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Munnar's lush surrounds and colonial history make it an interesting place to stay. It was a popular retreat for the British during the colonial era and continues to attract Indian and international tourists today. Accommodation ranges from budget hotels in the main town to plush resorts in the hills. Homestays are another alternative which offer an insight into Munnar's culture.

Munnar

 

Surrounded by sprawling tea plantations, the town of Munnar takes a backseat to its verdant natural setting. Divided between Old Munnar and the area near the bus station are cafés, tea shops, and restaurants for visitors staying in the town center to explore. The town also makes a good base for excursions to popular attractions including Eravikulam National Park, Chinnar Wildlife Sanctuary, and the sandalwood forest in Marayoor.

 

The town of Munnar caters to mid-range and budget travelers with a variety of low-priced hotels concentrated near Mount Carmel Church and St. Anthony Statue, not far from the bus station. Basic accommodation options often feature some amenities, such as gardens and balconies. Hotels and several homestays are sprinkled throughout Old Munnar too.

 

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Tea and cardamom plantations

 

Outside the main town are large expanses of tea and cardamom plantations, many of which offer resort or retreat-style accommodation. Surrounded by the Anamalai mountain range, Munnar has more than 50 tea estates including Kolukkumalai, one of the highest tea plantations in the world. Travelers can walk through the plantations, meet tea pickers, and take in panoramic views from their hotel windows.

 

The accommodation at Munnar's tea and cardamom estates range from 1930s-era heritage bungalows to full-amenity resorts replete with hillside vistas and spacious suites. Some of the resorts offer wellness spas and other upscale options, such as spa tubs and superb cuisine.

 

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Kannan Devan Hills

 

Formerly owned by Tata Tea, the plantations in the Kannan Devan Hills now attract tourists. One of the visitor highlights is a stop at the Tea Museum, which traces the history of tea as well as the preparation process. The area also offers alluring hillside views and hiking opportunities in the lush countryside.

 

Tourists heading to the Kannan Devan Hills can stay in one of the old heritage bungalows on tea estates outside the Kannan Devan Hills Plantation Company, or choose between a variety of budget hotels and rejuvenating wellness resorts. Some of the bungalows are more than a century old, having been built for managers of the British Tea Estate during the times of the Raj.

 

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Pallivasal

 

Home to Kerala's first hydroelectric project, Pallivasal is located south of the main town of Munnar and is home to a host of pampering resorts, estates, and plantations. The serene setting, replete with misty valleys, offers a birder's paradise as well as an ideal base for trekking and mountain biking.

 

The secluded retreats in this area range from private safari-style tents to cozy cottages which lure visitors with their hillside views and access to Munnar's plantations. Some of the properties offer panoramas of the Idukki Dam.

 

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