The summer resort of the British government in South India turns to the summer resort of World.
Munnar is a town and hill station located in the Idukki district of the southwestern Indian state of Kerala. The early inhabitants of the region are members of the Muthuvan tribal community. However, it remained a wild and unexplored landscape till the latter half of 19th century when ambitious planters from as far as Europe started plantations here.
In both Malayalam and Tamil, the word Munnar means three rivers, as it is merging place of three mountain streams. The Duke of Wellington was the first prominent person to visit Munnar. Munnar was once the summer capital of the British in southern India. Munnar was developed to cultivate tea plants by British although it was first discovered by Scottish planters. In the early developmental stages, only Tamilians worked there as few Malayalis inhabited in that area Munnar. Munnar has an ancient history and prehistoric relics that can be dated back to Stone Age civilization. The written history begins only in the 10th century. In the early 19th century, the headman of the villages of Anchanad, Kannan Thevar, held lands to the north of the high ranges, which belonged to the local Rajah of Poojar.
As a “tea town”, Munnar has been predominantly inhabited by plantation labourers. In time, however, this quaint, picturesque town, which is joined together by three rivers (Muthirappuzha, Nallathanni and Kundaly), with its stunning scenery, invigorating climate, diverse and thriving flora and fauna, sealed its fate as a premier tourist destination for its local and foreign travelers, consequently significantly increasing the number of tourism-related jobs. Munnar is an idyllic town found in the south of India, nestled in the Idduki district of Kerala. The name Munnar supposedly is taken from the Malayalam words Munu and aaru which mean three and river, respectively. The earliest known inhabitants of Munnar were Tamilians and Malayalis. The closest city is Adimali or, what locals refer to as, Adivaaram.