A symphony of mountains
The Munnar hills nestle on the highest plateau of the Sahyadri or the Western Ghats.The Munnar town was a former hill station and market of British planters of the late 19th century. Situated around 1600 metres (around 5200 feet) above sea level, Munnar hills has a picture-book landscape and pleasant temperature even during the fiercest of summers. Partly under conservation, these hills harbour very rare species of flora and fauna like the Neelakurinji flowers (Strobilanthes kunthiana) and the Nilgiri tahr (Nilgiritragus hylocrius).
Currently a bustling town propelled by a plantation economy dominated by tea and cardamom, Munnar is a favourite with tourists who come here from the hot plains to cool their heels.