Heavy winter, snowfall in Munnar: Boon for tourism sector, blow to tea farmers

Sheji Pallathussery

Number of tourists reaching Munnar spiked as the news of heavy winter spread.  

Munnar | Photo: File/ B Muraleekrishnan

Munnar is known as the South’s Kashmir. A valley with snowfall. This time around, Munnar is experiencing a continuous drop in temperature. It even touched -3 degree Celsius in some areas since the beginning of January. Tourists are flowing into Munnar to experience the cold weather.


January is the coldest month of the year. From January 1 to 8 the lowest temperature in Munnar was recorded at 3 degree Celsius. However, on Monday, snowfall began in Munnar as the temperature dropped to -2 degree Celsius. The snowfall first began at Chenduvarai.

On Tuesday, the temperature further dropped to -3 degree Celsius. Following this, snowfall started in Kannimala, Periyavarai, Devikulam, Lakkad, ODK and Pampadum Shola. Number of tourists reaching Munnar spiked as the news of heavy winter spread.

Challenge for tea farmers

Even though the heavy winter and snowfall would prove to be a boon for the tourism sector, it could be a challenge for the tea farmers. Tea leaves will dry out when the snow that falls on them melts under the sun. This will be a huge loss for the tea plantations.

Such crop damage in previous years have led to an increase in tea prices. Also, on days with snowfall, workers will not be able to reach the plantation early in the morning, affecting their income.

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