Overnight at Tea County Resort in Munnar
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After we visited the Tusker Trail in Thekkady, we hit the road again for another 4 hour drive to Munnar– a hill station located in the Idukki district of the southwestern Indian state of Kerala.
Tuktuk in the middle of Tea Plantation
Situated 1,600 meters above sea level, Munnar was once the summer resort of the erstwhile British Government in South India. With sprawling tea plantations, winding lanes, forests, hill ranges, valleys and lots of accommodation options, this quaint resort town has become a popular honeymoon destination.
Tea Farmers at Munnar Tea Plantation
After traversing the narrow, twisty, and curvy Munnar road with the beautiful view of rolling hillsides covered with tea plantations, we finally reached the town of Munnar.
Munnar reminds me of Sagada in the Philippines. Although the latter has no huge public market and luxury resorts, both towns are mainly agricultural and their climates are very similar.
Friendly Kid in Munnar
Upon arriving at Tea County Resort (check rates), we had late lunch then we walked towards the town center for some sightseeing tour. It was already late afternoon and students were about to go home as we explored the town. The kids here were so friendly and they loved communicating with us tourists. What’s your name? Where are you from? Those were the questions we got from kids along the streets.
Inside a local clothing store in Munnar
The roadside was full of hotels, restaurants, tea shops, and souvenir shops. Since the weather was pleasant and walking around town is safe, we walked all the way to town center where the public market, temples, churches, monuments and other historical structures are located.
Inside the Public Market
I was so tempted to try some of the street foods, but since we just had lunch I instead bought a kilo of mandarin from a street vendor for just about a dollar.
Tea County Resort in Munnar, Kerala India
We also visited a hillside community which is about one and a half kilometres from our hotel. The walk was quite tiring, but the view of the colorful houses built within the sprawling hills was a bit rewarding. Since it was getting dark, we decided to take a tuktuk ride to reach the hotel faster.
Munnar Tea Plantation
That night, we had dinner at the hotel’s main restaurant. Afterwards, everyone gathered at the lobby, since it’s the only area we can access the hotel Wi-Fi. But since the internet was a little bit wonky, we all decided to just head to our respective rooms and call it a night.