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History & Culturr of Munnar
Munnar is situated at the confluence of three mountain streams Mudrapuzha, Nallathani and Kundala. The high ranges of Munnar were earlier known as Kannan Devan hills, named after a landlord. It is said that the Duke of Wellington was the first European to visit Munnar, in 1790.
This was once the summer resort of the erstwhile British Government in south India and even now there are many colonial bungalows and buildings in Munnar. The natural beauty and pleasant climate throughout the year makes Munnar a favourite destination for Indians and foreigners.
Culture of Munnar
Munnar has an interesting cultural heritage. Many festivals are celebrated with a lot of gaiety like Attukal Pongal which is celebrated in the month of February. It is the only festival in the world where women come together to make offerings for the Goddess in the Attukal temple. Another is the Thirussur Pooram festival which is celebrated in the month of May which is a mammoth spectacle with elephants decorated and ridden by mahouts.
Another event which is looked forward to is the Nehru Trophy Boat race which takes place at the Punnamada Lake. The race begins with a colorful pageant of performing arts. Last but not the least is the harvest festival Onam, which is celebrated for ten days with a lot of singing and dancing .It is celebrated to welcome the king Mahabali and beautiful designs are made with flowers outside each house to welcome the king. It is at this time that the yearly snake boat races are held in Kerala.