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 flavor and freshness because of the high altitude.
Kolukkumalai is about 7,130 feet (2,170 m) above sea level and lies some 32 kilometres (20 mi) from Munnar. The hill top village is accessible only by jeep due to rugged and rain drenched roads covering up to 17 km. It is about a one and a half hour journey from Munnar town. The exact location of kolukkumalai is in Theni district (Tamil Nadu). The approach road is via Suryanelli near Munnar in Idukki district of Kerala.
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How to Enter Kolukkumlai
Only Jeeps can go to the hill top
Ticket of 1800 INR at the entry point Including Jeep Fair for 8 Nos. another 100 INR per person for Tea estate Entry (View point).
Location: Belongs to Tamil Nadu in the border of Southern Central Kerala.
District: Belongs to Tamil Nadu. On Idukki border.
Nearest towns: Suryanelli at 8 kms, Devikulam at 23 kms and Munnar at 32 kms.
Bus Station: Munnar at 32 Kms.
Taxi Hire: Munnar Town at 32 Kms.
Railway Station: Eranakulam Railway Station at 160 kms, Aluva at 140 kms and Kottayam at 162 kms.
Air port: Cochin Int’l Airport (COK) at 140 Kms.
How To reach
From Munnar, take Devikulam Road. After Devikulam, continue along Kochi – Dhanushkodi Rd (Munnar – Kumily Hwy) and deviate left to Chinnakanal – Suryanelli Rd.