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Bicycles Rides
 

The quiet winding roads of Munnar are perfect for cycling. Often, we have keen cyclists from South India, who stop by at the Windermere after clocking in a 100 km ride!

Just in case you want to explore the curves and bends at a leisurely pace, you will find bicycles for hire in Munnar town. Or you could try some of the spare bicycles that we have on offer. It also helps that after a wholesome meal at The Barn, there isn’t a better way to burn the calories.

 
Shopping
Out here, tea tops the must-buy list though making up your mind is not going to be easy what with the many flavours of tea on offer: vanilla, cardamom, masala, lemon, ginger, jasmine, and lemongrass. Munnar is also one of the best places to shop for spices, especially pepper, cardamom, cinnamon and cloves. The Munnar Tea Board runs an outlet that sells both tea and spices. They have a knowledgeable and friendly staff who are not just fluent in English, Hindi, Malayalam and Tamil, but who also offer useful information and tips to help you make the right choice. Most shops are located in the market area, especially the ones selling wooden handicrafts and knick knacks. Don’t forget to pick up lemongrass and eucalyptus oils—so pure, one drop goes a long way.
 
Treks & Walks
 
For those partial to heady adventure, the steep rocky mountains of the Western Ghats all around the Windermere Estate represent an irresistible attraction with their intimidating rise and drops. The 4-hour guided trek stretches over 7 km and offers a spectacular view of the whole town of Munnar.
 
There is also the equally adrenalin-pumping trek to the Top Station and Valley, Laxmi Hills and Chokkanadu Hills.
 
 
If you are ready to defy all odds, you could try the Meesapuliamala peak. At 2500 m, this is arguably the second highest peak on the Western Ghats. Meesapuliamala is located 30 km from Windermere. The trek starts from the foothills, and you can look forward to an exhilarating walk for the next 7-8 hours. The rewards for all that sweat and increased heartbeat: rhododendron trees bursting with red, long trails of scented pine forests, and sprawling grasslands all along the way. The view from the top is not easily forgotten; you can see the lofty peaks of Anamudi hills, the Kodaikanal range and the Yelapatty village from here.
 
Jeep Safari
 
 
A jeep safari to the Kolugumalai Tea Estate is a visual feast to look forward to. Located 35 km away from Munnar, 8,000 ft above sea level, it’s the highest tea estate in the world. Perched on a treacherous ridge rising above the plains of Tamil Nadu, Kolugumalai is almost otherworldly in its magnificence. Life, for the locals of Kolugumalai, revolves around the factory at the
centre of the estate that was built over 70 years ago—one that still practices orthodox techniques of tea-making that have been long abandoned everywhere else. (Maybe that also explains why the estate produces one of the finest teas in the world.) The locals are quick to welcome guests home, and even take them around
the tea gardens to demonstrate how leaves are plucked.
We can even drive down to the Chinnar Wildlife Sanctuary,60 km away. Home to the Indian Giant Grizzled Squirrel, this is largely deciduous territory adjacent to huge sandalwood belt is perfect for trekking. In all likelihood, you will spot elephants, spotted deer, sambar, langur and peacocks on your expedition.
 
 
 
 
 
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We respect Munnar
We respect everything that
we borrow from nature and
try our best to return the
favour. For instance, we
use energy efficient lighting
all over the estate. A bio-gas
plant provides us all the
fuel we need for cooking.
And water used around
our premises is recycled and
used in our gardens. As of
now, we are also experimenting resolutely through many trials
and errors to set up a
vermi-compost unit in our estate,
which should enable us to pursue organic farming—hopefully
sometime soon.

The bags and notepads used at Windermere are of recycled paper
made by children suffering from
disabilities at the nearby Shrishti Welfare Centre run by Tata Tea.

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