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Munnar is known as nature lover's paradise & the gateway to hill stations of Kerala. Situated in the heart of the Cardamom Hills, at an altitude of 1700m, Munnar is surrounded by endless green rolling hills and 30 of the world's highest tea plantations. Munnar was the favored summer resort of the erstwhile British rulers in the colonial days. Munnar is at the confluence of three rivers. In Tamil, the word 'munnu' means "three" and 'aar' means "river". Hence "Munnar" is a shortened version of 'Munnu Aar'. The 3 mountain streams joining together here are Madurapuzha, Nallathanni and Kundala. The unending layout of tea gardens, valleys, stunning views and the famous Eravikulam national park, where endangered Nilgiri Tahrs (mountain goat or ibex) is sighted, makes Munnar a must visit destination.