It’s only been a few days since the new year arrived, and ‘God’s Own Country’ Kerala has a chilly surprise in store for us!
Munnar, a town located in the Idukki district of the state, is commonly known as the Kashmir of South India for its surreal and breathtaking views.
However, thanks to recent developments, it looks like it has taken the title quite literally!
The picturesque town which is covered in the lush greenery of tea plantations and hills has undergone a snowy transformation. After the mercury plunged as low as -3 degrees celsius, several parts of Munnar have been blanketed in snow.
In awe, Kerala Tourism tweeted from its official Twitter handle, “We woke up to a chilly surprise this morning. Take a guess where; it’s perhaps our most popular hill station.”
We woke up to a chilly surprise this morning. Take a guess where; it's perhaps our most popular hill station. pic.twitter.com/W1Rn6JeFqG
— Kerala Tourism (@KeralaTourism) January 4, 2019
We can't get enough of this rather unexpected, but dreamy Munnar weather. A clip from this morning. pic.twitter.com/6lb0JGdvlA
— Kerala Tourism (@KeralaTourism) January 7, 2019
Here are 10 pictures of the breathtaking and snow-covered hill station of Munnar, which will undoubtedly titillate your wanderlust for a quick visit!
According to the Meteorological Department (Met), the chilly weather conditions are likely to continue across the state for the next few days—especially the northern hills which will possibly witness heavy snowfall.
The striking images of frost-sheeted flora and snow-sprinkled landscapes across social media has resulted in tourists flocking to the state, especially to Munnar.
While Chenduvara recorded a temperature of -4 degrees celsius, other areas like Silent Valley, Periavurrai, Kanniamallay and Sevenmallay recorded it as low as -2 degrees celsius, blanketing the grasslands in a thin layer of frost.
Located at an altitude between 1,450 meters (4,760 ft) to 2,695 meters (8,842 ft), Munnar is not really a stranger to low temperatures, but such a beautiful and tangible outcome of the chill has not been experienced in the past ten years!
Not just Kerala, several parts of Tamil Nadu are also witnessing a considerable decline in temperature. Places like Valparai, Kodaikkanal and Ooty recorded single-digit temperatures in the previous week, while Krishnagiri and Vellore have been experiencing a chilly winter.
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(Edited by Gayatri Mishra)