Much of the land in and around Munnar is dedicated to the growing of a single crop—tea leaves.
This area in far southwest India offers a subtropical highland climate that is ideal for tea cultivation: The right rainfall-to-sunshine ratio and optimal elevation in the Western Ghats so that mild temperatures prevail. The temperate climate and quiet natural beauty of Munnar’s misty hills make a pastoral retreat for those hoping to escape the sometimes-brutal heat of Kerala’s lower elevations. It is something more and more visitors are discovering, as the area is becoming a popular tourist attraction. Tea growers have sculpted these myriad terraces and it is as if a gigantic green quilt is spread out over the rolling hills.