, a tradition that dates back for centuries, since colonial times. Munnar is one of the most renowned locations for tea production in India. The area is scattered with acres of traditional tea plantations, that produce tons of authentic Kerala tea, making it a must-visit for all tea lovers who visit Kerala. Tea production in Munnar is done in the traditional, as well as modern way and can be enjoyed in each and every form.
Here is a list of the must visit places for when you find yourself in Munnar.
Matupetty Dam and Dairy Farm
This picturesque dam is a reservoir for the water needed by the locals of Munnar. It is also a place where you can enjoy the natural beauty and lush scenery of the hills. The dairy farm which is located close to the dam, breeds cattle and is part of the Indo- Swiss Livestock Project and develops new breeds of cattle. Why not grab a cup of freshly brewed tea while you are there, with the organic milk that they produce?
Sevenmallay Tea Estate
This estate sprawls over a hundred acres. Here, you can hike up to find a bungalow at the top of the hill as well as purchase tea from the estate outlet which sells some of the best tea you will find in Munnar.
Marayoor Sandalwood Forest
This forest is located about 42 km away from Munnar and famous for its natural sandalwood trees. The use of sandalwood in Indian incenses and as a natural mosquito repellent is well-known. The forest dates back to the Stone Age (about 10,000 BC) and boasts of stone age paintings from that era as well as giant rock structures called dolmens that are unique to photograph.
Pallivasal Tea Garden
Located on the outskirts of Munnar in a village by the same name, this tea garden is surrounded by the Sahya Mountains, home to sprawling tea estates. It is truly the epitome of beauty when it comes to seeing Munnar and is considered one of the absolute favourites of locals and tourists who visit the area.
Kolukkumalai Tea Estate
This is a plantation located outside the main area of Munnar, 35 km to be exact. Situated at 8000 feet above sea level, it is one of the highest tea plantations in the world! It is also known for its amazing and flavourful tea, which has been in production for several decades. Anyone who visits Munnar generally makes the effort to visit this plantation and always comes back saying that it was worth the trip. While these sites are well worth visiting while you are in the garden state, simply being in nature in the green carpeted tea fields of Munnar make it worth your time. So if you ever find yourself in Kerala, definitely pack your bags, and head to Munnar for an escape into the hills that you will always remember.