Clutching to the lower ranges of the UNESCO-protected Western Ghats Mountains, Kerala's blue-veiled Munnar is home to beautiful tea plantations. Though this high range is 134 kilometers away from the major township of Fort Kochi, Munnar is a complete package—especially if you like being in the mountains.
Located at the heart of Harrison Malayalam Tea Plantation, Tentgram Plantation Hostel is best for a remote work vacation with coworking facilities, a glasshouse library, scenic surroundings, and a therapeutic climate. Though it will be freezing cold, do not miss the Kolukkumalai sunrise trek 3.5 kilometers from the hostel to witness the most beautiful sunrise from the world's highest tea plantation.
Munnar is famed for its rolling landscape of mountains, national park, and tea estates; hence it has fewer options for nightlife, pubs, and cafes. However, Tea Tales Cafe in Munnar town is an excellent place to relish the fast food options while digging into your laptop in its work-friendly atmosphere. Likewise, Blackberry Hills resort's Hornbill Restaurant is a warm place to dine in with the most scenic views in Munnar. KTDC Tea County is an easily approachable dining option near Munnar town with excellent food and a pleasant ambiance. It has a Beer and Wine Parlour, the town's only decent option for alcoholic beverages.
Sneha Thomas is a freelance journalist and writer based in India. She writes on sustainability, travel, and lifestyle.
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