Kolukkumalai View Kottagudi

Kolukkumalai is a small village hamlet in Bodinayakanur Taluk in the Theni district of the Indian state of Tamil Nadu bordering Idukki district of Kerala. It is home to the highest tea plantations in the world with the tea grown here possessing a special flavour and freshness because of the high altitude. Kolukkumalai is about 7,130 feet above sea level and lies some 32 kilometres from Munnar. The hill top village is accessible only by jeep due to rugged and rain drenched roads covering upto 17 km. It is about a one and a half hour journey from Munnar town. The exact location of kolukkumalai is in Theni district . The approach road is via Suryanelli near Munnar in Idukki district of Kerala.Located high on the slopes of Meeshapulimala, Little has changed here since the colonial planters left leaving behind their legacy of one of the best quality tea you can get in South India. Though known for it's special orthodox tea Kolukkumalai Estate is now venturing into another of it's unique products....nature, great mountain views and excellent opportunities for walks in the hills. Kolukkumalai gets a fair number of day visitors to enjoy the spectacular sunrise over the Palani hills, it's cool climate and of course visit to the factory where tea is still made using the orthodox method. What most day visitors miss is the opportunity to walk the hills above the estate and maybe a trek up Meeshapulimali, an imposing peak at an elevation of 2640 meters above sea level! Accommodation facilities are available either at the guesthouse in Suryanelly that is in comfortable rooms with modern facilities or at the Hut on estate in simple refurbished workers accommodation. Kolukkumalai is an ideal spot to be for anyone looking to get away from the hustle and bustle of Munnar town and enjoy life on a tea estate, as it originally was! Kolukkumalai is accessable only be jeep or on foot across the mountains. Kolukkumalai is a paradise for nature lovers with a variety of flora and fauna endemic to the area and opportunities to walk up it's slope for some spectacular scenery of the peaks and swirling clouds below...