Smaller than more ooty or Kodaikanal, Litter-and
crowd-free Munnar handles tourism with grance.
This hill station's soaring mountain peak
and miles of rolling tea plantations are
unmatched, inviting long hikes and longer
vistas. The scruffy little town has friendly
inhabitations who slow down their jeeps
to enquire if travellers need help.
It was a scotsman, J.D. Munro, who kicked off the town's development during the 1870s, creating a fiefdom for generations of Scottish tea planters. When Munro and friends finally left in 1970s, they left their rolling oceans of tea to Tata tea Ltd., an offshoot of the same Parsi owned mega-company that build the bus that brought into into town. Today, the precisely manicured tea plantations continue to dominate every aspect of llife in Munnar, though the burgeoning tourist industry contributes more and more to the local economy every year.