Saturday, June 4, 2016

Jeep Excursion to Kolukkumalai

- Guest post from Patricia Brown, Canada, who visited Kerala last December 
(with edits by the Magic Tours Team)
All photos by Patricia Brown
Kolukkumalai is not a familiar name, even to those who have toured Munnar before. 

It is home to the highest tea plantation in the world, with the tea grown here possessing a special flavour and freshness because of the high altitude. 

Technically, Kolukkumalai belongs to the state of Tamil Nadu. It is a small hamlet in Bodinayakanur Taluk in the Theni District of Tamil Nadu. Although we begin the drive from Munnar in Kerala, we enter Tamil Nadu in order to reach Kolukkumalai.

The journey up to the hamlet is extremely rough. The real climb starts past Suryanelli, a small town 23 kms east of Munnar.  The bumpy ride through the rocks is an understatement.  The distance up is less than 10 km; but it takes about one and a half hours to reach the destination.

The tea factory is old and still uses machinery from the British rule.

The travel is through some of the most scenic places one will ever see:

The Plantation workers' houses

The ride back down:

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