History of tea in Munnar

Once, long back in 1857, a British resident named John Daniel Munro came to Munnar. Interestingly, he came here, not to start any plantations but to settle the border dispute between Travancore and the nearby states of Munnar. Now, by seeing the beauty of Munnar, he got attracted or else we can say he fell for the beautiful Munnar. Seeing the hilly areas of Munnar, an idea hit into his mind. After all, he had an interest on plantations and now Munnar seemed to be the best place for that.

Lockhart Tea Bungalow

The slanting rays of the morning sun fall on the manicured tea gardens at Lockhart, giving off a light golden hue to the landscape. The mist gently evaporates into nothingness as the sun goes up. The workers are briskly moving to their respective places with baskets in hand and a smile on their lips.
Lockhart bungalow is on the slopes of chokramudy hills.

One of the early estates established by M/s. Baron John Rosenberg and his son Baron Otto in High Range Kannan Devan Hills in the year 1879.


Manale Tea Bungalow

Manale Tea Bungalow is a 150 year-old British Tea Bungalow tucked on the slopes of the Chokarmudy foothills in Munnar, Kerala amidst lush tea gardens.

Manale Tea Bungalow has two luxury bed rooms to accommodate guests. Each room is completely different in its decor and has its distinctive character. Every room is decked with antique furniture – the grand beds come with inlay woodwork, teak wood dressing tables, dining tables, wardrobes and the fireplaces with their teak wood mantles. The common sit-out tea tables and couches on the verandah keeps to the simplistic cane and teakwood.Paintings, murals and handicrafts play with the contrast and colour of the 100 year-old stone walls and timber floors of the bungalow. Well! With all this you also get a vast lawn in your frontyard, where you can try your hands against your partner and the gusty Chokarmudy winds.

Panniar Tea Bungalow

Panniar is a small village in Nedumkandom Taluk in Idukki District of Kerala State, India. It comes under Rajakkadu Panchayat. It belongs to the Central Kerala Division. It is located 25 km towards the east from the District headquarters Painavu. This place borders the Idukki District and Theni District. Theni District Kambam lies south. Panniar Dam is located at 22 km away from Munnar, on the way to Thekkady.


Nearby Attractions

Adventure / Responsible Tourism




Munnar is bliss for adventure enthusiasts and fitness freaks, especially trekkers.Trekking till high elevations like Echo Point and Top Station is one of the most preferred spots in Munnar.



Covering about 90 sq. km, Chinnar Wildlife Sanctuary is located in the midst of the Western Ghats in Kerala. The region falls in the Kanthalloor and Marayur panchayats of Devikulam Taluk in Idukki. Chinnar Wildlife Sanctuary was established in August 1984 and was declared a protected area.



Even cycling enthusiasts have a chance to rejoice in the tea estate town of Kerala.Some areas of Munnar like Suryanelli, Anamudi Shola, Kundala, Marayoor and Vandanmedu are suitable for mountain biking. It is ultimate fun to ride along the hairpin bends and rolling roads, conquering the hills and meadows on a two wheeler.



Munnar is definitely bliss for people who are fitness freaks, trekkers and adventure lovers. Trailing on mountains such as Echo Point as well as Top Station is considered as one of the most preferred activities in Munnar.
17-C Camping & Thoppi Malai Camping.


Elephant Safari

How about an elephant safari, that too in the rocky topography of Munnar? It’s fun for kids and adults alike to have a ‘haathi mere saathi’ moment at Carmelagiri Elephant Park. Located on Mattupetty Road, the park offers short elephant rides of 10-15 minutes.


Rock Climbing

The enthralling hilly landscape of Munnar is what makes it popular among adventure lovers. Rock climbing and rappelling are tremendously thrilling activities here, and professional guidance is available for all.


Chokarmudy View Point

The Chokramudi Peak actually lies in the Eravikulam National Park so the Forest Department will have some formalities to be fulfilled before starting the trek. Since it is located in a national park, the hill is filled with lush evergreen Shola forest, and the park is home to one of the
largest number of animals such as Nilgiri Tahrs, Gaurs and Asian Elephants.


Watch Tower

In Chinnar, a watch tower is accessible to tourists for a minimal charge with the permission of the forest department.
From this watch tower tourists can observe animals like deer, monkeys, langurs, elephants. The lofty watchtower provides a panoramic view of the entire park, stretching all the way to the jungles in the neighbouring state of Tamil Nadu and the majestic mountains far away.


Polaris ATV Ride

Set amongst four acres of land, the ATV tracks are created to resemble the real thing with sand bumps throughout the entire terrain. The thrill-filled ride last for a good twenty minutes and is designed to bring out the child in you. A similar track for kids ensure that children do not miss the fun and get a taste of the excitement too. The off-road ride through the woods and sandy terrain has all the ingredients of a fun filled day in the rough outdoors.

Industrial Visit

Tea Plantation & Museum


Explore the 100 Year Old Lockhart Tea Factory in Munnar
Munnar is an all-time favourite tourist destination in South India because it is blessed with a cool climate throughout the year. Climate which attracts tourists to Munnar is also suitable for growing the best tea in the world. Munnar became a hotspot for tea cultivation after tea cultivation was introduced by the British during the colonial rule.
Some of the ancient British tea factories which operate here like the 100 year old Lockhart Tea Factory are still producing high quality tea suitable for export. Mostly tea is cultivated here on undulating terrains and in some regions it is grown on low-lying plains. The tea cultivated from these estates is processed in factories and is transported to various parts of the world. Currently Munnar houses more than 50 tea estates and gardens.

Lockhart Gap Munnar Viewpoint is a breathtakingly beautiful area where one can get panoramic views of tea plantations surrounded by towering mountain ranges. A drive along this route in the afternoon watching the orange sun rays illuminating the tea gardens is a not-to-miss sight while visiting Munnar.

The Lockhart tea factory was established more than a hundred years ago by British planters and is famous for its Orthodox Tea produced in the traditional way. The factory allows public visits during regular working hours and one can observe the various stages of tea processing here.
The factory houses a museum, a tea sale outlet and tea-tasting section and tourists are given a briefing about the Tea History & Health Benefits to the visitors. Apart from these, Lockhart Tea Factory also has a museum where olden photographs, machinery, tools, etc., used in old times are displayed. Fresh Orthodox tea also can be bought from the Lockhart Factory Outlet which is located inside the factory premises.
The bungalow has two luxury rooms which are neatly decorated with antique elements, a cosy fireplace and equipped with all necessary amenities.
There is a common lounge area and a veranda for the guests for leisure moments. The bungalow is constructed in a typical colonial style with stone walls and quality wooden flooring. A stay at this ancient bungalow offers a unique experience for the guests. The guests staying here can visit the tea factory, museum, tea production centre and tea estates where one can witness the harvesting of tea leaves.

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