Munnar was a wild and virgin landscape until Englishman, John Daniel Munro arrived here in 1870. Recognizing the potential of the place, Munro leased out the Kannan Devan hills from the Travancore royal family for Rs.3,000 a year. By 1879, the Europeans began cultivating coffee, cardamom, cinchona and sisal in the region.
Once known as the High Range of Travancore, Munnar today is the commercial hub for some of the world’s highest tea-growing estates. Munnar continues to be a carpet of green, thanks to its sprawling tea estates and forests. The rolling hills with mist clinging to the mountaintops is a sight that is synonymous with this part of God’s Own Country.
Destination Type: Hill Station
Destinations Nearby: Kochi 128 km, Madurai 153 km, Bangalore 476 km
Nearest Sterling Resort: Sterling Kodai Lake, Sterling Kodai Valley, Sterling Thekkady
Languages: Malayalam and English
Nearest Railway Station: Aluva Railway Station
Nearest Airport: Cochin International Airport
Summer: March to May. Temperature ranges between 19°C and 35°C. Evenings are very pleasant.
Monsoon: June to September. Munnar is a green, misty carpet during the rains.
Winter: November to February. Temperature drops to 11°C accompanied by chilly winds.
1. Munnar is easily accesible by road from Madurai and Kochi. You can enjoy a scenic drive.
2. Be sure to take home some aromatic tea, spices, oils and hand made chocolates from the local stores.
Are you a tea connoisseur? You will love this tour at the highest tea factory in the world, where tea is still packaged the old-fashioned way.
Want to indulge in authentic Kerala cuisine? Let our Chef cook you a Sadhya - delicacies from the land, while you take in the sights around the Sterling Munnar resort.
One of the most sought-after places in Kerala, Gap road is the ideal place to be at for bird-watching and photography.
A trek followed by a safari into the jungles - Munnar has more to offer than just a view of tea plantations! With birds and wild animals aplenty, a jungle safari through Munnar's forests is an exhilarating experience.
Nature makes you gasp many times. This is one such experience, where a tree houses bee colonies.
A divine lake with curative properties, Sitadevi Lake is probably the most beautiful spot in the Western Ghats!