Munnar is South India's largest tea-growing region, the undulating hills are cloaked in emerald-green tea plantations. They are contoured, and carved like decorative hedges. Watch the clouds clinging to the mountaintops. The mist rises and spreads like a shroud around the mountains in Munnar. The administration of Munnar is like any other town in India. So venture out of town and you’ll be overwhelmed in depths of thousand shades of green. The name Munnar is believed to mean "three rivers". Its location is the confluence of the Madhurapuzha, Nallathanni and Kundaly rivers. Munnar town is situated on the Kannan Devan Hills village in Devikulam taluk. The nearest airport is Cochin International Airport and the major railway stations are at Ernakulum and Aluva. It was known as High Range of Travancore. Today it is the commercial centre for the world’s highest tea growing estates. The Kannan Devan Hills Plantation Company is the local cooperative which handles the tea estates. Come to Munnar if you are into paragliding, and trekking to Anaimudi, South India’s highest peak. Hikes originate at the confluence of the three streams.
Munnar attractions also play host to some endangered species that continue to survive and thrive in several protected areas nearby. They have built sanctuaries throughout Munnar to protect these species. These protected areas are especially known for several threatened and endemic species. These include Nilgiri Thar, the Grizzled Giant Squirrel, and the Nilgiri Wood-pigeon. Also protected are the Elephant, the Gaur, the Nilgiri langur, and the Sambar. The Neelakurinji that blossoms only once in twelve years is part of their national heritage.
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