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by Afia Ahmad on Dec 23, 2010
Kerala is a beautiful state in India, very popular for its honeymoon destinations. All the newly married couple are invites to plan their honeymoon here and enjoy some of the most romantic honeymoon holidays take away the best of memories.
Munnar, the beautiful hill station of Kerala, has been a favourite place of summer retreat of the British. The history of this place can be traced back to pre historic ages, although not much written records are available about the city, before the 10th century.
The town was established by Mr. John Daniel Manro with the assistance of Kannan Thevar (who belonged to the tribe that is said to have been the first inhabitants of South India). It was only after the permission of the then ruling king, Maharaja of poonjar, that the British adventurer was allowed to possess 588 sq. kms of the land in the town.
The first plantations on the land of Munnar were that of Cardamom, Coffee and Zinchona. It was A.H. Sharp, who planted the first tea sapling at Munnar in the early 19th century. He planted the sapling at Parvathi, which now form a part of the Sevenmullay estate.
The city of Munnar was declared as the summer capital of the British and Duke of Wellington is said to have visited the city. In the year 1895, Munro’s land was bought by the Messrs Finlay Muir and Company. In1976, Tata Finlay purchased the tea estate and a little later James Finlay Group sold all their shares to Tata, thus paving way for the birth of Tata Tea Ltd, the largest integrated tea company in the world.
Travel within city
Munnar is hill station located in Kerala and is very popular tourist destination among Indians and foreigners. The modes of travel within the city are not numerous; however it is easy to find a method of transportation. Some of the modes of transportation are taxis, government buses, auto rickshaws and package tours. Cochin
is around 150 km from Munnar and Cochin also has the nearest airport.
Government buses are an easy way to get around the town and they are easy to find. They usually stop if the traveler uses a signal. They are inexpensive with tickets costing around Rs 5 to 25. They are not usually crowded. However, the buses are usually old and the hilly roads make for a bumpy ride.
Auto rickshaws are another way of getting around the city. Most of them have meters and are relatively cheaper than taxis. They are fast and easy to find. Some autos may not have meters and the prices have to be negotiated in advance.
Local Tour Operators
There are many tour operators that offer packaged tours to the places around Munnar. They are a good option as they cover all the interesting places with an approximate cost of around Rs 500 per person per day.
Just like its unending scenic beauty, there are great options of savoring lip smacking delicacies in Munnar as well. Munnar does not have many fancy restaurants but the small eateries and food stalls serve finger licking food. The famous Kerala style fish curry and variety of sea food along with mesmerizing river view can be best enjoyed at Silver Spoon
, next to the bus stand in Main Bazaar. Hotel Srinivas
on GH Road and Sravana Bhavan
on M.G. Road are vegetarian restaurants where tourists can enjoy top-value banana-leaf meals. Mezbaan Hotel
in Munnar Town Centre and Tree Top Restaurant
just opp the Forest Range Office on NH 49, are the best places for those wanting to savour non-vegetarian multi-cuisine options. To enjoy yummy fast food, head to Bamboo Hut
on GH road that serves soups, salads, snacks and entree. Tourists should visit the Rapsy Restaurant
at the Bazaar to savour the paranthas, Spanish omelets and Israeli Shakshuka. Munnar is also popular for its local street food, so do not miss indulging in some tasty Gobi Noodles and other quick snacks in the area around the local bus stand in Munnar.
Munnar is famous for its spices, tea, coffee and homemade chocolates and these make the best buys in Munnar. Shopping in Munnar can be enjoyed while on a leisure stroll, as there are only a few shops scattered in the bazaar area. Tourists should not miss to buy tea that is sold by the Kannimallay Estate
on the way to Eravikulam National Park, 5 km from Munnar town. For tea, green tea, coffee, cashew - nuts, homemade chocolates and spices at decent prices, go to Abbas & Co. Tea Merchants
at 25, Bazaar and Green Land Spice Supermarket
on the Main Road in Munnar.
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