Munnar is one of the most famous holiday destinations in India, located in the Idukki district in Kerala. Its also known as the Kashmir of South India, and one of the most beautiful places in the south.
Its essentially a tea town, with most of the tea plantations now owned by the TATA Tea Company.
Bollywood Movies Shot Here
Movies that have been filmed here in Munnar include: Nishabd, Chennai Express, and even Life of Pi.
These have been shot at popular locations in Munnar such as: Devikulam Lake, Munnar Tea Plantations & The Seven Mallay Bungalow.
Munnar Tea Plantations
Munnar used to be the summer resort of the British government in South India. This place has sprawling tea plantations, picture-book towns and beautiful lakes. Besides tea, you also have plantations of coffee, cardamom and other spices.
Shah Rukh & Deepika in the song ‘Kashmir main, tu Kanyakumari’ from Chennai Express, shot in the tea estates of Munnar.
The movie Chennai Express was shot extensively in the south of India, and a good portion of the movie was shot in and around Munnar. Checkout these songs from the movie.
‘Kashmir Main Tu Kanyakumari’ song from Chennai Express
‘Titli’ song from Chennai Express
The beautiful Devikulam Seetha Devi Lake with picturesque surroundings is located 16 Km away from Munnar (towards Thekkady).
One of the Chennai Express scenes featuring SRK shot at the Devikulam Lake, Munnar
Seven Mallay Bungalow
Located by the side of the hill named Seven Mallay or Lord Shiva’s mountain, the SevenMallay or Parvathy Estate Bungalow is a beautiful British bungalow located in the pleasant ambiance of Munnar, Kerala.
This is the bungalow shown in the movie Nishabd where Jiah Khan comes to spend her vacation and in turn falls in love Big B.
There are other good places around Munnar such as kodaikanal, coorg, thekkady, Kumarokom; if you’ve time, you can cover all these places when visiting South India. But if time is a constraint, just go to Munnar. Nothing beats Munnar for its scenery and its ambiance; its a perfect honeymoon destination.
Munnar is easily accessible from various parts of the country by road, rail, and even airways. The nearest airport is Cochin airport.
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Munnar is famous for its tea plantations, dense forests and wildlife sanctuaries. The Tata Company has even set up a tea museum here. When grown at a high altitude, like Darjeeling (Assam) or Munnar (Kerala), the tea leaves produce fascinating flavors, which makes them so popular around the globe.
Munnar also has the highest peak in South India, Anamudi (2695 meters) which makes it an ideal spot for trekking.
The other main attractions in Munnar are the Eravikulam national park (you can sight Tigers, Leopard, Langur, Elephants, Sambars, Nilgiri tahr and many other animals.) You can also do trekking and try out adventure sports at Anamudi peaks and at places within the Eravikulam national park. Chinnar wildlife sanctuary, pothamedu, devikulam, kuthumkal waterfalls and echo pint are some of the other main attractions in Munnar, Kerala.